Exhausting weekends and fancy fabric

My weekend was exhausting and not in a good way. The little one has his first cold (at least that’s what we think it is as he does sound awfully snuffly) and with that came a temperature. This led to a very grumpy baby. Thankfully Hubby was around to help (although he was feeling jet lagged after finishing a run of seven night shifts). We did manage a nice walk on the Saturday and Sunday I was given a pass to go shopping and get a haircut, but other than that is was trying to keep the little one happy. It felt a little like whatever we did just didn’t cut the mustard although I am sure that has a lot to do with a squiffy perspective and a feeling of over tiredness.

My beautiful new fabric

My beautiful new fabric

It would seem that whatever is bothering him is still bothering him as his temperature is still raised and he’s still grumpy. I was given permission to head to he fabric shop today though and was very happy to see that the fabric I have been coveting was on offer meaning I HAD to buy it! Four meters of fabric, two patterns and a few bits and bobs later (including a bit of a dent in the bank balance!) I now have the means to make myself a nice skirt and a pair of funky trousers for the little man. All I need now is the energy to get on and do it!

Easy cake for busy Mums

I love to make cakes and both hubby and I love to eat cake too! With the little one around finding the time to make cake is difficult unless I bake in the evening when he’s gone to bed. That was until I remembered a recipe I used to use when I was little, the easiest cake in the world, Honey Cake from a little book called “Pooh’s Fireside Recipes”.

The reason it is easy is you simply melt some of the ingredients, add some eggs and flour and then cook. It takes about ten minutes to make and then half an hour to cook and best of all it tastes yummy. The book is hard to find now as I think it is out of print so I will share it here with you.

Ingredients
175g self raising flour
125g butter
100g soft brown sugar
150g honey (3 rounded tablespoons)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon water

Method
Grease and line a cake tin (I use a loaf tin) and preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Measure the butter, sugar, honey and water into a saucepan and gently heat until the butter has melted (do not allow to boil). Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool for ten minutes. Beat the eggs in with a wooden spoon one at a time. Fold in the flour and then mix well to ensure there are no lumps. Pour into the prepared tin and pop in the oven for about 30 minutes. When cooked leave it to cool for a few minutes and then remove it from the tin to cool.

This cake is yummy with a lovely cup of tea or just when you feel like a little something naughty! I’ve really enjoyed taking a trip back to my childhood and getting to have a nice slice of cake without the need for a trip to the shops. If you give this a go let me know what you thought.

Grizzle Monster

I’m not quite sure what is wrong with the boy, all possibilities have been eliminated…he’s fed, clean and cuddled…but he is a right grizzle monster. He was like it yesterday afternoon as well but obviously whatever was bothering him thankfully disappeared at night and he was fine. The grizzles have returned today though and I am home alone so it could be a long day.

I don't think my cake will look this good!

I don’t think my cake will look this good!

Today, however, I have made the decision to just get things done through the grizzles as otherwise I end up feeling frazzled and frustrated. Nothing makes time drag more than being stuck on the sofa with a crying baby. With this in mind we made a trip to the supermarket (which he kindly slept through only to return to grizzling when we got home!) and I have made a cake (when I say made, I added a couple of ingredients to a packet mix but it’s a start!). I intend to have a shower later as well, something that I totally failed to do yesterday. I am also making full use of my arsenal of distractions, he is currently lying on his musical play mat and is momentarily quiet!

Through all of this I will do my best not to watch the clock and count the hours down until Hubby gets home. Thankfully he is off for the next two days as tomorrow we are giving the little one a reason to grizzle…his first jabs!