Friday, June 6, 2008

Baking, gardening and Scrapping!





I love to bake.. unfortunately I love to taste it too!! I found a wonderful recipe for a carrot cake that is so easy to make and always turns out perfectly. Since I frequently take treats to the teachers at school, they are well acquainted with my baking. I had made this cake for them and a few weeks ago one of the teachers asked me if I would make one for her for this Saturday. She is giving a 50th wedding anniversary party for her parents. She is having everything else catered but asked if I could make her a one of my carrot cakes. and she would pay me.. I told her I would make it for her, no payment necessary. She wouldn't accept it unless she paid me. I made one this morning and it was baked and cooling nicely on the counter.. and DANG!!! I dribbled a tiny drop ofsome tea onto one of the layers (it is three layers). not much, but I didn't want to take a chance, so I ran to the store and bought another can of pineapple and more cream cheese for the frosting.. I frosted it and it is in the fridge. (looks beautiful!) made another and it is cooling.. so now WE have a carrot cake too..will have to take half over to my mom and dad tonight! This is the one for us. The other one is on a nice bakery board and has the nuts around the outside and a dainty little carrot on top!
Here is another little thing I made. I found "naked bird" houses at a local craft store and I just saw the possibilities.. I hadn't seen the new Basic Grey Sugared paper and it is just so cute!! Love those pink flamings.. So I did the little house in that and then did some inking and modge podged it.. Sending it to my sweet sister.. she just moved into a new house. It will look lovely on her patio. I think pink flamingos are so endearing so his weekend DH and I are making several stained glass flamingos on copper rods to put in my garden.. he is getting the pink glass today.. it is so pretty, pale pink with white swirls throughout!!
And finally, I had to post a picture of my gorgeous mint! I planted it from seed and it has gotten so abundant in this pot..We love homemade mint sauce and I also like to make simple syrup and toss some leaves into it. Yummy to sweeten your iced tea!! Now I am off to rearrange my scrapping room!

11 comments:

jan said...

Ooooh I can almost taste that, I absolutely adore carrot cake. This is so unfair. I bet they all are scrummy, think of me as you eat it. Have a slice for me. Mmm mmm.
The little bird house is so cute, I have seen them in Hobbycraft, Reb wanted to do one the other month and I talked her out of it, maybe I should go get one for her to do in the long hols that will soon be upon us. I shall have to note what you used, what the heck is modgepodge pray?? Glue! :-?

moralia said...

Mmmm.. that looks SO good!! Put on the coffee, Elaine! I'll be over soon! ;) lol!!

I *LOVE* that altered birdhouse!! Beautiful!! :)

Inger Marie said...

Ohh what a lovely cake,and the bird house is sooooooooo amazing.


Hugs from Inger Marie

Joyce said...

Elaine,
I see that you are staying busy between the baking and gardening. Just make time for your beautiful cards. Love your work.

DEBBY said...

what a beautiful birdhouse and I love your cake with the carrot.

Lisa642 said...

Cake looks fantastic, birdhouse is adorable, but don't forget the Mojitos!! haha, love ya!!

scrappinpeg said...

Beautiful birdhouse Elaine.... and your carrot cake turned out gorgeous! YUMMY.... Glad you are enjoying the recipe; have a great weekend.

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Hi Elaine,
You are a girl after my own heart!!!Fab carrot cake - love the decoration and the bird house is just adorable.
Sandi

Debbie G said...

That looks so yummy Elaine!! What a gorgeous bird house!!

Priscilla said...

Dont you just loving baking, and having to make another! I do as well, the first is a tria, the l second the 'real' one. Ha,ha Your cake looks so yum, and the frosting! Your mint looks great. I once planted mint from seed too and it takes over, although I didnt use it, I was hoping to plant more this year and do something with it! ha,ha. Sweet idea for the bird house,pampered little birdies! did you say it is covered in paper? Is it protected against the rain? or is it staying under cover?

See you again soon
Priscilla x

Lisa Renéa said...

Elaine, I wanted to thank your for your post to my blog and for blessing my day. I truly appreciate your sharing a bit of yourself. This birdhouse is adorable!! I'm starving now, that I've seen your yummy cake!! Carrot is a FAVORITE!