Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Missed challenges and cake baking

Well the most annoying thing happened this week, our laptop charger exploded (and the explosion bit is no exhaggeration, we have a black mark on the socket to prove it!) and so we haven't been able to use the laptop. If that wasn't annoying enough I had made 3 cards last wednesday for 3 challenges...none of which I was able to post. Doh. Oh well, they were all cards that were needed for birthdays and special occassions, but I really wanted to enter them into the challenges (OLW, Less is More and Play Date Cafe).
Today at my little boys nursery they are having a bake sale to raise money for a little boy who needs cancer treatment, so I made a selection of cupcakes for them
A selection of cupcakes I made for Joeys nursery bake sale. Lemon, banana choc or double chocolate.yumyum.
The top ones are chocolate with chocolate buttercream and choc bits. The middle ones are lemon drizzle with lemon buttercream, and the bottom ones are banana spice muffins with chocolate buttercream.
Its great to do some baking now I'm feeling a little bit better, and I'm loving my new stand mixer which I got for our wedding anniversary a few weeks ago!
Photo: Trying to work out what the first thing I should make with my anniversary present!

Have you ever spent a long time making something for a challenge and then forgot/not been able to enter it?

Sunday, 5 August 2012

My little man is 3!

I can't believe its been 3 years since my son was born, it seems to have passed so quickly! The strangest thing is that as soon as I had Elijah, Josiah seemed to grow about 4 inches instantly! He has been really good with his little brother the last 6 weeks and very understanding when I have had to make him wait for my attention, something he hasn't had to do before. As I haven't been feeling very well we hadn't organised a party for him, and I didn't even make him a cake, but the week after Elijah was born I did spend a number of hours making him an A2 size card to send into the BBCs childrens channel for the birthday slot.

 I printed off black and white colouring pages from here and coloured them in with my promarkers, cut out all the images and some seaweed, and even adapted the Octonauts logo for his name. You can imagine how disappointed I was that they didn't show it (they only show about 1/2 of the cards they get sent). Its also pretty annoying that it cost me a fortune in postage to send it!
The pirate outfit he is wearing in the picture he wore to go to the cinemas yesterday morning to watch The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, which was excellent!
I only managed to make him a hastily made birthday cake, which is just a sponge with raspberry jam and buttercream filling. I have decided that as I'm feeling alot better this week that we might plan a small party for him in a couple of weeks time when alot of our friends are back from holiday, so I will be attempting a more impressive cake for then!