Of Sisters and Birthdays…

September 8th, 2010

a guest post from my mother…

Recently I went away for my annual sister trip. I have seven sisters and once a year we gather at a different destination for a reunion. We exchange gifts and celebrate birthdays during the weekend.

Eight women together tend to cause a bit of a stir and in our case probably the dress code for the trip that includes lots of matching clothing contributes to the spectacle. Comments we have received over the years include: “are you all really birthalogical sisters?” and “which order of nuns are you?” We really enjoy the laughter and the wining and dining.

On our recent trip, we visited Richmond, Virginia. We stayed at the Grace Manor Inn in the Fan district of Richmond and near to all of the great shops in Carytown. The B & B was charming and the innkeepers, Dawn and Albert, were most gracious and more importantly, the food was great! Dawn also owns and bakes for her other business, Carytown Cupcakes, which of course we sampled too. Yummy!

In a previous post I mentioned that I have a long history of baking birthday cakes. This year I made a chocolate hazelnut cake.

It’s a really rich cake and I only tweaked the recipe a little. For the icing, I used one bar of bittersweet and one bar of semisweet chocolate (Ghiradelli, 4oz size bars). I was a bit generous with the Frangelico. I would recommend making the cake at least the day before you serve it to allow the flavor to really intensify. Enjoy!

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