Skip to main content

2 Weddings and a Cake

Brooke woke up bright and early two days before the wedding. She had to whip together a three tier white cake and chocolate and red velvet sheet cakes.

I woke up not feeling any better. Actually I slept horribly. I woke up around 6:30 in so much pain. I took a few ibuprofen and slept in my mom's bed that had a heated mattress. At least I could stand up straight.  

The kitchen was taken over by mounds of butter, a ton of sugar, way too many eggs (but still not enough) and flour all perfectly divided for each cake.

People are always very excited for red velvet. The secret ingredients are red food coloring and cocoa powder. Not as appetizing as it looks, eh?

I try to stay away from using too much food coloring. When I made my cake tests I tried using beets to make the red color and wasn't very successful at it.



I worked on the cakes while Scott played out on the lake all day. It was the first day all week with no clouds in the sky or any wind. It was the perfect day to be outside and I was inside baking all day.

Well, I couldn't have played all day. Look at all the pics I took.

Kidding aside, I had a fun day lounging in the water and kayaking around the lake. I do not want to get in Brooke's way when she bakes cakes. It's just not a good idea.

Apparently customers at Nordic Ware come in complaining that their cakes aren't perfectly white. That my friends is called caramelization.

I was explaining this when he took the photo. Hence the weird face. 


Despite her bad back, Brooke eventually made it outside to lounge on the air mattress. The only problem was she couldn't get back up out of the water. I had to drag her to shore like a beached whale.

I knew it was a bad idea, but I didn't want to miss out on the beautiful day. 


I even made time to take a break for a boat ride. Although sitting in the boat made my back worse and I was back to walking around like Quasimodo.

It really was a beautiful ride even if the little fishing boat chugged along. Sorry kids, no pics.
 
I noticed that the frosting had turned yellow. When she whipped it up it didn't look any better. She'd have to make a whole new batch for the main frosting

The fridge was full of food when we got here. I feel like all I did was eat this week.

While she dirty frosted the cakes I grilled up some burgers and corn. I may have overcooked the buns. 

As you can see it was dark out so I don't blame him. 

Brooke devouring her favorite food in the world.

I wait all summer for this so I eat as much as I can. 

With all the egg whites I needed for baking we were left with tons of egg yolks. Scott made scrambled eggs with about 14 egg yolks the next morning. 

It was...interesting. I had originally planned to eat bacon and eggs on Thursday. Brooke had already frozen the yolks. I ended up eating all meat for one breakfast and only eggs on Friday.

I finished frosting the cakes.  


Then our quiet week ended when my entire family and then some, came all at pretty much the same time. 

After everyone got ready we drove about an hour east to Goodman for my sister Chelsea and Dan's rehearsal. The ceremony was held at the county park. It's about a 10 mile drive on gravel road. 

It's was like a rally race, dust clouds were kicked up in the air blocking out the distance in a fog of limestone gravel. The best means of navigation was the gps. I became the worst back seat driver. Sorry, Jeff.


We practiced for their big day. Including Scott who is the official wedding photographer. 

Official is key descriptor. The more I shoot wedding the more I notice either a few or ten guests with SLRs. Of course it takes more than a good camera.


I really like taking photos of the in-between moments.
 
My mom loves directing people and yelling at people because they "walk too fast".



The lighting was so perfect during the rehearsal. Of course the next day we'd have strong shadows, which meant a lot more work for me.

  
  We then headed to the park building to decorate. One of Dan's relatives owns a sugar camp so they had little bottles of syrup for  favors. 

Blake decided to examine the syrup like a scientist. He decided it was a form of sucrose.

Everyone helped out (except me) and made the place look pretty darn good. Chelsea could be a wedding planner.

  
We then headed to someone's garage for a potluck dinner and beer. 

Mmmm...beer...

After everyone in the wedding party got presents from Chelsea and Dan we headed back to Three Lakes. We all needed a good nights sleep. There was a lot of work to do on Chelsea's wedding day.

To Be Continued...

Comments

emma. said…
I want some corn.
Amanda said…
I have started commented as I read the blog so that I get to comment on each picture I want to say something about! Good plan, huh?
I LOVE the outfit you were wearing in the fifth photo! Very stylish. Sorry you had to miss out on such a beautiful day but I’m sure Chelsea appreciated her beautiful cake! :)

I did not know that you were having problems with your back.
OH! Spotted Cow!

Good job with the buns Scott. I did not know that your favorite food was corn on the cob Brooke. We get it all the time and grill it! So good!

Popular posts from this blog

Over the River & Through the Woods to Grandmothers House We Clean

My mom had wanted us to come down to my grandparents home to clean for months. Unfortunately a busy summer had kept us away. We finally made it a week after our honeymoon ended. We slept at my parents home in Cudahy before heading down to Racine. We got home from our trip on Tuesday and left for Milwaukee on Thursday. It was almost like an extended vacation. Before leaving the cities we stopped and had dinner at Foxy Falafel. It was pretty good and I like that she uses sprouted chickpeas.  I never knew my grandparents on Poppyseed Tuska's side so Grandma and Grandpa Wojcik were a special part of my life. They both passed away last year after living nearly 90 wonderful years.  Their home was always a wonderfully warm and inviting place. The perfect place to spend your Christmas Eve in front of a fire place. Since it's going to be sold, Brooke and I took on the massive task of organizing and cleaning the home. When Scott told me his mom wanted us to c

A Lovely Day

The time change didn't really affect me and I got up at my normal time. To Scott it meant sleeping in even later. While he was still asleep I worked on our meal planning and grocery list. Once I finally got up we were both ready to go grocery shopping. Brooke even had all the bags packed.   We tried to figure out somewhere to eat brunch. We had decided Bad Waitress when we remembered that the Lowry Cafe has breakfast and we hadn't been there in a long time. Brooke ordered the corned beef hash special. I got the mighty big Jordan breakfast. I was full for the rest of the day.  We mostly shop at the Seward Co-op even if it's halfway across town. Once the Lowry Bridge reopens we'll likely go to the Eastside Co-op more often. Via bike.  As always ,Brooke writes our dinner list on the chalkboard. According to Sprout Robot this week it's time to start tomato seeds. I like that their instructions come with little drawings.

Money DOES Buy Happiness

I got a wake up call when I realized all the loans I took out for school actually went for school. I'm only working part-time at Menards now which is just enough to pay the rent and bills. My phase of being poor wasn't really a phase, but actually permanent. I took out another loan so I would have extra cash to feed me (being poor is the best diet). I won't see that money for another month which means no time off for a Christmas break. I have to wait a few more days to find out if I even get Christmas Eve off. This is by far the sadest Christmas ever for me. It doesn't even feel like Christmas. Only one house on my street put lights up, I'm used to everyone in my whole town putting up lights. Plus we don't have a tree or any decorations and we haven't had any snow yet. I did get a Christmas present from Menards, 55 dollars in Menards money and this. In two weeks someone I love and care about very deeply will be in London for 5 months and I only get to s