Rainbow Cake

rainbow cake

It has been another one of those unexpectedly busy weeks where, despite trying to do very little above and beyond what was necessary, the hours have flown by at a very alarming rate.

The week started with us making a rainbow cake.  As some of you may recall, the wee boy has been talking about this for quite a while now and I had promised him, in the half term holidays, that we would give it a go, little realising that the holidays coincided with our lovely Charlotte’s birthday.  So, we made her a rainbow cake for her birthday.

When I say we, I am being generous.  The wee boy did a little stirring, a lot more licking, and when the violet cake fell apart – you’ll notice there are only six colours and not seven – he did a great deal of ‘quality controlling’.  However, it finally got made and presented, covered in icing, silver balls, coloured sugar, and love.

Interestingly, when the cake was cut, none of us, for one second, thought there was anything unusual about having a large, six layered slice of special birthday cake, despite each slice being absolutely ginormous.  Oh no, instead, we valiantly waded through the layers, stopping regularly for a swig of tea, and then more tea, until the wee boy, with still a mountain of cake to go, declared he’d had enough.

There was still plenty of cake left on all plates, but we trundled off on a dog walk, convinced that we would make room for the final part of the slice on our return.  Imagine then, our genuine surprise when himself came home and cut himself half a slice.

Just three colours.

*metaphorical lightbulb switches on*

Himself and I don’t do Valentine’s Day.  Mainly because neither of us are comfortable with the commercial concept, but also because we both believe that love should be given all year round.  That said, I would never judge anyone who does wish to engage with Valentine’s Day.  It’s a personal thing.  However, I do try and let people we love, know that is how we feel, so was brought to tears later on in the week when, flying hither and thither, the wee boy and I were on the telephone to son #1 and he finished the conversation with ‘love you’.  Similarly, when the wee one telephoned son #1 again, he left the conversation with ‘lots of love’.

I cannot put into words just how much this makes me glow inside.  I’m more proud that my boys can express their love for each other and us, than any bunch of flowers or heart embossed card and hope that nothing and no-one manages to crush that piece of perfection they both have within them.





wheat grass

I know, I know, I know.  It may seem, to the outside eye, as though we have ventured down Gwyneth Paltrow Avenue, but I assure you, we are nowhere near.

Having given up sugar for two weeks and four days now, it seemed logical that we explore a few other healthy options to see how they might change our daily lives. So, we have also started having a shot of wheatgrass, home grown obviously, in the hope that we will both end up feeling full of the joys of Spring.

Now here’s the thing.  I have been doing a little light reading and whilst some changes to diet, such as the Atkins, is a whole load of balderdash, health wise, it seems that sugar has become the devil incarnate, and wheatgrass one of the sacred sites. To be honest, that’s not totally true, but it does seem to carry some healthy benefits.  If you cut it, juice it and drink it within a decent timeframe.

This is all well and good, but I can’t help thinking there is a little bit of a placebo effect taking place, and our timely choice to pump less ‘naughty food’ into our bodies, has more than a nod to the fact that Spring is round the corner.  But, you know what, I don’t mind if it is a little bit of a placebo effect.  In fact, I positively encourage it.  Because it’s not necessarily what you eat or drink on it’s own, that can give you the spring you’re looking for, but who you’re doing it with.

And I cannot think of anyone I’d rather be doing this with, than himself.