As you know, my aunt is visiting the Northwest from Nova Scotia. Saturday was her birthday so we all headed down to my parents' place to help celebrate the occasion (the hat (above) I made and that my aunt generously wore in the pictures! uh, those not seen here...). I decided to give everyone else a rest and get my cook on so I wrangled together the celebratory dinner. We had roasted halibut and crushed potatoes with a slooooow roasted (count 'em...4.5 hours) tomato and shallot sauce. You know, a lil' wine, a lil' champagne ("cham-pag-knee" as my father would say)...and on to dessert. Ooh la la! As it was a celebration, I busted out with what is known as a Mille Crepe Cake. Granted, I didn't make it to 1000 crepes, engineering difficulties assumed, and rounded things off at around 32. Each delightful layer filled with fresh vanilla bean-flecked kirsch-infused pastry cream. Delicious! This baby takes roughly 2 to 3 days to make with all the various steps. If it took 2 to 3 weeks...it would be worth the effort!