In case you were wondering whether I was just being modest when I said that my culinary skills weren't up to much:
That is the last time that I'm ever using a cake mix. Probably.
I grew up making cakes from scratch and haven't had much luck with the packet mixes that I've tried since moving to the States. But, when there is no butter or eggs in the house (I remembered my lesson from last time: trans fat free spread is not a substitute. And a quick note to my dear husband: please mention when you finish off all the bloomin' eggs, so that I can add them to the shopping list...) a packet mix and some egg substitute stuff is the only option.
Luckily the drops of cake burning away on the oven floor didn't set off our hyper-sensitive smoke alarms, for once, so my children remained asleep in their beds.
Smear on some glacé icing (the lack of butter ruled out butter icing), and stuff them tightly in a container (so people will think they are grossly misshapen due to poor packing skills) and voilà:
Almost indistinguishable from the ones pictured here, right?:
It's no wonder that people leave my playgroup and move across the country if this is the type of thing I bring to play dates...
I'm behind on my e-mails right now, so I'm sorry if I owe you a reply. It's been a little busy around here - that, and my husband plays computer games and hogs the pc...
As for this bag, this is the first thing that I ever attempted to crochet. I had knitted a scarf with the thick fisherman's yarn, but it was too bulky, so I frogged it and crocheted this messenger bag (no pattern, just random experimentation). I want to line it with fabric, but first I'd like to dye it to a more practical colour. Has anyone had any experience in dyeing crocheted things? Is it likely to dye evenly?
Ok, I had better get ready for playgroup. If you don't hear from me again, I would put the egg substitute at the head of the suspect list.
Translation of the day:
UK English: fairy cake = cupcake in US English
Probably self-evident, but I wouldn't blame you for not knowing what I was talking about with the way they look in those photos...