What's kinda stupid really, though, is the fact that I just signed up for a cake decorating course in October! I must be nuts, but to be fair, I have always wanted to know how to decorate cakes properly using fondant icing and I finally ferreted out a one-day course right down the road here in Geneva. In any case, I can always bring it in to work and it will go in about 10 minutes flat. Years ago, my dear old mom used to make her Christmas cake well in advance of Christmas and "feed" it regularly with whiskey. Then she would try to make a smooth icing topping but always cocked it up, at which point she roughed it all over with a fork and it became a "snow scene"! Ha! Not that we cared of course because it tasted good anyway, and it all tastes the same on the way down doesn't it.
In a previous post I had talked about how my friend and I got all kitted out to "go hiking" when we went down to the Cascade de Seythened and the grotto, only to find that it was a 30-minute stumble through the grotto all told! Oh well, we didn't know did we, but I suspect we were a bit overdressed! My oldest son was four when his brother was born, and I remember when the baby was 11 days old we took a drive down to Sixt, Fer à Cheval. The oldest, André, decided that since he was the big boy now he wanted to go hiking with his dad, while mom stayed at the café with the baby. So we got him all dressed up with his boots and waterproof and his little backpack, and off went the Dynamic Duo - only to return again about 10 minutes later! I had only just had time to change the baby's nappy and get him re-dressed when they were back. Come to think of it, that just about sums up André's attitude to exercise even today I think, although I hear he was swimming every day before the wedding in an effort to lose some weight! The youngest and his girlfriend regularly go off hiking but not so much the oldest. Although it did used to tickle me when the kids would hike up to spend the night on the Plateau de Cenise. They would drive up as far as they could and then hike the last bit in order to camp out in their sleeping bags on top of the Plateau but - get this - Jordan would actually take a heavy wooden garden chair strapped to his back! When I told him at the very least to take a lightweight fold up fishing chair he said no as he preferred the wooden one! Oh to be young again. They go up there at least once a year though to sleep out (they don't even take a tent) but what is nice is that they always take flowers to scatter where the ashes of their friend Hugo were scattered seven years ago after he, and another friend, were killed in a car crash. It's so lovely that they still keep Hugo and Kevin in their hearts!
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Congrats on your weight loss! Definitely going in the right direction. I actually would like to learn how to decorate cakes but very dangerous in the same season as weight loss :)ReplyDelete
We were living in the States when my oldest turned one. We invited great Grandma to the birthday party and I have baked (and tried to decorate) a black forest gateau. Great grandma was a lovely gentle lady but she just burst out laughing when she saw my cake - it was like a brick!Delete
3 pounds is a great momentum starter, hormones or no hormones. I injured my already bad knee with a fall yesterday, so long walking was difficult, but still tried to get out for a slow and steady one.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. I have a couple of friends who have knee problems and can see how tough it is for them to walk. Get well soon.Delete
Congratulations on the loss! Just please do not pass it my way!ReplyDelete
Ha, if you could transfuse it my ex would (gratefully) have taken the whole 40 lbs years ago!Delete
I'm with your mum. Do the snow scene. I know I just couldn't get a smooth, neat finish to a cake so wouldn't even bother trying. I've never been good at art or craft. My homemade cards always look shit. Unless I was 5, then they'd be acceptable.ReplyDelete
Explore away and give us more photos of your part of the world!
Well howdy pardner. Long time no speak. I'm sorry you had so much trouble posting. I went into settings and allowed "anonymous" comments. I did see a comment of yours previously which I "published" but it never came out. Very strange. I'm not gifted at arts and crafts either but I am fairly teachable. And do let me know which parts of France you are heading for (I think Brittany right). I don't know it well but it is beautiful. And don't forget those "French" euros!!!! Although in truth there ARE euros for each of the Eurozone (you can see differences in the coins) but they are all still "euros". ADelete