Well okay, the ice age hasn't really returned but it has been mighty cold here in Ontario, Canada and with spending my new year's eve weekend up north with Simon I was inspired to bake some snowflake and ice cupcakes for him and his family. I call these Snow and Ice cupcakes.
The cupcakes were Gluten-free Cranberry Lemon flavour, a recipe I have already made before but altered to be gluten-free and they came out fantastic! You woulnd't even tell the difference. They were just as light and flaky as a regular cupcake.
The Topping: Vanilla buttercream icing dyed blue with sprinkled white sugar and crushed clear mints on top; the snowflakes were made of fondant, white sugar and meringue.
The first thing that comes to mind now when I think of Huntsville is peaceful and beautiful. It's quite a calm and picturesque kind of town, the perfect spot to get away from hectic Toronto city life, a great little escape.
It's been wonderful spending time here, just relaxing by the fire, getting to know Simon's family, playing with the dogs and trying out a little winter sport ... that's right, believe it or not Simon got me to ski! For those of you who know me I am not a fan of winter, snow or cold and have therefore never really explored winter sports.
However, when Simon suggested that we would be cross-country skiing I was excited at the new challenge and thought 'why not, could be fun' and perhaps 2010 should be a year for trying new things and overcoming old childhood fears. It had been almost 20 years since I even touched a ski or let alone attempted to strap one to my foot.
My Experience: It was a lot more work then I thought which was great, a good workout indeed and definitely a lot of fun, you know, despite falling on my butt a dozen times :)
And my nearly 8 month-old pup Scarlet loved playing the open fields of snow!