Don’t panic towel

Since I’m going on a wild and crazy adventure in a couple weeks, I thought a compact blanket/towel would be useful, as the countless benefits of towels are widely known. Mike then suggested that perhaps I embroider the towel with familiar words of encouragement. I’m quite happy with how it turned out, despite not considering myself much of a needlepointest. I think I originally aimed for it to be Gill Sans, but the nuances are perhaps lost (sorry typographers!)

DON'T PANIC

And yes, I got Instagram. I know it might be ubiquitous with the youngins and their twitters, but darn it’s fun! (besides, sending film off to be processed takes a long time in this day and age and Instagram is instant)

Mini checkerboard cake

Mike’s birthday cake (the cake itself was impressive, the lettering job leaves much to be desired)

Mini checkerboard cake

I used the same white cake recipe that I always use, but I split up the batter and added cocoa to some (mostly for the colour change). After some intense parchment paper origami…

Parchment paper origami

…and creative cutting, I stacked it together, iced it with buttercream and then put some marshmallow fondant on it.

stacked cake, pre-icing

Strawberry white wine jam

Adventures in Canning

Strawberry white wine jam

Since we had picked a bunch of strawberries this past weekend, Mike and I decided to try our hand at canning. Though there were a few minor mishaps along the way, the end product looks (and tastes) pretty darn good.

Ingredients

Makes just over 1.5L of jam

  • 3 Cups of mashed strawberries
  • 1 1/2 Cups of white wine
  • 1 packet of pectin
  • 4 Cups of white sugar

Directions

  1. Hull and mash the strawberries (because the leaves don’t tend to taste too good)
  2. Put strawberries, wine and pectin in a big pot and bring to a boil
  3. Once boiling, add the sugar and boil hard for one minute
  4. Can like any other jam*

*This is of course, where we ran in to a little bit of trouble between the boiling of the jars and then the accidental boiling of the snap lids and then the needing to go out and get more snap lids. If you’ve already done any sort of canning before, this part will be a cinch

Get off the screen!

The weather has finally been warm enough to have the windows open, unfortunately I was traumatized by Moo falling out the window last fall and still don’t trust the screens (though they’ve supposedly been repaired)

Moo on the screen

Moo is indeed a cat, not a rabbit, and his tail is short because of genetics, not anything that someone did

Onigiri

I think it may be the swanky new bento boxes I just got, but I had a craving for rice balls (otherwise known by “onigiri”). In my very simple vision, they are just a ball of sushi rice rolled into a ball, partly because I was feeling lazy and partly because I didn’t have any ingredients on hand.

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Ingredients

  • Sushi rice (3 rice cooker cups dry)
  • Rice vinegar
  • White sugar

Directions

  1. Cook rice in rice cooker (I used a 1:1.5 rice:water ratio)
  2. Once the rice is done, stir in rice vinegar (maybe a couple tablespoons) and about a tablespoon of sugar. I’m actually just guessing on the measurements because I did it by taste.
  3. While the rice is still hot, scoop out some mounds (this I did mostly so the balls would all be roughly the same size)
  4. Wet your hands thoroughly and then form a mound into a ball. Rinse hands, repeat.

I didn’t fill mine, but supposedly filling is the way to go, a much better set of instructions can be found at Just Bento (I actually found this after I made mine, but the site is pretty cool and has a ton of great lunch ideas to boot)

my onigiri

Fossils

So you may have realized that after less than a week, I fell off the bus as far as getting a doodle up a day. I have a legitimate excuse, I went away for the Canada Day weekend and there was no phone service, let alone internet. But fret not, I have retroactive doodles!

Sunday

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I didn’t find this fossil myself (as the place where I was, you’re not allowed to take the fossils home with you) but this one is at least from around there!

Campfires and fireflies

So you may have realized that after less than a week, I fell off the bus as far as getting a doodle up a day. I have a legitimate excuse, I went away for the Canada Day weekend and there was no phone service, let alone internet. But fret not, I have retroactive doodles!

Saturday

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Both Friday and Saturday we had campfires. I love campfires. It might be just a touch of the pyromania, but the warmth, smell and marshmallows don’t hurt either. We didn’t actually hunt for any fireflies, but we didn’t need to since the forest was lit up with them.

I’ve also started experimenting with Adobe Ideas for my doodles. I was using Sketchbook Express last week. They’re both pretty cool, Sketchbook express having the benefit of being free, but Ideas is vector-based, which has it’s pros and cons (pro being you can zoom in forever, con being that it definitely feels more like computer drawing than Sketchbook).

Canada Day

So you may have realized that after less than a week, I fell off the bus as far as getting a doodle up a day. I have a legitimate excuse, I went away for the Canada Day weekend and there was no phone service, let alone internet. But fret not, I have retroactive doodles!

Friday

Happy Canada Day

Canada Day was spent driving down dirt roads (and I use the word “road” liberally) to get from my parents camp (“cottage” as it would be known in the rest of the world) to Fundy National Park. After a hike where Mike and I almost got lost within 200m from civilization and partaking in some awesome Canada Day educational activities, we tried three times to get some sticky buns before we were finally successful. For those not in the know, Alma sticky buns are “world famous” (though I cannot substantiate these claims).

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