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Picnic at Vasona Lake

16 Jun

We crashed got invited to a picnic outing/biking event at Vasona Lake Park on Sunday. It was a party consisting of several families who’s parents knew each other from college. Everybody brought food, bikes and other fun things to do. It was a gorgeous hot day and there were lots of people enjoying the park. The park was big enough that it didn’t feel crowded at all. One of the families went super early to reserve a bunch of picnic tables that were right by the lake yet under shade. They set up a bunch of chairs right in front of the water and the breeze felt so good.

bikes mounted to car, ready to go!

our tables loaded with food

the lakeside deck

our view, we could walk into the water if we wanted to

You could even rent peddle boats and kayaks for $15/hr along with other stuff. People were paddling surf board type things while standing and there was a sail boat. There were lots of dogs in boats too!

chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake

I made chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes. The cookie dough was from scratch, the cake and frosting from a box/tub. They came out great! The key is to freeze the dough completely and then not over bake so the cookie doesn’t cook. I followed this recipe. After food some of us played ultimate frisbee but most of us were out of shape that we only scored 2 goals (tie game) before we quit. It was too hot to keep going anyway.

water guns = refreshing

Then water guns came out to cool everyone down. After more food, drinks and sunblock, we biked around the lake. We went about halfway then turned back because not everyone was experienced enough to go all the way. After relaxing on the deck and playing with bubbles, we started a water balloon toss. Once we had a winner, it was free for all. For some reason my balloons don’t pop when they hit people, they just bounce off them!

When balloons hit me though, they popped.. 2 on my shorts! Brian wasn’t playing and was taking pictures instead. After a group photo, one of the adults took a water balloon that he saved without anyone knowing and popped it while pretending to give Brian a hug. Since I was standing right by him, I got splashed too.. gee thanks!

the aftermath

Thanks Amanda for inviting us to the picnic!!!

And here are some pictures of what we ate on Saturday at Maru Ichi in Mountain View.

hiyashi chuka - cold noodle salad

kuru ramen, california roll, gyoza

Both were really good. Kuru Ramen is blacked or roasted garlic soup based ramen. The pork was super soft and melts in your mouth. The cali roll wasn’t great but the pot stickers weren’t bad. Beware, that yellow stuff on the side of the hiyashi chuka is horseradish/wasabi. I didn’t know what it was so I tasted it. It buuuurned. Not smart.

Burger Birthday Cake and Cupcake Pops!

29 Jul

Happy Birthday to my brother Jason! I did a lot of research and with the help of my siblings, we put it all together. Presenting…. the best burger cake ever!

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Isn’t it amazing?!?!

Supplies:
Yellow cake mix
Devil’s food cake
9″ round pans
Large glass bowl
Fondant (I used the marshmallow recipe)
Frosting
Shortening for greasing pans and working with fondant
Food coloring
Green fruit roll up

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Bake the yellow cake mix for the buns. Put less than half the batter in the 9″ round and the rest of the batter in the large glass bowl. I tried to do it so that the diameter of the bottom of the top “bun” is also 9″ in diameter. Grease the pans and bowl with a lot of shortening to ensure the cakes come out. You can also use parchment paper for the bottom of the pan, just cut out a circle to fit the pan.

Make the fondant by nuking the marshmallows with some water, grease your hands and surface then mix in the powdered sugar a bit at a time until it stretches nice and smooth. I only made 1/2 the recipe and I worked on a cookie sheet so cleanup is easier. Color some green for lettuce and some red for tomatoes, yellow for cheese, and leave some white for the onions. Make some pickles out of some microwaved green fruit roll up. Make some sesame seeds out of white fondant.

Build burger: bottom bun, cream cheese frosting “mayo”, cheese, chocolate cake “meat”, red dyed frosting “ketchup”, fondant “lettuce”, “tomatoes”, “onions”, fruit roll up “pickles”, then the top bun. We didn’t want too much sugar so all the fondant pieces are only around the edges and not in the middle of the cake. Stick sesame seeds onto bun with frosting.

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So if you have been keeping track, there’s still a half a chocolate cake left. With that I made these super sweet and super cute cupcake pops. Original recipe from bakerella! If you haven’t seen her site yet, go visit her site! It’s great. She was even on the Martha Stewart show.

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Basically crumble the cake and mix in 1/2 a tub of frosting. I used cream cheese frosting. Don’t add too much! Mine was very moist. Mash that all together. Put in freezer to make it cold. When cold, roll into balls. It’s really messy. >.< Put them all on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze again. When cold, mush into molds for the cupcake look. I just used my fingers. Freeze again and melt the chocolate for the bottom of the cupcakes. Let the chocolate cool a bit so it’s not runny. Dip the cold brown lumps bottom side down into the chocolate, place bottom side up back onto the pan and stick in the candy stick. Freeze again and melt the top chocolate color. Repeat dipping but this time dip the top of the cupcakes. Sprinkle on sprinkles and stick them into a chunk of styrofoam or floral foam. Chill until chocolate coat hardens. Enjoy!

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sugar comaaaaa