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
. 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
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.