Friday, July 1

. hEllo jUly .

{ dream . believe . do . repeat }

hEllo jUly

. starting off the month with a fAbulous sUmmer market .
. a little bit of running .

. a very chocolatey Clandestine Cake Club event somewhere secret .
{ the theme is . Death By Chocolate . lets hope not }

. there will be a little bit more running .
&
. then a lot of Dirty Dancing at the Secret Cinema .
{ lots of secrets this month eh ? }
. before indulging in a tipple or two at the Cocktail Weekend .

after all that
. a little more running may be in order .
&
. a lOt of healthy eating to balance out the cake & cocktails .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Wednesday, June 29

. rAspberry & rOse friAnds . with . lemOn drizzle .


despite already being a member of { several } groups of the Clandestine Cake Club . & . having plenty of reasons to bake cake . i became a member of Bumpkin Betty's Baking Club a little while back . because . well . there really isn't such a thing as too much cake . is there ? but . then life got in the way . & . i never quite got around to joining in with the last couple of months .

so . this month i knew i had to squeeze in a little time to bake . & . squeeze it in i did . hence the not so great photo's . & . the rather hurried . { ok . non-existent } . styling !


the theme for this month was ' free-from ' . & . i knew the perfect book to go to for some inspiration . Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman has become one of my favourite baking books . i've already tried out several recipes from her book;  coconut ice . coconut cacao quinoa bars . fig & ginger tea bread . & . an extra fruity fruit loaf . all with great success . & . very quickly scoffed !

but for this i wanted something a little more summery . something with berries . & . so i spotted her recipe for Lemon, Strawberry & Earl Grey Friands . & . decided they would be perfect to put a twist on . swapping raspberries for the strawberries . & . rose water for the earl grey .


making these with either a dairy free butter . or . as i did . with coconut oil makes them dairy-free . they are sweetened with honey . making them refinedsugar-free . & . the flours are brown rice & sorghum . making them nicely gluten-free .

i did have a ponder over switching the egg whites for aquafaba . { the liquid you get in a tin of chickpeas for those who've never heard of it before } . but thought that might be a step too far . 


my lemon drizzle topping is a little different to the original recipe . which uses agave sugar . but i found that the greek yogurt gave the same look as the glaze on Henrietta's friands & added a lovely fresh tang that complemented the lemon .

oh . & . i also don't have a friand tin . { note to self:  buy a friand tin ! } . so mine were baked in a baking tin for small fairy cakes . & . worked just as well . even if they don't look quite so ' friand ' like . . . 


small but perfectly formed friands . . .

and with the glaze . . .


and . what did Bumpkin Betty's other Bakers bake i hear you ask . . ?

. { another } Betty . from . TheBettyStamp baked some gluten-free date & banana energy bites .
. Angela . who writes . OnlyCrumbsRemain . baked an egg-free lemon mousse cake .
and
. Sophie . who writes . ALadyBakes made flourless chocolate brownies .

if you love baking & would like to join in then you can join the club here . & . you can read Jaclyn's { aka.BumpkinBetty} lovely write up of last months ' Spring has Sprung ' theme over on her blog .

. have a sweet & hAppy dAy .

Monday, June 27

. drEam . bElieve . dO . rEpeat .

as you may be able to tell from the very significant lack of blOg pOsts, this month has been a busy one . busy . but . such fun . i was lucky enough to travel north & south . catch up with family i'd not seen in a long long time . meet family i'd not met before . revisit places i'd not been to in a long time . visit new places that i'm already longing to return to . & . it's safe to say i lived up to my jUne quOte in enjoying the journey .

so into jUly we go . midsUmmer has now passed . but . i don't believe it's too late to dream of what the rest of the year may bring .

. drEam . bElieve . dO . rEpeat .


. have a hAppy dAy .

Friday, June 24

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . denim + stripes + pigtails = cUte .
. 2 . stripes + smocking + curls = cUte .
. 3 . spOtted on pInterest . prEtty birds flying high . 
. 4 . spOtted on crEativeBoom . painting with { real } flowers .
. 5 . spOtted on mymOdernMet . gOrgeous gowns become art
. 6 . botanical drawings + white leather = NikeCourt x LibertyLondon .
. 7 . there will be no miracles here . installation by NathanColey .
. 8 . thought for today . & . lets hope . despite the uncertainty . that this is true .
but in the meantime
. 9 . lets dream of a pretty cupboard full of cake . baked by LoveCrumbs .
. & . finally . attempting to recreate their { gorgeous } vEgan chocolate cake
                     with this { equally gorgeous looking } recipe .

. have a hAppy weekEnd .

Friday, June 17

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . spOtted on pinterest . lOoking back to the Aw'13 Emile et Ida cOllection .
. 2 . spOtted by Milk Magazine . uPside dOwn at Lynzy&Co
. 3 . a perfectly sweet combination of Liberty & Pineapples . at Plumeti .
. 4 . a perfectly sweet illustration for MarieClaire . by Babeth Lafon .
{ and . thankyOu to ArtisticMoods for sharing } .
. 5 . a travel dream for many that became a reality for Walter .
. 6 . lOving the idea of { random } portrait paintings scattered around the hOme .
{ and . the fun of making up stories & histories for these strangers ! } .
. 7 . lOving the idea of { double } denim outfits for the sUmmer .
. 8 . thought for today . & . for all those trips and holidays this year .
. 9 . a charming father // daughter moment . & . hAppy fAther's dAy to all dAds .
. & . finally . being tempted by these empire biscuits seen in sO many coffee shops in scOtland . 
{ so . something to be baked when i get back home } .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Saturday, June 11

. hAppy wEekend .


. 1 . lOving this quOte . find your tribe . { be it family or friends } . 
. 2 . beautiful bOnnets for the littlest members of your tribe .
{ from Briar Bonnets & spOtted on Paul & Paula } .
. 3 . thinking ahead to Father's Day . for pApa . from TheOystersPearl .
. 4 . thinking ahead to arriving in Edinburgh . beautiful sights . from ThisIsEdinburgh
. 5 . wIshing The People Shop a very hAppy bIrthday . celebrating their swEet 16th !
. 6 . planning a little picnic for my train journey . with proper scOttish shOrtbread
. 7 . planning a little music for my train journey . with playlist by OhComelyMag .
. 8 . yes, lEts !
. 9 . wIshing our Queen a very hAppy { official } bIrthday . celebrating her 90th !
{ super cute tiny crown from AnotherStudio . so we can all be queen for the day } .
. & . finally . another sweet treat for my train journey . dUndee cake
{ the Queen's favourite cake to take on the train . & . if it's good enough for the Queen . . . }

. have a hAppy dAy .

Saturday, June 4

. hAppy wEekend .


. 1 . sUper cUte in stripes by Yarndye . spOtted on MiniStyle .
. 2 . the prettiest pAtchwork .
{ and other handstitched lOveliness by Little Village Handmade } .
. 3 . sUper beautiful in tulle by MyooBoutique . spOtted on Smudgetikka .
. 4 . the prettiest floral .
{ and more stunning images on Super Selected } .
. 5 . the lOveliest linen designed by The Princess & the Pea . styled by LambLovesFox .
. 6 . crUshing on all these cute & quirky pots by Hinkleville .
. 7 . rEdiscovering my love for the art of Raoul Dufy
{ and embracing the jOurney theme of jUne } .
but bEginning at home with a most English Afternoon Tea
. 9 . with the daintiest & most delicious freshly baked scones
. & . with homemade lemon curd made into lemon meringue tarts .

. have a hAppy dAy .