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Cakes w/Friends...Keri 
 
Jun. 1, 2012 11:25 am 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 9:43 am
You know....Allrecipes.com has opened my eyes to more then just food. But to a community of friends that have become soo dear to me. I've communicated & met some great ladies and gents. I've made so many friendships...instant ones that, I find complete my life. One being Keri, from which I personally met in Las Vegas in 2011 with 18 other lovely ladies....as well as flying up a month prior to the Las Vegas Blowout in April 2011 and meet 3 ladies from allrecipes too. Laurrie(witchywoman), Liz & Jessica in Washington State. And have befriended & meet Toni Jo. But I'll save those for another blog ;-) This one is about Keri & me. And our adventures.

Like Keri said in her personal blog about,
how it came to pass on being on Allrecipes.com, how we stumble into why we came to the website & that this website has opened doors for not just food, but for the common ground of meeting and chatting with others about food and develop personal relationships with one another from all walks of life. We come together as a collective..laughed together, cried together, have gotten mad together...and most of all learned together & from one another. There are a lot of things I still don't know about, with different types of cooking methods to different types of food, how certain things are eaten or not eaten. Or things I've never heard about...like Jen Evison, who works as a Social Media Manager for Allrecipes, known as Allrecipes Jen. Showed me a picture of Fiddle heads..."I thought what in the world are those?" I thought they were some sort of alien fish. Found out, it's something that grows on ferns. And when I was on a trip with Toni Jo & Tim and we saw them at the botanical gardens in Bandon, Oregon. I would have never guessed. Until I saw them for myself. They are really neat looking. So Thank you allrecipes. For expanding my friends list, for loads of things I can't begin to thank for. But most of all, bringing my family closer around the table as well as expanding my table to fit my friends with me at every meal. Because some recipes I get are from others that helped me make the choice for serving to my family.


 So...Keri, and I have hit it off instantly on the buzz but more so when xraybarb, her daughter Cady, Keri & I roomed together in Vegas. And we still remain, great dear friends. She was with me, when we decided our first night to see a racy Vegas show..and wow was it racy!! Called Zumanity. Fabulous show. We talked about that all evening. Then Keri was with me to see the Sharks and take a funny photo almost getting eaten by a shark. I carry that picture around in my purse on a key chain(seriously~I keep it there even when I change purses). She was also with me, to get an allrecipes tattoo on my ankle. And I was with her to see her get buzzed at the Diva's show in Vegas on the strip...THAT was a blast, hanging out with all the ladies that were still lingering about that Sunday night before we left the next morning. And we went out for late night munchies on the strip. It was hard to say good bye. But I had no idea, what was in store....

Just after getting back to Oklahoma, Keri asks me to be in her wedding. I was honored that she asked me to be her Matron of Honor and help with her wedding cake. I think we both cried! At that point I surely made it a point that when my husband & I were moving our children to Oregon, at the beginning of his retirement from the Army, that we totally hang out on the way up. And we got to hang out for several hours close to her home...and it was soo needed. It was sad to leave again. But her daughters & my daughter decided to hide my daughter in the trunk of their car...Which was funny! We had to say good-byes and be on our way. I still cried. That was the end of August. By Feb, I was ready to get to California and have some fun. Of course, I had to take my oldest with me, which was good for her to see Michaela & Theresa too. Because they all missed each other as well. And Keri's family is just wonderful and sweet people.

We pretty much stayed out of trouble, until we completely doused Keri's parents kitchen with fondant, black frosting & powdered sugar everywhere...Al, her dad was so funny....I think he was our maid. But ya know, we really cleaned up after ourselves, he just hoovered over our progress. But ended up moving the cake unfinished to the church. It was better to work on it there. So I'm showing you some photos I have for the progress of the cake from start to finish. Because you know, I had Matron duties too ;-)
Here's the cake, after Keri, was kind enough to make the fondant prior to me arriving, most of the frosting, was done before I got there too, other then the black...which was a booger to make, but it got done. We filled & I crumb coated and iced. We rolled out the Marshmallow Fondant together(that's where the powdered sugar came in...I forgot my "The Mat" to roll with, to avoid the powdered sugar, but it's all good. Then stacked the cakes to see where we needed to start and stop the black chocolate frosting and placed ribbon around the layers. And then we moved the cake to the church.
Here's the bottom tear, and the start of the cake. Keri did help with this, look to the center of the cake...do you see a bean shape that isn't closed, close to the center of the cake? She did those to start for me and then I added all the rest of the details . Then moved the cake to the hall, so that I was setting the cake up where it was going to be & not move it. I stopped at the 2nd layer of cake for rehearsal & dinner..but was soo anxious to get back to the cake. But that waited until the next day.
The next morning. I had my hair done 1st, and quickly ran into the hall to finish up the cake.
How, I managed to get the cake done, with little ones running around, people stopping and talking to me, is amazing still to me, then..the cutest set of twins(Keri's nephew) were finally being occupied by their older brother with the stereo system, Keri's brother had installed for the wedding and were sitting on the steps dancing and playing with the music and microphones, that kept me bopping to the music & dancing along. Best thing ever..I got into my groove and just busted it out. And was done...1 hour prior to the wedding.
And there you have it..completed. I then ran, got my dress on, helped the bride with her dress, any last touches, helped her with her veil and proceeded down the isle. Smiling all the way. Keri looked the part of a beautiful princess, with smiles all the way. She didn't see the finished product until we were in the hall after the ceremony. And I was honored to be a part of her special day.
My favorite photo, I took before the "I Do's" of her with her daughters, Theresa & Michaela.
 The happy bride and Groom
Keri & I, on her special day.
And what a great weekend it was. I so much seeing Keri in person, and I know she's always a phone call away, as for a key stroke away as well on Facebook ;-) I miss you girlie.
 
