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 warm....you need to go put the kettle on.
Grandpa's Victoria Sponge and Buttercream Icing Birthday Cake, November 2010