The Artist’s Date Week 1

Last night I completed my first week’s tasks in The Artist’s Way. I tried to get most of my tasks on the to-do list finished earlier in the week since I was leaving Friday morning for Gainesville. One of the items on the to-do list is to take myself on a 2-hour long “artist’s date.”

Conveniently enough, someone at the school did a huge favor for me last week so I decided my preliminary artist’s date would be to show my gratitude with my favorite Orange Glazed Cranberry Pound Cake. If you’re looking for a way to kick off fall cuisine, this is it.

This time I decided to follow the directions, which led me to do something I’ve never done before: separate eggs. I know, I know, I should’ve crossed that bridge long before now and I’ve seen my mom do it a million times. So, while the rest of the batter was cruisin’ in the standing mixer, I separated the eggs, one by one. Yolks in the mixer, whites in the bowl, repeat six times.

Separation: success. My biggest fear was still to come with stiffening the egg whites, something else I’ve seen my mom do many times. I used my electric mixer, and to the tune of “Beat it” I proceeded to do just that. After a couple minutes I stopped the mixer and dipped the beaters in search of peaks. It took about seven minutes to get “perfect peaks” as my mom calls them. That’s how you know they’re ready.

The cake was a huge hit. I took several slices to my wonderful co-worker then I shared the rest in my office. The final product:

Even though separating the eggs was something new, I didn’t really feel like I tapped into my creativity for this cake project. In order to really feel like I gave Week 1 everything I have, I busted out the paring knife and got to work on the pumpkin my roommate bought for the house.

I haven’t carved a pumpkin since I was a kid and even them I’m pretty sure my mom did everything except take the guts out. So I sat down on the couch with my cookie sheet got to work! At first I tried to draw this cool fish logo I saw on a truck this weekend but that was a quick fail. Then I remembered how much I loved drawing hibiscuses when I was younger, so I put the pen to the pumpkin and this was the final outcome:

Cute, right? I sent Jeremy a text picture of my work and he never responded! Then I asked him about it later and he thought I was just sending him a picture of a pumpkin I found online. Once he realized it was actually something I did he was beyond impressed! And that made me feel even more awesome.

I’ll start Week 2 of The Artist’s Way tonight. To be continued…

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Learning to give more and spend less, one day at a time
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3 Responses to The Artist’s Date Week 1

  1. Sherrie says:

    Fabulous (fab·u·lous [fab-yuh-luhs] –adjective
    1. almost impossible to believe; incredible) job Jenni, on the success of the carved pumpkin and the lucious cake! But one question (food* for thought)… what speed were you beating your eggs on if it took you 7 minutes to make perfect peaks? I would say more like 2-3 minutes tops (on high) should be more than perfect. Love you girlie girl! 🙂

  2. gramma titus says:

    what I’d like to know is—————————————where’s the recipe???????????

  3. Andi says:

    YUM, that cake looks delish and what a great job you did with the pumpkin!!!

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