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Not only have I cooked dinner, baked a chocolate cake, baked a lemon cake, exchanged a lampshade and been to Tescos since leaving work. I have also made 23 chocolate crispy cakes and some vodka raspberry jelly.

I also comissioned Mr WF to do all that needed doing in the dining room (all done now) and clean the kitchen (will be done tomorrow).

All is well with the world.

Now look what you’ve made me do

I wanted to select one cake to bake because:
I dont have much time
I only have enough tins to make one type (without having to wash up)
I dont have much time
I have a list as long as my arm of things to srt/tidy before the party (did I mention we were in the middle of rewiring)
I dont have much time
I have to be somewhere at 8 tonight.
And did I mention that I dont have much time?

So, I have decided to bake both (do you see how much power you have over me?). I have 3 hours between getting home and going out tonight, and 3 hours between getting home and partying tmrw. Six hours total.
Exchange a lampshade on the way home from work (-30mins). Go to the supermarket to buy ingredients, nibbles and drinks (-30mins if I run supermarket-sweep style round the aisles). Prepare and cook dinner (-45mins). Bake cake lemon cake (-30mins). Wash up (-15mins). Bake chocolate cake (-30mins). Eat dinner (-30mins). Go out.
Ice lemon cake (-20mins). Ice chocolate cake (-20mins). Clear up mess I have just made icing cakes(-20mins). Clear clutter from kitchen and lounge (-30mins). Dust, hoover and mop dining room [remember the rewiring? I’m knee-deep in dist] (-30mins). Cook, eat and clear away dinner (-45mins). Set out nibbles, glasses etc (-15mins. Be sitting serenely waiting for guests to arrive at 8pm (or curl up and sleep for a while).

Its a great plan! Lets see how it goes…

Vote now please

Tomorrow night I am having a party. Partly because its my birthday next week, but largely because I acquired two kegs of ale fromt he wedding last week.

I am planning to make cake. The dilemma is this:

Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing OR

Lemon cake with lemon curd and lemon icing

(Both follow the same sandwich-cake recipe but the difference lies in the flavour)

I can’t decide. I am more partial to the lemon variety, Mr WF is more partial to the chocolate, but both are still very popular with both of us.

Place your votes now please…


Its been one of those weeks that hasn’t got any calmer or less stressful. I would now like to spend a few days on my own (or even better, with Mr WF) doing nothing at home. I can’t for several reasons. Firstly, our house is a building site and I’m finding it all quite stressful (even though the electricians are wonderfully good at clearing up at the end of the day). And secondly, I am off to London this afternoon to be a ridesmaid at a wedding (which I am excited about but am trying to muster up the emotional and physical energy that it will require.

Did I mention Alpha this week? I am helping to lead a small group at our church’s Alpha course. I was expecting it to me tiring but what happened this week was beyond anything I could imagine. Without going into too many gory details, two members of my small group (who both suffer from psychiatric problems) slit their wrists outside the church during the meal. Needless to say, it was traumatic for all involved. I spent most of the evening trying to clear up the blood. My head is still spinning. And my heart goes out to those two lovely ladies who felt so desperate that they had to do something so drastic. Sometimes, I really don’t like the world that I am living in.

And now I need to switch modes into excited, happy, calming wedding mode. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited and happy. It just seems to be a little bit buried under all the other emotions of the week. I’ll post photos next week as I do have a totally gorgeous dress to wear though!


Too many things to do (at work and at home) and not enough time.

I have a killer headache thats been with me for several days and I want to go home and sleep it off. But the rewiring begins today so I cant be off sick for the next month. Oh dear.

I am bridesmaid at a wedding this weekend which is very exciting but also means lots of things to do and a not very restful weekend.

Oh well. Next weeks a doss at work (most of the staff and pupils will be celebrating Eid) so I can recover then.

Afternoon Tea

A friend came over to hang out yesterday and we got excited about cupcakes. So, we baked and baked and baked and made fancy invitations which we gave out at church today. We invited around 8 people some who we knew well, many who we didnt really know at all to Afternoon Tea.

We had a glorious afternoon getting to know people, drinking tea and eating three different varieties of cake. I think we’re going to make it a regular event.

I guess you’ll be wanting to see what you missed out on….


How to get rid of unwanted visitors at the door on a Saturday morning

[This really only works on super-religious types who find nakedness to be against their religion]

There was a knock at the door. I answered it wearing two rather fetching hot pink towels (one on the head, one on the body). There stood two very smartly dressed men who I soon realised were Jehovah’s Witnesses. They took on elook at me, threw a pamphlet in my direction and ran away.

I somehow doubt that this technique would work on any other door-to-door salesmen.


I have pressing desire to go home and make mountains of cupcakes with thick icing and cute little casing. I think I have got a bit carried away after reading this blog.

So, the dilemma is this: do I make lemon souffle cupcakes, chocolate truffle cupcakes or something new (from my book titled 500 Cupcakes and Muffins or from the website linked above) this evening? Please vote now.

Anyone want to pop round for tea and a cupcake this evening?