2014 {A Review}

So, it’s been a while…..

I wasn’t sure how to write my first post of 2015, after all, it has been a while since I last updated my blog(!)

I decided the best way to ease myself back into the blogosphere and update you all on the last 5 months, was to post a (photo) review! Ever so slightly indulgent, but, I’m excited!

2014 was filled with so much love, my little heart could burst! We experienced 3 amazing adventures; Budapest, Israel and New York (!), Dave proposed ❤ (I said, yes!), we bought our first ever home together (yes, the search finally ended!), I was reunited with my uni girls after 14 months apart, we celebrated the births of our friend’s babies and attended 3 utterly perfect weddings! I know it’s uncouth to brag, but…..wow, what a year.

I promise, promise, promise, that you will get a recipe tomorrow!

For now, I hope you enjoy our little 2014 photo college below ❤ they are in no particular order – I think it’s more fun that way!

P.s……spot the Ghostbuster!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful 2015 ❤

Love,

S xx

 

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New Cake Toppers – Sweet Little Girls!

IMG_6481A lovely work friend, Patsy, recently asked me to bake her a cake for her father’s 60th – (eeek, pressure!).

I was both very excited and very nervous about this bake – what if I messed it up?!

To add to the nervous, Patsy requested a carrot cake – amazing choice but I’d never made a carrot cake! Cor blimey! This felt like I was starting to bite off more than I could chew! (excuse the pun)!

Today I am going to focus on the cake toppers that I made for the cake – 4 in total – each to look like one of Patsy’s beautiful nieces!

Patsy sent through the pictures and I set to work on 2 blondes and 2 brunettes, each in different sizes with different coloured dresses, hair styles and eye colours!

It took 22 hours over 2 weeks, copious cups of tea and more than a few swear words over my ridiculously unsteady hand (the faces are hand painted)! but here are the finished products…..I am very proud of them 🙂 I hope you like them!

 

Carrot cake recipe and pictures to follow shortly!

Enjoy!

Love S & P x

Dinner at Morston Hall and meeting Richard Bainbridge!

IMG_3459It’s been a very exciting week……!

So, as some of you know, I disappeared for a few days this week and slipped off down to Norfolk with The boy, my mum and Papa G – It was wonderful!

Considering it was February the weather was perfect, cold but super sunny! ☀

Mum & G visit Norfolk around 5 times a year (It’s love ♡) and every time they book in a visit to Morston Hall for Sunday dinner – Morston Hall is ‘an intimate country house hotel with its origin in the 17th century. It is located 2 miles from Blakeney on the North Norfolk coast’ and it, like the food, is GORGEOUS!

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Owner and chef patron is Galton Blackiston who opened Morston Hall in 1992, and was awarded a coveted Michelin Star in 1999, one of only 2 establishments in Norfolk to hold the prestigious award.

Head chef is Richard Bainbridge…Richard has entered the Great British Menu 3 times, coming tantalising close to the finals in season 8, he was awarded a top score of 10 from culinary genius, Marcus Wareing. (Marcus is credited for earning the Savoy’s first ever Michelin star in it’s 115 year history in 2004)!

After an incredible meal (details and photos below) I was lucky enough to meet Richard (thanks mum for introducing us!! ♡) – I was super giddy and trying to act cool, which obviously meant that I was most certainly not acting cool! Richard was very down to earth and happily chatted to us about Moston and his time on the GBM. It was so nice to be able to meet the Chef that cooked us such an amazing meal 🙂

See below for the delicious menu that was served on the day:

Morston Hall menu Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Butternut Squash Soup
with Pickled Mushrooms
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Locally Caught Wild Sea Bass
with Roasted Salsify & Raspberry Vinegar Jus
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Leg of Norfolk Horn Lamb
with Buttery Mashed Potato, Jerusalem Artichoke, Purple Carrot & Rapeseed Oil Lamb Jus
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Caramelised Apple
with Yogurt & Honey Ice Cream
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Or
Classic Lemon Tart
Basil Sorbet

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Or
Selection of cheeses with homemade biscuits, quince jelly and spelt bring
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Coffee and Petit Fours
Naturally we ordered all 3 desserts (2 of the cheese boards) and shared them between us! Sharing is caring! 😉

It was Papa G’s birthday this week so Robert, the very lovely sommelier, arranged for a little birthday treat for Papa G in the form of honeycomb chocolate and marshmallow & white chocolate nibbles! Devine! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA G!

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To accompany dinner we drank a lovely bottle of Fleurie (from the Beaujolais wine region) and to finish we shared some amazing port, a bottle of 1998 Burmester Colheita – the best port I’ve ever had!

So to sum it all up – an amazing meal! I highly recommend Morston Hall and if you ever get the chance to visit, let me know what you think! 🙂 If you are lucky enough, you might get to meet Richard too 🙂
Love Steph ♡

Birthday Cupcakes for a Birthday Girl

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11588343/?claim=tzb8a42rj58″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> IMG_2990Well……the last 2 weeks have been busy to say the least! I’ve just finished Jury service which was quite an experience! Absolutely exhausting (and freezing cold!!) but definitely not boring….!

You wouldn’t believe it but I’ve actually done loads of baking of the past 2 weeks…..and I didn’t photograph any of it!! Why? No idea….

I did however get asked by a lovely work colleague to make 36 cupcakes for her daughters 13th birthday party! Naturally I happily obliged and set to work on a bit of a brief….which is exactly what it was! The birthday girl wanted 18 vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing and 18 vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing…..that’s pretty simple then!

I wanted to girly them up a little as I was aware that the birthday girl was indeed a ‘girly girl’. With this in mind I settled on using edible glitter in 2 different colours and using an edible paint in pink to paint the ’13’s’ I would be using as decoration on the cakes.

(Click on the smaller picture of the vanilla cupcake on the right hand side below – looks better when you see it close up!)

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I cut the number 13’s out of white icing 4 days before they were needed in order to let them dry and stiffen and 2 days before the party, I painstakingly painted each number pink!  It took me over an hour to do but I was really happy with the result!

No recipe here as this was just my standard vanilla cupcake recipe but I was so pleased with the results that I wanted to share them with you 🙂

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Its difficult to tell from the snaps (phone camera – sorry!) but there is a ton of glitter on these babies! I also used my
newest piping nozzle – I already know that I shouldn’t love it quite as much as I do!!! 

Thanks,

S & P x

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