An Easel, a Clown, and a Wedding Cake

I’ve been thinking about baking my own wedding cake for a while, and this weekend I finally hunkered down and gave it a shot, a practice run. The cakes I love are simple, even rustic, so I thought ‘how hard can this be?’ You can see where this is headed. Here’s an example of the style of cake I really like. Easy peasy, right?

I’m a pretty good cook, but baking is not really my thing. This should have been my first clue that I am not to bake my own wedding cake. But try I did. I used a box mix because I really wanted to focus on whether I could do the assembly and the icing. Hmm, turns out the answer is a big fat noooo! It’s super moist and tasty, but looks kind of like a grade school paper machet project.
not exactly what i had in mind…

So off to Square Rabbit I go! Their cakes are awesome, and I’m sure they’ll bake something for our special day that is fabulous. And, one less project on my list!

One thing I stumbled upon though is an awesome frosting recipe. It is delicious! Not too sweet, creamy, just right. I’ll skip the pre-made in the tub every time now that I have this recipe. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting at Epicurious.com.

After the wedding cake experiment, we headed downtown to the spring open house at Revival Antiques. I’ve only been a few times, but this place is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Their pieces are beautiful, they have tons of vignettes set up to get those decorating idea wheels turning, and it just plain feels like home when I’m there. I went there with nothing particular in mind and found these sweet little easels.

 

It took me the better part of an hour to decide between the two…walking around with both of them in my hands to get a feel for them. Do you all do that? I especially do that with clothing. Always have to carry it around before I decide, like it’s going to give me a vibe or something! Haha! Anywho, I chose the darker iron easel on the right and have it in the kitchen holding one of my cookbooks. I love it! I’m pretty sure I’m going back for the white one too.

Another project I’ve been talking about FOREVER is painting Ken’s bedroom furniture black. I snapped a couple of pics at the antique store for inspiration – and also to remind me to get on it!

 

i wonder if the kitty comes with the set?

And, of course, there was our usual clowning around. Really, what’s a Sunday without a clown?

Cheers!
Kelly