Ice Cream – Amigurumi #39

I scream you scream, we all scream for… plushie 2/4 from the summer binge! Click here to view the first one.

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Pictured with its friend, the Lolly

Greetings from my home, away from home! I have now completed the first semester in residence. I am very excited to finally be taking steps towards true independence.

Residence isn’t necessarily living on your own; you have a roommate. One of my prospective roommates was a girl called Maddie. I’m still not 100% sure why I chose Juefei over her. Don’t get me wrong, they’re both lovely girls, but for some reason I felt like Juefei would be a good choice. As fate should have it, Maddie ended up living right next door! Yay, wall mates! I gave her this ice cream cone as a first meeting present. (Juefei got the chocolate covered strawberry) Ice cream is now sitting with Doggy.

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I lost the picture of Squirtle eating the ice cream. Oh well.

The original plan, was to make the ice cream scoops and cone all one piece. When that failed, I made the vanilla and strawberry scoops separately, and the chocolate attached to the cone. No more chocolate drips this way!

As much as I love ice cream, it was the food that taught me I’m lactose intolerant. Shoonie can attest, that that was the worst car ride ever. We had gone to PEI, and stopped at COWS Creamerey for…well, what else? COWS prides themselves on their 100% real dairy ice cream, and it was indeed delicious. But about an hour after consuming this delicious treat… ohhhh my poor tummy. And I had to sit in the car for an hour, feeling like I was gonna explode. Luckily Uncle Shoon was great and managed to pull over to a nearby gas station.

Oddly enough, store-bought ice cream from the grocery store rarely affects me. What the sheep on the farm is in that stuff? Or rather…isn’t in that stuff?!

 

 

 

What do you think 3/4 will be? Do you like ice cream? What is your favourite flavour? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

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In Response to the 2016 Capsule

It’s that time of year again, where I respond to my past self!

For those who are new to this blog, I have made a New Year’s tradition of summarizing the past year, and saving it to be opened at the end of the following year. You can read my past capsules here:

2015 Capsule
2014 Capsule

As you write this, you should be sleeping in time for Cassie Day in a few hours.

2016 has been strewn with both positivity and negativity. You began the year on a rocky note, with a fail new year’s date, followed by a broken heart a few days after Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, it was nothing a spontaneous change to your style couldn’t fix. And you made a new friend in the process!

The second half of the year was devoted to your mental and physical health. This has been beneficial so far, because it gave you a lot of breathing room to schedule other events, and work on crafty projects. Not to mention, you travelled further on your own, twice! Last year you went to Belleville, Ontairo. This year you went to Lyndhurst, Ontario – a town about an hour away from Kingston, which is even further than Belleville. This is the place where Top Hat, your first ever blog subscriber, evolved into the tall, dark, and handsome Mad Hatter.

And you’ve gotten back into drawing! As our Mad Hatter pointed out, you completed the 30 Day Drawing Challenge in October. You even finished the bonus challenge?! Like WOT?! I hope you have participated in a drawing challenge since, this was fun. ^_^

Here is one of your best pieces from the challenge. It symboilzes a lot to you. Now that you have surpassed the curtain of 2017, what do you have to say?

You have since returned to Lyndhurst several times. In fact, you’ve spent a lot of time away from home this year. You moved out on your own, went back to school to pursue your dream career, made new friends, and became closer with old friends.

And yes, you have participated in two more drawing challenges this year. Now that you officially attend the school that hosted it, you were eligible for a prize!

You may not have achieved last year’s goal of 1 plush/month, but you did learn a new skill: beading. Have you made anything since? Pics pls.

Oh yeah, how’s this blog look so far? Are you still posting? Even if you have to drop it down to a post every two weeks, please please PLEASE write something.

And holy sheep, PLEASE tell me the shop came back. Do you really want to work at The Fluff Club forever?!

Ehehehe…yeah, about these…

I think it would be better, to post a catch-up blog at the end of each month. And not just blogs about plushies, but drawings, beading, plushies, knits, treats, candy kits… anything that requires one to get creative.

The goal for this year is to make a plushie/craft sale. In 2017, I sold a baby Groot, and a pair of fingerless gloves/wrist warmers. Let’s see if I can make more in person sales, if not online sales.

By the time you read this, our wee baby Shoonie will have graduated high school, and gone off to college. How is she? Do you still have fans among her friends? XP

How are Ginger, Aburr, Kitty, Tabbs, Huggie Buddy, and Cassie?

Shoonie has grown up before our eyes. She is now studying to be a baker lee! She has made lots of delicious baked goodies, and has a cute uniform to wear during classes. And on New Year’s Eve, she pulled out all the plushies you’ve made over the years. It was humorous to see, how much you’ve improved over the years.

