Thursday, July 9, 2009


I've had a few epiphanies as of late.

First, there is no amount of Wilton No Taste red food tint that will turn white icing into a red suitable for Elmo's fur. NO AMOUNT. I realized this after having used up 15 toothpicks transferring the food coloring from bottle to frosting. Because you shouldn't add too much at once lest the frosting turns too dark. Evidently you REALLY don't need to worry about that with red.

Second, I have mad cake decorating skillz. Pictures coming soon.

Third, my husband is very supportive even when he's pissed that I'm spending 3 hours baking/decorating a cake instead of buying one at Giant/Costco/Safeway for $20 OR just baking some regular square cake and frosting it with chocolate frosting like 90% of the population. This is not necessarily an epiphany, but still interesting.

Fourth, Elaine is evidently on vacation and does not have access to her home voice mail. I may sneak into her house and delete the nut job message I left begging her to tell me how to smooth out black icing when it keeps LIFTING OFF THE %$#@&* CAKE !!!

Perhaps I should have asked her for her mother's phone number instead. I'll bet she would know how to turn my frosting red.

Fifth, MAH BABY IS TURNING TWO!!! And she can sing almost the entire Happy Birthday song.

Sixth, when I had a "very serious discussion" with Esther's teacher about why she eats so little of her lunch and I babbled on about concern, and providing enough appropriate healthy food, and a child's ability to manage their own food intake, but still I was worried about how little she seems to eat at lunch and then when I FINALLY JUST STOPPED TALKING AND SHUT UP ALREADY she paused for a moment and calmly said, "Actually, Esther has a really good time talking and socializing with her friends at lunch and gets distracted." And then I got teary because this is a big and welcome change for Esther who used to be timid with her classmates at school. Luckily her teacher is around my age and has been teaching for a while and I hope has seen parents crazier than me. Like my neighborhood friend J. (and new blog reader - shout out !!!) who had almost the exact same conversation with our kids' teacher yesterday.

Seventh, I love my life. In spite of the stuff that worries/bothers/annoys me. I really, really love my life.


vickie2005 said...

Yay you!

The Lowe said...

Happy Birthday Ruthie. Can't wait to see your Elmo cake.

Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

Happy Birthday, Ruthie! I'm impressed she can sing the whole birthday song and she's not even 2. My baby is turning 4 and she can't even count to 4. Oy.

We once had a pink firetruck birthday cake. I HAVE seen red icing though, so there has to be a way to do it.

Also, crumb layer. I don't know exactly what it is, but it has something to do with keeping the cake UNDER the icing.

Sandy said...

Happy Birthday Dear Ruthie. Wish we were there to sing Happy Birthday TO you today! Love and miss you!

Laurie said...

Ah, good stuff Ellen. Good stuff indeed.

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