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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy Anniversary

I say old thing, have you done 


jolly with your hair?


No dear sir, what I am donning on

my genius crown is called a 


(that woman took a piece of paper and taped it to my head...shhhh)

the official headgear 

that is the mark of a 


pastry chef.



And why, pray tell

have you taken up this occupation,

and why must you wield such 

a large knife?


Because it is a very special weekend

and I have been commissioned to 

create a three-layer cake 


grand proportions 

in order to mark 32 years of 

marital bliss. 


Splendid job old fellow,

but for whom?


Well for Ruben and Anita

of course,

those two "peeps" 



who love to live 



with their dear friends.



Bebe dear, thank you for

lending a helping paw!

You and I are a team...can you

imagine the cakes we could make together?

penny white creations!

OH UH.....the orders are coming in...



All felted animals by

Original illustrations of Tea Rat and Rattus

Anita Rivera


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I'm cutting the first slice....anyone want to join in on the celebration?

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: You say that Ruben and Anita are celebrating their 32d anniversary?

Tea Rat: Righto!

Rattus: Ahhh, and you've baked them a cake. How lovely. But you know, shouldn't we taste that cake before we give it to the peeps? After all, we wouldn't want to offend them by giving them a defective cake.

Tea Rat: Rattus, dear fellow, you wouldn't be trying to coerce me into eating this cake that I made specially for the peeps on their special day, would you?

Rattus: Not specially, no. I'm simply employing sound deductive logic, dear fellow.

Tea Rat: Deductive logic? I think you're trying to deduct this cake, that's what I think.

Rattus: Not at all. It's a simple major premise, followed by a minor premise, and sealed with a conclusion.

Tea Rat: Go ahead. I'm all ears.

Rattus: Very well. Here it is. Rats love cake.

Tea Rat: True. Very true.

Rattus: That is cake.

Tea Rat: Made it myself.

Rattus: What, pray tell, conclusion may we draw from those two premises?

Tea Rat: Rats love cake. That is a cake. Let's see, um...rats eat cake as a completely logical sign that rats love cake?

Rattus: No, no, no. Dear fellow. You miss the point entirely. No, don't you see? Rats eat cake because today is the 32d Wedding Anniversary of Anita and Ruben, which is signified by the ♪ ♫ moon being in the seventh house, and ♪ ♫ Jupiter aligns with Mars, ♪ ♫ then peace will guide the planets, and ♪ ♫ love will steer the stars ♪ ♫.

Tea Rat: Wait a minute. You're saying: Rats love cake. That is a cake. Therefore...

Rattus: That's right. This is

Tea Rat & Rattus: ♪ ♫ the dawning (munch) of the Age of Aquarius (munch munch), ♪ ♫ age of Aquarius. (munch) ♪ ♫ Aquarius ♪ ♫ Aquarius. (munch munch munch).

Rattus: Fabulous (munch) cake you baked for (munch) the peeps.

Tea Rat: Hey (munch munch), its ♪ ♫ the Age (munch) of ♪ ♫ Aquarius ♪ ♫.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: I FEAR WE HAVE EATEN ALL THE CAKE! Well, that means I just have to go make another cake...off to the ovens!

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: Off you go then. But remember...whatever delicious cake you make....

Tea Rat: I know, I know. its ♪ ♫ the Age of ♪ ♫ Aquarius ♪ ♫. But what about the peeps? Won't they miss their anniversary cake?

Rattus: Heck no. They've got their hands full, what with the "moon being in the seventh house", and all.

Tea Rat: I really love you're logic sometimes. You know?

Rattus: I know. I know. Now off you go. TO THE OVENS.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: Well, I find it only logical that you put on your tablier (if you can get the apron around your middle), put on your toque and get started HELPING ME, since logic dictates that since you ate 2/3 of the cake, then you should help me bake another one. 'Nuff said. Now hop to it.... VITE VITE!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

HAAAAHAAAAAHAHA! You two are such a HOOT! This is great! Oh Anita, that CAKE is one beautiful piece of art!
Happy Anniversary to my dear friends... Save me a piece of the NEXT cake.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bebe here:

I received a note to come help Tea rat make a cake.... Something about there was one, but now it is gone due to a ravenous rat?
Is this so?

