I've been off my game lately and am now just getting things back to normal...last weekend I double booked myself. I am horrible at scheduling things - never bothering to look at my calendar until after I've commited myself! In my next life I shall do better. So two weddings in the same weekend - one that only needed me to make a cake...but a very special cake...and the other needed me to do the flowers...15 table arrangements and the bridals! It was very hectic but very fun.
Claire married a farmer...so she requested a cow cake! She gave me the cow salt and pepper shakers to use as cake toppers - and it turned out so cute! Oh, yes, that IS a fly on the cake!!! The Happy Valley Grange, where the reception was held, seemed to have some sort of fly infestation! I kept shooing them away but it was futile...but as you can see, the fly is enjoying the frosting...almond buttercream...the cake was a Devil's food cake...it was pretty dang good if I say so myself! Claire's reception was so adorable - every little detail showed and the grange was filled with lots of laughter and love. They were not quite finished setting up when I delivered the cake so I didn't get any pictures of how the simple little grange was transformed into a beautiful and elegant reception.
Rachel's reception was equally as pretty - above are a few shots I managed to get. They just don't do the room justice but it was very lovely. The bride's mom and grandma both collect white pitchers, they were the vases, all of them were different and special to the family - such a nice touch! Both newlyweds could not have had better weather! It was sunny and 75 in Seattle - on a weekend, no less!
Now the death...the dishwasher died. Let me rephrase...the mister killed the old dishwasher. He tried to "fix" it. The new dishwasher was delivered but when the installer pulled out the old one he discovered black mold. Black mold is toxic...so the mister was quite proud of himself that he murdered the old dishwasher, thereby allowing us to find the black mold. Two weeks later, the mold had been removed, all dry wall cut out and replaced, along with the wood floor under the dishwasher and new insulation put in, to the tune of $2,200...so now it was time to install the new dishwasher - finally! Five minutes after it was installed, I left for the airport, leaving the mister and boy to operate the new cleaning machine...how hard could it be?!? Alas...I expected far too much of them...the mister turned on the dishwasher and left for work...never opening it to look inside or (heaven forbid!) actually put dirty dishes in it! Two hours later the boy called me (I was 800 miles away) to ask me why there was water on the kitchen floor! Turns out, had the mister opened the dishwasher he would have discovered THE OPERATING MANUAL...but since he didn't, bits of it, along with other bits and bobs that should have been removed before the maiden voyage, had clogged the drains! ONE WEEK LATER, when I arrived home, the standing water in the dishwasher had stunk up the house like you wouldn't believe! The mister didn't notice it...neither did the boy...so here's the end of the story...five weeks after the mister killed the dishwasher, $3,200 out the door for the new one and repairs, I had to make a service call on a brand new dishwasher that had yet to run a full cycle!
The moral of the story is this: Do not let your Caveman in the house, but if you must, ban him from touching anything!