Monday, October 24, 2016

So long dear friends...

It's tough to say goodbye to dear friends who have been your neighbours for 28 years.
There was a potluck dinner at their place this weekend where friends gathered to say so long.
I brought the cake.! I figured saying goodbye in many languages would be a way to wish them well.
Thank goodness for Google! And thank goodness for the countless hours I spent hand lettering at art school all those years ago...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Autumn in full bloom

 For Thanksgiving weekend we headed up through Algonquin Park to spend time at Richard's sister's cottage in Muskoka.

 I grabbed my watercolours and did a quick sketch of the scenery.

 The night before we left was mighty cool -- we had to scrape ice off the windshield -- and when the brilliant morning sun broke out, the warm water created a photogenic mist.

 Near Huntsville, we went for a walk on the Grandview Trails.

 At the summit, the view wasn't so grand. Couldn't see the view for all the trees!

On our way home, each twist in the road revealed another "ooh" and "ahhh."

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thanksgiving leaves

It's cooling down out there; the leaves are changing and the acorns are falling.
This year for Thanksgiving, I made a carrot-nut cake, slathered with cream cheese frosting and topped off with maple leaves, oak leaves and acorns made of fondant.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We have much to be grateful for...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hit the Jackpot!

I made this slot machine cake on what I figured was one of the most humid days of the year. And my kitchen doesn't have air conditioning, so it was a challenge to say the least. In the end, I was happy with the one-armed bandit carrot cake, to feed 35 guests. And I got a kick outta the gold foil-covered chocolate coins. So did Claire! Many happy returns to her on her special day.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Famke's calico cat cake

 For little Famke's sixth birthday, she wanted a cat that looked like her calico Liko.

Here she is! The body is vanilla cake, the cat's head and balls of yarn are made of Rice Krispie treats.

Nothing like celebrating your birthday with a pool party in the hot sun. Ahhh, summer.

I thought where Famke's mum Anick had placed the candles was brilliant! Happy birthday Famke.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sue & Mike get married

 Months ago, my friend Sue asked me to do her wedding cake. It was for an outdoor, summer wedding to take place at her country place. We decided  that a naked cake with fresh flowers would fit the bill.

It was perfect. The couple loved it and so did their 80 or so guests. A perfect day for a perfect couple.

 There were hors d'oeuvres made by friends and served by friends.

 Those dumplings were the bomb!

  The food was served in Sue's greenhouse, turned into a dining room for the occasion.

One large table to fit 75 guests, seated on covered hay bales.

The food? Oh my! Smoked turkey, ribs, pulled pork, kale salad, Turkish carrots with a garlic, yogurt sauce, bean salad, Greek salad. Wow.

 It was a perfect, sunny day and a great day spent with friends.

 On our way to see the cake (it stayed at Sue's sister's Sigrun's house next door because it was cool), I snapped this sweet pic of Sue.

And here are the silliest and sweetest couple ever. Happy days Sue and Mike.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nightmare Before Christmas wedding

It's been a busy wedding season this year! 
I was asked by Christina and Kristin to bake a cake for their wedding with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. They are a very cool, creative couple Christina is a hair stylist; Kristin is a musician. As Christina said to me, you're an artist so I'll let you be inspired. Go for it. And I did.
We didn't discuss design or colour. I thought black and white with a pop of red would be elegant. Since the theme could be interpreted as a bit on the Halloween side of things, I decided to avoid orange or other colours. I wanted the cake to stand out. And stand out it did!
Turns out the bridesmaids were all dressed in red and the decor under the tent was red and white. Score! The cake fit in perfectly. A good time was had by all and the cake was devoured by 150 guests.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Miriam & Eric's wedding

 My young friend Miriam was marrying her heart's desire Eric and she asked me to make them their wedding cake. She asked for something non-traditional. She didn't want a tiered cake. She wanted two cakes to feed about 80 guests. And they both love chocolate.

 So I made two floral cakes. One was standard chocolate; the other was chocolate orange. 

And so they got married, cut the cake, danced the night away and hopefully will live happily ever after...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Triplets birthday cakes

My friends had triplets and asked me to make a cake for their girls six years ago.
The party theme was cowgirls and cowboys. I jumped at the chance!

The following year they had a disco theme. I matched the cake to the image on the invitation.

Then they had a Star Wars-themed party. I made a giant Chewbacca.

Harry Potter was the theme du jour the following year. I made The Monster Book of Monsters cake.

 Lord of the Rings was last year's theme so I made a Hobbit hole cake.

 And now the girls have turned ten and last weekend they celebrated with a Peanuts cake.
What fun.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A week of flowers

 My sister challenged me to post a flower a day for a week on Facebook. Here's what I posted:
Bloodroot growing by the side of the road. It's called bloodroot because if you break it, the sap inside is reddish.

 Crocuses growing in my lawn. This one was shot in 2010 when we hit 30C in March.
The crocuses came up, bloomed and died all on the same day.

 Dear old digitalis...foxglove that Richard's brother-in-law grew this year in his magnificent garden.

 Me with my lupin bed, originally planted with two packages of seeds I got in Oregon.

 Wild milkweed, so fragrant and so important to monarch butterflies.

 My one, amazing primrose that has come up every year for the past 10 or more years.

The rare Ram's Head ladyslipper that grows a secret location around here!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer gardens

 I finally pulled my first beets. I planted four kinds this year along with fast-growing turnips. Yum!

 I also planted purple peas which grew to about 6 feet high.

We shucked em tonight. Not as sweet or dark green as regular peas but still pretty yummy.

And best of all? This year no construction! My little wood shed is up, tucked in beside the house and now that I don't have a barn in the backyard,
I actually have a backyard. And I just love it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dear old digitalis

Foxglove is one of my favourite flowers yet I can never grow them successfully.
Richard's brother-in-law's garden is full of them! Here's one of the loveliest. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Moving slowly

Richard found this little painted turtle in my driveway yesterday, so I moved it to safety. 
It actually hung out with us most of the afternoon and slowly moved away.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Canada Day parade in my little town

 Canada Day in Alexandria, Ontario. We live in a farming community.

 Goulet Septic was all dolled up.

 Fun floats.

 A Pacer wagon was my best friend in the '70s. A friend and I drove to Florida in one. It had denim seats!

 Little horses.

 Big horses.

 There were even mini-goats.

 Our fire department's truck was loud with its sirens blaring.

Here Richard and I waiting for candy. Natalie was striking a pose!


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