Saturday, May 30, 2009
Whew! May has gone by in a blink. A month not known for a large number of weddings in the past, this year's was full of birthdays, anniversaries, congratulations, as well as weddings. I might not be given a trophy for a job well done, but today's birthday boy
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tony called recently to have me make his wife, Staci, a birthday cake. The usual questions of favorites resulted in a fun response:"she loves shoes, especially high heels and running shoes. Oh, and she LOVES candy." Okay, I can work with that.
We started the candy theme on the inside with coconut cake and bittersweet ganache as a nod to Mound's Bars. For the outside, I hit the internet for Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, Asics and Nike. Add some fondant Skittles and Hershey's Kisses and it's a hit!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Open Arms of Minnesota celebrated it's 5th annual fund raiser, Moveable Feast, at the Golden Valley Country Club on Thursday. Always a sumptuous feast for eyes and palate, I was able to both attend the gala as well as contribute. Nancy Benedict, event director, asked me if I might be interested in contributing when we chatted at TCBA's Love is a Cure in February. Of course I said yes.
Tiffany had planned a mystery table of gifts and I was asked to create 40 "gift boxes". Think cake walk with the signature Tiffany Blue and White Ribbon. 40 cakes, 7 sizes, 7 flavor combinations, 3 days, 40 pounds of fondant. There were cakes everywhere! A couple more square feet of car space would have been nice.
I grabbed a quick photo with Nancy and Kevin Winge, Executive director, but Jennifer Van Wyk, Deputy Director was elusive. Now, what can I do next year?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I have a couple of flower beds and some pots I fill every season. My philosophy is survival of the fittest. If the plants really want to thrive, they need to do it in spite of me.
I admit to pushing the planting season a bit this past week. I just needed it to be spring, so I did some splitting and planted my pots.
Well, success is never guaranteed, thus the triumph/ tragedy label for my efforts. So far the pots are committed to living. The same can not be said about my Echinacea. It seems to be a bit unhappy about being moved.
It's a good thing I make my living with frosting!