Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Birthday or A Quest for Candy

My birthday was Monday.
 Sunday I made my birthday cake, Hunger Games' Mockingjay cake. Things went wrong, really wrong.
I have come to the conclusion that I am not good at baking cakes. I can make and decorate cookies like pro, but cakes, not so much.
I managed to burn half of one cake and had the rest stick to the pan. After making another set of cakes I was just so happy they came out of the pans and were not blackened and hard. 
Then came my really foolish mistake: Marshmallow Fondant.
I found a recipe and thought it would be a great idea. In fact I based the whole decorations of my cake on the use of this fondant that I had never made before. 
Let's just say everything that could go wrong did. 
So in a pre b-day meltdown I had to revamp my design. I ended up getting some yellow melting chocolate and piping the mockingjay design on some parchment paper and coloring some butter cream frosting, charcoal and red.
By the end of the night, and three batches of dirty dishes, this is what I came up with.

On my actually birthday I went out with my mom, we wanted to go out to eat and go shopping. Of course it was face meltingly hot. This would not be so bad if we did not have to drive over an hour to get to this one store she had been wanting to go to. Plus mom does not like to use the a/c, WTF? At least I got a bean bag chair from that store I had my eye on. More about that later.
A quick Barnes and Noble hit to pick up some Funko Mystery minis and Starr Fluxx game. I ended up getting my first duplicate mini, two Heath Ledger Jokers. I think I'll end up giving one away, maybe for Halloween. Unfortunately the 1960's Robin Pop I have been wanting was not there. 
We went to the mall and hit the main candy stores. See's and Lolli and Pops. I just wanted some different candy. I grabbed some British candy, Harry Potter and a Japanese Popin' Cooking kit. I have no idea what this is really, but it will be fun to try it out.

Lolli and Pops also had these Yowie chocolates with toys inside. My toys are Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat and Caracal. I know Kindle eggs have been illegal in the States for a long time. Perhaps they are going to lift the ban. I really do not see how someone could choke on these. In fact I had  a hard time opening the plastic shell that housed the toys. I understand taking the Disney Wonderballs off the market, they toys and later candy were just in there with out anything between the toys and the chocolate.
Anyway I was pretty happy to see these Yowies out in the wild.
Also on a side note, I have never felt older than I did when going into Hot Topic. Two preteens were blocking the Attack on Titan table, it was hot and sticky, just no fun. So I ordered my geeky wants from the website later that night
Since I was in a "must have sweets" mood, Cheesecake Factory! Followed by a light and healthy lunch at Panera where I ended up getting a giant cinnamon roll for my free birthday reward.
And now for the bean bag chair story. This is Kristy. She is my 21 year old cat. She was actually my birthday present when I was a child, although its hard to think of a living animal as a present, she more or less joined the family on my birthday.
As soon as she saw my brand new bean bag chair she made herself at home. After a awhile she got out of it walked around then jumped back in it where she proceeded to pee. Yes, Pee.
"Happy Birthday, I piss on you!"

So that was my birthday : )


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