Hamlet, a diamond jubilee tea towel, a record player and a gomnie in the garden (the gomnie is the one with the red hat that Sylvia spent a lot of time telling her dad about before his birthday!!!). My blog gets a piece of doggerel. Hey! It's my blog and I will write bad poetry if I want to! After all birthday are meant to be a little self indulgent:
Happy birthday GGG
It's my blogiversary
I've been blogging for 5 years
About breakfast, lunch and tea.
In the spirit of self-indulgence, I will pause here to reflect briefly on how much I love blogging! Since that first post five years ago, I have learnt so much, met lots of interesting people and cooked lots of yummy food. I do a regular round up at the end of each year so I will until then for the naval gazing and just say a simple thanks to you who support me and read my posts. Regular readers might have noticed that I am posting a bit less often right now. Life is busy and demanding but over the years I have noticed my blogging energy wax and wane. If I can be sure of one thing, it is that life will keep changing, just as this blog does.
treacle scones especially for E. At the birthday boy's request, I made haggis for Haggis Nachos and my mum did a Mexican feast of tacos, nachos, three different chilli con carnes, guacamole, and lots of other side dishes.
gf chocolate caramel slice.
Jirrahlinga Koala Wildlife Sanctuary before the birthday lunch. Life being hectic and disorganised, we ended up going after lunch. Most of the wombats, E's favourite animals, were sound asleep. He loves them because they are so sleepy (and snuggly), so it didn't bother him at all. Though he did enjoy watching one that was snuffling about in its food scraps.
these). Even on a couple of occasions at wildlife parks (including Jirrahlinga) when I have come across a zookeeper with one in their arms, they have been more snuggly than lively. On this trip they were sitting up in the trees grabbing at pawfuls of leaves and stuffing them in their mouths, scratching and stretching and looking about. We decided that later in the day was a good time to visit. It was definitely a quiet time of day to be there.
Haggis Pizza and so-so DVD, Gnomeo and Juliet.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Guitar Birthday Cake
Two years ago: Viking cat cake with a butterscotch secret
Three years ago: Happy Birthday to E and GGGiraffe (choc orange cake)
Four years ago: Green Gourmet Giraffe Birthday Cake
Five years ago: A very vampire birthday
How to Make a Ghost Birthday Cake
(Adapted from the Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book)
You will need:
- 1 plain cake (I used this butterless butter cake recipe) baked in a rectangle slice tray (mine is 18 x 28cm)
- 1 batch of buttercream icing (see notes below*)
- 2 clean half egg shells (I washed the egg shells after putting egg in the cake)
- 2 jaffas (or round red lollies)
- about a dozen green smarties (or other small green lollies)
Bake the cake the night before, if possible. When ready to decorate the cake, find an appropriate board to present the cake on. I covered a baking tray with foil and later remembered that it might be better to use my cake tin with a cover for transporting it in the car but by then it was too late.
Spread buttercream frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Use knife to make peaks in the icing, including peaks to indicate hair.
On the stereo: