Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ice Ice Baby (and some confectionery goodness and incredibly good news)

This is what I woke up to this morning....







Snow, freezing rain, ice, and now more snow. Our county and a few of the surrounding counties are under a level three snow emergency which means no one goes anywhere and if you do feel the need to go out, you could potentially be arrested. While winter and I don't get along, I was glad to not have to get out of the toasty cocoon that I had made overnight out of my down alternative comforter and my favorite blanket.

I slept in, read part of a book, played with the dog, and talked to a few friends. I did venture out after it had warmed up a little to un-chunk my car. Unchunk? You Southerners may ask, yes unchunck, which involves using a scraper to chunk ice off your vehicle. Sounds like fun right? Ok, not so much. While I was outside the snow kept falling harder and promptly covered the driveways that my brother had just shoveled.

Sandy may be the only member of my family who doesn't mind the cold snowy weather. She thinks the outside is her own personal snowcone machine. She romps around then promptly flops down to eat the snow. Our neighbors driveway is a downward slope, last winter she figured out how much fun it was to slide down and this was the first opportunity she had. Catching snowballs (or in this case slush balls) is also a favorite past time.




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In other completely unrelated news, using the kitchenaid mixer makes me incredibly happy. My family celebrated my grandma's birthday over the weekend. Store bought ice cream cakes seems to be big with the kids in our family, but my mom volunteered to get the cake for the party and we decided to do something different. I have a slight obsession with pull apart cupcake cakes, so thats what we had. I helped bake the cupcakes but Big T gets all the credit for decorating them.





I also successfully made a red velvet cake earlier this week from scratch!
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Lastly, thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for my friend who faced a very scary cancer diagnosis. For the past few days she has been undergoing a massive battery of tests, PET scans, and biopsies in the big city a few hours away for a second and third opinion about her cancer returning. While there is a mass that will need to be removed, a group of doctors at the Ohio State University cancer center have determined that the mass is not cancerous but rather a type fatty tissue mass that can cause false positive test results. I cannot tell you how happy she is at the moment and how thankful the rest of us are. We are hoping to be able to have a huge celebration soon! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your positive thoughts and prayers!!

21 comments:

Kylie said...

Whoa! I'm glad we didn't get the ice or sleet here. All snow for us! I didn't leave the house today but, Iwill have to go to work tomorrow. :(

kay* said...

those photos are beautiful! you know, that's the problem with snow...i really do like to look at it...but being in a snow storm (like we are now...20-25cm) is just not fun :)

i LOVE red velvet cake. i made red velvet cupcakes once and it was so delish. i'll have to make it again...

Princess Pointful said...

The cake is stunning! I almost wish I was trapped indoors so I could pretend to be that much of a culinary talent!

And big sighs of relief for your friend!!

Andy said...

1. *shudders* And here I was, complaining about the 60°F weather we had been having from 6 to 7 am.

2. OH MY MY MY!! That cake is just amazing!!!

3. I'm glad it was a "false alarm". Hope she feels better in no time.

Fritz said...

OH. MY. GOD. those cakes look tremendous!! my frosting craving has returned two fold!! and yay to the news! stay safe with all the craptastic weather!

LBluca77 said...

WHAT!! You can get arrested? That is crazy. I mean who wants to share a jail cell with some big guy named Bubba just for going out in snow!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

1. don't you just love ohio?! sike.
2. i'm impressed with the cakes lady! send me a piece won't ya?

Jenny and Matt said...

I hope the good news keeps coming!

Nikki said...

The cakes look awesome! The ice on the other hand... ugh! We are having the same kind of weather here.

I HOPE I will be blogging in Ethiopia! I am bringing my laptop, just have to cross my fingers that I will get internet access. I know that I can't get access to blogger from ET, so I will have to email the posts to my mom and have her post them. Although if the internet connection is too slow to send pictures, i might not even bother until I get home, only leaving short updates. So, really- I am not sure yet!!

Vanessa said...

First of all, I DO know what 'unchunking" is and have done it more times than I can count.

Second, your pull apart cupcakes are beautiful! Would you be willing to share your recipe for the red velvet cake? My Great Grandmother had the best one and it's turned into a life long mission to try and duplicate it.

Third, sorry about the bad news. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

MeLaNiE said...

Those are gorgeous pictures! I couldn't imagine it though. We had an ice storm when I was younger, and I don't want another one! Oh..those cakes look yummy!

Auburn Kat said...

I have to admit, I've never heard unchunk before! =)

Those cakes look amazing...can I have a bite?

That really is awesome news about your friend!

Bayjb said...

Holy cow those photos are scary but amazingly beautiful! I hope you guys are okay. Your dogs are really cute in the snow too :)

Maxie said...

I had the day off too! it was fabbbbbbulous.

Cameo said...

Okay, I LOVE the pictures of snow and ice! seriously, I could look at those all day.

Personally, I'm not a fan of pull apart cupcake cakes, but yours are pretty dang (see? I'm watching my potty mouth, some people find it offensive, assholes) impressive. I'm going to make a cake for Super Bowl and I just might have to do one of those. IN THE SHAPE OF A FOOTBALL! Oh my gosh, that JUST came to me as I was typing it!!!

Coconut said...

Pretty pictures! Those cakes look so good! You're giving me cravings!

So glad your friend doesn't have cancer! What a blessing!

Lauren said...

Those photos are so pretty! I miss the snow and those only made me miss it more.

Molly said...

I am in love with your dog! And I'm so glad to hear your friend is doing well.

Little Fish said...

I got goose bumps reading about your friends dignosis! I am so happy for you and her!!!

amywhere said...

I will keep your friend in my thoughts, I have a strong feeling that everything will be okay. I can't imagine what you are going through, with your friend and the ice/snow storm. That is crazy how you could get in trouble for being out and about, but when conditions are like that, I'd rather stay in bed and read too!
Nice pictures! Can I have a piece of cake?!!!

Sissy said...

the cakes look perfect. Great job Big T! and you too:)

I'm with Sissy, I love the ice pictures.