Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring cake time

 I love spring and from time-to-time, I'm asked to make spring cupcakes.

 I love all the possibilities!

 It seems to be a time where I can go crazy with silliness.

For the past few years, we've gone to my boyfriend's family for Easter brunch. Here was my Easter cake from two years ago...

 ...and I made this daisy cake for last year's Easter lunch.

I made these red velvet bird's nest cakes just because I wanted to experiment with shredded wheat nests. I love how they came out.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Is it maple time yet?

 On a warm day last weekend we decided to put 4 taps in two maple trees to get some sap.

After the second day, I got 5 cups of maple sap. Instead of going through the rigmarole of boiling it up, I decided to put it in bottles and drink it. Maple water is the new health drink after all.

And after that? Everything froze solid. Today is the first day of spring and it's -9. Onward and upward!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sun puddle cats

Love this pic I snapped of Matzo Man and Cookie sharing a sun puddle on a cold afternoon this week.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Picnic will have to wait

Walking in the woods on the weekend and thinking that it's almost winter picnic time...

...and then came upon the picnic table and plastic chairs. Uh...think we'll have to wait a bit, eh?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SPCA Cupcake Day

 Monday is the fundraising day for the SPCA with their National Cupcake Day.

I decided to do pups, like I did last year and a dozen Grumpy Cats. Luckily, Knatolee is selling these plus a bunch of other folks' baking at the courthouse in Cornwall and hopes to raise some bucks for our friends at the SPCA.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snow Daze

 Fun in the cold weather? Richard got all dressed up and spent two days cutting dead trees...and loving it!

 Meanwhile, other critters wanted in! Feed me now this squirrel was yelling.

 So...I put some seeds out for him on my board. It snowed a bit but this clever fellow knew exactly where to dig.

Cold and sunny days bring out my two starlings, that I've named Heckle and Jeckle. The real Heckle and Jeckle were magpies...but these two hang around together and could likely get themselves into some trouble if they tried!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fun Valentine's Night

 Richard and I enjoyed a night out last night for Valentine's. A dessert night was put on at our local cafe, where all the dessert choices (11 of them!) were made by local teens and served by teens too.

Of the 11 choices, you were allowed to pick three. We shared a bunch too so we got to taste almost everything. Here were some of the standouts!
Top: Chocolate truffles. Pavlova. Middle: Lemon curd tart. Stack of brownies with salted caramel drizzle. Bottom: Caramel pot de creme. Savoury cheese platter.
A lovely evening, we were also serenaded by teens playing violin and cello. What fun.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Your KISS is on my list

Every now and again you get a challenge that really works out. My friend Chantal was celebrating her 40th birthday and her husband asked me to do a cake for her. He said, "A kiss cake." Since her birthday is on Valentine's Day I said, "Like lips?" He said, "No, the group KISS. She's a huge fan!" I had some fun getting this graphic image of Gene Simmons, 3-D fondant tongue too on the cake. And silver dragees, placed one by one, on the KISS logo turned out great I think.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Trees and Spaceman cakes

 I was asked to do a cake for an environmental scientist. His partner asked for an evergreen tree and a little light bulb went off when I realized that the logo for his environmental services company was in fact a tree! I blew it up, cut it out of fondant and placed it on a background inspired by the late great Canadian artist Ted Harrison.

My friend Dave loves toy robots so when his wife asked me to make a cake for a gathering to celebrate his 60th birthday I decided that no ordinary robot would do. I thought back to a story Dave told me about his best-ever yard sale find. He poked around at a table and came across a Fighting Space Man toy, still in its original box. Cost? The same as it went for 40 years before. $2 (I think). At any rate, he took it home, plugged batteries into the space man and it worked!
I loved the story and decided to make him his very own Fighting Space Man cake with him as the spaceman. The box was chocolate cake with an edible label. Dave, the robot, was mostly made of fondant and M&Ms.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winterizing your nest

While snowshoeing this weekend I came across this vacant nest. Funny how the snow piled up on it. It was only about 6" round, but somehow the well woven sticks and lichen nest managed to hold a great big pile of snow.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snacktime inside and out

 Last weekend was perfect for snowshoeing. I noticed tons of bunny prints under the spruce trees. Last week we had an ice rain for a few days and it knocked lots of spruce tips off the trees. The snowshoe rabbits had a nice buffet waiting for them.

Meanwhile, inside it was time to try out the new glass teapot I got over the holidays. Time to inaugurate it with the lotus tea blossom I bought in Japantown, while we were in San Francisco a few years back. So much fun watching it bloom. Lovely and nice tea too!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Jack, Jack and more Jack!

 This sweet old boy's name is Jack and he visits me for about three weeks every winter when his parents go to Florida. He lives in Montreal but loves the country!

He's a big cuddle bug...and is pretty happy in his warm room with two beds and all amenities including a night snack and brushing.

I have a definite affinity to this boy...he showed up here years ago as a hungry kitten.

He was so cute and so tiny!

Happily, friends in Montreal adopted him and I'm lucky enough to get to see him on his yearly visits to the country.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Day at the Museum

 The National Gallery of Canada is a marvellous place that I should get to more often.

 This holiday season we made a point of heading there and seeing the Jack Bush show, the Escher show and the contemporary gallery too.

 I loved this selfie of a Michael Snow selfie.

 In the Contemporary Gallery, Richard pondered man's eternal quest for freedom...or was it just an exit sign?

 I loved seeing Richard from my point of view in another gallery, framed by a Sol LeWitt.

Another selfie, this time with Sol LeWitt.

 This amazing work by Geoffrey Farmer was mind boggling. Years of Life magazine cutouts. Very cool indeed.

We took a break in the cafe to rest and hydrate and admired the snow-less view outside and one of the silver sculptures reaching for the sky. Great day in Ottawa.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year my blog-reading friends. Here's hoping that 2015 is happy and healthy for all.


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