All was very quiet in Blogland last night, and I’d bet my KitchenAid that all of us in the UK were watching The Great British Bake-Off!
Bunny and I started a Bake-Off Ritual two years ago, when I would let her stay up late to watch the show with me each week (now she stays up til 9 p.m. anyway, my big girl!).
We watched the first episode, drooling at the yummy bakes, so the following week we made sure we had cake to eat while we watched!
Then as the cooler autumn temperatures rolled in, we added hot chocolate to our Bake-Off snack lineup...
To add to the indulgence, the next week, while I was putting Little Flower to bed, Bunny made what she dubbed a “nest” on the sofa, comprised of all the sofa cushions lined up, a fleecy blanket underneath us, and covered up with another snugly blanket.
Last year Daddy realized he was missing out on something quite special, so he happily joined us in the nest, which Bunny expanded with another blanket beneath and a larger quilt on top for all of us.
Darling Husband is not a baker, but we all love the gentle drama of the series – and he loves to listen to Bunny and I discuss the recipes and techniques, and we three chime in on who might win, who will be Star Baker, and who is on their way out!
Now we have our ritual perfected – preparations start at 7 p.m., when I take Little Flower up to get ready for bed (we are all quite excited about adding her to the nest when she’s a bit older, she’s quite the baker!). Bunny makes the nest, then we ready our treats when I come downstairs...but last night, to celebrate the first night of the show, Darling Husband came home from a long day in London with a very special box of very posh chocs!
He’s recently completed a big project at work, and he bought me this present for being so supportive! (Moments like this remind me why I said “I do!”, he’s my dream come true!)
These were, by far, the very best chocolates I have ever eaten – and my dears, I have eaten lots (and lots and lots!) of chocolate, from all over the world! We nibbled away at them while watching the bakers nervously create their cakes...who impressed you the most? Who will win? I have my guess...
I love the Great British Bake-Off, and I love our family ritual even more. Happy memories!