About Me

This blog is about me and my voyage to becoming a mummy. Ironically called “mummy in the baking” as together with my passion and obsession for all things cake related, I will never be able to have my own "bun in the oven." Years of fertility treatment have taken their toll and I now find myself on a new..eek, i hate this word...journey! The crazy train to adoption. I hope you will join me while I bake my way to becoming a mummy. I want this blog to be a source of information as well as a comforter. I hope it will inspire and help anyone who is considering adoption or who has in fact already bought their ticket for this..here I go again...journey. Cake makes me happy and I hope you will enjoy sharing my love of it. I want it to help lift your spirits and hearts through what can only be described as 'the trials and tribulations of the adoption process.' Along with my desire to be a family, I love my dogs, have an unhealthy love of sausages and chenin blanc, adore my land rover uber-nerd of a husband and continiously dream of balmy summer evenings. Baking in progress…..

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Just browsing........

Before you all jump with adoption infused joy and elation, I have no significant news I'm afraid. Well, other than Miss Delia is coming to see us on the 10th of July but it's just what they call..stop laughing Miranda fans....a 'staying in touch meeting.' Just a little comforter. Something to keep us going while we wait. But you know what, I appear to be really good at waiting. Five years down the line and I have perfected the art of abiding my time. I'm also really good at window shopping in the kiddie departments. That on-line sale on the early learning centre is pure heaven and we won't even talk about those cute little circus tents in that Swedish emporium. This past weekend was spent camped next a family with two adorable little girls and all we talked all weekend was how different it would be for us with a little one. Maybe someone will now at least appreciate my really bad camp-fire ghost stories, ball games, bunting and the fairy lights malarky. One thing we do know is...our LandRover was full just with our stuff. Did someone mention a roof box? Now, if you need a good cake to take camping...try this dark, sticky gingerbread cake with a whiskey glaze (obviously sans the whiskey for little ones..try adding vanilla water instead) It's a keeper!

Rich, spicy gingerbread

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Welcome to Cafe Gratitude.....

The response from friends, colleagues, blog followers and family has been completely overwhelming. I didn't think it was possible but there are actually people out there more excited than me. Right now, I am feeling extremely grateful for all the truly amazing and supportive people in my life. LRUN and I are still on a high but fully prepared for the comedown as the reality is soon to hit. We will have simply gone from the top of one list to the bottom of another. But heck, for now I am loving every minute of this feeling. I have a new mantra, 'Adoption is the new pregnant' and if I could wear the T-shirt, I would. I mean, there's no morning sickness, extreme hormonal tiredness, weight gain or even better, I can still  indulge in the occasional G&T. And you all know how I feel about those Tena Lady's. For me, it's a no-brainer.

There is a snag though in that we can't do too much to prepare. A bit like a pregnancy without a due date. Sure we know we have selected an age bracket of 0-2 years old but a 22 month old has completely different needs to a 9 month old. So there will still be that last minute panic. But its a good panic.

Look don't get me wrong, I know it's going to be a long wait. Even so, I know the right child will find us in time. And my door is wide open. Luckily we have a summer filled with family gatherings, weddings, camping trips and bbq's to indulge in while we wait. And of course more baking to do. My latest treasure is a batch of extremely more-ish Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownies. (just sprinkle with glistening salt crystals after baking) Ridiculously dangerous. You have been warned.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownies