WELCOME to my PARTY!!!
The month of November is a special time for me:
my second novel and sequel to
the second in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 November on Amazon
Because my son, my firstborn child, turns thirty-seven today, and because Clara Bess is a pastry chef and master baker, today’s post is…
This post is mostly a bunch of pictures. Because, well, they’re fun. And pretty. And who doesn’t like a pretty birthday cake?
My grandmother decorated cakes for as long as I can remember. I used to love perusing her Wilton catalogues, and I guess it stuck with me; as much as I loved looking, I wanted to learn to decorate cakes, too. Fast forward several years. I don’t remember now if I used Wilton products at the time or not, but when my first son’s first birthday rolled around, I knew I had to make the cake. The decorations are Wilton, I do know that much—and believe it or not, I still have them!
This was my first feeble attempt at cake decorating. And this adorable little fella is thirty-seven today! I got more creative as I progressed, and I like to think, my skill improved.
Boy-child #2, first birthday—the horseys on the invitations were inspiration for the horseys on the cake. And this precious fella is now thirty-five!
As I experimented, I learned that my oversized pan took three cake mixes—not two, and not four, three. That’s brother holding the puppy cake for the pic—birthday boy got a Dalmatian puppy for his birthday.
And the girl-child’s first birthday; she is now thirty-three. (She was fascinated with the butterfly on the cake!) I eventually learned to turn the cakes onto a cake board—much more attractive that way. Also made several cakes in shaped pans.
Some cakes from later years. And yes, that is a can of beer—and a keg! Twenty-first birthdays. I have fun decorating, that’s for sure!
A few of the cakes for the twin nephews (now twenty-three)…
… and a niece (now fifteen.)
I can’t recall what I used on those first cakes, but when I took a Wilton cake-decorating class twenty-plus years ago, they taught us to use the Royal Icing.
Now, however, I see that Buttercream is the icing of choice for decorating.
Rolled Fondant creates a smooth finish. I’ve not used fondant, yet, but plan to attempt it. Maybe for the grandgirl’s birthday next month.
Meanwhile, here are some gorgeous cakes by my friend Janice Thompson. (much mo’ prettier than mine!)
In the spirit of Christmas, I gotta share this pretty cake I found on Facebook.
And finally I close with a birthday cake I did for the king of Kings.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all, and to all—oh, and of course, Happy Birthday to my
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
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