Wednesday, September 17

261&262/365



I have been waiting with anticipation for this flower to reveal itself to me (it's my first successful bulb to grow), but I must be patient, growth takes time. 
Yesterday I got to meet with a wonderful lady, we chatted about children and life. She shared her wisdom with me, encouraged me to believe in myself.  I am so grateful for blogging, for the connections with like minded people I have made and the sharing of knowledge and the support.  Thank you for the chat lovely Tahnee, I look forward to the next time we catch up. 
Miss 10 had ball games today, it was perfect weather for being outside.  She did so well zooming around her team, throwing and catching the ball. She came home with two blue ribbons I will put away later for safe keeping.

Monday, September 15

258-260/365 'Crochet and Celebrations'

I have to confess, (maybe I have done this before?) I am a procrastinator.
My little niece was having a party on the weekend and rather than have everything all ready and wrapped way before the party I was still working on it the night before.  It was finished on time luckily and I was so happy with the end result I might have to make another for my other niece who turns 4 next month.  Sunday came and we all gathered at my brother's house for afternoon tea and Peppa Pig birthday cake.  I love it when we all get together, it feels good though we didn't talk about it, we all missed Dad not being there with us it feels wrong for him not to be there.  Despite his quiet nature, his presence was always felt, I miss him and his quiet ways.... Miss 10 with her sweet nature entertained her cousins and was exhausted when she got home. A lovely way to end the weekend.  How was your weekend?
Joining Ginny today for her yarn along.

Friday, September 12

257/365 "Happy 16th Anniversary'

Today the love of my life and I celebrate 16 years of marriage together,
21 years of being together as a couple.  We have experienced a lot in that time both
happy and challenging and I am so very grateful to have him to walk with me through life.
Happy anniversary babe, here's to many more to come.

P.S. Thank you for posing for me even though our daughter thinks it's funny.

Wednesday, September 10

256/365 Citrus Coconut Cake

It feels like ages since I've posted any recipes.  This week I tried a new one using two of my all time favourite ingredients, coconut and citrus, yum. So maybe if you feel like trying something new here is the recipe just for you.

125g of unsalted softened butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon grated lime rind
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 cup of sifted self raising flour
3/4 cup of coconut
1 cup of milk
Icing sugar for dusting or for making an icing

Preheat oven to 180℃. Lightly grease and line a 10x20 cm loaf pan. Place butter and caster sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric beater until light and creamy. Add lemon and lime rind. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition until the mixture is well combined. Fold flour and desiccated coconut into the mixture, alternating with milk, until just combined.  Spoon mixture into the lined pan and smooth the surface.  Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Dust with icing sugar or like me add a citrus butter icing when the cake is cool. You can also serve the cake warm or at room temperature with a spoonful of Greek style yoghurt. 

Enjoy!!