Previous Posts: November 2014

November Lovelies

 

1. Forward Facing – This month saw Nathanael move up to
the next stage car seat. He absolutely loves facing forwards and it is a bonus
that it is easier to get him in and out of the car now!

2. Zeal Series – I have never really promoted my
church here in my space of the internet, but there comes a time for everything
and I can’t keep quiet about this series! To say moved would be to put it
mildly, to say changed would be an understatement! You need to stop what your
doing now and download the podcasts!

3.Mac’s Eyeshadow in Patina – This has been my eyeshadow
of choice this month, swept across the lid, some eyeliner and mascara and your
good to go.

4.Preparing my Heart for Advent – I wanted to be
intentional (Christian buzz word) this Christmas Season and really
focus on the meaning of Christmas without being swept away in all the
Consumerism. This bible study is very well thought out, during November your
read, and answer questions like a typical study, then during December when life
gets busy it becomes a devotional to read along with. Highly recommend this!

5. Nuxe Reve de Miel – I am still in absolute love with my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream but this lip balm from Nuxe is the perfect size for my handbag and I absolutley love the smell!

6. Nathanael’s
Toy Storage
– Luke and I agreed that before Nate’s birthday we
needed to invest in some serious toy storage and so created our own unit out of
the Trofast System from Ikea. This is perfect for our needs, a combination of
small, medium and large drawers and can be adapted to suit the contents. I love
it, even if our dining room looks like a school room!

7. Tenth Avenue North Cathedrals Album – I was so excited for the release date of this album, my fave song has to be We wont numb the pain/Fire such a good song and well worth the purchase.

8.Nathanael’s First Birthday – Our son turned One this
month, honestly this has be  one of the best years of my life!

9. Atlantis – I have waited months for this show to return and this is partly due to the BBC Atlantis twitter feed, if you watch the show you need to check this out!

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Exciting Times Ahead!

I am so excited, like jumping up and down, crazy dancing around, to announce that I will be taking part in Blogmas this year!!

This has been months of preparation in the making and I so hope you join me in the journey of blogging everyday  until Christmas!

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Nathanael’s First Birthday Cake

I just had to post on Nathanael’s first birthday cake purely so that I will always have a record of it and to bring back some nostalgia for others.
As a child I  (and I am sure many others) watched my Nanna pull out the Cadburys Cake Book each time a birthday rolled around. I am sure that it was for my sister’s birthday that the Carousel Cake was used and I just had to recreate it for Nathanael’s first birthday.
Here is the finished product in all of its glory.

Nates birthday cake
For the Carousel Cake you will need;

8 inch/20cm  cake tins x 2
2tbsp of coco powder
3tbsp boiling  water
2tsps baking powder
225g unsalted butter softened
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
4 large eggs

For the Icing
140g unsalted butter softened
280g icing sugar
2tbsp coco powder
1. Pre- heat the oven to 180C, while greasing and lining your cake tins
2. Blend the hot water and coco powder in a cup and leave to cool
3. Beat the butter and sugar either with an electric whisk or Kitchen Aid (you know I love mine)
4. In a glass dish crack your eggs individual and check them for blood spots or other strange things that shouldn’t be in eggs. I buy free range, organic eggs and still find bizarre things in eggs, this is a great tip from Kosher cooking as you won’t ruin your cake by just one egg being bad.
5. Add your eggs individual to your sugar and butter mixture along with a large spoon of the flour this will prevent curdling
6. Once all your eggs are incorporated, fold in the remaining flour along with your coco powder mixture from step 2.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked, check by using a knife or skewer if the skewer comes out clean its done, if not leave in the oven for a further 5 minutes and check again.
8. Leave to cool on wire racks until ready to decorate

For the icing beat the butter and icing sugar together if the mixture is difficult to work with you can loosen this by adding a tablespoon of milk.
Use half of the mixture to sandwich the cakes together and the rest to spread over the top of the cake and the sides.

To decorate you will need at least 3 packs of Cadburys finger biscuits, simply stick these into the icing and use a ribbon of your choice to secure them all together.

Take some Animal biscuits and use cocktail sticks to stick them into the cake, as you would see on a carousel.

To make the top, using the cake tin cut out a circle from coloured cardstock. Divide the circle into segments 16 in total, once drawn cut down one of the segments into the centre of the circle. This will allow you to draw the sides together to create an inflated shape secure with tape. You can use the segments as a guide to cut out a frilly top as shown.

I also made a simple victoria sponge mixture for Nathanael’s smash cake and spread with a thin layer of icing. He was very well behaved with his cake as he didn’t want to miss any chocolate! Mummy however quickly removed the cake before it was all demolished.

Let me know in the comments below what type of birthday cake you made for your child’s first birthday

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Entering Toddlerhood

I wasn’t going to post anything today on my blog, a busy week in the Smith household has left me a bit on the back foot with chores but something is on my heart and I need to write it down.

When that precious bundle of your baby boy is plopped into your arms for the very first time and his eyes searching for something to focus on hits yours, a rush of love no one will ever understand occurs. You love him, care for him, protect and shelter him. Those first few months everyone and their dog wants to share in this miracle by having a cuddle and who can blame them? your child is perfection and you’re running on this love for them.

Then the age of toddlerhood begins and the look of fear enters peoples eyes, phrases like “wait till he is (insert name) age” I have found this occurring more and more frequently and surprisingly the culprits are parents of young ones themselves.
Facebook statuses filled with “my child is a terror” and “ I can’t believe what he has done now”  Now some are most definitely in jest, little ones are hilarious and why not spread that joy amongst your friends but the majority I have found to be disheartening to say the least.

Ball pool

What happens between eleven months to twelve months that causes such despair amongst people? To me I can’t wait, this is where Nathanael’s personality is going to shine through, where all those small steps are going to pay off and where he will discover so many new and interesting things!

I am one of the least positive people you will meet, ok maybe I am not that bad .. but I purposefully surround myself with friends who are extremely positive I have one friend who I can truly say I have never heard one negative comment out of her mouth (Charlotte H I am looking at you)
Why do I surround myself with positive friends? because positivity breeds positivity the more time I spend with these people the more I am encouraged to be positive too.

This is what we must do with our children, we need to be their biggest supporters, their greatest encouragers, if they are not getting that from their parents who do you think they will get it from?

We also need to be wise and make sure we are not setting our child up for a fall. No child is going to sit through an hour of anything quiet and subdued, the world is far too exciting for that!
So my plan is to let go of things that I want, that I would like to do and make small steps with Nathanael. Perhaps his attention span is 5 minutes then we will do 5 minutes of something, perhaps he can listen really attentively to something for 3 minutes that is amazing, well done, great job!
Encourage your child they are young, they don’t understand but you do. Are you encouraging and supporting them or are you critiquing and complaining about them? Without having gone through toddlerhood yet I know that you are going to get out what you put in.

Lets stand around these parents and encourage them as their children go through these formative years, we are so eager to cuddle their babies, lets pray over their toddlers!

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