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A Birthday Cake!

A week ago, my favorite twin boys turned 7 and I offered to help decorate the cake for their party since I just got some cake decorating supplies. I now have a reusable decorating bag, 6 icing tips, food coloring especially for frosting (thanks Dad!), and some decorative candy hearts (thanks Darlene!). I need powdered sugar though. Our local mini-mart, “Seum’s”, used to carry it but hasn’t in a while. I can get it in Vientiane too next time I go.

Anyway, about the cake – the twins’ mom baked the cake and I decorated it with homemade buttercream frosting. I think the border around the bottom turned out nicely. My main mistake was adding too much color to the frosting. It looks okay, but people’s teeth were turning blue at the party! One little 7 year old smiled at me with blue teeth and wide eyes to say thank you for the frosting! I wish I had a picture of that too 🙂

I’m back!

“I keep checking your blog, but every time, you’re still searching for your grandma’s rolls. You haven’t posted since November! Did you run out of new ideas?” exclaimed many of my friends and relatives.

I know, I know, I haven’t posted in half a year. There’s a good reason though. I ran out of space on my computer and simply could not fit one more picture on there. It got to the point where my computer was barely working because it was so full. And what good is a blog post without a picture?

James and Sarah around Christmas time

But now the problem is solved because we got a tiny little backup storage device to hold all of my pictures and now I can blog again! I have no more excuses and will be blogging more often. Tomorrow there will be a post about amaranth leaves.

By the way, if you have the problem of constantly checking on your friends’ blogs only to find they still haven’t updated, Google Reader is a solution to that problem. If you have a Gmail account already, it’s really easy. You sign into Gmail and click on “Reader” at the top. Then you enter all of the blogs you want to follow and Google Reader tells you when anyone has a new post. I know this is old news for some of you, but it might be helpful for others.

A lot has happened since November – I got canning jars for Christmas, taught twin boys how to read, and went to New York City for a good friend’s wedding. I’m also thinking of starting a cake baking service since most Lao people don’t have ovens, but do like cake. I think you’ll be hearing more about canning and cakes in the future.

The Once and Future Apple Cake


The Once and Future Apple Cake is a cake with a story. It began with a little girl whose mother baked apple cakes, but then died when the girl was young. When the girl grew up, she searched and searched for an apple cake like her mother’s. Please read the story and recipe here. I can’t tell the story any better than it has already been told. Continue reading

Mexican Chocolate Cake on the 4th of July

Yesterday for the 4th of July, we got together for a cookout with our American (and Canadian!) friends.  It rained, so we ate and grilled on a patio at our friends’ house and had a wonderful time.  We ate grilled chicken, potato salad, fruit salad, and chips.  For dessert there was apple crisp, brownies, and this chocolate cake. Continue reading