Cake Decorating: Home vs. Bakery

If you’ve ever decorated a cake and loved it, took a cake decorating class, or thought about becoming an actual Cake Decorator, this blog is for you. Hopefully this will help you decide if this is a path you want to embark on, and what route you want to take! I’ve been baking cakes my…

Fermentation is a Thing

I think it could be easy, to make you think that the girl behind this blog is 100 years old. I could tell you stories of how my family had little money when I was growing up, so my parents reared meat rabbits and raised chickens. They grew their food on less than 1 acre…

Why I Have a Dollhouse

New Years is a great time to start something new, and unlike the year I decided to not shop on Sundays, or last years “bagless garbage system”, this years NEW thing will not effect my sweet husband in any way. Haha. Maybe. Everyone knows I have my hands in a lot of different projects, but…

Santa (bread) Baby

About 5 years ago, we went to my mothers for Thanksgiving and she had made a cornucopia of bread. An actual cornucopia, of BREAD! Stuffed with more bread! I was in awe. Long story short, it started me on a path of food art that was entirely new for me, and while I’ve never done…

Fabric Candycane Tutorial

I may never be one of those people who experiences a life of balance and routine. I tend to give the most attention to whatever is in front of me, and I’m easily distracted. To prove my point, I wrote that first sentence an hour ago. My daughter needed me for a second, then I…

Christmas Dollies

I don’t even know what to say about this recipe. I was in the kitchen. I had cravings. It happened. But oh-my-goodness, I’m so glad it did. I love cookies and squares. And I love Christmas time. And I really love Starbucks Cranberry Bliss bars. My husband loves cookies and squares. And he also really…

Repurposed Old Jeans = Cute Skirt!

First of all, can I have just one February where I don’t end up sick?! And I mean, fog headed, fevered, lost a week of my life, SICK! Thankfully, I’m coming out of it now. I felt like I had turned a corner around 10pm last night, and had it confirmed this morning when I…

Cotton Patch Gospel Review

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years, and in those years I’ve never tread over the controversial line. My following is small, approximately 300 people, and most of them are just here because we are like minded. My posts are often recipes, patterns or personal reflections about life, and I didn’t see that ever changing,…

Mr. Rabbit Robinson

My rabbit died. Such a small little thing, not really important, and of absolutely no consequence… except that I loved him. He passed away two weeks ago on a Thursday, and he left a little, painful, rabbit sized hole in our family.He had a lot of names; Butterscotch, Detective Bunny Hopper, Bunny-Bunny, and Ribbit-Rabbit. Mostly…

$8 Pumpkin Lamp

Craft pumpkins are the perfect decoration for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving, but they are so darned expensive! I have bought a few and made floral arrangements from them, but what I’ve really wanted to do is make a festive lamp! I planned it out in my head; The jack-o-lantern face, the lighted cord attachment and…

Home School is in Session

I’m probably the last woman you would expect to find homeschooling. For years I took my little one to the bus stop, smiled and waved from the sidewalk and then headed either to work (Cake decorator) or back home for a day of gardening, relaxing or socializing. I frequented spa’s, had lunch with friends and…

She’s Still Little.

My girl was so excited for sleepover camp this year. All summer long as she went to various day camps I was reminded that this is her last summer for children’s programs. Age 10 is the limit for many of them, with the expectation that when you’re 11 you will take your babysitting courses and…

Local Inspiration

In 2 weeks time I’ll be setting up a booth in London, Ontario to sell off some of my Home Decor items; It will be my first time and I’m excited! The nice thing about having a booth locally is that it will give me an opportunity to sell off those items that I can’t…

Full House

  When Greg and I were house hunting, we had a wish list that every house we looked at was batted against. We wanted a large yard, 4 bedrooms, both an eat-in kitchen and a dining room, a fireplace and a two car garage. A lot of people said we were crazy for wanting that…

Family Fun

  This weekend Greg and I packed up the car and puppy and headed to Port Dover on Friday night. Gregs parents bought a new boat and we hadnt seen it yet, so the four of us decided to have a bbq on it, go for a leisurely ride before dark and then camp out…

2nd Wedding Anniversary

As of today Greg and I have been married 2 years, and they’ve been 2 of the happiest years of my life :D. We celebrated by going away for a long weekend and we had a fabulous time :). Greg and I take turns planning our anniversary weekend. Last year was his (read the blog…

Fun Stuff.

