Every January, regular as clockwork, you'll find Mr E and myself with eyes glued to the television watching two weeks of the Australia Open Tennis tournament.
I can't remember how long this tradition of ours has been not-negotiable but I do remember Blossom as a 6 year old watching with us so it's been at least 16 years, but probably longer.
Our little house has the galley kitchen right beside the living room, and the television is only about 4 feet from where I cook, so I can watch the tennis and bake at the same time each afternoon - pretty good huh?!
Today I chose the One-Bowl Chocolate Cake recipe from the Women's Weekly Classic Cakes book I showed you the other day...
...but rather than a round cake I baked mine in a loaf tin, then split it across the centre and filled it with jam, cream and strawberries before drizzling chocolate icing over the top.
Mr E was quite impressed when he came home from work, but he'll have to wait until after dinner for his taste-test...probably during the Federer/Zverev match.
I'm hoping Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer win this year as it's been a while since they won a Grand Slam title in Australia, but I'm also enjoying the unseeded players coming through too! What about you?
Another thing I do when the tennis is on the telly is stitch.
Here's one of my new designs for February's Stitchery Club, one I've loved working on between games and sets and matches...
I always begin with the applique and then move on to the embroidery...
Stitching is like painting a picture, but with thread.
Little by little, choosing one colour after another until I have filled in the traced lines. The sense of satisfaction when I finally put my needle down is quite lovely.
And "Sweet Home" means a lot to me because home is a place I treasure, so this design will be framed and displayed in my home, wherever than be in life now and in the future.
I'd best stop chatting and go cook dinner right now.
Mr E's eyeing off that chocolate cake...
Have a lovely night,