Friday, September 4, 2015

Lake Lopez and wine tasting

I like vineyards, tasting rooms, camping, nature, and hanging out with good people. Fortunately I know some good people to do all of these things with! We missed our usual 4th of July camping/river trip this year, but magically (actually, I truly believe I manifested it to be) a space opened up for us on another big-group-of-friends camping trip a couple weeks later. We had such a great time! Only a few pictures, because there was so much time NOT DOCUMENTING, but instead just enjoying. Here are a few...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Nutmeg Feather Cake with Penuche Frosting

This is one of my favorite cakes, and somehow, every time I make it, I underestimate how quickly the frosting changes from too hot and liquidy to too chunky and un-spreadable. I finally jotted down a couple notes on the recipe for next time. Namely- the option to add cream in at the end if it's too thick needs to be rewritten as mandatory. Even if you start to spread it and it works just fine, by the time you get half way around, it is not the same consistency. Then you think if I add cream now, the frosting will have two distinct consistencies, I can't do that! So the game day decision is to just go with it as, after all, it is homemade (and it looks it)! Another note should be to double or at least 1.5x the frosting so it is easier to frost at will.
Hoping that I see those notes before jumping in again. The great news is that it always tastes wonderful. The smell and flavor are so nostalgic for me, I just love it!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015