It's been an Easter weekend that I think I'm going to remember most for the variety of chocolate consumed whilst doing a million and one other things!
There was only time for one bit of baking though which was an opportunity to try out a new seasonal recipe. I've had the card for Waitrose's Chocolate Nest Cakes for years (possibly since 2001 looking at the date on it!) and have only just got round to trying these, although as I needed to transport them to a friend's house in the car I made them into Easter cupcakes rather than nests so that they went in a tin better. The cakes themselves have the rind and juice of an orange in them, and this combined with the use of Green and Black's Maya Gold in the chocolate butter icing gave them a lovely orange tang to go with the rich chocolate taste. Very yummy indeed and another to add into my 52 for 2010 list (which has slowed down a bit of late!)
This weekend has also been the one for really getting organised for Baby C's arrival. Cue lots of traipsing round shops and list after list of what we need and where is the cheapest place to buy it from. I'm pleased to say that the long weekend ended with me ordering the majority of things online based on the research that I'd done in the shops to ensure I got everything at the best prices possible. There are a few little things I still need to go out and get, but nothing too urgent. I've also managed to get a couple of basis moses baskets for free, so now I need to apply my sewing skills to make covers for them both. I managed to pick up some lovely bright fabric yesterday, so possibly today the pattern planning for that will start. I've ordered new mattresses for them both so should be able to make them to look as good as new.
The nursery cross stitch is also progressing well so I should have a recent photo for you later this week and I've also made a start on a hand knitted baby blanket. I'm currently on the third ball of yarn of the thirteen that the pattern says it requires so still a long way to go, but it is starting to take shape at least. Again, photos should follow soon!