BornGrace

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Not a “yes, dear” sort of wife

When my husband told his dad he wanted to marry me, his dad wanted to make sure that he understood that I was never going to be a “yes, dear” sort of wife. I took it as a complement. At least he didn’t call me a b*tch :-). That said, I have found it to be rather annoying over the years when my daughters demonstrate their inheritance of that particular trait. Witness their 11th birthday sleep-over cake.  I don’t remember what the original sketch looked like, but I liked it and showed it to them expecting all sorts of oohs and awes.  (This is when my husband likes to point out that I don’t actually want anyone else’s opinion, I just want a rubber stamp of my good taste . . . duh?!)  Not what I got; I think Eleanor suggested I might want to check out a book she had on drawing faces and Grace decided that I needed to make each face representative of the actual child invited to the party.  SO MUCH HARDER . . .   And it was more than a little disconcerting seeing said children gleefully devouring their own heads a couple of hours later.  But, to give credit where credit is due – my girls’ ideas were right on the money.  That’s Eleanor in the pink sleeping bag on the left and Grace with the short hair and purple bag on the right.

ENJOY!!

A Little Mermaid in Your Life

This was my first attempt with gum paste.  I wasn’t sure what the right medium would be for all the sea and sand creatures, so I bought fondant, gum paste and marzipan.  I’ve never worked with modeling chocolate, but that is TOTALLY on the list – just need to convince my husband that what he needs more than anything for his birthday is a cake which allows me to express my love for him in modeling chocolate.   But back to the mermaid.  Everything is edible except the Barbie torso and head and I am only moderately scarred from frosting the naked Barbie boobies.  I made all the sea creatures, coral and sea shells the evening before so the gum paste (the final winner) had time to harden.  I do need to do some more tests on keeping the colors vibrant because they do tend to mute in the gum paste as it dries.  Even with all that done ahead.  It still took 1 1/2 to 2 hours to just assemble the cake.  Thankfully, it was very straight forward and we had no structure issues to deal with.  Plus the Birthday Girl was THRILLED!

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