Monday, 30 April 2012

::: Pinterest :::

Is anyone else on Pinterest?

I've recently become addicted ahem, interested.

A friend asked me if I was on it and I'd been to-ing and fro-ing but eventually joined in.

Just type in anything (anything!) you might be interested in and lots of pictures pop up related to that subject. It's great for inspiring ideas.

If any of you want to join please let me how how you get on and you can find me here.

Friday, 27 April 2012

{This Moment}

Inspired by Soulemama. A Friday ritual. A single photo capturing a moment from the week.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

::: Weigh To Go :::

Remember I blogged about going cycling here? That was short lived!

Summer is here and we are all in the same boat. We want to lose weight. Again!

So far I've lost 6lbs just by changing things in my diet but not necessarily cutting things out my diet, just cutting things down. And also having a seven month old pup probably helps too! Baking cupcakes and whoopie pies doesn't though!

I've started having yoghurt with my cereal instead of milk (Is that healthier? I don't know, probably not!) and drinking more water rather than tea (I've never really jumped on the fizzy-juice band wagon).

My main problem being a vegetarian is cheese, yes, cheese!

I have cheese rolls, cheese in my pasta, cheese on my baked potatoes and cheese pizzas. So...

I have a preserve on my rolls whether it be jam or lemon curd, and occasionally peanut butter. I have tomato pasta sauces with different types of beans to bulk it out instead such as chickpeas or butter beans, and baked beans on my baked potatoes, but yes, I'm still struggling with my pizzas. I know I can load handfuls of sweetcorn or peppers on top and make it just that little bit healthier but, to be honest, I like it with just cheese and I'm probably better at staying away from the them altogether.

I've not been doing it for long (4 weeks or so) and already noticing an improvement, as well as getting lots of compliments!

Is anyone out there feeling the same and trying to lose weight too? Get in touch!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

::: Whoopie Pies :::


The blue and green whoopie pies are lovely but the red food colouring is a bit overpowering.

125g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
1 egg
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
225ml buttermilk
food colouring of your choice

Add the dry ingredients together with the egg. Add the buttermilk a bit at a time and mix until it's smooth and seperate into bowls for however many colours you want to do and plonk (yes, plonk!) onto a baking tray roughly 5cm apart and bake for 10-15 mins. 

I filled mine with buttericing but you can fill them with anything you like, even chocolate, mmmmmm!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

::: Weekend :::

Productive weekend it was! Chicken coop is nearly finished, juts need to finish making the gate.

And the shed is stained and looking really good.

I hope you all had a good weekend too, what did you get up to?

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

::: Cupcakes :::

Savoury cupcakes: Cheese, sage and onion.

Chocolate cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook. 
Check out their blog here.

Monday, 16 April 2012

::: Chickens :::

Meet Cinnamon and Spice!

Cinnamon is a Buff Orpington and Spice is an Araucana (she will lay blue eggs!).

Friday, 13 April 2012

{This Moment}

Inspired by Soulemama. A Friday ritual. A single photo capturing a moment from the week. 

Monday, 9 April 2012

::: Easter :::

 Easter was spent at work in our household.
 So we had it a day early.
 And we made lots of cupcakes!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

::: Moooove! :::

I was a little late getting to work one morning this week,
I didn't expect to find this cow in the middle of the road though!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

::: Chook-Ville :::

We're all getting excited around here for these new little chickens of ours to arrive. 

We've had a bit of a disappointment with one turning out to be a boy and one being a little bit squished in it's egg but we're hopeful that the other two are going to be girls and turn out just fine. 

Watch this space.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

::: Runaway Sheep :::

Can you spot her?

There were actually three runaway sheep here on this little farm yesterday. But only one was brave enough to get her picture taken. They are all safely back in the barn this morning and chewing at the bit to go back out to the field. 

In other news the lambs are all snuggled up and warm today because it's snowing!