Cakes and I do not get along that well in the kitchen. This was my latest disaster. I wish I could have gotten a shot of it when it was still puffed up and bubbling but the smoke pouring out of the oven was not helping.
The from scratch cake recipe even suggested use of a disposable pan. I still don't know how it all went so wrong. I had put the pan on the cookie sheet to give it more stability and that step prevented more of a mess of smoldering coals on the oven floor. When things had cooled down the mess was not as bad as I anticipated though I still had to clean the oven before I dared turn it on again.
So I cleaned and then turned on the oven. When no smoke poured out I made another cake and poured it into a metal cake pan. That cake baked up beautifully. Then I added some salted caramel frosting.
The above cake seemed to be cooked through on the one side so we had to eat a little of it...purely to minimize the waste of all the ingredients that went into it, of course!
This is our fourth year at this bed & breakfast inn so it feels like home (only cleaner.) This is the back and side. Originally, I guess the long porch was considered the front because it faces the water where the boat traffic was. Now there are some other houses between the water and the inn but it's a great place any way you look at it!
Don (in the orange shirt and sunglasses) teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Last night was the opening reception for New Views, the faculty art exhibition. There was a wide range of art from the fashion you might expect to painting, sculpture, photography, video, etc. Don's presentation was a video of costumes he had designed and/or constructed.
As part of the fun he had a few people wear some of the costumes and mingle with the guests. It was quite a hit. Lots of people wanted to have their photos taken with the costumed people. The seated Zen woman was the faculty member who had created the exhibit they are all in. She was quite excited to have them be a part of her exhibit even briefly. You can see a phone camera at the lower left of the photo and the hand of another photographer on the right. How do you explain this kind of thing???
This is a mighty heavy load piled on a hand truck. I'm not sure if anyone could tilt it back and wheel it but I know I couldn't! I wonder what they want to do with those things. No one was around to ask when I spotted it.
These two chunks of something were salvaged from some previous usefulness. There is decorative carving on the sides. Maybe they were part of the decoration of one of the piers that they now reside on or maybe they were plundered from elsewhere. Treasures or trash?