It has become an annual ritual that we always catch up for our birthdays and exchange gifts.
I pride myself on buying thoughtful and relevant gifts and spend time selecting just the right something.
I realized my friend had made time in her hectic schedule to shop for the ingredients, to prepare, to mix and bake the delicious cake and that to me made it the most special of gifts.
It was then that I realised does anyone actually bake anymore, and make time to cream butter and sugar and set the timer on the oven for 40 mins ... To then clean up the mess and finally to ice their offerings. Who of us even has 40 mins in the day anymore to wait for the cake to cook. I have a slow cooker which can conjure up a meal whilst I'm working but baking requires a commitment of time.
I have made a pact that I will endeavor where possible over the course of this year to bake a cake for the important people in my life,in an effort to show their value and in the hope that they too when dabbing at the crumbs on their plate will think of the gift of cake and it's special meaning.