Tie-dye cupcakes

Mixing in the food coloring

Mixing in the food coloring

Six different colors of batter

Six different colors of batter
Spooning in the batter

Spooning in the batter
Ready to bake

Ready to bake
A few bites reveals the cool colors

A few bites reveals the cool colors
Frosting the cupcakes

Frosting the cupcakes

I was inspired to try these colorful creations by a friendfeed post: http://beta.friendfeed.com/ross/310c0b3b/taste-rainbow-with-cake-geekologie
I wanted to bring something in to the office to thank them for their generosity surrounding Spencer’s birth. This seemed like a good opportunity to try these out, as I don’t want to eat them all myself. I got two boxes of white cake mix, and made them according to the directions. Then the fun started. Mom and I mixed in the gel dye in, which worked really well for the yellow, blue, and green. But red comes out as hot pink, which only worked out well in the 80’s. So, we split the pink batter and made a small amount of purple and orange. The purple didn’t look like it would be great, but it baked up pretty well. When we spooned in the batter to the cupcake wrappers, I liked “co-extrusion”, which is holding two spoons next to each other and letting both batters fill at the same time on different sides. They baked up quite nicely. We frosted them with funfetti icing and extra jelly beans. They turned out to be colorful and delicious snack sized sugar frosted sugar bombs. They went over pretty well at work too.

Just do it

Clare and I (and I am sure many other people) are constantly impressed by the fact that Ellen and Dave built the house we are living in, and how they got so many things done. No offense to Ellen on this one, but Dave in particular seems to get so many things done so quickly, that we often ask him if he did something, only to find out that he already has done it. I think I have learned his secret — Just do it. It may seem simple (and a Nike slogan), but I will explain by example.

On Monday, I was waiting to say goodbye to Clare as she headed off to the airport to start her new job in Colorado. I was just looking around a bit, and I noticed that some of the wood siding on the garage was starting to bow out in several places. My first thought was: “I should fix that sometime”. Then I immediately thought: “why not now? It will only take a few minutes”. So I got out a ladder and a hammer, and started pounding. That worked some, but it quickly became clear that I need to put in a few new nails. So I grabbed some nails, and put a few more in, and was done in about 10 minutes. Now it looks better, and should hopefully be less enticing to insects and critters that might want to build nests there.

So that is the secret. When you see a little project that needs to be done, don’t wait. Just do it. Now.

Now we know where we live
OR
The puzzle is solved

puzzle of the house

Jigsaw puzzle of our house. The piece circled in red (shaped like a house) is where we live. The pinkish portion south of the house is the town of Spencer

Among other great gifts such as quality screwdrivers and saw horses, my parents got me and Clare a fun present for Christmas last year – a jigsaw puzzle constructed from a geological map of our house in Owen County, Indiana. Clare pulled it out a couple weeks ago to give it a go. It turned out to be pretty challenging. Clare and Liz did most of the puzzle, though a few friends (Sam, Charlie, and Phil) and Aubrie and I put in a few pieces. One of the challenges was that it did not come with a solution. Now that is done, the question is what to do with it? Put it back in the box? After all that hard work? I guess so. At least now we know where we live.

Indiana here we come!

Welcome to our new house blog. Clare and Rob FeDibblety will soon be moving into the house built by Dave and Ellen Dibble, and in which Clare spent her childhood. The house has been rented out for about 10 years now, and needs quite a bit of love and care put back into it. Clare and Rob have taken up the challenge to do so. We hope to document our experiences repairing and improving the house, as well as the many experiments we are bound to try, for example in the garden. At the least, we hope to document our experiences for our own pleasure in the future, and at the best, perhaps some one else may benefit from reading about our experiences.

Here we go!