Letting the Sunshine In

This weekend was exactly what I needed to get out of the dark frame of mind I’ve been in the last two weeks.

It was beautiful and sunny, and I was due to give the sheep hooves a trim. And with the loss of Chone still fresh on my mind, I was kind of expecting the worst -figured they’d be a mess.

But I was relieved to be wrong. They were better than last month.
I’m not sure, but it might have to do with a new supplement I’m trying.

They love alfalfa pellets, so it’s easy to get them to eat the stuff- which is nice, because they don’t seem to find their regular mineral very palatable (?)

Anyway, getting that out of the way Saturday morning got me off to a good start.

By the afternoon, I was ready to embark on a baking challenge that I’d been thinking about for a long time.
The Swedish Princess Cake has been on my mind ever since I saw it on the Great British Baking Show.
But it was kind of daunting. Lots of elements that I’d never done before- Genoese sponge cake, pastry cream, marzipan.

It took me probably close to 6 hours (including chilling time) but I finally got it baked, assembled and covered in marzipan!

And here is the layered interior

It’s pretty tasty- but so sweet and rich! I think it’s the marzipan that puts it over the top for me.

The other sweet I worked on this weekend was fleece from my dear departed little buddy

Quality time with Chone’s lovely wool was very therapeutic.

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