Wednesday, February 17, 2010

And so it begins

Backstage for Cheaper by the Dozen. Tabby, Katie and Leah
Katie as "Anne"
We had our dress rehearsal last night. It went well. Katie is AMAZING. I'm not saying that just because she is my daughter. Truly.. she is doing a fabulous job! The play is great and if you live here in town.. please come. I promise you will enjoy it and you will be supporting our local theater. We start our "actual" performances tomorrow night. I am going to get some sleep!!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A New Day!

Hello Dear Friends,
I am feeling much better. Thank you to everyone who reached out with love and support!!

Let me tell you what I did today. Remember the book I told you about EAT CAKE. The one that made me want to bake?? Well.. today I made a lemon cake. The batter was dense and yummy.. lightly lemony (only 2 Table spoons of lemon juice). I can see me making the cake plain with just powdered sugar sprinkled on top. But today I made the frosting too!

First I made a lemon curd. This sounds horrible but it is like a lemon custard. I juiced 6 lemons and zested two of them. To this I added 1/2 a cup of sugar, 3 eggs and 6 Tbl spoons of butter. You cook this on a low heat until it thickens. Then you put it in the fridge to cool with saran wrap pressed onto the surface. After about an hour you take out your whipping cream and whip it up with a 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar and then you fold your whipped cream into your lemon curd. The result is light and fluffy and LEMONY!!

I was so proud. I even made it as a layer cake. WOW! I should have taken a picture that I could post for you.. but I was so anxious to eat it. I had it for lunch! (Not the whole thing mind you.. just a slice!)

In other news, the play is coming along. I am trying hard not to be nervous. I mostly have my lines and just have to work a bit on timing. If there is too big a pause I tend to think it must be me and I jump in with my line... (and it isn't always me... so there you go.)
Katie is doing a wonderful job and it has truly been amazing to get to do this with her. It is a memory we will always share.

Alright.. this is short and I know that I have more to share.. but I have chores and I need to bake something for the high school meeting tomorrow.. no.. not a cake. Fudgy oatmeal bars I think!