Sunday, 28 June 2009

Stop! Thief!

OK, 'fess up - who stole June? Because otherwise I can't form any sensible reason for not having written in *three weeks*. I think it's an inevitable part of this time of year - school and social activities seem to be speeding up rather than winding down and one day soon we're going to have overdone it all so much that we just collapse in a soggy little heap on the living room carpet. Which desperately needs cleaning. Oh well. I'll add that to the list then.

June is always busy for us; there have been two birthdays - mine and (moving swiftly on) Tall Small's. This year her birthday fell on a Friday which meant that by the time we had had the day itself, and her party on Sunday, it ended up being a birthweekend - which is as it should be when you're turning 7.

Seven? Those tiny time thieves have been at it again.

Still, it was a good excuse for bracelet making:


partybox creating:


(we watched Beverley Hills Chihuahua, and the (recyclable!) boxes were filled with iced flower biscuit lollies, headbands from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing, and homemade matching hair bobbles - one button covering kit plus some cheapo Boots hair elastics.)

And, of course, cake scoffing:



I was really pleased with the way this turned out - it's Nigella's custard birthday cake with unadulterated Belgian chocolate on the top, and those lollies are inspired by Bakerella but made with this recipe. Glitter and coloured flame candles, naturally. Yuuuuuum.

50 comments:

  1. loving the cake pops on top. Happy Birthday TallSmall

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  2. hope tall small has a fantastic birthday - cake looks yummy!!! i know what you mean about time - i can't believe how fast it goes sometimes!!!

    xxxx

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  3. Double Happy Birthday! And I love the flower biscuit lollies. K x

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  4. Happy birthday to both of you, and that cake looks like it made the birthday certianly sweeter.

    I apologise on behalf of time for the thieving of June, all I can offer in consolation is that hopefully July should be longer (it should feel about one day longer ;P)
    xxx

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  5. where has June gone? was it shortened, did the middle bit fall out somewhere along the way? It's a mystery to me.

    That cake looks delicious, those lollies on top - too much excitement in a cake for me to bear, I'm afraid. I would have squealed like a mad woman if I'd have gotten that cake for my birthday....even now, as an old lady. Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

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  6. ooo fab cake i love it and may pinch the idea for our 8th birthday this year (and yes its scary where the time goes!) june always seems to fly by i think for the reasons you say - im probably at the collapsed in a soggy heap stage at the moment but another week or so will get my second wind.... i hope ;-)
    Lx

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  7. That's a great-looking cake! Hope someone made one for you as well.

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  8. Oooooooh! Happy Birthdays!!! Thought you'd been a bit quiet lately! Why is the end of term so full on and stressy? Not fair at all!

    Locket xxx

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  9. Oh what a lovely june you have been having! I love making cakes with Custard powder cream in the middle - Nigella has good ideas!
    Time is going by too quickly, we need it to stop for a while... please!
    Emx

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  10. Ooh, happy birthday to all! June is a great month for a birthday... ;o)

    The cake looks great - Nigella's recipes are old favourites here but I don't believe I've ever made that one before. Off to look it up now.

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  11. Mmmmm that cake looks lush! Hope TallSmall had a great birthday :) Thanks for you lovely comment on my blog earlier :) xxx

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  12. I know what you mean - where does the time go?
    Looks like the birthday weekend was fun - love the party boxes and cake. The cake pops are a fab idea I've got to make some.

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  13. You, my friend, clearly throw an awesome party. Happy Birthdays all round!

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  14. Happy Birthday month to the DottyCookies! You guys always have the coolest looking cakes!

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  15. What a fantastic birthday!! Looks like great fun

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  16. Happy Birthday to you both!

    And OMG that cake!

    And OMG where on earth did June go?

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  17. Wow - the cake looks fantastic!! And I understand the time flying thing.....

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  18. Belated birthday wishes to you both. That cake looks amazing... love the chocolate lollies on the top. As for that time thing... we were at Ben's for lunch yesterday and he reminded me he will be 27 this year! Surely that can't be possible?

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  19. yummy, we've made that cake, but without such fantastic decorations xoxo

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  20. Now that's what I call a cake!

