Sweetcakes and family attended the wedding of their beautiful sister and aunt this weekend in Portland, where they served the most luscious pies for the reception, we managed to get a motley group of kiddos (who are amazingly all of adult height these days) into dressy clothes and obtain photographic evidence of this minor miracle, and most importantly, enjoyed the company of family we don't get to spend much time with and celebrate all that is sweet in life.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was able to get my fix on at Powell's Books, one of my favorite places in the world, and found a new book that will inspire my baking in the weeks and months ahead: Le Cordon Bleu Dessert Techniques. 
I'm wanting to try perilous feats of bakery and decoration, and this book is just the thing. It appeals to me because not only does it share tips on how to make saboyon sauce and mix short pastry, there are lots and lots of color photos, too. I like to know what the end result of the baking should look like, I'm visual that way, it seems.