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Cake Wrecks - Oh Yeah.

For those of you privileged enough to have been previously introduced to the infamous blog, "Cake Wrecks", a little smile just came across your face. For those of you who have not yet had the honor, please take this opportunity to let the hilarity ensue as the good people at "Cake Wrecks" blog about professional cakes gone horribly wrong.


The Cake that Started It All





Sorry, You Can't Have Any




I Said I Wanted PINK!


Gee, Thanks "Kids"


I'm not really sure what the "20th" denotes: 20 years of being a "dad"? 20 "children"? Or maybe the cake is for the 20th "dad" to come along? Eh?

Regardless, any cake decorator who thinks the title Dad deserves quotation marks probably needs therapy. Or an English lesson. One of those two, anyway. 


For more enjoyable cake catastrophes, check out their blog!

A Wedding in Washington

This weekend was the wedding of my college roommate and sorority sister, Jennifer, to her long-time sweetheart, Nathan. It was a beautiful wedding, held at Holy Rosary Church in downtown Washington, DC. The church has some beautiful, ornate architecture, and was a fitting setting for their formal wedding.

The details Jennifer planned, with the assistance of Jamie Spears from Simply Chic Events, made the day personal and unique. Here are a few details from the ceremony and reception.


The reception was held at the stoic Carnegie Institute for Science, also in Washington. Cocktails started in the Rotunda while the bridal party took photos among Corinthian columns on the Institute's front steps.
At cocktails, guests were greeted with Specialty Cocktails in addition to a full bar, aptly named "The Jennifer" and "The Nathan." (Note: After the wedding, the bridal party went for nightcap at a nearby hotel's bar. Apparently, you cannot order "The Jennifer" …

Fuji Apple Salad

This is my little spin on Panera's Fuji Apple Salad. I had a hankering for this tonight and thought I'd try my hand at creating my own version of it.

Entree Salad:
5 cups diced iceburg lettuce
2 ounces crumbles fat-free feta cheese or Gorgonzola, crumbles
1/3 c chopped pecans
8 ounces of grilled chicken breast, sliced or diced
2 small Fuji apples, cored and sliced thin (1/8" or thinner slices)

White Balsamic Fuji Apple Dressing:
1 Fuji apple, cored, peeled
2 T honey
2 T white balsamic vinegar
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 t dijon mustard
1/4 t garlic powder
1/8 t salt

Dressing:
Put all ingredients in small Cuisinart and puree until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use for salad.

Salad:
Combine all salad ingredients, plus 1/2 of the dressing, and toss in a large mixing bowl. Divide into two servings for entree sizes, or without this chicken this makes a great side dish for 4. Refrigerate remaining dressing for up to 3 weeks in airtight container.