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Brother Brian’s Wedding
It sure was a big week for little brothers while Chris and I were in the States! This time it was Chris' littlest brother, Brian's, turn. He went and got himself hitched to his sweetheart, Jessica.

Festivities began with a Cafe Rio-catered “rehearsal dinner” for the Hills and Madsens the night before the big day.
 
Many loving toasts and speeches were made.
 
The soon-to-be-newlyweds
 
Grandma and Grandpa

 

The next morning, Brian and Jessica were married in the Provo, Utah temple.
Presenting the new Mr. and Mrs. Hill!
The whole Hill Family

Brian and his ladies.

Brian and his bros.
 
As a gift for Brian and Jessica, I volunteered to make their wedding cake. They are both huge Legend of Zelda fans, so they requested their cake to be made in the shape of Hyrule Castle from The Ocarina of Time. It was a feat and a half to pull it off in only 3 days (especially with all of the other wedding festivities going on), but with lots of helping hands and a few late nights we pulled it off JUST in time to get it to the reception!
Despite the stress of trying to get such a large and unique cake done on time, I think it ended up being one of my favorite memories from the wedding. Chris' SIL, Elisangela, also makes cakes so she and her husband (Chris' brother, Michael) helped loads! They stayed up into the wee hours of the morning with me before the wedding to help finish details and make witching-hour runs to Walmart for more ingredients. Any friends that came over the next afternoon were put to work adding the finishing touches. Even some of the nieces and nephews helped out (in their own special way). It ended up being extra special because so many people put their time and love into it all for Brian and Jessica. Definitely a wedding cake to remember!
 
 
Elisangela also made her specialty brigadeiros (Brazillian sweets). So good!
 
And of course, since the bride and groom love Legend of Zelda so much, the decorations and colors were all loosly based on the game. I thought it was a fun secret twist and added a nice personal touch to the whole event.
The lovely mother of the groom.

Like father, like son.
 
After revealing the cake to the happy couple. I think they liked it :)
 
Some wedding lovin'

Julie caught the bouquet and guess what… she's now engaged to that Geoff guy! Funny how that happens…

Cousins

 

Welcome to the family, Jessica!!

 

1st Anniversary of Chelsea’s Cool Cakes

Chris barely had time to come home and do laundry after our trip to Greece before he was off again to Germany for a three-week NATO exercise. Poor guy had an insanely busy autumn!

 

While he was gone, I celebrated the first birthday of my cake studio! And by celebrated, I mean I thought “Oh hey! Today is the 1-year anniversary of getting the keys!” and then moved right on back to baking. No time to be fancy!

But I thought I would celebrate here on the blog by sharing some photos of the shop, since the last time I shared photos of it it we were in the middle of fixing it up and it was a complete disaster.

It's still not much to look at, but here it is, in all its sugary glory :)

 

The front door.
It looks pretty intense with the gate closed eh? It used to be a dentist office so they had the gate to protect the gas and painkillers. Now it protects my cakes from would-be dessert thieves.
 
The other side of the front door.
 
The consultation/waiting room.

The decorating room and door to the kitchen.

Where the magic happens.

 

I forgot to take a picture of the kitchen, but it's just an oven, a fridge, and a sink. Nothing special.

 

Although it does have a killer view:

This past year has been A LOT of very hard work. Running your own business definitely isn't for the faint of heart. I've been told that I'm brave for starting my own company, but most days I really just feel outta-my-mind-crazy. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears (literally) has gone into making the business what it is today and I have learned A TON about running a company and myself as a person over the past year. While it hasn't been a piece of cake (I'm sorry… I had to!), thankfully it's finally starting to pay off.

Some really great things are in store for Chelsea's Cool Cakes in 2014!

 

 

Over the weekend.

The food/restaurant scene here in Stavanger has grown leaps and bounds since we first moved here in 2011. It’s really exciting! A lot of immigrants have taken the lack of culinary variety here (white fish, white potatoes, white sauce) as a challenge and have opened up a plethora of restaurants featuring various foods from their homelands. Chris pulled me out of my cake-stress funk this weekend and drove me to Sandnes to try such a place: Ibsen’s Fish and Chips!

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Now, we aren’t fish n’ chips connoisseurs or anything, but we’ve eaten our fair share of fish and chips in various parts of the world (including England and Scotland)… and Ibsen’s is the BEST we’ve ever had. Not even exaggerating. The fish was perfectly flaky and crunchy (and not a drip of greasy oil to be found!) while the chips were soft, juicy, and oh so vinegary! Chris normally doesn’t like salt and vinegar anything, but he gobbled up his own chips and then finished off mine! They were that good.

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Classic :)

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Fish bits w/ curry sauce, pickled onion and pickled egg compliments of the super-awesome chef.

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We might just become regulars :)

 

We also got to be there for Mandy and Daniel’s Gender Reveal Party for their little baby. At her ultrasound appointment a few weeks ago, Mandy had the doctor write down the gender of their baby and seal it up in an envelope to keep it secret. She then gave the envelope to me so I could bake a cake that was pink or blue on the inside, and I brought the cake to her party on Saturday where they cut into and found out they were having……

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A LITTLE GIRL!

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Congratulations Mandy and Daniel!!

We hope all you lovely readers had a great weekend too!

Love, Chris and Chelsea

 

 

Chris = 30 = DOUBLE Awesome

Why? Because he was super surprised by his super surprise party on the Friday after his real birthday!

Despite all odds and everything pointing towards something out of the ordinary, he really had no idea. Success! (I would brag how that means I can be a sneaky, scheming wife when I want to be…but that’s probably not a positive thing to claim… :) )

 

 

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Surprise! And he thought we were going over to the Sheehan’s for a game night. Muwahaha.

 

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Being presented by a super secret, top security, indestructible gift from his co-workers: A pre-ordered copy of Battlefield 3 with it’s own custom designed disk case.

 

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Grillin’ and chillin’.

 

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A birthday cake worthy of a man who has completed 30 whole revolutions around the sun.

(Side note on the cake, I worked on this thing for 3 days straight right under Chris’ nose and still kept it a surprise. It involved lots of lies, subterfuge, and kicking Chris out of the house when he randomly decided to come home early from work…but I’m really quite proud of the fact that he truly had no idea :) )

 

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“Stick a candle in it’s mouth so it can breathe fire!”

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“Mmmm…maybe not such a good idea”

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That’s a little better…

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

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All good things eventually come to an end.

Especially cakes, your 20s, and blog posts.

THE END

PS: Thank you to all of you who helped me pull this off. You guys ROCK and I couldn’t have done it without you!