Lily’s birthday cake

I made this cake for Lily’s birthday party. She is turning 9 and what girl doesn’t like a pink flower cake? My first attempt didnt go so well. I made it in a Wilton’s cake pan. I thought that if I baked it the recommended time for a 13×9 pan it would be ok. Boy was I wrong. I baked it early so it could cool before frosting. Jeremy tried to help me transfer it to my cake container, we discovered the bottom turned into a gooey mess. I read the Wilton’s instructions and realized I should have baked it 35 to 40 minutes, oops. So my wonderful Jeremy went to the store at 9pm to get another pink velvet cake mix. He came back with two, just in case. The second attempt turned out much better. I was happy with the way the frosting looks.




This is how Lyle felt about the cake baking.




Roses and mothers day

I survived another mother’s day. All in all it was a pretty good day. My daughter talked my mom into giving her a few of her mother’s day roses from my brother. I protested that she shouldn’t have to give away her flowers, it was mother’s day after all. But you know how grandma’s are, they spoil their grand kids rotten. So we are driving home, Lily clutching her precious roses. She was pretending to eat them, her brother thought it was funny. I told the kids, you know roses are edible. They thought I was yanking their chain. I insisted, they really are edible, high in vitamin c too, I believe. So after a little research I found out I was correct on both accounts. Its probably a good thing she didn’t eat the roses she had though. It turns out you should never eat a rose from a florist, they are likely to contain pesticides which are poisonous. If I decide to grow roses in my yard I will be sure not to use harsh chemical pesticides. I have never eaten a rose, but now I want to try it.This recipe for Rose Petal Ice Cream sounds yummy.

rose petal ice cream


For now, here is a picture of one of the beautiful roses.


mothers day rose

Just me

Just me

Thought you might want to see a picture of me! I was playing around on Instagram one day and realized I look better in black and white. I think everything looks better in black and white, don’t you? I’m thinking I want a black and white cake for my wedding. I found this picture and its stunning.

black and white wedding cake

Though something like this may work too.


Its a little more low key, and I could have a sheet cake or cheesecake to go with it. A friend told me recently that your wedding day is only one day of your life, therefore you shouldn’t spend a fortune on it. She said its better to save up and take a really great honeymoon instead. I’m thinking Hawaii. Did you have an amazing honeymoon? Tell me where you went.