Tomorrow our gorgeous niece will be 2 years old. I can’t believe that time is flying by so fast.
My sister seems to have gone from planning a quiet party with cake to a full-blown shin-dig, so I thought I would help out by making some fairy cakes.
These are vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing (which was meant to be piped on beautifully but I didn’t have a nozzle big enough so we have gone for the ‘rustic’ look!) topped with jelly beans or Jelly Tots. They are delicious!
I was considering going to work today to try and deal with some paperwork but I was banned from going because I was so knackered and a pathetic mess yesterday.
Fortunately I was saved by the fact that when I got home from church there was a big delivery from Lakeland. I love this shop, I mean it sells so many things that I never knew I needed! I was quite restrained and had mainly bought stuff that I did actually need, like one of their oven liners to try and keep my new oven clean.
The most exciting thing in the box though was the Mini Sandwich Tin which has loose bottoms in each section so it makes it dead easy to get all the cakes out! It’s brilliant and I made some Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes and some Mini Lemon Curd Sponge Cakes. They look divine and I have made them to take to work tomorrow for my final team meeting before I go off on maternity leave. Yum yum!
This morning The Mister and I went to the Writing Britain: Wasteland to Wonderland exhibition at the British Library. The Mister found it really interesting, but I found it a little bit dull. The only things that I found really interesting were the original Harry Potter manuscript and the original Alice in Wonderland that was presented to Alice.
We spent quite a bit of time wandering through Covent Garden and we walked past this bakery with the most amazing cakes in the window! We then went to Oxford Street and tackled some shopping, but we didn’t do very well. I kind of lost the plot at about 4pm when I was so shattered that The Mister made the decision to go home.
In the evening we went out for a delicious Turkish meal with our Yangtze and then we went to a gig at the Union Chapel which is just the most fantastic music venue. The gig was Jonathan Coulton (who The Mister loves), supported by Paul and Storm (who I love). It was a fantastic gig, although I was seriously struggling sitting in the pews by the end because my back was so painful.
This evening The Mister and Stef and I went to Night Market in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
There were various stalls selling food and vintage and second-hand clothing and cakes etc.
It was a real shame as it had starting raining so the turn out wasn’t great, although hopefully a few more people will turn up over the course of the evening.
The only thing that I bought was some delicious muffins and vanilla cupcakes. Yum!
Ps) We are off on holiday tomorrow so you might have to wait for my updates!
Thanks to my lovely Auntie Josie we had scones with jam, cream and strawberries for our dessert today. Delicious! The Mister has even persuaded her to make profiteroles for a picnic and outdoor theatre trip on Friday evening. He is very persuasive when it comes to puddings and Auntie Josie is most amenable. Hurray!
I almost forgot to do a photo today. I have had a really busy day at work, and I am tired but I did manage to rustle up a quick Guernsey Buttermilk Cake. It is one of my favourite cakes and is truly delicious.
This cake will either be considered prize-winning enough to be entered in the North Show, or tomorrow’s attempt will be even better and I will take this one camping next week. Either way it will have to go into the freezer for a bit.
Well, today you get a bonus of two photographs!
Today it is my Auntie Jen and Auntie Josie’s birthday. Obviously they are twins and they reached the grand age of 70 (shhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!) So they had an afternoon tea and cake party and lots of people dropped in.
My Mum had made them a fruit cake which had a picture of the twins when they were little on the top. It was a delicious cake but weighed an absolute tonne! In this picture it looks slightly as though Auntie Josie has a curvature of the spine. She hasn’t, but she was holding the majority of the weight of the cake!
I have to admit that the diet seriously went out of the window. This second photograph should show how many different cakes there were. I kind of cruised my way down the table trying a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Oh dear. Diet disaster, but it was delicious!
My staple diet for the evening…. Chocolate cake and wine.
What more does one require?