Wednesday, 4 May 2016

WOYWW 361 Baking

Nothing in the studio this week, I’m afraid, because I’ve been too busy with other things to do any art. Apart from going out several times, I have been baking!

Baking 4-5-16

On Friday I am hosting an anniversary tea party for the Allerton Three. This is the three of us who met on Allerton Ward last year, all having our bowel cancer surgery. We became friends and have kept up ever since. We started laughing when we were in hospital, and we haven’t stopped since.

It was Kermit’s birthday on 27th March but the others were away over the Easter break and then other things were happening, and this Friday was the first day we could all get together. I decided to push the boat out and do lots of yummy baking for us all to pig out on.

In the above photo, top row, L-R: Cinnamon biscuits; small cheesy pastry thingies; lemon buns. Bottom row, L-R: more cheesy pastry thingies with ham in them; chocolate chip cookies; shortbread.

I also made some chocolatey energy bites – a recipe a lady from KnitterNatter (our church craft group) gave me but they are in the fridge and I forgot to get them out to photograph.

Still to come are some scones (plain and cheese) – we are going to have a Devon cream tea! – and if I get time, Scots pancakes (drop scones). I wanted to make a good choice of sweet, savoury and sugar free, because one of the members of the Allerton Three has diabetes and I didn’t want her to feel left out.

The lemon buns will serve as a sort of second birthday cake for Kermit (my stoma). I told him he couldn’t have another birthday cake (“awww…” he said). I am intending to put red icing stomas on top of each bun, however! The problem is that the icing isn’t setting and it’s still really sticky – I did them yesterday afternoon.

It’s been such a busy week, with a meeting on Saturday evening at which I sang – for the first time for quite a few years! We visited an art exhibition on Monday (one of the Allerton Three had several gorgeous paintings in it, and she was stewarding that day). Yesterday there was a stoma coffee morning at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay – we had the chance to wander around a bit and it was magnificent – so elegant, and with a stunning sea view. Who needs the Med when they’ve got Torquay lol!! The meeting was excellent and I met some new people and Kermit made some new little friends too!

Today I’ve been baking again, and unpacking the new chandelier for the sitting room which has finally arrived. I phoned the electrician and he hopes to come tomorrow to fit it. I have also changed Mum’s sitting room and it’s looking a lot more homely and welcoming now. I’ll take some photos when I’ve finished.

Tomorrow there will be more baking and getting the table ready and the room tidied. On Friday at lunch time there’s a relaxation session at the Lodge (the cancer support centre at the hospital) and I am meeting the other two there, and we’ll come back here together afterwards for our tea.

Phew. It’s all go chez Shosh.

Happy WOYWW everybody and my apologies if I take a while to do any desk hopping.

15 comments:

  1. your baking is always so tempting.. must go and get dinner dished up, but I'd rather eat these! How lovely that you've made good friends out of something so bad, hope you have a great time. Helen #1

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  2. Ooh Shoshi, it all looks so delicious - no wonder you haven't had time for art. I hope you have a lovely time catching up with your friends - after sharing such life changing experiences I can imagine how you developed such a strong bond with each other. Have fun, I think I might make cupcakes tomorrow having seen all your lovely goodies!

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  3. Sounds like you've been super busy, Shoshi! That's enough baking for an army! How wonderful that through all the pain and heartache of cancer, you've made friends and even managed to have a fun time together. I find that very inspirational! Happy WOYWW!

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  4. Brilliant, Shoshi. So glad you are up to all this. Good news. Enjoy everything - including the get together.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #5

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  5. All your goodies make me hungry! They look so delicious! Glad to hear you are getting more and more active! God bless you!
    Carol N #42

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  6. OOOh AAAh..I can almost smell that YUMMY baking!! Looks just so GORGEOUS. And doesn't the house smell lovely and homely!Hope you had a lovely get-together!

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  7. Yum that all looks so delicious! It's so great that out of something so terrible you made some great friends and can have humour to go along with your experience. You're a really strong woman!

    Have a great week
    Sharon k #39

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  8. That's so fantastic that you all made friends. You have been quite busy in your baking, and everything looks yummy. Hope you enjoy your tea. Happy Wednesday, LisaDV #36

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  9. Hi Shoshi, you are very naughty for tempting us this way with all the gorgeous baking. Have a great woyww and happy crafting or baking, Angela x 24

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  10. Your lovely bake goods are making me so hungry, seriously. Then reading the descriptions now I am more hungry. I can't wait to see the chandelier and your Mother's sitting room. I hope you have a beautiful lunch with your friends.

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    1. Thanks for a lovely comment, Aiyana! It was all delicious, I have to say... We had lovely party.

      Shoshi

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  11. You've been so busy. Your goodies look so yummy. It's great that a such a close friendship has come out of what was probably at first one of the darkest periods. It's wonderful that you all had each other to laugh with and keep your spirits up.
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #30

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    1. Thanks Garima - glad you enjoyed it.

      Shoshi

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