Hello dear ones and thank you for joining me here in my happy place for my final blog post of 2017. It’s been such a great year and I want to thank all of you for popping in to visit my kitchen, my family, my home and my heart. I am honoured to have you come and sit with me a while and share in my fanciful creations.
Good morning Lovelies, how was your week? I hope you are all able to take some time out over the weekend just to be still and breathe. Life surely runs at a hectic pace these days with barely a moment to stop and think a whole thought (or type a whole sentence!) These kiddies certainly keep me on my toes. Bless their dear hearts.
Good morning Lovelies. I’m sending this post from a cosy cabin tucked away in the bushland beside an untamed stretch of coast with my dear family and parents. Kangaroos freely roam the grounds and this morning I stumbled upon a wee joey with his head poked in mama’s pouch having his morning suckle. So precious. It’s wonderful to get away, even if it’s just for a few days. Hubby is officiating a wedding ceremony for one of his oldest friends, who is getting married at a local dolphin marine park. I’m looking forward to seeing such an unusual wedding.
Good morning Lovelies, and oh what a week it’s been. Hubby and son came home from their trek through Tassie and had some interesting tales to tell. Our adventurous, rock hopping, Legolas light foot, mountain climbing son hiked to the summit of Cradle Mountain and managed to send home some hair raising footage of himself a bit too close to the unstable, snow peaked sheer cliff which sent his mother into a bit of a spin…but otherwise he was pretty pleased with his efforts, especially since a few people told him he wouldn’t make it to the top. Well done mate. So proud. (Now that you are back on level ground!)
Good morning dear ones, how’s life in your neck of the woods? We had our first rain in three months this week, which was like nectar from heaven. Apart from the obvious benefits to a thirsty garden, I just love rainy days in the holidays as they give you an excuse to stay indoors and bake, read, stitch, eat, watch a movie or just sit and take things easy for a bit. It’s like you have universal permission to blob on the lounge and just breathe, without the guilt. I like that. Sometimes life needs to slow down a little.
Good morning Lovelies. How was your week? If you read last week’s post on Motherhood musings you may have picked up that I was having a bit of a moment with my lack of organisational skills and ability to run a large household efficiently. Well, I am pleased to announce that I have gained the victory this week! Forgive me for boasting, but today I actually saw the bottom of our two huge washing baskets in the laundry. Yes, I did it. I washed every single piece of dirty clothing and can proudly respond to the children who are looking for a certain item “Well, it’s all clean, so you must be able to find it!”
Hello Lovelies. I want to share with you some of the buttercream flower cakes and cupcakes I have been making lately. I am by no means accomplished in this skill but have been enjoying practising these pretty little flowers and putting them on cakes for friends and family. I use Swiss Meringue Buttercream, as it tastes silky smooth, isn’t as sweet as standard buttercream and is very stable to work with. I love the versatility of using different colours to create varying moods. I try really hard to do pastel, as it’s super pretty and feminine, but somehow those drops of food gel just squeeze themselves out of the bottle and jump right into my icing! I am so passionate about bright colours that I can rarely manage subtle hues, even though I totally appreciate their beauty. These cupcakes are about as close as I get, which is ok. That’s just me.
Apparently New Zealand is really beautiful. My neighbours just spent ten days there and were telling me about some of the marvellous adventures they went on. I stood in their front yard wrestling my huge border collie pup on his lead, listening in amazement to tales of how both hubby and wife went paragliding right off a mountain top!! I couldn’t believe it! Mrs B, I was informed, has done this three times!! Clearly my head has been buried in my lovely pink mixer too long. In my time warped 1950’s housewife brain, I think being adventurous is making toffee shards. I forget that other women out there love to jump off mountains with a piece of plastic and string. Good on them. Rah Rah you go girls!!
Just leave me with my mixer.
Sometimes a cake is the canvas and flowers are the artist’s paint. The pretty pastel flowers are the star of the show here on this simple two tiered buttercream birthday cake. Tiny dusty pink rose buds mixed with an array of mauve blossoms create a soft feminine cake that would be perfect for a bridal shower or wedding.