Sunday, 31 March 2013

April is for...


  • Best friend’s running marathons
  • Allotment planting
  • Easter fun with my family
  • Slightly warmer days and slightly longer evenings
  • Chocolate! 

Monday, 25 March 2013

Easter Biscuits

So it was raining and I was bored. The obvious answer to this is to bake something. I had seen a recipe in the latest Sweet magazine for chocolate Easter biscuits, all beautifully decorated. Small problem, I didn't have all the ingredients, or many relevant cookie cutters. 

So, the biscuits became gingerbread. I managed to dig out a rabbit and an Easter egg shaped cookie cutter. I found some writing icing in my baking cupboard, although only green and yellow were really left.
And these are the results. Maybe not the best looking biscuits I've ever made but they taste pretty good. As a bonus, it wasn't raining when they were finished!

If you did fancy making your own, I would recommend Sweet for lots of Easter/spring time/pretty recipes. Or buy this gorgeous tin of biscuits from Biscuiteers. I've actually now got my eye on this Bird of Paradise Easter egg as well.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Easter Week!

So I thought I would have a bit of an Easter week here on the blog, usual style posts just with an Easter twist. Very original I know!

Here's a couple of sneak peeks for what's to come.

First things first though, tuck into some yummy chocolate!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Date Night Geek Style: Science Museum

The mister and I are massive geeks so when I discovered he had never been to the Science Museum I needed to change that. And quickly. I must have been there about 1000 times when I was younger, and knew his inner geek would adore it.

This artwork is made up of layers of different materials; wood, metal, fabric, plastics. It looked incredible!
        
1. Josh playing a game (what's new?) 2. Old school computer tech 3. DNA discovery changing our futures

If you haven't been then basically it's 6 floors packed full of scientific discoveries, some going back to Roman times. Most of it is pretty awesome, although the history of dentistry stuff creeps me out a bit. 
        
1. Chromosome floor tiles 2. Original Ford 3. Space exhibits 4. Stephenson's rocket

One of my favourites exhibits is the Making of the Modern World. The whole space is packed full of things that have shaped our lives. Some are huge, like cars and trains and space shuttles, and some are pretty small, cutlery and CD's and medicines.

And of course, there's room of lots of sewing related inventions. I spied this Singer sewing machine, and some lovely vintage patterns tucked between a lawnmower and power tools. There were also several looms and other more industrial sewing tech to find. 


Loads of the exhibits are really interactive with games and quizzes everywhere. The Who Am I exhibit focuses on genetics (one of my specialisms at uni), including a series of quizzes on personality and preferences. The pics above are me and Josh built up through our quiz answers. I wish I had also taken a photo of us aged to about 70. Truly hilarious! 

Friday, 22 March 2013

All that Glitters

I'm attempting to do more outfit posts, even if I do look completely awkward in photos. I also seem to have found the ugliest part of the entire flat to be the easiest place to take them so expect to see more of that delightful radiator...

Anyway, I wore this during the day which worked pretty well for shopping and general seafront wanderings.

Sweatshirt - Primark
Jeans - H&M
Plimsolls - Office

I then had to make a pretty speedy change for the evening. Change the sweatshirt, swap shoes and pop on a bright ring and voila!

Cardigan - H&M
T-shirt - Topshop
Jeans - H&M
Shoes - New Look






Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Knitting & Stitching Show

Last Saturday, I paid a little visit to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show. I was determined to not spend too much money, but as usual I was tempted by all the pretty things. Most of the photos are from the knitted garden competition. I might have actually laughed out loud at the fox in the wellies!

There were a lot of exhibitors I had seen before, and considering it was a knitting and stitching show, there was a lot of papercraft and jewellery making stuff. But there is always going to be things I'm not interested in, and the last thing I need is yet another project!

However there were a few stalls that really caught my eye. Millamia had the prettiest knitting patterns and kits, I'm in love with the cushion. Janie Crow also had projects from her book Homespun Vintage that kept catching my eye.I also got myself a tapestry purse kit from The Craft Closet. I'm really excited to make it, I've never properly tried tapestry before. Expect a blog post on that as soon as I'm done!

Unsurprisingly I spent quite a bit on magazines. Crafty is a new magazine about to be released that looks pretty good, it reminded me of Mollie Makes/The Simple Things when I flicked through it before buying. And I got myself a half price Prima Spring Makes too.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

They Let Us Escape

Last week was a much anticipated week off work. I realised the week before that I hadn't had more than a 4 day weekend since September, so I was so excited about the thought of 10 whole days off.

The week kicked off with the mister's birthday. Cake, presents, gigs and very bad dancing ensued. 

Then I was homeward bound for Mother's Day. Yummy food and spring flowers. 

Spring seemed a long way off when it snowed. Dinner with my sister almost turned into being stranded in the wrong town!
By Wednesday, the sun was shining again. Just in time for cinema & Nando's trips, and walks along the seafront.

Science Museum adventures now the weather was behaving itself.

 Just enough time to round off my week with a trip to the Knitting & Stitching Show with my Mum.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Things I Like Tuesday


  • Sunset walks on the seafront
  • Geeky science dates with the mister
  • New blogging schedules
  • Work related motivation
  • Craft fairs with the mothership

Monday, 18 March 2013

Birthday Cake Time

As usual I gave the mister free choice on his birthday cake, and as usual he changed his mind 100 times and came up with some slightly ridiculous suggestions (bacon cake anyone?). I was pretty keen to try this recipe for Chocolate and Caramel layer cake, so a little gentle suggestion and he was happy!

It took a little longer than normal, as it contains four different flavoured sponges but the recipe suggests making two flavours at once to save some time. The sponges didn't rise anywhere near as much as 'normal' sponges despite the recipes being very similar. To counteract the sweetness the recipe uses yoghurt which I thought might have affected the rise slightly. 

There are four cake layers: vanilla, caramel, chocolate caramel and finally chocolate. They are all meant to be different colours, but I found the chocolate and caramel chocolate layers looked pretty similar. In the recipe the layers are all sandwiched together with caramel. I couldn't get a tin of caramel so I made my own with condensed milk, but only ended up using it for one layer. Chocolate ganache sandwiches the others. 

This photo was taken a couple of days after I'd baked it, and the layers have flattened into each other a bit. I would recommend baking and serving this on the same day if possible so the layers stay defined. It still tasted  pretty amazing though!
All topped off with chocolate ganache icing, learning how to make that might be the best thing I ever did! The mister was pretty happy with it so I'm going to call that a successful birthday cake. I'm not sure if I would use the exact same recipe again, but I loved the different layers idea. 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Things I like Tuesday


  • Time off work!
  • Super fun birthday celebrations
  • Lots and lots of baking
  • A snowy dinner with my sister
  • Not tripping over in my new maxi skirt

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