My god sons babtismal cake that MiniMe made and I only helped out a bit.

My cousins asked if I could bake a cake for her sons baptism and of course I am going to bake a cake for my god son, but did I.

MiniMe has been planning this cake for weeks. A few weeks ago when she came home from school she asked me about the cake.

MiniMe: Mum, you haven’t forgotten about the cake have you?
Me: What cake?
MiniMe: You know, for the baby’s babtism.
Me: No, I still have a few weeks to make it.
MiniME: Oh good, I have a few ideas for the decoration and it has to be blue”

We, she my little pride and joy made the cakes and most of the decoration.

She also made little booties, a rattle and letters. You never know what little children can do given a little instructions. Yes, mummy is brimming with pride.

This cake project ended up with MiniMe doing most of the work. My lucky task was to color the marzipan in different shades of blue and help her out if she was stuck, by giving her instructions.

I also got to put the cake in and take it out of the oven. Oh yes, I had to measure out the flour for her and assembled the cake.

 

MiniMe made 2 chocolate and 2 sponge cake

Each sponge cake layer consisted of 

6 eggs
2 dl sugar
3 dl flour
1 tsp baking powder

The chocolate sponge consisted of

6 eggs
2 dl sugar
2 dl flour
1 dl cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder

Whisk egg and sugar white and sift in the rest of the ingredients. Fold the dry ingredients in the eggs carefully and pour it into a roasting pan about 26 cm X 36 cm. Bake in a pre heated oven for 10 minutes on 180 C.

After baking I trimmed the cake to the size of an A4 sized paper.

For filling and dirty icing I used

2,4 liter of cream that I whipped to cream with

2 tbsp powdered sugar infused with vanilla

 

600 g naturally sweetened raspberry jam.

250 g fresh raspberries

For cake decoration she used 1 kg marzipan and colored with Wilton Royal blue icing color.

To cover the cake I used 2 kg marzipan that i rolled out about 3-4 mm thickness. You need quite a bit more than what you need in order to get a nice cover on your cake. I usually make the marzipan cover a total of 20 cm wider and longer than I need, 10 cm on each side.

A traditional celebratory cake in Norway is a sponge cake with with berries and cream covered with either marzipan or cream, “marsipankake” or a “bløtkake”, for a child’s party a chocolate cake is common to make. we made a combination of both

The teddy above she made all by herself and without any instructions from me.

I made the little blocks with letters and numbers, the baby’s initials, and the date.

 

 

My toilet

When it comes to my own style, I must confess that I am very incecure, I like so many different looks.

In the end or at least for now I have chosen light colors in my new appartement, light, bright and optimistic


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 Since the appartement has high celings, tall windows, a classical look feels more natural and I can just supplement with a few modern things to make it look a little up to date.

Maybe a little industrial, retro and so on.

As you can see the I did the toilet in grey and white, it is not to big and dark colors would have made it small I think.

MI needes something to store all my toilet stuff and came across this display cabinet and thought why not.

I put my toiletpaper rolls in it, my cheap IKEA towles and little odds and ends.

I even manage to put some scented candles from Durance and Voluspa in there:)

IKEA a loved and hated place

For the average joe/jane IKEA is a fabulous place to get trendy looking furniture for reasonable price. I have a love hate relationship whith this place, I hate the ques at the check out counter and love the fact I can get reasonable priced things. When that is said, you get what you pay for.

After a short to IKEA have I have purchased a few thisng to complete the apartement, 3 Isala cabinets for the dining area, a few cheap rugs, curtains, and a lamp shade for mummys old gren lamp

I got some sheer cotton curtains for the dining area and living room. I was contempating lift curtains in  bleached linnen, but these are fine for now.
The two carpets I got is to protect the painted floors from wear and tear.
The carpets are temporary untill I find some that I really love, the black and white one is made of polyester, a material I wouldn’t choose normaly but for less than  NOK 500 that one is still ok.
I have ambevalent feelings when it comes to shopping at IKEA, I cant’t seem to not go there if I need anything cheap and temporary, but hate the fuss, hustle and bustle of the place.
The appatrement is starting to look like home.

The appartement is getting there

The new appartement floors has been allowed to dry and harden for a few days since I painted them, so I have begun moving in a few furnitures. Most of what I have is what I have brought with me from the old house. It is still chaotic, but it is starting to look like someones home.
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When they heard that I was moving out my husband’s aunty asked if I needed any furniture, they had an old coffee table in the attic that they in turn got from an aunt and uncle when they were setting up their first home. I said yes I thought it might look good with my sofa
I’m trying to decide if I am keeping it the way it is or maybe paint it. What do you think?
 The dinning set is from the children’s great grand mother and it used to be pink, I gave it a couple of layers of paint a few years ago and had the seats re upholstered. The only new item in the appartement for now is the lamp from House Doctor above the table.
There is still a lot to do and I have to think about this as just another move, like we usually do when we have moved arround for hubby’s work.
I have to look at this as new opportunities and possibilities.

Finally finished painting the hall

After a wonderfoull day spent out in the sun, I decided that I should finish up what I had started and paint the wall in the hall with the thorne wallpaper, I hade already pinted it ones, but the color looked to much like tooth paste, so I had to do it again.

The new coloror is simmilar to the one I first painted, but there is a little red in this one so it didn’t look so bright as the one before.

I even hung up the pictures of Hanna and Dan from ehen they were little toddlers. The dresser is a souvenir from our stay in Hong kong.

This room connects the livingromm, garage and the office.

The cabinets you see on the right are shoe cabinets, in idea I got from our stay in South Korea.

This view is from the livingroom.