Comments
Keri 
Jun. 1, 2012 1:03 pm
Okay, girlie...you made me cry :) I still find it so hard to believe that someone I've only seen "in real life" a few times can be such an incredible, important friend to me. No matter how far away we may be from each other, we will always be just a phone call away. I miss you, too, and can't wait to see you at the end of July!!
 
Jun. 1, 2012 1:59 pm
Aww. That is so special, and what a neat cake! Cool toppers too! Thanks for sharing.
 
Tasha 
Jun. 1, 2012 4:12 pm
Wonderful blog, and Keri, you and your girls look so beautiful and happy. Mis7up, I have to say that the cake looks fantastic and in my world you both are very brave ladies to do all that yourselves. I would have had to do about 10 practice cakes to look even half as good as that. Your tributes to each other is really heart warming and I thank you both for sharing.
 
Jun. 1, 2012 4:27 pm
Very sweet blog, mis7up! That cake is something to behold! What an artist you are! And I love the story of your friendship! Thanks for blogging about that. I can't wait to hear about the other cakes now.
 
Lela 
Jun. 1, 2012 8:24 pm
mis7up-how talented are you with these cakes! So lovely. I saw your butterfly cake, too! Also, too pretty to eat! Mix all that up with friends-sweeter yet! Thanks for sharing.
 
Jun. 1, 2012 8:33 pm
Great collaborative effort on the cake (and the wedding!) mis7up & Keri. It is so cool how we've all formed such close friendships with those that we've only been together with for really just a short time.
 
Jun. 2, 2012 2:15 am
Beautiful blog!! I loved Keri's cake, and the pictures of her wedding. The best part is that now, you live by me, and that makes me a very lucky person! Oh, the times you can have with a person as special as Melissa. As Keri well knows. Both of us are blessed to have you as part of our lives.Love you, Mlis!
 
Jun. 2, 2012 6:29 am
As always....a beautiful job Miss7Up! You are absolutely amazing and I love the theme of your new blog. Congrats to both you and Keri!!!! Love ya!
 
mis7up 
Jun. 2, 2012 8:52 am
thank y'all so much....and DahDah! I love you too. The best part is having y'all for friends ;-) And we sure can get into some funny pickles situations huh, DahDah? LOL
 
Jun. 2, 2012 4:19 pm
What an amazing friendship! The cake is so beautiful!:)
 
Jun. 2, 2012 4:19 pm
What an amazing friendship! The cake is so beautiful!:)
 
Jun. 2, 2012 4:20 pm
Oops! I don't know how it posted twice.
 
Jun. 3, 2012 7:19 am
You are an artist mis7up! That is probably one of THE most beautiful wedding cakes I've ever seen. I loved reading through your blog about the friendships some of us have formed from AR. It is so true! Who would have ever thought that could happen. You are truly a sweetheart! Great blog!
 
 
 
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I'm an active mom of 4 and married the love of my life. I'm a full~time certified care giver, part~time food blogger @ http://the7upexperience.com , avid & obsessed novice photographer. I love allrecipes and pretty much an addict. I'm also a new member to Banana Belt Photography Club that's local to my community, and an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. And have stamped allrecipes on me for life. The site has opened up my eyes to so much more then just recipes. I'm proud to be a member of this site and my love, passion & learning other recipes from other valued members has really broaden my horizens.
My favorite things to cook
Asian, Mexican, Multi-cultured foods, Low-fat, Low-sugar, Stews, casseroles, slow cooker meals and baking......Everything!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Funny but true: Cooking traditions men sit in the recliner and women in the kitchen...lol My family is always in the kitchen. My sister and her family, my parents and my family celebrate Christmas in January. Due to distance and work related jobs. Every year we plan what we are having ahead of time. Our tradition is usually food we've had abroad growing up overseas. Normally with Asia influences. It's always a special treat when we normally don't make the dishes often throughout the year.
My cooking triumphs
Unknown to me when I came up with a chicken and dumpling recipe of my own, my father was floored & delighted and told me it tasted just like his mother's.......My mom dropped her jaw because it was better then her's. It's a staple with my husband and kids.
My cooking tragedies
I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
 
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