I had a wedding cake request for June 18, a vanilla bride and chocolate groom cake, so the weeks leading up to it were filled with researching designs and hot weather-stable frostings to survive the outdoor reception on a 90-degree day, in addition to the usual baking and decorating. I ended up having to use a shortening-based buttercream for the outside frostings. It was also my first square cake, which presented a few challenges getting sharp edges with the new buttercream. I'm happy with the way they turned out, though.
I had a hankering for chocolate chip cookies during a thunderstorm last week, so I made these fancy ones:
Ellie has been going through a really hard time lately. She has daily tantrums over completely arbitrary things. Today it was because I put her water canteen in the cup holder of her carseat (she had wanted to do it but didn't inform me of this). Yesterday it was because I made her a sandwich according to her specifications but she had changed her mind about it by the time I was done making the sandwich. And of course there's the nightly tantrums over bedtime. I feel like we're constantly walking on eggshells around her. It's like living with a live grenade and you just never know what's going to set it off. She's recently discovered how to Queen Bee, and regularly tries to leverage her love, affection and friendship to get what she wants. The moment she doesn't get what she wants, we're no longer friends and she no longer loves us. She spends a lot of time not loving us lately... But, she does have her sweet moments, which is what we're desperately clinging to right now. She adores her baby sister and loves to play with her. And she really is affectionate when she isn't mad at us. She loves morning and night time cuddles and is really into us telling her stories right now. Collin's stories about Petty Pappy and Tinkerbell are her favorites, while she tolerates my stories about Tinkerbell and the giant pizzas (Tinkerbell is featured prominently on her favorite light-up t-shirt).
It was 100 degrees today (how fitting for the summer solstice), so we went to the splash pad to cool off. Daisy liked playing in the water for short spurts. The boys got into a water gun fight with another group of boys and things got a little heated for a while. Isaac resented getting nailed in the eyes and back, but it was nothing a post-water fight Slurpee couldn't fix.