Saturday late afternoon we celebrated the September and October Birthdays in Caleb's family. It's always nice to get together with family. "Hamel Haystacks" were the on the menu for dinner. (Fritos topped with chili and fixin's...lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese, sour cream,etc.). And, it was our job to do the birthday cake.
I had the idea of making different flavored cakes to try and suit different tastes. So (with the help of my friend Jen I.) I had six options - berry, lemon, coffee, white, chocolate peanut butter and pecan pie cake. The first five were all made from a box and then had various additives mixed in to give it the respective flavor. The pecan pie cake was made from scratch (more of a last minute cake as we realized that the first five may not be enough). The lemon cake seemed to go over really well. The icing on the cakes were flavored too. The chocolate peanut butter cake really needed more flavor though. I had chopped up pieces of chocolate peanut butter hershey kisses for that one. The berry cake was very good, frozen berries were added to that cake mix. The coffee flavor was distinctively coffee. You had better like the flavor of coffee to eat that one. And, of course, I did leave one plain white cake for the milder pallets in the group. Pictures below.
Here's the pecan pie cake:
And here are the mini flavored cakes: Top left is berry, top right is the chocolate peanut butter, bottom left is the coffee, bottom right is the lemon cake and the one on the plate all by its lonesome is the plain white cake (with sprinkles to make it pretty).
This morning, even though it was Sunday, I woke up at 5:15am to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Jen I. had a group that I joined so we all met at RDV and rode there. It was a beautiful day for a walk/run 5K. Pics to come later...but please be informed about Breast Cancer: http://iamthecure.com/
1. The greatest risk factors for breast cancer are being female and growing older.
2. Breast cancer knows no gender, geographic or social boundaries
3. Breast cancer affects more than just the patient — friends and family need support too.
4. The key to survival is early detection.
5. Simple steps for early detection are regular mammograms and breast exams.
6. It is important to make healthy lifestyle choices.
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Caleb, Mom and I also visited the "perfect" house again. We think we may have found a winner. No offer has been made yet, but it is possible. Our options are still open to look at others, but this is at the top of our list. It's a cute 3/2 with a pool and a fenced in back yard for the puggies. A great place to start a family for sure. More details to come on that as they develop!