July flew by… it already feels like a dream.
The end of June and beginning of July is always a whirlwind birthday time for our family; my brother’s birthday is on the 18th of June, Dad on the 30th, my husband Dave is on June 27th and I’m on July 3rd.
This year we decided to lump all the birthday celebrations together into one bash at the cottage; and a special one at that, as my father was hitting the big 60. As school had just ended (another busy time), and I was soon to be leaving for a month of school in Kingston, Ontario, there wasn’t much room for cupcake creativity for our b-days, if you know what I mean.
So I made these simple cupcakes for the birthday boys. Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing made from Ina Garten’s book, Barefoot Contessa Parties! (I love her recipes; they always turn out!) How to decorate these easy birthday cupakes? I used a large star tip and these colorful cupcake liners. (Here’s a video on making the icing swirl if you like). Easy peasy and fun!
It’s kind of hard to tell in this pic that the words say “Happy Birthday Theo”; it was easier to read in person. (or so I’d like to think!)
I then moved to Kingston for the month of July, and spent much of my time with these people in a culinary course:
I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much.
This is Liz and Delia.
And here’s Liz’s talented twin Maria:
Sweet Lori, architect turned chef, holding her edible flower:
For one assignment, we had to teach our peers something. I chose something I know a little about; cookie decorating. =)
Anne introduced me to the yummiest store in Kingston. (In my chocolatey opinion, that is). Cooke’s Old World Shop Ltd. She didn’t want to be in any pics, but I had to get some of the store.
Goodies from all over the world. I didn’t know what to pick!! I think I’d be in serious danger of gaining rapid chocolate weight if I lived in Kingston permanently.
What got me most excited were these:
Ragusa. Mmmmm. Transport me to another world Ragusa. My favorite chocolate from Europe. I’ve never seen them anywhere else in Canada before. If you have, please let me know where.
I have seen these, um, witty chocolates in Canada. I am curious, but haven’t tried them yet. There were too many other delicious imported things to buy this time.
One other fun thing I did in Kingston was take pics of some of the beautiful, old, charismatic houses. (Okay fun for me – that’s saying a lot isn’t it!). This one isn’t necessarily my favorite, (although it is pretty!), but I liked it because I was looking for gingerbread house inspiration… It may turn into a future project.
Speaking of future projects… more of this is what I’ll be trying to work on for August. =) Time at the cottage! Some cookie and cupcake decorating are coming up too. In the meantime, have fun creating!