Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A day in the woods

 Since I burn wood to heat the house, Richard and I spend much of the winter cutting and gathering. Here's Richard crossing the frozen Mighty Mogelon pulling his chainsaw and gas with his toboggan.

 When the creek freezes I'm in mind of the lyrics to a Joni Mitchell song that goes, "I wish I had a river, that I could skate away on..."

 This is another creek that rarely, almost never freezes. I always threaten to do a polar bear dip in it, but never actually have taken the challenge.

This was an odd sight. Walking by a tree, my eye caught a glimpse of something reddish. At first I thought it was a dead pine clump. But upon further examination, it is some sort of bird's feather. Wonder what the back story is there...?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Issie hits the jackpot!

 I made this cake for Issie who turned 96 yesterday. She loves playing the one-armed bandit.


 Issie looks terrific! I especially love this photo with her hand on the lever, in this case a jaw breaker, ready to play!

And I also love this pic, with Issie making sure that the cake is cut correctly. Go Issie go!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Deer beds and cat beds

 Out in the back woods, my dad planted spruce and pine trees 40+ years ago. The deer like the shelter the trees provide and generally sleep underneath them making indents in the snow.

 Meanwhile, a bed of a different sort! Jack, my boarder from Montreal cozies himself up with a blankie and his stuffed pet fish.

I adore Jack and look forward to his visits. He was originally born here. I found him as a kitten and friends in Montreal adopted him. I'm so lucky I get to spend time with him from time-to-time.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Retrospectives

I've been making cakes for enough years now that I've had many returning customers. I've been making birthday cakes for my favourite triplets,
Ela, Nikki and Leah since they were five years old. Last summer I did their 10th birthday. So much fun to see them growing up.


 Cheryl loves flowers and after a cake, we switched to cupcakes, each dozen with a different theme.

I've done three cakes for sweet Famke who chooses her theme every year,
one year a fairy land, another year a nod to her cello/piano lessons and last year, her calico kitty Liko.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my friends and followers all things good in the year ahead. Cheers!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Rudolph the red-nosed deer

Look who appeared on my trail cam that's posted deep in the woods...Merry Christmas one and all.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A few cakes...

 So fun to do cakes in the winter when I'm not worried about humidity! This one was for a friend who celebrated a milestone birthday a few weeks back. She loves flowers and is passionate about her garden. As well, she's an accomplished artist. So I thought I'd do a different sort of floral cake. Instead of classic buttercream roses or fondant flowers, I piped them from coloured chocolate and put them on a quadruple layer chocolate cake. Death by chocolate!

Another friend celebrated a not-so-milestone birthday but since we missed the big one last year, we decided to celebrate anyhow. Dane absolutely loves Cherry Blossoms so I made a cake that looked like a giant Cherry Blossom. I hear he really liked it. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Woods close up

 The first snowfall took us into the woods. Funny how this poplar is still growing but is missing half its trunk.

 Look at these teeny weeny mushrooms growing on the tree trunk. My sis said they looked like mini-pancakes.

 I love how the base of a few trees had frills of moss. So dynamic against the white snow backdrop.

Another green frilly skirt.

Love the detail of the moss. Wonder what's living in there?



 I also looked really closely at the trunk and noticed all the lichen growing there. Mini-lives on the trunk. Cool.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Critter cam -- deer action!

 My critter cam was in the woods all spring, summer, fall  and we finally brought it in this weekend.

 I was delighted to see photos of mama and baby...

 ...and just baby, a bit bigger than the last pic.

 This is a fun series of three photos. Here's the mum...

...baby goes by about 20 seconds later...

 ...20 seconds later, here's dad!

Isn't this fellow a handsome boy! I sure hope he made it through hunting season.

And probably my favourite photo of all...the ultimate photo bomb!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hospital fundraiser

 I made this cake for our local hospital's annual fundraiser and auction held last night.


It was so much fun making the teeny tiny cards, bouquet of flowers and of course, try of food -- all made of fondant.



 And here's the poor little soul, lying sick in his hospital bed while everyone enjoys dinner around him!
I'm happy it got a good price at auction with the funds going to the hospital.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Super Beaver Moon

 The super moon rose over Dunvegan at about 5:30 last night.

 My little point and shoot camera really doesn't do it justice. It was huge!

November's moon is traditionally called the Beaver Moon and this one was as close to Earth as it's been for a while. Super Beaver Moon!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hail Caesar!

 I made this cake for Richard's birthday. Yes it's a cake!
I saw a salad cake on the Internet and just knew I had to make Richard one because he just loves Caesar salad.

 And he did love it! Kinda strange to put birthday candles in a salad? Naaah.


But once I served it up, it was pretty obvious it was a carrot cake disguised as a Caesar salad.


And this is what it looked like after a few days...two slices left for our lunches tomorrow.

Surprise over, all we're left with is yummy carrot cake and lemony buttercream.
Happy birthday to Richard!

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."

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