I am now 34. I had a lovely birthday filled with lovely people. I got to play in my garden and made a significant dent in the garage.e Which is slowing becoming our play room/ craft room/ laundry room. I also made myself a cake. I scored Pinterest for a recipe and then tried and tried to make it. Of course I had to modify a cake so it would be gluten-free. I also enlisted the help of a friend, fellow mommy and all around amazing woman to teach me how to make frosting and frost a cake.
This is the second batch of caramel I made. It ended up crystallizing but hey it still tasted ok.
This is my first and second batch of caramel you can see the first one was way to light.
Here is me with my cake in my friends kitchen. She is an amazing teacher and has more tools than I had any clue you would need to frost a cake. We started with a measuring tape to get the layers even and all kinds of knives and spatulas.
and finally right before we ate it I put a rose on it from my neighbors rose-bush. It took a lot of time and a lot of trial and error and a lot of effort, and what better gift can I give myself.
you can find
The cake recipe here
The caramel sauce recipe here
and a swiss buttercream frosting here.
and that my friends is this weeks master piece.
Turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Not bad for gluten-free bread of course we cheated and used Pamela’s Mix but still it turned out well and Little had fun so maybe next week we will try our own. Maybe
And 3 cheers for actually being back into a rhythm again! Even if it is for one day I will take it!
The California Poppies have finally started to show their cheery faces all over the yard.
This is an interesting picture for a few reasons. The first is that you can see my husbands and my compromise on our back yard. I have a very loose interpretation of the word weed. After all those “weeds” are wild radish, plantain, and poppies. So he cute a swath down as a path way (he did avoid the bunch of poppies though) and I get the rest to be wild so the bees, bugs and fea like my yard 🙂
You can also see our dwarf lemon which I have brought back from the brink my planting peas around it in the fall (those lovely purple flowers you see) and squash around it in the spring.
Here is a close up on the squash I just planted. Don’t ask me what it is either because I don’t know. Some sort of winter squash that we ate and I kept the seeds.
Here are more of them coming up through last years squash. It was a patty pan though I had meant to plant the mini pumpkins. In a week or so I will thin these out and give the extras away to folks.
These are all my tomato volunteers. I don’t harvest the last bit of things and so they stay in the garden and come up again in the spring just like normal plants. I try to plant lots of different things in the same space so that the soil doesn’t get depleted. so far it has worked well. I call it lazy gardening, though intuitive might work too. I am certainly not the first person to leave an offering in the field.
These are the sugar snaps and we did plant them this year as Little is a huge fan. I tried to leave some last year but I think the birds got all of them. This plant is part of our summer morning routine. We go out into the garden and have peas off the vine first thing.
I let a chard go to seed last year. It went wild. I have a ton and even found one in my front yard under my deck.
Apparently I also had parsley because I know have a ton of little parsley plants coming up everywhere.
Today we are showing off Little’s art. she is still enjoying the smooshing of paint.
here is a close up and you can see this one has glitter!
Also this site was pointed out to me, she is doing pagan art journal prompts and so I may try to play along with that on Masterpiece Monday. thought I would share it with you all.
AND FINALLY, The winner is…..
Heather! Congratulations you will get your very own workbook sent to you in the mail! Please email me at email@example.com so I can ship it out to you.
As I have began to explore my creative side I decided to do some work on my BOS. I hear / read about a LOT of people who wont get started on theirs because they want it to be perfect. I was like that for a long time myself. Then I figured I might as well just do it or it would never get done. I gave myself permission to not be perfect and to make mistakes. This is a perfect example of that. Not that it was a mistake I just changed my mind. If you have seen the pictures of my BOS Then you will recognize (maybe) these next two photos. These are how the pages originally were done and after a time I decided I wanted to change them. Today I am sharing with you first of the pages.
I liked the page well enough but later I found this wonderful picture and I wanted to use it in my book. I put it in but it never felt right.
It felt like I had just thrown it in there. So last week I decided to do something about it. I very carefully removed it from the original page. Then I decided to paint the background kind of like space. First black and then specks of all different colors. You can see the flecks better in the last photo. I then pasted on the image and I am very happy with how it turned out.
And here is a close up of the new page
Hope you enjoyed and as always feel free to leave a comment with a link to any Masterpiece you would like to share.