    Happy belated birthdays to you both xxx

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  21. It's that time of year for us in the northern hemisphere...SWEET SUMMER...we must enjoy her while she's here! :o) And you are...delicious fun post. Eat, drink, create and be merry...Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  22. Happy Birthdays to you!!

    Those party boxes are fab - so much better than the usual ones full of plastic c**p!

    Fantastic birthday cake :)

    xxx

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  23. Wow, look at that cake, and the party bag goodies! You're setting the bar way to high here, there's no way the rest of us mum's can match that! My only hope is to make sure Amy is not looking over my shoulder and seeing how parties should be done! Certainly sounds like you've had a busy June - happy belated birthday to you and Tall Small!

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  24. Good party bags! But where are the horrid wormy sweets and the single pitiful balloon?

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  25. Happy belated Birthday to you and Tall Small! What a gorgeous scrumptiously lovely looking cake, I'm guessing there's none left ...
    As for June, I've just hoovered and tidied the house and there's no sign of it here either
    KImx

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  26. Oh yes, I like the sound of a birthweekend. Hope she had a FAB time! That cake is amazing!!! x

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  27. Just to warn you: I am showing up at your next party! Especially if you make another cake like that one...

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  28. Happy belated birthday to you both. Mine is fast approaching - I'm wondering if I'll get a cake for once, as my mum will be in town. I don't think there will be lollipops or anything fancy like that, mind...

    I wish the parties we've been to had party boxes with goodies like that. Much better than the plastic stuff that always seems to have a 5 minute lifespan then breaks.

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  29. Our school has been out since 6/4 and I feel like June has absolutely flown by. We went out of town for a few days and now my sister and her 2 boys are in town for a week. It's all so fun; however, it sure makes time speed by. Do you go to school all summer in the UK or do you have a break sometime?

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  30. Hi Dottie
    I love both the party bags and the cake!! I've printed off the recipe for Nigella's custard powder buttercream cake and the easy choc truffles for the choc cake pops! So no excuse for me now! Where did you buy the lolly sticks and glitter? Thanks for the inspiration! Love Salx

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  31. oh I know jiust what your saying here, what happened to JUNE. Oh Happy birthday (belated) also. LOVING the cake.....Mmmmmmmmm

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  32. i love the cake... brilliant brilliant.

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  33. Happy Birthday to both tall small and yourself Mrs DC. What a wonderful cake and excellent hand-madey goodie bag. We wont be able to make it tomorrow - thanks so much for the invitation though. Hope to see you very very soon xxx

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  34. Can Tall Small really be 7 ?!?! Time flies! Her cake looks fabulous...as does your rhubarb cake. Mmmmmm.

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  35. Please can I live at your house?

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  36. I think that's the most beautiful cake I've ever seen!

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  37. Fabulous cake and what special party bags full of handmade goodness, I really can't stand all the plastic cr@p they usually contain, so these are extremely lovely indeed!!!

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  38. Oh, yes I agree who stole June?!
    Looks like a super yummy cake!!

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  39. Happy Belated Birthmonth to you both! Looks like it was a fantastic party.

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  40. NOBODY baked me a cake in years...

    sigh.

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  41. I love your party boxs and the cake looks so yummy. x

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  42. That cake is just amazing Why do we suddnely stopp having fantastic cake as we get older. I do thinkthat this is such a shame.

    Hope a lovely day was had by all.

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  43. I don't know who stole June, but I think they're coming for July, too.

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  44. Love the party boxes and the cake is wonderful what a lucky girl. I also haven't posted in a while for pretty similar reasons, things have calmed down a bit and I shall be back again

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  45. That cake looks delicious. I love cake. I have not eaten cake for what seems like a hundred years (but in reality is probably more like 2 weeks!)

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  46. god I know that feeling of months at a time being stolen - not to mention the years (we've recently had a seventh bday too - eh? how did that happen???) LOVE that cake

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  47. Funny you should ask, I've been looking for June everywhere!!! Can't believe we're half way through July. Your party preparations look wonderful, I'm sure a great time was had by all :)

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  48. Very belated birthday wishes to you and your little cookie :) I love the cake and might have to pinch that idea for the next one here :) Gx

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  49. Time .... I'm sure someone stole mine too. It's such a busy month of the year, particularly when school is involved. Love the look of that cake and hope you had happy birthdays...

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