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Like everyone else on Facebook, you see these little 40 second videos that looks so easy but you never try them.  I was intrigued by this little video that said you could make donuts with 2 ingredients. Too good to be true? Maybe.  Did I try it? Yes.  Was it the greatest donut ever? No. (That distinction goes to my friend Zac Young…)  Is it something fun for a rainy Saturday to do with the kids? ABSOLUTELY.

Here is the recipe…

Grands already made buttermilk biscuits and whatever oil you want to fry in.

Grands already made buttermilk biscuits and whatever oil you want to fry in.

Pat out dough and cut with your favorite cutter.

Pat out dough and cut with your favorite cutter.

Fry in a skillet. I used about a quarter inch of oil. ( I kept turning them so they wouldn't burn.)

Fry in a skillet. I used about a quarter inch of oil. ( I kept turning them so they wouldn’t burn.)

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I took 2 tablespoons of pre made frosting from the can and melted it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Dip your donut.

Now eat it! You can get really fun with different frosting flavors and sprinkles. Or you can pipe in your favorite jelly (mine is Aunt PJ's apple cider jelly) and dust with powdered sugar.

Now eat it! You can get really fun with different frosting flavors and sprinkles. Or you can pipe in your favorite jelly (mine is Aunt PJ’s apple cider jelly) and dust with powdered sugar.

 

I just wanted to try it out for fun.  It really was very easy and it’s probably something I will do with my nephew. 🙂

 

 

 

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My baker, Ron has been following crochet artist London Kaye on Instagram and reached out to her to see if she would be interested in a doing some sort of collaboration. She enthusiastically said yes. And thus their unique partnership was discussed and then executed…

A classically trained dancer who found her love of crochet at the age of 13, she figured out that she could foray her passion of yarn into art. Two years ago, she took on a 20-day challenge (that turned into 50 days) to find that something special with her crocheting. It’s called “yarn bombing”, her project started with covering a tree and then she took to the city landscape with her whimsical creations.

Her 20 (50) challenge started with covering trees in colorful yarn, it then escalated into something so much more.  (photos courtesy of London Kaye)

Her 20 (50) day challenge started with covering trees in colorful yarn, it then escalated into something so much more. (photos courtesy of London Kaye)

Checkout her Instagram for more pictures of her journey.  (photos courtesy of London Kaye)

Checkout her Instagram for more pictures of her journey. (photos courtesy of London Kaye)

This is one of my favorite installations. (photos courtesy of London Kaye)

This is one of my favorite installations. (photos courtesy of London Kaye)

I asked London what the favorite part of this project was for her, and it was the challenge of crocheting something round. To test her skills even further she actually crocheted the color portion of the cake blind folded. She loves using vibrant colors in various textures of yarn. Both artists appreciate color and texture in each of their mediums, which why this was a no-brainer for a partnership.

Ron gave London a blank display cake.  (The “cake” is round sections of Styrofoam covered in fondant that is dried.) She made all of her measurements and crocheted everything first and brought everything in sections.

Ron gave London a blank display cake. (The “cake” is round sections of Styrofoam covered in fondant that is dried.) She made all of her measurements and crocheted everything first and brought everything in sections.

She then hand applied each section with hot glue.

She then hand applied each section with hot glue.

We put London amongst the other cake artists in Ron’s studio.  It was nice to see both working in their elements.

We put London amongst the other cake artists in Ron’s studio. It was nice to see both working in their elements.

Remember, the colored sections of this cake were crocheted blindfolded!  Like Ron, not only does she use bold colors fro drama, but loves to use various kinds of yarn to add texture and interest to her installations.

Remember, the colored sections of this cake were crocheted blindfolded! Like Ron, not only does she use bold colors for drama, but loves to use various kinds of yarn to add texture and interest to her installations.

The finished cake!

The finished cake!

London is such a clever artist.  Make sure you follow her on Instagram and Facebook to see where her next installations will take place. Thank you London for taking the time to chat while you were working.

London is such a clever artist. Make sure you follow her on Instagram and Facebook to see where her next installations will take place. Thank you London for taking the time to chat while you were working.

I had the pleasure of photographing London’s last hour of the project at Ron’s studio. She happily chatted with me while finishing her masterpiece. Keep your eyes out for this one, her creations pop up in the most unexpected places in our city’s landscape and she really adds a bit of whimsy and imagination to some unexpected places in our city.

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I had a nice visit today with my favorite baker, Ron Ben-Israel.  He is moving up in the world! (Or at least in midtown Manhattan…) Ron invited me to come check out his new space and gave me a private tour.  It’s a beautiful new space for his bakery.  He’s not ready to show pictures yet, they are still working to finish the rest of the space.  He did assure me that once it was all “pretty”, I could come back with my camera and share with the rest of you.  But in the mean time….

Ron's new space is very large.  His metro racks are all on casters and he can move his sugar flowers into a wall!!!!

Ron’s new space is very large. His metro racks are all on casters and he can move his sugar flowers into a wall!!!!

Of course the staff was working diligently on cakes for the weekend.

Of course the staff was working diligently on cakes for the weekend.

Part of his new space includes a terrace!  Then the selfies ensued....thanks for the tour Ron!!!

Part of his new space includes a terrace! Then the selfies ensued….thanks for the tour Ron!!!

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I love making stuff.  I love practicing making stuff.  I love it when I practice making stuff so much that it comes out good enough to give as a gift.  That’s when a homemade gift, is the best gift.

I came across this website that archived embroidery patterns from the late 1800’s.  Being that monograms are so chic right now, I thought it would make a great holiday gift for my family and friends.  I put my poor, water painting skills to the test, but I was very happy with my end result.

