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Whizzy Weekends…

13 Aug

I seem to have had a few weeks of not having enough time to do anything, although when I look back I don’t feel like I have got an awful lot done….sadly it has however meant I have rather neglected the blog, Sorry.

Anyway back to it and here is a little overview of my weekend:

I went to visit Mr B in Lincoln it was such a lovely weekend and I got to hear about Mr B’s Gliding Course which although he told me was amazing fun I don’t think I will be signing up for anytime soon!



Pictures taken from Mr B’s head cam the second is the right way up (aerobatics in a glider not my cup of tea)

Something that was my Cup of Tea however was the most beautiful little Tea Room in Fulbeck, we sat outside in the sunshine drank tea and ate Lincolnshire sausage and mustard sandwiches…lt was bliss!


We both have a bit of a soft spot for TK Maxx and found an amazing one that had all the sale items super cheap, I picked up a dress that wouldn’t usually be my style but for some reason I was drawn to the print……well turns out it was a Clements Ribeiro wrap dress for £11 the tag says it was originally £214 needless to say I snapped it up and I think it will be a lovely autumnal dress.

I really love the gorgeous bold print.


The weekend whizzed by and it was soon time to leave but of course not before one last cup of tea and a giant bourbon just to keep me going for the journey back on the train.


Luckily my journey back was pretty uneventful and I even got back in time for the Olympic Closing Ceremony. I am thinking I am going to try my luck at getting some Paralympics tickets or at least tickets to go to the Olympic Park even just to go up the steel tower have a look around.

I hope everyone had sunny fun weekends too…



In Full Swing!

30 Jun

So with the walls and ground works to the extension nearly finished and the glazers expected next week it has given me a bit of time without having the builders at the house. I’ve been really lucky the guys have been really sweet and the nicer they are the more cakes they get so it’s win win really!.

After getting off my Hols a bit tired a little bit stressed due to the lost buggy,being too late to collect the dogs from kennels who of course were fine and enjoying there doggy holiday (a doggy mummy does worry you know) to a building site it was enough to make me have a mini panic.



So after being told by the hubby that I’m over reacting and i should be excited and that 30 square meters isn’t small (anyone who knows me will know I have serious measurement issues I have no idea how big anything is or what will fit into the space!) taking a couple of deep breaths a good nights sleep and the following day I was back on it. So with a to do list as long as my arm I’ve started trying to source the best deals for my Smeg fridge Freezer and Rangemaster Cooker looking at flooring samples, lighting, ordering the kitchen and creating a kind of mood board with all my ideas of how the room is going to look and I’m feeling much more positive. Look at this for starters from Coastal living.


And check out this retro microwave from Whirlpool


And some lovely lighting from John Lewis


So bring it on in the next couple of weeks walls are going to be removed which creates a new drama trying to contain two dogs two cats and a two year old i think that might be enough for the next mini breakdown…. Wish me luck


Photo Friday

8 Jun

Due to the rain and wind we haven’t been able to get as many wonderful floral photos as last week but here are a few offerings we did manage to take (and a few that we’re not used from a couple of weeks before!)









Hope you are all looking forward to your wonderful weekends!


Lemon Bunt Cake is Actually Quite Yummy!

19 May

So as the title explains I am not a lover of Lemon Cake but the Hubby is and as it was his Birthday I thought Ok let’s give him a special treat and make him a Lemon Bunt Cake (lol). I decided to freestyle the recipe and do you know what it really was very nice. Even me a non Lemon Cake eater liked it actually really liked it!

So here’s the recipe give it a go and let me know what you think…..

8 ozs Plain Flour
2 Level Teaspoons Baking Powder
6 ozs Caster Sugar
Finely Grated Rinds of 2 Lemons
Juice of the 2 Lemons
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
2 Eggs
3 Tablespoons Milk

Cook for around 35 mins on gas mark 3 or 175c but check by sticking in a knife near the end of the cooking time if it comes out clean it’s cooked if not give it a bit longer.

As always I put all the ingredient into a mixer but if you want to do it properly make sure you mix the butter and sugar together first,then the wet ingredient then the flour and baking powder.

For the topping

5 Tablespoons Icing Sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon
Drop of yellow food colouring
Yellow Sprinkles

You need to make sure the cake is cooled properly before applying the topping I just drizzled the topping over the cake looked quite pretty but if you want it to cover the cake in icing I suggest doubling the topping recipe.



Really, Beetroot in a Cake!

11 Apr

I am not a lover of Carrot Cake, never tried Courgette Cake (anyone with a recipe I would love to hear about it) but Chocolate Beetroot Cake I thought, why not. The result a gorgeous moist chocolate cake with the consistency of chocolate brownie. Even a beetroot hater liked the cake…. It would have been rude to expose the secret ingredient.

