Jack: 9 months

14 October 2014

I know I say it every month but as each month passes time seems to speed up. I can't believe our little baby is now 9 months old. I genuinely feel quite sad that he is not a babe anymore. He moves, wriggles, claps, dances, crawls and cruises. Jack is growing into a little person of his own and his personality shines through more and more everyday.  By the show of photos in this post you may have noticed that I cannot do the whole sitting him on the chair with the blackboard anymore.  I tried but he literally did a forward somersault off the chair and was caught by me just in time so it will have to be cute nap time photos or action photos instead. 

I won't lie - this whole moving around thing is a whole new ball game and wow it's super tiring but it's such fun at the same time. He can really crawl quite fast and pull himself up on things (or me!) in a flash.  You cannot leave him for a second because whatever he gets his eye on he will get into. Everything in our house has moved up by at least a metre - I said to Mani we should just pack up our house for a few years and live in a non-breakable shell!

This past month Jack has been teething like nobody's business which has been tough on us. Sleep is not a regular occurrence (day or night) and eating has also not been that great. But he does love cold cucumber sticks, rice cakes and pasta and is getting is appetite back everyday.

Nursery is not so much of a hit either but it has to be done and it is getting easier. I love having two mornings a week to myself to clean,cook, bake, potter and have coffee with friends.  And just as I write this, I have picked him up from his 4th session and he ate there and fell asleep.  WAHOO!

Now the weather is getting considerably colder it is sometimes hard to get out the house but we go out everyday and get some fresh air. It's a must in my opinion otherwise I will go stir crazy.  The best buy hands down for us has been our ergobaby - Jack lives in it some days especially if he is having a bad day and wants lots of cuddles. It means I can get on with chores and also no faffing with the pram if I just need to pop to the shops. It's also going to be a godsend when we go to Ireland and South Africa. Money well spent.

Jack loves musical toys and anything that he can shake or rattle. He loves to stand and cruise along our couches or the beds. He giggles at the cats and loves to look outside especially when it's raining.  Singing Old MacDonald to him always calms him down and he still loves swimming and having his baths.

With everyday that passes we notice something else he can do or has learnt, it is crazy how quickly Jack learns things and we love him SO much.  Here is to making the last two months of 2014 awesome.

Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cake

4 October 2014

Fancy something a bit special?  Then this is just perfect.  I love chocolate mousse but its quite a faff to make sometimes don't you think?  Especially as I don't have an electric whisk or anything like that.  But I tried this anyways, and I beat the egg whites and cream by hand (with the help of the hubby when I felt my arm was going to fall off).  It didn't take as long as I thought but phew it was hard work.  I think if you had the gadgets to do this, then it would turn out thicker, mine did get thick but as soon as I took it out the fridge it got soft quite quickly.

It is indulgent, tastes divine and looks impressive.  Give it a go!

Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cake
Original recipe here.

For the base:
100g dark chocolate
100g butter
1 tablespoon syrup
200g hob nobs (I used digestives and they worked perfectly)

For the mousse:
100g dark chocolate
200g milk chocolate
4 eggs, separated
300ml whipping cream
300g raspberries (2 x punnets)

For the base, melt the chocolate, butter and syrup over a low heat or in the microwave.
Crush the biscuits until they reach crumb consistency and combine the two and spread over the base of a 23cm springform tin.  Refrigerate for about an hour to set.

For the mousse, melt the dark and milk chocolate together (either over a low heat on the stove or in the microwave) and allow to cool until lukewarm.  Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and softly whip the cream in another bowl until thickened but not as far as stiff peaks.

Stir the egg yolks into the chocolate then beat the cream into the mixture. Gently fold in the egg whites so not to lose the air and spread over the biscuit base and set overnight.

Release from the tin once set and decorate with raspberries.

Enjoy with friends or family.

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