Monday, January 30, 2012

On a rainy sunday...

It is best to get plenty of rest while your people go to the market to get fresh fruit and vegetables.

Eat Cake. 

And get on with a current craft project.  192 squares finally cut and the quilt laid out.

Go to evening church service and have supper - which means you only need to take a plate to share and you don't have to cook when you get home.  Also, that Ginger is so worn out by keeping up with the bigger kids (and they are all bigger than her) that she just falls into bed leaving you to get on with the week's ironing and good TV watching (anyone else watch the great detective program Zen on ABC1?).

Where did last week go?  I had so many intentions of blogging much more regularly this year (I even instituted 5am wake-ups as a way of managing it) but last week just got away from me.  Mr Provincial ended up with a four day long weekend thanks to the Australia Day public holiday and a generous CO so we had sleep-ins (thank you Ginger!) and tackled some jobs around the house in the morning hours when I would normally blog.  Also had visits to the midwife and that delightful later pregnancy glucose tolerance test.  Baby boy is doing well, with a strong heartbeat and already seems to be head down - such a different pregnancy to his sister's:). 

Simplicity Sand Cake

This recipe was given to me by an older lady at our last church.  It falls into that delightful category of beat and bake cakes.  I make it pretty frequently.

1 cup Self-raising flour
1 heaped tablespoon cornflour
3/4 cup sugar
125g butter softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Place all the above ingredients in a bowl and beat for 6 minutes.  Bake in a ring tin at 175 degrees for about 30 minutes.

We like to eat our cake fresh and dusted with vanilla icing sugar.


  1. You put a smile on my face with that gorgeous lazy puppy of yours!!
    I'm going to try your cake, i love the simplicity of beat and bake...especially when the rest of the family need your attention NOW!
    Looks like a lot of work going into that quilt...what patience and perserverance you must have!
    Feel for you having the blood glucose test...i always endure that with awwful morning sickness and it usually makes me have some awkward moments while in the waiting room lol!
    Glad you have that lovely strong heartbeat!

    1. Thanks Jode - a strong heartbeat is such a blessing to hear.

  2. Hi PH!
    Atticus Jeffrey arrived tonight! He weighs 8 lbs. 1 oz. and we are all delighted!
    While waiting around for the phone call I actually finished the rag quilt I've been planning. I'll take a picture of it as soon as it comes out of the clothes dryer (that's how it gets raggy looking).
    Ginger is a go-getter, isn't she?
    Your dog is darling and I am so happy that baby boy PH is doing so well. Put your feet up, dear.

    1. Hi Pom Pom - congratulations on the arrival of Atticus (what a great name). Glad to hear he arrived safe and well.

  3. I love the sound of that cake, the perfect type for me putting it all in a bowl and mixing then baking. I like the sound of vanilla sugar on top, yummy. Glad to hear that your next pregnancy is going so well. x