Wednesday, August 31

. lOvely lemOn viennEse whirls .


isn't it a wonderful thing when the stars align & you know that things are just meant to be . particularly when the thing that's meant to be is a baking lovely, light, buttery biscuits, filled with wonderfully tangy lemon curd and an ever so light & fluffy frosting ? this months baking challenge from Bumpkin Betty was to make one of the recipes baked by someone else . adding your own little twist . there were a few that made a { not so } short list . Betty's white chocolate & blackberry cake

but . then . i took a peek at this week's BakeOff . biscuit week . with a technical challenge that sounded suspiciously like a Viennese Whirl . which i remembered spotting amongst last month's family favourite bakes . Joyce baked Viennese Fingers dipped in dark chocolate with a sprinkling of gold dust . { doesn't a sprinkling of gold make everything so much better ? } . with a lovely write up on her blog Happiness is Handmade . on how these brought back happy memories of afternoon tea . 

what better bake to make than these then . with . my own twist ?


a lovely fresh lemony addition of homemade lemon curd . an absolute favourite of mine . & . a super simple recipe from Nigel Slater . { which you can find here } . & . it pairs wonderfully with a light buttercream . making these viennese whirls a lovely light indulgence . { if light indulgence isn't too much of an oxymoron ! } .


i spy with my little eye the circles i marked out in an attempt to make them consistent in size . { yes, how very Bake Off of me ! } .


spot the odd one out ?  i may have also made a batch of chocolate orange whirls . if you swap around 25g of the flour for cocoa powder you'll have lovely chocolatey biscuits . then make a simple ganache by grating the zest of one orange into 100ml of double cream . heat it to just before boiling point then add 100g of finely chopped dark chocolate . leave to stand to allow the chocolate to melt in the heat of the cream then stir to combine . i added the juice of half an orange too . place in the fridge to harden . then pipe as before . 

very very very lovely . 

and so . along with a cup of tea . i'm ready for biscuit week on the Bake Off .

thank you again to Bumpkin Betty for another lovely baking month . if you'd like to join in the baking head over to her facebook page . & . you can drool over all the other sweet treats the other bakers have been making .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Monday, August 29

. do All things with kIndness .

i feel i may have lost a little of my blOgging mOjo this month . & . my healthy eating mojO . oh . & . my running mOjo . there's a distinct lack of mojO at the moment .

Oh . except for my eating cake & cookies mojo . yep . still got that { and a few extra pounds to show for it too } !

in this wonderful digital age { which i love for sO many reasons } it can be hard not to keep aiming for that image of perfection that we constantly see . the perfect clean diet . the perfect fitness regime . the perfect family life . & . so it's all too easy to give yourself a hard time for indulging in one too many slices of cake . for skipping out on the running & working out . for not blOgging more often . for not being enough . for not being our own image of perfect . & . yet we all know { deep down } that life isn't perfect . but . actually . that's ok . it doesn't have to be perfect to still be wonderful .

so i'm making sEptember a time to be kind . to others . but . also to myself .

. do all things with kindness .
. choose joy . 
. be you . be love .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Friday, August 26

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . crUshing on MattCrumps cute cAndy world .
. 2 . sisterly love snapped by house_of_douglas . & . shared by HelloLittleBirdie
{ gorgeous girliness by ModernQueenKids } .
. 4 . every girl needs her own sUper hEro cape . don't you think ?
. 5 . sUper cUte cOnfetti cAts . all . printed & produced by the sUper Julia Staite .
. 6 . despite the cuteness of the cOnfetti cAts . yEp . i'll be a plant lady before a cat lady
. 7 . everydAy mAgic . from . EnfantsTerribleMagazine . & . thegirllikesrainbows .
. 8 . lOng lOng lOng week . but . yay . lOng weekend ahead .
{ sunshine cardigan by LoopyMango } .
. & . finally . next week is biscuit week on BakeOff . & . i spy a whirling technical challenge .
{ these cranberry viennese whirls look just the thing to scoff whilst watching ! } .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Friday, August 19

