Friday, June 26, 2009

julie's and mikaia's birthday and more yummy cake!

A second birthday and a 40th, fairies and beach day ...
= lots of more cake !
These were fun to make.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Daddy's day

Have you been to the writer's almanac with Garrison Keillor in the net?  WOW.  Great site.  We LOOOVEEE  The prairie home companion with garrison Keillor too...  
lovely sunday mornings with NPR.  
Today's poem made us think of daddy.....
The sun grows in your smile by Linda Rodriguez
When you smile, the air grows warm and soft,
the earth is watered with gentle mists,
seeds sprout and spread leaves above the dark, damp soil,
earthworms pierce the crust and frolic across the surface
to the delight of fat, happily hunting robins,
lilies of the valley unfurl beside purple, grape-scented irises,
fat pink and maroon peonies, and gay California poppies,
damask roses hurl their rich fragrance to the wind,
the crazy-with-sheer-joy song of the Northern mockingbird
echoes above other chirps and sweet winged notes,
gardeners join the worms in the warm, rich dirt,
children gallop across yards and grab handfuls of dandelions
to present to mothers who will set them in glasses of water
in kitchen windows or on dining room tables, weeds
glorious after the dark of winter with the color of the sun
that grows and warms and heals in your smile.
( from Hearts Migration. © Tia Chucha Press, 2009)

Daddy is the center of our world.
Strength, love, support... strong arms and hands to hold.

For daddy's day this year Honeypie made daddy a special t-shirt she decorated with fabric paints....just her and daddy holding hands. xo

Cake balls... huh?
yes...we ventured into cake ball land too...
Bakerella (who has a blog i love and am inspired by) has this recipe for her famous cake pops , which we decided to try today.
Sooooo decadent... we did not make it even half way into the process.
(we did not dip them in the melted chocolate and decorate them)...
mainly because they were so rich... i imagined going into sugar convulsions after popping a finished masterpiece in my mouth.
Maybe another day...
for now... here is as far as we got...and yes... we ate them!

Honeypie mixed in the fun!!

shaping the cake balls...

All in all... fun!

check out bakerella's site (here) for tons of inspiring cake ideas!


happy father's day

Thursday, June 4, 2009

butterflies and cupcakes...

Here's a book we just bought!!!   
We LOOOOVEEE  all the ideas!

In anticipation of the butterflies that come into our butterfly bushes every june/july... 
here are some butterfly (viceroy or monarch? ... to be determined this year) , we baked some butterfly mini cupcakes using the basic vanilla cupcake recipe from the book.  
I must say the melted chocolate butterflies were more difficult than i expected.  Working with hot melted chocolate in ziplock bags (as they recommend)  made for hot hands and not a very steady stream of chocolate (thus look at how messy they are).  Also the butterflies are meant to be bigger, for bigger cupcakes.  To work in such a small scale and at that speed,  trying to make sure the chocolate does not harden was challenging.  Next time i will work big, buy more chocolate, and work one butterfly at a time ... not assembly line style, as i thought I could do!
So to re-cap...
Not meant for mini cupcakes
Use pastry bag with tips
Have a steady hand and use the template they provide!

They were fun to make though and  honeypie had fun swirling the chocolate on the wings.

Back to our butterfly bush...
It will soon be home to some  butterflies in this coming june/july .   We are eagerly awaiting since it fills up with tons and it is just beautiful!
We are  actually  confused as to what they might actually  be...  viceroy? monarch?  
This is a viceroy butterfly which looks alot like the monarch except it is smaller and has a black band across the center of the hind wing.

We stumbled upon this book called "wings of flight"  illustrated by Bruce Hiscock and written by  Stephen r. Swinburne. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and worth going to Bruce's website for some drawing ideas and just to hear him talk about his drawing/painting and love of nature, process.  It is a beautifully illustrated book full of great facts about monarch migrations. We also read another beautiful book about monarch migrations called "hurry and the monarch" by Antoine O. Flatharta.  It is the story of a texas tortoise named hurry as he watches the transformation of a monarch caterpillar to butterfly.  The monarch introduces hurry to life beyond his garden and in the process hurry learns all about her life and her migration.  Beautiful watercolor drawings. 

here are two more great books we love on butterflies ...

here's or adventures of when we hatched our own "painted ladies" butterflies.


In their cocoons...


Setting them free...  good luck!


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