The next few days are very busy for me. I have 2 cakes to bake and decorate - one for Friday and the other for Saturday. The one I am working on tonight is a 2 tiered cake with a piano theme for my friend's daugher's 10 year old birthday. Friday night, I am decorating a paint palette themed cake for another friend's daughter's "art" themed birthday party. Looking forward to putting my creativeness on an icing canvas! I will post pictures this weekend.
My love for baking and decorating has grown into more than just a hobby, it is a side business for me and gives me a little spending money for those "extras". Two years ago, I saved up and was able to buy a double oven for my kitchen, which has been very useful and a great investment. Last year, I was in the process of saving my baking money and was considering getting my husband a new road bike. About that time, our air conditioner died and we had to replace it. Guess where my hard earned money went to?! Yep!! I am just thankful that we had that money as a back up. The good Lord always provides!! Right now, I don't have immediate plans for my savings. We are planning a trip to Atlanta this summer, so it will probably allow us to splurge a little while we are there.
Since I will be a little short on time the next few days, my desserts will be very simple. Today is National Almond Day, and while eating a handful of almonds would be easy, it wouldn't be very indulgent. I eat almonds on a regular basis, so that's nothing new for me. But what about almonds and chocolate! I decided to melt some Ghiradelli dipping chocolate, add some almonds and spoon into some candy molds. I even made some with Reeses pieces and some with Jr. Mints that I had in the cabinet. Cute, simple and delicious!!