I have been meaning to upload these photos for a while now but after having my horrid root canal treatment (yay for sedation!) I managed to saddle myself with a cold. So annoying. I have just about managed to get through the working days but the second I switched off my laptop I was back in my PJs and into bed.
I'm on the mend now but the husband has caught it and, obviously, has it much worse than I did. Whatevs! I am no nurse and his constant mouth-breathing, throat-clearing and nose-blowing is grossing me out a bit. I know that sounds really unsympathetic but I'm just super-queasy when it comes to snot. Ick.
So, let's talk about sugar and spice and all things nice. Like cake.
I had a bit of a baking frenzy before our holiday to Center Parcs - I really wanted to take some homemade baked goodies for the family. Having made the doughnut muffins recently I have become a little bit obsessed with injecting things with jam (!). It's such fun. These little vanilla cupcakes have a squidge of strawberry jam in the centre and are lush. In fact, Drew declared them my 'best ever' cupcakes! I knew this little jam trick would work because my friend's mum runs a gorgeous cupcake business and she sometimes adds a squib of jam to hers.
I made two dozen muffins too:
|Cinnamon & Walnut muffins|
|Rocky Road muffins|
I had to make scones - we've developed a bit of a love affair with the cream tea - but I also made some coconut tarts:
My mum makes these every Christmas. They are jam tarts with a mixture of sugar, butter and coconut spooned on top before they are baked. One is never enough! I love them.
And of course I had to make a few mini buns for my niece's dollies to have a tea party with:
Told you it was a frenzy! I don't know why I made quite so many cakes (there were only seven of us on holiday) but I was just enjoying it all so much I didn't want to stop. I'm planning more baking this weekend. I've already made a big plateful of the ubiquitous chocolate crispy bird nest cakes, complete with mini eggs, but I'm also going to make some coffee cupcakes and a batch of iced fingers for our Easter tea tomorrow. I had a practice run of the buns last weekend and I think they are going to be amazing!
In other news, I've finally finished my granny square blanket, decorated an Easter tree, had a huge sort out of my kitchen cupboards and cleared our barn to create a delightful little potting shed. It's a work in progress but photos to follow.
Have a great Easter weekend!
PS - I just wanted to explain why I've been so rubbish at commenting on blogs lately. I had an iPad for my birthday which I use all the time now. I love it. It isn't great for commenting on blogs though. I've found that if I type a comment and try to correct a typo the whole thing freezes so I have to scrap it and start again. Beyond frustrating so I've been reading your blogs and not commenting, which makes me feel a bit rude. Sorry - I've dug the laptop out of hiding now and I'll be back in full 'gobby' glory! :-) xx