|Lindsay's tropical-themed bridal shower cake...|
After breakfast out and the cake delivery, I got home in time to put the finishing touches on a St. Patrick's Day cake for my friends Pat and Beth, who were throwing a huge party. Pat told me he was figuring on 50 guests, but by the time I stopped by with the cake, around 3 p.m., the count was up to 100. Warm weather combined with a friendly holiday is an irresistible combination to get out and socialize!
|St. Patrick's Day cake, with a little surprise green streak inside!|
This afternoon found me hanging out at Katie's while she prepared the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner in her giant royal blue Le Creuset stock pot (coveted). She had two corned beef briskets and also boiled cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. I've never been that big a corned beef fan (hated it growing up) but this was completely different than anything I'd had as a kid. My dad used to make it in a pressure cooker. I think the taste of corned beef is too strong for young taste buds - I've grown to like it, and cabbage, as I've gotten older. Anyway, it was a spectacular meal, and Katie topped it off with a little baking of her own - chocolate cupcakes with a Bailey's Irish Cream ganache and Bailey's buttercream. I know -- I may have created a monster! She's a good cook and a good baker. God help all of us as we try to lose weight! I've given myself the week off to accommodate birthday dinners and St. Patrick's Day. After next Wednesday, I'm back to counting points and getting serious. After all, I have two weddings and a vacation to
|Despite the look on Pete's face, there's no Irish Cream|
in that cupcake!