Lemon-filled cupcakes

lemon-filled cupcakes

I’ve been reasonably busy as of late, mostly getting ready for the new job and working here and there on Sketchy Medicine. However the last few days have been pretty empty, so I made overly fancy cupcakes for Mike to bring to his last day of peds.

The recipe is for homemade “funfetti” cake (like the classic cake mix version) from TheKitchn.com. The center is just a simple lemon curd (like any filling for a lemon meringue pie) and then the icing is a lemon butter cream (via The Kitchen Magpie).

Also, I just discovered OVER (because apparently I have been living under an internet rock) it’s a cutesy little app to add text to your photos (like above). Highly addictive.

Illustrations and doodles

It’s been busy times. First birth unit, then exams, and more exams, and now traveling around. I’ve been trying to keep doodling as much as possible over at Sketchy Medicine and slowly some of my more fancy illustrations are being published so I’m finally allowed to share them here!

Like this fancy picture of the intercostal artery perforators which is being published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.

In other news, the crafting posts may increase a bit in the upcoming months, but I promise I won’t get too Style Me Pretty

Finished Mosaic

Way way way back in February I posted a rough sketch for a future community project. The idea was still in its infancy then but many months later I am proud to say the mosaic is complete!

I don’t even want to think about how many hours went into its creation, but I’m so happy with how it turned out and I hope that the colposcopy clinic and their patients will get lots of enjoyment from it!

Each section measures 3×4′

Blackberry mango scones (with chocolate chips!)

blackberry mango scones

After reading too many tweets from a local coffee shop about what the scone of the day was, I decided enough was enough. They turned out to be a great way to use up a bunch of fruit that wasn’t bad yet, but I probably wasn’t going to sit down and eat. And that greek yogurt too… (I have previously described my lack of refined taste regarding yogurty tasting yogurt). I based this recipe off the one I found on Taste of Home, instead of using orange juice, I used milk, though I have to say it required more than 1/4 cup.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cold butter
  • 1/2 mango, chopped
  • 1/3 cup blackberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (depending on your taste)
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk


  1. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt)
  2. Cut in butter until crumbly
  3. Put in the chopped fruit and chocolate chips into the dry mixture
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt and milk
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until juuuust mixed
  6. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.
  7. Separate into scone mounds or put all of the dough on a greased cookie sheet as a circle and then score with a knife
  8. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  9. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.

Medical Superheros

Stephen Gaeta has combined two of my loves, science and bold graphic design. And medicine. And humour. Ok, four of my loves. I’m of course biased towards the surgery one, but they’re all amazingly clever.

If you’re wondering what the neurologist is holding, that’s a queen’s square reflex hammer, the tomahawk ones are so out of fashion now.

Thanks Action Potential for passing this along!

30 day photo challenge

Day 11: something blue

Day 11: Something blue

I’ve been busy doodling up a storm over at Sketchy Medicine so I’ve been a little neglectful. However, if you look over to the side where my twitter feed is, you’ll notice that I’ve quietly been plugging away at a 30 day photo challenge.

I’m using the list I found by googling “photo challenge” which happened to be on White Peach. Here’s the list for your viewing pleasure:

  1. Day 1: Self-portrait
  2. Day 2: What you wore today
  3. Day 3: Clouds
  4. Day 4: Something green
  5. Day 5: From a high angle
  6. Day 6: From a low angle
  7. Day 7: Fruit
  8. Day 8: A bad habit
  9. Day 9: Someone you love
  10. Day 10: Childhood memory
  11. Day 11: Something blue
  12. Day 12: Sunset
  13. Day 13: Yourself with 13 things
  14. Day 14: Eyes
  15. Day 15: Silhouette
  16. Day 16: Long exposure
  17. Day 17: Technology
  18. Day 18: Your shoes
  19. Day 19: Something orange
  20. Day 20: Bokeh
  21. Day 21: Faceless self-portrait
  22. Day 22: Hands
  23. Day 23: Sunflare
  24. Day 24: Animal
  25. Day 25: Something pink
  26. Day 26: Close-up
  27. Day 27: From a distance
  28. Day 28: Flowers
  29. Day 29: Black and white
  30. Day 30: Self-portrait

I think when I’m done I’ll put them into a nicely laid out collage. I’ve also been trying to get some other people to join in. You should too.

Hapy NY cake

Back in July when I made Mike’s fancy checkerboard cake I had some leftover bits as well as extra icing and fondant. So I did what any reasonable person would do: made a second, even minier cake, put it in the freezer and forgot about it.

Only to rediscover it a couple weeks ago while making peanut butter balls and decide that it should be our new year cake. Of course I thought that it should say something, unfortunately I did not have enough gel icing. (I hope you’re thinking what I’m thinking)

So HAPY NY from SpiltMartini!

Gingerbread rum cake

Gingerbread Rum Cake

Modified from Claudia Fleming’s gingerbread on Epicurious

Ingredients (for two loaf pans/one bundt pan)

  • 1 cup rum
  • 1 cup dark molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter bundt pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess
  2. Bring rum and molasses to a boil in a large saucepan and remove from heat.
  3. Whisk in baking soda, then cool to room temperature.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl.
  5. Whisk together eggs and sugars. Whisk in oil, then molasses mixture.
  6. Add to flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into pan and rap pan sharply on counter to eliminate air bubbles.
  8. Bake in middle of oven until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs adhering, about 50 minutes.
  9. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

Rum Glaze

From Jackie Smith’s rum cake on Allrecipes.com


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum

Directions (this make enough for the 2 loaves or 1 bundt)

  1. In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.
  4. Pour over the cake, allowing to soak in between applications


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