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More Summer Links & Likes.

Helloo!  I’m back with a few more links to blog posts that  I have enjoyed over the summer. I can’t quite believe we are almost into September though ! Plans for September include a week away in The Lake District. Here’s hoping for an Indian Summer. 🙂

How about a recipe for  some refreshing Lavender Lemonade over at Everyday Cheer. 

Danielle has been Feeding the Seals at Eyemouth. Cute post!

Heather on Ilkley Moor ~ The Quiet Walker.

Have you noticed how gorgeous the heather is looking recently?  Join Amanda on Ilkley Moor and Louise in the Peak District and submerge yourself in purple. 🙂

Still time to get some camping trips in. Check out The Helpful Hiker’s post about The Best Campsites In The Uk.

Top Campsites on The Helpful Hiker.

These Swirly Bread Rolls look mouthwatering on Kates blog.

Mary witnesses the Solar Eclipse in a most stunning setting.

If your a fan of scones with oodles of jam & clotted cream ( Yes Please!) , Victoria shares her Top 5 places to go for Afternoon Tea. 🙂

Doggies arn’t to bothered about the Solar Eclipse ~ Travels with the Blonde Coyote.

Off to The South of France?  Allyson can show you some fabulous day trips from Nice and Cannes. 

 Lucy explores the London Underground and Euston’s Secret Tunnels.

 Paula spends her ‘Staycation’ in a Bubble Dome. 🙂

Yummy Flapjacks ~ Matilda Heart Maneche.

 Fancy a cute dog blog to follow?  Of course! Here’s Piper The Cockapoo! 

 And finally ,  a yummy looking walk & eat Flapjack Recipe on Lisa’s blog.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a good read. 🙂

 What are your plans for September?






February Links & Likes. ♡♡

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Hi folks I’ve been reading quite a few blogs recently but haven’t written any posts myself. To be honest I could do with some inspiration!  Any hew,  here are some of my favourites. ♡ Hope you enjoy. 

Naomi has shared all her lovely Glamping Adventures from last year in one post. I must say I’m quite jealous ! 

Bekki has made up some pretty Knitted Heart Kits for her shop ‘Dartmoor Yarns’. If you enjoy knitting ,take a look at her blog. 🙂

Sarah enjoyed  Kitty Cuddles at  The Cat In The Window Cafe in Aberdeen. This post inspired me to book myself and a friend into ‘Cat Cafe ‘ in Manchester. Can’t wait! 

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What would motivate me to run a marathon?  Well, maybe The Hot Chocolate 5K as tried out by  Charlotte. 🙂

Rebecca has reviewed sweary self – help Book  ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k’ and it has some useful ideas. 

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Have you seen any Snowdrops in flower yet?  Here is a list of The National Trust’s  Top Spots For Snowdrops. 🙂

 The Helpful Hiker has compiled a list of  the Best Outdoor Dates For Valentine’s Day. ♡

Ever considered  Greenland for a City Break ??  Ellen says Ilullisat  is one of her favourite destinations. And I can see Why.

Nina is celebrating 2 years of being a Mum to little cutie Lana. 🙂

I might have to try this tasty looking low fat Flapjack recipe on Fred The Thread Blog.

Need to know what Galentine’s Day is all about. Read this article here and arrange time out with your Besties. 🙂 


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Happy Valentine’s Day ! Let me know how you will Celebrate?  I’m doing ‘The Galentine’s ‘ thing on Friday night with some girl friends. A cocktail masterclass at ‘Escape’ in Clitheroe. I will let you know how it goes. 🙂

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Hurrah for Macmillan Coffee Mornings !  Not only are they a brilliant and social way to raise money for a fantastic cause,  they are also pure heaven for those of us with a sweet tooth.  This morning I dropped in at my friend Nicola’s Macmillan Coffee morning…and stuffed myself with cake. Nicola , who is a Queen Baker ( as well as a busy Mum of 4! ) made all these goodies. 🙂

Lemon Drizzle.
Coffee Cake.
Chocolate Fudge Cake.
Take me to the Cake!

Our hostess got some recipe inspiration from the Macmillan Coffee Morning Recipe Page, which features quite a few recipes contributed by celebrities , such as Julie Walters and Amanda Holden.

Afternoon Tea anyone?
Ginger and Salted Caramel Cupcakes.
Victoria Sponge.
Pear and Ginger Cake. My personal favourite. 🙂
Cookies 🙂 The dark chocolate and ginger biscuits on the left, another favourite of mine , this recipe provided by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint. 🙂

Nicola was sent a Coffee Morning Kit when she signed up to host this event, and this  included table cloths, bunting & cake toppers etc, as well as ideas for fund raising games and raffles. She had such a successful morning that she raised an amazing £270!

Cake really is best enjoyed with friends.

You can host a Macmillan Coffee Morning whenever you like, and help raise funds to support people with cancer. The website is Here. 🙂

Soul Cakes.

