Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Is It Done Yet?

When I made my Orange Twist Cake last week, I went to my trusty toothpick holder, only to find it empty.  I searched the cupboards, and there was not a toothpick in sight.  Oh no, what to do!  I always insert a toothpick in the center of my cake, just like my mom had taught me too. 
Then I remembered, my mom would use a strand of uncooked spaghetti when she found the box of toothpicks empty.
She would insert it just like it was a toothpick, and if it came out clean or with a couple of crumbs, the cake was done.  This little trick really worked!  Thanks again, Mom!

I have been beyond busy the last couple of weeks.  I am the Executive Producer for Passion Play Ministries International.  It is a drama ministry that is in 15 cities around the world.  This last week we trained groups from three new cities and did further training with an existing city.  I trained people on how to paint the sets and make and apply special effects make-up.

The set for scene one.

Special Effects Make-up

 Music video with scenes from the play.

On Friday I will be posting my 
Tortellini Stir-Fry recipe.

My friend Diane of My Life in the Charente, posted a blog about winning my cookbooks.  Please stop by her blog and check it out.  You will love it; she takes fantastic pictures!

Thank you Christine, of Cristine's Pantry for posting my Orange Twist Cake!  Please visit Christine's wonderful blog!

Visit my friends blogs!

You will love Bo and his blog,  Bo's Bowl.  Not only does he host great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.

Also visit my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!

Stop by and visit Ashley, at What Does A Songbird Sing.  She posts recipes and exercise tips on her blog, and who couldn't use a little more of both!


  1. Great tip ... not only talented in cooking but painting too......

  2. thank you for that tip, I've been in that predicament before.. your mother- wise woman.. :-)

  3. What an interesting life you have. When I follow a blogger I try to imagine their life and what a surprise you just gave me. I have used that spaghetti tester at one time. Love coming to rad you Linda.

  4. Nice tip Linda, you are amazing! gloria

  5. Great idea, I have a metal skewer that I use.

  6. That is a great tip for when you are out of tooth picks. I have been known to stick a fork into a cake to see if it is done.

  7. Never thought of using pasta...great tip! Hope this week is going better.

  8. This week is going much better. Thanks for asking, Bo!

  9. What a fantastic kitchen tip! I love these little tips . . . like putting a mini-marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone so it doesn't melt through! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Brilliant idea with the spaghetti noodles!
    I hope you're able to have a little time to yourself this Holy week!

  11. I love that pasta trick! Thanks!