A three Day Weekend has to involve cake!

How much can one person pack into a three day weekend at home?  Well I'm pooped, so I'll take that as good sign and that I've enjoyed myself!

So let's start off nice and slow......

Any time spent in the garden is time well spent!  

I bought some geraniums a little while back, unfortunately for them, I am notorious at killing this plant.  But I love them so much, so I keep buying them. This last lot I bought started to show the usual signs of 'I'm dying' - so I popped them outside on a bench seat and resigned myself to watch them die from a distance.

Well I'll be, 6 weeks later, there they are still alive!! And showing signs of health!  So I've decided to trim off the dead bits and re-pot them.

I made up this temporary potting table in the sun and I put my faith in some good potting mix, a small amount of knowledge and started to get excited! 

I found three lovely old terracotta pots big enough to give the plants some room to grow. Wish me luck folks, let's hope they stick around.....the flowers are such a beautiful red.

Oh, my little helper seems somewhat distracted.

It's been a big three days in the paddock as well. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you might have seen some pictures coming through of our new little ones.  These little babies are going to be joining our flock, one big happy family!

The little girl below is part of a set of triplets, number two & three were off in the paddock having a lovely stroll with their her Mumma.

This is my Friday girl, my hand-reared ewe from 4 years ago.  She is a wonderful mother and as you can see her babies think she's the bee's knees!

My husband and I take it in turns during the night to go into the paddock and check that the girls are going OK.  We've had some interesting situations before and now know that a little bit of intervention can make the difference between a successful birth or not.

This next ewe, Sally, is a first time Mum and she's taken to it very well.  

While the other Mother's are off eating and having a little break, there's usually one ewe that will baby sit everyone else's babies. We are only half way through all the ewes lambing, so the creche will eventually get quite big!

Oh, to watch them all running around, just on dusk, acting the goat, is so much fun!

A weekend is never complete without a bit of baking....and true to my husband's form, he always turns up just as I'm ready to serve.

This is a combination of a few recipes I've used time and time again.  Slightly modified it has turned out a treat!  

Recipe - Never Fail Cake - Julie Goodwin's recipe book: My Family Table

250g butter, chopped
2 cups (440g) sugar
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3 cups (450g) self-raising flour
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) milk
good pinch of salt.

Preheat the oven to 180c (160c fan forced) Lightly grease a 26cm springform tin and line with baking paper.  I've used two tins and shared the mixture between them.

Using electric beaters, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy.  Add eggs one at a time, beat well between eggs, add vanilla essence, beat well.

Stir in 1 cup of flour, then 1/2 cup of milk.  Repeat until all flour and milk is used, making sure there's no lumps in the batter.  Pop into your tins,  Bake for 45 mins or until golden on top and cake springs back when touched in the middle.

Once cake is cooled add whipped cream in between and drizzle icing on top, then top off with raspberries.

Recipe - Icing

2 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
salt
2 1/2 cups shifted icing sugar

Melt butter in small saucepan, stir in milk, vanilla and salt.  Whisk in icing sugar a little at a time.  The mixture needs to be thick but still pour-able.  

I know I'm on a winner when my husband says......Oh Julie, you've out done yourself this time!   Lol!!  He'll say anything for cake!

Still warm, Noel pushes down on the cake to cut it, and all the cream oozes out......just like vegemite in a salada biscuit.....but not, because I hate vegemite, and this taste sooo much better.

Beautiful crab apple blossom from our garden.

Looks like my assistant has packed it in for the day. Hope you've had a glorious weekend. x Julie