Jeanie said...

Happy Anniversary to Ruben and Anita! What a lovely cake to enjoy!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: YES, BEBE...we need your expert assistance! Rattus's logic went postal and now we are left with NO CAKE for the two love birds. What shall we do? Can you bake a chocolate cake while I make the buttercream frosting? I think we may need to keep Rattus out of our kitchens...

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: OK, OK, so I ate 2/3 of the cake. Mea Culpa.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: Son, it is always best to be forthright and for that, we forgive you. BUT STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN. Bebe, hand me the butter and eggs; we have work to do. AU BOULOT!

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: Sniff...sniff...sniff.

Tea Rat: Why are you crying, son?

Rattus: I'm confused.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

One chocolate cake with buttercream frosting coming up.
RATTUS, Stay out of the kitchen!
Go clean up the yard and work off that cake

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: Yes, I agree with Bebe. Rattus, the snow is melting and the snowdrops are showing their heads. Go and shovel and pick up the debris and...

RATTUS: Wait a minute, wait a minute....why do I always get stuck doing all the work!

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: What's a yard?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: This has been a long winter..you remember son, that place where we grow our vegetables and the rabbits of Rabbit Hill come to gather our carrots? REMEMBER? Now go out and tend to it while I use all my powers to create a GENIUS piece of work....

RATTUS: If you're so genius, why do ya have butta all over your apron...huh? Tell me that?

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

BEBE: Just get to it Rattus. You will be done in the shake of a rabbit's tail.. Tea Rat needs to focus on replacing the cake YOU ATE!

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: I garden I understand. This I get. But what's a yard? Sounds like something invented in that mythical land called Ame-rEE-ca. .

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: And may I remind everyone that if I ate 2/3 of the cake, whom, pray tell, consumed the other 1/3? By they way, we are all assuming the premise of the statement THAT I ATE 2/3 OF THE CAKE. I contest this vociferously. I think another rat who shall remain nameless (Huurmmph - Tea Rat -- cough) is the true culprit. So why don't I bake the cake and Tea Rat attend to the yards?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: Yes, YARD is the same thing as GARDEN old man....but we have no time to waste! Can't you see that Bebe and I are snout-deep in cake orders now!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: But you've forgotten, I've got the know-how AND THE NAME....you just have the stomach. Get to work.

Ruben Rivera said...

Rattus: This ain't right. Accusing a rat of eating a cake is a hangin' offense in these parts. Why if we shot you right now...

Tea Rat: Woah. Take it easy. We're not making a western here.

Rattus: I say, accusin' a rat is a hangin' offense in these parts. If'n we shot you right now clean through the liver, we'd be perfectly within our constitutionally-protected civil rights.

Tea Rat: OK, OK. Stay out of the yards. Just don't shot me through da liver. Tee hee hee.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: I love my liver. So that means we are going to have to put up with Rattus's sniffer detecting the aromas of chocolate, butter, eggs, vanilla, sugar....

RATTUS: You are killin' me.....

TEA RAT: teeheee......

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

BBEBE: We do make quite the team, no? I am more than happy to help out.
Oh my word! Orders are flying in!
Who is that yelling
It just frazzled my nerves.. I don't know if I can keep up, Tea Rat...

Ok Rattus.. Y A R D.... MEANING,
yesterday's abominable ragweed decay.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: DITTO. Bebe is right. We cannot let the decay come into the garden. We are going to need to grow our herbs and veggies and tea fields for our new restaurant this summer and....

RATTUS: How in thee Sam Hill do I get myself caught up in your escapades old man? RESTAURANT? What restaurant?

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I must compliment you Tea Rat and your cute assistant Bebe for the FANTASTIQUE anniversary cake. You are a true pâtissier on baking the most amazing cakes.

Now onto Rattus, wipe that icing and cake off your face!!! No wonder Tea Rat has such a big knife. That cake wasn't meant for you! But for Nowhere's lovely couple Anita and Ruben.

Happy Anniversary to you,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Tea Rat: AH, MADAME VERA! Merci Madame for backing me up! Rattus has NO BUSINESS eating that cake before the lovely couple gets their chance to dig in. Now Bebe and I are at it again at the ovens, but this time, I just might go for a fondant icing...in aqua! miammmmmmm!

