These cupcakes were a bit of a forgone conclusion really. I had some bits and pieces that I needed to use up and a little bit of time this morning to kill, so it didn’t take me long to decide what to make.
Just a very quick post to let you know that I’m hosting a giveaway on my Facebook page! I only started the page (after much nagging on friends’ parts, and much procrastination on my own) two days ago, and am already up to almost 150 likes. Which is pretty cool for me!
But I’d love to get up to 250, and when I reach that magic number I’ll be holding a giveaway with a special prize for one lucky winner!
So, if you’re on Facebook (who isn’t?!), I’d be forever grateful if you’d pop over to my page and like, share, work your magic!
For those of you who know me personally, you’re likely to have heard me rave on about E.L.F make up.
They’re a brand who (I believe) are only available online and are super cheap to begin with. Their products are often talked about by beauty bloggers and a while ago I placed an order.
Blogging has fallen seriously by the wayside lately. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve recently started decorating cakes and it’s taken up A LOT of my time!
Every month, I come away from our WI meeting thinking this was the best yet. I can confirm that in the past, I was wrong. THIS was my favourite meeting so far!
I had been looking forward to this meeting since I saw it on the calendar when I first joined up. A bake off means two things to me.
1. I get to bake.
2. I get to EAT cake!
And there was A LOT of eating that went down.
I decided to make two of my old faithful recipes – Oreo Truffles and my three layer chocolate cake with cheesecake layers. You can find these recipes by clicking on the links. There were plenty of categories to choose from so I entered two. Competitive much?!
Being on the committee for our WI, I was involved in a lot of the work leading up to it and I have to say, there was a LOT of stuff to organise. But the night ran smoothly, all of our judges turning up, lots of bakes entered and prizes laid out.
Everyone placed their bakes on the table for their category, then after a few formalities we headed out into the park for a hoola hooping session. It was SO MUCH fun! And a great workout to boot! An hour later we headed back inside for prize giving (a rosette for the winner of each category and a pimped up wooden spoon for runners up). It was especially lovely to see special prizes given to the judges’ choices of Showstopper (Sarah Jane) and Epic Fail (Jackie) – good job ladies, I wish I had sweet pinnie like you got!
And THEN. The part I think we had all been waiting for… Donate £2 and help yourself to as much food as possible.
I would say that I’m ashamed of the amount I ate, but that would be a lie. You can’t have too much WI cake!
I went home feeling suitably stuffed, with a bit of a sugar headache. A good night all round!
Check out the photos below, aren’t they lovely? I have to admit, these aren’t my photos, they were taken by our resident photographer Fran, who has mad skills that I could only dream of…
Blogging seems to have fallen by the wayside a little bit recently, mainly due to my obsession with fabric flowers and my many orders I’ve had for occasion cakes which I’ve been steadily working my way through. I have one more left, a christening cake, and then I can relax!
I’ve really enjoyed making the cakes for people; it’s so rewarding when they love something you’ve created, but it has become a little bit all-consuming and I’ve suffered on a number of occasions from acute attacks of ‘cake stress’ – the moments where you’ve spent hours on something and in one second you do something which could ruin the whole thing. Your heart stops and your stomach falls through your feet. Does anybody else get this?! Luckily they’ve all turned out ok in the end!
I didn’t do a TWTWTW post last week as Mike and I went to see Kings of Leon on their Mechanical Bull tour at the Milton Keynes bowl – it was an amazing gig and we had perfect weather.
Here are some snaps from the past couple of weeks and thanks for hanging in there with me!
Kit Kat and Smarties cake
My special boy!
A family tree cake…
… And all the leaves and flowers for it!
Pirate ship cake
And Elmo/Cookie Monster cupcakes!
My favourite mascara, by a mile, is by Lancome. But at around £24 a pop it doesn’t come cheap. I tend to ask for it for Christmas and am always gutted when it runs out. For the rest of the year I flit from brand to brand, never really finding anything that great or affordable. Sigh.
I have to say, I’m not the biggest peanut butter fan. I couldn’t eat it straight, or on toast or whatever.
But these flapjacks are seriously good. They have just the right amount of PB in them, are a little bit sweet and a little bit salty. This is a recipe which I get asked for every time I bake them, no exceptions.
Nails Inc occasionally have these flash sales and I’ve shared them with you in the past. There’s one coming up today so if you’re a Nails Inc lover I’d get in there quick!
Ok, so this isn’t a “bake” recipe. But it’s the tastiest and easiest curry recipe I’ve ever come across.
It’s so quick and straightforward to make, and although I’ve made it with squash, chickpeas and spinach, you can really just throw in any veg you have lying around. It’s great for using up the stuff that’s hanging around in the bottom of your fridge. Just use similar amounts of everything and you’ll be fine. You really can’t go too far wrong! [Read more...]