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Anyone who knows us knows that amazing things come out of our kitchen with amazing regularity. Rarely are these wonderful creations my doing, I should point out, for I am married to a veritable culinary genius who can whip up an incredible meal in the time it takes me to find and open a recipe book, never mind pick out something I think I can make.

And it’s not just meals, either, Gem is also becoming quite the master baker, and several of her offerings have featured on the Sunday Baking Club blog.

So when BakingMad.com got in touch with me, and asked me to make one of their recipes I jumped at the chance – it would be my turn to shine for a change! I also knew that Gem would approve, because BakingMad.com is a site she’s used in the past. And there was so much to choose from: sconescupcake recipes and even cheesecake recipes!

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In the end I actually ended up baking some peanut butter cookies not from the website but from recipe book they sent me. I say I did the baking… I did have a kitchen full of helpers, although mysteriously most of them vanished when it came time to wash up. And Gem stayed there to offer advice and assistance as required. Which I’m pleased to say wasn’t much – maybe I’m better at this baking business than I think!

The cookies were delicious. So good, in fact, we gave some to my dad as part of his Father’s Day present, and the rest didn’t last very long at all – not with all those helpers to feed! Definitely a hit though, and something I expect we’ll be making for years to come.

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Bakingmad.com supplied a goodie bag of ingredients and a recipe book in return for this post. All words, pictures and opinions are my own.

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!

365 pictures: 91 – 100

100 days? Really? Where is this year going? I’m not sure, but I do know it’s heading there at high speed. This installment features more holiday pictures and another birthday – March and April seem to be made of them in our family. Which has its good and bad points, and cake definitely comes into both categories! Anyway, on with the pictures…

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91. Fireside
One of our favourite things about visiting Nana’s house (aka the country pile) is the open fire, and that includes the girls, who are very careful around it. Surprisingly careful, given their general “bull in a china shop” demeanour elsewhere.
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92. Rollercoaster
While visiting Nana, we met up with Amy, Jay and Joshua at Crazee Bongo’s softplay. The kids had a great time playing while the adults got to relax and catch up. I think the rollercoaster was Megan’s favourite, and after a few goes she didn’t even need me to push her off.

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93. Keeping warm
Because why wouldn’t you wear a hat with your slippers and dressing gown. Something about this picture strikes me as a preview of things to come in the teenage years…

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94. Breakfast
Both our kids are pretty good eaters, and a cooked breakfast is definitely a favourite, as this empty plate shows (crusts excepted).
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95. Captain of the ship
Back from Nana’s, we had a fantastic day out with Graham, Lynne, Maya and Anya at Camperdown Park in Dundee. The adventure playground seemed to stretch on forever and all the kids had a ball exploring it – myself and Graham included! We also loved the zoo, despite Megan tripping and landing on her face. A magic Malteser soon stopped the tears though.

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96. Chef’s perks
Heather loves an opportunity to cook in the kitchen with Mummy, and making Grandpa’s birthday cake was no exception. Especially when there are beaters and bowls to be licked afterwards!
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97. Chocolate cake
And here’s the finished product in all its glory. It tasted even better than it looked.

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98. Fixit sign
It might have been Grandpa’s birthday, but that didn’t mean Daddy didn’t get a present as well. This sign, from Ali and Iain, will be going up in the shed as soon as we get a dry weekend day with temperatures above zero. It could be a long wait…

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99. Beef Chimichurri
Our “make everything in Jamie’s 15 minute meals” challenge continues apace. I’ve no idea how many recipes we’ve cooked now, but we must be close to, if not over, the halfway mark. This one was really good, even the fresh peas in the salad which we were both pretty skeptical about. Not pictured: the chimichurri sauce itself.

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100. Self-portrait
Megan is definitely following in her sister’s footsteps of loving to play with any and every gadget she can. Only this morning she switched the TV on and was trying to get onto the Wii U. She took this picture on my phone, using the front facing camera, with only the slightest bit of help from me – not bad for a two year old.

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!