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Liberty patchwork drawstring bag

I love love love Liberty fabric, and wanted to use my charm pack to make something that I could use all the time. I’ve been doing a lot of hand stitching recently and decided that it would be useful to have something to keep a project all together, so my Liberty patchwork drawstring bag is just perfect! I can tidy things away quickly and take it with me on the go too. You could use any fabric scraps for this project – you don’t have to use Liberty fabric, as long as the print is fairly small – and it would make a great gift. Read More

Cinnamon and apple hot cross buns with marzipan

It’s a tradition for us to have hot cross buns on Good Friday, and over the past couple of years I have tested out some hot cross buns with a difference. This year is no exception, and this recipe for cinnamon and apple hot cross buns with marzipan caught my eye. Well, the word ‘marzipan’ specifically caught my eye! Be careful not to eat them straight out of the oven because the marzipan is really hot. But served warmish, they’re a real Easter treat.  Read More

Bits & Bobs: March 2015

Regular readers of my blog may well have been expecting the usual Instagram Gallery on the last day of the month, but I’ve been having a little spring clean on my blog, and decided to mix things up a bit (I am also a little late with it for various reasons – sorry!). It was also prompted by one of the lessons in the Blog Life course that I’ve been doing with A Beautiful Mess, where they talk about having a little refresh every now and again. It was something I was wondering about changing for a while, especially as I’ve got my Instagram feed at the bottom of my pages (if you keep scrolling, you’ll get there!). I also wanted to share with you some different things too (in addition to some photos), like books I’m reading or things I’ve been listening to, or things that I want to share but don’t necessarily need a whole post. So this month I thought I’d just go for it and shake things up! I struggled to come up with a name for my new feature for quite a while…but settled on ‘Bits & Bobs’ because that really does exactly what it says on the tin. Bits & Bobs I’d like to share with you each month – so here goes! Read More

Roast carrot and butternut squash soup

We had a bit of leftover squash from our risotto the other week (I went a bit crazy on the amount that we actually needed!) so Tom said he’d make some soup with it and use up a big batch of carrots that we had too. He’s really good at just making stuff up, whereas I tend to follow a recipe more. Anyway, I think that this is the best soup he’s ever made! So I asked him to try to remember what he did so that I could write it down and share it with you – and here it is!  Read More

Another patchwork baby quilt

I have recently made another patchwork baby quilt for one of our dear friends who has just had her first baby. This baby is a miracle really, especially after she was told in 2013 that she would never be able to have children – it was the most wonderful news when she told us! I obviously had to make a quilt, as this is my tradition now. I knew that it would have to feature music in some way and I found this amazing Michael Miller fabric – it’s called Jazz Between Friends guitar in the adventure shade. Love it! Read More

Banana bread | Hello! Hooray!

Banana bread

Some of you will already know that we only eat bananas in cake or bread form! Tom isn’t a fan of fruit, and I can’t get on with the texture of bananas at all. But in a cake, we both agree that they are delicious. This was the first banana bread recipe I ever made, and I was surprised that it wasn’t already on my blog to be honest! I found the recipe so long ago that I now have no idea where it is from, so I’m sorry that I can’t link up to the original recipe. I have scribbled ‘light brown sugar’ next to where the original recipe said to use caster sugar – I think the brown sugar really makes a difference here. Whatever you use, it’s really easy to make and is a good way to use up brown bananas – the browner, the better.  Read More