Saturday, 21 November 2015

Its a good day for cake

I have lots of things that make me smile, so thinking of one thing to chat about is always hard . I love craft and I have done sewing all my life. I really love patchwork and quilting and in the past have made some lovely quilts for friends and family. I moved onto to card making and this in turn brought me lots of new friends and lots of laughs.
In the last few years I have got into cake decorating and I think with all my health issues I can turn out a fair cake. If you do suffer chronic pain it is great if something can take your mind off it all for a little while, for me its decorating my cakes.
I only do it as a hobby but I love it when someone tells me they loved their cake, it is such a great feeling to get that praise. So my smile and magic moment is my cakes.... xxx

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Merry and Bold This Christmas with Lurpak

As we get closer to the main event, mums and dads all over the world will be planning the Christmas food. In our house my husband is the main chief , even though I can cook its not my fave thing to do but he loves it.
One of our list of yummy things to eat is Lupak butter. It comes in Slightly Salted, Unsalted and crushed garlic butter so a full list for any meal. It is such a yummy butter made from fresh cream and also due to its low moisture content , it is ideal for baking. As I make lots of cakes this is why I love to use it.

Lurpak has a wonderful list of recipes on their web site and I thought I would share my best one and then you can check out more , which I know you will want to do.

Pull Apart Cheese Scone Christmas Wreath

Make a batch of cheese scones ad bake them in a ring to look like a festive wreath. Serve warm with lots of Lurpak

makes one wreath plus about 6 extra
 Prep 20 mins
Cooking time 15 mins

450g self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
110g chilled Lurpak slightly salted butter
cut into pieces.
300g mature cheddar cheese
1 large egg
200ml milk plus extra from brushing
Rosemary sprigs to garnish
Olives to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 220c/fan oven200c/ gas mark 7. Grease 2 large baking sheets

2. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped rosemary and stir in. Rub in the chilled Lurpak slightly salted butter with your fingertip's until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs . Stir in about three-quarters of the cheese.

3. Beat the egg and milk together then stir it into the mixture with a knife . Bring the dough together with your hand, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a few moments until smooth.

4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 3cm, then use a small cutter to stamp out the scones, re- rolling the dough as necessary. Arrange 15-16 scones in an overlapping circle on one baking sheet. Put any remaining scones on the second baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes until risen and golden.

5. Leave to cook for a few minutes. Garnish the wreath with the rosemary springs and serve while warm, with olives and extra Lurpak slightly salted butter.

Cook's tip: when cutting out the scones avoid twisting the cutter- this helps them rise better

I think it is a great idea and would be fab for a winter lunch maybe with soup on a cold day.It tasted so yummy and was really easy and quick to cook . I also think I will experiment with them as I think you could do sweet with fruit and Cinnamon so great for the winter and Christmas as well.

You can buy Lurpak products in all retailers nationwide. If you would like more inspiration the visit

Please note the view in this post are my own and I have not been paid in any way 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Monday's Music Moves Me

I was looking around at different blogs as I really love to read about other bloggers when I come across Monday's Music Moves Me. I was all about a piece of music that really moves you or is important to you.
I had to think back to the first record that I went out a bought all by myself. I was about 10 or 11 and I was so excited to be able to do that.
The song was Puppy Love by Donny Osmond and I cried all the way through again and again. My mum would say 'Please do not play it again' but I did lol
I am now 57 and you know I only have to hear the music and I am 10 again , and it still makes me cry !


Isle of Wight Mini Break

It is my husband birthday this week. He is the hardest person in the world to buy for , really I am not joking! He doesn't read, has not real hobbies except cooking and sea fishing !!!! He has every cooking item known to man and a shed load of fishing products as well, so he does not need any of those!!
So then I thought why not take him away in the UK for a wee mini break. I have to be honest I picked the Isle of wight as it is somewhere I have wanted to go back to for years. We last went when my son was small , about 8 months. As he is nearly 34 its be awhile lol! Also I love history and the fact that Queen Victoria had  her holiday home  that you can visit was another thing for me. When we went back in 1981 we were very young and had no money , so we could not go as the entrance was too expensive.

I felt like a kid waiting for the ferry to arrive lol. I love the sea and boats so for me it was exciting. I also thought of all those family holidays as a child, brought back lovely memories.

Trust me to sit right at the front lol. Love to see where I am going and we were lucky the crossing was calm and for me too fast.

