Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
"FEAR NOT, good citizens!
Dat Man is here to protect the innocent and keep peace among men and Crawfish alike. I fight crime and Gators in Louisiana with a Po-Boy in one hand and a Gator tooth in the other...unless there's a free sample booth at the Praline Shop. At that point, you're on your own. Those magical morsels are Dat Man Kryptonite.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
AND- Today, I found the lovely lady responsible for creating the cupcake with a gum paste rose that made me want to seek out a perfect one of my own!
It's by the fabulous madame at 2 Stews!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Mom: "They take fairies and squeeze them for juice just like they do with oranges for orange juice. Then, they add flour and some sprinkles."
Little Natalie: "...."
Mom: "It's the circle of life. You had to find out some time." :)
Last thing: Go check out THIS post I have! I've started doing a weekly "Penny Advice" post, and I want some anonymous(or not so anonymous) situations to work on! It's just like a "Dear Debbie" and will go up every Friday.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I'll need a question to answer each week, so leave me an anonymous comment if you don't want to be identified. No topic is off limits, so ask anything! You can also send me an e-mail(all info is confidential and will be deleted after I read it...I won't even tell Jasmine).
The collection of habits and conditioned responses that renders us unique serves as a kind of gyroscope, lending our responses to life a predictability that is of value both to us and to those who seek to know us. Our former selves can also serve as a sort of anchor, providing stability while sometimes inhibiting adaptation to new circumstances.
Few of us had ideal childhoods. It is easy to get caught up in self-definitions that involve past traumas as explanations for why our lives are not what we wish. The problem with living in the past is that it inhibits change and is therefore inherently pessimistic.
Certainly it is true that understanding who we are depends on paying attention to the history of our lives. This is why any useful psychotherapy includes telling this story. Somewhere between ignoring the past and wallowing in it there is a place where we can learn from what has happened to us, including the inevitable mistakes we have made, and integrate this knowledge into our plans for the future. Inevitably, this process requires some exercises in forgiveness--that is, giving up grievances to which we are entitled.
Widely confused with forgetting or reconciliation, forgiveness is neither. It is not something we do for others; it is a gift to ourselves. It exists, as does all true healing, at the intersection of love and justice.
EVERYONE you meet screws up royally-If they haven't messed up and hurt you even a tiny amount yet, be assured it WILL happen and YOU will be the one who will be asking for forgiveness too. When you forgive someone very close to you, it should be a learning experience and help you understand the real person. If you want to help your relationships, protect the person your with even when you feel person strongly-so many people deserve to be forgiven.
Monday, January 11, 2010
First, Take a seat on the floor, and lay back! If I step on your hair, just take it! Shhh! Trust me!
Remain with your eyes shut, and feeling relaxed, then sit up in your own time.
I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.
I may be doing some Princess Cupcakes for a friend's daughter's Birthday party! Not like a paid gig cuz- as some of you may already know-I don't do baking for cash-just as a hobby AND I probably couldn't do it as a job if I wanted to cuz I work very slowly while baking-I listen to music and take my time. It's a way to relax for me.
Anywho- Here are just some pics of Princess themed items and baked goods I found on the web. I'm looking for as many ideas as I can so I can make the CUTEST cakes possible for this sweet munchkin(She's 5 or 6-can't remember which right now), so PLEASE comment and give me ANY ideas you have!! I would be eternally grateful!! Even general ideas that aren't specific like, "fairy godmothers", or "Princess Diana" that might inspire the creative process would be great!
There are NO useless ideas, so leave em for me, and know you're contributing to a great cause---
One day, Jasmine and I will rule the cupcake universe with an iron fist!! HAHA!! :)
Not that I condone being a dictator of all things sweet...or fascism...or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I can't wait to see "The Runaways' movie! I'm a fan of the group! Kristen Stewart is starring as Joan Jett, and her dry personality which was shown in...well..BOTH 'twilight' AND 'NewMoon' seems to me to have left her. I think she is actually going to be "C'est magnifique" in this one!
