Saturday, December 12, 2009

fondant covered heart... caking over my life...

Lots more cakes since then... not really lots... but some

The other day I had a craft crazy party ... by myself... because i clearly can't find anything better to do.... yet another thing found to replace studying and applying for grad school

anyway.. my sister is pregnant and here are some pictures from her baby shower... I told her I would make a cake for it, but I procrastinated so badly that I made it 4 hours before... I didn't really have time to get ready, so I wore what I wore the day before... classy

below are my sisters and I and on the right is Stef with the frame I painted her for Jaidyn (the fetus inside of her)... uh my niece :)
I also made her some candies on my craft day... actually pretty easy to do... but almost completely made up of saturated fat ... :) :) wink

the food spread... I only contributed the cake and the chocolates 
Bow cake: my first fondant cake... made it in my cake class

applied my skills and made my sisters baby shower cake which is the one on the right
First tiered Cake... hand made flowers, attempting to do a wedding cake trial..   coloring fondant is not fun
Close up of the flowers and dot detail...
Finally, the whole reason I rushed and got these cake classes in.... I finished my first wedding cake :)

Their wedding was in the Dominican republic so I did a tropicalish cake..   6 cake mixes, 4 things of cream cheese frosting, a lb of frosting, 5 lbs of fondant, and 10 hours later....

Left is a close up of stargazer lily and seashells
Another view... hope you all like it because it took me a grand total of 10 hours!

I have to go peel the fondant out of my arteries now

mcakenzie     too bad my name doesn't have an a there...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

and I will make cakes...

I have started a new hobby.... As of now I have completed cake course number 1 and have started cake course 3 (wedding cakes (tiered cakes) and fondant)... I skipped course 2 because I have to make a wedding cake for someone in december so I kind of need those skills right away.... 

not exactly my taste completely, I like the roses and mixing the shades of the different colors is definitely something I do a lot (see petals) but something is missing.   My first wedding cake will be done by mid december, so look forward to that... I will also post pictures from my class, but those cakes aren't really unique because everyone does the same one (except the graduation cake)

Seen above is my graduation cake from course one, so its kind of special, but not really... I threw it away....

Most serious post ever... Maybe its a new era of sandginas.

sincerely...mckenzie nicole 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The fiction for this blog is way past due, but if I want to start writing new blogs I cannot leave this one unfinished... 

First of all meet edwin.. If you have been keeping up with the blog up until now you would know that I worked at Red Robin over the summer. Mostly great people, but terrible terrible job.. Not because it was hard, but because it was just too boring... it may satisfy a 17 year old who still lives at home.. which by the way were half of my co-workers ... anyway long story short, a balloon man came and made balloons for the kids.. I saw someone with one of these and begged him to make me one... He did not look happy about it, but from it came edwin. Who I love and miss deeply.
As it appears, this blog is from my trip to Minnesota. Thanks to Priceline negotiators (in commercial fun tune) I saved a lot of money on a plane ticket and was able to attend Nick and Lindsay's wedding.

This is from the airport.... First of all I rarely have thoughts of mexican jumping beans, but I'm pretty sure the one time they were brought up in any medium of conversation I'm pretty sure I blew them off as if they did not really exist.... Low and behold.. they do... and they do jump. and I do not get it, but I am also not going to pay 5 dollars for them.
This extremely nice car pulled up, waiting to pick someone up. It being LAX I assumed it had to be someone of importance so of course I stood around and waited to see. Luckily for them, I saved their beautiful car from being hit by a luggage cart that they so irresponsibly abandoned after loading the car. .. and it was no one recognizable, but everyone knows how large my vocabulary is when it comes to pop culture.
The wedding was a blast... Minnesota...ahh it was nice to be back in the midwest.. who would have thought I would ever say that. 

Someone stole my camera through-out the night, I'm going to guess and say it was DO but that is completely irrelevant because the only possible people who could be reading this blog would have no idea who he is anyway.  Anyway.  so here is the result... it is clearly a good one.
Moving on... So I went to my first MLB game... $20 later it was very much worth it. And of course I was too cheap to buy a shirt to wear so I made one...Kind of blurry, but everyone was very impressed.. not really
Anaheim Angels Stadium... actually pretty nice

Don't hate me for looking like a grandma....
My roommate, Jeff, has a huge man crush on Orlando Bloom. He just got this new poster, and coincidentally enough it matches his bed sheets quite nicely.