And the toping, well I gave the new Cadbury Chocolate Philidelhia a go and made a delicious chocolate cream cheese frosting. A really yummy chocolate frosting which is quick and easy to make.

Take a look for yourself


Heres the recipe:

For the cake
Sunflower oil spray or butter for greasing your chosen tin
50g Cocoa powder (I use green and blacks)
175g Plain flour
1½ tsp Baking powder
200 g Caster sugar
250 g Cooked beetroot
2 Eggs
200 g Butter soft
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

For the frosting
125g Unsalted butter
175g Cadbury Chocolate Philadelphia
275g Icing Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

– Now I know a lot of people put each ingredient into the blender one ingredient at a time but me…. I put the dry stuff in first then throw in the wet and blend. I’ve never had a problem I just make sure it mixes for a while and if its not wet enough I add a couple of dashes of milk. If unlike me you want to do it properly mix the sugar and butter then the egg and vanilla essence then the rest of the dry ingredient blending throughly at each added ingredient.

– You need to cook at 180 c or gas mark 4. My bunt cake took around 45 mins as the cake is quite moist, it was kind of difficult to tell when it was done but as a rule if the tester knife comes out clean it’s cooked. Leave to cool then pop out of its tin onto a wire rack to throughly cool before adding the frosting.

– For the frosting you need to use a hand mixer start by mixing the butter and icing sugar together add the vanilla essence then fold in by hand the Cadbury Chocolate Philadelphia. From experience when I have used cream cheese in frosting if you over blend it the frosting goes runny this is why I prefer to mix it in by hand.

– When the cake is completely cold dollop and swirl your frosting onto the cake then add sprinkles till your heart desires.


Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to send me in the right direction of a good courgette cake recipe!


Cooking Up A Storm

19 Mar

Saturday I decided I was going to make a Chicken and Vegetable Pie a recipe I have been wanting to do for a while. The hubby loves a bit of pastry actually i think that maybe his favourite bit of the pie, but by the look of his empty plate I think he liked the filling too!


You can find the recipe here. I used any vegetables I had in my fridge plus the compulsory frozen peas and sweetcorn I also used puff pastry. It’s a pretty easy pie recipe and doesn’t need cream or a million different herbs or strange ingredient so you can pretty much whip it up with store cupboard ingredients. The only thing that takes a while is pre cooking the chicken but you can just pop that in the oven and kind of forget about it for 40 minutes. I was unable to take a picture of the full pie as everyone had started to tuck in before I got the chance. But here’s a look at the half eaten pie! I served it with some extra green Vegetables and good old mash potato.


I decided to doubled the pie ingredients and have frozen it as it will make a quick healthy midweek meal to have with some rice. Creamy Chicken and rice is one of my favourite dinners Yum yum.

I have also been baking again and had to share this recipe with you. If you like coffee cake you will love these. Give them a go super easy too. The icing was delicious and not at all sickly. You can find the recipe here


I made them for Sunday a joint celebration for Mothers Day because Mums Rock! and for Doolallytat JJ’s birthday as she will be in sunnier (hopefully) climes for her actual birthday. The cakes went down a storm and were gone in a flash and mum loved her Doolallytat creation handmade card.


So here was to a weekend of happy cooking and crafting xoxo

Any Excuse For Cake…

13 Mar

I’m off on a day trip out tomorrow to the lovely Wakehurst place where they have beautiful gardens and is home to the millennium seed bank, they are hoping by 2020 that they would have banked over 25% of the worlds wild plant species. The work they do is hugely important and the gardens are especially great for picnics and what is the most important part of a picnic….yep you guessed it CAKE!

I have been meaning to make a marble cake for such a long time and I love making cakes in my Bundt tin so I thought what can be better than a marble Bundt cake. I think my love of Bundt cakes is mainly because I like saying Bundt cake it sounds much more special than a cake baked in a regular tin and how easy they are to cut, which make them ideal for a picnic as you can cut them into easy to manage slices.

So you can find the recipe here. It’s super easy as you just bung the ingredients minus the coco powder (I use green and blacks as its my favourite and gives a lovely chocolate taste) into you blender. Then separate half the mixture, mix in the coco into one of the mixtures then dollop alternatively into your tin then the fun bit using a knife swirl the chocolate and vanilla gently together to create the marble effect.

A little top tip as I used to struggle getting my Bundt cakes to come out of the tin in one piece, I use a spray sunflower oil so you can get the whole tin coated and the cake should release like a dream.


So here it is…..And as I’m going to pre slice it to take it to the picnic I can have a slice with a cuppa and no one need know!



Yum yum!