Monday, 13 May 2013

A Mothers Day off and a yoghurt cake

Master J insits that EVERY day is Mothers Day! "Mums are SOOOO lucky!" he says "They can do whatever they want, whenever they want and they NEVER have any rules!!!!!"

Wouldn't it just be AWESOME if that was true??  What would you do if you could do Whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted??

Photo designed by Miss H xx
I really had the loveliest day on Sunday.  Mr D and the kids gave me the BEST present a mum could want........ A DAY OFF!!!  As much as I love my three little munchkins (to the moon and back), a day of blissful silence can never be underestimated.

It all started with a lie in.  I have NO idea how Mr D managed to keep the kids from waking me up, but I didn't hear anything until war broke out between Master J and Miss H about who had got dressed the quickest, and when I looked at the time it was 8:37!!!!!  A few years ago that would still have seemed  like the middle of the night not a Sunday morning, but these day anything later than 6:30 is heaven.

I came downstairs and Miss threw her arms around me and shouted "Happy Mothers Day Mummy! but don't forget you already had your presents!!!!!"  They had both been too excited coming home from Kindy and school on Thursday with all their beautiful home made gifts that I had no choice but to open them there and then!!!  "I know sweetie" I told her, "I haven't forgotten and I still l LOVE them"  She responded with a big beaming smile, so she was happy!  "You haven't got your present from Daddy yet" she told me....."He's got you a REAL coffee.  One from the shop and not from the kitchen!

Mr D had actually organised with another dad friend of his to take ALL six kids between them out for the day so that us mums could REALLY do whatever we wanted.

Once they had left I didn't quite know what to do with myself!  Where to start.......should I go for a walk, read my book, write a blog, go to the mall, go to the gym?????????  I actually found it really hard not to do all the boring household stuff, but I make a conscious effort not too and it was amazing how great it felt to just relax and not feel guilty about it.

I did however do some baking, which I find kind of therapeutic, so it fitted perfectly into my Day off activities.  I found the recipe for this raspberry yoghurt cake on the internet somewhere (a while ago now) and I copied into 'Word' so that I wouldn't loose it, and I foolishly didn't take note of the source.  So if you're reading this and it's your recipe - THANK YOU it was delicious!! xx

Orange, Raspberry and Yoghurt Cake

400g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
250g unsalted butter (room temperature)
300g raw sugar
juice of 1/2 orange
1 tsp almond extract
Peel from half and orange
3 eggs
240g greek yoghurt
250g fresh or frozen rasberries


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a 10 inch cake tin or large loaf tin with baking paper.

  • Place the orange peel into the thermomix and whizz on speed 9 for 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides and whizz for a further 10 seconds on speed 9.  Set aside in a separate bowl.
  • Add the butter and sugar to the thermomix bowl and mix for 40 seconds on speed 7.  Scrape down the sides.
  • Add the peel, almond extract and the orange juice and beat for 20 seconds on speed 7.  (Tip: squeeze the orange onto the thermomix lid with the MC in place.  That way any pips or pulp will not fall into the mixture).

  • Add the eggs one at a time.  Beat each one in for 10 seconds on speed 7 before adding the next one.
  • Add the yoghurt and mix into for 5 seconds on speed 3-4.

  • Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) and mix in on speed 5-6 for 1 minute or until well combined.  Scrape down the sides.
  • Add the raspberries and mix in on reverse speed plus 3 for 20 seconds or until well combined.

  • Pour into your lined tin and bake for around an hour.  Check with a knife or a skewer and if it comes out clean, then it's ready.
  • Dust with some icing sugar and serve with fresh cream (or ice cream).

I hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day too and I'm just going to take this opportunity (because I can) to tell the world that my family rocks!!


  1. What a perfectly beautiful Mother's Day you had, I am sure that you deserved it :)
    That recipe looks utterly delicious, and only 300 grams of sugar (I started the Michelle Bridges program yesterday).
    Thanks for a lovely read.

    1. Oh good luck! I did it after I had Miss L and lost 6kg in 12 weeks. I wish I'd lost more but I don't think I was disciplined enough with the exercise side of it. Some of her recipes are awesome though xx

  2. Sounds like you had an awesome day - and what a delicious looking cake too!

    1. It was! Mr D and I loved it but the kids weren't too keen because there was 'no icing on it'!! Xx

  3. Sounds like a great way to spend Mothers Day - it's great when Dad's are thoughtful like that !!!!
    That cake looks yummy - I am sure they all appreciated coming home to a lovely home made cake.
    Have the best day !
    #IBOT visitor

    1. Thank you lovely. I am very very lucky that Me D is so hands on with the kids xxx

  4. That looks divine! But I am trying to be good! Looks like a lovely day!

    1. Thanks Annaleis - I wish I had the willpower!! xx

  5. It sounds like we have similar husbands, doing their best to keep three very young babes away from their "MUMMA" Am stoked to hear you had a great day Mrs D. Em x

    1. Thanks Em! Hope you had a great one too. What lovely hubby's we have xxx

  6. I would enjoy that is someone made it for me! Happy belated mother's day. :)

  7. Lie ins and cake- not much better than those and oh my goodness berries and yoghurt... sooooo good. I'm excluding dairy at the moment, and boy do I miss it! Geez. #teamIBOT

  8. That does not sound easy!!! Anyway- who needs dairy??? (trying my best to be supportive) xxxxx


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