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Happy Decoration Day!
May 25, 2009, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Baking, Family & Friends, Fiber Arts, Food, Knitting | Tags: , , , , ,

And if you know what the post title refers to, you win the History Dork Prize today!  I’ve always thought that “Decoration Day” sounds quite festive (makes me want to strew glitter and streamers about) while “Memorial Day” has a much more somber feel to it.  Not sure which is more appropriate for the holiday . . .

Anywhoo, totally off topic.  It’s been great having a three day weekend since it’s been so busy that I don’t know how I would have fit everything in otherwise. 

Friday

Friday morning was Nurse K’s graduation.  I didn’t go because I was working, but after work I headed over to her place to help her, her mom, and her aunt with graduation party preparations. 

Step one was to stop at Starbucks to pick up a cuppa joe which was required as an ingredient in one of the graduation cakes we were going to make as well as being required by Nurse K’s aunt who was going into heavy caffeine withdrawal (Nurse K’s family does not own any coffee making apparatus).  After obtaining the necessary hot beverage (a surprisingly complicated process involving battling hordes of teenyboppers on the hunt for their next frappuccino fix) I headed over to chez Nurse K.

Our plan was to make two completely from scratch cakes for the party on Saturday – a chocolate blackout cake filled with homemade chocolate pudding and a silver white cake filled with homemade vanilla pudding and fresh strawberries.  There were some tense moments – dividing the cakes to make the layers, when the vanilla pudding didn’t set up, icing the cakes, fitting them in the fridge . . . but in the end I think they turned out quite nicely!

Careful . . .

Careful . . .

 

The vanilla pudding never set up like it should so we had to mix it with whipped cream to get the right consistency to ice the cake.

The vanilla pudding never set up like it should so we had to mix it with whipped cream to get the right consistency to ice the cake.

 

Those arent candles on the cake, theyre our anti-icing-smooshage device.  And yes, the chocolate cake is sitting on top of a bowl of chili - the fridge was really full.

Those aren't candles on the cake, they're our anti-icing-smooshage device. And yes, the chocolate cake is sitting on top of a bowl of chili - the fridge was really full.

 

Impressive, no?

Impressive, no?

 

Saturday

On Saturday CodeMonkey and I headed over to chez Nurse K again for the graduation party.  We had some yummy burgers and, of course, cake.  I was pretty proud of the present I gave her.

Thats a nursing maual from 1910 and a hand knit, felted nurses hat.

That's a nursing maual from 1910 and a hand knit, felted nurse's hat.

 

Pretty schnazzy, huh?

Pretty schnazzy, huh?

 

We had to book it out of the party to run back to our place, pick up Shrub and our suitcases, and head down to Colorado Springs for the next event – Coworker C’s wedding.

The wedding was lovely – the weather was cooperative enough to stop raining for the duration of the outdoor ceremony, the ceremony was beautiful, the reception was fun, and it was all so unique and perfect for the couple.  The bride wore a gorgeous black evening gown, the groom wore skateboarding shoes with his tux, there was a gluten-free cake so the bride could enjoy it too, and the groom is taking the bride’s last name – awesome!

The happy couple

The happy couple

 

Sunday

Sunday was thankfully pretty low key – we had spent the night at CodeMonkey’s parents’ house after the wedding so we hung out with them for a while before heading home.  We all went to see Star Trek and I gave MommaCodeMonkey another knitting lesson – she now knows how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off!  Knit, MommaCodeMonkey, knit!

Shrubs so helpful . . .

Shrub's so helpful . . .

 

Monday

Today was also thankfully low key.  We went grocery shopping and puttered around a bit.  I did some dyeing (which I’ll hopefully get around to posting about later in the week) and some cooking.  It was rainy all day so it seemed like a good day for soup and cornbread.  I also made a peach and raspberry cobbler because, you know, two graduation cakes and a wedding cake weren’t enough sugar for one weekend.

The peaches were the last of the frozen ones from last seasons farmers market and the raspberries were a great price at the store today.

The peaches were the last of the frozen ones from last season's farmers' market and the raspberries were a great price at the store today.

 

Yummmmm . . .

Yummmmm . . .

 

Whew . . . I’m actually kind of looking forward to work after all of that.  It might be restful . . .

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