Sunday, November 05, 2006

Party All the Time

The birthday free-for-all was today, and all I can say is whew! Man am I exhausted. Playing hostess for close to thirty of our nearest and dearest is a tough job. My mother-in-law was kind enough to help with much of the cooking, but there was still plenty to do, from baking the gfcf cake and some other assorted goodies, to prepping the house, to schmoozing with our guests. I'm pooped! I haven't loaded the photos from the party onto my computer yet, therefore I will have to reserve the photos for tomorrow.

The cake I baked was delicious! For the sake of saving time, I bought a mix from Wild Oats; it was Pamela's Chocolate Cake. I added one extra egg to the mix, as the directions said it would make for a lighter cake. It definitely did! It was moist and flavorful, not too heavy either. I coupled it with a homemade frosting I made which I colored pink per my daughter's request. The frosting is pretty simple:
1/2 c shortening
1/2 cup cf margarine (or all shortening)
3 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. corn syrup
2 Tbs. soy milk
and one teeny tiny drop of food coloring

Oh, I forgot to mention that sometimes I will add just a tad of almond extract for a change in flavor. You could probably do the same with peppermint extract, though I've never tried it--my kids aren't too big on mint.

One other thing--my daughter got one gift that was a HUGE hit in this house. My husband is a musician (classical guitar) who started out like many other musicians--playing in a rock band that he started with friends (He still owns his electric guitar, and plays is for fun--and a few gigs--from time to time). My daughter is learning to play classical guitar as well. A friend gave my daughter an electric guitar for her birthday. And not just any guitar--it is a Fender Squire with Hello Kitty on it! Oh, and by the way, it is pink! My little girl says she is ready to rock out with her dad--and says she wants to start a band too. Hilarious, and so cute!


Anonymous said...

WOW! We both live in NY state and have musicians in the family AND are glad to meet you here at blogspot.
We had a recording studio built for our sons who have a band and our youngest who is interested in all of the aspects of the business. check out and/or Our older sons are Pat and Ben. Our youngest is Brad.
Sounds like you had a wonderful party but may need to put your feet up today and put the tea kettle on.

Flamenco Mom said...

I sometimes wish I still lived in NY state. Once we traded in our city living for a quieter way of life, we actually ended up moving out of state. I do visit there, since much of my family is still in Brooklyn. I'm glad to have met you here too--so nice to find someone with whom I have so much in common. My daughter, Zoe, is ready to rock with her dad. My son, Ayden, has his eyes on guitar as well. And yes, there will be much relaxation going on in my house today. At least, until my flamenco class this evening.