strawberry or raspberry

I apologize for my lack of posting! Not that I have a huge following . . but I do like to keep my loved ones updated. I just haven't felt inspired lately, I suppose, though I have been busy.
I visited my mom for a week, Finn came along. We had so much fun! Shopping, the zoo, a tiny inflatable baby pool, more shopping, many meals al fresco; it was a revitalizing mini-vacation. Scott stayed home, walked Rufus regularly, and ate God knows what for dinner.
Oh, and my mom and I found this gorgeous antique cake stand at an antique shop my mom frequents. It is begging for an upside-down peach cake, and I have promised it one next week. But the first cake to grace the cake stand will be my dear friend Mimi's birthday cake. She has requested chocolate cake with chocolate icing, and who am I to deny her? I will use local jam in between the two cake layers, I just have to decide which to use - strawberry or raspberry. I'm looking forward to indulging in chocolate butter cream frosting. Oh my.

In other news, Finn is crawling! I rearranged the kitchen and made him a "play cabinet". It's full of fun things like washed clamshells - you know, the ones that greens come in at the grocery - ice cube trays, mixing spoons, wooden bowls, etc. He loves it, and it's perfect to keep him in sight and away from the stove while I cook or wash dishes.
Here's the juicy triple berry crisp I made that lasted less than 24 hours. It would be an enormous understatement to say that it turned out pretty good. Too bad the photo quality doesn't convey that.

Back to the cake dilemma . . which jam would you prefer in between the layers of your chocolate cake - strawberry or raspberry?


j.linneman said...

hmm... i think... raspberry. it's just so good with chocolate! i love that finn has a play cabinet! so fun :)

Lainey Seyler said...

i can't choose. but where did you get the cakestand? i've been looking for one for myself and for a friend's wedding gift. i found one in lincoln at an antique mall, but the store was closed. and i don't know when i'm heading back to lincoln.