I baked her one of my favourite cakes today, a simple but SO yummy banana cake. It's impossible to fail on this one, and I swear it smells like fresh bananas.
125g (4.4 oz) sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 cup milk
Melt butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan, remove from heat. Add mashed bananas and egg. Stir in flour and milk. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin, bake in 170C (338F) for 40 minutes.
*Please note, that all measuring is given in Australian standards.
1 cup = 250ml
1 tsp = 5ml
1 tbsp = 20ml
Make sure you adjust your measures, if you use British or American standards. Thanks!
It's one of these quick and great last-minute gifts, handy when there's not much time to spare. From baking to cooling and wrapping, it took me about two and a half hours.
For the wrapping, I used some tissue paper, thin kraft cardstock (cut from a Bazzill 12x12" sheet), a length of burlap, baker's twine and a ready-made Cosmo Cricket tag, on which I stamped the sentiment from a PTI set (Big & Bold Wishes).
Now, I've got a question for you, my dear readers. Again it's the time that I've been re-evaluating the importance of my blog, trying to focus on things that suit me and make me most happy. My life is changing; not only I'm pregnant with our second girl (due on the 30th of April), my days are fuller now with my parents around and I guess my priorities shifted somewhat as well. I think I'm nesting... *wink*
You probably noticed how I've been dropping one commitment after another, TCM being the last Team I said farewell to a week or two ago. I'm leaving only a couple of lightweight responsibilities, on top of my dear CASE Study. Being in the centre of things was fun and satisfying, but I can't go on like this. More importantly, I want to try and focus more on stuff I neglected in the past due to lack of time, craft-wise as well. Do more purely for my enjoyment, and for the ones I care about.
I also feel the need of making my blog more personal and slow-paced. More tasteful and less hurried. Give more of myself, not just of my card-making side, because there's so much to my life than this.
So, the question is, would you be willing to take on this slightly new journey with me? Where apart from the staple of my blog - cards, there would be more of other paper-crafting related posts, loose thoughts, photography, baking, etc.? More of myself?
Frankly, I'm not sure yet how exactly things will turn out, but I know that if I don't give this creative outlet some new definition, I'll burn out and it would be no fun at all.
Who's with me? :)