14 October 11 • MAV

I’m really good at making messes.

This week I was reminded that life is not always clean and tidy.

It’s not always just the way we think we want it … or the way we think it might be.

Life’s messy! I’m messy!

But most of the time, at the end of the day, we can still find inspiration and encouragement in the messes. There are lessons in the messes. And thank goodness at the end of the mess of this week I still ate a damn cake!

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For this birthday cake (Happy Birthday, Bro!) I used the Baker’s Notes Yellow Cake recipe which will be featured in the upcoming issue (due out on November 11, 2011). For the chocolate ganache I went with 4 cups heavy cream brought to a simmer and then added 1-1/2 pounds of bittersweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Let that all melt together and then let it sit to cool stirring it from time to time.

14 October 11 • SCB

I am feeling a little quiet after a busy week, so I thought I’d share some outtakes from 3191Q Issue 5. MAV and I both took photos around our houses and shared some thoughts on home in the feature At Home. After spending time in MAV’s home, I can assure you it is a very special place, and she captures the spirit well in the photos she shares. This time of year, when the weather brings us inside, I find myself more and more focused on my home and its comforts. As I have grown older, I have begun to care less and less about having decorated or polished interiors and more and more about having a comfortable space that reflects the spirit and interests of our family. I always love coming home.

Have a great week. I hope to have a fun autumn project to share with you next time.