Last week was no exception - one of my children was having to deal with a "situation" which was heart-breaking for me to watch. I felt so helpless, but it was not something that I could actually step in and deal with. So I did the only thing I could to make it a bit better...I made cupcakes!
Although it was 8.30pm on a school night, that wasn't going to stop me. The resulting sugar high from bowl-licking and cupcake-scoffing just before bed is not really conducive to a quick shut-eye, but we didn't care. All that mattered is that I was able to put a smile back on my cherubs' faces!
There's always something sweet and safe about being with people who love you. This is the environment my hubby and I have endeavoured to establish in our home for our kids and each other. We're very blessed in that it's also an environment that extends throughout our whole family, which is a great role model and safe haven for our kids. That's why I love making the effort to have family "girly" days, in spite of the busyness of life - it's important to invest time into loved ones. A girls' lunch at The Watergrill at Sydney Rowing Club over the weekend is an example of this...
|One of my gorgeous nieces & Goddaughter!|
Life is certainly very full for us at the moment and there always seems to be something exciting going on in the social calendar. Speaking of which, we've got a dream family holiday to the USA coming up...and in case you didn't know already, I can't wait to get to New York!! It seems that everywhere I turn, I'm reminded of this fact, even through food :) Here is a "New Yorker" slice I just couldn't resist from my local (& very-much-worth-the-visit) bakery, Wattle Bakers:
But the sweetness didn't end there! I also braved the rain and traffic to travel across the Anzac Bridge to meet up with some fellow dream-chasers at the delicious Cafe Sopra Potts Point - four amazing soul sisters, who I'm about to embark on a very exciting adventure with (so stay tuned)! Great food, great company, great adventures...life really is like a cupcake - so sweet!
Beautiful fresh produce at Cafe Sopra...
Too many delicious dishes to choose from...
So we tasted a few...
|Mini Arancini Balls to-die-for|
|Tasty Creamy Vegetarian Pasta|
|Zucchini & Fennel Salad (& I thought I didn't like fennel!)|
|Banoffee Pie - way too delicious!|
|Tiramisu (a favourite even though I don't like coffee?!)|
|An adventure begins!|