On 25th July 2015 I married my partner Mark having been together since we were teenagers. When we got engaged the previous year we already knew that we did not want a big hotel or country house wedding, the idea of all the formality made us feel quite nervous. We were keen to have something much more relaxed and to try to keep it as … Continue reading The Biggest Party of My Life – Our Wedding
It has taken me several years to be able to follow a crochet pattern so managing to produce a blanket for a friend’s baby and then for my own bundle of joy is a real achievement. As I am a crochet novice I went for a granny square design. The pattern is from the book Boho Crochet available from Amazon for £12.99. YouTube has tutorials … Continue reading The Crochet Baby Blanket
When we moved into our house three years ago we decorated the back room first. Grey was our colour of choice and has remained so with the rest of the house. Three years later and the room is looking cluttered, dark and unloved so a trip to Ikea and a few accessories later and it is transformed into a tranquil pastel haven. The charity shop … Continue reading The Ikea bedroom makeover
When I discovered I was pregnant back in July I was delighted and instantly started researching all the things a baby needs in their life. The baby retail market is very much the same as the wedding market. Everything is overpriced and you are inundated with suggestions from friends, family and strangers about what you need to purchase. This advice and … Continue reading Baby changing bags – do you really need one?
Feel free to pick your own artist to inspire you with these mini cakes. The mad-cap Pollock approach to decorating is a great relief after you spend hours carefully prepping your buttercream sides. Fondant Fancies Time: 6 hours… feel free to break this into two sittings, buttercream-ing the sides is by far the most time consuming and laborious. Ingredients For the cake 5 medium eggs, weigh … Continue reading Jackson Pollock Fondant Fancies
Inspired by Bake Off’s Tudor Week and the delights of Tetris, I entered the murky world of hot water crust pastry. I’ve always been put off by this one because of the lard. But the slightly grim connotations of lard are vastly outweighed by how great it is to make things with hot water crust, it’s so easy and malleable – like play dough you … Continue reading Macaroni Cheese Pies
And so we enter the final bake off stretch, and our final moments with Mel, Sue, Mary and the other one. We begin with the most grasping-at-straws theme yet… Week 8 Tudor Week. No further comment. I really wasn’t feeling any of the recipes. But I’d been promising to make a pie. So I manned up and leaned into hot water crust pastry, but slightly … Continue reading Bake Along with Bake Off – Part 3