Made It Monday: Cakefest

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

So this week we are, shockingly enough, back to cake. Stop, stop, stop. I know. Not MORE cake, you are saying. Does this woman EVER not eat cake?

Well, to be fair, most of the cakes I make are not for me to eat O:) And hey, what can I say? I just really love cake!! 😀

So last Sunday (i.e. a week ago, not yesterday, or today I guess if you are on the other side of the world where it is still possibly maybe Sunday? TIME, WHAT IS TIME) I spent the day baking, because I have a few big cake projects coming up. You can see the glorious stack of results below:

 

Item 1: A birthday cake. This one’s a paying gig that I’ll be completing next weekend (the cake is frozen in the meantime – this recipe freezes REALLY WELL, and hey, did you know that professional cake-decorators actually recommend freezing a cake at least for 24 hours before then defrosting and decorating as if you’re using a mud cake (which for decorating you pretty much should be, as they sturdy and dense enough to hold up under the weight of the decorations) it actually improves taste and texture? There ya go ;)) and I’ll OBVIOUSLY take pics and share once it’s done 😉

Item 2: The baby’s birthday cake. Her party isn’t for over a month, but again with the freezing, and between now and then I have semester finals for all my classes plus end of semester reports and etc etc etc, so free weekends? Yeah, not so much. So I figured doubling the recipe and making it now would be perfect 😉 (PS Still haven’t decided which permutation of a cow cake I’m doing for her party, but rest assured you’ll see that when it happens too!)

Item 3: Weeell. We have a staff lunch and I have to bring food and it’s going to be a Western theme and the baby’s party is cows, right? So I had this genius plan that I’d make cowprint brownies (cheesecake brownies, right?) and I’d just double the recipe and have half for the work thing and half for the cow party and THIS MADE SENSE – RIGHT?!?! Except cowprinting them turned out to be totally impossible. Sigh. It was such a good idea, too 🙁 But hey. They’re still tasty, and Imma still CALL them cowprint brownies – they’re just… reversed. Black with white splodges, right?* Om nom.

* Today in blogging: Amy’s contest to see how many times she can use the word RIGHT.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

Made it Monday: More Baby Stuff For Markets

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

So last weekend we had another baby market, and IDK, I think we might have decided to not really do them any more? It’s a big chunk of time, and when you have nothing better to do, that’s fine, but we got home at 3pm and all promptly headed to bed, and most of us slept until 5 or 530pm, and the baby didn’t wake up until 6pm. (Man, I have got to stop calling her the baby.) And then after that we had to deal with making sure the kids’ clothes/uniforms were washed for the week, and the house is TRASHED and we haven’t grocery shopped so there’s pretty much no fresh food in the house (there are the hundreds of freezer meals I cooked in the holidays, which is fab, but they need fresh veggies or salad to accompany, PLUS we *really* need to try to eat these down this week because I actually really need some freezer space this weekend for a whole bunch of baking that I have to do (er, have done? Will have done yesterday when you read this? That. Time travel, yeah.) *sigh*.

Also, I have a cold, and the baby not-baby has a cold, and neither of us can breathe, especially at night, oh what fun what yay.

Blah. I am being humbuggish. Sorry.

Made It things. Right.

Okay, so, BABY THINGS were the creative outlet of the week, because they needed making. My husband did most of the sewing (as ever at the moment), but still. I HELPED, OKAY? And even though the markets left us wasted and on the back foot for the rest of the week, the actual day was pretty good, and the kids were really well behaved, and it was nice to just sit/stand around for several hours with no major brainy commitments and hand stitch a bunch of the mats closed. That was happy.

Also, Mr Boy Child is getting old enough that he thinks he can be the shopkeeper now 😉 Super cute.

Aaaand I just realised that I don’t actually have any photos of the NEW items we made *eyeroll*. We’ll have to do that sometime soon so we can list them online for sale. Bah. Also, humbug.

I am only four weeks through this term and already I am counting down until holidays. Oh well. Never mind.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

Made It Monday: Badges!!

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

BADGES. Y’ALL, I HAVE BADGES.

Well, have is a strong word. ‘Have ordered’ is probably a more accurate phrase.* But anyway. LOOOOOOOOOK, I DESIGNED PRETTY BADGES FOR THE LAUNCH OF WHERE SHADOWS RIIIIIIISE!!!!! I’m super happy with how these turned out and I really can’t wait to see them in person. I’ll post a picture when I get them. In the meantime, enjoy the pics and plot which one you’d prefer** 😉

  

* Where ‘probably’ = ‘definitely’. Naturally.

