I saw a picture of Lamington's on Pinterest a while ago and I thought they were just so pretty. Of course until then I had never heard of them but I have learned that they are an Australian treat. I'm going to keep my post really simple and tell you that I often will find a recipe and look for ways to make it work within my budget or amount of time I can put in between homeschooling five boys and the rest of life as it happens.
So here goes. I skipped making the cake from scratch entirely and made a boxed cake. When it's cool wrap it and freeze it overnight. The next day trim off all the "crust" so you have a perfect soft yellow cake. Now cut it into cubes. It's so much easier working from frozen so when you are done again put them back in the freezer.
Now is when I really strayed. I tried to make a lemon glaze but it just wasn't working for me. Better luck to you if you would like to go that route. It was very simple; heat 1/2c water with 2TBS light corn syrup and 2 TBS fresh lemon juice and then mix with 7 1/2 cups of icing sugar. As I said, I did not like the way this was working for me so here's what I ended up doing.
Set up your double boiler and put half a can of ready made frosting in the top pot to warm. Add food colouring of your choice. When it's quite runny skewer a frozen cake cube and drizzle the melted frosting over it to coat and then in a separate bowl coat the frosted cube with shredded coconut. Put it on the cooling rack to harden and then I put mine back in the freezer until I needed them. I made four batches of colours.
Easy , eh ? I hope they will be a big hit, I think they are so pretty I photographed them with the Gerbera Daisies my sons bought me just because it made me smile.
Lately I've been looking at my youngest who's 2.5yr old. Anticipating all the things he is just about to do and the "freedoms" for me that are coming. And then I look at my nearly 12 year old and wonder how he got so big so soon. Wasn't it just yesterday he was the 2 yr old ??
All those old people that smile when you are waddling in the mall with a bunch of kids saying "time flies, before you know it...." and you smile back to be polite. Agree but don't really get it because you are so tired , overworked and the days never, ever seem to end. And it really isn't that you don't believe them, you just don't feel that desperation to hold onto and cherish every moment.
At least that has been my experience.
I've enjoyed them but I've always kept my eyes on the next step.Of course you do need to do that but I am finally getting that desperate urge to cling to the last of the toddler days. The days of innocent sentences that come out as hilarious. The spontanious throwing of their bodies into your legs. The swinging around your skirt while you try to do dishes so that something in the house is
clean. The days where they really want to spend time with you and they watch your mouth move as you teach them something new. Crawling into your bed to be near you when all you want to do is recharge because they will be there needy again when you wake up. The simple fulfillment they receive from a cheap Mr.Freeze.
Need more things you are going to miss? Seeing "kid" things in the bathtub. Now they want to smell like Dad. Soft toys replaced with hard books and video games. Rain boots, they go away.
I hear a baby cry when I go out and I snap my head back from what I'm doing because I'm so used to it being my child. No more baby cries. Death hollers, yes.
Thought empty toothpaste tubes and toilet paper rolls were a problem ? That was cute. Now there's no lawn and every mechanical thing they find is fair game for dissection.
Now to pause for the good part.
I am so blessed.
I have five boys. I see the pattern of changes. I am learning the drill. When it's over, it's gone. I have been warned. And I have been given enough children to know now to enjoy these joys that are flowing past. I haven't missed them all! If I only had one or two kids I wouldn't have known this until it was gone. But for me I still have time.
It's sad that most parents stop having kids right before they get good at it. Right before they "get it". Who tells you that your family is big enough ? People with 1-2 kids who never had this awakening. This is my theory, anyways.
I don't have Baby-itis anymore but I am not done either. I'm milking this now for all it's worth. I get to enjoy toddlers and teenagers at the same time. And I hope that in a few short years it will come full circle and I will get to enjoy my teenagers and my adult children's babies. Wow. And I won't miss it. I will be the old lady telling my sons and daughter in laws "Time flies, before you know it...." And they will smile. And they will be polite. And they won't get it.