Monday, March 2, 2009

My Cup Runneth Over

So you've heard the saying March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb... Well it's roaring here! I woke up to snow this morning. All day it snowed. And snowed. And snowed. The schools were closed, MICA (grad school) included. You would think all that snowing would have left piles of snow, but no... maybe 3-4 inches. I loved it though. It is the biggest snow storm we have had this year.
This is all the snow it takes to close down the city for a day. (That little slope in the far left corner is a stump, not a snow drift BTW.)

Today was a busy one. It was Elder Kirk's birthday and we had signed up to feed the Elders, so my natural response? PARTY! I wanted it to be as close to home as possible, so there was some prep involved. The biggest task of the day was making the 16-layer cake. I only make this cake a few times a year. If I ever make it for you, you know you are loved. It isn't difficult to make, just a bit time consuming. I was curious about how long it really took, so I timed it today. Start to finish - under 2 1/2 hours. I know that may seem like a long time, but it flew. I've got it down to a science now. Usually it's 16 layers, but today I managed to get 17. I know you're all wondering - how?! How, if the recipe is the same every time, did she manage to squeeze out an extra layer? It's just been that kind of day my friends. Good things have been happening all day! True story.
We fed 6 hungry Elders tonight. Most of them had seconds and dessert. I thought of the scripture in the Old Testament in Kings 17 when Elijah went to Zarephath. He found the widow the Lord had prepared and asked that she make him a cake first and then for herself and her son. In verses 15 and 16 it says, "and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail according to the word of the Lord.." I tell you every time we have the Elders in our home, I feel that blessing come to pass. Every single time!  I purchased just enough food to feed us, the Elders and one other family we had invited and there were leftovers. We had so many leftovers. I sent food home with the Elders and there was still so much left. My cup runneth over and over and over.


lucy said...

That cake looks amazing!!! Seriously, can we be neighbors again?

Laura said...

i've been wanting to make that cake for a while now. the recipe i have calls for 14 (it a 14 layer cake instead of 16) round tin cake pans. i've never wanted to buy that many. do you just bake a few layers at a time?
I'm thinking of your garden blog, because my daffodils started coming up in february this year. guess what. more snow for us. blast!