** Totally open to posting some of these internationally if people want them. Let me know and I’ll look into postage costs <3

 

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

Made It Monday: Disappearing Zucchini Soup (Courgettes, For Some Of You ;))

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Food, this week, because despite spending an intense day in the last week of holidays making two weeks’ worth of meals and freezing them for when school went back and I’d be smashingly exhausted, it’s been a pretty inspiring food week and I haven’t actually *used* anything from the freezer yet! (Despite being smashingly exhausted. Me and food are on good terms this week. Possibly because I *devoured* Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in two days – no pun intended ;))

I had a run of like three or four REALLY GOOD meals in a row, including the very first time I’ve ever cooked fish that didn’t involve just wrapping it in foil with herbs and butter and baking it in the oven.* But the recipe I’m sharing today is actually mine, so I feel like it’s a little more in line with the ‘Made It Monday’ concept, so this is the one I’m sharing.

Also, it’s a really good way to use up those giant, surplus zucchinis that always end up hanging around at the end of the season, AND it freezes well, so you can have your zucchini hit well into autumn and winter 🙂 It’s called ‘disappearing zucchini soup’ party because it’s a good way of ‘disappearing’ those extra zucchinis, and partly because they kind of do disappear into the soup 🙂

 

* Yes, yes, I’m vegetarian, but we’ll eat fish if/when my husband catches it fresh, so 2-4 times per year. After the success of this experiment, we may try to make that more often! 😀

Pot of chunky, vibrantly green soup simmering on the stove

DISAPPEARING ZUCCHINI SOUP
Makes 6-8 serves*

INGREDIENTS
1 large bunch of spring onions (actually green onions or scallions, I dunno why we persist in calling them SPRING onions in Australia)
1 leek
Oil, for sauteing
6-8 heaped teaspoons of vegetable stock powder
8c water
6-8 medium potates
2 large (forearm-length) zucchinis
1 handful fresh basil leaves
Salt, to taste
1T dried chives
2t dried ground sage
1/3c grated cheese (cheddar or tasty etc)
1/2c milk (or more to taste)
1 can corn kernels, drained.

METHOD
Slice up the whites and some of the greens of the onions and leeks. Saute gently in olive oil (or other oil or butter or whatever).
Add stock powder, mix until pasty and heat for a minute (this helps release the flavours in the stock).
Add your water and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, finely dice your potatoes and grate the zucchinis. Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes for 5 mins then the zucchinis and basil for an additional 3-4, until the potatoes are soft. Add salt to taste.
Add the chives, sage and cheese and stir until cheese is melted, then add milk.
Use a bar mix to blend until smooth, then add the drained corn kernels. Adjust seasonings if necessary and serve with sour cream and, if you can bothered, a grate of parmesan. Om nom. 🙂

* Honestly I have no idea how many serves this makes because I serve two adults and two small children who may or may not be hungry and then package up some of the rest for my lunches for the week and then throw the rest in the freezer. But on the basis that one cup of water equals one serving, you can assume about 8. For reference, we got out of it two adult dinners, two tiny dinners, four adult lunches and then probably another two adult dinners for the freezer.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

Made It Monday: Party Decorations!

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Well, I was planning to show you jellyfish today, but since I switched party themes 😛 you get a cow garland instead. This is literally a third of the decorations for the party DONE, and the party isn’t for a few months. The aim is to have it all pre-made and ready to go so the actual party is as little work as possible – more on that on Wednesday 🙂

For this garland, all I did was find an image on the interwebs that was licensed for reuse, figured they’d look cute at about four to a landscape-oriented A4 page, figured out I’d need about 18ish to go the length of the table, plus a couple so it can drape nicely makes 20, printed 5 pages of 4 cows, cut them out while watching TV, and then just ran them all through the sewing machine to string them together.* All up, it took about half an hour while zoning out and watching the aforementioned TV. Not too shabby.

* If you’re going to sew paper on a regular basis, use a separate needle for it. Paper blunts blades faster than fabric, which is wh you also don’t use your good sewing shears to cut these cuties out 😉

Garland of cute cartoony black-and-white cows strung together.

Close-up of one cute cartoony cow from the garland

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

Made It Monday: Sort of?

So, I literally haven’t made anything in the last week, which is sad. This is mostly because my health is not great right now, and three hours of uprightness is enough that I need to go lie down for an hour, which is SUPER FUN and REALLY HELPFUL for my to-do list. Much tears and sadness.

But anyway, you know all that cake and party stuff I’ve shared the last couple of weeks? Yeah. I have the baby’s party ALL PLANNED OUT, with menu and shopping lists and everything.

