Sunday, October 16, 2011

Last Week

It's been such a big week since I came back from Melbourne. I took the entire week off running - and it's just as well. I was so tired after our big weekend away. I even took a Nanna nap in my workroom on Tuesday. Thank goodness no one turned up because they would have found me snoring on my bed. And no, it's not strange to have a bed in your workroom.

I came home to a bit of a situation with my middle son. He'd taken himself off his anti-depressants about a month ago and had been doing really well initially but in the last week before I left he'd been going downhill emotionally - things at work and girl issues and still very poor self-confidence. But to cut a long short, he's back on his anti-depressants and I'm hoping that he picks up quickly. There's a lot more to it but it's all a bit raw for me to share at the moment.

So to change the mood to something a little lighter - I lost a very good friend yesterday. I know that doesn't sound much lighter but it was my electric mixer. I have only had it for two years and had previously just used a wooden spoon and a hand-held mixer so I loved this mixer. It changed my life and my baking. It has served me well week after week, through cookies and cakes. But yesterday I asked something of it that was just too hard. I was making soft caramel to put in my new cupcakes and the last thing I had to do was beat it up. So rather than using my pathetic, puny arms I chose to put the thick, sticky goo in the mixer. And I burnt out the motor. (Major sad face) When I came to mix up the icing nothing happened. Thank goodness I didn't through out the old hand mixer (25 years old and still going - they don't make things the way they used to.

I managed to finish the cupcakes

but I was left with a crisis. I've agreed to make cakes for a friend's 30th birthday and I can't imagine making them any other way now. So today I went out to look at what was available in terms of higher-powered mixers. I was only going to look and report back to Iven and somehow manage to convince him that we can't live without one. But when I walked into Harvey Norman and I was offered a $90 discount I just couldn't resist. Isn't she pretty?

The cupcakes are as yet nameless. Too much happening in my brain to be creative. They're vanilla with a soft caramel filling and topped with caramel buttercream and almond praline. I'm open to suggestions.


  1. So sorry to hear about your son, but I hope that your new best friend can cheer you up. Hang in there!

  2. Sorry to hear about your son's troubles. Hope things pick up for him soon.

  3. That mixer is a BEAUTY and you will certainly put it to good use!

  4. Yeah it's hard hard hard when our kids hurt.

    Can I fly over to your house for my birthday and we'll celebrate with cupcakes?

  5. Drooling here yet again!!! I'm not sure how you don't weight 400 lbs, I know I would if I lived in your house!!

    So sorry about your son's situation, it is soooo hard as a parent to watch these things. I have a similar situation with my daughter and those no meds have occurred to resolve things, I did get her in to see a psychologist and I think it's helping some. Boy issues, life issues.... I hope he is doing better soon!! (hugs)


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