I really don't like typing on old blogs. so sorry that this blog lacked any sort of creativity.... However, it was probably one of the more honest blogs I have written. 

outie belly button

Thursday, August 6, 2009

is it love?

I was eating some blueberries today.

realizing that whenever I eat a batch of blueberries, there are probably about 5 that are perfect and the others fall very short of their perfection.

once i find one that tastes exactly the way I want it to and the taste ends, I move onto another one hoping for the same result.

I always go into the search eager, and excited to find another one. But never can you have a container of all perfect blueberries.

once I had a perfect box of blackberries in italy. From then on I was obsessed with blackberries, but I never found another batch quite the same. 

most of the time I will get to the bottom of the container with only the teeny tiny ones remaining, which I know will be very sour just by looking at them. so I throw away the pack. sad. somewhat comparable to the feeling you get when you finish your snack pack.

its usually months before I pick up another thing of blueberries. 

Everytime it is the same.

is it love? 

lesson learned here... if you go looking for something you will only find the sour ones, but if you let them find you then it could be the sweetest one in the batch.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I like your Smile. Thank you.

Mobile Upload: my roommate is tough. here is proof with his gambling card. 
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. First off to explain the title. I have been really into thedrifterandthegypsy blog.. she posted about some cards that they sell in europe that have short and sweet messages such as i like your smile. thank you. and you are beautiful. thank you.  too bad I could type and print them in 20 seconds for a lot cheaper then they sell them... some how I am still tempted to buy them, now thats good marketing...

she alsohas some really nice poems, they soothe my soul. here is another one.... see under sweet painted trash can found at an art show

Always forgive freely,
Returning injury for injury to no one.
Never let the sun set before you clear your transgressions,
Repent of your sins.
Clothe yourselves with love,
For with it you can conquer the bitterness abundant in our lives.
Adorn yourselves with the beauties of the world:
Kindness, self-control, and goodness of heart,
That by demonstrating these qualities
You can make the Earth a paradise.
All too often our love is tainted by our pride.
Never be guided by the impetuous impulses of the heart,
For it is the most treacherous tool of the body.
Count every beautiful thing you can see
And suddenly all the hatred, corruption, and 
Violence of the world will vanish.
i might love yogurt land more than i love chamomile tea. look at those colorful creations

Another whimsical day off, this time spent in Santa Monica. Great city, vivacious vibe. 
Walking on the street saw this little duo outside of a hostel. yes they have hostels in the united states. 

Maybe rocket power was based off of this pier instead. . . . it had an amusement park and trapeze lessons..

i liked this wall mural. jeff was chatting it up so I didn't get the picture I hoped for of me plainly standing there. 
Dang you california and all of your CrA Zee cute garden towns! Next day off Jeffsy and I headed to Sandileggo. First stop, number 5 beach in the united states according to some random internet statistic... Coronado beach
nice door to some nice house.
Iowa State is everywhere. These folks gave me many reasons that I should approach them, first of all they were having a fantastic looking cook out, which is no surprise from a true iowan. Second of all they were representing my alma mater. too bad my shyness (I am shy) overcame me approaching them... Where is mike or hannah when I need them? 
here it is. The famous number 5.... it was a cloudy day so I would give it the benefit of the doubt.... the sand was really nice though... for your information the other beaches that beat it out were 2 in maui (duh) 1 in new york (really?) and one in florida......

sorry ya'll peterson pitts, big creek, and raccoon river did not make it on the list this year.
walking through the town of coronado where 10 bucks will get you a BLT and some fancy chips. dang. I am jewish...technically i am though really... not religiously, but historically... word choice could have been better there....don't be jealous.
I told jeff to sit on the canon. Of course he did this. because he is maybe a little sexually frustrated. who knows.
Mission bay... where all of the action happens.. but not at 5pm. I had dreams of me becoming a great water skier here.
more from the same beach. 

Sorry that I haven't posted in a while, but honestly if I posted what I did every day you would see a lot of pictures of me at red robin or me tagging or measuring clothes at Obey.... Next week is my last week here.. Mike comes on Friday. We have plans to go to the San Diego zoo and a country bar. I have learned the watermelon crawl. I'm sure you all will be very impressed when I get home. 

No I am not tan yet, and no I don't think that is going to happen, but I may come home with a permanent fry smell.

Lesson learned thus far: get a paid internship so you don't have to seat people or bus tables for money 5 nights a week. smile smile laugh laugh.

i mizz you. lets video chat.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

In Moderation

my bangs. I really like this poem...