Two weekends ago, Greg hosted the Samson League Season Opener. If you read back, I’ve been blogging about it for the past few years, always in May. First he had Tony Fernandez come and spea, the following year it was Jesse Barfield and this year he had former New York Yankee, Tommy John. The night…

Exhausted, Happily.

Today is the first day I’ve had since last Thursday where I can look at the day ahead of me and plan whatever I want. I’m not saying that my life is overly complicated; I pretty much do whatever I want most of the time, but once in a while an extremely busy few days…

Tiny Town Adventures.

Greg and I moved to our little town (population 12000) back in July and had every intention of exploring it to the max. The only problem was that we got so caught up in working on our new house that winter came before we knew it! This weekend we found ourselves with nothing to do…

Spring Fever.

Back in February we were renovating our bathroom and got hit with a massive snow storm. I remember this because we had moved the old bathtub out onto the deck for a few days until we could get the truck and remove it, but the snow hit and buried the tub so we were stuck…

the gilmores.

For whats turning out to be a yearly event, Joan and Derek dropped their children off at our place for the weekend, last weekend. Here’s the deal; Joan and Derek go to snow camp with the youth from their church, and in exchange Greg and I get to spend some quality time with the kids….

The blog monster.

I started keeping this blog years ago as a means of keeping my sister Joan informed on my life, and in the years that have followed its just become habit. Lately though I have to remind myself to sign in and write something, and whereas I used to blog once a week I’m now lucky…

My Craft Room.

I am getting so tired of winter! This month seems to be dragging on and on but at least its almost over. February looks good; We have tickets to see CATS on the 2nd, the anniversary of our first date is on the 10th, Valentines day, etc. But for now, its just me staring out…

Settled into Winter.

I finally have the holiday season packed back into its boxes and stored in the closet under the stairs for another year. After the parties passed, the rest of our holiday was pretty relaxing and low key. On Christmas eve we went to church for the candle light service, and on Christmas day everyone (on…

Christmas Holidays

Only 4 days until Christmas and I can honestly say I have already celebrated like crazy :). Last weekend Greg and I picked up the girls and headed to Niagara where I was deposited safely at my sister Paulines house for the annual "Sisters Sleepover". I think this was year 12? My sisters and I…

it’s been a while.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but that doesnt mean I’m giving up; It just means I needed a break :). I’ve been working steadily with my cakes and have reached a point where I’m booking a month solid in advance, with some bookings going as far as next September, and my work on…

Some Positive News.

Last Sunday, I was voted onto the board of directors for my towns art council. Its funny because we’ve only lived here for a few months, but it seems there are opportunities to be had :). I joined the art council shortly after we moved here and it just so happened that one of the…

The Ones We Lost.

Since my last blog, my aunt has died. She lasted another few days after my last post, but at 6am the following Saturday she quietly breathed her last breath and went with God. My Dad and my Aunt Ida were sitting by her side and they said it was very peaceful. We buried her the…

Labor Day Weekend.

Every labor day, my sisters and I get together with our families and celebrate the end of the season together. This year we were supposed to go to Turkey Point, but with my aunt being ill we changed our minds and all headed to Niagara. I know I’ve babbled about it briefly in a previous…

Life in Suburbia – I

As Greg and I get settled into our new home in our little tiny-town, lots of things are happening around us… enough to keep our head spinning. My aunt Denise is still in the hospital, some days are better than others. Pauline and Greg are getting ready to welcome the newest addition to their family…