You haven’t spoken to Aburr in a bit, but everyone else is great as always. You should really make effort to see Cassie…

You’ve also made new friends this year: Aimz, Juefei, Isa, Toni, and An. Aimz is bubbly and snuggly, and thanks to her you went to your first concert: Fall Out Boy! The goal for this coming year, is to find a new place to live with Juefei and Isa.

Did you watch any good anime this year? As you type this, you were squeeing over Yuri!!! on Ice. Hey, you’re never too old to like pretty artwork and music. :\

Yes, you’ve watched a lot, thanks to your new roommate, Juefei. Some include Black Butler, Durarara!, Re:Zero, Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure, Angel Beats, One Punch Man, Baccano!, Gintama, and one of your new favorites, Another. I have considered making the other bears, to go along with the We Bare Bear’s Panda plushie Juefei gave us.

Of course, thanks to Aimz, you still squee over Yuri on Ice. Sadly, there’s still no season 2 of it.

How is school? Did you get in anywhere? If so, how is it? If not, what’s the plan?

School is great, you got into your first choice, and so far so good! You’ve learned more in a single 2 hour class, than you did in a single 3 hour lectures, and 90-minute tutorial! Unfortunately the province wide strike occurred this semester, leaving everyone in limbo for 5 weeks. Fortunately the Mad Hatter came to visit during that time, and you got to enjoy his visit uninterrupted.

Did you remember Anime North this year? Did you go? How was it?

You remembered! And it was great.

Did you take up NaNoWriMo again this year? Remember to write what’s in your heart. Let Sammi and friends tell their story through pictures; the book can be about something else.

NaNoWriMo came right after the 30 day drawing challenge, so you ignored it this year. Not to worry, because we happen to be taking a creative writing course, and the final assignment happens to include writing a script…

Did you get a chance to play Breath of the Wild? How is it?! Anything else interesting come out this year?

Yes, and it is FANTASTIC~ We definitely want to play it through again, and were devastated when the Champion tunic hoodie disappeared from Hot Topic. Also released this year: Super Mario Odyssy. It’s been a good year for Nintendo, at least. You haven’t had a chance to play a lot of games, especially over these past few months. Last we went home, we were playing Tales of Xillia 2, having finished Xillia (Jude’s Story) earlier this year.

Dare I ask… how is our Mad Hatter? You began the year seeing his silly face. Did you end it the same way? If so, he must truly be mad to have stayed this long.

❤ He certainly is mad. But we’re all a little mad around here. It’s been over a year later, and he still brags to his family about cool things we make. As you type this sentence, you should be sleeping for the secret Santa exchange tomorrow…. *honkshoo honkshoo*

If nothing else above was positive, at the very least, please tell me the “dab” died…

Weep for the future, Pika. Weep.

And that’s all I’ve got for the start of 2017. How did it go? Did we achieve anything cool? Comment in your response!

I’m making a more formal response. Go read that!

And so ends my response. Now, off to write a capsule of 2017!

Pika, happy new year~

*DO NOT CLICK OR POST BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2017*

As you write this, you should be sleeping in time for Cassie Day in a few hours.

2016 has been strewn with both positivity and negativity. You began the year on a rocky note, with a fail new year’s date, followed by a broken heart a few days after Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, it was nothing a spontaneous change to your style couldn’t fix. And you made a new friend in the process!

The second half of the year was devoted to your mental and physical health. This has been beneficial so far, because it gave you a lot of breathing room to schedule other events, and work on crafty projects. Not to mention, you travelled further on your own, twice! Last year you went to Belleville, Ontairo. This year you went to Lyndhurst, Ontario – a town about an hour away from Kingston, which is even further than Belleville. This is the place where Top Hat, your first ever blog subscriber, evolved into the tall, dark, and handsome Mad Hatter.

uoit-dc-day-27And you’ve gotten back into drawing! As our Mad Hatter pointed out, you completed the 30 Day Drawing Challenge in October. You even finished the bonus challenge?! Like WOT?! I hope you have participated in a drawing challenge since, this was fun. ^_^

Here is one of your best pieces from the challenge. It symboilzes a lot to you. Now that you have surpassed the curtain of 2017, what do you have to say?

You may not have achieved last year’s goal of 1 plush/month, but you did learn a new skill: beading. Have you made anything since? Pics pls.

Oh yeah, how’s this blog look so far? Are you still posting? Even if you have to drop it down to a post every two weeks, please please PLEASE write something.

And holy sheep, PLEASE tell me the shop came back. Do you really want to work at The Fluff Club forever?!

By the time you read this, our wee baby Shoonie will have graduated high school, and gone off to college. How is she? Do you still have fans among her friends? XP

How are Ginger, Aburr, Kitty, Tabbs, Huggie Buddy, and Cassie?

