I am certainly getting smarter as I'm getting older. Or - just getting to be a smarter parent.
Although Cassia is very helpful in the kitchen - sometimes the help is not so helpful if you now what I mean. So, in order to speed up the process a bit I actually made the cookies and the cake last night after she had gone to bed. Smart - right?!
She did help me mix the orange and green icing today. Today was icing day!
I didn't really want to have to do all of it today and look like a
chicken turkey with my head cut off.
As I mentioned, I had offered to bring a dessert and had decided to bring carrot cake. Yum.
Turned out ok - at this point I still had icing left and almost piped some on - but then stepped back and thought - that's good. It was good! Going to go get a piece now actually.
Just a minute - I'll be right back.
Yup - pretty good - a nice dense cake and the icing is sweet but not too sweet - thank the two blocks of cream cheese for that. Here's the recipe over at Good Thymes & Good Food.
I have never made a cake that involved nuts on the side like this. It took me a minute to plan my approach. In the end I took a handful and pressed them on. Because the icing is quite stiff it worked very well. I was impressed. Nice that Debbie had a huge stash of pecans on hand.
Both recipes worked out but they both let me down. The recipe for the cake icing would have been enough for two cakes even with a ton of icing on each. Because it called for 2lbs of icing sugar I had realized that I did not have enough icing for the cookies.
The cookie recipe totally let me down!
Did you skip on over to Kailey's Kitchen from wence the recipe came. Mine look nothing like her's - grrrrrr. Hate that - her's cookies don't even look like they have carrot in them for gosh sake and exactly how do you get them all round and flat light that - not with this recipe! Anyway, even though I wasn't overly excited with how they looked I iced them - with all my extra icing - and took them along.
Since we haven't been going out much - what with the snow and all - I thought I'd show you how the ride went over to the other side of Hendersonville.
Headed to Kelly and David and families house for Thanksgiving. They have five kids - Cassia is excited.
An apple + produce stand just down the road. I have been meaning to stop in but they are closed Dec. 1. Maybe we can make it there tomorrow on our way into the city.
One of the many orchards in these parts.
More foreigners! A Westfalia from Quebec, obviously heading further south. Florida no doubt.
And a youngish couple to boot.
Nothing fancy about this picture, I just wanted to show that we went from country - to city (Hendersonville) - to country.
I should have more downtown shots next post since we are headed there tomorrow afternoon for the Christmas tree light up and to meet Santa. Fun.
At the stop light - we all laughed.
This area is very similar to many parts of British Columbia for us - particularly Vancouver Island. A moderated climate - it doesn't get too cold but quite a bit of moisture. Lots of trees and narrow winding roads. Still no shoulders. We laughed when Cecil, the fellow we drove home said - they have a shoulder - it's called a ditch.
The highway is still lined with trees but beyond are nice stretches of lawn - hobby farm type properties.
From the highway we turned onto Kelly and David's road. Not paved. Gravel.
Yikes! I thought I was back on the Mexican backroad for a minute. Not sure I could get used to that - I'm starting to become citified I think. AND it went in about a mile - or maybe more - 10 miles maybe!
No sooner had we arrived that Cassia was out and off with the kids. Seven kids at her disposal = fun for a four year old.
Actually - today being November 28th, means that Cassia is exactly 4 1/2 years old!
The apple of our eye.
Blackberry and Sitonrocksmokin'
Raspberry - the newest addition to the family.
David and Kelly's house sits within the trees - very tall trees. There's Blackberry starin' at ya.
David's sister and family came from up from Georgia for the weekend.
LOVE LOVE LOVE her boots. I couldn't resist a picture.
Ariel showed me her boots to - so, here's a picture of her's too!
One thing you just have to love about living in the country - you get to have your own chickens = eggs.
Free to good home! Ha! Just jokin' of course - you gotta love the kid - snarky faces and all!
Cassia has yet to meet a dog that she doesn't love.
I guess because she has grown up around Rufus she has no fear - yet. And what dog doesn't love the attention that a little girl provides.
It was a large group - a rag tag team - 13 adults and 8 kids. Kelly and David did a stellar job (if you've ever had to cook for a group that large you know what I mean) with a delicious meal and exactly how a Thanksgiving meal should be - way to much good food - top button worthy.
Since it was an early meal, 4:00 pm we were home by 7:30pm. If you can believe that even included a stop at Walmart. Not my idea and I wouldn't even go in - the parking lot was packed. Yup - Black Friday shopping already at full throttle. But since we don't get out very often the boys (Meshach and Josiah - hardly boys - ugh - am I that old already?) wanted to stop for a few items.
A nice third Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving is a HUGE deal here in the USA I have realized.....interesting.
All from me tonight.
Time to digest.