Friday, December 7, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
8 (1-ounce) squares
semi-sweet baking chocolate
6 tablespoons butter
6 egg yolks
4 egg whites
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
2 egg yolks
½ cup sugar (divided use)
2 egg whites
6½ (1-ounce) squares semi sweet baking chocolate
4 tablespoons butter
PREPARE BATTER: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Fit bottoms of two 9-inch springform pans with circles of waxed paper and set aside.
Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler over simmering water. Cool. Pour chocolate mixture into large mixing bowl. Place egg yolks in small mixing bowl and whisk lightly. Whisk yolks into chocolate and set aside.
In small bowl of mixer, beat egg whites. As whites begin to stiffen, add salt and sugar and continue beating until whites are stiff and glossy, about 1 to 1/2 minutes. Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture. Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans and bake in oven 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and cool. (The cake WILL drop. Don't panic! It is supposed to do that.)
PREPARE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FROSTING: Whip cream and set aside. Place egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl of mixer and beat until frothy and doubled in volume. Set aside. In large bowl of mixer, beat egg whites. Add 1/4 cup sugar and beat until whites are stiff and glossy. Set aside. Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler over simmering water. Stir a bit of hot chocolate into yolks and immediately stir back into chocolate mixture in double boiler. Stir continuously. When mixture begins to thicken, slowly pour hot chocolate over egg whites, folding gently to combine. Cool. Gently fold in whipped cream.
TO FROST CAKE: Spread Chocolate Mousse Frosting overtop of first cake layer. Top with second cake layer. Frost and refrigerate. Makes one 9-inch round flat cake, so rich it will yield 12 to 16 slices. (For variation, spoon several tablespoon of pie filling over cake layers under the frosting.)
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Yee Haw!!! It was such an awesome weekend in San Antonio, Texas. I headed down on Friday morning and arrived in the early afternoon. The first people we met (besides the other Fiskateers on the bus) were the really awesome Fiskateer leads Holly, Cheryl, and Stephanie. This picture is of me and Cheryl. She is just as sweet as I expected her to be! I headed up to my room on the 19th floor (I really do not like to be up that high!) and met my roomie Ramona. After lugging my 50 pound suitcase through the airports and hotels (thank goodness for wheels!) I was ready to do something relaxing for a while. I met up with Amyre in the hotel lobby and we decided to head out and see a little bit of San Antonio. We took the riverboat ride, not knowing we would be going on it again with the Fiskateers on Saturday. The scenery was beautiful and it was neat to hear the history of San Antonio. Afterwards we headed into town in a search for the Alamo. We were only a few blocks away. I was suprised that it was in the middle of town and so big. After taking a ton of pictures, we headed back for dinner and our welcome from Fiskars and Brains on Fire.
My trip home was fairly uneventful. I did get to spend an hour chatting with Heidi Grace and Jenifer (another Fiskateer) as we waited for our flights. Dragging my 75 pounds of luggage through the airport was not fun and well worth the $3 for a luggage cart. The smiles on my kids faces when they saw me at the airport was priceless.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I'm in the process of creating 60 tags to exchange at a training session for Fiskars next weekend in San Antonio, Texas. I was invited, with 49 other Fiskateers, to be trained as a Fiskars product demonstrator. I am way excited for my trip and my training! I can't wait to meet all of the wonderfully creative people at Fiskars and from the Fiskateers.com website. I decided to iris fold my tags since I am one of the few people on Fiskateers who knows the art of iris folding. I'm still debating whether it was a wise idea since I have put hours into creating them. Hopefully they will be appreciated.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Congratulations Monica-FC and Cathy aka cathynurse on CircleofCrafters.com!
Ramdom.org chosen your comments as the winners! I'll be shipping you both your free copies of my new book "Simply Folding."
For those of you not lucky (or random:) ) enough to win today, please remember you can still purchase a copy of my book! I ship oversees as well. In fact, I have two books I'm shipping tomorrow to France and the Netherlands! To order, just email me here.
Please check back often as I plan to post new cards, iris folding tips, and other creative card making techniques in the future. For now, I'm going to mail two free books and go pack for my long awaited trip to Florida! I leave Wednesday and I'll be back next Monday!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Here are the patterns included:
• Double Heart
• Football Helmet and Ball
• Baby Rattle
• Maple Leaf
• School House
• Tudor Home
• Labrador Retriever
The book also includes illustrated instructions on how to iris fold so if you've never iris folded but always wanted to try, here is your chance.
Because I am so happy to have these done, I am going to RAK (random act of kindness) one of my samples to someone who comments here before next Monday at 9 am MST. Mind you, the sample is far from perfect because I ran low on ink as I was printing it up. The pictures aren't as sharp, but the patterns are all there and its free! So please leave a comment to enter the drawing and I'll announce the winner Monday.
So how do you order a book if you don't win the RAK? Just click here to email me and we'll make arrangements for payment and shipping. The cost is $10 plus the cost of shipping and the cardboard mailer. I prefer payments by Paypal or US money orders. Also, I'm curious how many people would be interested in a CD instead for $10 that includes everything in the book or possibly a download? I haven't sold downloads before so that would be something new to learn but if there is interest I will gladly look into it.
Oh, and because I am so happy, I am going to post a free pattern. Remember, it is copyrighted, so if you want to share, please share my blog address instead. Thanks again for everyone's support!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I will try to keep my blog updated and share new cards as I create them. I took a break from patterns today but hope to get some more done tomorrow. I did get one more done last night so I have 8 ready to go! I have a busy week ahead but still hope to get my patterns done and ready to publish by the 1st week of October.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Here are some pictures from the free Make & Take at the State Fair last night.
What a wonderful group of ladies (and one man) to teach such a fun and easy technique. I hope they all had as much fun as I did.
I was excited to see that my iris fold temple took a first place ribbon! My photograph is really bad and I'll have to take a better one later. My 5 year old son also took a blue ribbon for his iris fold of a pink river dolphin. He was so excited to get another ribbon! This picture is of him right after he had completed folding it. Here is a link to YouTube that shows him creating his dolphin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msGSMV1f47k
Monday, August 27, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sun, Moon, and Stars
Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake Temple Frame
Jordan River Temple
San Diego Temple
Mt Timpanogas Temple
Salt Lake Temple Side View
Patterns range from beginner to very advanced and each pattern includes a supply list and instructions. Cardstock cover with color photo, 18 black and white pages, white plastic binder. The cost for the book is $10 + postage. To purchase my book, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at janddbybee @ hotmail dot com.