Sunday, January 23, 2005

Against The Wind

Yesterday...

Stephen and I spent the day with our friend Glenda. Her son has an amazing cake business.  To say he is a cake decorator, just doesn't say enough about his talent. There are many cake decorators.  Even to say he is an artist, is an understatement.  You may recall seeing his work in my June entry, when I posted about my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party. This man is truly gifted, and if he wanted, could be featured in Southern Living. [I think he should be] But he wants to keep his business small for now, I believe. His mom ain't too shabby either. She's downright inspiring to me. I would need to make a whole entry about her to even give you a small idea. But for now I'll just tell you, she delivers his cakes and sets them up for parties, weddings, etc. as needed.

Stephen and I were invited to go with her on her delivery route yesterday. I was a little nervous at first, afraid Stephen would, I don't know...Be Stephen. I photographed the first job, which was a cupcake tree [I'll get permission, and post that if they don't mind] for their photo album. A cupcake tree is a great idea for a child's birthday party! They are pretty as a picture to behold, and easy on the parents, for there isn't a lot of cake slicing involved.

As Glenda was setting up the cake in the community center, Stephen got a little antsy sitting in the car. Although it was very windy, we got out and I let him walk around and play behind the building. My photo-eye couldn't believe the background! A combination of the gray clouds, and the old trees, mixed with a few old barns and various other buildings, not to mention, the hills in the distance! Ahhh! It made me feel alive. I knew it would be perfect for capturing Stephen. Being, Stephen.

A sidenote to Glenda...Thanks again, we had a great time!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Blondies

Like Brownies. Only, They're Blond.

I took these to work with me last Monday, and what you see in the photo above is all that was left. I scored major brownie, or "blondie" points, that is. ;-)

These are easy and quick to make. I'm allergic to regular chocolate and become ill if I even consume a small amount of it. But for those of you who love chocolate, I'm sure you can use chocolate morsels instead of the white chocolate and add some cocoa to the flour mixture.   

Blondies

1 cup + 2 T all-purpose flour

1 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1/3 c butter, softened

3/4 c packed light brown sugar

1/2 t vanilla

1 egg

1 cup white chocolate morsels

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1/2 c angel flake coconut [I didn't have the coconut so added extra nuts, it was fine]

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in morsels, nuts and coconut. Press into greased 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or till golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares. Makes about 16 bars.

 

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Holiday Album

Catching my breath ...

 

Another holiday season is behind us. All of my decorations are boxed up and NOT put away. I put them up and take them down. It's up to the DH to bring them in and then put them away for me.

I have them all lined up in a neat row against the wall in the living room. Tomorrow, I think I will put them in the middle of the floor so he'll have to walk around them. Sometimes that works with the garbage when he falls behind on that chore. I'd do it myself, but ... my back, you know. ;-)

I finally made an album. I have so many photos. 100's of them! I chose some of my favorites to make a YGP album to share with you all. I'll try to do a "real" update soon.

..as soon as I catch my breath.