Saturday, March 03, 2007

Chef Anthony

When I came home from work today, the kids were happily munching away at the table. Next to them was a little menu, where they had circled their lunch choices. To make lunch at home more fun for them, Anthony had printed menus for his "restaurant." Choices included quesadilla with white cheese, quesadilla with yellow cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, yogurt, and sliced or whole apple. The "special" was mango. Very cute.

Then, since I volunteered him to make a cake for Anna's school fundraiser cake walk, he got to bake all afternoon. I made a batch of icing for him and mixed a few colors, and did some clean up, but he was the one with the skills for execution:

Poor guy, and he was feeling under the weather. Anna's school symbol is a hot air balloon, so that is where the idea for the design came from. I love the little people he put in the basket.

By far, Anthony's cake was the best at the cake walk. Sadly, there were only about 5 homemade cakes there. The rest were store bought. There were also some store bought cookies and cupcakes. It just seemed SO wrong. Why pay $1 for a one in thirty chance at a cake I can buy for $5 at HEB? Anthony literally put hours into this cake, and it was lost in a sea of plastic store containers. There probably won't be a repeat performance.


Lisa said...

Anthony, that cake is so beautiful!
They should have auctioned it.

Maybe you could make one like it for one of the kids' birthday parties.

EdamameMommy said...

Oh sweet Anth, I love the menu idea and I'll have to steal it to liven up a dull weekday soon for my kids. Very clever. I do something similar when picky eaters are visiting: BUILD YOUR OWN PASTA. It isn't as glam as it sounds, I just put different toppings (left over baked chicken, broccoli, peas, carrots, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, etc)in ramekins and let them pick the noodle type. More food always gets consumed this way.

Anthony's cakes taste delish and look amazing. Paige and Graham STILL talk about theirs from last summer, and are scheming up themes for this year's requests...hey glad to see the pedestal is coming in handy. ;)

Leah said...

I too liked the "little" people in the basket. What talent Anthony has. I tried to write something on a cake once and well....the out come wasn't good...ha ha..Great job.

Emily said...

Well, even if the cake wasn't truly appreciated at the cake walk, Anna will remember the effort Dad put in.

The little people gave me a laugh of delight!

ColeBugsmommy said...

The cake is beautiful. I'm sure most people can't decorate as good as Anthony, but they could have still made a dessert from home. I bet Anthony's cake was the first one chosen!

A.Norma. said...

He is an ARTIST! that cake looks good enough to eat but 'twould be a shame to spoil the artistry of the decoration..lovely..may I please borrow Anthony sometime,Jenn. ? :o)

Joey said...

I can't believe people BUY cakes to put in a cake walk! I thought there was an unwritten rule that the cakes must be homemade. How cheap!

That menu idea is so clever. I wish we had thought of it. Oh well, who cares who thought of it, we're going to do it. John thinks is a great idea, too. Ya'll are such good parents.