You know this already:)~the above that is~
And I do like mugs too..
I thought these mugs were so cute for Mug Cakes~They come with a small spoon~
The same day..I tried my hand at this:)
I am sure you know right away why I had to make it..In my teens..I dotted the i in Monique w/ a ♥~
No surprise there:)
But here is the surprise~
A heart is baked into the middle:)
It's a heavenly triple lemon cake..It would take pages for me to write out and I type at the speed of honey trying to pour out.. that has hardened~
Suffice it to say it is from a baking Diva~
The premise..is that you bake the first portion of the lemon cake..(to which you have added the desired food coloring) in an 8x8..or 9 inch square pan before making the whole thing:)
I made mine the night before..
Then after it is baked and cooled..you cut it out in the shape you desire(I see stars in my future)..
wrap vertically in cling wrap..and freeze..
the next day..
you make the second batter..
place some of the batter in your vertical mold..
set the hearts(that are now kind of stuck together frozen:) )..in the batter and then place the rest of the batter all around and on top..
I would love to give you exact dimensions..but mine did not cooperate with the original recipe..
My heart cutter was ap 2.5 inches..but my pan.. 4x 8 1/2..
I could have used more batter(?) but no..the secret for my cake will lie in a smaller cutter~
After the cake has baked..and make sure you cover the heart everywhere..so as to NOT get a dome..
you pour lemon syrup on it:)
and then..when cooled..you add the lemon glaze:)
I added edible blossoms:) Just for pretty.
Mme .Carrée..has the most beautiful photos and exquisite recipes..
When I first discovered her..I was still working..and perused her blog from tip to toe..entranced~:)
The next day..
Max came over for a visit:)
He takes art classes..and likes to hunker down and focus on art~
So he and I spent some quality time in my humble art room(means everything room)..
and decided on a picture for him to paint~
He chose a picture from Sharon Lovejoys..book..well one of her books..
It's an adorable book..that I love to peruse..
Max chose this illustration to do..
The Pizza making section:)
That day I had decided to show him a technique a very wonderful artist showed me..
The Lighbox Technique..
Forgive the fuzzy pic..nana was in a bit of a rush ..as Max was quite impatient to dry it:)
Max is 5..I think he did a most marvelous job of his first ever Lightbox Technique:)
We then played with small watercolor cards..and Gouache ..and Titanium white:)
Max is wearing on his wrist..my favorite paint blotter..a cut off white athletic sock..he enjoys putting it on..And seeing how it looks after his works of art..heart:)
How cute are 5 yr old hands?:)
I asked him who his mini watercolor card and envelope were for..he said :"Jojo"..
"Jojo I asked?" "She is our lunch supervisor:":)
I thought that was so cute!
But..after he discovered my stamp collection..and personalized his envelope with :"Hand made by"...And Happy Birthday..
He decided it would be for his mommy:)As her birthday was yesterday~
Before the boys came over..
I had prepared some bread..a new recipe~
That you can find here..
I used the link recipe at the bottom of her post..I did not have caramel color..and it appears I cannot get it in QC, Canada..so I added 1 tbsp of molasses..and I halved the recipe..and... I used 1/2 all purpose unbleached flour and 1/2 Robin Hood Multigrain Bread Flour.
I put everything in my bread machine on the dough cycle .
Then used my attached together 4 small loaf tin..and my very favorite baking pan from France given to me by Lee~Ann and Jon~
Let them rise..and then baked..
Honey Butter with them would be sinful:)
All in all a creative 2 days:)
Have a great weekend~