Week in Pictures #6

Finding beauty in the details in the house is what I am focussing on at the moment. 
Handles on cabinets/ the charm of all our food prep feeling like we're camping / ambitious lists/ records should live in the bathroom right??/ custom labels make cooking in a microwave feel a little less crap.


Bake Off Blues

I love the Great British Bake Off this year. Chetna's orange converse alone are enough to keep me watching (BS is astounded that I haven't broken and bought myself a pair yet). Some years I have found contestants annoying or over edited to create a story, and yes there was some of that this year, let's not mention #bingate, but in general this contestants have all been likeable.

Trouble for me is that for the last three months I have had no oven. No oven, no kitchen cupboards for ingredients and definitely no space for my mixer. Each week has become an hour long showcase of baking I can't do and wont be able to do for a quite a while. Instead of moping I have collated together my 3 current favourite bakes from this season that are on my 'When I Get My Dream Oven I Will...' list.

image from BBC food 
 This vibrant concoction looked like hellish bake but I it would be the perfect birthday cake from one of my princess obsessed friends, and who can resist that much cream.

2. Peanut Butter Éclair's
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Peanut butter is one of my weaknesses, I love the gloopy sticky stuff especially teamed with something to cut through the sticky. I have never made éclairs but the thought of these tempts me to tackle the notorious choux pastry

3.Key Lime Alaska

When we lived in Oxford we went through a phase of celebrating all of our birthday's at Brasserie Blanc and the dessert of choice was a huge baked alaska. This kitsch delight has always tempted me and this key lime concoction of Martha's has me intrigued.

Have you been watching? Have you tried any of the recipes yet?


Autumn Days

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well

Today is the first day of autumn. It is no secret that the summer is not my friend.  I love being cosy warm rather than meltingly warm, I will always choose boots and tights over sandals and shorts, and there is no one who can convince me that sunburnt shoulders are better than frosty toes and nose. This year I have to admit to having had a pretty awesome summer - it was a summer of booze and learning but they are stories for many future blog posts. 

But today, today is my favourite day of the year. There are leaves on the floor, a little bit of mist in the mornings and the slightest threat of rain. There are still thistles blooming in the garden.

It is acceptable to snuggle up with a brandy hot chocolate at the end of the day.

And BorderlineStraggler's bike looks resplendent against our leaf strewn lawn. 

Summer you were fun, but autumn will always have my heart. Happy scarves, tights and boots readers.


We bought a thing

I mentioned before we bought a house this year. It is our biggest ever joint purchase and it makes me think back to the first thing we ever bought together. We had been together about 6 months and there was the gorgeous Tracey Emin retrospective released. It was a big glossy coffee table book and cost about £50. At the time both BS and I were on pretty tight budgets so didn't have that kinda money to just throw about, but we could afford it together. I remember standing in Borders bookshop on Magdalen Street in Oxford and suggesting that we buy this book together. The look on his face was priceless, the idea just wouldn't fit in his head. Like the idea of owning something as important as an art book together was this massive watershed moment in his life, and in a way it was for both of us. It's probably worth pointing out that at this point we had been married for several months but it was the act of buying this book together that made it real for him that we were going to have a future, a future in which this book could be ours.

For me it was buying this house. It was a very precise moment, I was painting our fireplace black and it hit me. This was our house. Bought together. And that was a Thing. Which is awesome, (I mean at the moment its all just boxes but the awesome is coming) and I want to say Hello, lovely people and welcome you to the story of how we make it our very own.


On the road again


Yesterday morning I got a very puppy dog eye-d email from nbnq, bemoaning my lack of blogging at the moment. To be honest I have been missing blogging more and more recently. I still read lots of blogs but all of the pressures of life and work mean that actually getting round to blogging hasn't happened. Time to change that, inspired by an upcoming real life visit with my very favourite bloggy friend Caramel Latte Kiss I reckon it is time to get back on the horse.
I have spent a lot of my time recently enjoying the view up there. My Dream Job has involved an awful lot of time on trains up and down the country or pilling into my trusty car Jeff (he's a honda jazz and you can't resist a Fresh Prince inspired name) and discovering that I now have a favourite service station*. This has led to lots of unexpected adventures including spending the night in a care home, many random overnight staying with friends and a lot of time using free wifi. None of which is all that inspiring for a crafty blog. 

Over the summer we bought our first house and my beloved studio is still in boxes while we wait for building work to finish, which means knitting has been my only crafty release. And my goodness there has been a lot of knitting. While moving BS kept finding more and more of my yarn stash and gathering it together. Once it was all in one place there was an awful lot of gorgeous single skeins of yarn, not enough of anything to make a decent scarf but perfect to knock up a hat or the garter girls 'Burberry inspired cowl', which is one of my most favourite things to knit - I have three of my own that I'm rarely out of during the winter. If we are people who exchange gifts expect something knitted this year. 

So how have you been? 

How was the wedding/holiday/christening/job interview/house move? 

Did you ever see that chap again and find out if coffee was just a hot drink or a complicated code for i liked you when we worked together that time and now you're here, I'm here, this should be a thing?

*Hopwood services if you're interested, about an hour away from home and just about the time i want  cup of tea or snickers bar.


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