Sunday, September 23, 2012

Golf Cake

I did this cake a few months ago, and it was for Oliver's (my boyfriend) brother's boss at work.  The cake was actually baked by Oliver's mom, and I did the decorating.

I'm not excellent at making figurines or making cakes, but I think I'm not too shabby; I could use some polishing though.  I guess practise makes perfect, eh?

At the moment, I think I am more comfortable at making edible figurines and working with fondant or gumpaste; two days ago, I got to work with Fimo polymer clay and it's not something I'm used to, but I would definitely love to practiswe with it because unlike fondant, you can actually bake the figurine you created and keep it.  

This was my first try at making this type of figurine because I usually make cartoon characters like Mario, Yoshi, etc.  When I get the chance I'll post how I make 'em :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

DIY Mid Century Dining Bench

Meet my DIY Mid Century dining bench.

I can't tell you how lucky I am to have a friend like Nancy.  She is uber talented!  About 3 weeks ago, she helped us build a Mid Century style dining bench for my boyfriend's condo.  But I'm not going to go into much detail about it because she actually blogged about it :)

Check out her blog alifedesigned for more info.  I'm telling you now, you are in for a treat.  She is a great blogger and uber creative :)

We are aiming for a Mid Century Modern look.  The place is currently a work in progress but I'll blog about it as soon as we get the major stuff done.  We are still waiting for the sofa, some art work, and also the office area that we are working on at the moment.  So, stay tuned!

Birkenhead Lake Park

Birkenhead Lake is about 3.5 hours away (196km) from Downtown, Vancouver.  It is absolutely one of the most gorgeous parks I've been to in British Columbia.  Just look at the picture below! Isn't it beautiful?  I mean, just look at that view! 

Source: ©bigA888
We stayed there for three days on a long weekend holiday, and I wish we stayed for another day because three days just wasn't engouh!  

Anyway, the drive wasn't so bad.  We left Vancouver around 8am and after an hour and a half of driving we arrived in Whistler hungry for breakfast; we grabbed a bite to eat, and stopped by a local grocery store to get few other things ie: insect repellent, drinks, and more mashmallows.. There's no such thing as too many marshmallows when you're going camping, you know?!  But the sad part is we actually ran out of it the following day; 2 bags of marshmallows just wasn't enough for 13 people! And the place is pretty secluded and far from any type of major grocery store so we couldn't really grab more even if we wanted to.

Birkenhead Lake Campgrounds: photo via Alianna
The great thing about this park is the number of activities you could do; fishing, wind surfing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, swimming, play beach volleball, or just simply lay on the beach while reading your favourite book.  Whatever takes your fancy. :)

Beach Volleyball at Birkenhead Lake © Jeff Yu

That would be me, and from that perspective it looks like I'm about to get hit by the ball. Lucky, it didn't! ;)

Time for smores!
© Jeff Yu

Birkenhead Lake via Alianna with the help of a mobile App.
Meet our Photographer, Jeff Yu.  He did such a great job with the pictures and although I want to share all of it with you, there's just too many. :) 

© Jeff Yu
There's me, cooking. :)

Since Birkenhead Lake is in bear country, it was most convenient for us to be able to park our cars in our campsite.  In bear country, you would NOT want to leave any of your belongings, especially coolers, unattended as they are not bear proof. It is best to lock them in your car.  

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, mmm so delicious! Recipe here.

It helps having two hot pot burners, and two mini barbeques to cook with :)

Bon fire and ghost stories!

© Jeff Yu
© Jeff Yu

Because this park is far from towns, if you ever plan to visit, I suggest you check BC Parks for more info.

There is one store not so far away from the area where you can buy firewood, some medicine, bread, and eggs.  But I think it is better to bring more food than you need than to bring just enough, ran out, and end up getting hungry. 

And if ever you go camping, make sure you get one of these.  This did an awesome job in keeping our frozen foods frozen.  I simply put food that needed to be kept cold and frozen inside the bag and then put them in the cooler filled with ice, and voila, instant freezer!  Our food stayed frozen until we needed them:)

I absolutely love this place. Peaceful, relaxing, and not too much people.  I hate going to over crowded parks, for some reason I think it feels less intimate. I'm definitely coming back to this place, but next year, I think I'll try hiking the trails as I was told it is the best way to see the view around Birkenhead Lake.

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