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So I have recently been warned of the fact that adverts have been appearing at the bottom of my posts for awhile. I had not seen them, been warned about them, and actually have a wonderful extension called Adblock which means I don’t see adverts ever, at all, I like it this way.

However, for those of you who have seen them I do apologise, I do not endorse them and many of them repulse me. I would suggest Adblock, or a similar service, so you don’t have to deal with any of the rubbish anyway, but otherwise I have a few plans to deal with it: Continue reading

Baptism: Tipples

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As you can see, we like colourful drinks! Photograph by Gillian Gamble, 2011.

As you can see, we like colourful drinks! Photograph by Gillian Gamble, 2011.

Have you ever noticed that a lot of Christian events will be focused around food? Alpha has a meal; Christmas & Easter are food-filled festivals traditionally; even the old style tea and quiche is for some reason integral to Church of England parish events.

Well, to be honest, in this Bear household we aren’t much different: we do very much enjoy an excuse for good food and fun. However, we also realise that people like tasty things in a glass too. I’m not speaking of purely alcoholic drinks, personally I don’t partake, but if I’m going to throw an event I’d rather serve something interesting than just basic wine/cider/beer. Continue reading

Baptism: CAAAAAAAKE

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Baptism cake. Copyright S.McAllister 2014. This shows you the cake in general but sadly also the damage done by heat on icing. It made me sad. But then I ate it.

Baptism cake. Copyright S.McAllister 2014.
This shows you the cake in general but sadly also the damage done by heat on icing. It made me sad. But then I ate it.

Needless to say (but I will anyway), I love cake. Not every type and flavour of cake, but most of them, and a lot of them. Yes. I love cake. Cake is what I make when I’m feeling sad, angry, happy, bored, and it was definitely something I was going to make for Cub. Continue reading

Baptism: Tasty Ambitions

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I’ve been meaning to write about the tasty recipes we planned out for the baptism, and decided that this week is as good as any to be dedicated to all things delicious.

Copyright Iain Challis Photography 2014.

Copyright Iain Challis Photography 2014.

Yesterday, was for the pumpkin cake (which also had a fond place on our table for Cub’s celebration, blueberries included); today I thought I’d go through some of the yumminess for the baptism, most of which was as simple as can be: Continue reading

Pumpkin Cake: Oh Joyful Vegetable!

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Look what you could attempt if you made the puree from scratch?! So cool! Pumpkins are cool!

Look what you could attempt if you made the puree from scratch?! So cool! Pumpkins are cool!

I have been promising this recipe to a number of people for awhile now and it even converted someone who didn’t like cake. The muffins managed to tempt (and continues to win over) 3 boys who were not keen on trying pumpkin, and personally I think it can be worked into so many different seasons to feel unusual and special.

Cupcakes were the first way I ever tried to bake pumpkin (excluding a traditional American pie) and were inspired by a wonderful housemate of mine whilst in university. I can’t say I followed her recipe but I have been striving for her perfection for a long time – to be fair she was American so I think it’s in her blood! My cupcakes tended to come out a little flat and very soft. I’m sure I haven’t tried hard enough to find a fluffier variation but pumpkin is such an interesting ingredient I have had a bad attempt.

Muffins were far more successful because I was aiming for a little moistness and some bouncy texture. I used porridge oats along with the flour and these because little orange mountains. I never used as much fat and sugar in these as I would in other muffins because the wet puree compensates; this makes them much better for you and so obviously that means you can have a few more… maybe… sometimes…

Cake has by far been my most successful. In loaf tins and large round cake shapes, this cake has been moist, dense (in a good way) and never too sweet. I combine it with a goat’s cream cheese frosting and sometimes blueberries (a number of other seasonal fruits would probably work wonderfully too) and it goes fast. It has never been a tidy cake of mine for this reason: if it’s warm and the frosting is dripping over it it is incredible and tends to not last for much longer than 1 meal with the 6 people in my household. Piggies, I know!

I eventually got round to writing my loose instructions for Pumpkin cake as a dedication to my wonderful friend, and Godmother to Cub, Susie. I share it with you now in celebration of her gingerness, her sweet nature, and her amazing way to make me (and seemingly everyone else around her) smile!

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Baptism: Summer Decor

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Design copyright EKMCronin 2014.

Design copyright EKMCronin 2014.

There were a number of things I got on with when it came to the Baptism Celebration to make sure everything would look good. We wanted things to be simple, but also playful and colourful; in the end we stuck pretty closely to a design I used for the invitations, from the Facebook event, to the food labels, and onto the Order of Service, the continuity made things feel far more organised and together than any other event I’ve ever planned… including our wedding. Continue reading

Baptism: Gown Lessons

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One of the traditional pieces of a baptism that I really wanted to keep hold of was Cub’s gown. Historically the gown was meant for both adults and children to symbolise the new start: they would be baptised/bathed naked and then be given brand new white robes. It is now pretty common to see babies with huge long flowing dresses full of lace and detailing, especially now the UK has a new baby Prince that everyone was cooing over.

Personally, I decided to change a few things about this tradition

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Celebrations; or How To Plan An Awesome Event

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Space, flowers, and no rain – sorted! Copyright S. McAllister 2014.

As you may know, we planned out a pretty extravagant day for our daughter’s baptism. It is the most amount of planning we’ve done since Bear and I got married, and personally I think it was fantastic. In fact I think it was one of the best days I’ve ever had. I’m pretty darn confident that other people loved it too. So I win (figuratively speaking as there isn’t actually a competition or a prize)!

Before you close your browser heating up with the righteous anger at my ego and prideful arrogance, please let me explain why. Continue reading