Sunday, 27 January 2013

Doris in the Snow.

Isn't she adorable?! She just will not stand still to have her photograph taken so these are the least blurred ones! 

After she had been for her walk she followed me to my room and jumped onto my knees. With wet paws! She was too cute to tip off though!



Saturday, 26 January 2013

Cosy Evening Plans.

Brrr! I got cold today while taking the dogs for their walks and on my wander into town. Plus I have had to change my clothes as I have got them wet twice! I am never a happy bunny when I have freezing cold feet! 

Settling down for a cosy evening in. Slippers on my feet and a hot wheat bag by my side. Perfect for a snowy evening! 

I still haven't read all of Keepers at Home magazine and I am knitting (another) dish cloth too. Nice and relaxing! I saw these teabags in the supermarket yesterday and picked them up as they were on offer. They sound lovely and I am really hoping that they taste delicious! 

I am lighting another Yankee candle too. This time it is buttercream which smells so nice but makes me hungry! After a stressful week I am looking forward to a little bit of peace! 

What do you do on a cosy evening at home?



We have snow!

We have more snow this morning! It has been snowing off and on for the last week or so but always on a work day so it was too dark to take photographs. Today I opened my curtains and saw all this beautiful snow, grabbed my camera, and headed into the garden. 

Doris isn't too keen on the snow!



Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Orange and Cinnamon Star Biscuits.

I saw this recipe and couldn't wait to try it! It is easy to follow and makes your kitchen smell yummy! 

Orange and cinnamon is such a delicious combination! 


100g (3 1/2 oz) unsalted butter
50g (1 3/4 oz) caster sugar
150g (5 1/2 oz) plain flour
finely grated zest of one orange
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. 

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3 and grease two baking trays. I found that these biscuits didn't stick and came off the trays really easily! 

Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl. 

Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy. I did this by hand as I prefer that and there is less chance of over mixing. 

Mix in the orange zest and cinnamon until well combined with an even distribution throughout the mixture. 


Add in the flour bit by bit and stir in. I like to sieve my flour into the bowl to remove any lumps. 

Keep mixing until you have a smooth dough. Knead it well! 

Roll out onto a floured surface until it is about 1 cm thick. Mine kept sticking to the board and the rolling pin! 

Use a star cutter to cut out the biscuits. Re-roll the trimmings to cut out more biscuits. Place the stars onto the baking trays and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. My stars have wonky points where they got stuck after I had cut them out! 

Enjoy! These didn't last long at all here! 



Saturday, 19 January 2013

Books on my To Read pile.

I watched the Love Comes Softly film on television recently and thought it was so sweet! I know I am years behind everyone else in discovering the film and then learning that the books existed.

The film was just adorable and I loved how the characters were developed and the love story was romantic and believable. I am so looking forward to reading the book as I generally prefer the book version to the film version!

I heard about the books and got straight on to searching for them on the internet! Wow - most of them seemed to be expensive but then I stumbled onto an auction for the whole set. The set of 8 books cost me less than buying just 4 of them from another site and that included postage! 

The books are now sat in my To Read pile! I always have so many books on the go and a huge pile that I have yet to get to ... I need to get more organised with the things I have to do to create more time for the things I want to do. Like reading! 

I love finding a good book but finding a good series is even better!

Do you have any favourite books or authors?



Friday, 11 January 2013

The Maiden's Menu.

It is no secret that I love the King's Blooming Rose magazine so I was so excited to see a cookbook on the webpage! I love the name too!

From the introduction -

Your efforts in the kitchen can be a huge blessing to your family. The atmosphere of the home kitchen will largely be the deciding factor about whether or not your family will want to spend time there. When they come to the kitchen, are they encouraged, or do they come to see a pile of dirty dishes and cluttered counters? Just as you enjoy being made welcome in this room, others do, too. Add "little extras" like a fresh bouquet of flowers on the tabletop for others to enjoy. When your family members enter for a snack or meal, make them welcome and attend to their needs.

I love this! I think that daughters at home really do have a special role to play. Generally, we have more time to add those extra little touches and to play around creatively in the kitchen, and we should make the most of this! After a full week at work I may not feel like going to the effort of making bread but I know that my family enjoy and appreciate it.

Some recipes that immediately jumped out at me were Pumpkin French Toast, Coconut Chicken, Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins, and Chicken Parmesan Fingers. Yum!  

I think that my favourite parts of the book, even more than the recipes, are the in the kitchen sections. This is where a young lady is interviewed about their favourite recipes, their lives, and just some general questions. It is fascinating! 

I can hardly wait to have some spare time to try a few recipes. I never seem to have free time at the moment so need to get myself organised and give more of a priority to continuing to learn home making skills. 



Thursday, 3 January 2013

The Most Important Thing a Woman Wears ...

is the expression on her face! 

Thoughts and attitudes create facial expressions that can make or mar a woman's beauty. Bad thinking habits can distort features in such a way, that no adroit application of cosmetics can ever overcome. Polish up your Inner Glow. Healthy, creative, happy thoughts can amount to a beauty treatment more effective than a thousand facials. 

Facial expression can be trained. The art of learning attractive facial expression is twofold. Begin with the thoughts that prompt pleasant expression and deliberately practice those expressions. The more you practice both, the more spontaneous they become. 

Teach yourself to smile. 

A dazzling smile makes any woman's face prettier. Yet many women have difficulty in bringing the smile they feel in their hearts up to their lips. 

Practice this exercise to develop your smiling muscles: Look into a mirror and smile the biggest, broadest smile you can muster. Hold the smile by tightening the facial muscles. Your fingers can feel the tightening of the muscles and the skin on the cheeks and under the jaw. Do this as often as you can. The more the smiling muscles are exercised, the more easily they will react to a spontaneous signal. Like all muscles, those which are seldom used eventually fail to respond.

Develop a radiant expression. 

A warm, appealing expression brings beauty to the face. Many of the women you think of as beautiful are in reality endowed with only ordinary features, yet they make us believe they are beautiful by means of facial expression. It is the expression that magnetises your senses, not the face itself. 

By consciously training your face to wear an attractive expression, you will be taking a giant step up the ladder of beauty. Keep the corners of your mouth turned upward as much as possible. Even when you are listening to, or discussing a serious subject, there is no need for the mouth to take on a downward droop. The down lines are ageing lines. Learn to avoid them. 

Smiles are habit forming. What is more, they are contagious. People are all searching for happiness. They naturally gravitate toward the woman who looks happy. Her cheerful, life-is-a-wonderful-thing expression draws others to her because they hope to share that happiness themselves.  

Taken from Secrets of Poise, Personality and Model Beauty by John Robert Powers.