And a teaspoon of vanilla… good vanilla

Posted in Fun Stuff, Main at 3:44 am by carrie

There has only been one occassion that Ina has left out the ending to her sentence: “Add some vanilla…” with “… good vanilla!” as she is adding vanilla extract… and I think she was making chocolate truffles that one time she forgot. In any case… I’m addicted to Ina and I’ve decided that I am going to move to the Hamptons to be her walking/shopping/decorating buddy (ha!). Think Gidget the trailer would be welcomed in East Hampton?

Alicia helped me build my first cake. This is my very very first cake ever! (coincidentally, our stove broke right after this and still isn’t fixed… was it trying to tell me something?)

We started with Ina’s recipe for “Birthday Cake with Hot Pink Butter Icing” and made up our own concoction lemon filling. I think this thing you are about to view was made of 4lbs of butter and 2 lbs of sugar.

Layer one goes down….
Second layer goes on…
ta-dah! Into the Bob’s Big Boy cake stand she goes!

I felt like I was 6 again… on the floor with an E-Z bake oven… we were unusually giddy.

And because she was so good while in the kitchen… (she can hold this for a while, it’s really cute)


  1. Sue Green said,

    January 5, 2007 at 4:55 am

    this really made my mouth water. Im off to raid the fridge. greenfingers-sue.blogspot.com

  2. deb said,

    January 5, 2007 at 8:11 am

    I am completed addicted to Ina too! I’d move with you! :) I also love her “how easy is that?” saying. The cake looks yummy and so pretty under glass.

  3. deb said,

    January 5, 2007 at 8:11 am

    and how cute is your pup?!

  4. Connie said,

    January 5, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    I love love love that photo of the pooch!

    makes me smile.

  5. deb said,

    January 7, 2007 at 6:48 am

    I just checked out some of your links… are you affiliated with the Zinnia shop? I just looove the looks of the shop and they offer some really interesting classes. I wish I lived closer! :)

  6. Christy said,

    January 14, 2007 at 10:32 am

    I just found your blog and am so glad I did. The cake looks yummy, your dog looks so sweet and your shop looks gorgeous! I’m definitely stopping by on my next trip down south.

  7. Teena Flanner said,

    January 16, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Your site is almost too yummy!
    I once had a, well actually 2, gray muzzled retreivers, Molly and Rosey.so sweet!
    Teena Flanner

  8. deborah said,

    January 17, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Your che “trailor” gave me an idea for a studio. No, I didn’t buy a trailor, I cleared out a walk in closet. I’m going to convert that into a little studio for myself and decorate it all purdy. So get that cash register oiled up!

  9. Jenny said,

    January 18, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    My goodness I love love love your shop and your blog!!!!! I will make a point to visit your store when I am next in L.A. Just gorgeous!!! (and violets are my favorite flower!!!)


  10. tyn said,

    January 18, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    O.k. you didn’t save me any of those yummy lookin scones- how about a lovely piece of that cake? I’ll bring the coffee!!
    btw- Good dog!!

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