Can you believe that I started this blog months ago and never got back to post ANYTHING!! We have had such an amazing year. My youngest son Brett married Courtney – the love of his life – in March,
I had a surprise party for my 60th birthday in April, my in-laws had their 60th wedding anniversary in August, in October my eldest son and daughter-in-law celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and my father-in-law turned 90 years old, and throughout all the year I have managed to bake up a storm….
I helped with party plans for the anniversary party which was a grand affair, as well as the celebration of dad’s 90th birthday. For the first time in my life I attempted to decorate cakes for both events, and I was quietly please with the outcomes considering I hadn’t done anything like them before. The Anniversary Cake was a triple layer, two tier Chocolate Mud Cake and my daughter-in-law Alisha helped me make all butterflies in different shades of lemon/yellow.
The Anniversary cake was my trusted, old-fashioned Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe on the bottom layer, with a “false” cake as the top layer which I decorated in the style of a present with a fondant “bow” and twirls.
I was absolutely thrilled with the outcome of my order for 300 macarons of different flavours for a friends church gathering – also in October. I made Lemon Cheesecake, Choc Orange, Vanilla Bean, Choc Peppermint, Rosewater, and Coffee flavours and apparently they went over very well. I must give a shout of thanks out to my sister Kellie Purdy who stood at the kitchen bench with me “for hours” as we filled the macarons the night before delivery.
I plan to post my recipes in the next couple of days, so keep an eye out for that. And just a word for those that think Macarons are beyond their culinary capabilities – It’s not that hard. Give them a go as they are just so yumcious! I did have some of them not turn out, but the majority of them were just fine.
Cheers – and remember folks – life begins at 60!!