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . lOving this picture of such sweet siblings . shared by Katrien @growingwildthings .
. 2 . qUirky new label from Sweden . Civilliants
{ weirdly wonderful prints & cute photography } 
. 3 . gOrgeous new label from PuertoRico . NicaNica .
{ contemporary style & perfect for twirling in }
. 4 . gEtting in the Olympic Spirit with a little Stadium Glam from MiniMaven .
. 5 . On my weekend tOdO list . to create a bUllet journal .
{ track the past . organise the present . plan the future }
. 6 . On my wish IhAdOne list . to keep those threads tidy .
{ I heart Stitching . & . I heart Knitting }
. 7 . anOther beautiful image from Katrien with a lovely print from Frau Ottillie .
. 8 . my thought for today .
{ beautifully illustrated by Jessica Andriany }
. 9 . this weeks InstaCrush . @lianne.scher . of 1701CopperKitchen .
{ perfect serendipity in finding this just in time for the start of the BakeOff ! }
. & . finally . lOving the look of these lemon pOppy seed muffins . from Milk and Honey .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Friday, August 12

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . a peony . to wish all those getting wed this weekend a very happy marriage .
. 2 . la roulotte du pinson . for beautiful things for children's rooms . inspired by nature . 
. 3 . my little gent . for cute clothing for your little guy . coming very soon .
. 4 . h&m studio child . inspired by fantasy & folk tales . coming very soon .
. 5 . summer reading . some of the best new books of aUgust .
. 6 . summer reading . with IssueNo.8 of Babiekins .
. 7 . time for tea . in this gorgeous Peter Rabbit china cup .
. 8 . and talking of tea . this seems appropriate for this weeks quote .
. 9 . this weekend . you'll find fAbritzia dEsign at TheHandmadeNottinghamMarket .
{ along with many other lOvely lOvely sellers } .
. & . finally . this weekend . you'll find me at the Bakewell Baking Festival .
{ enjoying this lovely sUmmer bErry loaf at a Bakewell picnic } .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Wednesday, August 10

. time for afternoon tea . { twelve treats for a perfect teatime } .


did i mention it's Afternoon Tea Week this week ? yes, all week, the perfect excuse to indulge in dainty finger sandwiches, pots of freshly brewed tea, &, freshly baked scones topped with jam and cream, & perfect petit fours . if you have room for all that . i'm not sure i've successfully finished an afternoon tea yet . they deceive you with their daintiness, their one bite delicacy . you take your time, and savour each mouthful, & then you reach that final tier of cake & pastry loveliness . & . realise you can't eat another mouthful ! { if anyone has the answer to this, please, please, do tell ! }

did you know that we have Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, to thank for the wonderful thing that is Afternoon Tea . her mid afternoon lull was solved by asking for tea and a light snack to be served in her room . to which she asked friends to join her . & . so the practice of Afternoon Tea began . it's popularity seems to keep on growing, adopted by hotels, bakeries & tearooms alike . some serving a very traditional version . others taking a more unconventional approach putting modern & themed twists on each tier of treats . and whilst it may seem like the ultimate tea party for grownups, it's also a wonderful thing to introduce children to . there already being a sense of occasion and whimsy about the whole affair that appeals to young & old alike . i think there are few things in life that are so universally appreciated . { including Afternoon Teas for the gentlemen in your life too } .  

so . lets start at that bottom tier shall we . plates ready to choose your first tea sandwich ?

. 1 . 2 . 3 .
{ lets start . with . tea sandwiches }
. 4 . 5 . 6 .
?
. 7 . 8 . 9 .
{ fairy cakes . fondant fancies . french macarons }
. 10 .
{ the Mad Hatter's Tea Party . at . The Sanderson London }
. 11 .
{ Charlie & The Chocolate Factory . at . One Aldwych }
. 12 .

how will you celebrate Afternoon Tea Week
?

. if you are still looking for more inspiration . take a peek at my Pinterest board .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Saturday, August 6

. hAppy weekEnd .


. 1 . next week is Afternoon Tea Week . & . these would be a perfect start .
. 2 . beautiful storytelling in a single image . illustrations brought to life with flowers .
. 3 . classic storytelling re-issued by Puffin
{ the high spirited Anne of Green Gables illustrated by the inimitable Lauren Child }
. 4 . the gorgeous garden retreat created by Jeska of Lobster&Swan . jealous ? Oh yes !
. 5 . tempting toast with homemade strawberry jam
{ simple pleasures for sunday breakfast . with berries courtesy of Tesco #TriedForLess} .
. 6 . earl grey tea . to accompany the toast .
. 7 . a little more storytelling on a plate . by the incredibly creative Lee Samantha .
. 9 . rather cute retro jelly bags
{ one in every colour . pretty please ! } .
. & . finally . rather cute mini cakes . a perfect ending to your afternoon tea .

. have a hAppy dAy .