Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tuesday is for T.

I am behaving like Martha Stewart.  In the kitchen. Actually, in the home.  Not in clink, *cough*, you understand.  I'm baking and tidying and cleaning.  In the process of baking, I emptied and cleaned two kitchen cupboards and disposed of some shamefully old packet ingredients.  I'm fairly sure that if I didn't use it in 2007, I'm not going to want a mix of herbs to make vegetables taste of Spain, and nor will we want flaked almonds that came off a tree when God was a lad. 
I should have warned you - the cupcakes are naked. Don't be embarrassed.  There's icing to be done; embellishing with more sweetness and colour.  I'm not a great baker, but my daughter is. Yesterday she made chocolate, fruit and sponge cakes, so today its my turn and I've done flapjack and cupcakes. Miss Dunnit says that cupcakes are too fussy for her repertoire, and I fear by the time they are iced and embellished, they may be too fussy for mine too!  You can see that I've got more coffee on the brew..my trusty cafetiere for one and a barely rinsed mug. 
So why all the industry? Well, for once, Tuesday is for T at my place - between four and 7pm I'm having an open house drop in thing - you get to make a donation for a cuppa and a piece of cake and the funds raised go to join the great Macmillan Coffee Morning. Macmillan is a charity that funds specialised Cancer Nurses to work with patients at home. Priceless.  But it has to be afternoon here because I don't have a morning. Complicated isn't it!  
But that's why I've turned into Martha...I need to get a wriggle on...there's still a lot to do. And by the way, if you want to come, the kettle's always on!  Of course, I'm linking with Elizabeth and Bleubeard this morning...Tuesday wouldn't start with a T if I didn't!

27 comments:

Helen said...

Wish I was close enough to drop in for tea and cake! I wondered at the reference on FB to baking! hope you raise lots - and good on you for sorting the cupboards.. I fear at the back of mine would be similarly aged "stuff"!

Deanne said...

good luck with your coffee afternoon!
oooh naked cakes this time in the morning! i say!!!

misteejay said...

Hope the fund raising goes well.
Toni xx

Cardarian said...

Wish I was there, I would make a donation and definitely have one of those cupcakes! Ah well! Maybe...soon!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Shaz Brooks said...

Well done you, Julia. Great cause to be fund raising for. But then, I'm bound to think that, lol. You are not alone with ancient ingredients in cupboards. I tend to think that if they're dried, age will probably do them no harm. I have thrown out stuff in the past that was so old, I'm amazed they didn't have the info on them chiselled into little stone tablets!Hope you're fund raiser goes well- a bit of baking is on my to-do list, with all this time on my hands. Hugs, Shaz xxx

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Hope it's a great success. A very worthwhile cause. My friend is hosting one on Friday and I'm making some cards to donate.

Sue said...

Those cupcakes look good enough to eat, even if they are naked:)

Hope your coffee/tea afternoon goes well.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Simply YOU to host this worthy charity event. Reads like Miss Dunnit got a hand in it, too. Most impressive baking by both of you, but at least I see the fruit of your labor (pun intended). Have an enjoyable time playing host to this event, and take time for yourself afterward.

Thanks for sharing your impersonation of Martha Stewart for T this Tuesday.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Good luck with the event Julia.. I adore naked cupcakes.. I would love to taste one of this muffins!
Thanks for sharing this... happy T-Day Julia and all the best for the event!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Best wishes for the fund raiser Julia :D If I'd known you were baking I'd have hopped the megabus from NE Scotland and come join you ;) Have a great time, and Happy T Day :o))

Divers and Sundry said...

I've never heard of that charity, but it sounds like a worthy cause and a fun fundraiser. Good luck!

dawn said...

Hello and Happy T Day! I'm not a baker either, especially cupcakes. Mine either get a little burned or a lot burned. Such a nice idea for this charity, good luck and enjoy the company. I'm sure your cupcakes will be yummy!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Your naked cupcakes made me smile, because though I rarely bake cupcakes, I never frost them. I can see why you'd want them to look a bit more festive though for your charity drop in.
Hope it goes well!

Monica said...

Last week was my week for playing chef cook hostess and we continue with the leftovers that I froze. Enjoy all your visitor it should be like a royal open house with folks lined up all round the block!!!

see you there! said...

Looks like you are doing some great baking for a great cause. I lift my cuppa in a toast to you this morning.

Darla

Krisha said...

What a wonderful charity to host a tea and cake event for. Sometimes the medical care givers, that are always there in the background, seem to be forgotten. In home care is especially a hard field.

Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog.

Dianne said...

oh you always make me smile, from your polka dot blog background to your 'naked' cupcakes! Good luck with your fund raiser "Martha!" sounds like a wonderful cause. those nurses are a special gift to the people who need them!

Di said...

Oooer - what a beautiful piccie! Could have come straight out of a home and gardens magazine! Good luck with the fund raiser - well done chick!

Hugs, Di xx

Eliza said...

Its probably all over by now so I hope it went well. I would drop in but I'm a tad busy with Susan. Those cakes do look yummy pity I can't eat one from here. Smella vision would be good too.

Hugs Eliza

jinxxxygirl said...

Oh i'm just waiting for a little bit cooler temps and them i'm going to get my baking on!!! Looks yummy!!! Hugs! deb

Lisca Meijer said...

I hope your coffee morning (sorry: afternoon) went well. I wish I could have joined you. Well done for doing that!
I was a Macmillan nurse for 22 years. (Well, I was paid by the hospice, not Macmillan, so strictly speaking I was a Palliative Care Specialist). It is such a worthy cause. Thank you.
Did you take a photo of the finished cupcakes?

Rita said...

Ah! A Martha transformation for a good cause. Nice!! Best of luck. Happy T-Day! :)

Cazzy said...

I hope you raise lots of money, great cause!

Carol x

Kyla said...

ooh...cupboard sorting, well done you I dread to think what I would find at the back of mine!

Was great to see you earlier and sorry I couldnt make it to the "do" but too much sewing to finish!!

kyla

Nancy said...

OMGosh :) wish I was closer! Looks yummy and sounds like a great cause---good for you :) Have a great T Day!

Robyn said...

such a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon- eat drink and donate- and be merry!
too busy to T much myself this week!
I tyr not to make too much fun of Martha- she did her time, and employs a lot of artists- some of my best friends...
blessings,
Robyn

Neet said...

Those buns look delish! Makes me want to bake - now should I or not?
Hugs, Neet xx
ps hope it was a huge success and raised lots of money