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It’s been a whole year since I posted. Shame on me.  So, I decided to celebrate by posting again. What better way to celebrate than with birthday cake?

The kids and I decided on a Twilight Saga cake this year and we spent hours upon hours making it together. And here it is…

We did some improvising with the pieces on top. That would be a golf ball inside of the “apple” and we used real chess pieces to help the shape of the pawn and queen. The queen was a bit temperamental, but alas, we succeeded. My quilting ruler and pizza cutter were even put to use.

The black icing was a bit difficult to do, but I started with chocolate fondant/read-made icing, and used cake dyes from there. I ran out of fondant so we improvised with some red buttercream icing for the ribbon and edgings.

The best part?  It’s red velvet cake!

I’m not so sure I’d make it again since it took TWO TABLESPOONS of red food colouring. Need I say that the kids were insane after eating this? Deja vu.

Edward joined in the fun too. He had a forking good time!

So, glad to be back! Stay tuned.

xoxo

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I don’t normally make birthday cakes for myself.  It always seemed kind of silly really.  But this year, the kids are on school holidays, and well, we needed an activity.

Someone posted a link to a Omnomicon on one of the forums I’m on, about how to make a Rainbow Cake.  LOVE the look of this cake. I’m not normally into such bright colours, but this is just too cool.

So I bought some cake mix and pulled out the gel dyes.

A good blogger would have taken more pictures, but oh well.

These are how the cakes looked while cooling.  I was a bit distraught at the browning of the violet colour, but it was still workable. And no, mine are the full fat, full calorie version.

rainbow-cake-cooling

I didn’t like the icing AT ALL that they used in the omnomicom cake.  Bleurgh.

So I got out my gels again, and coloured some ready-made icing, and spiraled it together.

rainbow-cake-icing

I rolled the icing out and added it to the cake.  The stuff stretched while I was putting it on the cake, so it gave it an ovalness that was not pleasing to my eye.  But c’est la vie.  Added a few hearts, and voila.

rainbow-cake

And the best part was eating it.

rainbow-cake-cut

Word to the wise though: Don’t serve it to kids after dinner.  Make it an early afternoon cake instead.  The food colouring induced mania is easier to handle in the daytime. 😉

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Sustenance

Have been uber busy this week.  Kids are on school holidays, so we’ve been crafting and cooking and cleaning in addition to lounging around with icky winter colds.  Kiri made her first cookies this week — Snickerdoodles!

Snickerdoodles

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3/4 cups standard flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400F/205C. Mix flour, cream of tartar, basking soda and salt in a separate bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar and add vanilla and eggs. Mix well. Stir in dry ingredients. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, and roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Kids have been doing crafts and making bags.  Will take more pics when the bags are finished.  Kali decided after 15 minutes of stitching that she was tired, so it might be awhile.

Kids Crafting

I’ve been working hard to get my craft room into some sort of order.  it’s always the last room in the house to be on the receiving end of the tidying energy.  That would be because it is the most cluttered, over stuffed, pack-rat room EVER!  The man saves miscellaneous screws and washers.  I save fabric, yarn, buttons and paper.  At least the room is finally in usable condition.

Craft Room 1Craft Room 2

Yes, it’s still cluttered, but it’s a start.  At least the floor is clear for the first time since we moved in!

And in the middle of tidying, my friend Jayce surprised me with what she called sustenance.  Indeed!!!!

Cupcakes

OK OK, there were nine cupcakes, but one didn’t make it into the picture.  Can you blame me?

The book, Swings and Roundabouts, is a collection of poems about parenthood.  Jayce said she thought of me as soon as she saw it.  What a lovely thought!  Thanks Jayce for making my night!

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