Did you watch any good anime this year? As you type this, you were squeeing over Yuri!!! on Ice. Hey, you’re never too old to like pretty artwork and music. :\

How is school? Did you get in anywhere? If so, how is it? If not, what’s the plan?

Did you remember Anime North this year? Did you go? How was it?

Did you take up NaNoWriMo again this year? Remember to write what’s in your heart. Let Sammi and friends tell their story through pictures; the book can be about something else.

Did you get a chance to play Breath of the Wild? How is it?! Anything else interesting come out this year?

Dare I ask… how is our Mad Hatter? You began the year seeing his silly face. Did you end it the same way? If so, he must truly be mad to have stayed this long.

If nothing else above was positive, at the very least, please tell me the “dab” died…

And that’s all I’ve got for the start of 2017. How did it go? Did we achieve anything cool? Comment in your response!

Pika, happy new year~

Candy Kit Review – Pudding

Shoonie got this for me several months ago, as an early birthday present. I’m just getting around to blogging our misadventures surrounding it.

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Brand: Kracie

Cost: ask Shoonie

 

Not including the tray, the kit contains the following:

 

  1. Pudding (not pictured)
  2. Caramel Sauce
  3. Orange slices
  4. Strawberry
  5. Whipped cream
  6. Candy-coated chocolate decorations
  7. Wafer
  8. Spoon

 

I appreciate that the packets in this kit contain drawings of their respective items, which made them easier to identify. Maybe the manufacturer is aware that non-Japanese speakers are buying these kits.

 

The pudding mold has a fill line on the inside. According to the instructions, you need to fill the water up to the line. Then, you stir the pudding 60 times.

60 times.

60. Times.

60. TIMES.

Apparently, Shoonie has actually purchased the macaron kit. I left the professional stirring to her, while I took care of the whipped cream.

The orange and strawberry proceeded without incident. The only thing we did differently, was mixing the strawberry directly into the mold. We didn’t see a point in stirring the powder in the well, and then transferring it when it was already big enough.

After 10 minutes, it was time to remove the pudding.

Or so we thought.

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Plop.

Hm, wait, this looks familiar…

 

Shoonie was determined, of course. She decided to pop the pudding back in and stir it a bit more. We didn’t count the stirs the first time, so maybe we could to stir it now. We also took some time to question our lives up to this point.

 

We decided to make do with what we had created: a “western” pudding. (Has a creamy consistency, rather than solid) Shoonie made it into a heart, and Top Hat suggested swirling the caramel sauce on top, like latte art. It actually looked cute!

 

At least the fruits turned out okay.

Here is the final result. Shoonie used the Wafer and whipped cream to make a nice arrow.

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Overall Verdict

Difficulty: Medium

I wanted to give this kit a “hard” rating, purely for the pudding outcome. But then the pudding turned out cute, so it was forgiven. Once again, this kit had drawings on the packet, so we knew which was which.

 

Taste: 8/10

Despite all our failures, this kit tasted pretty good. Orange-flavoured packets in candy kits tend to have a watered-down, rind taste to them. And sadly, the orange was not exempt.

The pudding tasted like vanilla pudding. I expected egg custard, like my favourite recipe. Whipped cream tasted like whipped cream.

 

Overall verdict: 7/10, how many stirs?!

Looking at RRCherryPie’s tutorial, we were actually supposed to stir the pudding 80 times. Therefore, the kit lost overall points for providing false information.

Thank goodness for creative Shoonies and Top Hats. While browsing the pudding kit, I found one picture in which someone had put the soft pudding into a mini cup, and decorated it like a parfait. Maybe I’ll try that with real custard pudding one day.

Don’t worry, next post is a plushie post. ^_^

How do you like your pudding? Egg, chocolate, yarn? Comment below?

 

Pika, so happy~

Candy Kit Review – Ramen

I bought three candy kits for Shoonie, from Anime North. Here is the first one.

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Brand: Kracie

Cost: $8.00 from Vendor’s Alley (Anime North 2017)

 

We were eager to try this kit. After the great hamburger kit of 2014, we couldn’t wait to torture ourselves again, with a kit that tasted like the real thing!

This weekend was Shoonie’s Graduation Weekend. After enjoying home-cooked Japanese-style curry, and Uncle Tetsu’s famous cheesecake for dessert, we settled down to make yet another take on the blooper reel that is our lives.

