Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Minion Bob Birthday Cake


Little e was 7 a couple of weeks ago and, after falling in love with Minion Bob after seeing the Minion film, asked for a cake like him.



I made Husband a Minion cake a couple of years ago so used the same method, cook the top in a pyrex bowl to get the curved head and layer it on normal round cakes.


This time I propped the whole thing on a cake pan because there is only so much cake I can eat (no one else in the house is a big cake eater, wierdos!) and decorated over the pan so you can't tell.



The cake was half chocolate sponge and half normal Victoria sponge. Both sponge had raspberry jam in the middle and the whole cake was crumb coated in vanilla buttercream before the decoration. To decorate it I covered the whole cake in marzipan then used coloured fondant for the rest.

It turned out surprisingly well and she loved it. I don't want to eat any more cake for a while though...:)








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Sunday, 16 August 2015

33/52



The kids took themselves off outside and made a table today.

I did get them smaller nails after taking this photo, the 6 inch ones were a little large :)


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Why I don't have a Bucket List

The House of Pinheiro Sew Photo Hop theme today is Bucket List.

I don't have one and here is why:


We had some bad news 10 days ago, the cancer that Mum had surgery to cure is back. Unfortunately this means that there is little that can be done, oesophageal cancer is notoriously hard to treat, so tomorrow we see the oncologist to see if there are palliative chemo options available.


Life has changed so hugely in the last ten days yet not changed much at all. The flowers still bloom, the weeds still grow, the children still bicker but my outlook on life has changed. I am a planner and a worrier, always have been, but I am going to change that. I have seen how life can be turned upside down in an instant so I refuse to waste any more precious moments from all my todays worrying and making big plans for tomorrows that may never come.


Obviously a totally unplanned life would be chaos, normal planning will all still happen, but as for big plans, whether they are big sewing projects or places I want to visit, I will see where life takes me. I want to enjoy every day of the journey as much as possible. My Mum was thinking about what she would really really like to do in the time remaining and all that is on her list is to spend as much time as possible with her friends and family. It is not places or things or projects that it boils down to, it is the love of and from others.




Saturday, 8 August 2015

30/52, 31/52 & 32/52

I am so far behind with these post so here goes:

Two weekends ago we went to Dryburgh Abbey for the day. It was not dry, in fact little e has renamed it wetburgh!






We had a picnic in torrential rain then the sun came out for about half an hour and then it started to rain again, the joys of summer in Scotland.

Last weekend was husbands birthday, we were waiting for news on a scan my Mum had on Saturday so the day was a bit subdued and lots of brio was played with.


 Today was little e's birthday, she had a great day!





Thursday, 30 July 2015

Prague - possibly the best city ever.

What can I say, Prague is an amazing city! We booked to go for 5 nights and had an amazing time. We opted for 5 days rather than more as I just wasn't sure how the kids would get on on a city break. I shouldn't have worried as they loved it!

It is a beautiful city, the architecture is amazing.






There is a lot of art all over the city, some of it very odd ....



There is a fantastic metro and tram network that was so cheap and easy to use.




 The technical museum was amazing!


There were lots and lots of sewing machines on display, this fantastic one was made in Glasgow.


There were classical concerts galore, we went to one in the Municipal Hall which was amazing,


and the zoo, what can I say, best zoo I have ever been to!


I promise it really is a real crocodile!


 Any zoo with a splash pool gets bonus points, perfect for tired feet!

After 4 and a quarter days we had walked 36 miles and eaten about my weight in cake so hopefully they balanced each other out!



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