Thursday, 24 April 2014

Easter Hope








Well there you go- Easter 2014 gone in a flash. Two cakes, a lot of chocolate, lovely family visiting and our 10 year wedding anniversary. I also got to hold my new, beautiful wee niece. She is tiny and perfect and meeting her was the best feeling. I hope you all had a great long weekend. Easter is special to me, it is sad but ultimately uplifting and I think regardless of what you believe it is hope for the year ahead and a new beginning. I know this will be an exciting year with lots of warm sunny days to come. 





Saturday, 5 April 2014

Treat Days




Now and again it is good to have some treats. Every few months my littlest and I head down to Glasgow's west end for ice cream and good, good coffee at Nardinis. Little booths where you can sit and sip and slurp, childhood memories for me from the Largs Nardinis and afterwards a wee trip to the shops. This time as well as a toy shop trip (they do great 'lucky dips' at 50p a time- perfect for an inexpensive treat for little ones) we went to my favourite vintage dress shop 'Vintage Guru'. It was a window on times to come, she clip clopped around in the most fabulous gold 60's sling backs whilst I tried on Easter dresses. The shoes were too small for me but we bought the bunny brooch to 'share '. Such good times, and more to come, of that I'm sure. Jxxxxx


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Weekend Rush





Well there it went again - the weekend passed by in a flash. These days of mine are always rapid, two bright, inquisitive bundles of energy see to that. It's often only when I review my pictures during the week that I see how many lovely memories we are making. 

Spring is definitely on its way, just look at that blossom, the bright sun on those bulrushes. A wee flash of pink with bright red hair playing hide and seek and my favourite window in my home town. Everyone has a favourite window don't they?









Sunday, 16 March 2014

Ines de la Fressange


I am quite obsessed with this beautiful dress. It is one of the best pieces (in my opinion) in a collection Ines has done with Uniqlo. Boo hoo it seems to have sold out before I could get my hands on one. Meanwhile if anyone has a return they would like to pass my way........

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Skinny Lemon Drizzle





Suddenly Lemon Drizzle Cake was everywhere- perhaps something to do with spring and a desire for sharp, fresh flavours? With my recent copy of The Simple Things having a traditional, full fat version in it I knew there must be another way! I have mentioned before that due to my husband's chronic health condition, we try to eat low fat and to bake with olive oil or vegan spread where we can. So by happy accident I came across a recipe in the February Delicious magazine by Lorraine Pascale for a Lemon Yoghurt Pound Cake. Now I'm not one for faddy phrases, but if ever there was a different way to bake that emphasised the phrase 'game changer' then this is it!

I can't urge you to try this enough- it's easy to make, fragrant, delicious and it does not taste like a low fat traducement of a classic. Even if you make it with butter it is still on the low fat side of the equation- nothing to lose.....

Ingredients 

75g vegan spread or Butter, softened, plus extra to grease
100g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs, plus 1 egg white
2 Tbsp zero fat Greek Yoghurt
150g Self-Raising Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp vanilla extract
Fine grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Grease a loaf tin and then line it with parchment paper.
2. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, then add the eggs, egg white and Greek yoghurt. It will look a little bit curdled but carry on beating for a couple more minutes.
3. Add in the flour, baking powder, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Mix all together until combined and then spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 30 -40 minutes (The recipe said 20-25 but the min needed longer. Just check with a skewer to make sure the mixture comes out clean).
4. When ready, leave the cake to cool down and start getting the icing ready and then put aside for later.

For the icing- 

50g Icing Sugar
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
Whisk together till combined and lump free.

5. Once it's cooled down, gently drizzle over the icing.







Sunday, 23 February 2014

Three Sisters Bake





Braving that cold February wind we headed to Quarriers village outside Bridge of Weir. Scooters and bikes for a wee bit of exercise on the cycle path. Quarriers village is a fascinating place- it is a collection of houses, each one unique which housed 'house parents' who fostered and adopted children. Now they are all private residences or businesses. One such business is Three Sisters Bake, a wonderful cafe restaurant. We had just planned on coffee and cake but we were tempted to lunch. The food was delicious but the highlight for the kiddos were the babycinos with marshmallows! 





Monday, 10 February 2014

Chasing Rainbows









You can chase rainbows every day but do you ever find the pot of gold? I guess not which is the point of the story. The boy and I chased a rainbow round the woods recently and I tried to explain to him scientifically, biblically and well the folklore significance of a rainbow. He was a bit baffled, and I don't blame him.

Looking back over my photos and thinking about what makes up my days - I think I know the truth about rainbows. They are special, and beautiful, an expression of love and promise. They always come after rain and storms and they are not an end in themself. In short we live day to day, dread Mondays, ache for our days off, exalt in the gentle kind moments, look for beauty - and it never ends. The pot of gold always out of reach, the rainbows evaporating in a flash to reappear again when the sky clears.