Pepper was chasing what I thought was a mouse in the yard, behind the trash bins, under leaves, then around the corner. It turned out to be this guy:
To my surprise, it survived the attack of the Boston Terrier reasonably unscathed. Mind you, he (or she) is missing some tail. I’m hoping the tail wasn’t poisonous to dogs, I’m not sure if Pepper ate the tip of her prey or not. There are bright turquoise and black stripes on the belly of this beast, all the more reason for my concern of toxicity. He lived through the night in a bucket with water and rocks to lay on. Not sure how long it will take residence here, this house is starting to feel like 64 Zoo Lane.
Then there’s the bees.
Don’t worry, she is stingless and her army of workers are very sweet.
The monkeys (Big Brother and Little Sister) provide everyone with entertainment. They were playing in the boxes large enough to house themselves that arrived today. The boxes held my latest kitchen toy, a vacuum sealer! Haven’t had a chance to play with it yet but I have plenty of work lined up for it. I had to put the worker bees (fondant cupcake toppers) in a honey box (fridge) to keep the monkeys from eating all of them.
Dogs chasing lizards. Monkeys eating bees. What’s next?!?
The bee model is for Big Brother’s insect project for school. The chocolate cupcakes, well it’s a muffin recipe actually, are for his class snack. His teacher has no idea that I made these for everyone, can’t wait to see her reaction!
The bees were my second fondant decoration (read about the flowers here). A simple construction of yellow jelly bean shape bodies, a black stripe, and white wings. The wings were a hand-made pop can punch, no need to buy all those little tiny cutters when simple shapes can be made at home. Carefully cut a strip of tin pop can (circumference cut not a top to bottom cut), shape it as best you can, hold the shape or use some scotch tape to stick the ends together. Voilà! Instant fondant cutter!