I posted this photo a little while ago as part of a set from a family BBQ. Having come across it today I felt like it needs its own post and own explanation - because even just looking at the photo again made me smile!
This is a small portion of the extravagant spread that my Mama and my Auntie Cally cooked for the family BBQ. The main course alone was weighing down the table and took two days of cooking (not to mention hours of shopping time to buy it all) but the deserts - well they were just mad, like my family.
The photo shows the 7 different desserts which were all homemade for the party including:
3 different types of fruit crumble
1 homemade triffle
1 bakewell tart
1 tray of homemade strawberry and balsamic icecream (not pictured)
1 tray of profiteroles (all hand made)
and lastly - and possibly the most impressive of all - a chocolate chilli cake.
I had my doubts about this homemade cake, the combination of chocolate and chilli just didn't seem right - and even though I have heard stories about the chilli cake from family-gatherings-past, I had yet to experience it myself.
So...I did...and it was amazing - chocolate cake with a kick. yum.
So I am a convert - chocolate and chilli do indeed belong together especially when mama and Cally are cooking - and I am super duper lucky to have such a sweet family - Love you guys x
This morning, I stood and observed as Mads and Josh decided to make up their own racing games whilst waiting for Maddy's school bus.
The games started out as who can run the fastest, then progressed to crawl/hop/skip the fastest and eventually evolved into who could run the fastest holding their nose....such creativity, what can I say - it made me chuckle!
The super wonderful Erin over at bluebirdbaby has launched a new round of '30 days of happiness' and I am feeling that this is just what I need to get my mojo back and look at my life each day for the blessings - big and small.
The first day has to be a biggie, because well you gotta start of with a bang right?
I often write about how happy the kiddies make me, the quirky things they say that make me chuckle or the lessons they teach me (all the time) but I never seem to post anything too much about my hubby - Jason, when he is, in fact the reason that I get to stay home with my babes and be a full time wife and mum.
Since moving to the States over 4 years ago and becoming a stay at home mum, the dynamics of our lives have changed - enormously. I have struggled with these new roles at times - although I welcomed the chance to stay home with my family, I wasn't prepared for the emotions that come with a move from your home country to a foreign land and with that the new role of full-time motherhood.
My hubby has been my rock, someone who can bring me back down to earth when my emotions are high, someone to love on me even when I am being an arse, someone who makes me laugh and smile all the time.
I love the fact that not everybody *gets* his dry sense of humor, I love the days and sometimes months of research that go into everything he buys, I love that he is taller than me, even when I have heels on, I love being his wife.
I am a lucky girl.
Maddy couldn't let the occasion of Jasper's first birthday go by without recognition...
...so we celebrated with Jasper inspired food and special recipes for our little furry friend to enjoy (mama enjoyed seeinf Daddy's face when unknowingly took a huge bite from the tuna and catnip pizza - quality)
We enjoyed 'normal' pizza and cupcakes but had fun adapting the recipes for Jasper....
Trips back home to England can really be bitter-sweet, sweet because we get to spend enormous amounts of time surrounded by those who we love unconditionally. Watching in wonder as Maddy and Josh catch up with family and blossom in the presence of those that love them so much.
Loving the interactions between cousins and seeing new bonds develop just where they left off from the last time we visited - there are no formailities, no apprehension because of meeting new little people - only the recognition and love for their cousins and the eagerness to spend time with them.
After six weeks in England, we are trying to find our own rhythm again here in Tulsa. Trying to make life normal, whilst so much is changing (like Mads spending all day at school) making the most out of times together and cherishing what we have - counting our blessings.
The trip back to Tulsa has co-incided with the big changes that would have happened here anyways, so making it just a little harder, but we are blessed so blessed, and thats what I am reminding myself to focus on.