Monday, 23 October 2017

Apple Cake

The 23rd October is the birthday of Diana Dors.
Seeing as it was Apple Day on Saturday I thought we would go for a Diana Dorset Apple Cake.
This one was made by S and her friend P who came for a sleepover.
They used this recipe from the BBC Good Food website and I can recommend it.
It may not be the most photogenic cake ever produced but it disappeared very quickly.
S loves apples but doesn't like them as much when cooked but she liked this cake and G gave it a huge thumbs up.
Half of it was given to P to take home and share with her family. Fingers crossed they liked it just as much. 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

On the Button

One of the more unusual days is Count Your Buttons Day.
I haven't counted mine but

I have sorted out a handful in black, white and grey which I am going to use in a little craft project. I will share it with you once it's been completed.

To be honest these are the kind of buttons which I would prefer to count.
Count them as I eat them that is.

The 21st is also Apple Day and so I have made a couple of rosy red apple tea light holders. 
I saw this idea a few years ago in, I think, a Christmas edition of Country Living magazine and I liked the simplicity of it.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

What I Wore

This week has been a bit of a full on for one reason and another and so I have once again turned to my jewellery stash for inspiration.

Monday 16th was the anniversary of the founding of the the Walt Disney Company. 
I wore a bangle my sister bought me a couple of years ago which has Wish Upon A Star written on it which is very close to the name of a song which is strongly associated with the company.

As an added extra here's a photo of S sporting some Mickey Mouse ears during a little shopping trip we had this week.

As previously blogged I did the baking for chocolate cupcake day at the weekend and on the actual day itself I wore this brooch, a birthday present received from G's niece a couple of years ago.

Today is the birthday of the author Tracy Chevalier and I had planned on watching Girl with a Pearl Earring but I am feeling a bit under the weather and not in the mood. I have an irritating cough and although I feel I am sleeping ok I have not been waking up feeling refreshed. With the jewellery collection I have you'd think I would have owned a pair of pearl earrings to wear today but it's devoid of such an item. 

Tomorrow is International Sloth Day and so when I get home from work I'm going to change into my PJs and chill out, in readiness for the weekend and some extra time off for half term.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Misfits

Arthur Miller and Montgomery Clift were both born on 17th Ocotober. 
Miller was born in 1915 and Clift in 1920.
Their professional lives crossed in 1961 when The Misfits was filmed. 
Arthur Miller wrote the screen play and Montgomery Clift played a rodeo riding cowboy.

It wasn't a happy film set.
Marilyn Monroe was battling her addiction to prescription painkillers and her marriage to Miller was falling apart.
John Huston was the director and there are stories of his gambling and drinking have an effect on the whole production.
Within a couple of weeks of the film's completion Clark Gable had died and his widow placed the blame firmly at the feet of Monroe.

I had watched this movie once before many years ago and couldn't remember too much about it.
It;s not the normal Marilyn Monroe froth and fun movie and makes very uncomfortable viewing at times.
Each of the main characters carry their own sadness and disappointments and have been damagd by them.
G had never seen it before and said he found it a hard movie to watch but he would definitely watch it again. I think it probably needs a couple of watches to understand all the varying relationships and undercurrents.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Marie Antoinette

In 1793 Marie Antoinette was tried and convicted in a swift trial in the Palais Du Justice.
Although it is frequently quoted she uttered the famous phrase 

there is no evidence she did actually say it.

As you can see I have a fabulous letterbox red mixing bowl embossed with those 4 words and I used it this afternoon to mix up the batter for these chocolate yogurt cupcakes in readiness for chocolate cupcake day this coming Wednesday. So I've covered two days in one.
These cupcakes are made using greek yogurt and I can report they are absolutely delicious.

Looking at this week ahead and what I've got going on I'm not sure I'm going to have time to bake them on the day so I thought I would grab a head start when I did have the time spare. 
I also have another (no time required) little idea up for sleeve for Wednesday.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mighty Matt Le Tiss

Matthew Le Tissier played for Saints for the entire length of his professional playing career and is much loved by the fans of Southampton FC.
Today is his 49th birthday so we stopped by the boardwalk to snap this photo.

Friday, 13 October 2017


World Egg Day.
I could celebrate this is many ways.
Boiled, scrambled, fried, poached, would do me.
I love eggs.
Meals at the end of the week need to be super speedy due to getting S to dance.
Muffins filled with bacon and egg are tasty and super quick especially since we learned how to cook the eggs in the microwave.
How do you like yours?