I'm counting the days at this point. I'm counting the days until I get to see the mountains again, and until I get to see my best friend again. I'm heading to Wyoming in three weeks, and have already started a list of all the sweaters and warm clothes I should bring. There's a fluffy white hat, a favorite knit sweater, and my favorite flannel PJs. Plus an extra cribbage set. I'll get to wake up to mountains out the front and back windows. Three weeks until I get to drink a beer in a valley, stand by a river, and cuddle with a German Shepherd by a wood stove. And did I mention skiing? Oh my goodness, my loves, I get to ski again. There is no other feeling like gliding down a mountain quietly and cutting through beautiful snow.
Let's just say it's going to be nearly impossible for me to get back on that plane. After a while I forget how breathtaking the mountains are, and how still they make me. I forget how comforting epic, natural beauty is, and how it makes everything else melt away. Some things wonderfully fall into place when the blue sky takes up your entire view.
It is truly a miracle that any of this buttercream frosting ended up on this cake at all. If you do anything this coming weekend, make this Strawberry Buttercream Frosting by Add A Pinch. This girl has everything right here, and I found myself this past Sunday night sneaking a whole spoonful of this frosting straight from the bowl. She even replied to one of my gushing comments about this recipe by suggesting frosting cookies with this - mind blown. I can't even deal with how delicious that would be.
The process was really very simple, and the only change I made to these recipes was to use beer in place of some milk, so I'm simply going to give you the links below to these great recipes and great instructions. The white cake was sweet, smelled heavenly, and this buttercream frosting is simply unreal.
Wheat Ale White Cake with Strawberry Frosting
- Joy of Baking's white cake recipe with the following modification: In place of 1/2 cup milk, use 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup wheat ale, flat and room temperature (I used Three Floyd's Gumballhead)
- Strawberry Buttercream Frosting by Add A Pinch
- Half a pint of fresh strawberries for decorating
*I made two layers (same size as you see above) with this cake recipe.