I recently made this chocolate raspberry cake for a wedding reception. The cake itself is chocolate layered with raspberry preserves and chocolate butter cream filling. It is iced in a dark chocolate ganache and decorated with fresh raspberries. I created the heart and initials from bittersweet chocolate.
Lately I've wondered why we weren't getting any more cherry tomatoes from our garden. I check the plants often but only to find unripe, green tomatoes. A few days ago, the mystery was solved. I caught the culprit red-handed (literally). A little chipmunk sitting at the edge of the garden chomping on a cherry tomato. The cherry tomatoes fit perfectly in his greedy little hands. *This is not my best photography as I had to take the picture through our screen window in order to catch the thief in action. I knew that as soon I opened the door, he would scurry away.
The kids tried to take advantage of flying a kite in almost 60 mph winds after traces of Hurricane Ike moved through Bloomington two Sundays ago. It was almost too windy to get the kite up but they eventually succeeded.
The storm also caused a number of trees to blow over, many of them onto power lines and 30,000 people were left without electricity. We were lucky to only experience the outage for about an hour but our neighbors across the street were without power and phone service for three days.
Today Steph and I went to the nursing home to visit our friend who is celebrating her 83rd birthday. We had a lovely time and conversation with her and her husband, as well as her sister who is visiting from out of town. Steph brought along some beautiful sunflowers from her garden and I brought these pretty little flower cupcakes from my kitchen. They are white chocolate cupcakes with butter cream icing. The fondant decorations are my attempt to make hydrangea look-alikes.
On Labor Day Keith took the boys, by bike, to Lake Monroe so that Ethan could do some fishing. Even though it was a very hot day both boys decided that they would ride their own bikes down to the lake.
Ethan said the fish were biting but unfortunately he didn't catch any. And while Ethan spent the morning fishing, Mac took advantage of a shady spot and a good book.