Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Coffee morning, committee meetings and me!

Hi everyone,

It’s been a busy week for me. That statement wouldn’t have been true before March 2012, but my definition of ‘busy’ has changed dramatically since then!

As you know, I love my baking, and my involvement with the Theatre Group and Pantomime Society. Somehow last week, all three needed my attention!

My contribution to the coffee morning:

Chocolate Orange Cake
Fruit Cake
Lemon Drizzle
Red Velvet Cake
Raspberry Ripple Cupcakes
Carrot Cake

First, there was a read through/audition for the Theatre Group’s next Production ‘Who killed the Vicar’, then as it was the Pantomime Society’s turn to host Greenbrook Church’s monthly coffee morning on Saturday, I did my baking (spread over two days) followed by the Panto AGM the day after!

All three went well thankfully, but after they were done and dusted, I went into what I call ‘sleep mode’, which is exactly what it sounds like. I don’t really notice how much being ‘busy’ affects me at the time because I really enjoy it, and I do try to pace myself.

The scientific explanation is that doing something you enjoy releases pain relieving endorphins, and dopamine, the ‘pleasure’ hormone. Which is why my various consultants encourage me to do the things that make me happy and give me a sense of achievement. Afterwards though I have to be prepared for, and more importantly, plan for, a couple of days rest.

So after the AGM on Sunday, I got home, had something to eat and promptly fell asleep! Monday I slept on and off too (I did manage an hour in the garden with hubby, and a bit of paperwork for Theatre Group) and this morning I didn’t wake up until 10.45am!

Luckily for me, my hubby has got used to this pattern, and is tremendously supportive. He does all the household chores anyway, but I usually try and prepare our evening meal. Sunday and Monday, he’s been given sandwiches! But I did whip up a quick and easy dessert, details of which are below 😊

Strawberry milkshake mousse

To make this quick, light and refreshing dessert, I used:

150g mascarpone cheese

100g double (heavy) cream

50g Sugar and Crumbs strawberry milkshake icing sugar

50g melted and cooled white chocolate

Basically, just whip them all together until stiff peaks, and refrigerate! Yummy 😋

I should be back to ‘normal’ now, whatever that is!

Back soon

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❤

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