Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Is It Edible?

I just thought I would add this picture for the amusement of my family so they can know that my cake making skills have not improved. I don't know why, but I cannot make a layer that looks good to save my life. I have tried, believe me, I have tried. I made this cake from SCRATCH a couple months ago. From scratch is a big deal for me because I am lazy. I found a recipe in a cook book from my mom's ward and I thought I would give it a go. One major difference in the ingredients was the addition of a cup of boiling water. I should of known it would never work. About 25 minutes into baking it I smelled it burning. I opened the oven to see that it was dripping over the edges of the pans and burning on the floor of the oven. What to do? I wanted chocolate cake, dangit! I had already done all that measuring. I put a cookie sheet underneath to catch the drips and hoped for the best. I let it cool overnight to ensure it would come out of the pans OK. I made the delicious HOMEMADE chocolate frosting and attempted greatness. Unfortunately it was not meant to be. The cake was so moist (I assume from the boiling water) that it completely fell apart when I tried to frost it. So although it looks like a.) I dropped the cake, b.) a person wearing a straight jacket frosted it, in truth,it was just c.) the best I could do.
I would like to point out that it tasted really good. I am thinking of making another one.

Happy Halloween

I am happy to report that Halloween went off this year as scheduled. We had lots of fun. Meghann got tons of compliments on her costume as Edward Scissorhands. Sydney looked mysterious as the Phantom of the Opera (her latest obsession.) I got a lot requests to get a pedicure. In this picture of my feet you can also see my good friend, Wendy, I mean Wendell and her son Jacob. Abby dressed up as the the Easter Beagle. We invested in a fog machine this year and it was well worth it. I am looking forward to next Halloween already, I wonder where we'll be.


We got the results of Abby's surgery and they are not good. She has a kind of cancer that will just keep coming back. The vet can keep taking it out, but of course surgery gets riskier the older she gets. The kids took it much better than I had hoped. I guess 10 years is old for cats who have the added stress of moving every 3 years. Still, they are both still healthy and giving us lots of reasons to smile. We will keep you updated on their health.