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How to Pin a Blogpost June 25, 2012

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I don’t know about you but when I find a pin that looks interesting, I like to follow it back to the original blog or website posting, rather than just repinning.  That way, when I go to give it a try, my pin takes me straight to the instructions so I can get right to work.

But not everyone does it this way.  And not everyone knows how to correctly make that first pin.

You see at lot of people will go to the homepage of the blog in question and pin from there.  That means the pin is a placeholder for the blog as a whole, and not one specific post.  Then when someone follows the pin back to the site, she then has to hunt through the entire blog to find the post that sounded so interesting.  And so she gives up and doesn’t read the post.  Very annoying.  And also a waste of everyone’s time.

So what do you do?

First things first.  What is the difference between the blog’s homepage address and the post’s specific address?

The homepage address on my site, when seen in the search bar, looks like this:

But if you were in the mood to pin my post on gum paste, that is not what you should pin.  If you were to pin the homepage address, for the time being people would be able to find my post on gum paste.  But only until I added enough posts to move it off the front page.  Then, they would become frustrated and unable to find that wonderful post that looked so interesting.

Instead, you should click on the post name and bring up that specific post.  In this case you would click on the words “Gum Paste” in the large-ish green font.  Right there at the top of the post, where it also says “Posted on June 25, 2012 by MKCoehoorn.”

Clicking on that title will give the appearance of refreshing the page.  But in reality it is loading a new page.  How can you tell?  Look back up at the search bar.  It should now look like this:

You want to see something after the .com that indicates you are going to a particular part of the website.  For my site it will show the posting date followed by the name of the post.  But if you go over to Heavenly Homemakers and follow the same steps, you will see that she uses the name of the post for her addresses.  It doesn’t matter how the blogger chooses to link her posts, so long as you can see that you are not looking at the homepage before you use your Pin This! widget.

After that, you know what to do.  Click the widget and pin the post to your regular board of choice.

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Gum Paste

Filed under: Celebrations,Crafts,Desserts,Edible,Recipes,Wedding — MKCoehoorn @ 3:40 am
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Gum paste (also called sugar dough) is a companion to fondant, and a cake decorator’s friend when it comes to making lots of flowers.  Unlike fondant, after sitting out for a while, gum paste becomes hard, yet very fragile.  While delicate, this makes gum paste a wonderful choice when you want to have a lot of flowers or other 3D decor on a cake.  It can also be used with a Cricut Cake machine (so far I prefer it to fondant and sugar sheets for that purpose).  Because it dries out, you do have to work quickly, but while you are learning it’s not a chore to eat the failures.  Plus, as you have scraps that get a little too dry to work with, you can drop them into a little bit of water to make gum paste adhesive (I’ll discuss that more later.)

Gum paste can be a little pricey when purchased ready-to-use.  I think it runs about $8-10 at my local Walmart.  So when I was asked to make a cake for my aunt’s wedding, I decided to do a little research and try my hand at making gum paste.  The recipe is simple, but it does require some ingredients you are not likely to have on hand.  Gum-tex and Glucose are both available from Wilton and Amazon, as well as many craft stores such as Hobby Lobby.

My recipe:

4 cups sifted powdered sugar (divided)

1 Tbsp Gum-Tex

1 Tbsp Glucose

1 Tbsp Imitation, Clear Almond Extract

3 Tbsp warm Water

Sift 3 cups of powdered sugar and the gum-tex into a bowl and make a well in the middle.  The sifting is very important.  If your sugar has any lumps, they will be very apparent in the gum paste and will affect the outcome of your project.  Make sure you sift the sugar at least once before combining it with the other ingredients.  Combine the glucose, extract and water in a glass measuring cup and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Pour into the well and mix together.  Once the water/glucose mixture is worked in, pour everything into a ziploc baggie and seal without any air in the bag.  Let sit overnight.  The next day, when you are ready to work with the gum paste, work in the last cup of powdered sugar.  I found it necessary to also add some more water by misting it on with a small spray bottle.  The dough should turn white and soften as you work with it.  Once every thing is combined, cover the unused portion of gum paste with white shortening and wrap in plastic wrap so that it does not dry out.

I mentioned above something called gum paste adhesive.  This is basically a little bit of gum paste that has been dissolved into water.  It makes a runny syrup that can be brushed over soft gum paste to make it stick to another piece of gum paste.  It is used quite a bit in making flowers and attaching leaves to floral wire stems.  When I make it, I generally use about a 1/4 inch piece of gum paste and drop it into about 1 Tbsp of water.  Then let it sit for at least an hour so that it has time to dissolve.  If there is still some gum paste in the water an hour later that is okay, you can still use it.  Just stir the water a little with your brush before you spread it onto the flower you are working on.