Somehow a bunch of my old school friends and I were all pregnant at the same time. Iggy was born first, Miffy's little girl Morgan arrived third. I visited them at her parent's place while she was back in NZ, I hadn't been there since her wedding six years ago. I used to spend so much time there as a teenager. Hanging out with there with our babies was surreal. But also really really nice.

A fog of sickness

We have just passed through a hideous week of sickness. Never have Toby and I both been so sick simultaneously, while trying to also deal with two sick kids. Challenging to say the least, and I fear it will not be the last time. We spent three days on the lounge floor watching Mary Poppins, eating only toast. Tummy bugs are nasty.

This was taken a few years back on my good old Lomo, somewhere in the south of Holland, near Belgium.

Next Level Cake

Cakes with feijoa in them tend to be brown and have apple and cinnamon in them. But not this one. This cake takes feijoas to a tropical passionfruity paradise. And then I put violets from my garden on top. This cake was next level.

Coconut Passion Cake

1 ¾ cups sugar
150g butter
4 eggs
2 cups coconut (I use ½ desiccated ½ shredded)
2 cups self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup coconut cream (or milk)
¼ Preserved Passionfruit Syrup
1 cup of fejoa pulp

Heat oven to 170C.  Line a 25cm cake tin with baking paper (base and sides).

Cream butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time.  Add coconut, flour, baking powder – folding gently into the mixture.  Alternate with the coconut cream and Passionfruit Syrup.

Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin.  Bake for 45mins-1hr (depending on your oven). Test with a skewer and when it comes out clean it's done.

Passionfruit Icing:
25g butter softened
2 tbsp passionfruit pulp
1½ cups icing sugar
1-2 tbsp hot water

Mix first three ingredients together together, adding the water at the end to create a slightly runny icing that will dribble down the sides a little. Ice when cake is completely cool.

Recipe (slighty adapted) from Annabel Langbein. (I just halved the icing ingredients- 3 cups of icing sugar is too much of a sugar hit for me.)

Little yellow bicycles

And here it is! I really enjoyed making this quilt. There's something about making things for little babies who are on the way. Quilting is such a home-y craft. I treasure all the quilts I have made or been given. They are such labours of love.

This quilt is for Ellie and Matta. I had been thinking about what kind of quilt to make for them and was struggling a bit. But then this scrap of tiny grey and yellow bicycles fabric was what inspired me. That fabric was just so Ellie!

What my dining table looked like for a few weeks

Here's some work-in-progress shots of a quilt that I finally gave away this weekend. It's gone to a good home.

It lived on my dining room table for ages while I played with the design. I used lots of the vintage fabrics from my Oma's stash, and mixed in lots of plain colours to help modernise it a little. Originally inspired by this design, this quilt changed and morphed into something quite unusual. I'll show you the finished result tomorrow.