Week Three – Cottage Loaf

Week Three in the tent brought us Bread Week! I love bread and the smell of it baking in the oven, but I must admit that it pains me how long it takes to make! It is one of the reasons why I like making cakes more. Bread week as ever proved to be another…

My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella 

Ok something I want to say about this book from the get go is, I physically laughed out loud (on a busy train from Norwich-London) 7 pages into this book. 7 pages in! Now if that doesn’t tell you all you need to know I don’t know what will.  As you can see I really…

Week Two – Jam Filled Butter Biscuits

Week Two in the tent brought us Biscuit Week. It was another challenging week for the bakers where they were tasked to make sandwich biscuits, fortune cookies and a showstopper which was a biscuit board game!  Looking back on my baking, I’ve made 1/2 a board game before when I made my scrabble cookies (see…

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

I started reading this book 11 days ago (before I wrote this review), which feels like forever but in hind sight I guess it isn’t. It took me longer than expected to read, but that’s just been me and my circumstances and is nothing to do with the book! I was thrilled when Ali, at…

Week One – Chocolate Mini Rolls

The Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens and with it a new judge and a new hosts. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the original squad and everything about them. BUT I am loving that the GBBO is back on our screens and I don’t even mind the new team thats…

August Wrap Up

August went by in a blur. Like a Blur, I am struggling to remember what I did, what I read and what I baked! Looking back it was a very busy month! Let’s get to it! Baking:  Ok, so I apologise here as it appears I did a lot more baking than I originally thought…

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach – Kat French

Oh Kat French, why have I not read any of your books before? The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach was such an enjoyable read.  So I originally requested this on Netgalley (a while ago now) and got approved to read this gem. I can’t remember why I opted for this, if I am honest,…

Cinnamon Sticky Buns

You may remember how my last recipe post talked about how I stepped back into the weekend and made a cake, prepped cookie dough and also spent a long time making Cinnamon buns only to burn them.

In truth, the recipe was right all the way up to the oven section where I burnt them. In hind sight I should have checked on them before time was up but I busied myself in cleaning and only went back to the oven when the timer was up. Even looking back now at the recipe I can see that it says ‘for about 25minutes’. So guys always read & re-read the recipe!

While My Eyes Were Closed – Linda Green 

This book was so much more than I expected. It picked you up as soon as you opened the pages and sucked you in. If your after a good book full of twists and turns and just pure brilliance, look no further. Plot: Lisa Dale is playing hide and seek in the park with her…

30 Days of Yoga – Challenge

So I decided it was about time to get my butt into gear and work on myself a bit more. As most of you know, I have been a member of Slimming World since January and have lost a total of 2 Stone and 1 1/2 pounds. But I have sort of given up…only a…

Out of Practice – Penny Parkes

Overall I enjoyed this. Ok. It took what seemed like forever for me to finish, it was a long e-book with over 1,000 pages on the iPhone but it was a nice read. I actually think that in this instance, if I had read this in book format it wouldn’t have taken me so long!…

Lemon Madeira Cake

Last weekend I stepped back into the kitchen and it was all sorts of wonderful. Like I spent all morning in the kitchen, made a cake, prepped cookie dough and prepped cinnamon buns only to burn them. I wasn’t happy about that, but I really enjoyed baking. Feeling the stress disappear and just like I was getting a bit of me back again.

So lets talk about the cake I made, I basically had time to kill as I was waiting for my cinnamon buns to prove so I saw a lemon and decided to make a Lemon Madeira cake. Which turned out to be a rather nice addition!