Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
"We've grown to be one soul, two parts; our lives so intertwined, that when some passion stirs your heart, I feel the quake in mine." -- Gloria Gaither
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Before cakes, the only vehicle for frosting consumption was the bare hand, and the only place to load frosting onto that vehicle was the neighborhood frosting bucket. Eat frosting the evolved way with today's Groupon: for $110, you get a spot in an all-day cake-decorating workshop from Cafe Liardi (a $250 value). The workshop will be held at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, June 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cafe Liardi’s cake-decorating workshops fulfill frosting fantasies with explicit instructions for turning humdrum baked goods into towering masterpieces. Throughout the six-hour Saturday session, owner and Chef Gailyn Gagliardi walks students through the basics of design, such as forging fondant adornments, gum-paste flowers, and icing subliminal messages, as they design their own three-tier cake. After production, each student leaves with a recipe booklet crammed full of Chef Gagliardi’s confectionary secrets, as well as their completed cake in a complimentary carrying case. In addition to a wealth of sweet knowledge, Cafe Liardi supplies a continental breakfast, gourmet lunch buffet, and in-between snacks to keep charges' energy up and ensure steady-handed misspelling of frosting-scrawled congratulations. Call or email Cafe Liardi to confirm dates and reserve a spot.
- We were crammed in 6 to a round table -- how are we going to roll out our fondant with no work space?! (yeah, no rolling of fondant was going to be happening)
- There were over 100 people in attendance -- how can you get the instruction and interaction you need to learn a new skill with this many people? (answer: you can't)
- The "supplies" we were provided with to cut, stack and frost our sheet cake? Styrofoam plates, a huge tub of buttercream icing from Sam's Club and a plastic picnic knife. (I kid you not.)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
- For responding to every question, every favor, big or small with your signature "sure!" reply.
- For Saturday morning breakfasts of Mt. Dew and a Ring Pop from the Hasty Mart, followed by a driving lesson on the farm (where you had to work the pedals, since I couldn't reach).
- For reading me The House That Had Enough so many times that you knew the words by heart, and I did too.
- For weekend wakeup calls of the "I Cain't Get 'Em Up" song and flickering our light switches.
- For teaching us all of your silly sayings and songs, but replacing the cuss words.
- For giving up your dream of farming when I came along, because you just couldn't make it work now that I was in the picture.
- And for working your way in road construction from the man who turns the Stop/Slow sign all the way up to where you are now.
- Yet always encouraging us to do good in school and get a good degree so we wouldn't have to work as hard and overcome as many obstacles as you did.
- For being my #1 blog reader.
- For walking me down the aisle, giving the most perfect wedding speech and lifting me up on your shoulders before the night was through.
- For loving my husband, and accepting him as the son you never had.
Friday, June 3, 2011
- Lazy days on the island
- Lots of visitors (Missy, Tammy & Rachel on Saturday, the Fussell clan on Sunday)
- Lots of beverages
- A steak dinner, a low country boil and the best homemade ice cream ever (cookies 'n cream, made in our new old-fashioned ice cream maker)
- Lunch with girlfriends at Beaufort Grocery (including the BEST ham and pimiento cheese sandwich, mimosas and, of course, lots of gossip)
- A sprained ankle (Lee) and early morning trip to Walgreens to procure crutches and an ankle brace
- Drinks in Morehead with friends at Chefs 105 and the swanky Arendell Room
- Fun times lounging on (and then destroying) the Funstation (this now makes two that we've destroyed)
- A shiny new Jarrett Bay collar for Sugar