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Halloween Baking: Very Berry Sponge Cake – Blogtober 2020

I’m no stranger to Halloween baking, as I do something every year, but this year I thought I would do something a little different, and bake a cake!

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We don’t need an excuse for cake in our house in all honesty, so I thought it would be fun, to make something tasty, sweet and Halloween themed, basically so I could blog about it this month.

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Autumn Fruit Picking – Blogtober 2020

Is there anything more autumnal than visiting a pumpkin patch? While it’s a little early to be picking up a pumpkin; this weekend we headed to a local pick-your-own for some autumn fruit picking!

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It’s been a while since either of us have been fruit picking, but we thought, why not! A nice excuse for some fresh air, and exercise, and a bit of fun!

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This Week #17 – BBQ, Sunshine, Reading and LOVE

Well this has been a week and a bit hasn’t it! To begin: Happy June and Happy Pride Month.

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Let us begin, with a mere statement. YOU can be WHOEVER you ARE. I will not judge you for that. I will judge you if you are intolerant of others. As far as I am concerned, if you don’t like something, you can be a grown up and self-censor. Walk away. Live and let live.

On with the week….

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12 Days of Christmas 2019 – 9 – Christmas Fun: Chocolate Decorating

It’s almost time! Are you panic buying? Calm? Enjoying all the festivities?

We’re fairly calm now, all the presents for posting have been sent on their way, and I can finally relax with just the last few bits to do in the next couple of days, for here at home.

With that it mind, we decided to have a little fun!

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*Date Night* March 2019

March! It’s been a fairly quiet month again this month, mostly because we’ve been really  busy with work, though we have had a little down-time here and there, so here’s a bit of a catch up!

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We’ve not had any events in March, which means it’s been fairly quiet generally, we did enjoy a day out in St Ives (which you can read all about here)! That’s about the extent of our going out this month, the joy of how days off have come up recently, coupled with some rather hit-or-miss weather!

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Recipe Book: St Pirans Day – Proper Cornish Pasties

We had a bit of fun this past weekend, something neither of us has done before, but we thought we’d have a bit of fun and blog about it!

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It’s St Pirans Day today! A day to celebrate all things Cornwall, and though I’m not Cornish, and many would say Stu isn’t either (you have to be born here apparently!) we thought we’d have a go at making proper cornish pasties!

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Blogmas 2018 – Christmas Baking – Gingerbread Cupcakes

One of the best things about Christmas is the food right?

So for the next few weeks I thought I would share some fun Christmas baking ideas.

This is a great, simple recipe, and it’s so tasty!

Gingerbread Cupcakes

(Prep time 10-15mins, Cooking time 20 mins Icing 10 mins.)IMG_9728

What you’ll need:

  • 175g Butter
  • 75g Light brown soft sugar
  • 100g Golden syrup
  • 3 Eggs
  • 175g Self raising flour
  • 1 heaped tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 heaped tsp Mixed spice

How to make them:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a muffin tin with cake cases (go you if you use reusable silicone cases)
  • On a low heat, melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan and allow to cool.
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs and add the now cooled mixture, whisk again.
  • Add the flour and spices, and fold into the mixture until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the cupcakes cases and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown (to test stick a wooden skewer or a knife into the cake centre and out, if it is clean the cake is done.)
  • Once cooked, allow to cool on a rack.IMG_9729

These cakes taste great as they are, and are great with a mug of hot chocolate, though of course frosting adds a festive touch!

I make a buttercream frosting, which is really simple, and added a half tsp ground ginger to add a little spice! Just wait until your cake has cooled before icing.

Buttercream is incredibly simple to make, just 175g butter, beaten until smooth, and then mix in 300g icing sugar (and in this case the ginger). You can add a little vanilla extract too if desired.

I used a piping bag with a small star tip, finishing with a shimmer spray, and a sprinkle of shimmery sugar gingerbread men for decoration. Though spreading the cream on top is just as good, if you don’t fancy the fuss of swirly frosting! There are many ways to decorate cakes at this time of year, and with gingerbread – anything goes!

As you can see above they look really cute, and they’re such a quick make too! These would make great gifts, or just as a tasty treat at home! IMG_9730 Store in an airtight container and they last around a week… If they last that long!

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Tea: Earl Grey, Hot*

This post contains a product which I was gifted*

in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I cross-stitched something for myself recently. It’s a rarity these days as a lot of the stitching projects I work on, are for gifts.

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While I’m mostly working on projects for December at the moment, it was nice to do something small outside of that.

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