We had another low key celebration for Leila today with Geoff's family - morning tea, cakes and presents. I didn't pull out all the stops and come up with a show stopper cake for Leila's 1st birthday and feel such a lousey mother for it. It was 38C again yesterday and really humid, I just couldn't face baking on such a day. Instead I pulled out my old trusty Helen's Birthday Butter Cake recipe (Helen is my mother in law) this morning, it's an all in one vanilla cake that turns out perfectly every time, made some cupcakes and did cute but easy decorating. The smallest ones were happy, which is what counts.
Ella enjoyed time with her favourite cousin who is 4 years older than her. We always have tears when she has to leave because Ella misses her just knowing she's going to leave - so gorgeous but so heart breaking at the same time.