It has been almost two months since we returned from our anniversary trip in Canada to discover that Gui, our precious fluff-ball of a cat, had passed away.  We had found out 5 or 6 weeks before that that he had cancer and there was nothing we could really do, but we were fairly confident that he would be around for a couple more months at least.  Unfortunately, that was not to be.
I am thankful that he went quickly and that he was with my sister and brother-in-law when he passed, because I know he felt loved...but I wish I could have been there to say goodbye.  I know that in many ways that would have possibly made it infinitely harder, it might have also made it more real.  Not to say that it doesn't feel real that Gui is gone, but sometimes I still think he's going to come pounding down the steps (he was not graceful) or that I will hear him meowing to himself in the basement (while he rolled around on the ground) at any moment.  I feel slightly haunted by the ghost of him and I don't know when or if that will go away.  I only know that I miss him and he was the best, most chill, sweetest, and prettiest cat I've ever met in my life...

I miss his sweet purring.  I miss scratching under his chin.  I miss our cuddles in bed, the only place in the house that was all his and he didn't have to fight with the dogs for my attention.  I just plain miss him.  Everyday.


Friday Fun with GIFs: No. 10

It has been about 5 months since my last GIF post which is just WAY too long!  So here's some little something to cuten (I know it's not a word, but deal!) up your Friday...

Funny thing is I had this post ready to go for last Friday and then totally spaced and forgot to post it.  That seems to be my M.O. lately which is frustrating, but oh well.  I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend!  We need to do some much needed Spring cleaning around the let's see if we can actually make ourselves do it!


Cute Creatures

Once our weekend with the family was over and everyone else had headed home, Antoine and I decided to explore the area and the local shops nearby.  We had some time to kill before we needed to pick up Cheese from the kennel and there were a bunch of outlets and antique shops in the area (none of which were all that stellar), so we figured why not.  After we stopped by the glassware outlet, I spotted a candy shop and we investigated since something sweet for the road sounded like a good idea.  The candy shop was a bust (very tiny with very very little candy), but right next door was a little area with a variety of fallow deer and goats you could feed.  I'd never seen white fallow deer before so I really got a kick out of these guys!  And goats are always such clowns!

Dopey and Grumpy...if that's not what their names actually are that's what they should be based on their facial expressions alone.
Look at those teeth!

How can it already feel like it's been a long week if it's only Tuesday?!  One of the great mysteries of the world, I guess.  Anyway, here's hoping you have a wonderful Tuesday!


Dad's Birthday Cake

As I mentioned before, one of the main reasons we have our yearly family cabin weekend in November is to celebrate my dad's birthday.  Every year my sister usually gets a birthday cake from the store (usually a pirate's an inside joke), but this year I decided to make one from scratch.  And I decided to make it lactose-light so my brother-in-law could actually have some!  I ended up making this brown butter and vanilla bean layer cake with bourbon buttercream (well, margarine-cream).  Plus, I had recently seen this scallop tutorial on Pinterest and was itching to try it out (I thought it was interesting but not too girly or anything for my dad).
The scallop design turned out fairly well for my first go at it.  The cake itself was good, but a little dry.  And the bourbon buttercream was subtle, so even my mom (a non-bourbon drinker) liked it. 
 I wasn't too crazy about the consistency of the margarine-cream frosting...but I'm a butter purist when it comes to cake baking, and I'm glad I tried it and I know it can be done.
I also made a batch of this caramel sauce (wet method) and these candied pecans (minus the cayenne) to accompany the cake.  And both came in very handy as waffle toppers the following morning!
My dad blowing out his candles.
The finished product.

It was a fun cake to make, since it was the first cake I've ever made for my dad's birthday.  And I'll definitely be trying out that scallop design again in the was so easy and a nice way to cover up imperfections on the sides of the cake.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  Happy Friday!