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February 17, 2016

2016 Already~!

Wow, I just realized how long it's been since I've added a new post! It's already February 2016!

Not much has happened on the medical front. Things are progressing normally and there haven't been any major changes.  I've continued to have follow up visits with my regular doctors and they are happy with my condition being stable. I did have a bone density scan done recently and according to the technician I am "in the green" meaning there currently are no issues with my bones and my choice to not continue with the bone builder previously was a good one.

Rachel has been continuing her riding lessons, progressing nicely there and has encountered a couple new horses as some of the older ones have been retired.

Rachel on Candy - January 2016
Rachel and Cera - February 2016


I've only done 2 cakes since Rachel's 6th birthday.  My in-laws both celebrated their birthdays in October and we had a family gathering for them.  This was the cake made for them.

In-Laws 70th birthday - October 2015
We had a surprise party for my brother-in-law's 40th. His cake was baked with him in mind.  A chocolate cake made with Guinness beer, glazed with an Irish whiskey glaze made using Jamisons and iced with Baileys Irish Cream buttercream.  The recipe for this cake was labelled "Irish Car bomb" and the cake is actually mixed in a pot before pouring into the pans for baking.  I will admit right here, I'm not that talented when it comes to piping, the image on this cake was produced using a cheater method.  We printed the image on a standard printer and laminated it before placing on the cake.  The image was therefore able to be removed prior to serving the cake. 

February 2016 - Irish car bomb cake. 



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