Missed you so much I made several cakes

Sorry, I went a bit AWOL the last fortnight and I can’t tell you about one of the big reasons why until after tomorrow. It has been an emotional couple of weeks, a friend of ours died very suddenly and it felt like her life had been cut off in her prime and it brought back a lot of feelings I had as a daughter losing her mother at the age of 20. I went to her funeral earlier this week and felt so sad for L and P as I know exactly what they are going through. It just makes you think that life really is too short 🙁

I did miss the party that I’d made this cake for but I’m glad not to have missed her funeral. There were a bunch of us who relate online and we said how sad it was the only time we really got together in person was when someone got married and now sadly when one of our number dies. I’d made a carrot cake – something I’d not done for a while and I used the recipe in the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. I was impressed by the recipe and made several versions since I had bought quite a lot of carrots. I have a carrot loaf in the freezer for a rainy day.

I found it hard to sleep til a normal hour this morning so got up just before 3am and made two cakes. The one on the left is a cherry madeira cake (recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess) and the right one is a cranberry and apply cake. The cranberry one is an experiment based on a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

I started on some Garlic and parsley hearthbreads as well also from the How to be a Domestic Goddess book which I finished off to eat with some chicken for a light supper.

Is that Santa Claus stuck in my chimney?

10 thoughts on “Missed you so much I made several cakes

  1. Sorry for your loss kiddo, time may heal but that doesn’t stop it hurting like hell right now.

    If your daft cat is going to start climbing chimneys you are going to have to be SO careful come winter before you light that fire. I want to see the photo of your carpets when he came down and padded over them ….. :}

  2. Sorry to hear about your friend. That sucks.

    You have to be careful before lighting that fire!

  3. I’m so sorry about your friend. I know how hard it is to lose a friend too soon. The feelings are just devastating. Take care of yourself! Hugs!

  4. you know I am sorry about your friend, but I have to say that carrot cake was FANTASTIC xx

  5. It’s been such a hard year of losses for several of my friends, and you darling Paos seem to number in that group. I dearly hope that this is the last of that sort of thing for a while – you definitely could use a break!

    (I’m glad you have a new family member to lighten your spirits – or at the very least, she and Sirius are nearly guaranteed to keep you distracted…)

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