Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What I did all day.

 Every now and then... and it doesn't happen often of course... but I get the question, "What do you do all day?"  I laugh so hard at this.  Every day is different, that's for sure!  Today I busted out a lot of little things before the hoodlums got home.  (In between laundry, dishes, budget planning, Etsy order filling, (thank YOU for the orders!) post office running, and floor sweeping/mopping.)  I have been planning to create a darling centerpiece from the inspiration of this post,  for the 20 people coming to my Passover Seder Dinner.
 I knew I wanted orange... I thought I wanted orange and gray, but to be honest, I love the clean look of orange and white, so I'm going with that now.  I found some orange orchid sprays at the craft store and I bought only one.  That had more than enough for my twigs.  (I found the twigs at my grocery store in the floral department.)  I pulled them off, and hot glued them randomly onto my twigs.  I burned myself about twenty times.  So be careful if you're doing this at home.  Be smart.  Wear gloves or something.  Protective eye gear. That sort of thing.
 I plan to set them into random white containers and pitchers all down the length of our Passover table. (Which will be very long this year.)  I was so giddy I texted my girl Alli, and sent her photos.  She was excited too.
  That's why we have girlfriends.  So we can text them photos and they can text back excitement.  You know?
 I also finished the most a.m.a.z.i.n.g. salted caramel frosting (recipe will be at the bottom of this post) on the face of the earth.  I'd stake my life on it.  I really would.  Seriously go make this.  Put it on cake, brownies, cookies, your fingers... whatever.  You'll thank me.
 It's intended for the macarons I mentioned in yesterday's post.  The video I linked yesterday tells you everything you need to know about making these darling little cookies.  
 Next time, I'll make mine bigger and I'll make them a pretty color.  But what a fun first time experience with a new thing!
 Speaking of fun colors... I have to show you these items.  I found them here, on Etsy (we love our Etsy around here!) and they are the perfect pop of cheery yellow for the table.
 I told my man they were called "billy balls," and he said, "Wow. I feel sorry for billy."  That is so very "man," isn't it?  (But I had to tell you because in spite of myself, I laughed.)

Then my children came home from school, and between homework, snacks, cuddles, haircuts, showers and talks, the rest of the day flew by.  So I guess that's what I did all day.  (giggle.)

What did you do all day?

Salted Caramel Frosting
First, make a double batch of this glaze and put it into the refrigerator to thicken.  (Overnight is preferable.) 
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp sea salt

*Melt butter in saucepan.  Add sugars and bring to boiling, stirring constantly.  Stir in whipping cream and bring back to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in salt.  Cool completely,Then, make a batch of this fluffy white frosting:
 Beat 4 1/2 sticks room-temperature butter and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar until pale and fluffy.  Gradually add an additional 5 1/4 cups powdered sugar.  Add 1 1/2 tbsp milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Beat until pale and fluffy. 

Add about 2/3 of the thickened caramel glaze into the frosting and beat until combined.  This makes a TON.  


  1. Wow! That icing sounds amazing! Love your centerpiece. Very Japanese in its simplicity (for some reason it reminds me of cherry blossoms).

  2. I've been following you for awhile on Facebook but, this is the first time I've really checked out your blog....I love it!

  3. The orange and white combination is stunning. Just beautiful!

  4. making that frosting pronto! i am super impressed with your macarons. those are hard to make. and your orange centerpice?? ahhhh-mazing. you are so dang good it's almost disgusting. i mean that in a loving way!

  5. i don't know what i did, honestly. um...took sophia to ballet, schooled my kids, went to the fabric store, read, and almost skipped dinner ;) tomorrow i must get more shall start with a list. not 14 lists...just one. one is all i need right now. i get overwhelmed easily at this point in my life.
    off to bed now so i can check some things off tomorrow.

    ps: love the billy balls
    pps: don't love the name
    ppps: jarrod totally wouldn've said the same thing. boys! :)

  6. I get that question too... I am retired, but BUSIER than a BEE! I went to Water aerobics and then came home, did some laundry, knitted and fell asleep on the couch (shhhhh don't tell anyone) Then I made a pot of Chicken Tortilla soup for supper! It was a rare day, I am usually busier than a retiree should be! ;~)


  7. wow, you are doing some exceptional things. I appreciate a lot.

  8. Your day sounds like mine! That frosting sounds delicious and the macarons look just perfect!

  9. Oh your husband's comment made me laugh out loud. I'm glad someone else comeented on that too. Love the orange and white! Gotta start what's on my list for the day. Have a blessed one!

  10. I love the white pitchers and the twigs. That carmel icing looks fabulous. I will have to make those. thanks for sharing

  11. I love seeing what you do all day!

  12. Busy bee you are, I have the same color orange tulips on my desk in my cube at work no windows I hear is nice and sunny outside! The B Balls remind me of Horton Hears a Hoot!

  13. Hi!

    My name is Vicki and I SO enjoy reading your blog. I found your blog from Farmgirlpaints. Ummm, ya, that frosting looks BOMB! I can't WAIT to make it!

  14. Love your bitty balls. Too sweet. Wish you were my mom. I love salted caramel anything. No sweets for a month. Deep breath.

  15. Hey Sasha!
    I have been busy the past few days, so I am catching up on posts. the billy balls thing had me snickering. Too funny.
    I love your twigs with the orange in the white pitchers. So pretty and fresh.
    And oh my can I just say you are the "baking queen?" You share some fantabulous recipes. I have always wanted to make those cute little macarons ever since they came out. I will definitely be watching that video and printing out the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.
    I also had to snicker about the "what do you do all day?" My husband made the mistake of asking me that when our kids were younger and don't you know one day I didn't do anything! That's right, nothing. He then realized what I did all day. : )

  16. I LOVE your blog. I've been reading it long enough to have forgotten how I "discovered" it. Might have been the Paisley Print Shoe Ladies (they're lovely). This is my first comment and it's a nosey one. Would you mind writing about why you celebrate Passover? I'm sure you'll have a beautiful explanation, and perhaps you've already covered it - I haven't read all your posts, but I can tell you are devoted to Jesus and so I'm curious how the Jewish holiday of Pesach fits in. I ask without judgement and completely understand if you don't want to get into it. A very happy Holiday to you and yours!

  17. E.J. that is an awesome question!!

    I've been thinking about doing a post on it and you've just reaffirmed that I should! Thanks! I'll hold my explanation for that post, but I promise to give you some really wonderful reasons why we do what we do. I think it's going to be a lovely post and I'll hope to get it going soon.


  18. I will look forward to your post about Passover too ~ I know it will be very meaningful. I just love how you acknowledge your really is a blessing to all of us.

    The frosting sounds divine! I'm not sure it would make to a cake, etc. :-)
    The orange and white look so crisp and clean ~ I really like it!


  19. I cannot wait to see your post about your dinner.
    And I'm not sure whether to love you or hate you for the frosting recipe. LOL