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Friday, June 19, 2015

All Baked Out.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

This morning Kathy and I had a few errands to run so of course we managed to sleep in. Our first stop was to Green Shield to drop off Kathy’s reimbursement form from Happy Heals. Our next stop was to UPS and they informed me the label I had on my package could only be shipped in the US not Canada. I definitely advise anyone against using UPS services and I’ll be calling Rand McNally back on Monday. 
Here I am mixing Icing Sugar.
We were back at home shortly after 10:00 and that’s when the work started. Our daughter Karen is throwing a multipurpose party on Saturday that is being deemed Pot Luck for most attending the party except Kathy and I. Even though we both had careers that we did in workplaces we also had a home type hobby that used up most of our spare time and nearly became a second career. Luckily we saw the errors of our ways and retired from our hobby. Karen requested that we come out of retirement for this weekend to produce three cakes for this occasion. 
Kathy Crumb-Coating the first cake.
Note cakes on the far table.
Both Kathy and I are certified Cake Decorators and used to be members of I.C.E.S. (International Cake Exploration Society). We have attended a number of conventions where members from around the world attended. We have rubbed elbows with many of the top pastry chefs in the US that you see on the Cooking Channel. The home we sold had a large well equipped kitchen that made our hobby very feasible. Now we live in an apartment and we only have a galley style kitchen. 
Kathy cooking the filling for a German Chocolate Cake. 
Starting as soon as we arrived home this morning we started mixing our cake batters and ran a production line of baking until we stopped for a peanut-butter sandwich at 1:00. The afternoon was spent mixing our icing recipe that many people have tried to get from us including past customers. 
Adding Basket Weaving to the side of the cake.
Now I'm making roses from icing.
We managed to build and decorate two cakes by 6:00 when we had Chinese take-out for supper. While I added the Basket Weave to the last cake Kathy was once again baking an additional two dozen cupcakes. With the final cake complete Kathy then began the process of turning the cupcakes into a very edible delight that she calls Snowballs. We took turns throughout the day cleaning up while the other would be cake decorating.
Kathy working on the German Chocolate Cake.
We finished all the decorating and clean-up just after 10:00 and we are glad it’s over. It brought back fond and frustrating memories. We have agreed this is the last time we’re hanging up our aprons. It’s too time consuming and very stressful. We’d rather be RVing! 

We haven’t had a chance to read a single blog today so we’ll have some serious catching up to do in the morning. Tomorrow we can enjoy the fruits of our labor. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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5 comments:

  1. Time to hang up the aprons once a hobby is not fun anymore. Nice looking cakes.

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  2. WOW...those are awesome looking cakes. I bet they taste every bit as good. Great job you two!

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  3. The end product sure looks yummy. Very talented.

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  4. Wow -- I had no idea! You make beautiful cakes!

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