Happy birthday O

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A carpet of white greeted us all on O’s birthday. We enjoyed a snuggle in bed before a leisurely breakfast and present giving. Rory was very excited to give him this tool bag, unbeknown to him there was this little surprise for Rory (Daddy’s apprentice) waiting inside it. I got O this cool print and these collar stiffeners which I had personalised with the first line of the poem that he wrote for me on our wedding day. After O went to work Rory had a little play. He enjoyed riding around in his cart with his tool kit and stopping off to do little jobs with his tools. He’s getting very into role play and spent a long time making “soup” for mummy and Rory. He also managed to construct his train tracks which he hasn’t managed up till now. The snow continued to come down strongly so Rory and I decided to get wrapped up for our morning walk. Rory loved being out in the snow and the neighbourhood was pretty deserted so there was a lot of thick snow to explore. Whilst walking he would stick his tongue out to taste the snow. We picked up a little cup cake for O at One Girl before heading home for lunch. In the afternoon we decided that we should make a yoghurt cake (O’s favorite) as you can never have enough cake on your birthday. Rory was a great help. O came home early from work to celebrate and we enjoyed a family pizza courtesy of the brilliant Juliana’s. It’s our 15th birthday together and they just get better every year. Happy birthday O, we love you.

Recipe: Yogurt Cake (gâteau au yaourt)

Ingredients

  • 2 (6oz) containers of plain yogurt (keep containers for measuring the other ingredients)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 containers sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • just under 1 container of vegetable oil
  • 4 containers flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 container mini chocolate chips or 2 containers of frozen berries (optional)
  • Crème fraîche (optional)
  • powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  2. Coat a loaf pan or 9″ round cake pan with cooking spray or oil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stir until just combined. You can now add the chocolate chips or berries if using them.
  6. Scoop it all into your baking pan, bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and the cake springs up when touched (or when a toothpick inserted is pulled out clean). Let it cool on a rack.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar (optional) and serve with the Crème fraîche (optional).

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