Thursday, 30 August 2012


Via Here but I think originally from Here

Sometimes it's fine to just eat ice-cream for dinner.

Sometimes it's fine to not actually be texting or talking on your phone when you're in a crowded place on your own.

Sometimes it's fine to pretend to know the words to an infamous song that you've never actually got round to listening to.

Sometimes it's fine to admit that you're struggling however lucky you think you should feel.

Sometimes it's ok to feel like Bridget Jones - unkempt, uncouth and underdressed yet completely and utterly well meaning.

Sometimes it's fine to tell a joke and no one laugh. Indulge in that awkward silence.

Sometimes it's ok to get irrationally angry at a stranger because they think that you're having a dance off with your friend and they want to watch. In fact you and your friend were dancing in unison as one. Stop watching us. This is not a competition. This is interpretive dance.

Sometimes it's ok to fall over when dressing yourself.

Sometimes it's ok to make ridiculous comments in interviews and forget any other vocabulary or adjectives than the word 'nice'.

Welcome to my life.

Madame Squirrel

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Dreaming Of: Thanksgiving Dinner. (GET IN MY BELLY).

From Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

Missing: New Orleans and all the people I'll be eating Thanksgiving Dinner with.

Listening To: Main Titles (Back to the Future III) by Alan Silvestri (I watched the trilogy back to back at the Prince Charles Cinema for Monsieur's birthday so that explains that one).

Watching: Monsieur dance around the room to The Lion King Soundtrack (musical and film).

Wishing For: Gainful employment and more Rococo Chocolates (those didn't last long).

Rococo's amazing Sea Salt Organic Milk Chocolate Bee Bar

Wearing: My Pyjamas. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt and stripy bottoms for those of you who want to know. That's right I dress up for bedtime).

What are you currently musing over?

Madame Squirrel

Cake Painting

Yes cake painting. That's what I like to do now. Much more preferable to painting on canvas as you get to eat it afterwards.

A while back (June 23rd to be precise) I attended a Rose Cake painting class in Berkhamsted by the wonderful Natasha of Nevie Pie Cakes and the blog Amelie's House. Natasha is an incredible artist and baker who uses food colouring to paint masterpieces on her edible items. I hope I didn't come across as too much of a fan girl on the day as I truly admire all of Natasha's work; there is nothing quite like it out there in the world of cake decoration.

The class was incredible and if cake decorating is your thang then I highly recommend it. Natasha had printed out a step by step guide for the cookie toppers and big cake and repeated each step for us on her own fondant before letting us have a go on our fondant cookie toppers and dummy cake. While we all painted away Natasha walked round the room and helped out each classmate individually; if only all teachers were like that.

The class was a lot of fun but it was quite intensive as you are painting all day long and some artistc ability is necessary (not that I have much) to be able to actually paint the designs. Saying all that though I like to think that my efforts weren't too shabby. (I won't put pictures on here of Natasha's original rose cake as then you'll see just how pants my efforts actually are - you'll just have to visit Nevie Pie cakes to have a nose yourselves.)

Rose Cake Decoration

Cookie/ Cupcake Toppers

To find out more about Nevie Pie cake classes please visit the website and subscribe to the newsletter. 

Currently Natasha is offering two basic cake painting classes, a ruffle cake class and the amazing eat your heart out class (where you learn to paint a blackened smokers lung cake; true story). Believe me Nevie Pie cake classes are well worth the money (especially for the tasty spread that Natasha puts on for your included lunch) and are a truly enjoyable day out.

Madame Squirrel

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

New Favourite Thing: Dogshaming

I saw Dogshaming posted on Facebook today and I have never laughed out loud so much (well not since yesterday anyway).

Dogshaming you complete me; mainly because my dogs are just as guilty as all the cheeky little blighters that have been shamed already.

Here are a few that have made me laugh like a goon:

We've all been there.

So what would I shame my dogs for?
Hmm let's see....

Cassie has:
Eaten Cleo's sick with glee. (Noice).
Eaten a whole plate of mince pies.
Eaten a whole loaf of bread (+ plastic wrapper).
Eaten numerous pairs of socks and pants (washed or unwashed? Doesn't matter she ain't fussy).

'Yeah and?'

Just looking at this list I think we can safely say that my dog has issues with food.

Cleo has:
Gotten fish out of our old pond and run about like a mad thing, chucking them in the air before eating them and strewing their remains all over the garden. (Yum).
Eaten all of my Mum's beautiful roses (luckily she has learnt how to curb this habit).
Been known to wipe her mouth on all the furniture.

'And what?'

What would you shame your pets for?

Madame Squirrel.