Saturday, April 11, 2009

There's an air of expectation around here.

First, I spent some time painting - this was the first day off I've had in 14 days and my paintbrushes had been crying...This is called The Swim Team. I just love these ladies, especially the fat one in the black suit, trying to hide her extra weight by wearing black...I still have some subtle shading to do but so far I'm happy with my girls. (And please notice my poor pitiful easel being held together with duct sad.)

And then I was cooking all afternoon. This is my special carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting and hazelnuts...

Tomorrow is a HUGE family dinner at my son Danny's house. I also made an appetizer: a mixture of cream cheese, scallions, tiny shrimp and fresh crabmeat that will be cooked in tiny puff pastry purses. I made the always required green bean casserole. And the cake is for Matt, whose birthday was last Wednesday.

Now here is a special surprise: Danny and Amanda are having a baby!!! I am ecstatic - they are smart and funny and loving and will make great parents! Poor Amanda has been pretty sick this past week (she had to have fluid therapy at the hospital several times) but she seems to be better on Friday and today after getting some anti-nausea medicine. Most of the rest of us are doing the cooking so we've ordered Amanda to stay on the couch and let us wait on her!

She might as well take advantage of it now - come Thanksgiving, it'll all be over....


NWRMK said...

like the painting ....what medium? The woman in black is me. Your carrot cake looks beautiful.

Queenie said...

Thanks, Onedia - I love your name so I will now call the painting "Onedia and the swim team!" It's acrylic, chalk and crayon with a tiny bit of colored pencil. I know...I can't stop using everything at my fingertips!! Did you get my email about Downeast?

Tatersmama said...

I LOVE the painting! I can imagine that the woman in black is me and that you're taken license and made me delightfully slimmer than I actually am!

And congratulations on the "expectation"!!
Wooo hoo! When is the baby due?

ANPfisher said...

Yeah! A grammie again! Congratulations! The cake looks Fabulous and I loved the painting when I saw it in person.

Libby's Library said...

Congratulations! The cake looks amazing. Will you send me a slice?
So what do I have to do, to get a painting named after me?

Becky said...

Love the painting! The cake looks scrumptious! And congratulations on the good news!! Enjoy your Easter feast!!

Gladys said...

I don't remember posing for that picture....

Squeeee! Carrot cake and a baby!

Carrot cake it healthy right? I mean it's carrots right?

Lili said...

Trying to count all the layers in that luscious looking carrot cake. And that is the coolest thing ever to name your new piece "Onedia and the Swim Team" we're all jealous now, you know . . . Grandbabies are the best! congrats!

Kathleen said...

Do you share the cake recipe??? Love your are one very talented woman and Queen! Hugs, Kathleen

Iris E. said...

OH YUM. That cake looks amazing...
I'm ready for a slice!

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