Wow, can you believe I haven't blogged since Wednesday last week? Sorry about going awol again! I've been busy baking pies. I'm serious - I baked a pumpkin pie of sorts (not quite the authentic USA version, it was a NZ-ised one!) last week for work, as I was on duty to bake for our regular Friday morning tea. My workmates loved it so much they awarded me the baker of the week trophy, yay! OK, I was only up against some little cupcakes so it's not as big an achievement as it might have sounded, but I had several people ask for the recipe which is usually a pretty good indication they like what they're eating!
Anyway, I baked another pie yesterday for my class here, and served that up with a little ice cream on the side. It went down pretty well here too (hopefully the ladies weren't just being polite and they did actually like it!). For any overseas readers, pumpkin pie is not common in NZ - here we tend to eat it as a savoury dish, for example roasted like you would do roast potatoes. So having it as a sweet dessert is a bit of a stretch for some to cope with until they've tried it. My 5 year old LOVES it - every time I started cutting a piece she was glued to my leg with her mouth wide open! Makes it sound like I don't feed her enough I know, but honestly it's really just that she loved the pie :-)
OK now for the project you've come to see - this is the Reindeer box that I taught last weekend at Mandy's class. Raquel won this box at my class here yesterday, after I'd filled it with chocolates of course (remember there's always chocolate at my events!).
I must tell you that I wasn't the clever one to come up with this box - I learned how to make it from Heather Summers, one of the Canadian demonstrators whose work I take much inspiration from. It's Heather who really got me into punch art - she's amazing! This box was taught in one of her online classes. Check out her blog here.
Have a fabulous day and do come back tomorrow - I'll post up a link to the new Summer Mini catalogue! And for those who have booked in to my launch party this coming Saturday, I look forward to seeing you then! (If you haven't yet booked, e-mail me now and I'll see if I can squeeze you in!).