Monday, 23 April 2018

Week 16

Sunny evenings in the garden, and my birthday!

16th - 23rd April

From left to right: so nice to sit out in the evenings, birthday flowers from my lovely husband, flame grilled!, went to TGI Fridays and got this hat, bubble chasers, my fudge and cake from Pat - birthday treats for work, found a newt in the pond, our new steps (just need to get rid of the rubble that's out of shot), and my bleeding heart is looking awesome!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Week 15

Late posting, but this was a fantastic "making" week!

9th - 16th April

From left to right: my snakes head fritillary finally showed it's face, lovely bird themed April spread, all of my fudge ingredients!, chocolate orange fudge before slicing, little purple anemone, doodle bird, our first BBQ of the year, finished coffee Bailey's fudge, and our wild patch is looking much prettier now (finally!)

Sunday, 15 April 2018


I'm sorry for disappearing on you all lately - I've had an unbelievably shitty week (excuse my French) and haven't been in the mood to share anything until today. Stuff seems to be brightening up a little now though. 

Today I made fudge! Well, I made fudge last weekend too as a trial, but today I made three different recipes, and they were all amazing. I just have to share them with you! They all come from a fab site called Jane's Patisserie, which I found via Pinterest.

First up, Lemon Meringue Fudge. This is absolutely insane - I tested it last weekend, and everyone at work loved it.

You will need:

1x 397g tin of condensed milk
400g white chocolate chips
3tsp lemon extract (original recipe calls for 2tsp, but I love mine really lemony)
125g icing sugar, sifted
6-8 meringues, crushed
Yellow food colouring (optional)

1) Line a tin with parchment paper

2) Put the white chocolate, condensed milk and lemon extract into a saucepan and melt on a low heat. Stir continuously so that the chocolate doesn't burn. Once melted, add food colouring (if using).

3) Tip in the sifted icing sugar and combine.

4) Pour in most of the crushed meringue and stir through. Pour into the tin and smooth out, before sprinkling on the rest of the meringue pieces. Gently push these into the top of the fudge/

5) Refrigerate for 3-4hrs, or until set, and then slice into desired size pieces.

The batch I made last weekend was delicious. I didn't use the food colouring on that one, and it had a yellowy/creamy colour to it. Today I added some yellow food colouring and it definitely adds a bit of zing to it! 

Next up, I went for Chocolate Orange Fudge. Probably my least favourite of the three, but still yummy!

You will need:

1x 397g tin of condensed milk
400g Terry's Chocolate Orange (chopped)
25g butter (I went for unsalted, but you apparently use either)
1tsp orange extract (optional but I used it)
125g icing sugar, sifted
100g white chocolate
Orange food colouring
Orange sprinkles

1) Line a tin with parchment paper

2) Put the condensed milk, chocolate orange (these weigh approx 150g each, so I used 2.5 for the melting, and the last half for decorating), butter and orange extract (if using) into a saucepan and melt on a low heat. Keep stirring so the chocolate doesn't catch on the bottom.

3) Once melted, tip in the icing sugar and combine. Pour into your tin and cool for an hour or so.

4) Once cool, melt the white chocolate with the orange food colouring, and drizzle over the fudge. Sprinkle over the leftover chocolate orange and your sprinkles.

5) Leave to set in the fridge again for 3-4hrs and then cut up to your desired shapes and sizes.

It's that simple! The house smelt awesome while I was making this one.

Last but not least, Bailey's fudge. Who doesn't love a bit of Bailey's eh?

You will need:

1x 397g tin of condensed milk
300g dark chocolate
300g milk chocolate
75g icing sugar (sifted)
125ml Bailey's (I used the coffee one)

1) Line a tin with parchment paper

2) Melt the dark chocolate, milk chocolate and condensed milk in a saucepan, stirring continuously so it doesn't burn.

3) Once melted, add the Bailey's and combine.

4) Stir in the icing sugar and continue to stir until smooth.

5) Pour into the tin and refrigerate for 5-6hrs. Remove once set and slice into squares!

This one is so naughty. It tastes incredible, and using the coffee Bailey's gave it a little something extra. 

What is the occasion for all this sugar? It's my birthday on Tuesday, and at work we always supply baked goods on our birthday. I'm not so much of a cake maker, so I thought I'd give fudge a try, to be different! I'm going to take it all in tomorrow, so it'll be a day early but who cares.

Anyway, I had loads of fun making it all, and I'm now going to scour over Jane's Patisserie for more recipes!

Week 14

Feeling better!

2nd - 9th April

From left to right: my bulbs are finally starting to do something, legs, a yummy homemade marzipan gift from Nurse Adrienne, tiny sapling, trying out lemon meringue fudge, made a yummy beef and ale casserole for dinner, on my way to the post office with Sam's parcel, my brother's first single is due for released next week, and our little fairy garden!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Week 13

We've been poorly this weekend, so mostly pictures from throughout the week!

26th March - 2nd April

From left to right: my "year in pixels" tracker is coming along nicely, flowers from a patient at work (thank you), Marcio's finished teddy, pretties in our front pots, an afternoon of journaling, the disappoint that the 200+ bulbs I planted didn't do anything, amazing scrambled eggs, come on little flowers!, and a quiet start to a day at work!

Easter Weekend

Well this weekend hasn't exactly panned out the way I had hoped. I wanted a nice relaxed pyjamas and duvet kinda weekend - that did happen in some senses, but the food poisoning wasn't a welcome addition to it! So whilst we have both really relaxed and done nothing, it hasn't been particularly restful (being up all night on Thursday was rubbish...).

Silver lining though, it gave me time to finish some bits and bobs!

For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook and Instagram (why not?? There are links over on the left), this is my latest teddy. It is another following the lovely pattern by Elif T that I used for the previous two. This time I opted for some Rico Essentials Cotton DK for the main body, which I think worked really well. It's nice and firm and creates a really nice structure for the body. The Sirdar Crofter on the scarf makes him a little more snuggly too. This one is for my colleague Marcio, so I really hope he's happy with him. I think he is super cute! I've now managed to start the first of two unicorns for another colleague, Julie.

I also managed to finish another book, which puts me at 5/16 into my reading challenge, so I'm a little ahead now. That makes me happy! I really hated failing last years Goodreads challenge so I am pleased to be 2 books ahead for now. I've just started my 6th, so we shall see what happens.

On the cards for today? A bit more chilling before going back to work tomorrow. I'm currently sat listening to some Thin Lizzy and about to do a little work on my bullet journal. I want to get a few weeks put in there again. Managed one yesterday but then couldn't concentrate, so gave up. Feeling it today though so we shall see what my creative juices want to produce! Intending to upload "This Week" a bit later when I've had chance to throw the collage together. Watch this space x

Monday, 26 March 2018

Week 12

Lots of yarn and owls!

19th - 26th March

From left to right: yarn for my next project, Peewee the Harris Hawk, pieces of bear, Coco the Asian Brown Wood Owl, playing with lovely birds, cotton stripes, new winning recipe - chicken with balsamic onion sauce, my bleeding hearts are regrowing!, and the most delicious eggs for breakfast.