I really feel as though I have been neglecting the "Texas, My Texas" category lately....
So today.... I sat back and thought for a minute... and realized that I may have been neglecting the category in my blog but I have not been neglecting my love for Texas in my every day life.... I mean, just last weekend I added a tattoo to my Texas arm.
You can see where the "D" in Deep is still healing... itches so bad!!!!
And I have made several TX purchases in the past few weeks...
I got that bag at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago.... My friend Anthony actually gave me that chocolate!!!... and the other two things I got from a recent visit to Cake Carousel.
The bottom right is a candy box.... I think I may fill it with cake balls and give it someone special soon...... maybe :).... And the cookie cutters... Eeeeek...
I actually got three... small (aka adorable mini), medium and large. They were so cheap. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made. I had been scoping out TX shaped cookie Cutters on Amazon but they were like $12 and then with shipping... ugh... so glad I found them there!
I hadn't quite decided what I was going to do with them. I mean I could make cookies... but I'm not great at the whole "royal icing" thing and kinda boring if I can't make them oooze with gorgeousness.... and then... today.... another ice day :)... I decided...
I would make TX shaped cake pops! Yep. And that's what I did.
I used the same basic cake ball recipe I always use.... chocolate today. Instead of rolling them into balls I just put all of the mixture onto wax paper and sort of "cut out" the cake pops. (click here to remind yourself how to make cake balls)
This was the first one I did. Of course, I cut it out in the geographically correct direction...
but then I realized that the wrong side would be the perfectly smooth side... so I did it opposite on all the remaining cake pops.
I made most of them with the mini cutter but I did try 2 with the medium sized cutter.
I just wasn't quite sure how heavy it would be on the stick AND that is a whole lotta cake ball for one person to consume!!!
So into the freezer they went for a bit.... so cute.
Now most of my friends/readers are from Texas so you will all appreciate this greatly BUT I do have one friend that I know reads pretty regularly and she is from Colorado.
So... Amanda... this is for you! Amanda and I met over the summer in a class at church. She is fun and cute and sweet and has 2 beautiful little children. We both agree that if we had more time and similar schedules we would totally be BFFs but for now we stick to communicating via Facebook and Twitter.
Now... this next part is a true story... and it kind of shows you how little attention I paid in any type of social studies, geography, mapology... whatevs... class!
I wanted to make a Colorado pop for her but I wasn't quite sure how difficult it was to make the shape of CO so I asked Micah to pull it up on the computer.... AND... as I'm sure YOU all know...
It is literally a square. A SQUARE! Easy to make but def not as pretty as TX.... I did add mountains though! Here is the pre-dipping pic.
I am seriously laughing out loud at this..... it looks like a brownie! With you know what on it! Oh man!
The dipping was pretty challenging on these. When dipping a ball it coats evenly and then drips right off.... not so much with these! I'll refer to my made up difficulty scale for this one... 1-10 with one being the LEAST difficult... I give these a 7. Yikers!
I didn't get any pictures of the actual dipping process because my hands were messy but I did get this pic of some "off the stick" treats I made. Isn't that cool?!?!
You know what comes after dipping and decorating...
See what I'm saying about the chocolate not dripping off as well? Just too many crevices to get stuck in... but you can definitely still tell it's TEXAS!!!!
The bigger one did well..... It looks great and I'm sure if you gave it to someone it wouldn't last long enough to worry about it falling off the stick.
Remember how last time it iced I got pretty fancy on my "food styling props"... well... it was icy again so I had to be fancy.....
Um. Yes. That's a cut out of The Alamo!!! bahabhahahaha
And now for the one you have all been waiting for.... or at least I know Amanda has been waiting for.... Colorado....
Hahahhahahha!!!! I was laughing before it was dipped and I am laughing again... But, I mean, look at those mountains... that's pretty nice sculpting.
Amanda.... I hope this reminds you of home... kind of :/
Well.... I think the weather is going to be nice from now on so I'm not quite sure if y'all will be able to laugh at anymore of my ice day photo shoots... I'll think of something though!