This weekend

I know I’m a bit late in telling you what I did this weekend but, you know, you have to do things to create your simple life! 🙂

Anyway, I made a Battenberg Cake

and a Garden and home journal.

And today I made this plan of our garden with the help of the plans for the garden work!

I now think I deserve a cup of tea (and a piece of Battenberg) 🙂

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A Walk on the Beach

This morning we went for a walk on the beach, and so did a lot of other people, it was lovely!

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What a treat.

Then home for a cup of tea and a slice of Christmas cake (and possibly a mince pie) 🙂

Apple and marmalade cake

Last weekend I discovered this delicious River cottage recipe for apple and marmalade cake it is very easy to make and I think it can be eaten as a tea time cake or a dessert. Because I try and keep a well stocked larder the ingredients were quite easy for me.

Cake 1

The sultanas are soaked in three tbsp of warmed whiskey, you could use apple juice.

Cake 2 Cake 3 Cake 4
Don’t be discouraged from a recipe just because you are missing an ingredient, replace with the nearest equivalent. For example, if the recipe says brown sugar and you haven’t any, use white sugar. Maybe then get some brown sugar in for another time. That’s how to stock your cupboards or pantry. When you do cook yourself, it can often help to use leftovers etc. In this cake I used some over ripe eating apples. The recipe said four, but I only had three, so I used them!

I will give some more tips I think on stocking the pantry because it does help tremendously in using leftovers 🙂

Home cooked yummies are better for you than bought ones!

Happy New Year and Gingerbread House

Hi there everyone and Happy New Year to you all, hope you all had a great festive season.

I thought I might share with you some of my lovely pressies.  The first thing to share is this lovely ginger bread house which I received from my friend Linds.

Gingerbread house 1

Gingerbread house 2

Isn’t it the most gorgeous gingerbread house you’ve ever seen and gluten free as well! It was bought from Honey Suckle Cakes a Norfolk award winning company. Like me, Linds likes to buy local!