We’re preparing for possibly another flurry of snow?! How can that be, you’re thinking. It’s gorgeous out. The sun is shining, there’s no wind, the grass is greening as I type, the apricot tree has its first buds peeking out…and SNOW you say? Actually I don’t say it. J.D. says it. He’s my favorite weatherman and this guy know his stuff as he gets his weather geek on at Facebook and the local TV channel. If J.D. says it, it must be true. So far, his batting average is excellent. So, it is today we must be living, to quote a famous line that Catherine Marshall wrote many years ago. And living, we did! Eggs were hidden, eggs were found, the Scriptures were preached, the songs were sung and the theme of the day was, “He is risen, indeed!!” Babies were played with, food was abundant, kids were all over the place…and birthdays were celebrated. Which brings me to my latest creation… I posted “the pieces” the other day. The pieces fit together pretty well and the birthday girl was pleased. She requested a cake that was “Springy”, green (it was green….VERY green), no snow (not a snowflake in sight) and maybe a rabbit or two..actually, four. Oh. And lights. The lights inside the windows were a MUST.
The challenge was…for me..to come up with something that didn’t ring too true to Mr. Jackson’s vision for Hobbity things but yet had a dab of Bag End here and there.
So Father Christmas/Gandalf spirited into Father Spring who had butterfly on the tip of his white hat. (Yes, I know that he’s really Gandalf the Grey but work with me on this. Grey is just so…grey. Doesn’t do a thing for the color scheme. Apologies to Mr. Tolkien.) The tree was a new experience and I learned lots! I asked for advice from 2 of my favorite and esteemed cake decorators, did some research and combined about four different techniques to create my tree. It’s made up of chocolate dipped grape stems, wired on to a plastic column which was then wrapped in chocolate fondant. After the whole shabang dried, royal icing leaves were piped on. One. At. A. Time. The birthday girl…heck, all of the kids, oooed and ahhhed and were probably thinking…”For my next birthday, I want….” I think I may have heard the Kansas State Stadium mentioned. Heaven help me!! 🙂