So the boys are now nearing the end of week two of their summer holidays....the pace has definitely slowed a lot and relaxing the routines has certainly been welcome.
With dog-walking normally done while the boys are in school, Chester's walks have been varied and noisier recently!
Rain or shine, we've been at the beach which has been great fun taking time to 'see' the things the boys see. We've collected pebbles, shells, fossils, smoothed glass.......
(I have quite a growing collection of little pebbles of glass now, with no real thought as to why!)
Yesterday, to ring the changes, we invited some family for a high-tea......I do love to sit and look through my cookbooks and plan a meal or party......aside from eating, it is one of my favourite things to do.....maybe it is the anticipation of the eating!
The boys got involved by making a menu for our guests.........
While I got on with the baking....Chocolate biscuit bars, Rose flavoured cupcakes, Courgette, walnut and cinnamon cake and Mixed berry muffins
All of the recipes came from this book.....so many lovely things to choose from. I also made cheese muffins from the recipe page on Nattie's lovely blog Florence and Rose....these have become a family favourite (and famously, some months ago, Chester, the constantly hungry beagle, ate one in less than a second off an unattended plate!)
The cake above had a mystery ingredient which I purposely left off the menu, as I knew one middle sized boy would refuse to eat it if he only knew......
Needless to say, it tasted jolly good and middle boy even tried a bit after he heard there was courgette in it!
We went the whole hog with cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches.....washed down with a nice cuppa! I wouldn't mind eating like this every day of the week.
What about you.....what is your idea of a perfect meal? I like the tradition of high tea, with crust less cucumber sandwiches, dainty cakes (to be honest none of my cakes were delicate or dainty!) and tea in a china tea-cup.
Thank you for all of your thoughtful comments on my previous post....we are blessed indeed that everyone was safe and any losses will be covered by insurance.