Easy chocolate birthday cake recipe

The WASO theme this week is chocolate recipes, and here is one of my favourites. This is my default birthday cake recipe and is always a winner. It’s easy, uncomplicated and looks fun. It also disappears very quickly. Here goes… Ingredients 3 eggs 175g margarine 175g caster sugar 150g self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder 3 tbsp cocoa powder Topping 200ml double cream 100g milk chocolate 100g dark chocolate M&Ms Method… View Post

Thankful Thursday

Welcome to another Thankful Thursday. Sorry today’s post is later than usual. We’ve just got back from Legoland. We’re all exhausted. This week, I have enjoyed… Reading Lots of good blogs. Like this one. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. Publishing ebooks For Dummies by Ali Luke. Hebrews. More responses to my self-care survey. (I’d still love another 30, so please keep sharing the link…) Writing One-page profiles of the girls for school.… View Post

Thankful Thursday coming soon

This week’s Thankful Thursday will be posted tonight… We’re doing the theme park thing today. Sorry for the delay; normal service will resume shortly. 🙂   *dragged on to another ride by small pestery people*

Weekend in focus: strops, clocks and bedtimes

Saturday Saturday morning started at a much more human hour than last weekend. Although there was singing at 6.30, I stayed in bed until 8.00 when we decided one of us probably ought to feed the children. Once fed, I employed my new favourite trick – putting them in the bath. They played happily in there for the best part of an hour while I got ready for the day. As is so often… View Post

Adoption, self-care and me: interview with Al Coates

Welcome to another Self-Care Sunday! If you’ve been following along recently, you’ll know that last week was the final instalment of my series The seven components of self-care. (If you missed it, start here.) This week, then, a change of format as I welcome adoptive dad, social worker and all-round Nice Chap Al Coates to my blog. Al blogs here and can be found on Twitter as @nadjasmit. I asked… View Post