Bill and his Cards

These past two weeks have gone by in a blur. We lost someone very precious to our family- our dear uncle Bill. We traveled to Kentucky for his wake and funeral.

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The windmills we saw on the way to Kentucky as the sun was setting.

We couldn’t have a trip to Kentucky without getting our favorite donuts.

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It was beautiful to see the siblings huddled together after the bereavement dinner. It was just something they have been doing since the passing of their parents some years back. The family wore red in honor of Bill.
It was beautiful to see the siblings huddled together after the bereavement dinner. It was just something they have been doing since the passing of their parents some years back. It warms my heart every time I see them do this. The family wore red in honor of Bill.
Having dinner one night at Cracker Barrel.
Having dinner one night at Cracker Barrel.

The week prior, school was cancelled because the windchill was -40 degrees. That’s the day we found out. In honor of his passing, we baked a cake and Lexy designed it, sculpting his favorite basketball team. Kentucky is a big basketball state with a serious arch rivalry between the

University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. Seeing as though Bill was a UofL fan, we decided to make him a U of L cake in his honor. The process was fun, but tedious. Lexy started out making a whole cardinal – body and all. She even made the white shirt, but she wasn’t pleased with how it was turning out. She immediately changed up her game plan and went for a cardinal head.

She had the initial body sculpted. Her facial expression tells it all.
She had the initial body sculpted. Her facial expression tells it all.
This is a picture just after she decided to go back to the drawing board and sculpt the head.
This is a picture just after she decided to go back to the drawing board and sculpt the head.

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I think this is where she's making the beak.
I think this is where she’s making the beak.

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Here’s Mannie’s sculpture.
Look at the attention to detail she gives it.
Look at the attention to detail she gives it.
This is the end result of this part. Now on to the cake...
This is the end result of this part. Now on to the cake…

We were scared that the cake was going to fall apart. We were in a different kitchen, using different pans, etc. It was strawberry cake which is my all time favorite. I didn’t let it cool completely before trying to remove them, so we ended up switching the layers to make sure it was even.

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Here’s the cake before we dirty iced the cake. A term we learned from watching Cake Boss. Buddy has been an inspiration to Lexy for a long time. I’d like to one day visit his shop and let her meet him. One summer a few years back, we spent the summer having Cake Boss marathons. I learned a lot, but she learned the most. I think it was just before that time we learned that she could sculpt like a professional. She picked up some modeling clay and with no formal training, just did it. Amador and I were shocked- amazed.

We thought we'd help by dyeing the pink fondant red.
We thought we’d help by dyeing the pink fondant red.

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Our hands are still red…

Rolling out the fondant for the bottom layer.
Rolling out the fondant for the bottom layer.
Yes, she is watching t.v. and icing the cake. She'd just put the red fondant on.
Yes, she is watching t.v. and icing the cake. She’d just put the red fondant on.

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And here it is… The Cardinal Cake!

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We had a great time in Kentucky visiting family. I was able to see friends and family that I had not seen in years. That was a blessing, though I wished I was there on a happier occasion. We celebrated the life of a great man, had some family fun in the process and baked a cake in his honor. We will miss him dearly. I’m sure Bill was smiling at us.

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