March 19, 2011

Fresh flowers and cupcakes

Out of the growing season, Saturday mornings are usually fairly relaxed at home, coffee and blueberry pancakes or bacon and eggs if Richard is cooking, reading the papers, getting up a bit slower and pottering until the kids need to be at a tennis lesson or friends pop round. The days of lego building at 6 am are behind us now, and I am grateful! Not much really gets done and I like it that way.

Today, though, was unusually productive compared to the usual sloth-fest.

My twelve year old daughter has been baking up a storm in the kitchen for the last few days, making a small mountain of cupcakes, chocolate traybakes, gingerbread men and cookies to sell to raise money for Comic Relief. This morning, last minute icing and decorations were added, (all by her, she has wanted this to be a help-free deal), and off she went to the local village sports field to sell them with her bestie to the kids and parents at football training. They made over £30 and will sell more at school on Monday. She was afraid no-one would buy, but not so scared of failing not to give it a go. Slight lump in the throat. Very proud.


Back on the ranch, bread was baked (seriously since discovering this book last year, weekly breadmaking is a cinch), the garden was weeded, and the first Wild Acre flowers were picked from the garden, a small posy of early Spring flowers in a tea-light holder for a friend's birthday, instead of a card.




The scent of the blue hyacinths and tete a tete narcissi were heady and the  flowers were squeaky with freshness! It was great to get my fingers playing with flowers again.

And the sun is shining and transforming all it touches. Have a wonderful weekend.

19 comments:

  1. hi belinda,

    i so want a cupcake now. and a bunch of fresh flowers. so beautiful against the bright blue sky.

    xo

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  2. That looks like a very scrumptious cupcake, and well done to your daughter for baking then selling for such a good cause.. no wonder you feel proud.
    Your friend will be delighted with her posy, pretty spring flowers so thoughtfully presented.
    Have a lovely weekend, Abby x

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  3. Glad your daughter did so well :)

    Beautiful fresh spring posy! Love the label too x

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  4. Aww glad your daughter did so well, always popular, the cake stand.

    Beautiful spring posy, love the label too x

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  5. That icing looks quite perfectly delcious! Yum!!
    We are still in the days of lego building, so your lazy morning description sounds idyllic!!!

    I adore the smell of hyacinths. If you pick them, do they grow well next year? Or does it somehow take the goodness out of the bulb?

    Sarahx

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  6. lol.. sorry Belinda.. im such a doof.. thought my comments wern't going through.. and just seen that you have to approve first x

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  7. That little posy is so adorable.

    HAppy weekend

    Nina xxx

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  8. Congratulations to your daughter - I have a 13 year old, it is easier in one way, and harder in another! The flower posy is such a welcome burst of colour, loved the burst of sunshine today...

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  9. Love the posy of Spring flowers, what a wonderful gift instead of a card. So thoughtful....
    Julie x

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  10. What pretty flowers - the lovliest gift! I too have an 11 year old who is a proficient and frequent baker and it's a wonderful thing to have a constant supply of cake in the house! Glad she has done well raising money and I'm sure Monday will prove as lucrative for Comic Relief!

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  11. Good description. Squeaky flowers in our garden too! Ax

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  12. If the posy is a sample of the flowers you will sell - you should be inundated with customers! Love the green raffia bow ;~)

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  13. You have tulips! I am so jealous. Have spent a medium-sized fortune on bulbs only to have them rot or feed critters, who only leave me one or two. Your little arrangement is darling. I would be thrilled to be the recipient!

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  14. The flowers look lovely...and that cupcake...well let's just say I want one.

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  15. I'll take a cupcake please!! How fun for her to have her very own sale...way to go!
    The flowers are beautiful...
    xo J~

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  16. Could we have a cupcake and a posy for GG's birthday please?

    xo Jane

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  17. Hi Belinda! Congratulations to your daughter on her entrepreneurial success . . . guess she has a pretty good role model in her life : ).

    To me your spring posy looks like a happy Easter basket, and (dare I say?) yummy. Even though I think everything in there is mildly to seriously poisonous, it looks good enough to eat.

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  18. Yay! First spring flowers are such a jump to get the creative juices flowing!!

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  19. Just tucked a link to this in today's post.

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