Monday, 1 February 2016

Goodbye January Hello February

I started off the month saying goodbye to 2015 and welcoming 2016. I clung onto the last days of December by making a naughty but nice cheesecake. In January we have three birthdays starting with mine. I was very spoiled this year when my colleagues decorated the office and one of them made me a lovely lemon cake. I received lots of gorgeous gifts and flowers from family and friends and rounded off the celebrations with a meal with my daughter and her boyfriend. Our little Rufus turned 4 in January and our eldest son Matt turned 28 (I can't believe that little baby I bought home is now knocking on the door of 30 where did those years go).  Last year one of my challenges was to bake or make something I hadn't made before. I really enjoyed this challenge and although I have decided not to make any challenges this year I thought I would carry on and make the odd thing as and when the mood takes me. I went for Mary Berry's Cappuccino Cake which was delicious and you can find the recipe here. I also in my madness decided I needed to loose a little weight. Sitting in the car for long periods driving does not help one's waste line.  There are times when I don't get home until late and eating at past eight o'clock is not the best time of the evening to eating a meal.  As I have access to a microwave at work I have started taking something a bit more substantial for lunch and having a lighter bite when I get home and there are times when nothing else will do than boiled egg and soldiers. I confess I am a bit of a nibbler during the day so instead of reaching for the biscuits or crisps I am trying to eat more fruit and I have now managed two weeks without biscuits and crisps at work.  As we entered into the New Year a very good friends daughter had her second baby and a snuggle blanket was duly despatched. At the same time I didn't want his older brother to feel that all the attention was going to his new baby and I sent him a Storytime Elmer blanket together with an Elmer book which he reads with his daddy before bed.  I loved this photograph that his mum send me after a hard day at nursery school all snuggled up in his Elmer blanket.  I have now completed 3 baby blankets since Christmas and I am about to join yet more granny squares together to make a fourth snuggle blanket for a little girl who is due to arrive in April. Finally as we are approaching the end of January the mornings are getting lighter and we have experienced some stunning sunrises over the last couple of weeks.  As we are now heading into February it is fast approaching Spring (yea) in fact anyone who follows Little Green Rabbits blog will know that as far as Vivienne is concerned Winter has finished and we are now in Pre Spring.  I think I might go with that too.

Happy Pre Spring everybody