Thursday, July 21, 2011

Days Like These

It's days like today that remind me why I love being a mother (yes, sometimes i do forget). I get to hang out in track pants and drink coffee with friends, tickle and giggle with two tiny people, bake cakes in the early afternoon and make pretend cakes with paper and glue in the late afternoon.

Just this morning the Young Man awoke ready to enjoy a new found independence. Building train tracks, cutting and pasting and making tea for his teddies. All. By. Himself  (Hello clear head, it's nice to see you again). I'm not sure if it's because his teeth have stopped hurting or because he is sleeping a little better (praise Jesus, really) but either way, i'm grateful.

Little kind, creative, sharing (sometimes) child- I'd like to keep you.

If you were interested, this is what we baked today, Espresso Cakes

Espresso Cakes

 by Donna Hay

100g butter, very well softened
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder, sifted
1/4 cup hazelnut meal
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee granules or powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water

Preheat the oven to 160C. Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, hazelnut meal and coffee mixture in a bowl. Combine using electric beaters on low speed, then increase to high speed and mix until just smooth.

Grease 10 x 1/2 cup capacity muffin tins. Spoon in the mixture and bake for 25 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes then remove and cool on a rack.

She suggests serving them with strong coffee, i can only assume she means for breakfast.

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  1. love a bit of donna hay. hooray for little man time and having his own direction. you'll look around next week and he'll be 18 and bringing girls home. :) glad you had a lovely trackie wearing day.

  2. Hi Em...

    Am back an a new follower. I am new in this follower thing, though am blogging for 3 yrs now.

    Hope to see you more & vice versa.

    Wow! Love OZ... mates from Melbourne are coming on Sunday for a 10 day tour in Stockholm...

    Happy Thursday,

  3. Oh yummo! Absolutely with you on the joys of trackpanting wearing days at home with baking and friends thrown in for good measure!

  4. Beautiful post Em.

    Sums up completely why I'm loving being at home this time round. I've found my groove and life is gooood.

  5. What a beautiful post! You've really taken me back to when mine were little :) Thanks also for the cake reminder - here I am reading lovely blogs when I should be making a cake for their school anniversary tomorrow! Yours looks divine :) Kx

  6. What a beautiful post! And if I liked coffee I'd be into those in a heartbeat. I hope today is just as good. x

  7. Oh YUM!!!! Thanks for linking up!!

  8. I love my role as mummy :) and who can go past a bit of Donna Hay...I love her cookbooks.


  9. Oh my, I'm thinking I would love this! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Oh a perfect day.

    Perfect cakes too. I have that Donna Hay cookbook. Yum! Visting from Baby Mac's place

    Gill x


Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em