Over the past two weeks, a lot has happened. I have two new great-nephews! On the O'Farrell side, my nephew Adam Britten and his wife Rebecca welcomed their second son, Drew Ryan, on June 14th, weighing in at just over 9 lbs.! Then yesterday, on the Eddy side, my nephew Roddy and his wife Emily also welcomed a second son, Breccan Robert (at a whopping 9 lbs., 11 oz.!). It's been a good year for babies in this family! And tomorrow, also on the Eddy side, my nephew Gordon and his wife Mary will be having their second baby boy, Daniel. An abundance of little fellas!
|Memories of a very happy graduation weekend ~ congrats, Will!|
The second cake for this weekend was for Nancy Stevens, the winner of this blog's monthly contest for May. It was a marble cake covered in swirls of chocolate mocha frosting. She decided to "redeem" her prize to coincide with her daughter Megan's 24th birthday. They all loved it, so it was well worth the effort and I'm glad Nancy won. Get YOUR comments in before July 1st and you have a VERY GOOD chance of being the winner for June!!!
The last cake on Sunday was for a little boy named Toby. His mom works at Skidmore and she asked if I'd bake a cake I'd never made before -- a lemon cake with chocolate frosting. It had a soccer ball on top, made of fondant, and was for Toby's 8th birthday party. I didn't get a photo of Megan's or Toby's cakes, but I did manage to snap a few shots of Will's cake (in the collage, above).
Some exciting news is that my Williams-Sonoma order arrived -- my new Cuisinart red ice cream maker, with two freezer bowls! I am VERY excited about that, and planning to make sorbets and frozen yogurt recipes (to be posted) as soon as I have the energy to unpack that big box! It's standing next to my refrigerator at the moment, taunting me to open it, but I will wait until I can devote the proper energy to finding it just the right place for it to hang out on my kitchen counter (or not). Still haven't decided just where I want to show it off!
The disappointing news is that it looks like my striped-cake recipe was not a contender for The Today Show's "Best Birthday Cake" contest (winner to be announced and on air June 28th) and that's OK. I gave it a shot. Since they were only contacting the three finalists, no word means my cake must not have been in the running, which is kind of sad because it did get RAVE reviews by my son-in-law's co-workers. So, maybe next time I'll try something a little less ambitious than a national morning television show. Maybe a county fair. But, as my friend Lynn often quotes... "Shoot for the moon. If you miss, at least you'll land among the stars!" As far as I am concerned, there are plenty of stars in my midst, right Will? I know if you shoot for the moon, you'll land there! - xoxox, Aunt Jeannie