Ali's Adventures

June 10, 2013

Hilights of the week- June 9th

Filed under: Cupcakes,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 5:38 pm

1. We picked Dan up from work early on Friday.

2. Celebrated a friend’s birthday by making cupcakes – brown sugar pound cake with burnt butter icing.

3. H started preschool camp, which meant I had two free mornings.

4. Met a friend and her friend for breakfast with one of my free mornings.

5. Explored the Snoqualmie Falls and train museum with the family.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.


January 28, 2013

Hilights of the week- January 27th

Filed under: Cupcakes,Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 8:24 pm

1.  Dan found me the Lego roller derby mini-figure. He searched through the whole case at the store, and uncovered two.

2. Another great Fit Skate session. Lots of practice in the opposite direction, and I felt much stronger after.

3. Tried a new cupcake recipe from my Martha Stewart book and they turned out delicious.

4. Went skating with E. She’s really improving and having such fun.

5. Enjoyed a lovely fire, made by Dan. It’s so nice to read a book in front of a roaring fire.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

October 29, 2012

Hilights of the week- October 28th

Filed under: Cupcakes,Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 8:17 pm

1. Final soccer game of the season. I also got a lovely photo journal at the party. Very touching.

2. New babysitter started on Thursday and I wasn’t late for derby practice.

3. Observed voting in Washington State. It’s way more complicated than I thought, and makes me miss Elections Canada.

4. Pumpkin cupcakes turned out really well.

5. I got to sleep in on Saturday.

6. Downton Abbey Season 3.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

November 24, 2011

What’s in your Christmas cookie jar?

Filed under: Cupcakes,Plans — by Alison @ 10:11 pm

Holiday baking is one of my favourite parts of the holidays. I have a few old favourites and I try to add a new one every year. Here’s what’s on my baking calendar.

1. Gingerbread cookies. I usually make classic gingerbread men, piped in white icing. This year I saw the Gingerbread star tree on the cover of Chatelaine, and if I can find the various sizes of star cookie cutters in time, I’ll make this as the centerpiece for Christmas.

2. Sugar cookies. These are my favourite. I have a refrigerated cookie dough, that we roll out in various shapes and ice liberally with butter icing. Stars and trees are te favourite as they have the best cookie to icing ratio.

3. Toffee squares. Shortbread base, covered with caramelized condensed milk and chocolate. Favourite part of this is the left over caramelized condensed milk. I could probably eat a whole can of that.

4. Chocolate truffles. Condensed milk and chocolate, in ball form.

5. Chocolate fudge. Condensed milk and chocolate, in square form.

6. Peppermint bark. Love this, so easy to make and looks impressive.

7. Gingerbread house. I just buy the kit, as we don’t usually eat anything other than the candy.

I still need to find something new to add. Any suggestions?

August 10, 2011

Cupcakes (Desserts) of 2011- Q2

Filed under: Cupcakes — by Alison @ 1:54 pm

I had challenged myself to make the cupcakes from my “Hello, Cupcake” calendar. The first two months were a success but the second quarter has shown a serious decline in meeting the goals. There have been some tasty desserts made, I may consider it a draw.

April was a goldfish cupcake. Cute, but we were too busy enjoying these treats in France to bake any of our own.

Chocolate Nuns

In May we celebrated my younger brother’s birthday with a cupcake golf course. Appropriate for someone who just graduated from law school and passed the Ontario Bar Exams.

Not an ideal course

June cupcakes were ant covered, so we skipped those and focussed on desserts for Father’s Day. For my dad I made a pavlova.

We love a Pavlova

My husband got his favourite Chocolate Oatmeal pie.

Serve with whipped cream

June also hosted my daughter’s school fun fair. I really wanted to make beautiful cakes for the Cake Walk, so that they’d be selected early on. I was pleased with my efforts.

Flowers and simple cakes - solid options.

But this one, from a friend, really takes the cake.


Angry (yet delicious) Birds


I’ll have to step up my game next year.

March 31, 2011

Cupcakes of 2011- Q1

Filed under: Cupcakes — by Alison @ 2:45 pm

Our kitchen calendar this year is “Hello, Cupcake” and each month has a different seasonally appropriate cupcake. I like to think that I can bake, but I’m not into fancy decorating. I prefer tasty to pretty, so this calendar poses a challenge. It doesn’t provide recipes, or even instructions, just the large picture and a smaller picture with the decorations labelled. I am planning on making all 12 cupcakes, and hopefully by December I’ll enjoy the decorating aspect as well.

January’s cupcake was a polar bear. I also made my favourite Vegan Mint Chocolate Cupcakes to compliment.

In February, it was Valentine Hearts.

And for March, the calendar called for ducks but I went with cake pops for my husband’s birthday.

He also got a delicious and very messy German Chocolate Cake.

Looking forward to my next baking adventure.

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