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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Desserts and Celebrations

Every Friday, I bake something sweet for my youngest daughter's 'Food Friday.'  I've been on a decadent, delightful discovery of new allows me to create things I can't eat myself....then they get lovingly packaged up and delivered to my daughter's door on Thursday evenings and she takes them into the vet hospital on Friday and they get devoured....and I get feedback....and I LOVE IT! 
a French layer cake with pastry cream, fresh berries, whipped cream and fruit compote

dusted with lavender sugar and confectioner's sugar

just a bit indulgent
 But, as her graduation in May draws nearer, there are 'smaller' celebrations and this past Friday, she was notified of her acceptance to UC Davis, along with an offer letter of money to help with tuition.  As a veterinarian, she wants to continue her education and get her PhD.  She wants to teach veterinarian students in the years ahead.....and her long range goal is finding solutions to diseases which impact animals as well as humans.... 

So, I invited her, her husband, my middle daughter and her boyfriend to dinner on Saturday evening to celebrate.

The table getting set last evening prior to everyone's arrival....

I made broiled salmon, an Indian dish of chicken, potatoes, cilantro and a masala sauce with onions and lots of spice....I also made a french pea dish that was awesome....I will share the recipe for it at the end.  I recently took a french cooking class and it was taught there.....I made several desserts as well.

 The 3 berry tart with apricot glaze and an almond flour crust
 The raspberry charlotte.....
the banana on the table is a bit of a 'joke' as my middle daughter's boyfriend HATES bananas...
 We stayed up until 2 am.....talking, laughing, eating leftovers....such fun!!!  I love my family so much....I am so blessed!!
coffee, tea, and dessert after dinner....all smiles
 And, I had ordered a UC Davis vet hospital t-shirt and put it on a large bear we have at the house.....after dinner, I surprised Amanda with it....I think she loved it!!!
and the surprise BEAR wearing a UC Davis Vet Hospital t-shirt
bittersweet to see her move far away........oh my.......but also so unbelievably proud! xoxo


  1. Wow! Congratulations to Amanda! That's impressive!

    And your celebration looks amazing. Seriously, that 3 berry tart has me drooling.

  2. What a gorgeous French confection! You are awesome. And off on a phd adventure--very impressive. I guess we'll have to call her dr. dr. Keep your chin up. xx

  3. Dear Joann,

    I loved reading this happy post! So many good things to celebrate! You should be proud! You have raised such a beautiful and intelligent daughter. Congratulations to Amanda and to you, too! That French layer cake looks stunning!! I love the sprinkling of lavender sugar on it! Your Indian chicken dish sounds delicious and that berry tart looks amazing! You are so talented in the kitchen! Your family is so lucky to have you! Thank you for sharing your happiness with us! xoxo

  4. What a lovely celebration you put together from the beautiful table setting to the delicious sounding menu. Desserts are a culinary masterpiece Joann. If I ate sugar I would certainly want a slice of your beautiful cake or a taste of the tart or Charlotte. You should be very proud of your daughter and her acceptance to Davis is really something to celebrate. Good job!
    Your have a gift for baking Joann. xoxo

  5. Wow what a lovely post and a beautiful cake! I love those colours :-)

    So pleased to have just discovered your blog - I have just started reading/practicing Rhonda Byrne's new book - The Magic, so I really like your blog header and it reminds me to live 'greatfully' x


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