Tuesday, 23 June 2015

There's been a bit of baking.

It's true,
I have been baking!
And none of it ended up at my work,
much to their dismay.

All started on Friday when I was filling in time while wee Oscar was at the vets.  We had a couple of oranges that everyone in this house was ignoring so I googled Orange cake and ended up making a one.  So much for non stick bake ware tho', bloody cake stuck to the sides and the bottom and basically fell out in bits onto the cooling rack.

Nothing that a good slap-age of icing didn't fix, and once displayed on the bench under the dome it looked even better.  Friday was a good day to visit me as there was CAKE!!  Oscar ended up getting 12 teeth pulled, which leads me to believe he probably has only 12 left, and the vet actually came in $2 under the lowest end of the quote!!  I nearly fell over, paid hastily and left.  Oscar is doing fine, in fact he carried on all weekend like nothing had happened.  On soft food for 5 days to give his gums time to heal then he is back on to normal eating.

The next think I constructed was on Sunday, an Upside Down Chocolate Pudding, a favourite of the males in this house.  I have to double the mix so they all get at least two bowl fills of this, and it is best straight from the oven with French Vanilla Ice cream.

Yesterday in the afternoon I got all creative with Lemons and Limes both grown in our garden.  Once again Google was used and the result was a Lemon and Lime Drizzle Cake.  This time I sprayed the pan and all was looking good until I dropped the bloody thing when getting it out of the oven and it ended up getting all smoshed in the farkin' pan!! Again once displayed under the glass dome and smothered in the drizzle, no one gave a toss, and got stuck into the demolishing of it.  Note the recipe says, serves 10, not true.  So far it has served 3, and rather well!  Which is kind of like 10.  

If you want any of the recipes 
just ask 
and you shall receive.

I also got my hair tidied up on Sunday by my lovely young hairdresser, thanks Nicola!  I can't maintain straight and tidy so yesterday I gave it some Wave Envy, which boffed it up and made it more me.  

I took a drive over to Cambridge yesterday morning as I had bought a felt hat through Trade Me and the pick up was in Cambridge.  It was a glorious day, even tho' it was cold.  I found the rainbow flag in the Hospice op shop over there, well I got two of them, amongst other things you will see in a minute.

So the Bright hat at the top was the one I went to pick up and then in the Salvation Army op shop I found the white one.  I quite like hats in Winter, keeps my little old ears warm, I hate getting ear ache.

I know the lady running the Hamilton, Morrinsville and Cambridge Hospice shops and she is on to it!  Most of the clothing in these shops is only $2.50 each and then there is a rack or two dedicated to brand stuff but it is still cheap as.  Like the dress on the left was only $8, which is close to the normal price in most other oppies at the moment. Hospice is my fave at the moment because you can actually walk out the door with a decent haul of goodies for very little, which makes you go back.  Also, because the pricing is so good the stuff sells which means new things are getting put into stock all the time, instead of seeing the same old crap for months on end.  I wish other op shops would sit up and take note.

Everything here except for the little yellow brooch came from Hospice.  The brooch was $2 from the church oppy,  Those gorgeous purple pottery vases were only $1 each, from the HUGE $1 table that was laden with goodies.  If you go to Cambridge I highly recommend you poke your head in the door of the Hospice shop.

So what did I wear to Cambridge and for Monday?  Due to the temp being some what Wintery I layered up good and warm.  Under my vintage coat I had a chocolate brown frock with a polka dot light weight jacket and leopard print tights.  I went all black and brown, all spots and animal.  My ankle boots I have had for years and they never fail to disappoint, super comfy.

Good news, you will note that Joan has grown back feathers, so not looking so 'morning after the night before' anymore. 

This morning greeted and treated us to -2 and a hearty frost.  Pretty but bloody cold.  Not as cold as places in the South Island, I heard somewhere down there got a record breaking low of -22.  Think -2 is cold enough thanks.

