Thursday, 26 September 2013

Flavoured Popcorn

OK, so I was SUPER excited to finally try my own flavoured popcorn !! It's super easy and a lot of fun !

I bought some popcorn kernals from Waitrose (not everywhere seems to do these) popped a little bit of oil in a pan and popped 2 kernals in to the oil. Once it's at the right temperature they will pop so then pop in a handful of kernals.

Make sure you pop the lid on and stand back !! The lid needs to be a little ajar, but be careful - I may or may not have been spat in the face by a bit of hot oil ! You have been warned!

One they are all popped, be careful to not burn - get ready for the fun part !

Flavours !! They are endless when it comes to popcorn but I picked cinnamon toffee apple & chocolate orange.

For the cinnamon toffee apple I chopped a little bit of apple and mixed some cinnamon and sugar together and popped in a pan with a little water and boiled it until I got a syrup. Then I mixed in the chopped apple and added the popcorn kernals, covered them completely and popped on a baking tray spread out to dry.

For the chocolate orange I melted some chocolate, added a dash of fresh juice from an orange and added to the chocolate. Be sure to temper your chocolate if you want it to harden properly ! (I ate mine too quick). Using a teaspoon, 'scatter' the chocolate in a zig zag fashion over the popcorn and let dry. Add a little zest of orange for decoration !

Do let me know if you try your own - I would love to see and try some more flavours !! Enjoy xxxx

P.S The FAB baking cups are from the lovely Iced Jems x

Thursday, 19 September 2013

DIY Tote Bag

I LOVE tote bags! The designs and styles are endless so I was super excited to try and create one for myself.

I picked up the plain canvas bag in Hobbycraft a while ago - they're pretty cheap!

So I thought about a few different ways of decorating and decided to start with a super easy one - t shirt transfer paper! 

I created the design in illustrator and then flipped it before printing on the transfer paper.

The I took the iron to it for a good 5 minutes or so and very carefully peeled the backing away! 

And is my lovely crochet supplies bag! I love it and can't wait to try more designs.

I hope it's inspired you to try your own! X


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Guest Post - Live it. Love it. Make it.

I am SO excited to share with you this gorgeous blog that I came across quite some months ago when I was browsing for reviews of the Great British Sewing Bee book !

I was SO happy to look at the about us page and realised I went to college with these lovely ladies !!

It's the lovely Heather & Sammy over at Live it. Love it. Make it.

Their blog is full of so much loveliness it's hard to know where to start !

Have a read about them here and they also run workshops if you're in the Berkshire area oooh and Sammy runs a sewing shop which I will have to go visit when I am in the area next !

OOh and did I mention - I am guest blogging for them once a month with some yummy baking treats so my first one is up today !! So exciting !!

Do go have a look and please let me know what you think !

Thank you lovelies x

Friday, 13 September 2013

Ice cream bread!!

Yep you read that right - ice cream bread!! 

As soon as I saw this I knew I had to try it!! 

It's sooo dangerous as its super quick and so easy to make! All you need is some ice cream, self raising flour and some caster sugar! 

I used these measurements and it made 5 mini ones so I'd triple it for a whole loaf:

1 cup ice cream
3/4 cup self raising flour
1 tablespoon of caster sugar.

So I said it was easy didn't I?....

Firstly let the ice cream melt, so yep - just pop it on the side for a little while.

Then in a bowl add the flour and sugar and mix! 

Then the really important bit - taste the mixture!! You know like you lick the bowl when making a cake? Mine tasted just like it, sooo yummy! 

Pop in your greased tin or mini loaf cases and pop  in the oven at 170c for about 25 mins and voila!! 

Ice cream bread!! 

I uses mint choc chip and it was delicious! 

It's a bit strange at first because it is more bread than cake but it's really moreish!  

Please share if you make some yourselves!! Yummy x

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Cake & Bake Show Tickets

OOh I have a very exciting giveaway over on Instagram !!

I have two sets of two tickets for the Cake & Bake Show this weekend ! (2 sat & 2 sun)

So if you would like to enter, comment below, letting me know which day you would prefer ! Tweet about it or enter on Instagram !

Winner will be announced tomorrow at 6pm ! (Posted Thursday)

Good Luck !!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Another Applemoon Workshop

OOh I was so excited to attend another one of Kims workshops at Applemoon Interiors last week at her gorgeous barn.

This time it was learning how to do the piping on cushions and adding in a zip !

These two things had me absolutely flummoxed so I was so excited to see how they worked.

The atmosphere here is so lovely and the other ladys were so nice. We all enjoyed chatting away and having a few cups of tea.


I took along some material I wanted to use but Kim happily let us use some of her stash so that was great.

I won't give away her secrets but what I will say is it's so worth going along if you can and nothing beats being shown how to do something and having Kims expertise on hand. She is SO patient.

Here is my final cushion looks like a real cushion doesn't it ? Super happy with it !

Thanks for another fabulous afternoon Kim & see you again soon.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Autumn Bucket List

So, here it is - the first day of Autumn. I have to say I am actually pretty happy about it. Normally I would be sad to see the summer end, but I love this season !

Getting cosy by the fire, lots of hearty baking....

So, I thought I would create an Autumn Bucket List of some of the things I want to make sure I do this season.

I will be sharing them as I do them - and blogging any tutorials for you so you can make your own :)

Please join in with me, feel free to print the list and share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

We will be using the hastag #autumnbucketlist on Instagram so please do tag your images so I can see all your fabulous pictures !!

Here's the list:

You can download it and print it here.  You can also download a blank page to add your own here.

I will also be choosing 3 people at the end of October who's piccys have made me smile the most and will send you some Spotted Rose goodies x

Have fun and here's to a wonderful Autumn x