Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hospital fundraiser

Last night, there was a black-tie fundraiser dinner held in support of our local hospital. I was asked to make two cakes for the cake auction. So I made a scrubs cake, along with a stethoscope, scissors, bandages and syringe, all made of either fondant or gumpaste. The cake was chocolate and could feed 20.

I also made a cake to look like the classic board game "Operation." Thought it kind of poked fun at the hospital theme. The cake itself was carrot and was pretty big and could feed about 40.
 I'm wondering what these cakes went for at auction? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Happy birthday Richard x 2

I made a cake for my cousin and my boyfriend, both cat lovers and both named Richard.

 It was a so-called "naked cake" where there is no icing on the little fondant cats could be seen coming in and out of the layers.

 Bonus: my other first cousin from Texas, Len was in town too. He doesn't have any cats but that's okay.

 The two Richards with their kitty cat birthday cake.

 Happy birthday Richard 1 and 2. You are both terrific guys!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Autumnal retirement

 One of the county correspondents at our local newspaper, The Glengarry News, retired this week.

 The News had a small get-together for her at a local watering hole in Williamstown and I made a cake.

Sue wrote for the paper for some 30 years, covering local council as well as penning her Williamstown column for 20+ years. She definitely will be missed by all.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Drum roll, please

My first ever drum cake! This carrot cake fed 40 party-goers for "baby" Adam's birthday. Apparently the rock 'n' roll drummer was turning 30. The moniker must be an in joke. Hope his party rocked!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bits 'n' pieces

 My little corner of the world used to be marked by a sign, very much like this one. But over the years it had weathered and because we are so minuscule, the county said they wouldn't replace the sign. Lucky for the few families that live here, a neighbour took it upon himself to coordinate the county, township and local building supplier (who donated the wood for the sign) and re-created the sign to mark our part of the world. I thought I looked rather Joan of Arkish in this pic...

 A few weeks back we headed into the big city of Ottawa to hear a friend from Israel speak at a hall in Little Italy. I've known Florence (the gal in stripes to my right) since kindergarten and hadn't seen her since high school. Good Lord. Suzanne (gal in red) and I have been friends since elementary school as well as sharing a major in university, but it's been ages. And Bev, (purple) and I hadn't seen each other since high school either, some 35 or more years!

I was invited to a potluck and I offered to bring a cake (natch). I decided to try a recipe I had seen online. Epic fail! The cake itself was yummy. But...the salted caramel frosting was hopeless. It broke partway through cooking and cooling and became crystallized. Having the consistency of plaster, I slapped it on and pressed it into the sides of the cake. And guess what? Not enough icing for the top. Chocolate ganache to the rescue. Topped with homemade caramel apples too. Best of all? It was someone's birthday, so candles were put on and Happy Birthday was sung. The gal came up to me afterwards and said it was the best cake she had ever had. I was touched!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Autumn cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for a friend whose aunt is coming to see the changing fall colours. 
She's from New Orleans, so the fleur-de-lis topped cakes are a nod to her visit.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fall happenings

 We took our annual trip to Richard's family's place in Muskoka over Thanksgiving and were blessed with perfect weather. 
That's nephew Michael's dog Winston.

 The temperature last Sunday was 18C and sunny.

Richard's sister Mary taking in the view at Lake of Bays.

 Sparkling water had us all down at the dock hanging out with a bottle of wine.

Say ahhhhhhh.

 Meanwhile at home, autumn is in full fettle.

My new woodshed (to the left) is starting to fill with wood. There's Oreo posing at its doorway.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Thanksgiving pie cupcakes

I bring a dessert up to Richard's family every Thanksgiving and this year I was puzzled. Last year was just delicious and not gorgeous. Year before I painted a scene on fondant and before that, mini-turkeys made of peanut butter cups and candy. I was stumped this year until it came to me. Pie! The ultimate Thanksgiving treat. But this year, I made spice cupcakes with a variety of "pies" on top. Fun or what?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Woody woodpecker sighting

On my way to work the other day I saw this bird  just over the top of my garage.

 An amazing bird, you couldn't miss him! Lucky I caught him on camera...wish I could have gotten just a bit closer to him. Wow!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Blood red super moon

 Last night I went out to see the lunar eclipse. Light clouds appeared when the eclipse began. Oh pooh.

But then it cleared and it indeed was a super moon. Blood red at the height of the eclipse. Shot with my point-and-shoot so not perfect...but you get the idea. Very cool.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Late summer vacation in PEC

 Our summer vacation (in September -- the best time to go on vacation as far as I'm concerned), started with a weekend in Kingston with my two besties. We had some great meals and took the Thousand Island boat tour. Fun!

 Then we headed west and took the Glenora ferry to Prince Edward County (PEC). The Lake in the Mountain is said to be one of the smallest Ontario Provincial Parks around. Maybe, but it has a heck of a view!

 Right next door is the Miller House, where we went for a drink...

 They brew their own Lake of the Mountain beer -- six kinds -- and you get this view!

And a September vacation? Usually great weather and not many people around. Perfect.

 We visited Birdhouse City, with 100 or so birdhouses, many reproductions of famous architecture.

 We visited a the County Cider Co. that had an amazing view.

 They also grew grapes!

 Richard amongst the apples...

And we went to a wine tasting at Sandbanks Winery.

We brought some of what we tasted home.

The piece de la resistance was Sandbanks Provincial Park.

It was like being at the ocean.

And the only other creatures we were competing with were the one-legged sleeping geese.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wild in the Kitchen, again!

Fifteen years ago my book Wild in the Kitchen was published. Recently, the publishers decided to print a second edition and create an e-book too. I've decided to celebrate with a book signing at our local cafe. If any of you are in the area, please drop in.

Monday, September 7, 2015

An American Girl in Paris

I wonder, are you getting sick of all my cake posts lately? It seems like months have gone by since I did cakes and then all of a sudden, I have several cakes to do at the same time! Life's like that I guess.
Maeve celebrated her ninth birthday by having an American Girl party. Apparently, the American Girl for 2015 is Grace Thomas, a gal who goes to Paris accompanied by her French bulldog "Bonbon" and opens up a patisserie. 
This cake is my version of Grace Thomas's baked offerings, as well as her doggy, all made of fondant. And the cake you might ask? French vanilla, naturellement!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Music cake

 I seem to be on a roll here...More cake posting. My friend Anick's little daughter turned 5 last weekend. 

She's just learning how to play the cello, so Anick thought a music theme would be fun.


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