Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Chocolate Thins

Chocolate Thins are one of my favourite things at the moment. I think baby likes them! Well that's my excuse for eating so many of them at the moment! Anyway, little F likes them too and I would far rather give him a home made biscuit for his afternoon snack than something out of a packet. They're so easy and quick to make you can be eating a warm one within 20 minutes of having the thought that you fancy one. I think this recipe originally came from a Sainsbury's book my Mum has and I copied it into my little notebook of favourite recipes years ago. For that reason the ingredients are in imperial but hopefully you've got scales like mine that have both imperial and metric. Otherwise you can always use a weight conversion chart. 

4oz Self Raising Flour
4oz Butter or Marg(soft)
2oz Castor Sugar
1oz Cocoa Powder

Cream together the butter and sugar. I find it works best if the butter or marg is fairly soft. Sift in the flour and cocoa and mix well. The mixture can seem quite dry and you've really got to work at it to get it coming together. This works best if your margarine or butter was nice and soft. My mixture today was really nice and soft but sometimes it seems quite dry and crumbly. Form it into balls about the size of a walnut(or bigger if you're greedy like me and want really big biscuits!) Place on a baking tray and gently press down with a fork so you get pretty lines across the biscuits. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes at 190 degrees C. I have a fan oven and find that 170 is a better temperature and they need about 13 minutes. Keep checking them though as you don't want them to catch and burn.

These biscuits are delicious straight from the oven when they are soft and yummy. As they cool they become crisper which is equally delicious. I find that they will keep very well in an airtight container but if you're anything like me they won't last very long!


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Little Corners

Bit by bit our house is starting to feel like a home. 

We've been here for a year this coming Sunday and have lived with the previous owners decor for all that time while we got a feel for the place. This has been difficult for me as I normally like to start prettifying straight away, but I think it really has been necessary to get to know this house before we started to decorate. 

We started in half term by painting our bedroom and the hall, landing and stairs. I actually thought we would only manage the bedroom as we were away for more than half the week up in Yorkshire but we got on a lot quicker than anticipated. The light today is not brilliant so these pictures make our bedroom look a bit more washed out than it actually is. It's a beautiful sagey green, inspired by a jug that used to belong to my Grandma. It's a Dulux one called 'Willow Tree'

I really love it. We have a wall of cream wardrobes which are not fantastic but we will have to live with them for the time being. The green is a lovely contrast to the green. Anyway, although it's 5 weeks since we finished painting, the room is not finished as I haven't done any prettifying and putting up of pictures. This afternoon while little F pottered about between his room and ours, I started the prettifying process. The chair is part of our dining set and is a spare which will not fit downstairs. The table and chairs used to be my Grandparents and we inherited it from Mum and Dad who decided it was too big for them when they down-sized a couple of years ago. It's not 100% my taste as the wood is quite dark but my plan is to re-upholster all the seats as I've done with this one, and make little slip covers for the backs like this one too. It's hard to see but the fabric is also sage green and cream and is spare from Mum and Dad's livingroom curtains which I made for them. It matches the walls perfectly. 

The lovely rose print was also my Grandma's. I have another one above our bed and another one which needs some work on the frame. I love these prints. Apart from the fact that I love these type of prints, I love to have items in my home that used to belong to my Grandparents. It's a continuation. It's a little bit of them, and it reminds me of so many happy times spent staying with them when I was little. The fabric 'F' I've had a while. If you used to read my old blog you will have seen it adorning my walls in my old flat in Kew. It hasn't had a home since I started living with lovely S. To be perfectly honest he's not hugely keen on it but he'll have to grow to like it! The sweet little mirror was one that I won a few years ago on a lovely blog give away from this lovely blogSo it's all starting to come together in this room but there is much more to do before I can share a wider shot of the room with you!

Here's another tiny corner, this time of little F's room. Really we have done very little in here apart from arrange the furniture, put up a few pictures and bunting and find homes for his toys. Plans are afoot to decorate in here over the summer holidays. We're planning a simple mural on one wall and the rest will be painted an off white to keep it fairly bright as it is north facing. His curtains are cream with little multi coloured polka-dots and have a matching light shade. They were purchased from Mothercare as they match his old Moses Basket linings. These will all be moved into the new babies room before November and I am part of the way through making new 'big boy' curtains in a lovely blue ticking. I think that the teddy bear picture above will move into babies room as well and the little button picture is really just a hook filler for now. We had something larger hanging there as his old changing table was a lot lower than the chest of drawers that we have recently moved in. 

What do you think to this sweet little boat? Isn't it cute. The seagulls spin around on top. Mum and Dad bought it back from their recent holiday in Lyme Regis and I just love it. He is very fond of it too but is a little to exuberant with the poor seagulls so it lives out of reach for now. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these tiny corners of my home. More to come as I work my way around the house. 


Wednesday, 11 July 2012


I'd really wanted to see it the day before at Stoke Mandeville as that's such a special place to us. It's not only where little F was born, but where he spent the first five weeks of his life, and where no. 2 will be born in November. But it wasn't to be. I was busy have a scan of no. 2 at a different Hospital at just about the exact time it would have been at Stoke. So.........

We saw the amazing Olympic Torch at Ascot Racecourse instead. One minute it was there, the next it was gone.

But it as very special to see and although I think little F barely noticed it as he sat in his pushchair with a rather snotty cold, it will be lovely to share the photos with him in future and tell him he was there as we witnessed something we're sure to see only once in our life times. 


Friday, 6 July 2012

Folksy Friday

Little Birds -

Sweet little floral birds by Clootielugs
Find it here.


Gorgeous little Robin by Murgatroyd and Bean
No longer available but had to include it anyway for it's cuteness.

Cute seagull card by Loopy Linnet.
Find it here.

Pretty birdy brooch by Pantsandpaper.
Find it here.

Such a sweetie by Planet Penny.
Find it here.

Hope you like today's selection.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

A Magical Place

We had the most lovely afternoon yesterday visiting a garden I've been wanting to see for a long time. Here's a clue.....

The magical garden of Roald Dahl is open just occasionally for the National Garden Scheme and yesterday was one of those days. Mum and Dad had been a number of times before but came with me and little H again along with my dear little Niece Joss. Unfortunately the weather wasn't behaving quite as we would have liked and we arrived under heavy skies which then dumped a LOT of rain on us 10 minutes into the visit! Luckily it did then start to brighten up and we managed by the end of the visit  to sit outside on a sweet little bench eating home-made chocolate cake in the sunshine. 

It is a truly magical garden. Just what I was expecting. Lots of little areas with benches and seats dotted around to enjoy the views. Even the rain couldn't spoil it's beauty. I'll leave the words here and let you enjoy the pictures of this stunning garden. 

I hope you've enjoyed looking around this magical place with me. If you live in Buckinghamshire, or even further afield I would really recommend you check out the 'yellow book' and make a visit here. It really is so worth it. 


Sunday, 1 July 2012

A little bit late - Folksy Friday

It's all red, white and blue this week -

Cute buttony hearts.
Find them here

Such sweet owls.
Find them here.

Cute pin cushions. 
Find them here.

Super cute little owls.  
Find them here.

Lovely patriotic bunting.
Find it here.


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