Curds & Whey

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Last weekend, my oldest daughter, Emma, and I went to see the Broadway Across America production of Wicked!.  Part of our trip included picking up my nephew Benjamin and delivered him to my sister’s house.  We also delivered some things to her that had been shipped to her other house by accident.  In addition to going to the wrong address, she received a duplicate order of a cheesemaking kit, so she gave the extra kit to me.  It is the Ricki’s Cheesemaking Kit for 30-minute Mozzarella and Ricotta.  The kit originally came from the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company, but I’m pretty sure Erika purchased it on Amazon.

At any rate, she gave me a kit, I put on my big-girl panties and a brave face, and I made cheese!

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Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

I have been seeing all sorts of yummy recipe ideas on Pinterest, and I have tried a couple of them – some good, some I won’t try again.  When this recipe popped up, though, I couldn’t wait to try it!  Who doesn’t love tomato soup, especially creamy?  The recipe came from Random Thoughts and Thrills Blog, where she called it Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup.  I made a couple small changes to her recipe.  I did not include carrots (just because I completely forgot them) and I used half parmesan cheese and half romano cheese.  We were expecting company, so I also doubled the recipe, and it worked well.  The best part about the recipe, other than it’s ease, is that I can throw it in the crock pot and forget about it until about half an hour to and hour before we want to eat. Continue reading


Reagan goes to speech therapy at school for the letter “R”.  Recently, the group she works with has had two therapists – a new one and the original therapist who is leaving.  Today is her last day with the group, so they’re having a little party.  The instructions were to bring a treat that contained the letter the kids work on, and Reagan wanted to bring carrot cake.  Originally, I was just going to make and frost the cake, but I decided embelishing it a little bit would be fun.

Reagan’s Carrrrrrrrrrrrrot Cake!

Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

But the Coliseum was . . .

Harley’s class has been divided into small groups studying ancient cultures.  Harley’s group was studying ancient Rome.  Now that the study portion of the project is over, each student has to bring a 3D project to work depicting some element from the culture they studied. 

Harley wanted to build the Coliseum out of cake.


I make cakes all the time – cakes for girls birthdays, just to eat around the house, all sorts of stuff; however, I have never used fondant before.  I was pretty intimidated about it, but I did a little research and decided to “wing it”.

Harley made three boxes of pound cake which translated into six 9″ round cakes.  I stacked them and put the fondant on for her, and she did all the decorating by crumbling some of the fondant and coloring on it with edible markers.  She did a fabulous job!  There is an additional panel of cardboard that will be attached that shows the night sky because she wanted to duplicate the picture we printed out that showed the Coliseum at night.

Harley & the Coliseum

Harley even took the time to draw “bleachers” and little people in them watching the fights.

These are the pictures we printed off the Internet for her to use as inspiration.

Harley was determined to make this Coliseum exactly how she wanted it and would not take much input or advice from me.  I am so proud of her for sticking to her guns.

As far as my first experience with fondant – it wasn’t bad.  I certainly won’t win any cake decorating award with it, but it serves it’s purpose.