In the picture above- from left to right they are, 1) Large Open Star Tip 2) Large French Tip 3) Large Round Tip
I had SO much trouble finding these-they aren't at any hobby stores, and they DON'T come in the Wilton full icing tip set...I have no idea why not. I couldn't even find them on-line! They aren't normal sized tips. They measure about 3/4" at the end, and are made to do some serious icing! :)
Here are just a couple of pics I took of what they can do...
The difference is incredible. I mean- For SERIOUSLY! LOOK at this!
If you want to make your baking look instantly professional, Google "wholesale baking supplies" in your city and go pick some of these tips up! Mine were $1.99 a piece, and made by Ateco.
The SECOND thing, I want to share is the INCREDIBLE package I got from my dear friend, and fellow blogger, Amanda!
She sent me a PINK, handmade cupcake apron made by The Handmaiden's Cottage!
The pocket even had my blog name-'Penny Lane'- accented with the fabulous name of her bakery-'The Fancy Lady Gourmet'! I adore it, and wore it already to do the cupcakes pictured above, but I didn't have makeup on, so no pics--tho I will of course take some for my next batch!
She also sent me this cupcake plate that is already in it's place on my dresser! SO cute, right?!
Many hugs to everyone! Did ya'll get anything exceptional over the Holidays that you'd like to share?! I'd love to know!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I really dislike this guy- I don't think he's funny-or interesting. Most of the stand up routines I've seen of his rely on being crass more than truly funny. I don't mind cussing, but it's stupid if the joke doesn't need it.(FYI: I feel this way with writing too-I'm so over reading some 16 year old main character dropping F-bombs like it's Hiroshima. It's like, "Your character ISN'T a gang member-WHY are they talking like one?!" For SERIOUSLY!)
"A vocabulary! He could slay anybody with the things that he says. He doesn't even need his fists," she said of her favorite Brand qualities, adding, "When I find a partner who is my teammate. I'm not going to play by any rules, I'm just going to go with my heart. Why wait? I just wrote a song [that goes], 'They say it's hard to meet your match/ Gotta find my other half so we can make a perfect shape.' "
Katy will always be awesome to me-no matter how long she has that tape worm of a man stalking her! Here are a couple of other questions Glamour asked her that really show WHY she's one of the artists I love most! She exemplifies the saying, Never Give Up! Never Surrender!!
GLAMOUR: When you moved to L.A.(when she first started out in music outside of the Christian music industry) Was it a rough time?
KP: I had two cars repossessed, tons of debt. I had a horrible job [critiquing music demos] that was damaging to my soul. After being on three different labels and knowing everyone and hearing yeses and nos and “You’re it!” or “You’re s—t!” I was depressed. But I never took no for an answer and really believed in myself.
GLAMOUR: Where does that determination come from?
KP: Maybe I’m competitive. I just feel like I have this gift that I’ve been given. It’s like, “Someone unwrap it! Here it is!” That drive can’t be held down. I have a lot of ambition.
Read the whole interview with Katy here.
Does anyone else dislike Brand like me?! My BFF, Kaylynn, says he's funny and I'm judging him too harshly...but I dunno...I had never really heard of him before he started dating her, and even now I don't care to listen to him speak.
OH! and come by tomorrow cuz I got a couple of surprises yesterday that I'm PRETTY excited about, and I'm gonna take some pics to show ya'll! :)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I know most people don't agree with me, but I'm all for em-couldn't hurt...unless u pay for a full year of gym punishment! :)
2) Do everything I can to land an incredible and well connected literary agent for my manuscript. Fingers crossed and anthrax ready to send to those who reject me!
"You hate cats?! Get out of my office!"
4) Show all the people i love how much they mean to me. They could be gone in an instant, and I hope the last words I say to them are "I love you." :)
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Penny: "Get off the phone!!! ...Why are you using my phone?! You have your own!"
Jasmine: "The i-phone is difficult with my paws."
Penny: "Well maybe you should have thought about that before asking me to wait outside OVERNIGHT in a TENT next to some college kid with what looked A LOT like the beginnings of jaundice to have one of the first ones, and making me spend 200 dollars just so you could say, "I have an i-phone!" before everybody else...You even knocked over the Joseph in the nativity scene after you didn't get the Bose stereo you wanted for Christmas, and I didn't say ANYTHING!.....and NOW you're calling Grandma and trying to have me evicted.......on MY phone?!!!"