Sisters are blossoms in the garden in life ~Author Unknown; and I am lucky enough to have two younger ones So I thought I would share the birthday cakes I have made them. There are only three cakes, which doesn’t seem a lot, so it is something (the number of cakes!) I will have to improve upon
My youngest sister loves mushrooms. I love mushrooms too, but not as much as her. When I think of mushrooms I think of fairy rings; fairies or goblins sitting on them; or them popping up in clearings in forests. I rang my sister to see why she loved them so much and she said they are just magical, it is amazing how they grow and survive underground and then just pop up over night. She loves how there are so many varieties and how some can grow on the side of trees. And of course she agrees she thinks of fairies and all sorts of magical creatures when she thinks of mushrooms. Here is a print by Brian Froud (our favourite artist). I think this encapsulates exactly how we see mushrooms!
I have fed my sisters love of mushrooms by wherever we travel I take pictures of mushrooms for her. For her birthday in 2010 I made her a botany scrapbook of flowers and mushrooms from all over the world. My favourite mushroom has to be the red one with white dots. I saw this type of mushroom in New Zealand and here is a photo I took.
And here are two pages of the scrapbook I made her. One the left are photos from Margaret River, Western Australia and on the right are photos from Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.
And to go with her scrapbook I made her a mushroom cake!
My middle sister is the one with the two kids – my niece and nephew!! With her birthday being in December it is always hard catching up, with all the Christmas functions. So I have only made her one cake So I tried to make it as special as possible!
My sister loves Twilight (as do I!) and has devoured the books more than once! I was heading to the UK for Christmas that year, so we caught up with my family for Christmas right before my sisters birthday. So I decided she was getting a cake! Unfortunately I was working 7 days a week at that time – just so I could get 2.5 weeks off! So I wasn’t able to make the cake as well as I think I could have and my pawn is a bit cracked So here is my Twilight cake!
Inspiration of the cake came from the book covers (especially Book 1 – Twilight and Book 4 – Breaking Dawn).
Here is my nephew with his seal of approval of his Mum’s cake! And also a scary look with a black mouth from the icing of the chess board!
Back to my youngest sister who not only loves mushrooms and flowers, but has a degree in Botany! She has her honours and is currently doing her PhD in the restoration of banksia woodland. She actually did put in a little request this year for a willy wagtail (after seeing a bird I made for my mother-in-law), so I thought about what else I could do and of course I came up with a banksia flower! (Willy wagtail photo source: http://purpliciouspassionpath.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/williewagtail.jpg)
I’m not sure how many of my readers are overseas and know what a banksia flower looks like, but here are a couple of photos I took in Bold Park in Mt Claremont. So I hadn’t set myself an easy task!
But I was pretty happy with how the cake turned out and my sister seemed happy too!
Actually my nephew seemed pretty happy with the cake too! And from memory it was a fruit cake and he actually tried it and liked it! Although he hasn’t told me that I make the best cakes in the world like his sister has, actions speak louder than words! I better do a blog on the cakes I have made him!!
So I’ll end my blog with some more sister quotes!
If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want
to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.
Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five.
Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. ~Author Unknown
It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to
count on… someone to tell on! ~Author Unknown
In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. ~Author Unknown
I hope you are lucky enough to have a sister