Monday, April 14, 2014

Pink milk & cookies

 It has been quite a year this year! Not only have we said farewell to our oldest son as he ventures out of the nest to embrace his future, but our darling youngest baby has just turned two! Not a big deal to a lot of people I guess, but when you have been pregnant and birthing babies for almost twenty years, this is a milestone indeed! Not  so much having a two year old, but having a two year old and not being pregnant with the next one!!!! This is  a first for Mama Bear.

A lot to process.

I am continually reminded that life is fluid, and things don't stay the same for long. Children grow, family dynamics change, relationships change. Nothing seems to stay the same for long. Just when you think you have figured out how to deal with toddlers or teenagers, they grow and change a little bit more and throw new things at you that you don't quite know how to deal with.

Our baby has turned two. 

A lot of my friends are on the cusp of empty nests. They are experiencing new found freedom and talk about foreign concepts like overseas travel, climbing mountains, scuba diving, eating out....sleeping!!! While a part of me takes a deep breath and makes a long, silent sigh at the mere thought of more than ten minutes alone to think, I am so incredibly grateful to still have a home full of youngsters. I am still breastfeeding my baby. I am potty training her. I am teaching my 6 year old to read. I am talking to my 14 year old son  about his next Lego creation, I am sitting next to my 17 year old daughter as she learns how to drive.  I am listening to my 8 and 10 year old daughters share their excitement about life. I am disciplining my 4 year old who still thinks it is okay to say 'NO' to her Mama!

I guess you could say I have my hands full. 

And somehow I think that is way better than having them empty. 

I am blessed.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

21st Birthday cakes

These lovely cakes were made for a special lady whose son was turning 21. After tasting my delicious chocolate pumpkin cake with peanut butter frosting, she was adamant that this was the cake for her son. I put white chocolate ganache on the cake and then buttercream icing. I topped the cake with a hand made ribbon garland.

The cupcakes were chocolate oreo with white chocolate frosting. 



Sunday, March 23, 2014

High tea Luncheon

It was my birthday last week. 

I had a revelation that I didn't want to wait until one of those large ever  looming big digit numbers to celebrate, SO
I decided to throw common sense to the wind and host myself a tea party!!!

I had been designing an elegant high tea party in my head for months, not to mention collecting fine china to use for years!! I knew I wanted my favourite cupcakes - Lavender and Earl Grey, and my birthday cake just had to be chocolate pumpkin cake with peanut butter frosting topped with dark chocolate ganache...a strange combination you might think, but oh yuuum. 

I decorated cupcake favour boxes as a way to thank my guests for coming, and spent the weeks prior to my party gathering vintage cake forks to tie onto the boxes.

I was planning on setting up the party outside under our sprawling Poinsiana  tree, with pretty doily buntings and umbrellas hanging from it's limbs, and lovely pieces of old furniture set up on the grass...
never mind that it hasn't rained properly here for over six months!
Of course it won't rain TODAY!!

We got 30ml of rain.

On my birthday!

SO....the short story is that I had less than an HOUR to set up on the verandah, make everything perfect and THEN photograph it ...before gathering myself together, take a deep breath and welcome my lovely guests!!!

Funny how all things come together beautifully in the end!!

Please press play, listen to some Haydn and enjoy my high tea party!


My handmade invitations..

So often it's worth hosting your own celebration, taking the opportunity to create special memories for your children and gathering together with family and friends in appreciation of the joy and gift of life. 

I am so glad that  I did.