............these lovely photos of my boys enjoying sparkler fun.
My eldest out in the garden in his jimjams unable to go to his Cubs Bonfire Night because of being poorly, we made do. He's never been ill for such a length of time before and although he's back at school this morn he is still not 100%.
I have no idea how my Hubby took these. He used some mad setting on the camera. I don't know what most of them do!
We also celebrated my mum's 60th birthday this weekend with a meal for her..............
I do love a laid table. Don't you?
......of Chicken stuffed with Haggis and Black Pudding, wrapped in Bacon, Creamy Pepper Sauce, Roasters, Boilees and lots of Green Veg. Followed by a Chocolate Lime Cheesecake from Nigella Bites. It was delicious, if I do say myself! The napkin rings are a purchase from chachkedesigns at Etsy. I love them and managed to find the perfect flowers to go with them.
I also baked her a cake which felt like my first 'proper' one. I have made many a novelty cake for my boys in the shapes of things like a Tardis, the Mystery Machine, a Ben 10 Omnitrix and the like, but that feels like playing with plasticine, this was from a Peggy Porschen recipe and even had marzipan in it for goodness sake. I am very pleased with how it turned out and it tasted really good.
I have been asked to make a wedding cake for a friend next summer so this was a starter cake and I will be baking a tiered one for my parents-in-law's ruby annniversary in January as another practice run. I have to say it's not something I would like to do as a living or set up as a business. It's fun but only, I feel, for friends and family. I don't think I'd enjoy the pressure of exacting standards required by the public. I like knowing if it's not perfect my loved ones won't mind. I have never had a disaster but am a bit of a perfectionist and am never completely satasfied with the end result. I always think I could have done something better. I bet I'm not the only person out there like that!!
It's a beautiful, bitterly cold, frosty day here in my part of Scotland today and I took lovely photos to share on my way home from school but my camera batteries died so I will show them tomorrow.