Sometimes I get sent ingredients with which to create a recipe, and to start with I am a little flummoxed and have to think long and hard what I could make.
The natural order of childhood, adulthood and parenthood has been thrown into reverse by the rising cost of tuition fees, living costs and plummeting wages. Although headlines proclaim that wages are now rising faster than inflation, it certainly doesn’t feel that way for young adults trying to make their way in the world. Many people are now relying on their parents for financial support way into their forties, as they try and conquer the biggest challenge there is for a first time buyer – raising a deposit for a house.
It has become a bit of a tradition now to make my OH a grand birthday cake each year. Previous years have seen me make him cakes using his favourite chocolates: a Ferrero Rocher cake and a Chocolate Orange one. This year I was orignally going to make one using creme eggs, but then a certain young boy beginning with J said he fancied a Malteser one and so that was the decision made! He even helped me crack the eggs
So our first week back to routines and the school runs, after half term and I have not taken very many exciting photos, – just the everyday things me and the boys have done.
When Burton was a tiny baby there were a handful of stories which I would enjoy reading to him over and over again. One of them was Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. I used to love reading this simple little tale of love between a parent and his young child, each describing how much they loved each other and the older hare always out witting his little hare at every love you declaration. I have to admit, back then when it was just me reading this story to my new (and first) born, it would bring tears to my eyes because it replicated how much I did love my little baby boy.