It’s the husb’s birthday today. We’ve had a lovely day. He’s played computer games with the smalls, had some (in my opinion) fabulous cake, watched a film en famille and had a (also in my opinion) lovely lunch.
The girl has, once again, unleashed her ninja photography skills – hidden until she chooses to use them.
I love this shot that she took.
Pre-icing sugar on the top Victoria Sponge for the husb tomorrow.
Ah, October the 9th. It must be time for the first of the JoBart Winter Cake series. The boy’s cake, as always, first up.
I’m not that happy with it. I don’t like using cake toppers but this year needs definitely must.
I’m consoling myself with the thought that while I haven’t exactly decorated it myself, I did make the cake from scratch and what decorating I have done, I’ve done with love. That counts for something, right?
Anatomy of a Christmas Cake, in pictures:
Fruit, soaked in brandy
Flour with salt, nutmeg and mixed spice
Eggs, broken by children – no fishing out of shell this year required, very impressed
Sugar and butter, looks gross but will be ok
Mixing, children with strong arms (although they did complain!)
Not looking all that yummy yet,
Greaseproof wrapped to protect if from all that harsh heat (all of 140 degrees c)
The next picture was to be of the cake, but, damn, forgot to take a picture before I put it to bed (in a cupboard, waiting to be fed) in several layers of grease proof and foil!
Children drawing pictures of what I’m apparently going to decorate the cake with
Said pictures – not sure it’ll look quite like that but I’ll do my best!
I hadn’t realised just how cakey we were going to be this week.
As well as an impressive bump on his forehead, the boy bought home some cakes he’d made at school today.
A few weeks ago his teacher, very bravely (I think), set up a cookery table. She put on the table the ingredients to make fairy cakes and some instructions (whether written or pictorial I’m not sure) and sent a small group of children to go and make cakes without adult supervision, until the hot oven bit and then an adult took over. The first couple of cakes the boy bought home that he’d made were interesting but just about edible. He is now regularly bringing home lovely cakes that he’s made just with a couple of his friends, not a teacher or other adult in sight.
I am so impressed. Not just with the boy and his cooking skills, but also with the teacher for having the vision to set it up. She has given those children so much more than just the ability to make cakes. She is most definitely on my list of positive role models in my new career.
I must find out what inspired her to give them mint flavouring and green food colouring today.
It’s all about the cake this week!
It causes immense excitement in this house when there are new Bakin Boys products to be had.
Manky bananas, there is only one thing to do.
Yup, banana bread with raisins.
We had our annual the girl’s ante-natal group meet-up today. Of the original 8 couples, two have moved and we’ve lost contact with them, and one couldn’t make it because of prior commitments.
Every year I bake a cake, partly because of the difficulty of buying a nut free cake (thank you S for finding nut free cake to bring with you, I really appreciate the thought that went into that) and partly because actually I just like baking cakes. This year I was short on time so it was a bit thrown together but apparently very tasty.
I also try and take a picture of all our babies. I’ve been trying to find the previous years’ pictures but haven’t been very successful. I’ve been able to find 2008, 2010 and 2012. I have no idea what happened to 2009 and 2011 but I’ll keep looking and update this if I find them.
Here is this years traditional sofa shot. Only one of the girls is actually looking at me, the perils of having two people taking photographs at the same time, but it’s still a lovely photo.
I have to post the sofa shot as it is traditional, but I also got a nice shot of them before they blew out the candles on the cake so I thought I’d share that one too.
The icing on the proverbial cake though, is that my small sister is also visiting this weekend with her two utterly gorgeous boys.
Here are my two and her elder boy under the table (no, I’m not sure why).
And how beautiful is the younger?
I promised you more cake today and it is the season of goodwill and cake – isn’t it?
We’ve had a wonderful day and I hope you have too. This is a short one as I have a family to hang out with!
I forgot to show you this. The girl’s cake from yesterday.
Not my finest effort, but I have scaled down on the creative cooking this term. I decided an edible cake topper wouldn’t kill her (or the boy, I checked) and she actually seemed very pleased with it.