Scruffy vs Clean Cut – Part 2

Well I sure have had fun searching Google for pictures to post and I had to stop myself after a while, or this post would never end! Part 1 of this blog post showed a lot of current cuties. This time I am going to compare a mixture of well aged (like fine wine), newbies and cartoons!!

I said cartoons? How about Fred Jones versus Norville “Shaggy” Rogers from Scooby-Doo! I am not just taking about looks, but personailty too! I just remember Fred knowing he was good looking – very annoying. My favourite part of the cartoons were Shaggy and Scooby’s side adventures! Laughter goes a long way. (And see the below exhibit comments – I am not the only one that thinks that way!)

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Michelle's LabyrinthFred and Shaggy can also be compared in the 2002 Scooby-Doo film. Freddie Prinze, Jr. (left in picture) is much too clean-cut for me. Matthew Lyn Lillard is much more to my taste (Matthew grabbed my interest in the 1995 film Hackers). And Matthew is looking quite fine now! Picture below from 84th Academy Awards Red Carpet 2012.

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Now for a couple of aged scruffy vs clean men:

Michelle's LabyrinthHow about the boys from Bridget Jones’s Diary? I do like Colin Firth (aka Mark Darcy) who is on the right; but of the two, Hugh Grant (aka Daniel Cleaver) is still my favourite. I love the boat scene; and the fight scene that spills into the restaurant! LOL!

Now for a couple of cop duos – Tango & Cash (aka Sylvester Stallone on the right, and Kurt Russell on the left). I am not sure how many would consider Sylvester “eye-candy”, but he is looking sharp in this photo. He is no Kurt Russell though! Even Goldie Hawn agrees with me and has since 1983 :)

Of course there is Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson on the left) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Michelle's LabyrinthGlover) from the Lethal Weapon movies. Danny Glover is made out to be a family man, so its very hard to compete with Mel Gibson. But Mel is to die for! Those blue eyes, cheeky smiles, buns of steel! I think anyone that can wake up, light a cigarette, drink from an old beer can, eat a bite of a biscuit and give the rest to the dog, and make all that look sexy has a gift!


I also love the the sceneMichelle's Labyrinth when Danny Glover and Mel Gibson meet up in Maverick. Danny Glover has a cameo and there is a moment when he looks at Mel Gibson with recognition in his eyes and just shakes his head… Classic! 



I thought I should include some musicians in my blog. Now being a lover of 80s music I thought I would include Rick Astley (left) and Jon Bon Jovi (right). Rick usually looked clean-cut, so I thought I would include a picture of him with longer hair… sorry, but I am sure you know who I think is steaming!!!! (I chose a nice picture eh?)

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Michelle's LabyrinthNow for the newbies:

The adverts for Franklin & Bash have caught my eye. I have only watched a couple of episodes – I watch too much TV as it is! I am drawn to Breckin Meyer (aka Jared Franklin on the left) more so than Mark-Paul Gosselaar (aka Peter Bash). I think I just like someone that makes me laugh 😀




Michelle's LabyrinthI thought I better include some Aussies on my blog. Hamish Blake (left) and Andy Lee (right) are two well known comedians in Australia (and afar) who are fairly new on the scene. Now Andy tries to look scruffy – longish hair, irregular shaving, but he looks clean-cut next to Hamish. Hamish just cracks me up every time I look at him. If I had to choose between the two it would be Hamish!




Since we are on the topic of Aussies, I cannot leave out the doctors off Offspring. Don Hany (left) as Dr. Chris Havel was hot! Until Matt Le Nevez (right) as Dr. Patrick Reid came into the story. Dr. Patrick is smoking hot!

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One last comparison and I’ll leave this topic alone (I have been having way too much fun!), but please leave comments on your thoughts of these fine male specimens :)

Michelle's LabyrinthAs you have probably worked out I love Johnny Depp. So I thought I would compare a couple more pictures of him – this time where he has long hair.

On the left there is Johnny with a clean-cut appearance, and below he is as scruffy as a man (or pirate!) could get.

Hmmm…. yep! Still LOVE both!

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Link to Scruffy vs Clean Cut – Part 1 (in case you missed it :)  )



My Biggest Fan

My biggest cake fan would have to be my niece Aimee, my sister’s daughter. She has told me I make the “bestest cakes ever”! So here are the cakes I have made for her since moving back to Perth:

2009 – Fairy Cupcakes (6th Birthday)

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This was early on in my cake making activities. I thought the store bought fairies were cute. I thought they were too cute to eat, but I saw my niece chomp off one of the fairies heads! I guess she liked them :)

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2010 – Fairy Castle (7th Birthday)

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I asked my niece for suggestions this year, as I had made my first fondant cake in July of 2010 and was now open to a whole new world of cake ideas! My niece wasn’t determined to request a specific cake (like her brother was – Buzz Lightyear!) and seemed happy with my fairy castle idea. I bought the fairy (inedible) and was hoping to make the dragon. But my niece and nephew are born 4 days apart, hence two cakes needed, so I didn’t have time to make a dragon and ended up using one of my dragons, from my collection, to peer at the fairy! Aimee got to keep the fairy, but the dragon was quickly snatched back by me once the candles were blown out. It was mine! This was also the first cake I worked out that children love bright coloured icing – a piece of cake with the rainbow was demanded by most!

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2011 – Fairy Toadstool (8th Birthday)

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I had bought a couple of Debbie Brown’s cake decorating books off and wanted to try and couple out. So this year the cake for my niece (and nephew) was a surprise! I made the Fairy Toadstool cake from 50 Easy Party Cakes. My niece seemed suitably impressed and this was the year she said I made the “bestest cakes ever”!

