Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blooming gorgeous!

 Our little vacation took us to Jim Thorpe, PA where everything was in bloom.

 A blue train and pink crab-apple blossoms paired well together.

 This exquisite tree had hanging pink flowers. Anyone have any idea what sort of tree it is?

Our early May holiday featured mid-July temperatures. Even the rhododendrons were in bloom!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beaver emoticon cake

My friend Scott emailed me this beaver emoticon and asked me to make a cake based on it. You see, he and his girlfriend Ailen text message a lot and Ailen, who is originally from the Philippines, really gets a kick out of it. She's never seen a beaver before.

So here's my cake based on the beaver emoticon. Kinda fun, eh? It's even sporting flags in each hand: one from Canada and the other from the Philippines.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Goodbye big, beautiful barn

 My big old barn has to be torn down.

 It's bowing out at one and and leaning on my house!

 I've had several people come in to look at it and it's unfixable...

 The roof is in great shape and has kept our cord wood, which we've stored here, completely dry.

 But it's starting to lean badly and lifting off the ground on one side.

 And it's built very close to the house. Actually, the house was built very close to the barn!

 Lovely wood has aged well.

 Here's where it's lifting off the ground.

 All the metal hinges were made my hand by the blacksmith who originally owned the property.

 Love the hanging baler twine. It's been here 50+ years.

Just one of the wheelbarrow loads pulled out of the barn. I hope to build a small woodshed and hang some of the metal bits on its walls as a memory of the dear old barn.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cat checkup time

Time for their annual needles, all three cats got checkups last week. Oreo gained a few ounces but otherwise is in tiptop shape.

It's kitty Weight Watchers for Cookie. Too much kibble saw her gain a pound. I'm doling it out more carefully now in hopes next years' checkup will see her back to fighting weight.

Nutmeg, who is 16 this year, lost 3/4 of a lb. and is doing really well. She's a bit arthritic but I knew she had lost a bit of weight because her limp is not as pronounced. Onward and upward!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Chocolate peppermint patty cake

I have a potluck supper to attend tonight and I thought I'd experiment. I made a triple layer chocolate cake and into the batter I added chopped up Andes mint chocolates I bought in the States. I covered that with mint buttercream that I tinted pale green. And just to make it totally over the top, I made a bit of chocolate ganache with semi-sweet chocolate and poured it over the top. Always fun to try new recipes and combinations of flavours.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Polka dot birthday

I made this cake for a friend's daughter who turned Sweet 16 over the weekend. Apparently, she's crazy for polka dots.

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like...

 We have had a few warm days in the double digits (Celsius) but we're back to very cold nights and just sorta coolish days. 

The poor day lilies are trying their darnedest to get outta the ground.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Woodland cupcakes

I'm invited to lunch and am bringing dessert. What better than cupcakes to celebrate spring. Edible moss, chocolate pebbles, fondant fiddleheads and mushrooms. Bring on the warm weather.

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!


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