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It seems like this whole year is about following a budget.  From my besties wedding to my own apartment in Brooklyn, NY.  Like everyone else I am on Pinterest, pinning away ideas, a thing I want, funny sayings and design things I would like to try in my apartment.

I have a lot of tchotchke in my life, from here, there and every where.  We all do.  But how do you put it all together.  Listening to all of my designer friends and learning from their years of experience, they all say the same thing – find your source of inspiration.  This goes for a variety of things – designing a cake, a room, a party.

So with this sound advice, I went out to start “designing” my own living space.  I love COLOR and color is inexpensive.  I have my source of inspiration, it was a very expensive pillow (that I got on UBER sale) at ABC Home.  I bought a few cans of paint and went on line to do a little research.  This is what I came up with.

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Here is my inspiration. It’s a beautiful silk pillow that I got from ABC Carpet & Home. It has all of my favorite colors in one design!

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Here is my wall of shelves before. I learned how to “style” my tchotchke. It really made my room look more put together. I also don’t like having my television as a focal point in my room so I included it on the shelf.

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Right off of Pinterest. To make my tchotchke “pop” I painted an accent color in the back part of my shelves.

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And here is my after. I love the pop of darker color (it’s a bright coral) against my light pink walls. (And yes those are digital rabbit ears on the tops of my shelves. I get all major networks and PBS – a girl needs her Downton Abbey and I get it for free. And FYI, I save about $2,000 a year for not having cable.)

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Let’s do a little throw back Thursday!  One of my favorite summer time desserts is something my friend Zac Young whips up – I am not sure what he calls it but I know it involves his DELICIOUS lemon meringue, he tops this yumminess off with his “Disco” Blueberries.  I thought on the eve of summer it might be nice to revisit how he makes them…

Our friend Zac Young (you may recognize him from the first season of Top Chef Just Desserts and of Unique Sweets) stopped by the bakery today to give us a tutorial on how he makes his famous “Disco Blueberries” that adorns his Lemon Meringue dessert.  He just started as the Pastry Chef in the David Burke Kitchen in the James Hotel here in Soho.  Definitely stop by for some delicious treats from one of our favorite pastry chefs.  Thanks for the visit!!!

1. You will need Blueberries, Luster Dust and edible Disco 2. Put blueberries in a big bowl 3. Spray with Luster Dust, move them around the bowl to make sure they are all covered 4. Sprinkle your edible Disco and toss around so they are evenly coated 5. Allow to dry on a parchment covered cookie sheet for a few minutes 6. VOILA! Disco covered blueberries make a sparkly finish to any delicious dessert!

1. You will need Blueberries, Luster Dust and edible Disco
2. Put blueberries in a big bowl
3. Spray with Luster Dust, move them around the bowl to make sure they are all covered
4. Sprinkle your edible Disco and toss around so they are evenly coated
5. Allow to dry on a parchment covered cookie sheet for a few minutes
6. VOILA! Disco covered blueberries make a sparkly finish to any delicious dessert!

Here is Zac with his sparkly blueberries.  Visit him at David Burke Kitchen for some delicious treats. (http://www.davidburkekitchen.com) tell him Rebecca sent you!

Here is Zac with his sparkly blueberries. Visit him at David Burke Kitchen for some delicious treats. http://www.davidburkekitchen.com and tell him Rebecca sent you!

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There was a time in my young life when I was a junior in high school and I struggled in my writing class.  The teacher’s name was Ms. Evans.  I was never an A+ student, I had my better subjects and I did love English and writing until I took this class.  I was never a disruptive student and I always did my homework and passed it in on time.  I never knew what this woman had against me.  I worked very hard on all my assignments and would never receive good grades.  Mostly C’s and D’s.  I tried to do extra to bring my grades up: extra credit, additional writing assignments – I tried everything.  When my Mom went to parent/teacher conference, Ms. Evans told my mother that she didn’t like my writing style, which is why my grades were low.  I did not really understand in high school about my “writing voice”.  Even though all of the content in my assignments met the criteria for class, Ms. Evans did not like the style in which I wrote.  Looking back on this now, it seems really unfair how she graded me.  My spelling and grammar were always correct and my arguments strong and factual when writing my term papers, but to give me a D because she did not like my style of writing? Hardly fair.

This weekend my blog has been seen over 500,000 times.  Since high school, I never thought of myself as a “writer”, I lost my confidence in something I enjoyed at a very young age from a teacher who never gave me the opportunity or encouragement to find my “voice”.  I have all of you to thank for that.  It boggles my mind that all of you keep coming back to read my musings about the events world, the occasional personal story and share my photos of all the crazy and beautiful things I see.  Half a million is a very large number and never in my life did I ever think I would see a half a million of something that would affect me personally.

So, THANK YOU to all of my readers who keep coming back and giving me the confidence and encouragement to allow me to do something again that I loved so very long ago. And to Ms. Evans who took my “voice” away in high school, because of your lack of encouragement and indifference in me, it has taken me more than 20 years to gain confidence to put this blog out there, you had me convinced that no one would read anything I had to offer…my readers would beg to differ.

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(On another note, I would like to start featuring some of my baker readers on NYC Cake Girl!  There is so much talent out there and I would like to share that with the masses…You would need to answer my 5 questions and share some photos of your work along with a small bio.  I am hoping for a big response!  I want us to all see the inspiring work that is going on in the professional and amateur baking world.  If interested, please email me directly: rwtnyc@gmail.com.)

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