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So here I sit next to one of those artful chalkboards [with snowman, reindeer and snowflakes], the colorful words shouting:
- Friends!!! Patsy's bday today--Nicky made a lovely lunch for 10...yummy butternut squash soup and panini. Lisa made mini pumpkin-Cheddar muffins. Helen brought bubbly. I got up early and made Martha Stewart's Devil's Food Cake, which was very, very good. Patsy eats very healthfully, but when she does have cake, she likes chocolate. And I realized as the beaters whirred and I poured in ribbons of butter and sugar that I love the therapy of it all. The creating. The art. The giving. The doing. The warmth and the fragrance. The making people happy with a special treat. [I am behind on two very special bday cakes, though--Sis's and Anne Mernin's, and both of their bdays were in April. Sometimes that happens. They both have particular cakes they like, too. Sis's is Pope Cake and Anne's is German Chocolate.]
- Made the second recipe I planned for dinner, with spinach and artichokes and portabellos.