Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Thoughts.

Up early and had coffee with my bride before she left at 05:30AM for the truck company,

Want to answer a question and correct a mistake in my weekend blog. JUDY-TRVELS WITH EMMA asked what Biscotti was, Well ALI- THE WANDERING WORKENTINS is right it is a fancy Italian cookie usually found around the holidays, , My Grandmother used to make them. However the word I should have used was my kid’s aberration for spaghetti, Bishsketti. Also known as asketti, and skabetti,  by various sons of mine when they were little. Hope that clears up the mystery.

Last night Nicole & Grandma finished her cake, Grandma showed her how to color the icing and put it in little squeeze bags with tips for styling, then she took a piece of paper and showed her how to make little flowers and edging. The she told Nicole to let her imagination decide what her butterfly should look like, she said she would use her three favorite colors, purple, green & blue., Grandma said she did the whole cake by herself, it took a couple hours but she wanted it to be her creation. I told her she is being promoted from Decorator Third Class, to Decorator 2nd Class. Here’s some pictures.


                         Mixing the colors.


                           Doing the outline.


                            Making Progress.

Nicole08-15-11h                                Almost finished.



                      The finished Butterfly.

We are really proud of the patience and creativity she showed and the only help she needed was making the antenna and it really looks yummy.Not bad for a nine year old.

Since we always have a supply of the materials needed to make desserts I told Donna now if she decides she wants to make a surprise cake for her Mom & Dad it will be easy to teach her how to make the white icing and mix the cake mix together.

It turned out to be a nice day in Dardenne Prairie, cloudy on and off but no rain and the temp is right at 80 degree’s.

Hopefully tomorrow will be dry and my son is off and said he wanted to do the grass instead me as he said I keep ruining it. He likes those sideways stripes where I just cut a circular pattern with John and don’t make as many passes.

I think Donna really enjoyed being able to teach Nicole her baking skills, she always wanted a little girl and now she is finally doing some of those things she wanted with a Granddaughter.

Well that’s about it for today, Nicole enjoyed her first day in her new school so we will see how the second day went shortly. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna…


  1. nice work on the cake!!!..looks very good!!

  2. Nuts! I thought I was going to learn another of your culinary secrets, but I already know how to make skabetti! :)

  3. The cake is beautiful. She did an excellent job on it. I'm very impressed.

  4. She has waaaaay more patience than I do, for sure...I would have quit after the first pink row and just eaten it...

  5. It was Basketti at our house too, but those little kids are over 40 now.........

  6. Beautiful job Nicole! You can bake for me anytime!!! Can't wait to see your next project.

    And at our house our boys called it sketti.

  7. Wow, yep she did a great job. I see a pastry chef in the making...!


  8. That butterfly is so beautiful I'm surprised it didn't just up and fly away with the migration!!! WTG Nicole! Baker in the future???

    And, Sam, thanks so much for the comment on our events yesterday! Everything is A-OK today. We've been sitting by the river having a relaxing afternoon!!!

  9. What a BEAUTIFUL butterfly!! Tell Nicole she is very very talented.

  10. Great decorating job, Nicole! It's sgabetti at our house.

  11. That is one beautiful looking cake! I'll bet it tastes as good as it looks!

  12. My daughter made some wonderful biscotti a while back, and it wasn't so had and crunchy you had to worry about it breaking your teeth! I guess that's why many folks dunk it in their coffee.