Monday, December 13, 2010

Weekend highlights

We had a leisurely Sat morning. I made a cake in the shape of a Christmas tree, then decorated it to look like a Christmas tree, to take to our friends George & Steve's tree trimming party.
I used a chocolate cake mix and added orange extract, orange zest, and triple sec. The icing was a cream cheese base to which I added orange extract and orange zest. Spouse really loves the combination of chocolate and orange. Oddly, I couldn't find my rectangular cake transporter. I checked every closet and cabinet, to no avail. So Spouse & I went to a nearby kitchen store to buy another, but decided to pass on the $30. one they had. Next we went to Walmart, thinking we'd find a less expensive one there, but found only round ones! So I bought a $1.50 aluminum foil turkey roasting pan and turned it upside down over the take to transport it. Hopefully we'll find the rectangular cake transporter one day. I think we probably left it at someone's house.

We had a lovely time at the tree trimming party, chatting with friends, snacking, and admiring the 2 trees. On the way home we stopped at the grocery store. Later that evening we met up with Steven & Thad, 1 of the Bobs, and Jack and his friend John at the Frogg Pond for their customer appreciation party. (This is the place where we've played team trivia games and tournaments.) We enjoyed a free buffet dinner, talked, and listened to a couple play music and sing. There were door prizes given out throughout the night but we didn't stay to the end. We had a good time.

Sun morning Spouse & I had a few friends over for brunch. (Spouse chose the brunch over a party for my birthday.) We had french toast, a french toast casserole, egg casseroles, bacon, sausage, a fruit salad, coffee and juice. It was really nice and our friends stayed for 3 hours. When they left we cleaned up and Spouse took a nap while I stumbled upon a marathon of a show called "It Only Hurts When I Laugh". I don't know why, but I get positively giddy watching video clips of people hurting themselves! Seriously, I watched 3 hours of this show and was literally laughing out loud.

Then Thad called and invited us to meet them at the Long Neck Diner for dinner. I had a yummy cheesesteak with fries. Afterward we went to their house and helped them decorate their tree. When we returned home we watched "Ice Blues" and then went to bed. We did a lot this weekend but didn't feel like we were on a schedule.


Rick said...

Your cake looks good. Oh and so did Big Ella in the parade. I love a night time parade.
Sounds like a busy weekend. You should have that tree trimming down by now. I could have used some help with mine.
Have a good week.

anne marie in philly said...

I would love a piece of your cake, thanks!