Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ugly Delicious!

Simply Delicious!

I believe there is sufficient evidence that my cake "decorating" skills suggest I should take early retirement from being the resident baker!

William, Alex, and Maria came to me and announced, with comical force: "We are making a cake. That's how it is."

And they did. A real beauty. Maria helped mix the frosting. William was there melting the butter. Alex prepared the pans...

I missed the key shot... the one that shows the cakes dropping out of the pans, clean and whole... nary a crumb out of place! Nothing like my last attempt. And by "last" I mean "most recent," and last effort. I do retire from cake making. I already placed an order from them for Maria's birthday cake.

Imagine the awesomeness factor of a day that includes building a robotic arm for a holiday parade (more on this later!), a simply delicious and beautiful chocolate cake (mixes from our favorite purveyor of eatable goods), and new books!

There's a new blogger in town. She's keeping "a little family journal:" Dottie and Mae!" Not only did I have the good fortune of discovering her blog, but I also happened to arrive in time for her giveaway! Karla has two beautiful children, she's creative, and she is making happy reflections, and preserving special memories... all such good reasons to be a blogger.

It's not easy to introduce me to a new children's book, let alone one about Christmas! My book collection is pretty big already. But Karla surprised with some ones I didn't even know about. Lucky us! Night Tree is wonderful... peaceful and genuine, a family story about our place in the natural world, told with imagination and a loving Christmas spirit.

And Bear Stays Up has already moved his way in to Maria's heart and imagination. Why else would the dining table be covered in drawings of bears in caves? Both of these books are living on the nightstand, for guaranteed bedtime reading and enjoyment.

Thank you Karla.
Thank you William, Alex, and Maria.
Any weekend with chocolate cake, new friends, robotic arm plans, and good reads, is a weekend to savor and enjoy.


Amanda at 32˙North said...

Yum! I'm still figuring out how to get to that stage of cake perfection.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Well, it took me a while, but I figured out how: Let someone else do it! Luckily the house has been full of busy- hungry teens, so the little cake fed many... my slice was yum!

MEYZA said...

god, the cake sure looks so delicious! how long did it take to finish the whole cake?

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Meyza... hello! The cake was delicious. To "finish" making the cake, or to "finish" eating it? The children made the cake in an evening... no more than two hours, including bake time. As for eating it... there were visitors, and our family... and the cake lasted two days. Two sweet~indulgent days!

natalie said...

YOU are so in the spirit of things. LOVE IT! I'm going to make it a point to buy myself some yarn today! xo

Jennifer said...

Sigh. Will you even believe me when I say that Night Tree is one of our all-time favorites, and we read it every Christmas Eve?

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Natalie... get thee some yarn... it will be a nice mellow thing to play with while your back is recovering. xo

Jennifer... it fits. Of course I can believe it. I can see all the elements about the book that I enjoyed and find them in you and your family. ((hugs))