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Overconfidence

Overconfidence is not good… it makes you make bold things, it makes you feel overly secured and safe, it makes you feel that you don’t need to be careful or verify if you are doing things right. Not. Good.

Can you spot what went wrong here??

Fire camp poncho

I made my son a scouts fire camp poncho and since I already made one I thought I knew what I was doing and just went and did it (maybe I wanted to be over with it more than I think 🙂 or want to admit.) Taking pictures because you know I could make a great tutorial and everything!

I was almost done, just the badge to sew when I had the good idea to try it on… It took me more than 2 minutes trying to understand why my back wasn’t covered all the way down.  Even thinking that the throw I used wasn’t the same size as the previous one… yep. I used the wrong middle. So the “sleeves” were way to long and the back and front way too short. LOL!  I had to rip the pocket off, flip the thing and sew it back. But now, the cord isn’t on the front anymore. Kind of weird looking to have it on the shoulder but hey, i won’t be making another one, so that will do 🙂  kissed goodbye to the tutorial and was done… but laugh a good bit at my overconfidence 😉

(this fire camp poncho is made from a minky throw, bias tape, cord and cord stopper, zippered pocket from an old pair of pants)

Here’s another example… (I tend to be on the low self esteem side so it’s kind of weird that I’m talking about overconfidence lol)

I was driving back from the babysitter house toward the school since Rachel and her son had to go to preschool. street was icy, snowy and muddy and I though: More than 10 years of driving and no accident… Not bad!

and what do you know? 30 seconds later (literally!), BAM! my first accident… I was trying to turn left on the main street and a towing truck was blocking part of the way. I was very cautious and checked twice before turning, but I think I thought the white car was a snow bank (having the sun in the eyes and everything) and never ever saw it. Poor old lady, she never saw it coming either… Every one is fine and safe, but not so much for the van…

my car accident...

Here’s what my house looks like with all the snow we received… (45 cm in one day! that was an amazing snow storm!)

snow at my place :)

And the woods just besides my house 🙂 so lovely!

wood just besides my house

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Easiest black forest cake ever!

easiest black forest cake recipe

and it’s real good! When there is a gathering and we need to bring food, I almost always bring this one. Feeds a crowd, people are impressed, and taste awesome!

The important thing with this cake is to make it the day before you are planning to eat it.

To start, you only need 3 things. Yep. I told you it is easy….

easiest black forest cake recipe

You’ll need cherry pie filling in a can, devil’s food cake mix and a 500 ml container of 35% cream for whipping.

easiest black forest cake recipe

Just make and bake the cake following instructions on the box (bake it in 2 identical cake pans, round, square, doesn’t matter)

easiest black forest cake recipe

Whip all your container of cream.

When the cakes are cooled down, cut them in half on the thickness.

easiest black forest cake recipe

I like to use thread to cut it. Easier than using a knife.

Put half of one of your cake on your cake plate.

easiest black forest cake recipe

Pour 1/3 of the cherry pie filling on top. Spread.

easiest black forest cake recipe

Pour a bit of whipped cream and spread (don’t be too generous because you won’t have enough to cover the entire cake at the end!)

Put the other half of the cake. Repeat the steps. Do the same with the other cake.

easiest black forest cake recipe

Now you’ll have 4 layers of cake, 3 layers of pie filling and whipped cream.

Cover the entire cake with the remaining whipped cream.

DONE! Refrigerate until you are ready to dive in it 😉 You could decorate it the way you want, with cherries, marasquin cherries, chocolate bark etc…

easiest black forest cake recipe

I decide to decorate mine with chocolate coniferous tree since I made it for my son’s scouts promise….

Recette de gâteau Forêt Noir hyper facile

Très important: le gâteau doit être fait la veille.

Vous aurez besoin d’une boîte à gâteau Devil’s Food, d’un contenant de garniture aux cerises pour tartes et un contenant de crème à fouetter. Faire et cuire les gâteaux selon les instructions sur la boîte en utilisant 2 moules à gâteaux identiques (ronds, carrés…) Fouetter le contenant complet de crème. Lorsque les gâteaux sont refroidis, couper en 2 sur l’épaisseur et déposer une moitié de gâteau sur l’assiette de service. Verser et étendre 1/3 du contenant de garniture. Étendre un peu de crème fouettée. Ajouter l’autre moitié du premier gâteau sur le dessus et faire les mêmes étapes. Faire de même avec le 2ième gâteau. Vous devriez avoir maintenant 4 étages de gâteaux et 3 étages de garniture/crème fouettée. Recouvrir entièrement le gâteau avec la crème fouettée qui reste. Décorer à votre goût et réfrigérer jusqu’à ce qu’il soit temps de le dévorer!

Fire camp poncho

Hey! how are you guys doing??! I’m back from my trip 🙂 I had a blast! I’m so lucky to have a dear friend like  her (hi Kim!)! but more on that later as I need to edit my pictures…

Camille changed group with the scouts and is now with the older kids (called the Louveteaux in french, age 10-12) and she needed a fire camp poncho for her fall day camp. Usually I’m not a procrastinator on things like that but I just couldn’t bring myself to just do it lol!

So I found some minky throws in the sale bin at Walmart for 10$. Bought one for Camille and one for my son as he will need one too. Waited ’til the last minute and finally got around it!

fire camp poncho

As you could imagine I started by cutting the head hole too big *sigh*. The minky stuff was shedding everywhere and I ended up being covered in purple fluffy bunnies. It took me forever to sew the bias tape (and it’s not that well looking so just skip it!). I thought as I was binding the neck hole to put a cording so now it’s adjustable and I think finally it was a good thing since it’ll be very useful.

fire camp poncho

I was all happy to show Camille I had sew a pocket with a side strap for her flashlight! And her saying she wanted me to remove it because, you know, it’s not girly enough… I can tell you, it’s STAYING there… (pocket as you guessed, from cargo pants)

fire camp poncho

I’m happy I got to use that cute hand embroidery I made, I just added her initials.

All in all, I think it’s not looking that bad 🙂 Maybe I’ll throw a tutorial when I’ll be making one for my son, now that I know where I’m going…

 

Camille avait besoin d’un poncho pour le feu de camp pour les scouts… après quelques aventures (couper le trou trop gros, avoir des bilous mauves partout, et coudre un appliqué croche) J’en suis finalement venu à bout! 

Planting trees…

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Scouts tree planting

The kids had an activity with the Scouts saturday, and I went along with Rachel!

Scouts tree planting

They had to plant trees for a company and in return this company is giving money back to finance their summer camp.

Scouts tree planting

It was a BIG  job!

Scouts tree planting

2600 small white spruces had to be grounded…

Scouts tree planting

in a soil made exclusively of rocks and clay. 😦 I felt like I was weighting 20 pounds more, because of all the soil that was adhering to my shoes…

Scouts tree planting

the kids couldn’t dig themselves, it had to be done by adults, and it was hard.

Scouts tree planting

And the field to cover quite big!

Scouts tree planting

We were about 80 persons to do the job (4 Scouts group and parents)

Scouts tree planting

But WE DID IT!

Scouts tree planting

Man, I was pooped when we came back home and just crushed on the sofa for a while lol! It was a hard work out!  But worth it 😉

Scouts tree planting