The Flower Garden

By: Logan Seele

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The Interview: Merrily Rehwinkel

Merrily Lee Rehwinkel was born on July 17th 1942. Merrily has 5 children: Tom, Kelly, Scott, Joseph, and Emanny. She had her first 3 children with her previous husband Bob Walker. Later on she married a man named Joseph Rehwinkel, he had a son from a previous marriage, Joey. Joe and Merrily had one child together, Emanny and they have been married since December of 1973.

Merrily loves flower gardening, birds, and writing. Merrily is very close with her family, she enjoys visiting her mother, Betty Hiple (age 99) and sister Melody (age 68). Merrily and her husband Joe live on the Tippecanoe River and run a canoe business called Hodges Canoe. She spend most of her free time in her flower garden.

Merrily's Favorite Flower

Merrily's favorite flower is a rose. She loves the different colors they can be. She's very fascinated with everything about roses. She has some roses in her own garden and she loves planting more.

My Favorite Flower

My favorite flowers are orchids. I love how colorful they are and how pretty they can make a yard look.

Here is some information on how to care for orchids: Orchids need a lot of light, need room for growing and if inside a ceiling fan can be helpful, When orchids are watered, they should be watered copiously. Water should be provided until it runs freely from the drainage holes. Not only does this soak the potting medium but it also flushes salts that naturally accumulate. For any other questions about orchids click on the website link below.

Sleeping By the Flowers

This is my cat Jaden. I've had Jaden for almost 2 years. Jaden loves to play and he likes to sleep on people's heads when their laying down. My cat Jaden is like my best friend. Jaden is loves outside, he loves to sit by the open windows or the screen door.

If Jaden hears someone by the door he rushes to try and escape. However when he does make it outside he gets to scared meows by the garage door. Something else about Jaden is he loves to eat the plants. He's an odd cat sometimes..

Here’s what you’ll need to make these simple flower cake pops:

Flower Shaped Cookie Cutter
Tylose Powder
White fondant
Small Paint Brush (not pictured)
White Sanding Sugar (optional)

Step 1: Dip your cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and insert it into the cake ball.
Step 2: Dip the entire cake pop into the chocolate until well coated.

Step 3: Tap the hand holding the cake pop stick until all the excess chocolate drips off.
Step 4: Place the cake pop in a Styrofoam block to dry.

While the cake pops dry, we’re going to make the flower petals.

Step 5: Sprinkle Tylose powder over your fondant and knead it in. I use approximately 1 teaspoon of Tylose per 1 pound of fondant.

Step 6: Roll out the fondant until it’s pretty thin (2-3mm).

Step 7: Cut out your flower shapes and place them in the flower forming cups. I ended up not liking the rose shapes for these cake pops and I used the more basic flower shape.

Step 8: Use a lollipop stick to poke a hole in the center of each flower.

Step 9: Allow the flower shapes to dry/harden for at least 10-15 minutes. You don’t want them completely hard, but a little stiff so they’ll hold shape.
Once cake pops and the flowers have dried for a little while, we’re going to assemble them!

Step 10: Start by using the paint brush to paint a little melted chocolate onto the center of each flower.
Step 11: orking quickly before the chocolate sets, slide the flower up the lollipop stick to the cake ball.

Step 12: Gently hape the flower around the bottom of the cake pop so that it sticks, but not bending too much or it’ll break.

You don’t need to bend it much – we’re going to let gravity help out with getting it more flower-shaped!

Step 13: Now flip the cake pops upside down and let them “stand” upside down in the flower forming cups or on a clean mat.
Step 14: Let these dry for atleast an hour. With the flowers upside down, the petals will naturally shape around the cake ball and because of the tylose in the fondant, they will hold their shape once dry!

I arranged them into a small face to make a simple, but super cute cake pop bouquet!
Optional If you want to add a little extra something to flowers after cake pops are dry, you can paint a little chocolate on the top of the flowers and sprinkle on some sanding sugar. Let them dry for a minute then follow the remaining steps to assemble!

Assemble bouquet in a vase filled with candy and you’ve got an easy and adorable (edible) centerpiece

The Flower Garden Editor

My name is Logan Seele and I attend Delphi High School.

To contact me you can reach via email.