party prep

It’s that time of year again. My two little monkeys have turned another year older and we are having a gathering to celebrate. I know some people loathe the idea of hosting a kids party and will go to any length to avoid it – be that vetoing it or outsourcing it – but I actually enjoy it.

I enjoy the planning. Searching for and collecting ideas for food (particularly baking) is a pastime of mine, and that’s half the job done of planning a party. I’m keen to give things a go and experiment with creating, so when Scarlett asked me to make her a ‘forest cake’ and Xavier requested Batman, I thought of it as a challenge.

Tonight I’m up ever so late baking mud cakes which will form the foundation of the two cakes. I’ve been at work all day, cooking all evening and am quite frankly buggered. I’m looking forward to getting the cakes together in case I have to make last minute alternative arrangements!

I’m looking forward to seeing the kids enjoy their special day with their family and friends and would then like to have a rest…. But then uni starts up again!



Yesterday as we were leaving preschool with a bag choc full of drawings, paintings, and craft, Scarlett told her teacher she was an artist.

That she most certainly is. She has started to draw at every spare moment. Scribbling on anything she can get her hands on. Some of her creations are quite simple, others are becoming more complex.

A little while ago, I decided to start recording her artwork in photographic form because I can’t keep up with the storage area required to house it all. It seems kind of sad to throw it out, but I figure I’ll have this electronic, more accessible, sharable resource that everyone can enjoy. So here is is for you to enjoy also:

the roadfairy gardencandleprart timefeatherdalesnowman
merry go roundfairy gardenrabbithouse with gardenhouse with gardenself portrait ballerina
self portrait with swirlsthree of usnamefairy god motherswimming pondfan and flower
fairy gardengreen gruffaloslodgy picturecastlebiddy and usxmas tree
scarlart, a set on Flickr.