This is actually where my husband Bill (on the left) would rather be at the moment – fishing with his cousin Benny on the Little Garlic River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, catching some steelhead. The Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan is where many Finns settled after immigrating to America, including Bill’s grandparents, which is why he is so comfortable up there. But I am glad he is home with me this year, and I made his requested cake, my Aunt Margery’s chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Happy Birthday, Bill!! You are loved.
For his last couple birthdays, Bill celebrated on one of these fishing trips. I never go on these trips for several reasons; first of all, there are no women, probably because none of us want to smell the men after they have been camping for several days. Secondly, there are no bathrooms. Enough said. And the giant mosquitos and biting flies? No thanks. But I do reap the benefits with some fresh fish from Lake Superior, some wild blueberries, and a few years ago, this great cookbook!