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I Made A Posh Cheesecake

I had a sort of interview this week. It was not a job interview. It an interview with two directors who will be part of a committee involved in making decisions over the sort of assignments that can be offered or extended to Jack and me once we are married.

I knew this was coming. I knew they wanted to have a chat with me on my own, rather than me with Jack sitting next to me. I understood why it was important. But I had been feeling very tense about the scenario of being asked questions that may well push my buttons and reveal emotional frailties and vulnerabilities.

Jack suggested it might be less stressful if we have a bite to eat together. I am not sure if it was more or less tense, but I saw an opportunity to make a good impression by feeding them lovely food. Jack told me that one of that one of the two men who were coming is always telling people that I made the best cheesecake he has ever tried. (The one he means – it was not actually the cheesecake he loved, it was the blueberry cinnamon compote.) So, Jack asked me to make a cheesecake.

So I did…I made a post cheesecake…(not this one, scroll down if you want to see the real one!)

Photo by Terence Koh on Pexels.com

Due to my lactose intolerance, I only make cheesecakes for other people. But I try to have a little just so I know it if is a good cheesecake or not. In my cheesecake making history, I have always been a little nervous of baked cheesecakes because they sometimes end up a little rubbery. On the whole, friends and family seem to prefer chilled cheesecakes.

I found a recipe for a baked Strawberry Praline Cheesecake, and it looked quite interesting. So I made it…and it was really good – not rubbery – but wonderfully creamy and light. It has a shortbread and praline base, a very deep cheesy layer rippled with strawberries, and is decorated with more crushed praline and fresh strawberries.

The cheesecake I made was a bit huge. So, the two gentleman only ate a slice each. I took half of the remainder into work the next day, and I took the other half to the home of some friends who assured me they could devour it!

When I came home last night, there was an email from one of my friends saying “You are a cheesecake goddess”. Of course, I am not going to accept that accolade, but I think that means they liked it!

He Makes Me Happy So I Make Him Happy

Jack has filled me with happiness this week. So…I am baking for him (and more particularly, a group of youths he has a regular training session with) which I know will make him very happy.

I found a brownie recipe with peanuts, peanut butter and jam…it looks great.

Photo by Jhon Marquez on Pexels.com

I really love to do things to make Jack smile…to make Jack happy…it is a new dimension to my purpose in life these past three years – and it feels so good!

What I love the most though…is that this time four years ago…he and were still estranged. But so much has happened. Forgiveness, peace, joy and love – they are such powerful forces.

Take A Snap And Send It In

In a few days time, we will be sharing with you the extraordinary joy that is THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF. This year’s event is celebrating THE JOY OF BAKING, with special features on BUDGET BAKING and SUSTAINABLE BAKING. Many bloggers are telling us how they SHARE THE JOY OF BAKING WITH OTHERS.

The emails I receive from WordPress users this weekend all seemed to contain the same phrase “….I hope it’s not too late…” No, it is definitely not too late to send a baking photograph in. Not at all. But oh it would help massively if you could send your baking in photographs in soon!!!

If you are baking this week…take a snap and send it in to…


Easy Tiger!

Jack is a very clever man – he is an exceptional linguist. He is very capable in so many ways, very knowledgeable and experienced. He is calm in a crisis and has a dynamic mind that come up with solutions to all sorts of challenges.

So I do wonder why it all goes up in smoke when he enters the kitchen. This time it was the mushrooms that went up in smoke. The kitchen just seems to scramble his brain. He suddenly starts to panic and become hazardous.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I love him very much and I am super proud of him, but for his safety and for the sake of my little nest, I am not going to allow him to bake or cook without supervision.

The good news….eventually….Jack was very pleased when his bake for the 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF came out of the oven. I am super pleased for him.

Two Weeks To Go…


15th & 16th October 2022

Thank you to all those who have sent in photographs of bakes past and present that they would like to be featured in the BAKE OFF. There is still time to send in your photos.

Today, we are going to re-cap this year’s special themes and give you some clues about what you can expect in two week’s time. This year’s BAKE OFF has the theme:

The Joy Of Baking

For many 2022 has been a year of multiplying anxieties and concerns. So we are featuring three areas this year that can help us to embrace the joy of baking in a way that works for our budget and is kind to our beautiful planet. These three baking features are:

During the BAKE OFF weekend, we will be sharing some heartwarming examples and experiences from WordPress users who have some wonderful insights to share.

The BAKE OFF weekend is taking shape – and so far it is packed with everything that WordPress delights us with on a daily basis – we have poetry, we have flash fiction, we have real life experiences, we have music, and we have lots and lots and lots of baking!!!

We would love you to be a part of THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or send an email. And of course…please do send in photos of any bake you would like to be included in the BAKE OFF to…


Make It A Family Affair

The weekend is just around the corner – phew!!! Will you have time this weekend to bake something for THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF? We love the team effort baking that is going on. Special mention to the Nyamake family – Jacob you make me smile!

Perhaps you don’t have time to bake something new for the BAKE OFF. As always, we are very happy to include photographs of bakes you made in the past.

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF is a celebration of WordPress bloggers and readers – we don’t give you a list of complicated rules. All we ask is that you have fun and enjoy getting to know other bloggers.

Just over two weeks to go!!!


15th & 16th October 2022

Send your photos in now to:



Thank you so much for your messages about my email address on the BAKE OFF promotional posts being wrong. Oh deary me!!! This is what happens when you prepare WordPress posts after a long day at work.

A number of you have sent in photos to my correct email address (as in the title above). But if anyone had sent an email which failed, please do try again. My email address is:


Triple-checking I have it right this time!

To those who have already sent photographs in – wow!!! You have truly embrace the themes of BUDGET BAKING, SUSTAINABLE BAKING and SHARING THE JOY of baking. But most of all…I just love the international array of bakes – it is wonderful to see!!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

You are filling my heart with joy and I cannot wait to see your photographs featured during BAKE OFF weekend!!


“The Joy Of Baking”

15th & 16th October 2022

The Joy Of Sharing

By now many of you will have read that THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE -OFF has a marvellous theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Undeniably, the greatest joy that comes with baking is sharing our creations with others.

So this year, we are asking you to share with us who you bake with or who you bake for. It could be your:

  • family
  • friends
  • neighbours
  • co-workers
  • congregation members
  • club members

We would love to hear how you share the joy of baking and who you share it with!

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

We are so excited to be sharing THE JOY OF BAKING with you again for another fabulous GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF!!!

Please send in your photos to:


We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

How To Bake On A Budget

During 2022 we have heard certain phrases over and over in the media:

  • the cost of living
  • the energy crisis
  • do we eat? or heat?

Horrible – isn’t it! Anybody who has tasted anxiety knows that sometimes mounting worries can eat into our joy of life. The 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF has a special theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

One of our special features this year is:


We would absolutely love to see your budget friendly recipes. If you have a bake that you know is cost effective, please do send in your photos. We are giving out special accolade badges to any bakers who can show us how to taste the JOY OF BAKING without spending a fortune.

Please send in your photos to:


We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

Brightening Up WordPress…

I love how many emails have appeared in my inbox during the past few months asking when are we going to hold THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF? You truly warm my heart!!

I am glad to say that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes…a lot of work! More details to come soon. But put on your aprons, gather your ingredients and make sure your your baking equipment is at the ready. WordPress is about to become the yummiest places on the internet – that’s right THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF is….