Who Bakes A Shoe Anyway? – 9/3/2018

We’ve been watching episodes of Netflix’s Nailed It recently. For those that haven’t see it before, the premise is simple. A professional baker is invited on the show and bakes a cake like item that they are famous for. Then they bring in 3 contestants that are not as talented and have them try to reproduce the baked good in a very short amount of time. They are set up to fail from the start, making it quite humorous.

This got Danelle thinking about baking her own item. She would give herself unlimited time. She felt she could do a great job, so it was decided to make a cake for Corvin’s birthday. Since he’s running Cross Country, she though a running shoe would be a good challenge!

Just after baking the cake, here is the start. It doesn’t look like much and I was quite skeptical.

Patterns were made to help it take the correct shape.

She wasn’t excited about using rolled fondant, so she made marshmallow fondant.

Then I went away and came back and it looked awesome!

Pretty much finished. Never expected it to be this good!

Some fancy cupcakes to go with it.

Corvin finally getting his cake.

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Sushi – 7/3/2018

On the drive back from a visit to KC where we dropped off Sonora to hang out with her cousins for a few weeks, Danelle had a serious discussion with me about cats. We got Coat Rack less than a year ago after Tiko died. Petra wasn’t a huge fan of of Coat Rack as he wanted to play and she didn’t. Having one very old and one young cat isn’t good. So she decided we would look into a third cat knowing that Petra wasn’t long for the world (17 years old).

Petra

We searched the Internet looking for a Maine Coon as we enjoy them. None were to be found online. Danelle and Corvin went to Felines Forever where we got Coat Rack, but didn’t like the cats they had. On Tuesday, they went to the APA to look at cats. I told them I would join them after work. By the time I got there, they had looked at several cats and just couldn’t decide if any of them were right.

I asked to look at a few more just to see what happened. The one I picked out the lady missed, but brought us another one. This cat was the one we decided would work for us. She had her front claws, but didn’t feel the need to get them out when dealing with us. That was the thing that sold me!

In order to get her adjusted to the house, we locked her in Sonora’s room. The hope was that she would grow accustomed to Sonora and be her cat. When I say locked, of course I mean when we were not home. Many hours were spent in the room with her getting to know her.

The last mess with this new cat was the name. She came with Salsa, but we didn’t like it. We had to wait for Sonora to name her, so she went nameless for about 2 weeks.Eventually Sonora ended up naming her Sushi. It all works out and we have two young happy cats that like to play together!

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Bike With Your Boots On – 6/23/2018

Bike With Your Boots On is a a citizen science initiative with the Missouri Stream Team to get people out exercising and testing local creeks. For this outing, we met at Fults Field near River Des Peres and split into groups to cover the most ground. At each site we tested for things like conductivity (how much salt in in the water) and the PH of the water. Other science thing were measured that I can’t remember. These values are sent to Jefferson City where they will be added to a database keeping track of the health of local creeks.  Here are some of the photos of our event.

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