So this is 3 weeks late. I’ve been busy, I’ve been away, I’ve been anxious. Poor second child 🙂
What can I say about Josephine Blythe? She is a funny bugger – mind like a steel trap and impeccable timing. She would dress up all day, every day. She has a new bike and a new slide and she has just moved out of the preschool class at swimming. She can’t wait to start school in September; she’s ready for them, but are they ready for her?
J’s answers on the eve of her 4th birthday:
How old are you? 3
How old am I? 40 million
How old is Daddy? 100
What’s your favourite food? Chocolate
What’s your favourite colour? Pink
If you were the king of the world, what would you tell everyone to do? Tidy up your own messy things (I don’t know where she gets this from, honestly)
What’s your favourite book? Meg and Mog
What’s your favourite TV show? Peppa, and Topsy and Tim
What’s the best place to go on holiday? I like to go to France
What are you very good at? Being noisy (This is true)
What would you like to do for a job when you are older? Be a doctor and be a mummy (Good balance)
What’s your favourite thing to do with Mummy? Cuddle and I like to play with mummy
What’s your favourite thing to do with Daddy? I like to play horses with him (and I’m going to do it now!) *Leaps onto Andy*
What’s something you would like to learn to do? Do aquabeads
What does Mummy do for a job? Go to work. Do you know what I do there? No
What does Daddy do for a job? Bomps on his computer (This is also true)
What’s your favourite animal? Pig
What makes you happy? Helping and eating cake
What makes you sad? People scratching me
If you had superpowers, what would they be? Shoot spiders at the baddies. I’d be SPIDERMUM
Who is your best friend? Poppy
Have a super year, ShoutFace x
Six! Six sounds big. It’s definitely bigger and more important than five. Six is always great. As A. A. Milne says, “Now I am six, I am clever as clever; I hope I stay six now forever and ever.”
G Major is six tomorrow. So I asked her the annual interview questions today. You can see her answers from last year here. I might take out the ones about our age next year as she knows the correct answer now.
This year there is a much stronger influence from school (favourite things, rules). And I’ve been abroad this week with work so the more sentimental answers probably reflect that.
How old are you? 5 but I want to say six cos tomorrow I’m six
How old am I? 38
How old is Daddy? 39
What’s your favourite food? Noodles
What’s your favourite colour? Blue
If you were the king of the world, what would you tell everyone to do? Never use a loud voice (Seconded)
What’s your favourite book? Roald Dahl books
What’s your favourite TV show? My Little Pony and The Magic School Bus
What’s the best place to go on holiday? The beach
What are you very good at? Art and archery (She has shot a bow and arrow exactly twice, both on holiday this summer)
What would you like to do for a job when you are older? Work in a supermarket
What’s your favourite thing to do with Mummy? When we spend time together just mummy and Eliza
What’s your favourite thing to do with Daddy? Having ice cream
What’s something you would like to learn to do? Make books
What does Mummy do for a job? Works on a computer
What does Daddy do for a job? The same
And both you and daddy travel to help other countries (This is an INCREDIBLY generous description of global planning and marketing workshops)
What’s your favourite animal? Guinea pig
What makes you happy? Spending time with my whole family
What makes you sad? When mummy and daddy go away for work
If you had superpowers, what would they be? Flying
Who is your best friend? Carmen
G Major continues to be a generous, considered and inquisitive little girl, who is also not opposed to a bit of nudity. Can’t wait to see what this year brings!
This weekend was Big G’s birthday. And a cake was required. He doesn’t “do” fruit, so it was always going to be chocolate. But I have lost interest in messing about with fondant, and G Major currently has a thing about filling in cakes – she’ll only eat plain (dry) sponge – so I decided a cheesecake was the quickest solution.
And I was right – this was really quick to make, and as it’s no bake you can just do each step as you find the time and pop it into the fridge in between, which is quite helpful on the school holidays when you’re working and juggling holiday camp pick ups and so on.
This was not too sweet but still incredibly rich so you only need a thin slice, which means it feeds a whole load of party guests. Plus there’s plenty leftover, for you to do a Nigella and sneak down in the middle of the night for another swipe.
What you need
- 2 packs of, or about 25, chocolate biscuits (I used chocolate brownie Oreos, which was frankly unnecessary)
- 50g unsalted butter for the crust, and 25g for the ganache
- 500g cream cheese
- 1 cup double cream
- 100 icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 100g white granulated sugar
- 250g melted and cooled chocolate for the filling, plus another 100g for the ganache
What you do
- Whizz up the biscuits into a fine crumb, then mix with 50g melted butter. Grease a spring form pan and press the mixture all over the base and a little way up the sides. Chill in the fridge.
- In one bowl, whip the double cream until its firm, then whip in the icing sugar until you get stiff peaks.
- In another bowl, whisk the cream cheese, vanilla, granulated sugar and the 250g melted chocolate.
- Gently fold in the whipped cream mix until completely combined, then pour over the chilled crust. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours – I did this the day before and left it overnight.
- Once the filling is very firm, melt 25g of butter with 100g chocolate, allow to cool slightly then spread the ganache thinly over the top of the cheesecake. Decorate however you like – more chocolate, fruit, metallic sprinkles. Put it all back in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
This will last 3 days in the fridge.
What do you like to eat on your birthday?