Sunday, 19 October 2014

Link Love



Whilst I was moving and without internet for a month I missed out on a lot of great blog posts as they were being published. In fact, I had 356 posts to catch up on once I had signed into my Bloglovin account! It's taken me all week to read them and I still haven't gotten around to commenting on those that really interested me. So in the meantime, here's some links to all those that I loved as I caught up this week:

♥ Less is More | Pale Lily
Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes | The Minimalist Baker
Lessons Learnt Moving Out Of Home | Fill My Little World
The Everyday: Hello October | Earth to Jade
Almond Chai Latte | Miel Cafe
♥ Some Things You May Not Know | Lemon Freckles
How To Really Beat Stress | A Branch Of Holly
Small Changes Will Change Your Life | Free People Blog
So You Think You're Harry Potter? | Sunny Sweet Pea
Catching Up With Friends | Tori's Tales
Dear My Younger Self | Little Winter
October Ramblings | The Peppermint Pencil
Ten Things I Love About Autumn | Trying For Sighs
My Meandering Career Path | Bless The Weather
 



Saturday, 18 October 2014

Are We There Yet?




































It's been almost a month since my moving post and I'm happy to say that the move went smoothly and we now also have a working internet connection. We officially got the internet on the 13th but as I like to write my blog posts on the weekend it has almost been a week longer than I intended to be away. 

The past month has been a chaotic but fun one. There has been lots of choosing and building furniture, 6 trips to Ikea, endless lists on the fridge, one cut finger, one potentially broken toe and a whole lot of laughs. Moving in with Byron and our friend D has been the best decision I've made recently and I couldn't be happier. Not having the internet turned out to be good in a way, we were forced to bond rather than the boys running upstairs to catch up on Reddit and me on my little blogspace here. All in all I am feeling very blessed and I'm looking forward to relaxing in our new home.

How have you been friends? 

Friday, 19 September 2014

We're moving!!




































As I sit writing this post I am aware of how much stuff I still have to pack. If I am honest with myself - and you, dear reader - then I have barely packed anything at all. You see, Byron and I are moving! I wrote on Sunday about how we were waiting for our gas check to be done and then we would get our moving date. Well, they called on Thursday to say everything went well and we can pick up the keys on Saturday. So, tomorrow. 

This brings me around to my next point, I hate moving. It's such a pain to pack up my life - for the millionth time - and then unpack again. To buy furniture and to organise deliveries. It feels so completely overwhelming. Overwhelming and so so exciting! Whilst I dislike the packing and moving part I love the bit at the new house. Making spaces is what makes me happy. I am looking forward to making a home. I've already collected a few things, including some new bedding, and we are going to Ikea in the morning to book the furniture delivery. It's strange, although we got the house two weeks ago everything feels so rushed, I guess it's because the agency wasn't sure when things were happening so we didn't have anything solid to go on.

The thing that is going to affect you, the reader of my blog, is that I am going to be without internet at my house until October 13th, so this blog is going to be taking a little break. In the meantime I will be baking and reading so I will have plenty to talk about when I return. I do have internet on my phone though so I can still be found on Twitter and Instagram. There is also going to be a guest post by me on Earth to Jade on Monday so pop over and have a look if you like apple desserts.

Have a lovely three weeks internet friends. See you on the other side xo

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies



































We celebrated my Dad's 46th birthday last weekend, happy birthday Dad! My Dad doesn't really like cake - what is it with the men in my life?! - so I set to work on something I knew he would prefer, a peanut butter cookie. I added the dark chocolate because it's a favourite and a lovely combination but these work just as well plain if that's your preference. These are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and no-one could tell which means they are almost good for you and tasty as well!

Peanut Butter Cookies
(Recipe very adapted from Nigella)

Ingredients: (makes approx 18 cookies)

100g of Gluten Free Plain Flour. I use a blend by Doves Organics.
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
60g unrefined Light Brown Sugar
40g unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
50g Dairy Free Butter
1 teaspoon Honey
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
200g Crunchy Peanut Butter. I used Meridian no added salt and sugar.
100g Dark Vegan Chocolate (optional)
Some crushed peanuts to decorate.

1. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Add the egg, vanilla, honey and peanut butter. Stir well until combined.

2. Add the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum and mix well. The mixture is quite thick and you should be able to shape the dough with your hands.

3. Line a baking tray with parchment and measure out your dough. The cookies don't spread out when you bake them so if you want a flatter cookie make sure you press them down. Bake in the oven at 170c for 8-10 minutes.

To decorate, put the chocolate in a mug and melt in the microwave. Using a spoon pour the chocolate over the cookies and add some chopped nuts. Allow to cool, or if you are my Mum, grab one and eat it right away.

If you make these (or any of my recipes) I would love to see, tag them #thecakecult on Instagram so I don't miss it. Enjoy!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

5 Happy Things





































As I am typing this I am sat in my parent's living room, having been visiting them for my Dad's birthday. Happy birthday Dad! This week has been great, I have been spending time with a lovely form of year 7's, helping them to get settled in and getting to know them and their needs. My form have been placed in Spanish as their language and I have to admit that I'm pretty taken with the subject and kind of want to learn myself now. Mid week I met with my lovely friend James for a catch up and look around Ikea, he didn't actually know we were moving so it was great to share the news and looks at furniture together. At the end of the week Byron and I travelled to see my parents and I was in the grip of a pretty awful cold. I have been dosed up on flu tablets all weekend, oh the first week of September, how I hate thee! (all those children germs get me every year).

5 things that have made me happy this week:

1. I had a lovely week getting to know my group of year 7's. They are all very enthusiastic and adorable.
2. I got back into my baking groove with some peanut butter cookies. My Dad's birthday was yesterday and it was nice to visit home and bake for him (he is not a cake person, can you imagine?!)
3. Met up for a much needed catch up with my dear friend James, at Ikea no less.
4. We are much closer to a moving date! Just waiting for the gas check to be done now.
5. Stationary! Anyone else who works in a school knows how hard this is to come by. My boss gave me a pack of things she had put together including highlighters!

5 things I have loved on the web this week:

Candy invited us behind the scenes of Owl Girl, I always find posts about how other people organise their blogging life really interesting ♥ Toni wrote about her love of Instagram, which is a sentiment that I share and her feed is gorgeous! ♥ Holly wrote about 12 things she has learnt in 12 months of blogging ♥ My darling lemon thyme's strawberry and thyme cake looks delicious! ♥ Bee shared a thoughtful post on how to reduce illness related anxiety. I have never really spoke about my illness here on the blog as I am now in recovery but I found these tips to be really helpful, especially as I didn't anticipate illness to have such a psychological and emotional impact on me. 


How was your week?