Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Killaloe Irish Gathering 2014

We celebrated our Irish roots this past weekend at the 2nd Annual Killaloe Irish Gathering.

There was family....and music...and dancing.

Most of my pictures are of blurry people step dancing...

and then I got smart and I took a video.  And now I can't get it to show up on this post.  It's Johanna on fiddle and Dianne (Terry's sister) on shoes.  You can see it here....


Unfortunately it rained on the day of the parade.  It wasn't cancelled....but we got soaked.  The local newspaper published a photo of our float and I'm sitting under the green tarp.  Hidden.  Like a total wimp.  And Johanna is step dancing in the rain......


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Johanna at the Bonnechere Museum

Johanna had her name in lights last week.

Actually it said 'J Dwyer' and so Jack said that it could actually be him performing...and not her.

Nice try Jack.....although I'm sure that he could put together an interesting talk on farming...especially about sheep.

She did an hour long performance on Saturday morning at our local museum...'The Bonnechere Museum'.

It was a small but appreciative audience.  They asked her lots of questions in between tunes....which was just the sort of performance that she needed.  It's easy for her to play in front of a group....but it's harder to speak to a group.  It was a great learning experience for her.

And she played and danced very well too.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Few Cakes

These are a few cakes that I have made for friends this summer...

A doll cake for a sweet girl who was turning 5.

One for my friend's mom....

One for a very special couple....

These flowers are so simple....just use a tip that makes a rose.  I think it was wilton #104.

And one for a very special lady....

I used wilton tip #17 to make these swirl roses.  It was really easy....and I liked the effect.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Easy Rolled Fondant Roses

My parents celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on the weekend.

I needed to make them a cake.

I had made these simple rolled roses before with felt and I figured I'd try it with rolled fondant.....I just happened to still have some leftover fondant in the cupboard from when I made the pigs in mud cake.

Here's what I did....

roll out some fondant...use icing sugar to keep it from sticking...

cut out some circles...I used my Pampered Chef cutter for the big ones...

then cut around in circles with a knife like this...

and unroll....

and roll it back up....I start rolling from the middle back to the other end.

it's easy peasy!

I did that again....several times.  And then I made some smaller ones....I just cut them out with a small drinking glass.....anything round will work.

Then I placed them on the cake.

I piped some leaves around them....

I also made some hearts.  I rolled out the fondant and cut in in strips with a pizza cutter and then rolled them up and attached them together to make a heart.  I did 5....because they had 5 children. 

I didn't get any photos of the making of the hearts because Lydia had been playing with the radio and changing the station the whole time I was working on this cake....and when I started making the hearts she just happened to come upon "Jolene".....and so we were too busy belting out the song...and no photos of the hearts were taken.  She actually bought "Jolene" off of iTunes the next day....and now we listen to it...and "Let it Go".  It's a nice change from just listening to "Let it Go" continually....

So we took the cake and headed to 'The Sands'....we were just there a couple of weeks ago with Terry's family

I sat in the lake with my dollar store hat....and enjoyed the view.

And  I watched the kids make a hole in the sand and fill it with water.  It's just so much easier than sandcastles....because sometimes sandcastles can become stressful. 

And I got my baby fix.

And  I watched a pretty princess play cards.

And we ate....pretty well the whole day.

And then we got out the cake.  with the rolled fondant roses.  and we ate some more.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Changing July?

I was driving down the road last week and I saw this...

and I screamed.

Maybe you heard me.

This is cruel and mean.  It was still July. 

Jack suggested that maybe the tree was dead.  But I don't think it's's just confused.

August will be least that's what I'm telling myself.

Because it can't be fall yet....I haven't thawed out from last winter.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Very Spook Eee. Again.

Remember Very Spook Eee?

He's grown!

He still enjoys his mama's milk.

It's funny how the cattle have the entire field and yet they all stand so close together.

Or maybe it's because I had my camera and they decided that they wanted a group shot.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Celebrating Sophie

We have been celebrating Sophie for the past 2 days.

She has managed to have two parties....and two cakes! 

Yesterday morning we headed to the Pilgrimage at Cormac for St. Anne.  This is also known as the 'outdoor church' in our house.  I love going to this Mass every year.  Sophie loved it because so many people were wishing her a 'Happy Birthday'.

Sophie and Lydia also loved it because they got to shop before Mass.  They each bought a necklace with a cross this year.

The showers had been 'going around'....and missing us....until the very end of Mass.  I took this photo about 3 minutes before the downpour can see the dark clouds towards the right.  We had umbrellas but we still got soaked....and I mean SOAKED.

It was actually sort of funny how everyone made a run for it as the final blessings were being said.  We were answering the prayers as we all ran....

We came home and dried off and then had a small party for Sophie.  We invited the grandparents over for supper.

Sophie wanted a dolphin on her cake, so we made this....

And then we made another one for the second party today....we had friends and cousins over for a swim in Grandma and Grandpa's pool.

The weather was so cold it really wasn't a pool day....I was ready for a hot chocolate.  But they swam and played in some slime and had some fun.

I can't believe she is 7 already.  I let her get her ears pierced.