Once we got settled in our cottage we found a shop and got some bits and had a nice relaxing meal at home.
The Island has lots to offer and in summer it has the most lovely beaches, so fab for families and very peaceful. In fact the whole pace of life over there is relaxed!
I have to tell you out of the few days there I was so upset! I can see the funny side now but at the time it was so not funny!
You know I said I have dreamt of Osbourne House for years? It was one of the reasons for going back to the Island. When I booked I checked the opening times for winter. Ooo that's lucky it is only open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Great I thought we can go on the Wednesday. Then the day before I checked times and costs and can you imagine how i felt when I saw that on our date they were not open !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All that way and so close but so far lol.  The next picture is as close as i got and it is the gate house of Osbourne.

In saying that we still had a nice time and went to visit some fab places on the Island and for November the weather was great . I hope you enjoy these pictures and if you can visit there as it was great. I will get to Osbourne one day lol!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Who Do You See When You Look At Me?

Who do you see when you look at me?

The fat girl who eats all day and fails to workout or play...
The lazy mum who can't move off her bum...
That if you watched the food that went in your mouth, would be slim in no time and ready for fun...

Who do you see when you look at me?

The woman in pain every second of the day ....
Who's body is dying in every way ...
I am trapped in the suit of fat armour with no way out..
And nobody hears the screams that I shout .....

Who do you see when you look at me?

The loving and kind person that I am ...
Who covers her pain so you will not feel bad...
I will fight on and even if you can't see me 
I am here  inside if only you take time to see the real me.
So just because someone looks well
Please remember sometimes you just can't tell..
Think before you judge and remember....

Who do you see when you look at me ......

Monday, 2 November 2015

Patons Wool DK Crochet Along and Make It Coats

I love to craft and if you read the blog often you will know I have a passion for patchwork and decorating cakes. My mum was the knitter in the family and my daughter is ace at crochet, neither of which has really grabbed me.
I can follow a knitting pattern but crochet is a whole other thing lol. So when my friends at Coats said about the Patons Wool Crochet Along I thought why not! I was hoping to improve my skill and have fun at the same time.
I was a little late to the party so I am playing catch up at present. On the Make it Coats web site you can find all the patterns for weeks 1-4 and also video's to watch . I was excited when my box of lovely Patons wool arrived, such lovely colours.

I went to the web site and printed the pattern and then wanted to start straight away. Yes well not as fast as that so it seems lol. When I read the pattern I did not understand much at all , so off I went to watch the video on the web site. Oh no I could not keep up as the lady who was so good was way to fast for me. I was thinking I have all this lovely wool and nothing to make! So I sat down with the pattern and broke it up into smaller bits. If I did not understand I watched the Make it coats video, and if I still did not understand I went to you tube and found a beginner video. My first two attempts ended up in the bin , but slowly I started to understand. In truth once you know what you are doing its a simple pattern and you must keep trying if like me you are a novice.
It took three days to make a triangle lol a fact my daughter thought was very funny, but boy was I proud. The next 2 I did in a day so I am getting faster all the time. 

 I really enjoyed making them and I am going to keep going. I think by the time the crochet along ends I will be much better and able to follow a pattern for the first time.
I hope you will join me as it really is fun and I would love to see how yours turns out as well.

You can find all the information and patterns and videos on the Make it coats site. And find out about the love lovely Patons Wool.

Please note I was not paid for this item only receiving a sample of the wool

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Family Tree

I love to add to my family tree history , and nothing makes me smile more than when I find a new person to add. Don't get me wrong it can be so frustrating as well as you can spend hours looking into one person, and then they are all wrong.
Both my parents have passed away which is sad and also means I have little to no older relatives left. My mum was a great story telling and had so many adventures. I used to love all her stories of her life when I was little. I keep meaning to write them down as I worry when I am gone , no one will think of them.
My mum was a tough Eastend lady. She had been brought up very well by my grandparents and she was also a very clever lady.  When I was little we moved from London to Dagenham and that is where I stayed until I married at 20. A brief move to Devon and then back to Dagenham until I moved out to the countryside 17 yrs ago. When I was small we used to meet up with family often and spent a lot of time with my Aunt and Uncle and my cousins who I loved.
I have a wonderful childhood as my parents were great and I still think of those happy days all the time.
It is wonderful if you have strong ties to family as I do feel it helps you when you get older. I hope my children feel like they had a good childhood , as I know I did try my hardest.  I thought I would share a few pictures of times past as I think its fun to look at old pictures. I would love to hear your family stories and if you had a good childhood or not.

Myself and My Dad 

My parents
Me at around age 3 lol

My mum

My mum, dad, uncle Tom and Auntie Mary


My brother and sister in law Pat

My niece Emma

Myself and My Son Matthew

Aunts, Grandmother and mum

My mum and my brother

My uncle Tom and My mum Grace

My Uncle , Aunt and Grandfather

Mum and Dads wedding day

Family including my parents and brother

Family Love the swimming trunks dad lol

Family with my brother striking a pose