29th April 2014
Teeny Tiny Easter Eggs
OK, so it is really a week past Easter, but we were away visiting family and then we came home, and well, I forgot a little, and then I got caught up in remembering my new blog idea and then realising it was the 25th April which is Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand so I then had a mad panic trying to get the A is for ‘Anzac’ blog post out there (woop I succeeded!) but then I re-remembered my Easter baking and well, here I am. I joined a group through a well known social media site to try and meet other mums, I was ridonkulously scared about joining but my amazing friend made me do it and I am so glad she did. I have been 100% welcomed into the group, all the ladies are so nice and supportive in every way. And even though we probably all joined for the same reason (there’s only so many nursery rhymes I can sing to my darling son, and the postman – don’t ask!) I think I may have found some true friends, and friends for our boy. I have completely thrown myself into the group, going to as many meet ups as possible on top of visiting children’s centers so when one of the ladies suggested an Easter party at her house (brave brave brave!) I thought why not make my contribution in cake form. I will admit I did some searching on the internet for a little bit of inspiration but the actual inspiration came from a cake I made for a work party ages ago, and some mini mini chocolate eggs I had found from a local shop. I also wanted to make it baby themed to fit in with the whole mummy-baby group. I stuck with vanilla and strawberry jam and then spent an afternoon (in between feeding, playing, amusing the postman and changing nappies) making fondant decorations; carrots, fencing, flowers and babies. I actually made two fondant babies, one using a mould, the other free-hand and dressed both up in nappies and bunny ears. Why make two? Well I actually made a few using the mould, and when they were still ‘naked’ Mr. Egg walked in from work and exclaimed that they were a bit freaky and “why does it have such a detailed bum?”. He wasn’t convinced when I added the nappy, saying they still looked weird and too ‘real’ so I then made the free-hand baby which was more like the fondant models I usually make and more to his liking. I’m not sure which I preferred, I liked the bunny ears on the moulded baby, but also liked the cartoony-ness of the free-hand baby (I couldn’t quite get the bunny ears right). I have put both in the picture and I’ll let you decide which you prefer! The party was amazing, and the hostess excelled herself with so many crafts and activities for the older children whilst also managing to cuddle the babies and make cups of tea and coffee for the grown-ups (I’m at the stage where I can make a cup of tea but don’t seem to be able to drink it hot!).
For the actual Easter weekend we managed to travel up to my parents house and see all my siblings and their partners not just for Easter but also for my big sister’s birthday. We played some games (‘adult’ pictionary is somewhat more fun than the children’s version), ate some chocolate, some homemade by my very talented big sister and had a really good family meal with all the grandparents. Then I forced them all into photographs with our baby who naturally got bored and cried; posing with his uncle and the pint-sized drumkit was probably a step too far. Or perhaps he didn’t want to dirty his Derby County football kit sitting on his Liverpudlian supporting uncle’s knee! I hope you all enjoyed the long bank holiday weekend with your families!
Happy caking, One Egg xxx