My legion of long-time reader will remember that one of Audrey's former obsessions was watching YouTube videos of Miss Betty's Kitchen. Well, she has since moved on from Miss Betty's amateur-hour fruit dip, which was basically just slapping some cream cheese and Cool Whip together, and onto big league cake decorating. Her newest obsession is watching how-to videos from "Liv Hansen of Betty Crocker's Kitchen and Howdini.com".
Audrey's favorite videos include the one showing the basics of frosting and then several others that show her decorating specific theme cakes...a mermaid, guitar, blue jeans, train, panda bear, butterfly, barn and farm animals, and a rubber ducky. OK, that's more videos than I thought. Oops.
In my defense, these are very educational videos. Yeah, educational. That's the ticket. I for one have learned all kinds of terminology that I have heretofore had no need for. Terms such as "shell border", "couplers", and "crumb coat". Liv is fairly obsessed with crumbs. And minimizing them. She hates crumbs. Oh Lord, the crumbs.
One unfortunate side effect of watching these videos are the lines that Audrey has cherry-picked out of them to repeat ad nauseum:
"Squeeze and hold the bag in place until it starts to bulge. Then release the pressure and repeat."
"If this happens, it means that you are squeezing too hard and not moving the bag fast enough. If this happens, you're not squeezing hard enough and you're moving too fast. So keep practicing going back and forth."
"Let's try a different tip and see what it can do."
Hopefully someone from school is reading this and feeling very relieved to find out the source of her scripts.
My friend Autism Mom Rising has a great post up about her son's love of cooking and her hopes that it will be a useful obsession that could lead to a calling and career later in life. I would love to think that Audrey would follow in Liv's footsteps and be able to call herself a "Professional Baker", but I'm afraid that her calling is more around the eating than the creating and her path will lead to morbid obesity rather than a productive career.
Anyway, just as I was feeling semi-inspired to nurture this fervent interest of hers, she informed me that her favorite thing about the videos is the Howdini logo that bookends them...which is the letter "h" in a circle spinning around. Yeah, I've heard that staring at spinning letters on the computer is exactly how Rachael Ray got started.