Im back ladies and gents… and in true Elsa style, singing at the top of the mountains “… let it go…” This week has felt utterly exhausting (Three 6am starts at work has seen me totally not with it by the end of them – I got used to my ‘toddler that actually sleeps until 7.30am sleeping habits!) and has seen some major faux pas in the baking world, possibly due to the depleting energy levels actually! So in true Sunday style I am willing myself to let it all go!
Cake! We all love a bit of cake right?! Well I know I certainly do! Us parent types work super hard whatever we do day to day and we deserve a little chill time with a steaming cup of our beverage of choice and a slab (note: slab… not slice) of a sweet treat. I am usually a glutton for shortbread and have shared my recipe for that here, but this week I fancied making a huge beast of a cake for the return of the small mans Nana the weekend just gone. She had been away for a few weeks and she had missed her little sunshine boy loads, so I thought I would make an event of her return and in true Marie Antoinette style ‘Let them eat cake.”
So as the season of good will approaches (rather fast I may add…) I am, in contrary to previous years of madly rushing around to grab last minute gifts, attempting to be a little more prepared and logical with my present buying. There are lots of great websites and products out there that are amazing for Moms and family buying, but I find that I get lost in buying for others that I don’t know what to say when someone asks me what I want! So… I have conjured a list of 10 of my favourite products and brands this year into this Rockin’ Mamas Christmas Gift Guide (hint hint) to inspire you!
So Ive been experimenting with baking ever since becoming a Mama as Im sure that during birth there is this switch that suddenly clicks on in your brain that gives you the mama instinct to become a budding Nigella lawson or something?! Anyone else experienced this? I was truly terrible at all things backing in my no parenting days and suddenly now I find myself altering recipes, changing ingredients and writing my own recipes for you lovely peeps to enjoy with a cuppa! I love shortbread, the Starbucks choc chip variety are to die for, and have always hankered after getting mine just right.
I have always been a lover of baking, that is not to say that i could actually bake myself, quite the opposite. I was a terrible baker in the past, despite my purchasing of plentiful baking cookbooks and special silicone baking utensils. It was not until I became a mama that I weirdly became much more adept at cake-making, it was like some ‘mama instinct’ switch had suddenly turned on and I transformed into Martha Stewart