Happy Tuesday friends. We are one week away from Christmas and it is still in the 60s here in Oklahoma. I’m not getting to wear sweaters, let alone my cute hats and coats. For some reason, winter never really hits Oklahoma until January or February – and I will be back to traveling by then!
I figure you have been as transfixed as I have been about the shooting in Connecticutt. One of my heroes, Ann Curry, asked her followers on twitter to do either #20 acts of kindness or #26 acts of kindness, in honor of those taken in the horrific tragedy. Since I just recommended the day of the shooting that we start using words of kindness randomly, I think this fits the message I want to send to my readers. Whether you are religious, spiritual or none of the above, I still believe this fits the definition of being a good person. I hope that each of you will take a moment, grab a piece of paper and start making notes of either 20 or 26 acts/words of kindness that you share. I’m not asking you to tell anyone…just do it for yourself and those lucky enough to benefit from your act. When you have a blue day and wonder why you are here on this Earth, pull out that list and remember that you are paying it forward….you are helping to change how we treat each other. I’m going to do it and really, truly hope you will too.
Now for the giveaway. I cannot remember the first time I was introduced to Confectioner’s Glaze, but I DO remember thinking that someone had bottled magic. The Glaze is that awesome clear candy coating on the outside of every Advil, M&M, Jelly Belly and other similar product. As someone who has had to take a ridiculous number of pills in my life, I know how much I hated the ones that started to dissolve the second they hit my tongue. Maybe that is the first reason I fell in love with the Glaze.
I use the Glaze in many of my classes. I sell the diluted version on my web site, www.RuthRickey.com. There is an undiluted version that other cake suppliers carry. For some reason, I’ve only worked with the diluted and so that is what I teach with. Some people HATE the Glaze because it ruins your paintbrushes. Here’s the key…water doesn’t remove it (remember…that is why they coat pills with it!). You need the Glaze Wash to clean your brushes or any spills. I carry the Wash, as well.
I will do some tutorials in the future on how I use it, but here are some photos to show you why I love it. Below is a leaf freshly dipped into the glaze, versus one that has been allowed to dry. The glaze sets the color and blends them and makes it look more like a real leaf.
Here is one of my competition cakes. After finishing the mosaic, I repeatedly glazed the tiles so that they looked like real ceramic tiles. It takes a pretty mosaic to one that stops people in their tracks.
In the picture below, the hypericum berries were dipped into the Glaze to get that “berry” shine. I’ve used it for Olives, Mistletoe, Blueberries and even Almonds. If it has a sheen to it, Glaze is your friend.
Look for more information on Glaze in future posts, as well as tutorials. I’m going to work on the subjects you guys have given me and the tutorial requests I’ve received. You guys will be stuck reading my posts for years to come. I am going to give a set of these to one of my lucky readers. The comments have been amazing to each of my questions lately and I think you guys have enjoyed reading them as much as I have!
To enter today’s contest, comment on this post and tell me what you see as a trend for 2013. Will there be an “in” color? What will take the place of these hundreds of owl cakes? What will brides want for their wedding cakes? I know it’s just a guess, but let’s brainstorm together…what is the next trend?
Terms & Conditions:
You must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 12/24/12. Winner will be chosen by SugarZen and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Ruth Rickey will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end. US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.