Today, at the Annual General Meeting, the St. Lawrence River Institute marks its 25th anniversary.
The River Institute delivers knowledge, education, technical services and community outreach to improve the health of the St. Lawrence River and other large river ecosystems.
Congrats to the River Institute and here’s to 25 more years of doing such good and important work on behalf of our rivers.
For us Canadians, it’s all about hockey.
When I was little, my big brother had a table hockey game of the classic match up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a big board with the layout of arena ice with little tin hockey players that you slid back and forth, manipulated by pulling metal levers and knobs.
Growing up in Montreal, we were all proud Habs fans. When we played table hockey, my brother always made me be on the Leafs team. He was always on the Canadiens side of the board. I seem to recall my mother trying to intervene and telling us to take turns.
These two cakes were made for the Christmas Jubilee Dinner, a fundraiser for our local hospital. The teams were playing that night and the organizers figured a fun smackdown cake auction of Habs vs. Leafs would be fun. The Habs sadly lost that night 6-0. The real winner really was the hospital which got that much closer to its fundraising goal. And, of course, the patients who will ultimately benefit in the long run.
I was asked to do a pile of cupcakes for a luncheon in honour of a fellow who passed away and loved the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
I’m a Montreal Canadiens fan but I was thankful I didn’t have to do that team’s logo 100 times. A bright blue leaf lent itself well to these cupcakes. And I think the honouree was smiling down from above, dreaming of his beloved Leafs and that elusive Stanley Cup.
Congrats were in order for a fellow who graduated onto the Cornwall Police Force. His partner asked if I could make him a cake that looked like the crest worn on the cops’ jackets. And could it feed 40 celebrants. Sure thing!
I’ve always loved pop artist Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE image. My partner Richard and I went to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine a few years back and saw two large LOVE sculptures Indiana did that sit in the gallery’s gardens. I know the artist lives near there, just across the water on an island. At any rate, I was inspired to do a small cake for us for Valentine’s Day based on this classic typography.
I was asked to make a small cake for a meeting of our local stewardship council. I decided to try my hand at reproducing their logo from fondant. Since they are stewards of the land, I added a row of edible rocks and buttercream grass around the bottom perimeter.
Remember what Julia Child said. “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” Now wait a second. This was supposed to be a business meeting. I suppose in this case, it was a little of both!
While hockey season is in full Stanley Cup mode, here’s a cake I did for a friend who is a big Florida Panthers fan. All buttercream, it was a real challenge to draw onto the cake. He loved it and said it was delicious too!
Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Stanley Cup fever has taken over here. I’m a Montreal Canadiens fan. My boyfriend Richard is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. So far our teams have done well but if they face off against each other in the finals, there might be fisticuffs!
I made this cake for Richard’s birthday in 2010, when the Hawks finally won the cup after years of drought. (Go Habs go!)
Having been a graphic designer in my former life, I love the challenge of doing a logo cake. Cutting fondant with an Xacto blade is something I enjoy. I also happen to love the restaurant I was doing the cake for and really like the logo too, so it was a pleasure all round! Spoiler alert: Just to keep everyone on their toes, it was chocolate cake, not carrot!
This cake was for an open house at Aspen Wellness Centre and I reproduced their logo out of fondant. I love the look because to me it came out looking like a giant cameo. The tree is actually dark brown with a dark brown fondant ribbon surrounding the cake. Simple but elegant.