I started with a double layer chocolate cake which I covered with vanilla buttercream. I lightly sketched out van Gogh's Starry Night with a toothpick on top.
I started filling in colours with a round tip. I did three shades of blue...
...and two shades of yellow.
The sky was fun but then there were the mountains and houses to do too. Oh my!
The tree was piped in very dark green with chocolate added.
I did some white highlights to really make the sky swirl. The little town below has a few yellow lights on in those teeny houses. Van Gogh's loose painting style really lent itself to buttercream...it was just like painting on canvas except it was cake.
This year, I kept my basil in a pot, instead of planting it in the garden, and brought it inside. It's hard to believe it's lasted this long!
Richard made some spaghetti sauce this weekend and it seemed the perfect time to use all the basil up.
It really added a nice flavour to the sauce. Next year I have to remember to keep a few basil plants in pots. I've been using the leaves from this one to flavour sauces, omelettes and salads since the summer. All with that same plant. Amazing.
I had this really really old sofa that my parents bought in the 1970s. I also had a pee pee cat who loved the sofa. When Cinnamon died, I swore I'd get rid of the sofa. A few weeks back, I finally did.
And the perfectly ugly sofa came with two ugly side chairs that the other cats took a liking too. I bet I had generations of cats who liked to claw those chairs.
Lucky for me, Gordon and Natalie were getting a dumpster and graciously offered to schlep my old furniture away...
Oh gawd, I was so hoping that everything would fit in their trailer.
Gordon was pretty adept at fitting the puzzle of the sofa and two chairs together.
Then of course, there was time for me to wear the little arm protector thingies one last time.
This is me being very happy to get rid of that darn old furniture. Truth be told, my mother brought this set home and I think she hated it from day one.
But as I recall, Dad got it from a furniture place in trade for a brochure he did for them.
My mum would be delighted to see the back end of these!
And see, I never removed the tag that said, "Never remove this tag under peril of prosecution!"
Okay, so I have a cookie exchange this weekend and thought these cookies would be the perfect thing to make. But since I need to bring six dozen cookies with me, I decided to make them smaller than the ones I've seen on the web, and use mini-marshmallows.
I baked a bunch of sugar cookies, sort of oval, but not really necessarily oval. Just imperfectly shaped cookies, about 2" x 3" (or smaller). You can use any standard sugar cookie recipe. I pulled one off the Internet.
I made some royal icing (another Internet recipe) and made it kinda runny and spread it around...
...trying to keep it a bit messy to look like it's melted.
Then I squished a mini-marshmallow between my fingers and stuck it into the wet icing.
I had saved some of the royal icing and didn't water it down, then tinted it black with food colouring so that I could faces, buttons and stick arms. I especially like the "Oh no, Mr. Bill!" faces
I also added orange noses (I tinted some leftover royal icing orange) to look kinda like carrots.
Lots of fun but very time consuming. I spent about 3 hours just icing them! But in the end, I think they came out great.