Friday, December 3, 2010

December Already

I took the bull by the horns some time ago and decided to get busy with my paintings, my cooking and my cupcakes.   I cook all day and night on a Monday and Tuesday morning with yoga inbetween afternoon deliveries, I draw and paint on a Wednesday and weekends when I have commissions, bake on a Thursday and deliver on a Friday.  Hence my lack of posts, dear friends.

It's been a revelation: I've discovered a certain style to drawing that people seem to really like which I'm delighted about and I've attended many fairs this autumn/winter and intend to travel next year further afield (any fairs near you?).  It's all very busy and exciting.

I make family meals on a Monday for busy mums and dads and made a few new discoveries: stews are always a success, the humble cannellini bean is great for slow cooking, I now know 101 things to do with a tin of tomatoes, whereas many meals are great for reheating, some don't quite work and trying to ban children from the kitchen on a Monday is a laborious task.  I've found out that you should never cook a meal for others that you've not tried first; if it isn't to your taste, don't serve it and trust your own judgement at all times.

It's been a busy, eye-opening time but I feel it's all taking shape and I'm getting into a routine.   It all went up in the air this week with the annual sickness bug affecting all three kids but I managed.   We cheered ourselves by putting up the tree and lighting Christmas scented candles yes, Christmas scented....Christmas has a smell!...with Helen's Hot Hottie Chocolate although the kids couldn't have any because they were ill.   I felt it was evil to drink it in front of them so Brian stood in a cold kitchen, sipping his with a bobble hat and gloves on.

It's -12 and very, very snowy here in Scotland.   Brrr.   But here's some cake to keep you need to go put the kettle on. 

 Grandpa's Victoria Sponge and Buttercream Icing Birthday Cake, November 2010

Angela's 40th Birthday Party Cake, November 2010. Bit of a weird picture, it was dark!


Janice said...

oooh lets see your paintings then Helen? Lovely cakes too.

Anna said...

what a busy bee you are! i have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off for some time now (if not since birth). school has never been so busy!

but to tell you a secret, i enjoy being busy far more than being aimlessly bored... something about the hustle & bustle makes me happier.

so happy to see you're paintings, they are mighty sweet! (those cakes look extra yummy, as well!)


Melissa B. said...

Looks like great minds think alike. I'm featuring scrumptious cupcakes at my place today. Your cake, however, is to die for!

LisaDay said...

I can see why you don't have time to blog. Congrats on your success.


Unknown Mami said...

So nice to get an update! Love ya.

Helen McGinn said...

Thanks lovely friends. Will be along shortly... :O)

chelsea said...

Wow! I like those cakes, very lovely!

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