I made Soul Cakes! Ok actually myself and Wil made them. And the more perfect ones are those that Wil made. Not to worry! Find the recipe here.

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Soul cakes were traditionally made on ‘Hallows Eve’, ‘All saints Day’ and ‘All Souls Day’ and apparently children went ‘Souling’, asking for Soul cakes from house to house. The slight hint of mixed spice make them a subtly sweet treat for Halloween.

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Happy Halloween!

Hazelnut Torte.

2014-06-07 12.40.55Saturday was such a washout here….that it seemed a good idea to do a spot of baking!  I had picked up a recipe card from a friends shop in Clitheroe ‘Chillimoon’ for Hazelnut Torte. The recipe uses Wharfe Valley Rapeseed Oil which Chillimoon now stocks. Apart from using a slightly to large cake tin ( my fault, not the recipes), the Torte turned out pretty well. Heres the instructions as printed on the card.

1 free range egg
100 ml clear honey
75ml ‘Wharfe Valley’ rapeseed oil
50g unsalted butter
2tbsp apple juice
100g ground hazelnuts
100g wholemeal self raising flour


Preheat oven to 160. Brush a 20cm cake tin with melted butter, to grease.

Whisk together the egg,honey, rapeseed oil, butter and apple juice in a bowl until well combined.

Add the ground hazelnuts and the flour and stir until well combined.

Transfer the cake mix to the greased tin, level the mixture out using a spatula, then put in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cake has risen and is golden brown.

Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

Decorate with raspberries dusted with Icing sugar and serve.


Hope you had a lovely weekend. 🙂

ps Thanks to my workmate lisa for showing me how to resize my photos. 🙂

Oatbake with blueberries and raspberries.

Oatbake. :)
Oatbake. 🙂

Treated myself to a baking cook~ book at the weekend. Its the Nordic Bakery Cookbook by Miisa Mink. Originally from Finland Miisa runs the Nordic Bakery and her book is brimmed full of scandinavian breads, pastries, cakes, buns and cookies. My other half wanted to try out the recipe for Oatbake with blueberries and raspberries. I was on hand with the camera. 🙂

You will need

100g porridge oats
300ml hot milk
100g unsalted butter, softened at room temp
60g caster sugar
3 tbspoons runny honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
120g plain flour
150g blueberries
150g raspberries
Icing sugar to dust
a 900g/2-1b loaf tin, greased

Nordic Bakery Cookbook.
Nordic Bakery Cookbook.


Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) Gas 4

Put the oats and milk to one side in a mixing bowl and allow the oats to absorb most of the milk and to cool down slightly.

Put the butter and sugar in a separate bowl snd whisk until pale and fluffy. Stir in the honey and vanilla extract. Gradually add the beaten egg, a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the baking powder and flour together, then fold into the butter mixture. Drain any remaining liquid from the oats, then stir into the mixing bowl.

Cake mixture.
Cake mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle the blueberries and raspberries on top. 🙂

Ready to put in the oven.
Ready to put in the oven.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 mins, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let rest in the tin for 10 mins before turning onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

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The recipe says it can be served with a dollop of whipped cream or custard if you wish. Enjoyed mine on its own in front of Shetland on the telly. 🙂

This recipe is from the Nordic Bakery Cookbook.

Thursday Favourites ’12’

Hi and welcome to this weeks Thursday Favourites. What have I enjoyed about the past seven days……

Warm Sunshine. 🙂

The Sun has been out ( occasionally) and you could actually feel its warmth on your back. Sunglasses were worn and certain kitty cats ( thats Slinky Malinki) dared venture into the back yard for a sniff before scooting back in at top speed. I’m almost as frightened at letting her out as she is of going out though……

Family Time.

It was nice at the weekend to spend time with both sets of Mums for Mothers Day. We took Wil’s Mum out for lunch on Saturday and visited mine on Sunday. My siblings and niece and nephew were at Mums too so it was great to have a fun family day.:)

Family time in warm sunshine. :)
Family time in warm sunshine. 🙂

New Baking Tins.

I treated myself to some new baking tins, mixing bowl and cake stand with some of the proceeds made from my teacup trinket stands. I hope these new purchases will encourage me to bake more.Hmmm I seem to like my polka dots.

Baking bits from Homebase.
Baking bits from Homebase.

Scary movies.

Actually watched a couple of scary(ish) movies recently which is amazing for me and my ‘hide behind a cushion when anything mildly scary is on the telly’ persona. We saw dark and atmospheric fairytale ‘Pans labyrinth’ and haunting ghost story ‘The woman in black’ starring Daniel Radcliffe ……..and yes I did watch them half behind a cushion. But at least I watched them!

Pans Labyrinth.
Pans Labyrinth.


And lastly I thought I would feature this amazing Owl made by a work colleague to encourage kids to eat fruit. Must be enough fruit in him to constitute our now ‘7’ a day recommended portions hey. Cute as well. 🙂


Bye for Now.X