OK, Ive been sick for almost a month now and really tired of it!!!!!! Im ready to feel better and ready to start creating.  Im in a winter Funk!  So tired and tired of being tired... oh well, enough of that.  I complain that Im not as creative as I would like to be but I realize that Im creative on a daily basis.  For instance... Tomorrow is my sons birthday.  and of course sunday is easter.  So we are waiting to do his celebration with his friends the next weekend, which begins spring break.  So Im making cupcakes for school with some sort of decoration on top.  Yes Ill make and decorate.  I will also take some sort of snack and read to the class. 

I would never purchase a ready made easter basket.  Never ever.....I would spend weeks eating Happy Meals to collect all the toys to go with the latest Disney release so my daughters ( now 19) basket would have them to go with the movie, usually a t shirt or stuffed toy...all to match and be a complete set for the movie.  It was crazy, took weeks.  But I loved it.  Before my mother died, she got into it too.  The collecting and shopping store to store to see what we could find was the best time.  It would have been so much easier to just buy something, but wheres the creativity in that?  I could never go the easy route.  And It was usually, albeit time consuming, much cheaper in the long run than buying a nice basket.  I asked her yesterday, and she said it was so much better that a generic basket. So now Im trying to do it for my 9 year old son.  It has always been more difficult, just because he was a boy, but it has gotten exceedingly more difficult as he has gotten older.  And yes he is still into Easter, Christmas etc. at least this year.  I have always been about making it as special as possible on the least amount of cost.  So this year, we have run out of money as usual and Im trying to be creative, but it is so hard.  So Im off to shop for I guess, skylanders figures etc, for his easter basket.  And then, I also have to do his birthday. 

So we decided to do an arcade place for his b day instead of chuck e cheeses.  He is a little old for that.  So I call this one place, which Ive figured out from their prices is going to be about $100.  After speaking with the girl, turns out with all of the minimums, is going to cost 185.  Now I just think this is a little steep.  So we decide we are going to take these 6 kids, and just buy them dinner and play passes  without the ice cream and cake.  And come back to the house for that.Is that cheap? I hate to sound that way, but I would rather spend the extra money on gifts that 85 for ice cream cake and the hats etc.  Am I being cheap?  Do you have any idea how much thought I put into this stuff!!!!

Ok so my point is with all of this rambling... is that even though I complain that I don't have time for what I consider creativie stuff, Im actually doing it almost daily.  Arranging things on the table, using just the right pillows in making up the bed, all of the things I do every day are actually creative.  Im a creative soul after all.  I just do so many things, I don't have time to paint, draw etc. But I will make an effort to do those things in the future!  

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Comment by Ev McTaggart on April 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

I hear you.

When I don't make the time to paint, it's usually because there's some things (read: family things) that are more important. My paint-less creativity comes out in food. Here's one of my food "paintings"--with everything, including the sugar sculpture decoration, made by my own hands! The chocolate leaves are just chocolate painted on real leaves (mint, grown by me with no chemicals). I chopped the hazelnuts for the edge decor, made the chocolate sauce and the chocolate ganache topping.

Here's another, my presentation of all-homemade Christmas cookies:

Rest assured, Donna, if you are doing what you do, you're being creative. You just aren't adding to your stash of paintings!

Comment by Ev McTaggart on April 4, 2013 at 3:14pm

Thaneeya, I hope my food "paintings" photos don't violate any site guidelines. If so, I'll zap 'em off here.

Comment by sharon oppenheimer on April 4, 2013 at 3:26pm

Wow Eve !! These are amazing !! and very creative !! I agree with you both. Creativity comes in many artistic forms, decorating and food included.

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on April 4, 2013 at 3:32pm

Ev, your food paintings are absolutely welcome here! It's a form of visual creative expression after all. I love it (and it's making me hungry)!

Comment by Ev McTaggart on April 4, 2013 at 3:32pm

Sharon, the "wreath" is a large cardboard wedding cake base, with some artifical greenery hot-glued on the edges and a piece of wired ribbon tied in a bow. The greenery creates an edge to keep the cookies from sliding off. My own design, BTW.

Comment by Ev McTaggart on April 4, 2013 at 3:42pm

Thaneeya, my desserts and Christmas cookies are legendary. Here's a half-devoured Clementine Torte at Christmas dinner:

And my Almond Raspberry Cake for Valentine's Day.


Comment by sharon oppenheimer on April 4, 2013 at 4:05pm

Wow again Ev !! I can almost taste these. I have a very wicked sweet tooth ! and you have a very lucky family who most love your cooking. I'm off to the kitchen . Sooo hungry !! LOL

Comment by Ev McTaggart on April 4, 2013 at 4:41pm

I write a food blog that's been sadly neglected since my granddaughters moved back to Ontario!

Comment by AmeliaS on April 5, 2013 at 7:02pm

By the way Donna, I don't think it sounds cheap at all to move back to your house to host the cake/ice cream. It will also help to motivate the kids to leave the arcade with cake to look forward to and also-- assuming their parents will be picking them up -- an easier, safer way for them to do that.

And don't get me started on all my homemade halloween costumes!


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