Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More Travel Doodles!

Bits and pieces from my trip through the Pacific Northwest:

This one will be available as a postcard shortly.

One can see how Todd Akin gets confused with so many species' reproductive systems to keep track of:

Finally, where bagels come from:

I'm always a sucker for cute kids cuddling things:

Jen to the 17-year-old cashier who forced his phone number upon us:
And, while there are many vegans I sincerely love, strangers who judge my eating habits generally get this reaction:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

(Baking) Adventure Time!

You guys are probably already aware but, I'll say it publicly: I totally swoon for Adventure Time - luckily, so does almost everyone else I know so, I'm in good company.

What you might not know is that when I'm not drawing, I sometimes like to bake gimmicky cup-cakes. On a recent AT episode, Finn and Jake are followed home by a forest bear who proceeds to devour all of Finn's treasured Finn-cakes.  Moments after viewing this episode, I was chowing down some pretzel nuggets and, mid-chew, pretzel dust drifting down from my stunned open mouth, I had an epiphany: I'd stumbled onto one of the greatest innovations in cupcakery, PRETZEL NUGGETS!  I could use pretzel nuggets to three-dimensionalize my cupcakes and make real life Finn-cakes!

SO, for my dear friend and fellow Adventure Time fan, Chandra Krinsky's birthday, I put my plan to the test and, BEHOLD!  IT WORKED!

So, lovely readers, if you dare, the following are my instructions...

You will need to procure:
-1 box cake mix (can be any kind)
-vegetable oil
-1 bag pretzel nuggets (any brand will do)
-1 tub white frosting
-1 tub pink frosting (I added two drops of yellow food coloring to mine to make peach)
-1 tube black icing
-1 tube red icing
-white pearl sprinkles
-cupcake baking cups

You'll follow the instructions on the back of your cake mix to bake your cupcakes. Once cupcakes are baked, allow them to cool completely.  They should be no warmer than room temperature when you start to decorate or everything will melt.

Once your cupcakes have cooled, give each one a good coating of plain white frosting.

Next, push two pretzel nuggets into each cupcake with about an inch in between them.  Push the nuggets in far enough that they're firmly rooted in the cake part of your cupcakes.

Using a knife, coat the pretzel nuggets with white frosting, blending the frosting at the base of the nuggets so that you have what appears to be one smooth, continuous shape.

With a separate knife, scoop a good sized glob of your pink frosting and carefully spread it in an oval on top of the white layer.  The thicker a layer of pink you use, the less you risk the white frosting mixing in from underneath.

Next, you'll use your tube of black frosting to carefully draw eyes and a mouth...

Lastly, you'll use the pearl sprinkles and the red icing as teeth and a tongue. PRESTO: A FINN-CAKE!


And that's how the magic happens - and how the magic can happen in your kitchen! Or, yet another example of me having WAY too much time on my hands.