Weekends and it’s time to let go a little. My weekdays are lost in a whirlwind of rushing between to dos, chores and tasks. Although I take the time to visit my “islands” throughout the day, I realize it’s hard to really relax the mind entirely. I am constantly checking and re-checking making sure I am on top of my list. I could not imagine it any other way, really. It’s me, it’s what makes me tick. The surplus energy I have drives me through the day.
While Tom’s latest project takes him away to Stockholm during the week, it is the complete responsibility of an 8-year old that keeps me on my toes and sometimes more tense than I actually am. Somehow being able to share the responsibility eases the burden and not always having to be the one who sets the rules and have endless discussions about the whys and hows of those rules just makes things more relaxed.
Weekends allow me the mental break.
I get to sleep in and come down to a perfectly laid breakfast table and as the three of us catch up with each other, I can feel my shoulders begin to relax. For the next few days I can take a break from playing the responsible one, become the carefree one again. I do not have to be specific about enforcing the rules and allow daddy to take over the exhausting discussions.
As Soeren matures it is exciting and often satisfying, albeit a little exhausting, to accompany him through his phases. He’s in one now. Physically I notice the metamorphosis from a child to a young boy. He’s becoming more muscular, taller and the features on his face more structured. Mentally he is transforming from a little boy into a not so little boy. There is more sensibility even though he lacks concentration at times, there is more patience and a new ambition in his actions and there is that outstanding dry sense of humor that I have not come across in his peers. And the typical Virgo – he can discuss and debate incessantly with an innocent charm.
One of his passions his playing the electric guitar and while we have gone through many phases with it, he has never lost the interest or the will to keep at it. He seems to know exactly where he wants to go with music, expressing very clearly that he would like to be able to write lyrics and compose his own songs one day. This crystal clear train of thought often gives me the goose bumps. Earlier this year he had his first solo spot at a school event. Last weekend, however probably gave him a real taste of a rock star life.
His guitar teacher, who herself sings and plays in a rock band and whose husband does sound checks for big rock concerts all over Europe, organized a fantastic event last Sunday at the local Irish pub. Sixteen acts playing songs from famous groups like Green Day, ACDC, The Cranberries, Joan Jett and of course there was a-ha too. No prizes for guessing who played that. It was my special a-ha moment and for one afternoon I was roadie, groupie and screaming fan all in one.
For those who do not know him would be amazed at the coolness and tranquility he emits. One would think he is on stage every weekend. The reality however is that there are butterflies, the size of dinosaurs, doing somersaults in his stomach. And as he removes the guitar, his eyes search the crowd and when he sees me he smiles, intoxicated by the cheers and applause. He whispers:
“I have the sweatiest feet and hands ever, mum!”
From a big rock star to my big boy again! And me? From groupie back to mum!
And we enjoy the rest of the weekend together before the week has us in its grip again. Gathering around the television with a special treat of a rustic cake made with simple ingredients, we watch the performance again.
The cake is the perfect “easy baking” kind of cake for the weekend. Apples, vanilla, almonds, and toffee flavor the cake making it irresistible. The toffee syrup has a splash of Bailey’s Irish cream giving it a unique note.
The cake is somewhere between grandma’s baking and gourmet food, the flavors reminiscent of a rustic apple cake but with a characteristic of a luxury dessert. I call it a lazy weekend baking cake, because it really is so easy to put together. You can make the same cake using peaches, apricots and pears too, each time creating a new flavor palette.
A slice of this sticky toffee apple cake is going all the way to Cape Town to the lovely Nina, who is my lovely hostess for the Monthly Mingle this month. She chose Apple Affection as her theme. Hope to see many of you at the party at the end of the month.
Here’s to great weekends everyone, especially to my American readers celebrating Independence day. Enjoy the long weekend filled with fireworks and parades. To the rest of you may it be filled with sunny warm summer days, lots of laughter and loving family and friends!
More cake from WFLH:
|Fig Plum Sheet Cake||Dimpled Mirabelle Plum Foccacia with Lemon Poppy Seed Butter||Dulce De Leche Cheesecake|
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