Yesterday, we went to the Sydney Easter Show. Turns out the kid is OBSESSED with cows. Who knew? And when I mean obsessed, I really actually mean it. The cow pavilion was like her own private Heaven. So much cute 🙂

But what this means is that now I’m faced with a decision: run with the party that’s already planned, or switch and incorporate cows somehow? Because it’s not *actually* my party, and because she likely won’t be this obsessed with cows at any point in her life again, I’ll probably switch – BUT NARWHALS, Y’ALL. **NARWHALS**!!!!!!! *sniffles*.

…I guess it’s back to the drawing board. This is what I get for trying to be organised this year 😛 😀

#MadeItMonday: In Fairness, It’s Not *Quite* Cake

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Pressed for time again this week what with the wrap-up of school and all – Monday I drove back from Deniliquin (6 hr drive), Wednesday I had debating until 9:30pm, Thursday was parent-teacher interviews until 8:30pm, and Friday was DIE THE DEATH OF THE LAST DAY OF TEEEEEERM day. Woo.*

All of which is to say that pretty much all I’ve done this week that could tenuously be called creative and isn’t either a) making resources for school, b) writing (or more accurately editing these days) or c) website admin is a continuation of last week. I Got My Planning On today and finished planning out the baby’s (slowly) impending birthday party, including a menu (soup and bread, plus birthday cake and hot chocolate), a guest list (family, which still equals nearly 25 >.<), a shopping list (extensive) and an equipment list (not quite so extensive). It *sounds* like an impressive degree of organisation, but really, it was maybe an hour tops, including finding the soup recipes and compiling a comprehensive shopping list, and given that the end of next term involves report writing and semester grades and all sorts of time- and brain-consuming things like that, the hour of organisation now will save me a lot of stress later.

Plus if I can make decorations during this holiday break (the three jellyfish (which hopefully I will have to show you in two weeks’ time) and the cotton-wool snowflake string) then all I have to do is make food. And honestly, I could probably even make soup ahead of time and freeze. Organisation, y’all: it really works.

ANYWAY, as part of all this I sketched out the cake in a little more detail so I could figure out what I’d need to add to the shopping list. I still haven’t decided on a flavour of cake; I have both white and dark chocolate mud cake recipes that are *mine* and are *glorious* and my standard go-tos that I’ve made for heaps of parties and weddings, but…. I’ve made them a lot? Last year I did a coconut mud cake with raspberry buttercream filling for the baby, and it was REALLY TASTY, and I enjoyed the excuse to make something different. So! If you have suggestions for slightly a-typical cake flavour pairings, I AM ALL EARS. Suggest to me, peoples! Suggest!

But yes, this is the cake plan. Narwhal (BECAUSE NARWHAL) that will have a shiny silver horn, a teal-y coloured base icing, darker teal ganache dripped over the back, and decorations in white, silver and dark teal over the back–silver cachous, white almond confetti, and royal icing flowers mainly, I think. We Shall See.

Narwhal cake.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it this week. Don’t forget to suggest cake flavours for me – I could really use some inspiration!! 🙂

* But seriously: Holidays. WOO!

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#MadeItMonday: Party Table Sketch

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

I have been seriously pressed for time this week (March and mid-May to mid-June are the worst two month-long periods in the first semester calendar) so pretty much the only non-school, non-writing thing I’ve created was this:

A quick pen sketch on lined paper of a table decorated for a party.

It’s a quick sketch in preparation for the baby’s birthday party (which doesn’t happen for several months yet, but hey). I’m doing an arctic mermaids theme, because I wanted narwhals and it’s a winterish party anyway, so I might as well roll with it O:) The spots hanging behind the table are going to be cotton balls on thread for snow, the jar to the right will hold branches sprayed silver with snowflakes in them (considering using sea stars as the snow flakes if I get time to decorate them?), and I’ll make up three fabric jellyfish with ribbony tentacles to hang in front of the table and to the left. The cake, as you can hopefully see from the picture, is a narwhal :3 (So ridiculously pleased by the prospect of a narwhal cake :D)

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#MadeItMonday: A Book, A Book! I Made A Book!

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Pretty much the only thing I’ve made this week apart from school resources and stuff is the internal pretties for Where Shadows Rise – which, okay, this feels a little like cheating in terms of ‘making’ something, but on the other hand, VERY PRETTY AND EXCITING!

If you want to read the first chapter, you can find it right here 🙂 Yay! Pretty book!

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#MadeItMonday: Are We Sick Of Cake Yet?

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

I really hope not, ’cause that’s literally all I got this week. Unless you wanna see the killer school resources I made, hardy har har. Anyway, this time multiple iterations of Cake: the SmallBoy needed cupcakes for a school bake stall, and a kid at my school needed a birthday cake. Woo. Cake. Yeah. #enthusiasmftw!

(Except I forgot to take a picture of the cupcakes, which is a shame, because they all sunk really badly, and it would have been amusing to prove that sometimes my cakes fail Really Badly :D)

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