When I left for work this morning these three were all snuggled up in a variety of spots around the lounge.  I wonder how long it took for Sheba to notice the heater had been turned off?

I was totally rugged up for the cold!  Hat, scarf and gloves and a coat that stayed on all morning even inside.

Oscar opted for Black and White like me today, 
just call him Adidog!

Sheba and Tex stayed with natural Black. 
Sheba added a touch of Fur to her gob
by way of her toy rabbit!

As the gorgeous Jon Snow keeps telling me, "Winter is coming" so my coats and boots are out.  Winter is here and dressing for the weather is what you have to do this time of the year.  I don't mind the cold days when the sun is shining like today.  You can keep those grey wet miserable ones tho.


Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Good job I got me Tena on after reading about the cake! Yer dippy tart!. Good hauls there, might be up for a trip into town on Friday maybe :D

Leeanne said...

Oh you did have me laughing! Your cooking times look like some of mine! At least you can laugh and like you say slap some icing on and stick it in a fancy cake dome and all looks good!
Poor wee Oscar, that was quite a lot of teeth to loose, can you get doggie false teeth? You are looking like you are almost enjoying winter there my friend!

SAM said...

Getting close to high heat of summer, so I'm drooling a bit over your cakes-particularly the choclate one.

Vix said...

You are a domestic goddess! Those cakes look incredible.
So glad Oscar's over his surgery and you saved a whole $2! Think of the fun you can have op shopping with that!
Loving the darker hair in waves - proper hippy chick. The outfits and hats rock.
No idea about GOT except it seems to obsess people who watch it. We only have terrestrial TV so it's passed me by. In the UK Jon Snow is well known news reader! xxx

Mel Baker said...

Great pictures. You seem to be enjoying winter!! How is Oscar doing? 12 teeth - poor guy. I love the hats and your baking is the bomb. I mean that in a good way. It is amazing how a bit of icing can cover up so many mistakes.

Curtise said...

Ooh, so much baking, I'm on my way round for a slice and a cuppa!
Looking gorgeous while keeping warm, Sue, love the layers and the hats. And your wavy hair too, of course!
Poor old Oscar having to have all those teeth out. Hope he's doing OK. xxx

Julie said...

Lovely yummy baking there Sue ... even the ones you dropped (wink) ... still would taste okay I am sure. Just wondering if you could PLEASE ask your friend who runs those other Hospice shops if she could PleaSE come to the Te Awamutu Hospice Shop & tell them their prices are tooo damned dear !!!!???? On everything, not just clothing. Such a shame as it used to be very reasonable.

Beth Waltz said...

How nice to see you -- and dear old Joan -- looking fluffy and pretty!
Recovery mode seems to be well-executed at your home this week, Sue. Little Oscar is over the worst of it, poor little guy. And what a nice job of "recovering" you made of those cakes. The lemon-lime drizzle made with fruit fresh from your garden must smell wonderful!

Angels have Red Hair said...

In my experience ... from years of a boy filled household ... they don't care what the cake looks like as long as it tastes good ... and neither do I :0)
Black and brown suits you ... specially with your new hair colour.

Goody said...

Icing has saved many a cake disaster at my place, with the boys none the wiser. My stupid lime tree won't give us any fruit-just leaves. I like a lime leaf or two in a curry, but I'd like an actual piece of fruit better. Four years now, I suppose it won't ever happen. I'll have to live it through your citrus trees instead.

I just adore those felt hats, though it does seem a shame to hide your great hair.

Poor Oscar. I'd go have a lie down by the heater too if I'd been through that.

Melanie said...

Your last side-by-side photos made me laugh. I'm glad you were able to let a little bit of that chaos out in your hair when you feel more natural that way. It looks great!
Poor little Oscar. The tooth fairy got greedy. But I'm sure he'll be feeling so much better with a healthy mouth.
As for the food... I'm sure I could eat that entire cake, BOTH entire cakes, all on my own. They look absolutely scrumptious. Drop it again and I wouldn't mind at all.