Fluffy White Frosting and an Idiot on the Beach

First things first: FOOD!!!  Here’s the recipe for Fluffy White Frosting!

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I don’t know if taking a picture of the recipe works, but let me know if you can’t read something.  Oh and if you need to be reminded of what this frosting looks like:

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Umm, yeah.

On a completely unrelated note, George is spending the week in L.A.  While I’m enjoying every single minute of freedom crying in Portland, he’s tagging me (on Facebook) in pictures like this:

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What an idiot.

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Final San Francisco Pictures

Sad to say, this is (probably) my last post about our trip to San Francisco.  It’s pretty random, so here goes nothing!

First, a few more pictures of the house.  This is the “attic”…I love it!

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It opens out to a rooftop deck:

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Just gorgeous.

And on the main level, there’s also a dining room:

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That’s open to the living room:

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Uncle Daniel made a lot of the art hanging on the walls, including that gray and blue one above.  Pretty cool.

And how about this apple tarte tatin?

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Daniel and I made this for Candi, it’s her favorite dessert.

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Fruit desserts aren’t normally my thing, but I managed to cram this into my face pretty damn fast.

And speaking of Candi, we shoved candles in the leftover anniversary cake so we could have a real birthday celebration for her.

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He thinks he’s so cool in his butterfly birthday hat.

It was also Pride Weekend when we visited, and George and I were excited to attend the Gay Pride Parade Sunday morning.

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I lost my sunglasses the day before so I wore a cool visor.  I also planned on wearing a zip-up hoodie, but Uncle Daniel said that would be too hot so he gave me a men’s button-down shirt to wear.  It was perfect.  Uncle Daniel-39, CTW-0.

The parade was fun and the people-watching was so.good.

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It’s okay to stare (and take pictures) at a parade.  We lost some of our pictures (sad), but we even got to see a few political celebrities in the parade!!  Nancy Pelosi leads the parade every year (very cool) and we saw Barney Frank and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, too.  George was dying.

Finally, for our last breakfast together, Daniel and I made some biscuits:

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Cut up some strawberries:

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And assembled this:

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Every day should start with strawberry shortcake.

A few people have asked for recipes so I’ll do my best to post some of those soon!!

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The Anniversary Cake

When G and I planned our trip to San Francisco, I informed Uncle Daniel that we would need to have cake to celebrate our anniversary.  I had no idea this meant that we would actually be making a cake.  And I definitely had no idea the cake would be so f*cking good.

Daniel is such a good planner that he had everything ready when I got there.  The cakes were baked (and cooled) and the custard filling was already cool and ready to be mixed with whipped cream.  We just had to make the frosting and assemble it.  I asked George to take pictures of Daniel and me in the kitchen and, whoa, he got some really f*cked up excellent pictures of me.

I think I’m whipping the cream to combine with the custard starter stuff <— obviously, I’m a baking expert.

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Daniel and I read through the recipe (I read each recipe about 800 times because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing),

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we measured ingredients,

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we looked for stuff,

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and I adjusted my apron.

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I made a weird face while Daniel looked in his (incredibly organized) file drawer of recipes:

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I should have taken a picture of some of the recipes because he types them out with the ingredients on the left and the instructions on the right.  It makes it a lot easier to see how everything goes together.

I supervised the chocolate-chopping:

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And made a weird face:

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When I saw the pretty cakes, I sang to everyone!

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Not really…I don’t know what I’m doing in that picture.

Mack decided it was time to help me supervise:

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Then I told Richard about how cakes need to be flat on top.

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And then we tasted the Fluffy White Frosting.  It’s really called fluffy white frosting and it is so damn good.

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Watching the master:

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Spreading out the custard filling:

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Time for a second layer:

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Time for another weird face:

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A 15th second taste test:

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Time for the FLUFFY WHITE FROSTING!!!

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More supervising by both Mack and me:

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A weird face and a cake with a bit of decoration!

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I’m pretty sure I make that face all the time because those lines on my forehead…are permanent.

And now, time for me to attempt to frost:

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I think the sugar got to me:

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Then I gave a frosting lesson to Richard and Candi:

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Oh and then we added chocolate!!!

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The chocolate was something like 99.99% cocoa so it was not sweet at all.  But it was perfect with the super sweet frosting.

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And I got tired of G having the camera.

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When you’re married eight years, you don’t have to make eye contact anymore.

And the most beautiful and tasty anniversary cake ever!

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I mean, look at that chocolate and frosting!

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Best anniversary ever.

THANK YOU DANIEL, CANDI, MACK AND RICHARD!!!

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Just Funny

A crazy friend visited over the weekend!

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My former coworker, Lea!! She’s incredibly funny and always gives me gifts that crack me up.  This time was no different:

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My new favorite magnet! Although, it may be tied for favorite with this one:

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Happy Wednesday!

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In The Kitchen

Uncle Daniel and I spent hours in the kitchen together when G and I visited San Francisco…and it was so much fun.  First, the view from the kitchen was unbelievable.

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There’s a small dining room off the kitchen and a more formal dining room down the hall.  We had most of our meals here:

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And pretty much everyone hung out here throughout the day.

We made a few cakes that weekend.  On Saturday morning, we dined on apple cake.  I didn’t take any pictures of the process (or the finished cake), but I do have about 50 of us glazing the cakes.

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Apparently, I was having a good time:

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Once we got the cakes glazed, it was time for a small group photo.

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After fueling our sexy bodies, we went to the Ferry Building Farmers Market to pick up more food!!

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There were a ton of people and so many booths.  And samples.  I ate about 10 pounds of peaches.

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And we were right on the water.  Beautiful.

We were having a birthday dinner that night for Candi so we had some very specific ingredients to pick up: salmon and lamb.  We also bought about 10 containers of strawberries for…strawberry shortcake.  Anyway, we went inside the Ferry Building to look at the seafood and meat:

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And it was crowded.  George didn’t really notice, though, because he was too excited about getting his picture taken here:

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I don’t really understand why G was so excited to take his picture with this sign, but sometimes it’s just easier to take the dumb picture than to ask why.

After we finished at the market, we walked about 50 miles through downtown.  G took about 400 photos of buildings.  I will share one.

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Once we got back to the house, Daniel and I got started on dinner.

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Salmon and caesar salad with homemade dressing.  That was my plate and it was so a-f*cking-mazing.

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This was G’s lamb.  According to the guests, it was also incredible.  And after dinner, we ate…cake!!

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This was the half that was left-over from the night before and it was just as good the second night.  There were two pieces left after dessert, but G plowed through those as soon as everyone said they were done.  Go G.

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