With Thanksgiving being tomorrow I feel the call to share here, the things I am most thankful for. There is the saying "Life is not a bed of roses." I feel in some ways it is just that. The thorns and the buds. No one ever says "Life is not a bed of thorns and roses" …. now that would just be silly… but back to my point. Life has it's thorns, what I am most thankful for is for all the things in my life that help me past those thorns. They are irreplaceable.
My family is always at the forefront of my mind. Whether in blood or spirit they are never fare from my thoughts. (I joke that I choose m family, which is true in a way. As an only child I collect siblings and a few special family friends have always been Aunts and Uncles to me.) They all, my whole family, all help to guide me and keep me sane… ish. Seeing them have joy is my joy! I am forever thankful to have their support and love. Especially in times when I feel lost in the thorns.
I am thankful to be able to do what I love. To created with my hands and for the talent that god has given me. I love making jewelry for Celebrated Lady. The dream grows and becomes more real every day.
There are of course many, many more things that I am thankful for. My list could go on forever. So though they are not mentioned here today does not meant that they are any less important to me. It just means that I didn't want to bore everyone, half to sleep with my list and ramblings.
I hop everyone has an amazing Holiday and whether you do or don't celebrated Thanksgiving I hope that your holiday season is filled with love, laughter, and thankfulness.
Yep, that's right a Star Wars cake. One in which the ever good Obi-Wan Kenobi faces off against the dreaded Darth Vader on shattered rock admits boiling lava. You know a normal day at the office. (Before it's brought up, In Episode III this battle actually takes place between Anikin and Obi-Wan but my step-brothers like Darth Vader better and since it was their birthday I changed it for them) Oh… wait is my geek showing… sorry.
Making this cake was so much fun. I know I haven't shared a cake in a while so I was really excited to show this baby off. When my Dad asked me to bake the cake I jumped at the opportunity. I mean come on as a girl who used to have fun scaring her friends with her Dad's life size statue of Yoda, who by the way wore a Philadelphia Philly's hat, I just couldn't pass this up. Plus I knew it would make my step-brothers and all included happy.
With that I got to baking. The cake is a two layer yellow cake (that I dyed red) with vanilla icing. I mixed up a batch of yellow and orange icing and swirled them together in a wave like pattern to add dimension and depth so that it had the appearance of hot glowing lava. I added the edible spray in red to enhance that effect. I then melted down a bunch of dark chocolate into a slab, stuck on Darth and Obi-Wan and placed it all very carefully into the freezer to cool.
Ah ha got you know Darth Vader! … oh sorry…
To continue, once the chocolate was cooled, I took it out and smashed it into a bunch of little pieces that which then because the floating rocks for the battle with. Darth Vader and Obi-Wan finished the cake by taking their place on top.
The boys loved it and I am quite happy with how it turned out. In the end we joked that Obi-Wan was the last man standing because his part of the cake hadn't been cut yet. I guess that just simply makes up for all the times he lost his light saber during the day… those little suckers are pretty hard to keep track of.
this post might have something to do with a book sale at a library...
Well it does. Why? Because library book sales are awesome that's why! Picture it a whole room filled with books, some in better shape then others, titles you've never heard of before just waiting to be discovered. The best part? Unless you decide you want a super duper special book that is separately priced, most of the books are priced a dollar or under… you can't beat that. You see when you are a book-aholic like me book sales are perfect because sometimes you come across a used popular book that you've been dieing to read that is normally in stores for nine or ten dollars and here it is only one!
The thing I love most though at sales like this are the old books. The books by authors I have never heard of with interesting and mysterious titles that lure you in. Here you can be lured in because unlike at a vintage or antique shop your not going to be dissuaded by some expensive price tag. I also found some cool records for my Mama and even a few things to be put away for Christmas.
I really have my best friend to thank for introducing me to my awesome new local library. It's two floors of books, movies and Cd's. They do a lot of events too for kids and families, like toddler time and movie night. It's so refreshing to see a library doing so much for the community to get kids reading and in turn seeing the community support and embrace their local library.
I love reading but I didn't always because I didn't learn to read till I was older because my school at the time wasn't helping me really and I learned to be pretty good at hiding it. Once I really discovered reading though, I ran with it, I just wish it had happened sooner. I have so many awesome kids books to catch up on. So… To see a place where kids can go to discover their love of reading just makes my heart soar and any way I can support that and get really cool books… I'm all for it! Plus I've already stopped by the sale twice… and that's when they told me they add new books everyday! I feel a few more books may soon be added to my collection before their sale is done…. this could be trouble.