Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Learning New Things

I love learning how to do new things, and with the upcoming event in March, the bride, my mother and I have had the opportunity to learn how to make a bouquet, from a retired florist and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.

We're not anywhere near great by ourselves, but working together with a trained eye keeping watch we did manage to create some good looking bouquets. And some button holes, which were finished off with varying degrees of success; mine being the furthest from it. I wish I had a photo to demonstrate how amusingly bad mine was, but I only have good pictures:

Not too bad for a first real try, although you'll have to excuse the loose rose leaves in the second picture, they were a last minute addition. It was so much fun to have a go, and I can't wait to have another practice run!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Cooking It Up for Christmas

So, here's what Basil and I cooked up for Christmas 2010. Cupcakes three ways.
Cupcake 1: Pink Champagne
Cupcake 2: Margarita
Cupcake 3: Lavender Pear Bear

Lavender Syrup is quite easy to make, lavender heads, sugar, water. However, while it looks OK in the photo, I initially took this photo to portray how ugly making lavender syrup is, when it seems like it'd be such a nice thing. The syrup comes out a fairly sick yellow colour - but smells and tastes amazing! 


The lavender per bear cupcakes did no turn out like they should have
(see above contrast with the pink champagne ones.) They were quite tough, and for some reason the white chocolate dipping part failed completely, so no photos here of that!

The lavender pear bear cupcakes are topped with lavender meringue and then dipped in white chocolate - except our weren't as for some reason (probably me using olive oil not vegetable oil) the chocolate mixture didn't work.


Margarita cupcakes looked amazing, tasted like lime-y greatness, but fell short of first prize.


Winner of the Best Cupcake of the Day Award: the Raspberry topped Pink Champagne


My favorite photo from the day, other than the million of cute ones of my nephew, Franklin sleeping on the couch, still in full party dress :)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

What we did: 2010

So, life's been hectic lately hasn't it? What with Christmas, New Years, holidays and amping up to go back to work (OK, so this part is possibly just me) and all. I have a number of things to write up about, the Melbourne Pen Show 2010, what BaSiL and I cooked up for Christmas dinner (actually lunch, to be clear, but I feel Christmas 'lunch' should be called the more traditional and old-fashioned term 'dinner.' Actually, if you say 'lunch' too many times in your head it sounds like a word that is onomatopoeia for eating lettuce. Lunch. Lunch. Yep.)

Also, there's all the kite flying we've been doing, and the camping trip which was wonderful; full of loving life and NOT having to do ANYTHING! *

What about the three weekends in a row I was away in December? The four weddings in six weeks in April/May. My nephew's first year in Australia, not to mention my brother and sister-in-law moving back home. Losing a dress size. Changing jobs twice. Leaving our house front door ajar for a whole day without anything getting stolen.

I know it's very selfish, but my year '2010' began in October 2009 and ended in November 2010. This year, October through November, is a year I never want to live through again. I never want Franklin to have to live through again. I learned a lot, and I don't think I'm quite the same person I was before. I have learned something about real passion, and about resilience, about waiting and hope. I have learned about heartache and loneliness and intimacy and unity.

And, after all that, my hope for 2011 is scarily immense.

So be prepared 2011: You're going to rock.

* As a side note I cannot tell you how much I was almost in tears when, sitting on a camping chair next to a fire someone else had made, I came to the realisation that no one was going to say to me 'let's not waste the day,' and more importantly I couldn't say to myself 'I really should be doing {insert list of any-things}'