Meet …greet… and eat

Well everyone today was a big day..Phil and i headed off to Melbourne for my appointment with the rheumy..who was lovely and all of ten years old..but she knows her stuff so i felt quite happy with her and confident she has the latest in autoimmune diseases.
So we left home at 7am ..took 2 hours of painful traffic..had my appointment..had my bloods stolen..and left.
We headed to see our little girl (yes 29 and still my little girl) had a coffee and a chat and dang forgot to grab some figs that were growing like crazy in her backyard!

We then headed off to Lygon Street..home of little Italy and cakes cakes cakes…yes..

And who did we meet up with?

Well we had our little guest with us..we stalled his departure until tomorrow as we KNEW he had to say a quick G’Day to this special person…

Yes Bashful got to have a reunion and we got to have a face to face with the lovely Sharon or as Bacon calls her Aunty Sharon from Gentle stitches

Aren't we cute :)

Aren’t we cute 🙂

Bashful was so excited to see Aunty Sharon..the last time he saw her they headed to Japan!..seems when Bashful comes to Australia he takes mini trips within his trip hahaa 🙂

You want those cakes don't you!

You want those cakes don’t you!

It was so nice to meet Sharon and we had a great chat..about blogging,craft what makes us happy and of course food!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

We met at Brunetti’s..THE best cake shop and a paradise for sweets lovers..talk about try and decide!!
Sharon had a Baba which looked amazing I got Fozziedad a Pistachio number and i had a spongecake that looked like a strawberry with a strawberry jelly inside….DELISH!

Inside Brunetti's

Inside Brunetti’s

The coffees were great and it was so nice to have an actual face to face ..when it was time to go we said our farewells and will catch up soon at my place as i have a spinning wheel to give to Sharon as i know it will have a good home and be given the workout it deserves! i also have three bags full (yes a nursery rhyme) of fresh wool for her..so i am happy that this will be used too 🙂

Sharon gave me a gorgeous little blue heart she had made because i had been in the hospital..it sits with the Simba she made me ..

Gorgeous :)

Gorgeous 🙂

Cakes everywhere...and this is not even the whole shop!

Cakes everywhere…and this is not even the whole shop!

It was a full day and we did not get home until 4..

Luckily i bought a take home pack of cakes..they are so divine…i think i deserved a treat for being jabbed don’t you?

Ooh la la....

Ooh la la….

I mean i was brave..just sayin…

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Thank you again Sharon for a lovely chat it was truly so nice to see the lady behind the amazing crochet!!

COUNTRY WOMENS ASSOCIATION CONCERT DAY

Today we had the concert with the CWA for the public and other CWA groups..

What a hoot of a day..these lovely ladies of whom I have recently joined are amazing! they are mostly in their 70’s and 80’s and have a spirit and energy that puts me to shame!

The whole concept being to raise money for various charities,women’s groups and generally improve the lives of women and families.

For my overseas friends they have a reputation as being some of the best cooks you can find.

These women have been through it all..wars droughts floods rearing children,raising stock,farming and keeping families and the community glued together.

After rehearsals yesterday I headed to the shops..still in my stage gear..strangely didn’t raise an eyebrow!

I was running out of time so just had to be done! Raced home and set about my baking frenzy.

We put an afternoon tea on after the concert so aprons throughout the community were donned! I had already made a little parcel of Vanilla biscuits with vanilla bean icing for the door prize hamper so was kind of organised..

And so I baked a Choc-vanilla cheesecake swirl slice some Cherry macaroons and some White choc orange ganache filled macarons (which could have been better but it rained, apparently the enemy of Macaron baking  is rain ..go figure! )

Then I made a pie for dinner and finally sat down!

My back is caning now..i have been at the CWA organising food ,being a poor thespian ,doing dishes,cleaning but having a ball with my gorgeous ladies!

We had a great turnout 100 seats we set and we needed some more,we got laughs and applause but most of all we did a great combined effort to raise over $1200.00..bravo ladies!

Hope you day was or is as much fun as mine was.

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HOW TO GET HELP WITH YOUR CAKES

I OFTEN WONDER HOW I EVER COOKED WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF ANIMALS..

I AM SURE I BUMBLED THROUGH BUT WITHOUT THEIR QUALITY CONTROL MEASURES WHO KNOWS WHAT MAY HAVE SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS..

A CAKE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

A CAKE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

YET HIDDEN FROM THE QUALITY CONTROL OFFICER DINNERMINTZ..

HOW DOES ONE CHECK THIS!

HOW DOES ONE CHECK THIS!

HAVE A GREAT DAY ALL I MUST HEAD TO THE KITCHEN AS THE CWA HAS A CONCERT ON THURSDAY AND I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PROVIDE BISCUITS FOR THE HAMPER PRIZE AND ALSO SOME SLICES AND CAKES FOR AFTER THE CONCERT..

I AM NO THESPIAN SO I AM HOPING MY BAKING DRWAS BETTER REVIEWS THAN MY ACTING 😉

SHHHHH…FORREST DOESN’T KNOW…..

PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY FOR FORRESTS BIG 10TH BIRTHDAY BASH OVER AT

http://ourpawpad.wordpress.com

HE THINKS WE HAVE FORGOTTEN HAHHAHA…HE EVEN SLEPT IN..SO THAT MAKES HIM NOW ALMOST AT RETIREMENT AGE!!

SO I HEAD BACK TO GET THINGS READY..POP OVER LATER FOR THE FUN!!

AND YES ..I DO LOVE MY DOGS….;)

FOZZIES FAVOURITE FLAVOUR PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES..

FOZZIES FAVOURITE FLAVOUR PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES..

SUNDAY KITCHEN SLIP UPS

THE IDEA WAS THAT WITH AN EXCESS OF SOURCREAM I NEEDED TO GET MY BAKE-ON..

AFTER SOFTENING 250GRAMS OF BUTTER AND CREAMING IN THE SUGAR AND LEMON ZEST..THEN FOLDING IN THE FLOURS AND THE SOURCREAM I POURED THE DELISH MIXTURE INTO MY SILICONE PAN…

OF COURSE IT HAD TO HAPPEN..I OPENED THE OVEN DOOR WITH ONE HAND AND PROMPTLY DROPPED THE TRAY WITH THE OTHER…

EPIC FAIL

SO I GRABBED MY PASTRY CUTTER AND SCRAPED IT UP…THANKFULLY THE DOGS SLEPT RIGHT THROUGH…

I FELT LIKE A TILER..THIS STUFF WAS LIKE GROUTING…LUCKY I CLEANED THE FLOOR YESTERDAY..MUTTER MUTTER MUTTER…

HOLY CAKE-TASTROPHE BATMAN

HOLY CAKE-TASTROPHE BATMAN

I FINISHED CLEANING UP SO I THOUGHT UNTIL I LOOKED UP AND SAW…

SUPER...SAID NO ONE ..EVER

SUPER…SAID NO ONE ..EVER

LUCKY FOR ME THE OVEN HAS DOUBLE GLASS..NOW I HAVE TO PULL THE OVEN DOOR OFF..REMOVE BOTH PANELS..BECAUSE IT’S DRIPPED ALL THE WAY DOWN BETWEEN THE TWO GLASS PANELS

I AM NOW MAKING A DIFFERENT CAKE…A LEMON WALNUT SOUR CREAM CAKE..BONUS IS I AM GOING THROUGH THE SOURCREAM…WHETHER I PLANNED IT OR NOT…ROUND TWO…DING DING…