Amazing Asparagus Cake

I love cake. I love eating it and especially looking at beautiful and intricately crafted display cakes. As shows like Ace of Cakes prove, modern cake decorators are artists and sculptors; their media just happen to be butter cream and fondant. I saw this cake as I was browsing one of my favorite cake blogs (yes, I read cake blogs, leave me alone). This seriously blows my mind. One of the greatest illusions I’ve seen to date and it looks delicious! Scroll down to be amazed and then visit sweetapolita.com to view the step-by-step process.

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Peeps Show

I love me some Easter. One of my favorite things is the Washington Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest. Not only do I love the soft, sugary taste of Peeps, I especially love miniatures and dioramas. I’m always amazed at the creative and fun scenes people come up with. While none this year were quite as good as last year’s Up diorama (seen here), these ones are still pretty sweet. Happy Easter weekend everyone!

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Feeling Healthy

Due to an overly crazy workload and other obligations, I slowed down quite a bit on my 26 before 26 list. This one I’m pretty happy to cross off: #21: Lose 15 pounds.

For quite a while, I’ve been feeling tired, sluggish, and all-around icky. I was drinking several diet sodas in a day and eating plenty of junk. While I’m not one to condemn the delicious merits of fast food and processed treats, it was time for a change. So five weeks ago I started a nutrition plan in hopes it would raise my energy levels, make me feel better, and, as a nice side-effect, allow me to shed some pounds. I decided to cut out all carbs and sugar, eating 4-5 meals a day of lean protein and vegetables. I’m glad to report that I feel more energized, much healthier, and my clothes are fitting better too. I’m going to continue on this nutrition plan for 3 more weeks and then slowly start incorporating more foods in. I definitely want to keep eating fresh, healthy food from now on, but with the occasional pop-tart or cheeseburger thrown in.

Top Chef All Stars

For the finale of this season’s Top Chef, they are having five chefs competing for the title. The lineup for this “all star” season was pretty impressive, but most of my all-time favorites were left missing. If I were to pick the five best chefs who didn’t win, from all the seasons, the group would look a lot different.

I would have picked: Kevin Gillespie – ginger beardie with lovable personality and comfort food awesomeness, Richard Blais – the wizard with the faux hawk and liquid nitrogen tank, Sam Talbot – tall and handsome with love for sweet and savory combinations, Bryan Voltaggio – the nicer and more professional of the brothers, Stefan Richter – everyone’s favorite carefree Euro. Now that would be a competition!

Things That Look Like Food, But Aren’t

Fred Flare specializes in fun clothing, housewares, and accessories that are all a little bit kitschy and a lot funny. Some of my favorite things they carry are the things that look like food, but aren’t.

Candy Stash zipper wallet – $18
Bacon Bandages – $9
Peanut Butter and Jelly pouch – $12
Potato Chips pouch – $10
Stuck Up magnet set – $10
Petit Four lip balm set – $18
Dessert erasers – $12
Juno cheeseburger phone – $26
Ice Cream lamp – $48

Cooking Steaks

Crossing off another item on my 26 before 26 list, #25: Learn to properly cook a steak. I was very fortunate growing up that I had two parents who knew how to cook well. I do regret not learning more from them, so I’ve decided to start. The first and easiest cooking technique, I thought, would be learning how to make steak like they do: always juicy and delicious. My dad walked me through the marinade, the grill, and monitoring temperatures. It was easier than I’d thought and they turned out amazing. I can’t wait to start cooking more at home!

Fakery Bakery

Browsing through Etsy, I stumbled upon seller fakerybakery2. She creates jewelry that resembles miniature versions of some of our favorite sweet treats. I love the glossy whimsy and I am really impressed with how realistic each piece looks. Plus, I’m always enamored with miniatures.

Strawberry Pop Tart Ring – $7
Pretzel Necklace – $12
Belgian Waffle Earrings – $12
Carrot Cake Slice Earrings – $14