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Friday, May 23, 2014

Dear Mom (#5)

Your Dear Rachel post has inspired me to write a reply back to you.

I found two HUGE bags of cards/envelopes at Goodwill a while ago for a total of $8. I enlisted David's help (much to his chagrin) to organize the envelopes by size. David would rather not have organized them at all. Most of the cards were Christmas cards or simple sympathy/"just a little note" cards. I think I got a good bargain, what do you think? :)

You can't really tell how many are in each pile, but…there were a lot of envelopes.


A month ago we celebrated David's birthday with an early dinner of his favorite meal: biscuits and gravy. I think i'm getting the hang of it!

David loves the frisbee!

 We also invited a few friends over for cake and hand and foot. I made the filling and frosting using this recipe, but the cake is my standard yellow cake recipe. It was SOOO good, but a bit finicky to put together… 

The raspberry filling was fine, but the mascarpone cream layer wasn't spreading very well.

I told myself that messy was ok as long as there was an even layer of raspberries and mascarpone/cream.

Next layer...

Getting the hang of it…it doesn't look half bad!

This is where it started to get super messy. The raspberries wouldn't stay put when I tried to spread the mascarpone layer.

And I still had to frost it with the white chocolate frosting. The frosting of choice was not so much frosting, as it was a delicious mixture of white chocolate and butter.

The picture from the website was pristine and beautifully white. And since there was no way (with the raspberries oozing from the center) that the cake would be all white, I settled for uniform pink sides.

Once I frosted it to the best of my ability I put it in the fridge for the icing to harden. I'm happy with how it turned out.

We miss the Bartholomew's (who moved to AZ) and the Chamberlains (who moved out of our ward). They have been excellent game-friends.

Happy 27th Birthday, David!

David and I lost the game, but we're looking forward to playing it with you in Hawaii!


There was a farewell party held in the Bartholomew's honor with lots of food and friends. I made these mini tarts. It was super simple, just a bit time consuming. The cups are made from sugar cookie dough baked in mini muffin tins. The filling is cream cheese, powdered sugar, cool whip, and a bit of white chocolate.

Paul and David 

Paul, David, and Jeremy 

President Sullivan and David 

The Bartholomew's and Reece's

Love you and Dad (and the rest of the family!)


Julie said...

This is so great, Rachel! I love seeing all your friends, and that cake . . . to die for! I SO miss being the recipient of your baking skills. You married one good man, I must add. :) Love you!

Julie said...

Your dad just read this post and said, "That cake looks REALLY good."

Emily Hickok said...

Mmmm!!! Yum!

Diana C. said...

Love this post and everything about it. Miss you!

landbeck said...

I'd love to compare recipes for sausage gravy. But I'd rather just have a piece of that amazing cake.

Jennilyn said...

Yummy! I think your cake for David looked wonderful--and those tarts are magazine-worthy beautiful! Did you line or mold the cookie dough in the mini muffin tin or push center down? Great idea for group happy food!