The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies. I love the ruby slippers, Toto, Dorothy, and the idea of flying over the rainbow to a land of magic! When one of my best friends asked me to do a cake for her mom in a Wizard of Oz theme, I was so excited.
Except for one thing: she wanted the cake to have a pair of ruby slippers on them. I hate making shoes out of fondant. They always seem a little off to me (maybe I should invest in a shoe mold).
My friend and I poured over Pinterest looking for ideas on what to do. In the end, we decided on a classic green cake with a yellow brick road leading to Oz. On the road, I placed a pair of ruby slippers that I made out of red fondant and then rolled in red sanding sugar. In the background, I added a bright rainbow.
The yellow brick road is made from yellow fondant that I then pressed a brick impression mat onto to create the bricks. To make Oz, I took bamboo skewers and rolled green fondant around them. Then, I brushed them lightly with water and rolled them in green sanding sugar. I bordered the bottom of the cake with green icing stars that I lightly sprinkled with pink sanding sugar. For the rainbow, I cut a piece of a cake plate to the size and shape I wanted, and then added rolled out tubes of fondant in rainbow colors.
I was rather pleased with everything, except the shoes. My friend’s mother loved it! AND – she loved the shoes so much she kept them! I guess they weren’t as “off-looking” as I thought.
The very first thing you learn when you are learning a new computer language is how to write “Hello world!” to the screen/output desired. True to that standard, here is my “Hello world!” blog post.
I’ve been working with computers all of my life. I built my first server at the age of 13 with nothing but a box of parts and a book. I taught myself Visual Basic in the same manner. I continued my studies at Liberty University’s computer science program where I was first introduced to relational databases. I happen to love databases and data for that matter. Today, I work as a consultant and do work with Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and anything else that happens to come up. I love learning about new technologies. I currently work with my dad, Andy Leonard, at Enterprise Data and Analytics.
As for my personal life, I am a wife to Antony Trupe. We’ve been married since July 26, 2006. We have three awesome children: Alex, Gabe, and Ellie. We homeschool all three of them for now. I am active in our homeschool co-op as a teacher and the current webmaster for the group. In addition to our kids, we also have two cats (Jack and Ginger), three goats (Rosabell, and her two little boys), a collection of chickens, and thousands of bees. I enjoy baking and making novelty cakes. I also dabble in sewing a little bit. I am an avid coffee drinker as well – my favorite right now is either Joe Bean’s (a local drive thru coffee shop) or Death Wish Coffee.
I’m hoping to use this blog to help spread any knowledge that I have acquired throughout the years, whether it be about computing, baking, animal husbandry, homeschooling, or homesteading. Thank you for visiting!