Monday, August 24, 2009

Pear Butter...

Here is the pear butter I made this past week. It is sooooooo YUM!!! I used :


orange juice




I boiled the pears down in about an inch or two of water until they were soft & put them in a blender w/ about 1/4 cup of orange juice & 1/4 tsp nutmeg. When them mixture was too thick for the blender to blend I started adding water - couldn't tell you how much I had to add, these pears were very dry. After the mixture was blended I poured it back into the pot I boiled the pears in & heated the mixture up. When I tasted my creation (before it got too hot) I decided it was missing something so I added a few dashes of cinnamon. This did the trick! I let it heat back up to almost boiling. I boiled my lids & rings & washed my jars in hot water. When the pear butter was ready I used a ladle & scooped it into the jars. I put the rings & lids on straight from the boiling water & turned the jars upside down to seal. By the next morning they all were good to go in the cupboard! I only worked up 1/2 my pears since this was my first try. It made about 4 & 1/2 pints.

A few cake pics to get started with...

Here is a beach themed cake. The shells, starfish, sand dollars & flowers are made from gum paste. The sand is a combination of crushed gram crackers, brown sugar & white sugar.

Purse cakes are super fun for any girl!

Happy 50th Birthday Mom!!!
A 3-D, Hand Carved, 1967 Corvette! The windshield is sugar candy & the family is made from gum paste.
This cake was personalized to the couple! It was their 65th wedding anniversary & she makes quilts of all shapes & sizes. I used coordinating colors & laid a fondant quilt over the bottom tier & made gum paste spools of thread & tomato pin cushion. He worked in the lumber industry for years w/ his Belgium blend horse "old Tom" so I created stand out tree stumps from gum paste & "old Tom" & some trees from fondant for the middle tier. The family also wanted a classic element for their anniversary so I did this on the top tier. Three tiers that in & of themselves did not go together but they worked because I kept the color scheme through each tier.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A few of my favorite things...

Probably my most favorite thing is also the most obvious thing...cake! I LOVE baking & decorating cakes for friends, family & perfect strangers :) It's my FAVORITE!!! I love any kind of cake! Fancy schmantsy or plain jane, cupcakes or large cake - I'll attempt just about anything. So, now that you know I thouroughly enjoy all things cake you also need to know I enjoy baking / cooking in general. Along w/ cake I love decorating cookies & brownies & am just recently attempting something I saw on another blog...cake pops! I've just gathered up all the items I need for this sure to be fun project - I'll let you know how they turn out!
We have a HUGE pear tree in our front yard that hasn't produced any fruit the last couple of years but this year we have quite a few so I made my very first batch of pear butter this past week. I was so excited when I discovered that all of my jars sealed - yay me!

As far as non - food related interests go I like to scrapbook, go 4-wheeling w/ my husband. I love to swim & play w/ my niece & nephew (who I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of on here). I also love being involved w/ the music department at our church & work in our teen program on Wednesday night. I play the piano just for fun & relaxation & am always excited when I figure a new song out. I have the most amazing friends & family in the whole wide world & my husband is just the best!

Janetta's Cakery got started by a friend of mine who decided I needed a group on Facebook so she created one for me & gave it this name for fun & it stuck...I like it, it has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

I can't wait to get started so here we go...

You will find pictures & documentions of my adventures on this site...I hope you enjoy my journey!