I'll start with food. I did a lot of baking this month!
Haven needed apple pie at the last minute for some school project. Apple pie is like the one dish that I can't make and give away. If I'm going to make it I want to eat it! Well, I didn't have enough flour for two pies, and of course it was after the stores had closed when I got the request for pie. (all the moms - if you haven't had this experience yet, you will.) So anyway, I decided to make apple roses instead of pie. That way it wouldn't need much crust and I could make some for us to eat.
I followed this tutorial, except I used pie crust instead of puff pastry. I also cooked the roses in a muffin tin so that they would stay tightly rolled. They tasted just like apple pie, but the presentation was amazing! Pin-win!
My second pin-win was Neapolitan Cupcakes. I used the tutorial for the concept, but used three cake recipes instead of trying to split one into three flavors.
That's chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cake all in one cupcake. These were so good I ate mine without frosting. For everyone else I used my tried and true buttercream frosting.
The next project took about a month of practice and planning. Our dear friend Ariane turned 50 and I wanted her birthday treats to be as special as she is. She loves orange, so the color was easy to choose!
Those are chocolate petites fours and they were not easy!! But they were delicious!
The cake was covered in fondant to make the ruffles. It was my first time doing this technique and I need more practice, but I think I get the general concept.
I made this quilt forever ago and new I wanted to give it to Ariane because of how much orange is in it. I finally gave it to her for her birthday. I'll post more about this quilt later.
My friend Tawny moved in May. Back in March she gave me a bag of fabric and asked if I would turn it into a quilt for her. This is the finished quilt. I had the boys hold it over the balcony so I could get a picture of it. I'll post more on this quilt later too.
My colleague "Kitty" and I participated in the Career Fair at the high school and represented careers in Art.
They were cooler in person. It was hard to get a good picture.
On the home front - Haven had her Spring Concert, which is all the various bands and the two choirs. There's about 300 kids that participate in the music program! (Her school has about 800 kids) It was long, but they did a great job!
And lastly... I got a new bike. The best bike ever! I bought the basket on the front of the bike before I found the actual bike, but I knew exactly what I wanted. When the PX had this one I bought it without knowing how I was going to get it home! A friend with a van came to the rescue! Now I ride to work every day, as long as it isn't raining.
Ok, are you exhausted just reading this? We were seriously exhausted after experiencing it all!! And this is just the stuff I got pictures of! Here's hoping for a relaxing summer!