Monday, 2 May 2011

All the lovely people!

I have had a wonderful weekend of birthday ness ... First, on Friday I  got a free day off courtesy of the new Mr & Mrs William of Wales! Thank you me ole chinas!

We had friends and family over and I'd made chocolate cake.  I had iced it with plain vanilla buttercream to look like roses (which was quite easy - Just like icing lots of cupcakes on one big cake!) Sadly I didn't get to take pictures .. I got waylaid by pfaffing the kitchen and the nuptials! And hats.... oh dear Lord the hats! :D Here's a piccy link to where I got the idea ...

And oh YES will I be doing the vertical layer cake at some point! Ran out of time this weekend :)

The boys' friends came over later in the day and in spite of the grey clouds and wild chilly wind went out with water guns and had a fun time :)

Saturday was different, the sun shone heartily and after Taede had finished work his week off started! woohoo! We visited my folks in the afternoon and there was more water fights. And more cake, Mum made a cinnamon cake that's traditional in Portugal and there was still chocolate cake left!

We all quaffed some cava and then made our way back up the road to allow me to get some kip before the walk. I wasn't keen on the idea of being without the bubs but Steve is entitled to his own bubs time, and I'd still kinda hogged them all day!

Sunday I got a wee long lie after my exertions! Then it was a small road trip to find Adventure Planet, an adventure in and of itself due to all the roadworks, with Sigrid and her youngest.  Ailidh was at a party so Sigrid and I nipped along the road to Dobbies garden centre where I bought a few plants and we had cream tea.  Sigrid gave me this beautifully crafted pendant, made with a smooth pebble from my garden which she snaffled during the great Garden Clean Up of Twenty Eleven.  What a wonderful job of it she did too! I wore it at the garden centre where it really snazzed up my dusty cardie and scruffy jeans combo!  I also wore it out to dinner with the family which was a day late. 

Today we had the paddling pool out, and had general outdoorsy fun at home. And had a good grin at some twenty something chap on his mobility scooter, who was having a blast on the new tarmac laid by the council for a new five a side pitch.  Sadly my batteries were flat or I'd have taken pictures. 

This is a pic of some of the workmen on their lunch hour last week while the sun shone.  I've never seen anyone enjoy driving donuts quite as much as this chap, and it fair put a smile on my face to see him come back later with one of his more able bodied companions who ran around after him like a daftie!

So, it's been fab and tomorrow is bead and banter. And I get to go out to lunch and some shopping with JoJo too ... Thursday is a night out for us, then Saturday is a night on the town with friends and workmates ... was going to make jelly shots, but I'm no where near organised as such at the moment.  I don't want to make my own cupcakes, but my hand may be forced ;)


  1. Sounds like you had a great weekend! :) That cake sounds delicious!
    Ashley x

  2. it was a fab cake with plenty strength and stayed moist for the three days it was promised! A note of caution though, is that it's more an adulty oriented chocolate cake and quite bitter without the ganache filling (I only cut it once)but the vanilla icing sweetened it beautifully :)

    I also didn't have any of the specialty sugars, so I used the equivalent of cster sugar and it worked texturally quite well.

    but it's a great recipe! I asked the OH if I should make it again and he said 'HELL YEAH!' :D xx

  3. Gorgeous necklace from Sigrid.

    That cake looks amazing - I'm not normally a huge chocolate cake fan, but that sounds lovely if it's a bit bitter