Nigella’s Peanut butter cookies.

Are you in the love peanut butter camp or hate peanut butter camp? I’m firmly in the former….unlike my bf who always looks horrified when I get the jar out of the cupboard.Nuts hey!
I have fond childhood memories of going round to my friends Emmy and Arwen’s house to play…….and enjoy their mums plentiful supplies of newly baked peanut butter cookies.Scrumptious they were too.:)
So I thought I would have a go at making Nigella’s Peanut butter cookies and I’m hoping the other half might just change his mind about peanut butter.

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The recipe worked out fine though I think i did leave them in the oven a tad longer than the 10-12 mins Nigella suggests. All in all they are quick,easy to make and a real sweet treat.

Hmmm now what do you think about peanut butter on toast……..with marmite?? 😉

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Otley, Ilkley and Betty’s.

Good Friday arrived and we thought we would have a drive over Yorkshire way. I had done some research and found out there was a good bike shop in the market town of Otley. My other half enjoys road biking and mountain biking so armed with this info, I can coax him to take me somewhere which might coincidently also have a lovely vintage shop say….or a pretty tea room. 😉

So off we sped over the moors along snow drift cleared roads ( My those drifts were high!), big blue sky full of puffy white clouds and Jake Bugg playing on the car stereo.Happy days!

Otley is a thriving market town in beautiful countryside only ten minutes from Leeds. The river Wharfe passes along the edge of Otley and there is a rather unusually named park which runs by its side. Titty Bottle Park was so named in Edwardian times due to nannies perambulating their charges up and down the river side path.
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In Otley we had a nosy round the market, found the bike shop ( which went down very well with the bf by the way) and I purchased a couple of gorgeous tea cups from a darling little vintage shop called ‘Browse time’ , a treasure trove of old books,mismatched crockery and even retro sweets. Then we went for a sandwich in a cute little coffee shop and gift shop called Heebiesnear the market.Children may enjoy Heebies as it is an official stockist of Harry Potter merchandice.It even serves Butter Beer.:)

Colourful cactus garden in Heebies.
Colourful cactus garden in Heebies.

Seven miles from Otley is the equally picturesque Ilkley. Ilkley is a spa and festival town under the wild and beautiful Ilkley Moor. It also has its own 1930’s built lido. The lido is unheated though so we thought we would give that one a miss! Maybe in the summer time hey……
My actual reason for wanting to visit Ilkley is that I had heard that there was a little vintage tea rooms there. Unfortunately when we got to where the tea rooms were supposed to be ~they had shut down. So sad 😦

Ilkley is however one of the homes of a popular Yorkshire institution Bettys bettys 016
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The first Betty’s tea rooms was established in 1919 in Harrogate by young swiss baker and confectioner Frederick Belmont who fell in love with the scenic Yorkshire countryside.These were eventually followed by others in York, Northallerton and Ilkley. Betty’s are a delighful combination of switzerland and Yorkshire. The tea rooms in Ilkley have an elegant interior with mirrored walls,art deco lamps and the waitresses wear clean crisp aprons,buttoned up blouses and vintage brooches. We did have to queue twenty minutes for a table but the delicious tea and cakes we ordered were well worth the wait.:)
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Rhubarb Crumble.
Rhubarb Crumble.
If you ever go to Betty's you must try a Yorkshire Fat Rascal. ;)
If you ever go to Betty’s you must try a Yorkshire Fat Rascal. 😉

HOpe you are having a lovely Easter weekend.X

The Pendle Snow Witch.

The country is suffering from a severe lack of spring time. Snow drifts in March! Bitter cold winds. Only a few miles up the road friends have been completely snowed in on their farm. Here in Clitheroe we haven’t had it as harsh as most of the country.I think our little town is kind of protected by the looming presence of Pendle Hill.

Pendle from my work today.
Pendle from my work today.

Pendle Hill is famous for its links with The Pendle Witch trials of the seventeenth century. Back in the 1600’s just being old, haggered and the owner of a couple of cats proved rather suspicous ( good job i’m alive and kicking in the 21st century then!) , eleven people from settlements in the area were condemmed to death after being accused of and put on trial for witch craft.
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The farm I grew up on at the foot of Pendle Hill.
The farm I grew up on at the foot of Pendle Hill.

