At Christmas I wanted to make a gingerbread house but never got around to doing it. So, I decided on this long holiday weekend, I'd make a Valentine's Day Gingerbread House, with the help of my daughter and daughter-in-law. And this is how it turned out.
If you want to see how I did it, click on the link below.
SCBWI Oregon’s Great Critique is an event that happens twice a year. Each session is an awesome opportunity for writers and illustrators to be critiqued by a professional and their peers.
Never been in a critique group? Wish you could be critiqued by someone who is ahead of you in the publishing game? Want to strengthen your work? Need a fresh set of eyes and ears on that oft-revised piece? This is your chance. A published author or illustrator will lead each small group and critique your manuscript or art. You’ll also hear/see others’ work and get feedback from those writers and illustrators too. Plus you’ll learn from the comments by the critique leader about the work of others.
So sign up for a morning of perfecting your craft. And, who knows, you might make a few new like-minded friends to start a new critique group, too.
There will be a meet and greet at 9:00, where attendees sign in and get their name tags, then can enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack while meeting other writers and illustrators. Faculty books will be available for purchase during the refreshment time as well.
Sign up here: https://oregon.scbwi.org/events/winter-great-critique-january-2020/ The faculty includes;
But come on people…FIVE golden rings, wouldn’t one be
Yes, Christmas is coming and, in the spirit of The
Twelve Days of Christmas, I’ve been searching the web for a little pinspiration
because I need some new gift-giving ideas.
You see, over the years, Christmas around my house has always meant a lot of making,
baking and creating is going on. I’ve always loved to make homemade
gifts to share with my family and friends. But this year my kids told me, “no
more knitted hats or scarves.”
This is a brave new world I’m trying to live in, which means, I’ve
been searching for something different to give my kids. And I’ve found some fun sights on the
internet. So, in the spirit of giving, I’m going to share some of these things.
1)Free Bullet Journal Doodles are here, so you can
learn how to draw 2)Free Printable “I Spy” Activity Sheets for kids or
kids at heart here. 3)Nine Free Printable Christmas Carols you can
download here. 4)Free STEM Kids’ Activity workbook
disclosure – this one is from my own book Irma the Inventor-which
is now on audible) and you can download the FREE workbook here.
And to really kick off the season, let’s all sing along:
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.
Plus, I thought I’d share a little history about the famous
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" was originally published
in 1780 without music. It was more like a chant that came from a French rhyme.
Still, more than 200 years later, it is still sung today and has become one of
the most well-known Christmas Carols of all time.
Of course any parent, who sings the song with their kids, understands
this is a cumulative song (which means each verse builds on the last) and plays
to the excitement of the season with the giving of grand gifts that grow bigger and more extravagant with each
of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Really, eight maids a milking…?
And, could a partridge even be found in a pear tree, since
they are ground nesters?
But I am easily distracted. Just follow the links I’ve
provided and enjoy this beginning to The Twelve Days of Christmas!
Have you ever wanted to make a poop emoji cupcake? Well I have. So, I did. I made these little guys for my brother-in-law's 60th birthday. (He's a plumber - so it seemed sort of appropriate.) I simply baked a couple dozen chocolate cupcakes and then I piped chocolate frosting onto the top using a piping pastry bag, without using a tip.
At first, I tried using a #10 Wilton tip, but the rings of frosting were too small so I piped them into a bowl and started over. I decided not to use any tip at all so the rings of frosting would be big. And, I think it worked out great.
Then I cut out the mouth and eyes using black and white fondant. I used piping tips to get the circles. And I cut the largest circle in half to make the mouth.
I filmed it all using a time-lapse setting so it wouldn't be too boring.
With the holidays coming … I'm getting ready to do some serious baking. But before I pull out the rolling pin and flour, I'm trying to remember some of the cakes I've made in the past. And, maybe by taking a moment to remember, I won't make the same mistakes.
But believe me, I'm going to be trying some new things (this is where I'm trying to be brave) so there will undoubtedly be a few fails, flops and hopefully even a few things that turn out.
I know they can't all be winners and my family will be sure to tell me which ones are the failures.
But, I thought I'd share one fun Thanksgiving cupcake and one fantastic flop of a cake I made one year. Of course, I think it's almost okay that this failure looks so miserable, I mean after all we're all getting ready to eat him. And even though he didn't turn out as cute as I wanted, he still tasted okay...at least if you can tell by how quickly he disappeared.
Anyway, I hope you have some fantastic baked goods for your holiday feast. And, if you do, please share a link to your blog or a photo in the comments, so I can take a peek - I'm always looking for inspiration to create more delicious goodies.
And, I wanted to wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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