Today is a very good day.
Today, for the first time in six months we have hall, stairs and landing carpet. No more freezing draughts blowing through the bare floorboards. I have spent the last week painting four coats of varnish onto the spindles, hand rail and newel posts that I have been sanding every weekend for the last six months. Yesterday the carpet fitter arrived and this morning he finished. Even daughter has commented that walking out of her bedroom onto carpet feels funny!
Also, for the first time in three and a half years, I have lampshades in the hall and on the landing. You don't know what a difference it makes. The house is so nearly finished! Just a light fitting, a mirror and some pictures to go up and ten interior doors to be painted and varnished. The end is in sight!
In the meantime, I have been baking and today's offerings are banana and white chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:
Now, I have always had trouble with cream cheese frosting. Either is doesn't set or I get little lumps of butter that won't blend even though it's at room temperature. I have learned through bitter experience that it has to be full fat cream cheese, the 'light' versions just liquify. So today I decided to try an American recipe. After all, the Americans are the undisputed masters of cream cheese frosting.
Now I know the secret:
Blend equal amounts of cream cheese and icing sugar, then add a little melted butter and blend. A few minutes in the fridge to set and you have perfect, glossy, firm cream cheese frosting. Yummy!