This week the people in my community group were very upset; I did not bring them cake. On Wednesday Ian and I celebrated the day he proposed to me, December 4th 2009. While I was living in Seattle, he surprised me with an early visit in front of the house I was living in as I walked back from class. From far away I thought it was one of my roommates boyfriends, holding flowers. As I got closer I realized it was MY boyfriend and the flowers were for me! Then I ran up to him and was baffled at how he was there so early in the day instead of around 11pm that night when I was supposed to get off work. He explained it by asking me to marry him. Of course I said yes and we went inside, giddy on cloud 9. He also let me know that he had spoken to my boss and arranged it so that I didn’t have to go in to work that night, and he was going to take me to a nice restaurant on the water called Ray’s Boathouse. I was already swooning but with that I was extremely impressed (I still am). We watched White Christmas and then posted on Facebook our engagement afterwards abandoning the world as we went out to dinner and watched my ring sparkle in the romantic lighting on the water.
The next year we were married and living back in Vancouver, but we decided we should always go up to Ray’s Boathouse on December 4th. In 2010 and 2011 we started the day out by shopping in Bellevue. In 2012 I was pregnant and we didn’t go up and regretted it miserably. So this year we simply could not miss. We managed to find sitters for George, made sure he had enough milk and drove up, the whole day to ourselves. It was a wonderful date. 🙂
My friend Leah informed me that she still had not tried one of my cakes and I was almost done with them! So I told her I would make a cake that she could try so this next cake is what she got to taste. 🙂
This part was entirely done, pictures and all, by my friend Leah. George had just woken up and was hungry so while I was feeding him, she was tending to the glaze.
This cake was delicious. It was served warm and had such a unique flavor (like so many of these cakes) brought on by a local maple raw honey I used combined with the toasted almonds. I ate it for breakfast the next day, couldn’t resist. The leftovers I brought to my neighbors to enjoy so that it wouldn’t be up to Ian and I to finish the cake since our community group had to miss out on it.
George is eating solid food now and he LOVES it. Although he doesn’t seem to like spinach, he makes a really funny icky face and starts gagging if we give it to him straight.