Apr 222012
 


My sister Fiona Kirwan who lives in Melbourne, Australia is the most talented cake maker I have ever known.  When we were living in Melbourne, she would always make us something special for our Birthdays or anniversaries…..these gorgeous cup cakes were beautiful.  She has a special talent for sure.
 
Fiona made Steve and I special cup cakes for our anniversary.

Fiona made Steve and I special cup cakes for our anniversary.

Fiona's signature cup cakes
Fiona’s signature cup cakes

 Fiona also makes other goodies that look sensational at parties.

Fiona's signature cup cakes

Fiona's signature cup cakes

 

Special minature cakes were made for Dirks 40th Birthday......stunning!

Special miniature cakes were made for Dirks 40th Birthday......stunning!

 

Fiona's minature cakes for Dirk's Birthday
Fiona’s miniature cakes for Dirk’s Birthday

How incredible my little sister is!  She also makes special occasion cakes.  This chocolate cake for her friend’s 21st Birthday was something else!!

A 21st Birthday cake to die for!

A 21st Birthday cake to die for!

The cake she made for my brother Gary's 50th Birthday was a chocolate triumph

The cake she made for my brother Gary's 50th Birthday was a chocolate triumph

 

Mum and her three daughters at Gary's 50th Birthday party....Fiona is. to mum's left and Jane (in red!) and Jenny Kirwan (me!) behind.

Mum and her three daughters at Gary's 50th Birthday party....Fiona is. to mum's left and Jane (in red!) and Jenny Kirwan (me!) behind.

 

For one of Steve's Birthdays, Fiona made a magnificent plate of gorgious, gooey white chocolate brownies....thought we'd died and gone to heaven!!!

For one of Steve's Birthdays, Fiona made a magnificent plate of gorgeous, gooey white chocolate brownies....thought we'd died and gone to heaven!!!

Mum and Dad's 50th Anniversary cake was beautiful....

Mum and Dad's 50th Anniversary cake was beautiful....

 

Fiona's miniature cup cakes at baby Daisy's Christening

Fiona's miniature cup cakes at baby Daisy's Christening

I was an extremely proud god-mother at Daisy's Christening.  From left is our family.....Gary, Peter, Fiona, Jenny (me) holding Daisy, Mum, Jane and Dad.

I was an extremely proud god-mother at Daisy’s Christening. From left is our family…..Gary, Peter, Fiona, Jenny Kirwan (me) holding Daisy, Mum, Jane and Dad.


May 102011
 
Steve the Birthday boy having a Birthday drink at the Pineapple Pub in the beer garden, Brimpton Common

Steve the Birthday boy having a Birthday drink at the Pineapple Pub in the beer garden, Brimpton Common

Well, turning 50 years of age is a big event in my book, but my husband Steve took it all in his stride and as far as he was concerned, it was just another Birthday!  He may be carrying more weight than he would like but I have to say he is looking pretty good for the big old 50!  He walks miles each day and loves the outdoors just as I do.  He loves a healthy diet and I recon the only thing he overindulges in, at times! is his favourite beverage of a good, well kept real ale!! 

Sarah's lovely Birthday cake.

Sarah's lovely Birthday cake.

It was a lovely day, starting with a walk then breakfast/brunch of leek scrambled eggs on my homemade wholemeal toast.  I’m not in the practice of making Birthday cakes, but this was a special occasion which warranted a little cake of some description (whether Steve liked it or not!)  So, I made a little chocolate cake the morning of his Birthday and covered it in peppermint chocolate and m&ms.  There was a knock at the door as this cake baking was going on and there appeared lovely Sarah from next door, with a CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CAKE for lucky Steve!!!!  Wow! 

My little cake for Steve!

My little cake for Steve!

In my own 44 years on this earth, I don’t think I’ve ever had two Birthday cakes made for me……it must have been Steve’s lucky day.  Just as well we had room in the freezer!

So we had drinks in our local pub beer garden in the wonderful early evening sunshine, then the cab we booked took us to the George and Dragon Pub in Wolverton Townsend for some lovely Aussie wine along with a good steak and ale pie.  Paula brought an individual treacle sponge pudding with a candle burning in it to the table after our meal and we sang Happy Birthday which finished off a top day.

Steve doing what he loves best in England....walking miles!

Steve doing what he loves best in England....walking miles!

So, my husband is now 50 years old and I have now spent 22 Birthdays with him and look forward to many more to come.  He is my best friend forever.