I have worn so many masks in my life 

that quite often i find myself forgetting who I really am

Sometimes I feel life is a game and I play with myself and others.

More than anything, I long to collect all the pieces of my life

and put the puzzle back together again

poem by thedrifterandthegypsy.

darrin and i went to a korean restaurant because it was 2 am and nothing else was open.... we had no idea what to do with the food they gave us.
my new shoes.
my 4th of july... literally. the only colors i saw were traffic and car lights. darrin and i also got a water something or another thrown at us. I also ate at weinerschnitzel. 
corona del mar.. kewl beach , but way too crowded. what a shame.
really cute town though.
every house had an amazing garden. probably cost more money than my house.. if i were homeless I would live in their garden. Maybe I will choose to be homeless now.
sew cute that i had to take darrin. 
guy from north carolina that had two huge beautiful dogs. He loved to talk. He hates california. but he lives in this cute town, so I am jealous of him.

i love u

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Big FelLaZ

I'm back with more!!  

So my internship is going good. nothing like being a someones tamagotchi for 3 months. 

but really... I do get to do some stufff...... I help with a lot of photoshoots... which they only have about two models per season, and they are all friends of the employees.                            
I wspend a lot of time in the warehouse... where danny makes some really dope signs like this.........
Sometimes he lets me help...... I helped paint this one, and painted one other one on my own.... kind of like paint by numbers so don't be too impressed. I'm pretty sure you can see them displayed somewhere in Minnesota.
Moving on. So I finally drove up to pick up Darrin in LA because he has no car.  It was a very eventful weekend for both of us.  I had Friday off so I took him around the sights of the true OC.
We hung out at Huntington beach for a while... 
Thank god we met this guy. True inspiration.
Also a seal came ashore, in this particular picture the lifeguards were yelling at everyone to give him some room and then about drove over him/her.. afterwards this man thought he could just walk up and pet him/her..... As if this is the San Diego Zoo.
This guy knows where its at. Playing the love show on the pier. 
Just some pier pictures. sorry I am really not feeling funny right now haha.
On another note.... We went and saw IDA Maria.... She is from Norway and owning her cd does not do her justice. She was hilarious and drew the most lets say "interesting" crowd. My personal favorite was the group of 60 year old women dressed like 20 year olds, bleach blonde hair, boots and all. Also I got a cookie at a mexican bakery... Thank you spanish 101. 
A scene picture. because we are scene now. 
The show........ .... ... The first band was the Makeout party and we really liked them.. I will post a video possibly at the end.
Next day... I had to work so that put a damper on things.... we did go to this cupcake store.... Sprinkles
That night I forced Darrin and Jeffsy to go to "Japanese Night" with me at the Crosby. Basically all of my internship co-workers talk about the crosby every week so I thought I would check it out... Pretty Chillllll place, but not really anything Japanese Nightish about it.. except that there were some asian people there.. but there are asian people everywhere here so I don't think that was part of the theme
Street Picture. dangerous I know. 
Next day was spent in LA because I had to take Darrin home. I really wanted to go to Venice Beach because I always watched the Nickelodeon cartoon Rocket Power.. I was really looking forward to seeing the pier with the amusement park, but there was no amusement park and there was actually nothing on the pier.....
There was this gold man though... Darrin was too cool to take a picture.. because he sawwwww soooo mannnyyy in Florrennnceeeee
Here you can pay to graffiti the walll.... or you can walk down a few blocks and do it for free... at risk of getting killed by a gang member though...
Street Basketball game.. hilarious announcer calling every big guy big fella... Big fella crosses over, big fella shoots, big fella blocks ice man. Followed by a lady yelling that this isn't the NBA and we don't need commentary. another truly genuine experience in california. 
This is for my Maui Folk.
I really enjoy my days off because they only happen once or twice a week. Of course I go to the beach, and I try to go to a different one every time.... This is Laguna beach biyatches.... actually not a stupid as I thought it was going to be. Beach not that cool, a lot of kelp and sea weed... town was cutesy pooo... nice little vintage shop where tshirts were only $7.  Jeffsy got a windowcleaner tshirt....... white with hot pink and green logo.. he thinks its not hot pink, but it is. 
For your enjoyment.... IDA maria... she is way better live, not that she isn't aweeesommeeee here....

love love love you! love! love love!  MCKE   mouse