Made it myself (now to take a decent photo!)

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I love being in the kitchen (and not just at party’s – sorry I had to!) and I love baking and cooking.  I spend hours pouring over cookery books and tearing recipes from magazines, planning my next meal or – even better – my next desert.  Unfortunately, not everything I make turns our exactly as planned.
In my family, it was a running joke that if it looked good it would likely taste awful but if it looked awful, then it would likely taste great.  Slowly but surely, though, I think I’m getting there and – over the last year – I’ve noticed that what I make is starting to look more like what is on the page.  Continue reading “Made it myself (now to take a decent photo!)”

Music for Monday: The Next Storm by Frank Turner

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One of the things I love most about Spotify is that I feel like I am always discovering new to me artists, either through the related artists section or because I am willing to give a musician “a go” whereas previously I might not have bought an album.  I say new to me because the artists I’m discovering aren’t always new to everyone; in fact, some have been around for years but they have passed me by.
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My Sunday Photo: By the sea…

At the end of half-term we won’t away for a few days to
South West Scotland, not quite sure what to expect as it’s not somewhere we’d been before but also because it was Scotland at the end of October. I expected rain. We got glorious sunshine. Plus a lovely beach perfect for hunting in rock pools.
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Unfortunately, the angle of the sun made most of my photos too dark but this one captures just how glorious the day and the view were I think.
Emma x
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Made it myself: French Toast (with an ice-cream twist)

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I am a big believer in breakfast – well on a weekend at least, where we tend to go all out on at least one of the two “S” days.  One of the things I like best is it gets the family round the table (with even my mom and dad coming over) and there isn’t much better than that.
A firm favourite is French Toast, which I have been making for years.  It isn’t your standard “eggy bread” in that it’s pretty much a heart attack on a plate given how much cream I use but it’s oh so good.  Continue reading “Made it myself: French Toast (with an ice-cream twist)”

Do I want or do I need "it"?

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Earlier this week, I was reading an article about Affluenza, the idea that we are a consumerist society and we buy what we want, when we want it, and that this way of living puts the way we live in danger.  So, the example is given, if we are thirsty and out and about, we buy a bottle of water – drinking the water and throwing away the bottle, giving no thought to the natural resources that have gone into making that bottle (resources that are finite) or to the damage that bottle might be doing to the environment.
The article wasn’t saying that we shouldn’t buy things but it was making the case that, as a society, we are somewhat addicted to buying things for the sake of buying them.  It was saying that if you buy something then love it, care for it, and use it until it needs replacing.  Only this way will we change the way we live and the way we think.  We will all end up better off financially and mentally because an addiction to buying things can be more than a bit stressful. Continue reading “Do I want or do I need "it"?”

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