Is it Christmas already?

Given it appears as though a toy shop has exploded in our living room, I think it is a safe assumption that Santa has visited and it is indeed Christmas.  Merry Christmas to whom ever stumbles across this post.  It has been a bit barren in the posting department.  Reasons one, two and three are in the shot above.

For those following along at home, the baby boys were induced at 3.00pm on the 17th of June, which is coincidentally my Mum's birthday, and arrived at 10.20pm and 10.36pm that same day.  Let's just say that a twin delivery is a production with quite a few cast members, certainly a lot more than showed up for Isaac's delivery.  I can absolutely guarantee that it will be a one time only show, because as cute as they are, they are hard work!  So it has been a bit foggy around here the past six months.  I have baked, but my mental capacity and time scarcity have not stretched to anything really ground breakingly new.  So in absence of cake photos, here are some baby photos instead.

Hard to believe that six months ago they were that little - 6 pound 5 ounces and 7 pound 2 ounces (so not so little), and they are now sitting up and stealing each others toys.

Six months - (huge exhale of breath) surely my medal is in the post?  The little assistant is slowly coming around to the possibility that they could be something other than extremely noisy things that take up time with his Dad.  When anyone asks me how it is, I just respond with "relentless" - all elements of it (especially the laundry)!  We are so blessed and we count our lucky stars on a daily basis that we were so fortunate to have three healthy and happy sons.

The little assistant was not so impressed by his new bike.  The new train set on the other hand, is a winner.

Anyway, I am sure that one day soon, I will be baking for real again.  I have a stack of baking books ready to go.

Macarons - Pierre Herme
Tea with Bea - Bea's of Bloomsbury

Baked in America (where I get my US flour)
Mary Berry's Baking Bible - stalwart of UK baking 

Now, if someone can let me know where on Amazon I can buy some time, then I will get right on it.

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and long 2012 (I am sure it is not just me that feels as though the year evaporates?).



  1. Happy New Year to you as well, and thanks for the family update. I'll be looking forward to some baking posts from that interesting set of cookbooks.

  2. All three are just beautiful! You and hubby look quite well. Happy New Year! Can't wait to see the results when you crack that macaron book.

  3. Happy New Year (almost a month late)! So nice to see a post from you and to meet the little guys. Like Nancy and Vicki, I look forward to you tackling some of those recipes.

  4. Without our weekly bake along, I'm really late checking in, but it's always fun to read what you've written. Let me know when you find the time department on amazon! :). The boys are adorable. I'm sure they will all be helping in the kitchen very soon. Your cookbook list sounds wonderful. I have Pierre Herme's Macarons and was just looking at it this morning. I'll have to check out the others. Take good care of yourself!

  5. nicola, i love your idea of candying carrots and want to give you credit but don't know you last name. please email me at:
    congratulations on the adorable twins by the way!

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