Monday, August 23, 2010

Birthday Cake, Ole!

This weekend was my brother-in-laws birthday. His wife wanted to make a special cake for him, so she employed my fondant "skills" that she thought I had. I'm not a total novice, but not a professional by any means. But, here it is, birthday cake ole!

We started with the fondant for the maracas that would adorn the cake. Here Jen is making red and green fondant.






Cha cha cha!


A few of the finished maracas.
Yum yum. Rice Krispies inside, sugar fondant outside.

I made a mexican blanket and sombrero for the top of the cake.

The next morning we did fondant over the entire cake and water colored it a light tan/yellow for that aged look. We then began adding the decorations.

Happy 30th Birthday Jeremy!

He loved the cake and was honored that we spent so much time on it. We're no cake bosses, but we did a pretty good job. Thanks Jen for letting me be a part of it all! I had a great time.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Official Life Trip #3

We went on a quick weekend trip to Lake Murray. The hubs didn't get off work early like we had thought he would, so we got to the lake at dusk. It was beautiful though.

The hubs set up the tent...




...while weiner dog and I pretended to help with the instructions. 








 Ahh, home for the night.







I wouldn't think that a fire would feel nice in August, but after a late night swim it was comforting. Despite the 100+ temps, we sat by that fire for hours watching the stars come out and the moon dip down.

  



Fire is mesmorizing in the black of the night.








  
Hope we aren't under a burn ban!




    




It was too warm to sleep in the tent, so, we slept outside in the grass. The next morning hubs said he saw lots of people sleeping in their chairs. It's cool to think that so many strangers were all napping outside together. Trust is strong in the South!

 

On our way for a morning swim, then, off to Tucker Tower.









 The view of Tucker Tower from our campsite.








Quite a stoic building.











 The morning sky over Lake Murray.








 
 I wish I knew what kind of trees these were. They looked like they had been burned. 











We stopped along the spillway. We wanted to walk down closer, but I wasn't crossing the marsh in flip flops.








 
 Hey! A cactus!





Beautiful colors of summer.













 Sitting on top of Tucker Tower.





To the South,
 west,








and north.
 Looking down from the top of the world. Who says Oklahoma doesn't have paradise?





It was an interesting building inside. Alot of neat architecture, and one really cool spiral staircase. It reminded me of the one in my uncle house. I used to climb it as fast as I could, just to get dizzy.


 I really love old typewriters. I am the only one at work that still uses one. And this ancient one was right up my alley.

 Finally we headed home. We forgot how much swimming can wear you out, so after stopping at a McDonald's to nap in the parking lot, I took over and the hubs slept.
 And weiner dog slept too. I was left to drive all alone. Lazy boys!