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2012

December 31st, 2011

In a couple of hours it will be goodbye 2011 and hello 2012.

In April 2012, I will turn 40.

I’ve been blogging for a while now and looking back at older posts, which are no longer published to the public, I have changed from having a very personal blog to a blog that is still personal but more towards my personality than to my personal life. It has now become a blog that I want to share rather than vent my anger to the world.

For 2012, I’ve also changed the layout of my blog. When I first started, there was so much on my page. It was very busy. Today, as I was looking for a new layout, I wanted a very simple and clean theme. It was hard to find. But I’ve settled for this one for now… until I finder a cleaner, less cluttered theme.

Looking back… I have grown. Part of me is still bitter but I think it’s more being frustrated that I now know what I want but not being able to do about it immediately rather than thinking that the whole world is against me. I’m slowly, albeit very late, growing up.

May 2012 bring brighter prospects to everyone.

This is Us

December 30th, 2011

I know it’s not an expensive present but I hope Hubby did like his Christmas present.

this is us

This is Us

Lemon Cake

December 24th, 2011

Remember when you were young and you keep saying that ‘I’ll never be like my mom!’? And then you grow up and discover that you’re more like your mom than you think… and actually glad about it. I think I’ve almost reached that point and this just shows what a good mother my mom is that I do want to be like her. I don’t think I’ll ever manage as she will always be supermom to me.

But I digress…

What I wanted to say is, mom is not really a ‘present’ person. Sure she does give gift but I think her actual joy in giving is food based. She loves to bake and that’s what she gave people most of the time. She built up a reputation on her fruit cake that people started to order her cakes… but unlike other people profiting 100% on their baking as they include labour, mom usually charge much less… mostly to cover the cost of baking her cake.

I’ve started to do that; baking cakes as gifts for people. They seem to enjoy my baking… who knows… maybe one day I’ll start getting orders… and maybe just charge a little bit more than my mom… or actually be like my mom and just charge the cost! :)

This Christmas, I (and Little Bee on occasions) baked lemon cakes for Little Bee’s nursery, Al’s cafe and also Lina and Little Maya. I felt it’s much better than wrecking my brains on what to buy and it adds some personal touch… I hope they enjoyed the cake.

It is a very easy recipe by Tana Ramsay that on the BBC Good Food website. I love the citrus smell that filled the kitchen as I baked it.

lemon cake

Lemon Cake

Ingredients:

225g unsalted butter, softened (30 seconds medium heat in the microwave)
225g unrefined caster sugar
4 eggs
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
225g self-raising flour
juice of 1 lemon
60g unrefined icing sugar

  1. Heat oven at 180C or gas mark 4. Grease a loaf tin with butter and line the bottom of the tin with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and slowly mixing through. Sift in the flour and add the lemon zest. Mix until well combined. Spoon in the mixture into the loaf tin and level the top.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour or until the skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  4. While cake is cooling in the tin, mix the lemon juice and icing sugar for the drizzle. Pour the drizzle and leave it to completely cool in the tin. Once it’s cooled completely, remove from tin and it’s ready to be served. Any left overs will keep in an air tight container for 3-4 days. Apparently you could freeze it for up to a month… Somehow I don’t think it will last that long :)

lemon cake

Christmas Wreath 2011

December 12th, 2011

So, what do you do with all the plastic balls your baby used to play and now are kept away as they are now a toddler and will only make a mess with them?

This is what I did and hope that Little Bee will like it when she comes home from Nursery and sees it :)

plastic balls Christmas wreath

Christmas 2011

Hand Scrub and Paper Bag

December 8th, 2011

Call me cheap but this was what I made for secret Santa this year. I think the labour cost came to £6.

homemade sugar scrub

newspaper bag

Ever since I became a Pinterest addict, I’ve been looking at lot of projects to do and I guess I have to start somewhere and since it is a success… more will be coming soon!

Cats of Tooting: Charlmont Road

December 2nd, 2011

Cats of Tooting Charlmont Road

Cats of Tooting: Charlmont Road

December 2nd, 2011

Cats of Tooting Charlmont Road