For one magical week, we escaped the west coast rain and parked ourselves on a beautiful island in the Gulf of Mexico. Not only did we run away from the rain, but we met up with our dear friends and our baby godson. This baby is especially near and dear to my heart as I was his surrogate mom, delivering him just three short months ago! You can read all about our journey through surrogacy here and here. While we were away, we also celebrated our own son’s birthday by eating giant ice cream sundaes and coconut cake. My family thought the cake was tasty, but asked me if I could bake a similar cake; in their words everything I cook and bake “tastes better”. I hopped right on it, baking a two layer Toasted Coconut Cake with Buttercream Icing. Not only did they practically lick their plates, but finished off the rest of the cake for breakfast!
What little bit of sunshine we’ve had turned my urban garden into a rhubarb and mint patch. Jason’s rhubarb challenge led to a near perfect dinner of Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb & Mango Chutney. We shucked, cooked, peeled and cooked again a big bag of broad beans to which we added fresh peas and garden mint. My husband brought a friend home for dinner who traded his modeling services for a three-course meal (he held the plates of food while i snapped the pictures)!
Missing the hot heat of the Florida sun, but always good to be home!