Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, which is fast becoming one of my favorite books of all time. If I ever get to open my dream bake shop, I do believe I will frame most of the pages for the walls. We both greatly enjoy chanting:
I took a Wilton Cake Decorating class this last month (my last class was Monday), and should have prepared myself for the hydrogenated shortening horror that I should have assumed would be a major part of such an endeavor, but somehow overlooked it while envisioning myself making flowers and borders.frostings with Spectrum's Organic Shortening. I figured if it was good enough for my tamales last Christmas, it would be doing wonders for this. I was right in the taste department anyway, there was no greasy feeling on the roof of your mouth when you ate this, it just is crazy sweet. This was my best attempt at the rose with my Organic non-hydrogenated palm shortening, and as you can see, I have some work to do.
My most favorite thing about this cake is beneath the surface however, because I tried another of Dorie Greenspan's recipes for White Cake (Actually called Perfect Party Cake, and rightly so, in her Baking book). I usually am not a fan of White Cakes, truth be told, I avoid them at all costs. But this one was worth every one of the 8 T's of butter; it was firm, lemony and cut into perfect slices, and had I used her frosting instead of the Wilton Class Frosting (consisting of a fair amount of that shortening...) I'm sure I would have eaten the whole thing by now.
I ordered Stitch n'Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook from Amazon last week for a class I plan to take at a yarn shop soon (and because I'm rather tired of renting knitting books from the library and then having to remember to return them on time). There was a pattern for a knitting needle case that I made today out of some fabric samples from the upholstery shop my uncle runs in Northern Wisconsin, and some of the fabric I had lying around. I was so happy with how it turned out, now I just need more needles to fill it.