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A post wedding post

I sit here, on an overcast Sunday morning, working my way through the second cup of the day (the first was inhaled, and serves as a quick pep-up more than anything, it’s subsequent ones that hit the sides) a plate of egg and bacon, and a slightly sore head.
No I wasn’t ‘sma-aaa-sh’t’ ad my kids put it, but I had a few and am feeling the effects.
Yesterday was the wedding of a beautiful new friend, at her house, ‘party in a paddock’ as the invite said. And it was fantastic.
Gorgeous setting.
Amazing set-up – tents that felt like houses, and a a rustic, country, but classy atmosphere.
Gorgeous food.
Great people.
And a great band – playing all the right things to dance to.

Initially I had the thought of snapping off some discreet pictures – nothing that showed too much – and posting about it. But once there, sure I took a couple, but it was all so much better than a party for taking group selfies, and arty shots of food and surroundings.
So I settled back, enjoyed the moment, and had a brilliant night.

Some of us met the groom for the first time, and most of us heard their story for the time – they’ve known each other (on and off) for 20 years but it’s only been the last couple of years that they got their act together. And what a couple they make. Along with her two boys, a beautiful family.

The afternoon started around 3 with afternoon tea and drinks, the ceremony, more mingling, canapés and mingling at the main tent and surrounds, then dinner, speeches and dessert. Finishing with dancing for those that wanted, or mingling around the heaters, lounging on the couches in the the tents until the buses arrived to start the homeward delivery service.

I had a great night with my friends but with one downfall. Hubby was at work. So to some, he is still the great invisible husband.

Have a great weekend,

Jen 🙂


Mr 8, the Devils Food Cake & baking gone bad.

Remember the other day when I mentioned I would be making that chocolate cake…. yeah, you gotta read the recipe. One wrong ingredient and it .. well, it was flat. Did not rise. It has been awhile since I have made this one, but that’s no excuse really… really 🙂

So, I start again, this time reading the recipe properly.  What did I do wrong. On the list it said plain four, so I assumed the next one was baking powder (to help it rise), Wrong!, It was Bi-carb soda. Apparently that makes a huge difference.  Then the cake started to burn.  Like the first one.  What was wrong this time? I covered it in foil and turned down the oven a bit.  Then figured I’d check the temperature. Using my new gauge I noticed the old one was way off and the oven was too hot.
Got it sorted and this one at least looked 90%  like it was supposed to.

Trim the top and split in half to add thick whipped cream.  Yeah right.  Checking the remainder in the fridge and I found my problem.
As I grabbed the cream that morning in the shop I paid no attention to the fact it was lite cream!  Lite cream does not whip.  It gets thicker, but you cannot whip it into shape!

So for dessert we had cake with thickened cream poured over instead of whipped and sandwiched between layers of rich chocolate cake.

A lovely birthday dinner with good company finished with an average cake…
Keep smiling 🙂