It was another beautiful spring day here in southern MN. I didn't spend much time outside as I was baking, cooking and painting. I'm really tired of painting, but I still have to finish my laundry room-that no one will see. I painted the bathroom yellow also. The Dude is a little sick of my yellow obsession. He told me to buy a quart as our bathroom is pretty small, plus we have wainscoting on half of it. I didn't listen and bought a gallon. Yep over half left. Live and learn. Now I need to get a new shower curtain; I'm not digging the purple pansies right now. While pansies are still my favorite flower (planted, cut would be tulips), I'm needing a change.
I tried Donna's (My Tasty Treasures) StepGrandma's cake today. The recipe can be found http://mytastytreasures.blogspot.com/2009/01/stepgrandmas-4-layer-cake-omg.html. I did make a few changes, only because I'm not a fan of coconut unless it is Malibu rum and in my cocktail, and I didn't have time to split the two layers into 4 since I was painting up until 5 and our dinner party started at 5:30, so I barely got that sucker frosted. High praise Donna-they loved it. Megan thought the frosting was great as it was light and not too sweet, so it didn't detract from the cake flavor. It was moist and delectable. Here are some photos of the cake and of Casey giving Megan a lesson on making guacamole. It was so good. We just nibbled on appy's all night. I made a Poppin' Bacon bread, which I basically combined two different recipes into something that would work for me. I used a part of the Bacon Pull apart bread that Cathy at Noble Pig had as one of the finalists in her Superbowl giveaway, and part of a recipe I found in an old Taste of Home magazine. I will post that later this week.
Here is the cake
And here are Casey and Megan making some awesome guac!
Meg showing off her mad new knife skills!
It was nice spending a quiet night with friends. We sat around the kitchen table and talked about movies and kidded each other on what each other hasn't seen (Megan hasn't seen Top Gun!!)
We then watched "The Bucket List" and decided that the next movie night would be "Brokeback Mountain". Since my friends live in the city and get cable, they have DVR and can record movies. We on the other hand have a big 'ole satellite dish since we can't get cable out in the country and I don't even know if Tivo would work out here. Plus, if I had the ability to tape all my favorite shows and movies, I probably wouldn't have time to work or blog, so maybe that is a good thing!