Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family. I hope your holidays have been joyful. The Christmas season around here is probably what you'd imagine... excitement, chaos, busy, and my favourite time of the year! I've had very close to no time at all to get the numerous blog posts out that I've been composing in my mind. Alas, making the memories is always more fun and takes precedence over chronicling them!

I do hope to get more posts out about our Christmas happenings, but if not, at least I can say I got one done now!

Wishing you all the best of this great season! Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year.

Friday, 14 December 2012

40th Anniversary Cake

This was a little bit more than an anniversary cake, it was more like a wedding cake. Three tiers, two flavours, tons of awesomeness. Big enough to feed the 120 or so guests at the afternoon tea, and have leftovers that just won't quit! Mom and Dad chose the flavours, Dad wanted lemon, Mom asked for banana.
The bottom tier was the banana cake with a chocolate ganache filling and white chocolate buttercream icing, the top two layers were lemon cake with lemon curd filling and vanilla buttercream icing. And if I must say so myself, both flavours were amazing!!!!
In addition to the HUGE cake for the afternoon tea, I also made cupcakes for the dinner we had that same evening for family with 42 people attending. The cupcakes were red velvet with creamcheese icing, also quite yummy!
I began baking and freezing the cakes over a week in advance, making icings and fillings for the fridge. I had everything ready to go for cake construction the day before the event, and then, I got sick. And not just a little sick, where I could suck it up and get on with cake making. The kind of sick where I only had enough energy to lay in bed or on the couch, with the occasional trip to the bathroom to get sick. ( I know, lovely to think about when we are talking yummy food here)
I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to things like this, so it was really hard for me to give up some control, but it had to be done. My mother-in-law helped put together the bottom layer when she arrived, after a whole day of driving!! What a life saver. I managed to finish the two smaller layers the morning of the event.
No important cake is complete without some drama, you would think the sickness would be enough. But no, the real drama came when loading the completed cake into the car. Mikayla managed to put her new little black high heel shoe right into the bottom layer of the cake (luckily there was saran over it, so it was all cosmetic).
The large damage spot was mostly covered by the fresh roses we put onto the cake after it arrived to the church. Maybe no one noticed? Wishful thinking.
All in all, a successful cake despite the twists thrown at me!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

40th Anniversary: Sneak Peek

Okay, it has definitely been awhile forever since I've written a post. My time has been all consumed by planning and executing my parents wedding they never had 40th Anniversary party.
We (meaning my siblings and I) have been planning this event since forever ago, but the couple weeks leading up to the big day were the most hectic - obviously.

It was time well spent I would say.

And SO worth it, Mom and Dad had a great day...

More to follow about the party, and the cake, in future posts.

With work, and Christmas preparations, and life all stealing bits of my time, I have to squeeze blog writing into the 30 minutes between putting the kids to bed and passing out cold from exhaustion each night! Just trying to get at least a little something out has taken me over a week!