Karen T's blog

We Had Our Cake!

Congratulations to all the wonderful ladies that participated in the cake decorating class last week.  We all had a great time and some beautifully decorated cupcakes were the result.  Some of you asked me for the frosting recipe that I used in the class.  I'm glad to share it with you.  This is a good recipe to crumb coat and frost your cake. Remember to always sift your powdered sugar at least once before you mix it with the other ingredients.

Karen's Cake Frosting

1/2 cup + 2 TB shortening (I use Crisco), 2TB butter, 1/3 cup milk (whole milk will make your frosting creamier), 4 cups powdered sugar. 1 tsp vanilla flavoring, 1/2 tsp almond flavoring, 1/4 tsp lemon flavoring. You can tweak the flavorings to get the flavor you like. I also use 1 TB meringue powder to give the frosting more crust.

Basic Cake Decorating

Come and learn basic cake decorating. Learn to make your family cakes or cupcakes fun and decorative.  This class will show you how to hold your decorating bag and how to use decorating tips to make pretty boarders on your cakes, simple flowers, and a written message.  You will also learn how to eliminate that "dome" on your cake so the top is nice and flat and how to frost your cake smoothly.  The class is limited to ten (10) people so be sure to register on line or call the branch at 281-492-8592.  Everything is provided but you may bring a small frosted cake if you want to decorate it to practice your new skills.  The class is June 12, 2013 at 2:00 in the meeting room here at Maud Marks Library.  Hope to see you there.  We are sure to have a good time.  

Free Family Vacation

lion danceI picture a tropical island or bustling oriental town. It  looks like there is some kind of event being planned.   Everyone is excited, anticipating the start of the festivities.  The children can't wait to make a Chinese yo-yo, origami doll or flower lei. Every mouth is watering at the smell of all the different foods being prepared for the event. People have gathered from many Asian countries and Pacific islands to share their culture through cooking and calligraphy demonstrations, crafts, and even a Vietnamese Lion Dance! There is lots of music, laughter, and fun. The whole family is having a great time.  Wait!

The Tax Man Cometh

Here you are minding your own business and before you know it the tax deadline is almost here. Fortunately our good friends from AARP will still be here Mondays and Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm up until April 15th.  That means you only have four more chances to bring in your tax information if you have questions or need help with your taxes. Be sure to bring all of your paperwork and Social Security numbers for everyone listed on your return.  

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