Excuses, Excuses


As you may have noticed I don't need much of an excuse to bake a cake or two.
Today I have several excuses:
1) It's Friday
2) It's the start of a bank holiday weekend
3) It's the start of half-term week
4) It's Tom's last day at school
5) It's George's last day at sixth form college
6) I now have only one school aged child

Six excuses warrant cake with icing. And a cherry on top.




They might take my mind off the howling wind which is wreaking havoc among my quince blossom.


Comments

  1. Oh golly Sue, big events indeed! Such huge steps for your boys (men). Enjoy your holiday and please send warm weather and cake my way! x

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  2. Oh Sue, not another quince disaster in the offing! I pray for your blossom this weekend.

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    1. Thank you Jayne! Petals are being blown off but not entire blossoms and I can see infant quinces on the tree.

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  3. Lots of big events and they most certainly do warrant a cake with a cherry on top, although I do think you're very extravagant, my cakes only get half a cherry on top...lol!!

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  4. Can't beat white icing and a cherry on top for all big occasions. Nearly got blown away shopping in Malvern - then came back witn the wrong printer cartridge....... Still remember daughter's last day at school - it's a big step

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  5. Very cheerful on such a dismal afternoon. At least it's good revision weather! I'm just about to bake your September - Apple cake as it is far more like Autumn than late Spring! Celebrate the new phase with your children :)
    Have a good Bank Holiday. x

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  6. It's been raining all day here & I've made your carrot & coconut soup which will cheer me up! (I won't mention Mary Berry's 'lemon drizzle' cake which is in the oven). Also made Rachel Allen's soda bread to go with the soup. Perfect baking/cooking/eating for a rubbish day.

    Good Luck to your sons. I remember my son's last day at school - we all breathed a sigh of relief. Once he was at 6th form college he never looked back.

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  7. Congratulations and best of luck to your sons. I would have baked too.

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  8. I'll never get my head around how the British school year works. I always thought it went into July. Oh well, frantically busy here with my daughter's graduation to deal with. Then I'll have no school age children left. Yikes, what an adjustment.

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    1. Kari it does go into July. Katie has another 8 weeks after the half-term holiday but Tom has finished because he is on study leave for his GCSEs which are the exams they all take at 16. He has actually done most of his exams but has two more in early June. After that there is no more school for his year. George is doing much the same thing but he's taking A levels which are not compulsory but are an entry into university (college). both boys have a lovely long summer holiday ahead of them.

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  9. Now I want cake. I blame you.

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  10. Beautiful cakes and fabulous photos! Thanks, and have a great long weekend!

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  11. I hope those quinces got pollinated. They were looking so fine. Cannot beleeeve this awful weather. Made chicken soup tonight. Wish I'd made cakes too.

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  12. Lovely looking cakes - like photos from a cook book, m'dear! Good luck to you all in these times of change - exciting! X

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  13. Gosh those cakes look delish - could just eat one right now with my cuppa.

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  14. 4), 5) and 6) definitely warrant a cherry on the top. But how lovely to have them around so much for the next few months. Hope you have a fantastic weekend; I've heard there may be sunshine and warmth.

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  15. They look so utterly sweet and perfect, like a child's drawing of how a cake should be. And I share reasons one, two and three with you. They are also very acceptable reasons to open a bottle of wine. :-)

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    1. That has also been done.

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  16. Noooooooooooo!!!!! (To the Wind, not the cake!). Cakes look lovely! X

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  17. I have all those reasons for cake too - except it is apple blossom for me. Am feeling very sentimental about Myles - I remember his first day at school so well. Those 14 years flew. Wishing you a peaceful half term and a relatively stress free exam season x

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  18. The cakes look beautiful by the way and I too have cracked open the wine!

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  19. It's going to be a very long summer with 2 boys at home and under your feet. I remember when mine did it, at times drove me mad, but at others it was lovely to spend time with them, just sitting in the garden and chatting.

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  20. ooh a whole cherry. I always cut them in half so they lie flat. Now I want to bake fairy cakes so I can make ones like that! Is it wrong to start baking cakes before breakfast?

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  21. Is it alright for me not to have an excuse Sue, seeing your cakes had made me feel rather peckish for something sweet! x Happy half term x Penny

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  22. Cake, with a cherry on top. I may have to come up with some excuses myself. Come to think of it, it's a holiday weekend here as well... time to break out the icing!
    I hope the quince comes through alright.

    -Giselle

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  23. your cakes are perfect and i want to make them too..i'm sure i could manage the prerequisite excuse list..first..my children all left home years ago..second..they selfishly haven't produced a grandchild for me yet! etc :)

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  24. They look delicious :)

    I remember the day when my girls were at the stages your boys are and I was left with just the one school age child, it takes some getting used to doesn't it.

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  25. No excuses needed to bake, I just try and make sure there are more mouths to feed than just my own or nothing will ever fit. Thank you for all you share via your blog. I have just started one and gained a little insight into the work required so am just popping in to say THANK YOU

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  26. Time too celebrate, indeed. good luck to the school-leavers.

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  27. Or possibly 6 excuses for 6 cakes with cherries on top - after all Sue we all need our coping mechanisms..... :-) Hope your quince tree injoyed the sunshine this weekend and fingers crossed on the quinces. :-)

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  28. no excuses required - simply adorable x

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  29. I had quince jam for the first time yesterday, with a mature Gouda and crusty bread.. Delicious and inspired my your blog. What else can I eat it with? Lovely

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    1. On toast or it's lovely with roast pork or pork chops. My sister-in-law loves it with smoked mackerel.

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    2. Roast roast pork, delicious, thanks. We only have a tiny and very expensive jar that I'm guarding...

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  30. They look FANTASTIC. I bet they are all long gone.

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