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Cinnamon and apple hot cross buns with marzipan

By Clare Albans / 03 Apr 2015

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’…

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Bits & Bobs: March 2015

By Clare Albans / 02 Apr 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1427962023771{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]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 –…

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Roast carrot and butternut squash soup

By Clare Albans / 26 Mar 2015

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…

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Another patchwork baby quilt

By Clare Albans / 18 Mar 2015

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…

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Banana bread

By Clare Albans / 16 Mar 2015

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…

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Foldaway shopping bag tutorial

By Clare Albans / 13 Mar 2015

A little while back, I saw a tweet from the Craft Cotton Co. asking for sewing bloggers who would be interested in working with them to create some free sewing tutorials for their new blog. I obviously jumped at the chance! I had a think about potential projects and decided to make a foldaway shopping…

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Birkheads Secret Gardens in spring

By Clare Albans / 12 Mar 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1426092243686{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]We went to Birkheads Secret Gardens for the first time last summer, and bought a season ticket so that we could go again. The gardens opened again a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend we went to have a potter around. The weather forecast had been great all week, but typically…

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Roasted butternut squash risotto

By Clare Albans / 09 Mar 2015

This recipe is adapted from another recipe that I have already posted, but we wanted to make a veggie version of it.  This roasted butternut squash risotto is so delicious (if I say so myself) – it’s really comfort food. Great for a mid-week meal or for entertaining as it’s so easy to make –…

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What we learnt from our kitchen renovation

By Clare Albans / 05 Mar 2015

Our kitchen renovation is undoubtedly the biggest project we have ever undertaken, but it is one of the best things that we have ever done! We learnt such a lot during the process and I want to share some of the tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way for any of you who are…

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British pie week

By Clare Albans / 02 Mar 2015

Did you know that it’s British pie week this week?! You know me, I love a good pie 🙂 And it made me think that I have shared quite a few pie recipes on here so far, and I thought I’d put them all together in one post in case you fancy celebrating and enjoying a…

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Fabric stash inventory

By Clare Albans / 27 Feb 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1425052949469{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”]This project and post was inspired by one of my lovely blog readers, Jennie! We met last summer at Harrogate station (on our way home from the Great Northern Quilt Show) and we have been in touch since then via my blog and social media. One of Jennie’s resolutions this year is…

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Felt brooches

By Clare Albans / 20 Feb 2015

In case you missed my post, I have been featured in issue 47 of Craftseller magazine as their Blogger of the Month – yay! I am super excited about this (as if you hadn’t guessed!), especially as I was asked to design a copyright-free tutorial for their website. The design that appears there is a…

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