for my gorgeous family and friends who made my birthday this week extra special and relaxing.

I find at this stage in my life with all the crazy busyness in our lives that I appreciate more than ever those simple things in life that I once took for granted.

Never again will I not appreciate with all of my being such things as sleep, time to read or just sit and chat, a meal (or a special cake) cooked by another, a handmade or well-thought out gift from someone who loves and knows me well.

Scaling back to the basics you can often find the most important things of all.

When I find myself focusing a little too much on the negatives and feel all too often that I’m drowning in the mundanity and frustrations of motherhood, I look at this blog and I see that there are so very many positives in my life and those positives made up of very ‘everyday’ things are actually the things that I savour more than anything.
Those other things that I wistfully dream of, are but a ‘flash in the pan’ and fools gold.

For more gratefulness head over to Maxabella land.



2 tbpsn margarine or butter
1 tbspn cocoa
1 cup SR flour
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 tspn vanilla

Grease an 8″ ring tin. Heat oven to 180C. Melt butter.
Put all ingredients in bowl & add butter. Beat for 3 mins. Pour into tin.
Bake for 30 mins.

A scary addition to this recipe (now in hindsight 35 years on) is that it suggests that this cake
“can also be cooked by placing tin on asbestos mat in frypan at 220C” !!
Not likely!

There you have it.

It then goes on to list many quick and easy variations to the recipe to change it to another flavour, eg. banana, orange, etc.
Lou has tried a few if you wanted to give them a go.

Ever since a friend made these fun cupcakes at playgroup a few months ago, I have wanted to give them a try! You actually cook them in the cones – fun! I found a Donna Hay recipe on line. I didn’t have much time, so I thought I’d substitute her recipe for the simplicity chocolate cake and it worked fantastically well! (even with the four that somehow oozed out the bottom of the cones onto the tray…..) I did follow Donna’s suggestion of putting some chocolate pieces at the bottom of each cone before putting in the mixture though…. yum!
It also works well in little muffin cases, which I tried this week also. Moist and yummy.

Reality check – I often think that I can do more than I actually can – all that baking did not all eventuate. I did have to tell myself that, although I do really love to be involved in the community and do my bit – and surely a cake is an easy way to contribute – that one just can’t ‘do it all’ and sometimes you just need to hand jobs over to others… but 3 out of 5 ‘aint bad. On that same note, my odd socks have reached new heights and this morning I counted 35!

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