Foiled Again by Nature

A few days ago I found a pair of robins that decided my solarium makes a good home.  I can understand why they’d think that – it’s sheltered, dry and up high.  I also have a vegetable garden nearby with a thriving colony of worms that I’ve been encouraging for years.

The problem is that I planned on redoing the solarium roof this summer, and I just don’t think Mr. & Mrs. Robin would appreciate that.  I’d been debating whether or not to encourage them to find another home before they get too comfortable and decided to quietly check out their progress.  Turns out I’m  way too late.  Not only are they quite comfortable thank you very much, but so are their three little ones, Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Dang.  It looks like the roof will have to wait a few months until someone’s learned how to leave home.


Mother’s Day Cake

For Mother’s Day, I made a special cake.  I found a new decorating technique I’ve been itching to try and it worked out really well.  Like all cake decorating, it took a little time, but it’s fairly simple to do and the results were amazing.  The cake itself was also a huge hit, but hey, who doesn’t like sponge cake, whipped cream and fresh strawberries?  🙂

Making a rolled cake is fairly simple.  This site explains how to do it with pictures (but I disagree with step 5 – go ahead right to the edge and trim the sides later).

The decorating part is pretty easy too.  Just mix up a little batter on the side and colour with food colouring or cocoa.  Then draw a pattern on parchment paper and freeze it while you make up the rest of the cake batter.  This site explains it with pictures.

Have fun with this technique.  Vanilla, strawberry and sweetened whipped cream was amazing, but next time I might try something with geometric designs in white vanilla batter, chocolate sponge cake and a whipped white chocolate ganache filling.  I have a choco-holic sister who’d love that…  😉

Happy Insanity

Oh it’s been a busy week!

It’s been raining almost non-stop for weeks, which has caused serious flooding in some parts of the city. They’re calling this a 100 year flood, but weird weather things seem to be happening a lot more frequently lately… Thankfully, we’re not in a flood zone, but I’ve still had to work at keeping the basement dry and the sump pump running. So far, so good, and the forecast is no rain for next week – yay!

And I’m afraid my grandfather-in-law is in the hospital. He too looks like he’s going to be ok, but he has to stay there for a while. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for hospitals, the services they provide and all the dedicated, over-burdened people who work there, but having to stay there still sux, and that goes double for hospital food. Soooo, I might have snuck in a batch each of chocolate chip-pecan and oatmeal-raisin-coconut cookies.

Gardening has been non-existent. It just hasn’t stopped freaking raining long for me to get out there and plant something. Besides, even if I did plant something, it’d probably drown. Well, maybe rice would be ok, but I don’t think it’d like our usual three feet of snow this December.  😉

Between all this happy insanity, I’ve managed to actually cook a few things to supplement what’s already stashed in my freezer.  I know it sounds cliché, but weeks like this make me very grateful for everything I have and remind me that right now, I have everything I need.  Blessings to you and yours.