I wonder if the shadowy specters of Alice Nutter and co still roam the hill side with their familiars? The eerie thing is occasionally as the last snow melts in the gully’s , a strange apparition appears on the hillside……..
A witch sometimes  appears on Pendle as the  last snow melts.
A witch sometimes appears on Pendle as the last snow melts.( Pic by Jack Barns)

Maybe she will materialize again this year 🙂

Cats Sleep Anywhere.

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Quite often I come home from a days work to find our cat Tibbs snuggled up in various places around the house. She seems to pick a different ‘favourite place’ every couple of days even though she has a perfectly good fluffy pink bed of her own to snooze in. Her sleeping habit’s inspired me to look up this poem ‘Cats Sleep Anywhere’  by Eleanor Farjeon.

Cats sleep anywhere,
any table,any chair
Top of piano, window ledge
in the middle, on the edge.
Open draw, empty shoe,
anybody’s lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box,
in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don’t care!
Cats sleep anywhere.

Eleanor Farjeon ( 1881- 1965)

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Jake Loves the Lakes.

‘The Lake District’ is a National Park in Cumbria on the western side of North England. It is made up of over 80 mountain lakes, glacial tarns and man made reservoirs. The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain ‘Scafell Pike’ and England’s deepest lake, ‘Wast Water’ and is classed as an AONB ,( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Over the years we have visited several times with our dog Jake. Jake has become a bit of a ‘Wainwright Bagger’ of lakes and tarns, insisting on paddling/swimming in as many as he can. So who better to show you the beauty of ‘The Lake District’ than him. 🙂

There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. :)
There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. 🙂

Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.
Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.

Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks over the west side of the lake.
Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks overthe west side of the lake.

Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!
Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!

Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the banks with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!
Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the bank with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!

Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.
Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.

Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
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Coniston Water is the straightest  of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for "Swallows and Amazons".
Coniston Water is the straightest of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for Arthur Ransoms, “Swallows and Amazons”.

Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty  path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)
Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)

Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn't swallow any!
Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn’t swallow any!

Jake surveys his kingdom  from 'Barrow' where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.
Jake surveys his kingdom from ‘Barrow’ where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.

Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).
Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).

Of course there are still several lakes and tarns Jake hasn’t crossed off his list yet. Hopefully he may get the chance to do a few more this year. 🙂

Here are a few dog friendly camp sites we have stopped at in the Lakes.


Lanefoot Farm Camp site, Thornthwaite.
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Sykeside camp site, Brotherswaterhttp://www.sykeside.co.uk

Eggcellent Easter Ideas !

Love all these Easter gift idea’s , much lovelier alternatives than buying from the supermarket. Take a look at Iris’s web site.X

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Make Easter a great one! Hello everyone 🙂

We have lots of Easter bakeware and goodies to help you out. First up, our hen silicone mould. Oven safe too. Just add melted chocolate to make gorgeous chocolate hens!

Chicken Mould

Make your own Easter Eggs this year? This gorgeous egg is made by Kristy Giblin. Thank you for sharing your wonderful make with us 🙂

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We have 2 egg moulds available in medium (£4.50) and large (£5.50). Each medium egg measures approximately 50mm in diameter and is 65mm long and each large egg measures approximately 75mm in diameter and is 95mm long.

Easter Egg Moulds

It has been rather manic at the Baked By Me HQ. Incredibly thankful that you love our Easter themed jars.

Mini Eggs Cookie Mix

Comes with easy baking instructions. Just add an egg an butter to make 18 lush drool worthy cookies. Check them out!!

Mini Eggs Delight Cookies

They are seasonal though. So do not wait…

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Carnation milk jelly :)

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Here is a pudding my mum used to make my siblings and I when we were little.It is incredibly quick and simple to whip up and children will love it.:)

I was only reminded of it whils’t glancing through my copy of ‘ Miss Dahls Voluptuous delights’ by Sophie Dahl. This is a lovely cook book by the way! In it I found her own family version named after her sister Clover.

Clover’s Carnation Jelly

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Serves 4

1 packet of strawberry jelly
125 ml/half a cup of hot water
1 can evaporated milk
slices of strawberry
swirls of cream and curls of grated chocolate to decorate if you wish.

Dissolve the jelly in the hot water.when cool, whisk in the evaporated milk until thick and frothy.Leave to set for at least two hours.Decorate with whatever you like! Sophie says the camper the better 🙂
I kept mine simple, strawberry slices and wafer daisies.

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Enjoy x

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