Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Company of Crows

A book signing for the novel The Company of Crows by Karen Molson will be held on Saturday, April 23 at Books on Beechwood in Ottawa from noon to 2 p.m. This cake I made will be served at the event. If you can make it, please do so. Good read, good eats. How can you beat that?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Company of Crows

My friend Karen Molson hosted a book launch last weekend for her new novel The Company of Crows.

I was happy to get an autographed copy!

The party included amazing hors d'oeuvres...

...And cookies too! Karen asked me to make 100 crow cookies for the occasion.

 Under the watchful eye of these two crows, each cookie had been individually bagged and given to visitors as they left the event. Great day.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Heart's desire wedding cake

 I made a cake for my co-worker Scott who married his heart's desire Ailen, yesterday.

 They had a sweet set-up at the restaurant where the reception was held.

 Chocolate cake and blue and silver hearts. What else could you want?

It was a perfect day for a wedding! Warm and sunny, just like the couple.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easter Sunday picnic

 I love having picnics at our table in the woods and last Sunday was a perfect day to have one.

 It was very impromptu: apples, olives, cheese and hot cross buns with tea.

 My parents' Thermos -- formerly for business meetings -- always comes in handy for our picnics.

With just a crust of ice on an inch of snow on the picnic table, it was a perfect way to sip tea in 12C degrees. No wind. 
Just blue sky and a bit of snow on the ground, receding in the sunlight.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Goodbye my sweet boy

 Matzo Man showed up in my barn during the winter of 2012-2013. 

 By summer he was ready to come indoors! And in the fall, he did.

 After a month of living in the log cabin, he met the others and fell in love with Cookie.

 They were pretty much inseparable...

 Most winters the gang would all huddle up together for warmth. Was very sweet to see them like that.

 He was a beautiful boy and I miss him already. He was so good. Never climbed on the table. Never scratched or bit me. I adored him.

This photo from last summer makes me smile. I know that in the short time I had him, I gave him a good life. And he was so happy living here. 
Sweet soul, he was.

Goodbye sweet boy. I will miss you so. Matzo Man: May 2012 - March 24, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ipse then and now

I got to babysit baby Ipse last summer for a night and what a little delight he was. Last week I got to visit him as an (almost) full-grown kitty cat. What a beauty he has turned out to be!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sugaring off time

Yesterday we headed down the road a piece to Sand Road Sugar Camp to see them making maple syrup.

 One of my favourite things of all time is when they boil up the syrup to make taffy and pour it on the snow so that it can be rolled up on a wooden stick.

 It tastes like warm maple-flavoured caramel!

 Meanwhile, indoors we sampled the all-you-can eat breakfast including pancakes, eggs, ham, beans and all the maple syrup you can pour. The bacon was called "oreilles de crisse," apparently "green bacon" which is very thick and very crisp and unlike anything I've ever tasted.

 There were horse wagon rides through the sugar bush...

...instead we walked one of the many trails that runs through the property. About 8C, warmish, and all the snow is melting fast so it seemed like our last chance to be out in it. A perfect day.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

And the winner is...

I had some good news yesterday. My cupcakes won the National Cupcake Day decorating contest run by the Ontario SPCA. Yippee! I'll let you know what my prize is when it arrives next week. 
If you'd like to see the other competitors (and there were a lot of fabulous entries) here's the link to the page.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

SPCA Cupcake Day

 This is the fourth year I've participated in the SPCA's National Cupcake Fundraiser Day. The little dogs always seem to be a hit. This year I did them in chocolate and maple buttercream as well as vanilla.

Since it's snowing outside and I'm thinking, "will winter ever end?", I decided to do a dozen floral cupcakes. Sunflowers, roses and two-toned hydrangeas will hit the spot! I hope lots of money is raised for our local animal shelter.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Looky here! A fisher in the woods. So happy my cats are indoor cats. Oh dear. The poor bunnies!

Monday, February 15, 2016

My funny chocolate valentine

This year, instead of decorating a cake for Valentine's Day, I decided to decorate the inside of a cake.Chocolate cake with a pink cake heart inside...the outsides are covered with a simple chocolate ganache.

Hope you had a sweet one!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More critters on the critter cam

 Views from the trail cam...I had many, many photos of the peregrinations of the snowshoe hares.

 This was exciting. A shot of a fox during a snowstorm!

 And something surprising. A raccoon out and about on February 6?
It has been a warm winter (although super cold weather is expected this weekend).

 A ruffed grouse looking for dinner.

I think this is the fox again, running around. Love that critter cam!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Barn party cake

 My friend Natalie celebrated a birthday last weekend, so I made her a cake with some of the myriad of animals she houses in her barn. (Her husband Gordon's birthday was two weeks ago.)
Saul the donkey's best friend is a wee orange cat, so I put them side by side along with the two ponies. Her goat just had three kids, so they are there in fondant too. Sweet Tristan, her senior pup is tucked into the straw while up in the loft, two chickens hang out with b&w barn cat Keaton. Another marmalade kitty is climbing along the edge of the roof.

Good times and happy birthday Natalie!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Baby goats!

Yesterday was an exciting day.

 I got to feed my friend's baby goats!


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