Choc hazelnut bundt and Easter left overs

aboveI don’t know what your household is like, but we’ve still got leftover chocolate eggs at our house. My whole family goes a bit overboard – each sibling is in charge of contributing some Easter eggs to go on the table, to be enjoyed by all… And each year, we have far too many eggs!

I’m not complaining (although my comfy pants probably are, they’re getting way too much use lately!), I just need to come up with some crafty solutions to the “problem.”

Marshmallow bunnies and Easter excitement

huddleGuys. I’m so excited about Easter. I ate a Crème Egg last night and I can’t contain the excitement any longer. As soon as I cave and eat an Easter egg, I can’t help but get excited. The Easter flood gates have officially opened!

This year’s Easter is going to be quieter than years gone by; we don’t have much planned. My cousins usually bring their kids over, which results in much cuteness (see instagram for exhibit A)

Easter pavlova and holiday spirit

aboveThere is something about holidays that brings out the best in people. Last week I came home from a busy day at my new job to find a beautiful gift wrapped in brown paper from a beautiful friend. Buying Easter eggs for this pavlova, I had a laugh with a woman and her children about which eggs were the most delicious. Setting up the photo shoot for the cake, I was heaped with praise and kind words from friends and family who were visiting.

There is something that changes as holidays approach. People in traffic seem nicer, strangers smile more readily, grumpy neighbours laugh more easily. I just adore holidays.

Copycat creme eggs and ambition

singleThis project was a little ambitious. There wasn’t any baking involved, but I was so inspired by all the creativity and enthusiasm floating around at the Cake Bake and Sweets Show that I thought I’d re-create one of my favourite foods ever.

Cadbury creme eggs.

If these babies were available all year round, I would probably have already eaten myself to an early grave.

Thankfully for my health, they’re only available seasonally. Now that I’ve cracked a recipe to make them, however, I may be able to eat them whenever I want!

60th birthdays and teddy racers

pomIt was my father’s birthday 60th today. I didn’t post much over the weekend because we had what can only be described as a Neil Quirk-athon. He played golf with my brothers and the boy on Saturday morning and we lunched afterwards. Then on Sunday he had old friends over to celebrate the big birthday.

And today I made him his grandmother’s chocolate cake. Suffice to say, he has been celebrated  to last him until he is 70.