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    Oooooh, YUM!!!😍. Happy Birthday!!!

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      Happy birthday!!!

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        Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
        Being the baker in the family does have its drawbacks because I can pretty much guarantee that nobody would have made me a cake.

        I am in the same boat as you, TopNotch. But at least by baking our own birthday treats we get to have what we want.

        When I was a child, my mother baked me a vanilla cake for my birthday every year. Every year I asked for chocolate. Every year she made vanilla.

        "Not everyone likes chocolate," my mother would tell me.

        "I don't like vanilla," I replied, "and it's my birthday!"

        We had this same conversation with the same unhappy-for-me result every single year from the time I was old enough to have an opinion until the time I learned to bake my own cake.

        Your pavlova looks delicious! Happy Birthday!

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          I'm sorry, I almost missed it completely...

          Happy Birthday

          May all your wishes would come true.

          Btw.I had a whole bunch of Bamba so I'm dedicating it to you.

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            Gandhalfit So long as I don't have to work off those calories too!!

            Rainbow Dragon One year we went out camping over Easter and, of course, its my birthday. So my mother brought an iced fruitcake which was the only thing that would travel. At that time, I loathed fruitcake but I loved icing. Knowing the latter, everyone peeled off the centimeter thick fondant icing from around their pieces of fruit cake and gave it to me. It was really too much sweetness and I felt awfully sick, but I had been brought up to be polite so I ate it all. Horrible cake and too much icing! As a birthday cake, it was a disaster, but you know, it's one of the few birthdays that I remember with fondness because everything that happened stemmed from my family's love for me. BTW, I learnt to bake at an early age!

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              It's a little bit late since you are in Australia, but happy birthday!! 🎊🎈🎂🎉🎁 hope you had a great day yesterday!

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                Happy birthday!

                That looks incredibly yummy! I hope you really had a great day!

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                  Thanks for the birthday wishes, Joe76 HellYeah Io6 M_Madinabeitia Gandhalfit Fremen Illéa WSMC27 HuskyDog Rainbow Dragon DorothyMH lapedrina brandteixeira VacTom Silent Wolf noname PetiteSheWolf That pav didn't last long at all!

                  Day 89

                  Challenges:
                  1 Minute Cardio (day 28) Ergh! That one nearly did for me! A whole minute of jumping lunges! I confess that my lunges got slower and s-l-o-w-e-r...!!
                  Power Grip (day 23)
                  1000 Push-ups (day 9)
                  Calves of Steel (day 9)
                  Iron Core (day 9)
                  Walking to Running - not today. It would have been, though. There I was, plugged into Zombies, Run! and trotting away on the treadmill when my computer expertise (well, I'm the one that's always called if anything electrical, electronic, or computer-related screws up!) was needed. So I stopped and the break was so long, I'd really have had to have restarted the day but quite frankly, I wasn't up to it (it was getting late as it was), so I'll do it tomorrow.
                  Chair Rows (day 2) I remembered to squeeze my back today - or did it as best as I can. It's a work in progress!
                  Bruce Lee (day 2)

                  First Thing Water (day 32).

                  Programme:
                  day 23 Express Tone
                  Hammer Curls: 22 - 21 - 20 - 20 - 20
                  Lateral Raises: 13 - 12 - 12 - 12 - 11
                  I used my medium weights for the lateral raises today, rather than the lighter ones. Not so many raises but reps aren't the main game. There was a small increase in the number of hammer curls I did which was pleasing to see.

                  Mental
                  Duolingo - Streak = 217 days.
                  Coursera - Disaster Preparedness.
                  week one


                  DD with EC (#88). Total DD = 89.

                  Tomorrow I'll be baking Hot Cross Buns. Yum. One year, we decided to buy some from the supermarket. HUGE mistake! Despite the bold claim of 25% fruit, there was barely one raisin per bun, and the buns themselves were heavy and doughy. Never doing that again!! Mine are fantastic, and we shove as many currants in the dough as we can (we prefer the smaller currants to raisins), and a lovely sticky cinnamon-y glaze. Hot from the oven, smothered in butter. This is one day of the year worth waiting for! At least, from a culinary perspective.

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                    I made a fruit bread this week because I like a high fruit content TopNotch , but will be busting out more traditional baking tomorrow!

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                      Oh, I hope we get a photo of those Hot Cross Buns as well!

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                        Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
                        Tomorrow I'll be baking Hot Cross Buns.
                        I have noticed a worrying increase in appetizing dishes cooked and eaten ... an increase in physical activity is urgent, for everyone

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                          Fremen Worry more about unappetizing dishes! Besides, tomorrow is only the buns; Sunday comes the chocolate!!

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                            Day 90

                            Challenges:
                            1 Minute Cardio (day 29) Seems that the jumping days have been saved to last with this challenge!
                            Power Grip (day 24) 2 1/2 minutes of clench/unclench. I did this at the same time as the DD so I only had one lot of pain!!
                            1000 Push-ups (day 10)
                            Calves of Steel (day 10)
                            Iron Core (day 10)
                            Walking to Running (DAY 9)
                            Chair Rows (day 3) To failure: 7 - 6 - 6
                            Bruce Lee (day 3)

                            First Thing Water (day 33).

                            Workout
                            Can't Touch This That was a bit of fun. And no burpees!

                            Programme:
                            day 24 Express Tone

                            Mental
                            Duolingo - Streak = 218 days.
                            Coursera - Disaster Preparedness.
                            week one
                            working on week two


                            DD with EC (#89). Total DD = 90.

                            And for M_Madinabeitia a picture. My children tell me that my food doesn't always look good but it always tastes good (and I'm cool with that!) but I think these don't look too bad.
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                              Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
                              And for M_Madinabeitia a picture. My children tell me that my food doesn't always look good but it always tastes good (and I'm cool with that!) but I think these don't look too bad.
                              I would gladly taste them

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                                Yes! I would take one of those as well! Everything I eat is homemade, but I hate cooking... So when I see things like those buns I feel that I would give my part of my soul for a couple of them. They look sooooo delicious! Ç_Ç

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