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Click for RRCherrypie’s tutorial

This kit contains:

  1. Broth/soup
  2. Noodles
  3. Filling/garnish
  4. Gyoza (dumpling) dough
  5. Piping bag
  6. Toothpick
  7. Tork (Sorry, Shoonie. Maybe next time. 😦 )

 

DSC_0655The plastic tray contains four sections: one section is a stamp/mold for a fish cake (naruto) and boiled egg. (Tamago) Another is a dough press for the gyoza. It looks like the thing we use to make neures. (Sp? They’re like coconut-filled empanadas) The rectangular section is for mixing the noodles, and you can probably tell which one is for serving the ramen. Give up? It’s… the rectangular section.

After cutting all the sections out, we went straight to the gyoza dough. To make the gyoza, you must divide the dough into two sections. Don’t forget to remove some bits to make the egg, and fish cake. How much? Well, however much fits the mold!

Or so we thought… we totally missed the circle guidelines on the piping bag. Luckily we went back with the gyoza and remade them, even if it meant tearing the first one open to dump the fillings.

The gyoza dough was nice and soft, unlike the seaweed from the sushi kit. Perhaps it’s because I bought this one fresh?

It was fun to watch Shoonie pipe the noodles. And the final product didn’t look too bad, either.

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Overall Verdict

Difficulty: Easy

Aside from the mini-measuring derps, this was an easy kit. The inclusion of pictures on the packets helped, as well.

Taste: 7/10

The broth doesn’t taste like real broth at all. In fact, it tastes like grape…very sweet grape. It wasn’t a great idea to sip on the leftover broth. XP The noodles and gyoza dough taste like Ramune soda, or “candy sprite” as Peck Peck calls it.

The gyoza filling tasted like cola. The only thing I didn’t like was the texture: I expected popping candy, yet this stuff…. melted in your mouth, and left a cold feeling on your tongue. If I recall, that’s usually a sign of artificial sweeteners being used. We discarded the remaining filling.

 

Overall verdict: 7/10 Beware the cola.

I was pleasantly surprised that the soup and noodles tasted like candy, rather than grape noodles in actual broth. It appears only the original kit used real broth. However, the broth is now incredibly sweet, and a bit thick.

Candy ramen isn’t enough to sate cravings, so keep a pack of 40 cent Mr. Noodles handy!

Would you try this kit? Have you tried the original ramen kit? What do you think the other two candy kits are? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Pudding – Amigurumi #38

Last week, I went on a 24-hour ami-roll. This is plushie 1/4 that I made. Hooray! Now I have blog material for the rest of the summer!

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I thought this pudding would turn out a bit better. Notice how it puffs up, and doesn’t lay flat. Real custard pudding “plops” out flat, which is what I was going for. Oh well. I already made real custard for the Top Hat family at the start of this month.

 

The Mad Dinner Party

We made korokke for dinner one night. While we were cooking, Vimes the cat was meowing at the door for a servant to let him out. However, the servants’ hands were dirty, so by the time I went to let him out, he was meowing away. Do you ever respond to your cats’ meows with, “I know, I know, hold on?” The korokke were tasty, though they took a long time to make, and we ended up making too many for one sitting. They paired well with Father Top Hat’s homemade salad. We also tried breading and deep frying cheese to make cheddar sticks, but the cheese melted into the breading, leaving nothing but a crispy, cheesy shell. It turns out you’re supposed to freeze cheese sticks before frying. Whoops! Well, now we know for next time.

The following day, we made pudding for dessert. Unfortunately, the water boiled, which sacrificed some of the smooth texture. But the Top Hats seemed to enjoy it just fine. They said it was pretty. I was happy, because pudding is one of my favourite desserts to make, as well as eat. Afterward, Mother Top Hat got out a recipe book full of desserts, and started flipping through for future dessert ideas. There were so many! I hope Top Hat and I will have enough opportunities to cook together…

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Which pudding is the imposter?

Did you know Rilakkuma’s favourite food is custard pudding? Dating advice: Find someone who looks at you, the way Rilakkuma looks at pudding.

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Or better yet, find someone who is willing to share their custard pudding.

What is your favourite dessert? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Carrot – Amigurumi #37

It’s a carrot.

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I was bored and trying to get the creative juices flowing again. And so, I made a carrot. Top Hat doesn’t like to eat the carrot. He says it’s all, “pleh pleh pleh.”

Bunny likes the carrot.

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It’s also good for jousting.

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But sometimes he and Sheep fight over it.

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Uncle Jeb: “Guys, don’t fight….zzzzzzzz….”

The carrot also makes a good cat scratcher. See below for details.

Step 1: Find a cat.

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Step 2: Massage cat.

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Finished. Happy cat. Be sure to toss it in a green bin when you’re finished.

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And that’s all, while I’m still in Wonderland. Next week, we’re going to try something else that can go in the green bin.

Do you like the idea of play food? Have you used plushies to massage your pets? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~