The Dutchess said...

Aquarius ♪ ♫ Aquarius ♪ ♫....lalalalalalalala..lalalalalalalalalala...lalalalalalalala,lalalala,lalalala,lalalala,lalalala..Aquarius ♪ ♫ Aquarius ♪ ♫..I know that song..

The Dutchess said...

Whats a yard..well maybe I can help you there..A fundamental unit of length in both the U.S. Customary System and the British Imperial System, equal to 3 feet, or 36 inches (0.9144 meter)...I know that..because I knew..

Miss M

The Dutchess said...

ORrr..A tract of ground, often enclosed, used for a specific business or activity..I know that because I live there...

Miss M

The Dutchess said...

Did you say NEW RESTAURANT...?


The Dutchess said...

The snow is melting...the sun returns..and Nita and Ruben will live forever and ever..Blessings my dear friends..xoxo

The Dutchess said...

I know this because its true..

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Tea Rat! Miss M is here, and Gustave and dear Dutchess!
Now maybe Rattus will understand the true meaning of YARD..

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


BEBE: Tea Rat, control yourself! You're letting the beater go and you've let go of the controls....oh dear, there is batter all over the place! You just lose control with the beautiful and VERY SMART Miss M. comes around you....RATTUS...HELP US!

TEA RAT: Oh dear.....Miss M. and GUSTAVE? Dear me, I must do my best for our new restaurant, with the great chef Gustave in our midst! I fear I can only be a sous chef with him in our midst!

THANK YOU DEAREST DUTCHESS for coming! We are truly blessed with friends like you and Penny to play with us and keep us laughing. And I knew you'd know that song!

Ruben Rivera said...

You are all in our hearts and in our funny bones.
Ruben and Anita.

Barbara Fisher said...

Oh drat I missed the cake! Not to worry at least I arrived in time to with you both a Happy Anniversary. xxxx

Barbara Fisher said...

To with you both? Whoops it must be past my bedtime. xxx

Jeri Landers said...

Anita and Ruben How great and wonderful and romantic and lovely! Congratulations to 2 marvelous people. I wish your cake was bigger! Best go purchase some cheesecake or Key lime pie... just don't tell Tea Rat.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TEA RAT: Key lime pie....I HEARD THAT! WHere....who, when? HOW?


Palomasea said...

I am late to this crazy, wonderful party...but I send my warmest Congratulations to the beautiful, magical Ruben and Anita!!

Can't stop giggling... :)
Love to you, and Bravo to the entire cast and crew! :)
Now did somebody say key lime pie?

hi-d said...

Precious! Simply adorable! I hope you too had a chance to celebrate 32 years this past weekend. Here's to more...and give me a slice of that cake, eh?


romance-of-roses said...

Love these rats. I have always liked mice and rats, not real one's of course, but do have a little collection of ceramic mice. Happy anniversary to the happy couple. Blessings...Lu

Debbie Nolan said...

Congratulations to Anita and Ruben - that cake looks lovely and with Tea Rat's Toque and with Rattus cheering him on - I know it was delicious and they enjoyed every wonderful bite. So wonderful that for 32 years marital bliss has reigned. May they celebrate another 32 - God Bless.

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

BOL! Love the Tea Rat!

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Nathaly said...

j'Adore :00 vraiment mignon I LIKE!!!!

Haddock said...

Truly, 32 years of marital bliss.
Like the flow.

Barbara Fisher said...

Hello Anita, I was browsing on Pinterest this morning when I came across this http://www.pinterest.com/pin/21532904442504386/
I just had to send you a link because it made me think of you!
I hope you are having a good week. With love Barbara

Julia said...

Me ha encantado visitar tu bloc. Despues de las vacaciones de Semana Santa y la fiesta de Sant Jordi, continuaremos con las limpiezas ecológicas primaverales y esta semana le toca a la cocina espero que os guste y os sea de utilidad y por eso te invito a visitar mi blog. Si te ha gustado espero que si no eres seguidora te hagas ahora.

Kim Poovey said...

Love this!!!

Blessings and Happy Anniversary,

Kim P