Thursdays are my day with Bounce. On Thursday mornings this year I have decided I am not available for coffee dates or last-minute errands (unless they are truly urgent) because I have a boy who is growing up fast. Already he is at kindy 3 mornings and these ‘me and he‘ times are for treasuring.
Today we made cupcakes. This afternoon friends are coming to play and one of them turned 4 today so we’re having a little impromptu party.
Although I am trying to live simply I also believe in excess in a big way when it comes to people and baking. Bounce is his mother’s child. While we were mixing our cupcakes he said ‘I like it when you put chocolates in the middle’. We had no chocolates, but we did have marshmallows.
And instead of icing we made chocolate mousse. And then we added sprinkles and jaffas because when you are 4 you are not counting calories and you are probably not that worried about perfect icing.
For some time in my life I felt like people thought I was ‘too full-on’ or a bit of a ‘try hard’ when I went unnecessarily over the top, for no good reason. But I’ve come to believe that people are worth going over-the-top for. Not when it causes stress and upset to do it, I agree. But I like surprising people with more-than-expected and I enjoy a good bake up with my 3 year-old.
And actually I think the world needs a bit of ‘full-on and crazy’ now and again and it’s up to those of us to who like it to get on and do it, even when people roll their eyes or tell us we really don’t need to try so hard or go to so much effort. Maybe if I’m feeling very brave and some one says that to me I’ll tell them to ‘stick a cupcake in it’!
You’ll be pleased to know we licked the beaters after we made the mousse and Bounce said to me – ‘this is good for your heart and throat isn’t it mama?’. Oh yes little Bounce it is good for your heart for sure (just not the heart the doctor checks – aye Grandad!).
After getting through that marathon of reading – other creative people can be found here.
I have so enjoyed our first week of school holidays. We’ve been taking it e.a.s.y.
Although this morning we went through the craft, junk, general stuff drawers and cabinet and took it from this:
Today we’ve had fun with a very simple plan.
1. Choose a cookie cutter from the collection.
2. Make a batch of gingerbread cookies taking turns with the cutters.
3. When they are cooked and cool dip bits of them in melted chocolate and cover with sprinkles.
Note to self – baking paper may be a better option to leave them on rather than plates which stick to the chocolate and result in lost limbs for rabbits and stars.
Today I am grateful it is Friday. I love Friday’s because it means I have a weekend ahead with The Atlas, Flip and Bounce. I do love my little patch of family.
Other gratefuls here.
What has made you smile today?
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This year I am trying each month to make a secret cake for a family with my boys and deliver it.
We’d been meaning to do one for some near-neighbours who are moving. It didn’t happen.
So while I hosted their girls during shifting day we approached it another way.
I made cupcakes and the kids decorated them.
They all ate one (hey I’m not expecting them to be that altruistic) and then the girls took the rest home.
Fun activity and Random Cake of Kindness – done!