the pre-show. So pretty!
Later that week, Owen helped out by watering the dogs.
He tried out a few different methods....
look how smug he looks! haha!
and learned what happens when you point the water hose at your face...
but still smiled through it all.
I snuck in my favorite apple pie recipe, which one day I'll have to grace you all with ;)
nuthin' more American than apple pie they tell me...
except maybe apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top!
We got our first tomato from our garden. Please note how I artfully arranged it on a scrap of fabric for your viewing pleasure. ;)
Saturday rolled around and it was time to make Allie's birthday cake, which I look forward to all year long. I wasn't expecting a stomach bug or some potentially devastating family news that day. Joel offered to go buy a cake, and I'm pretty sure I yelled something nasty at him about him hating my cooking and trying to take away my joy of cake decorating. :/ Anyways, between my moans from stomach pains (writing that makes me think it would have been a good idea to step away from the cake...) to crying for five hours straight, I came up with this beauty:
I'm so disappointed! I shaped the cake and then tried doing a white chocolate ganache. Then I barely got the cake on to the stand without it falling apart, only to realize that it was totally off-centered. I added some sprinkles to try to help the thing out, then added frosting all around to cover the horrible bottom, and then I went all out with the sprinkles on the edge. The next day I really wanted to bake up a chocolate cake and plop this on top, but I knew that was only my pride, and we'd never eat that much cake, so I left it as is.