Sunday, 30 June 2013
And so I was spoilt this week by my friends Daisy, Kim and Tania who co hosted a luncheon for me, my burgeoning bump and my posse of loyal girlfriends.
And what a treat we had. Daisy had organised gluten free cupcakes in lieu of the traditional place cards on the table. And I loved that my name was too long and needed two cakes.
The theme was lilac and blue since we are expecting a surprise and Tania created a menu to tickle our taste buds to the extreme.
And then I got to take my sugared almonds from Charbonnel & Walker and all my goodies home and open bumps gifts. Gorgeous Anya Hindmarch nappy bags, body scrubs and massage treatments and an enormous amount of Aden & Anais's twinkle range of muslins, swaddles, cot sheets and sleep sacks. Lucky bump will be stylishly swaddled once he/she makes their entrance.
Thank you all for mine and bump's gifts. So spoilt!
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
The bribe of a chupa chup lolly may have helped but mini joined in enthusiastically in all her races from running to egg and spoon and the sack race.
With her best friend indie-pops alongside her she couldn't have been happier. True love.
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Her JCrew star print chambray shorts are worn today with her Maan chartreuse cardi, frilled socks and Boden plimsoles. But my favourite has to be that she sat still long enough for me to plait her hair into 'afenschaukeln' or monkey swings as the hairstyle is known in germany. It's the plait that's looped back to create a 'swing shape' and which we've fastened with her margherita flower hair clips from Next.
Monday, 17 June 2013
It's all an act of course, one second after you've snapped she's all 'can I see can I see'. It's just another pose.
Today she's sporting her new crochet cardi from Stella mcCartney picked up in the sale and worn with her Boden printed skirt and matching plimsoles. Say cheese!
Peppa came to hang out and although mini was a smidge scared her friend Ava was star struck and Noah would stop hugging and nuzzling into her red dress.
Thank you everyone for making it such a great day!
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Firstly I use the hummingbird bakery recipe for buttermilk pound loaf. It's a little heavier than a regular sponge but its not quite as sweet and the addition of the buttermilk makes it really nice and moist.
To make the peppa shape I used three different cake tins. A large square, a large round and a small round.
I also added red food colouring to the sponge to also make it a soft pink hue.
Once baked I carved the corners off the sq to make peppa's dress and a little curve off the top to settle the large round cake into it to make the head.
Then I cut the small round into a tapered snout and used the bits that I cut off for the ears as well as for shaping the snout. At this stage it looks a bit weird.
But once I whizzed up a batch of pink icing it starts to take shape. I start with the lightest pink because then with each area I just add more food colouring in order to pipe around the face, then more for the dress, then even more for piping round the dress and the lips.
Finally I use pre bought ready to roll pink and black icing to roll into her arms, tail, legs and shoes. It's not expensive to buy or you can make your own (i did for the eye balls - simply use royal icing with very very little water to make a thick playdough style ball and roll out and cut using a cookie cutter). But my fave pre rolled icing is from Jane Asher's baking shop. This is also where I get the food colouring gel pots. They just have a denser colour than the supermarket liquid ones. And there is a greater range of hues to choose from too. I also bought edible glitter which just gives the icing another depth.
I also always do a cream cheese frosting. It's tougher to make but I think it's just less cloying than the regular stuff. I also use a icing palette knife. It's a long flat flexible spatula that is worth investing in. It makes icing a cake a doddle.
Finally I piped a birthday message onto the board, added some heart sweets to her dress, rolled some more icing in glitter to make a fairy wand and the no.3 and voila! Peppa in all her glory.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Now all I need is some wheel lights and glitter tassels and I'm good to go...
Monday, 10 June 2013
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Today mini wore her new Stella dungarees which I just picked up in the sale, her Boden stripe t and matching plimsoles and her Hop Like a Bunny flower garland necklace and JCrew bunny hairband. Perfect for hanging around the new house
Thursday, 6 June 2013
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Bring on the summer.
Meanwhile a quick fashion file shout out to Sharon, a firm follower of Mini's blog who recognised our little fashionista at the airport on our way over. Thanks for your support Sharon and hope you had a great holiday too!