The fairies went down well too. I left it up to the birthday girl whether she wanted to keep them or share them. Keep them of course! This caused some crying by one of the other girls, so my brother-in-law gave the crying girl one of the wings. My niece told me later that she ate the fairies all by herself over the next few days and they were delicious!

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2012 – Equestrian (9th Birthday)

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The most recent cake I made Aimee was an Equestrian cake which was Aimee’s top choice. In late June or very early July I had asked my sister to get some suggestions for the cakes this year. My niece had obviously been discussing the Olympics at school and asked for an equestrian cake. My lovely sister thought that may be a little difficult and asked for a few more suggestions. When I heard equestrian I honestly did feel stressed. I was still working at the time, in my last couple of weeks of work, so my stress levels were elevated anyway. But after I finished work and had some time to Google, I found some good ideas.

When I walked through the door on Aimee’s birthday she jumped up and down and said it was exactly what she wanted! I asked her later on which cake she had liked the best over the years and she said it was the equestrian one. It is hard for me to pick a favourite cake I have made, because they are all so different, and for different people, so mean different things to me! If that makes sense. But I loved making this cake. I loved the challenge my niece set for me, and the horse and rider lead me to some new ideas for other cakes, like my pirates cake!

Do any of my readers have a favourite cake I have made and blogged about? And why?

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Biking & Canoeing

Last year in early December my friend’s 4 year old son asked me if I would make his Dad’s birthday cake (in front of about a dozen people around a table! But I thought it was really cute!). I knew his Dad was turning 40 in January and I had hoped they would ask me to make his cake.

A couple of weeks ago my friend said she had a couple of suggestions for the cake; she beat me to asking for some ideas! Her husband is into off-road bike riding and canoeing. So I thought that it would be a cool new challenge. I knew he was getting a new cycling outfit from his favourite local football team – Swan Districts. So I thought the cake was a great idea to keep in line with the cycling theme. We went out and bought a small bicycle – $3 from K-Mart! (K-Mart is really awesome with their prices at the moment!) And the rest of the cake was up to me.

Now I need to mention some adventures the bike went on. My friend’s son had a good play with it before I took it home. The seat was pulled off, the tyres were pulled off the wheels and it was navigated around. After I brought it home I was on the phone to someone and I had left the bike near the phone, so I started rolling it around. Now this $3 bike’s pedals moved when the back wheel was spun, which I thought was pretty awesome! So I kept rolling it until a pedal came off! As I was rolling it I had been unscrewing the nut! Oops! So I then had to get it back on, which was a bit of an operation. Then I was on the couch taking some measurements of the bike so I knew how big the cyclist needed to be. Absentmindedly I put my pad, pen and bike down on the couch. At some stage later I picked Hamlet (one of my new puppies) up to give him a cuddle. Next thing I know he picks the bike up and charges off with it. I jumped up and rang after him outside, my husband not knowing what had happened! I extracted the bike from Hamlet and knew that it needed a good soak in washing liquid, if it didn’t need it before, it sure did now!

I felt a bit off this week. Not sure if it was the weather, if I just needed some down time or what? So I ended up leaving my cake decorating quite late on Friday. The picture of the cake was formed in my head around Tuesday, so I knew what I needed to do. I wanted to tackle people fondant figures, bigger than I think I have done before. I have seen some awesome ones on Facebook, so I did some Googling about how to do it. The best two blogs I read are below:

One bit of exciting news – just after Christmas I received in the mail a new silicone fondant mat. A friend from my old work gave me two A4 (29.7 x 21 cm or 11.7 x 8.3 inch) sized silicone mats. They are brilliant. When rolling the fondant, it just stuck to my granite bench, even with lots of icing sugar. I was using baking paper sticky taped to the bench sometimes! So when I received these mats they were a god-send. But if I wanted to cover a big cake it got a little difficult. Sometimes the two mats would separate. I had a look in lots of stores but just couldn’t find silicone mats. There were some good ones on, but they wouldn’t post them to Australia. I googled and could not find any on-line stores in Australia. So what next? EBay! And guess what? I got the best silicone mat! It’s 90cm by 60cm  (36 x 22 inch)! This was the first time I used it and I loved it. I still didn’t do a perfect job on the fondant covering, but I was a little rushed! (I had to do the cyclist fondant figure three times!)

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So here is the cake! Everyone seemed to like it. Michelle's Labyrinth

As I mentioned I had difficulties with the cyclist as I first wanted him riding the bike, then standing next to it, but ended up having him sitting down next to the bike. He had not fallen off, but was sitting down watching the canoeing! Also notice the cyclist is wearing black and white – Swan Districts colours! The person canoeing has a orange life jacket one :)

Michelle's Labyrinth Michelle's Labyrinth To try and cover up some previous scratches on the cake board, I put ‘Happy Birthday Gavin’ there and covered the letters and some of the board with edible gold dust. Once the candles were blown out and the kids were investigating the cake, I told them the gold dust and letters were edible… so of course they were pulled off and eaten! (Also notice the log jump, including groves where the bicycles slice it if they hit it when going over! It was an idea from the birthday boy! :)  )Michelle's Labyrinth

Do you like my butter-cream river water? One of the kids at the party asked for a piece with the deep blue sea! So cute! Michelle's Labyrinth

And here is a picture of my two new assistant bakers! Their jobs are to behave and stay in the one spot if they are in the kitchen! Michelle's Labyrinth







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