Lucy’s first job x

Wow……….. the 11th of November was my last post, it’s been such a long time since I have spoken to you all!! Sorry x

Maybe I should try to explain why I’ve not been around the blogosphere for such a long time?!. x

After 8 years, I’ve finally got a job!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woop woop!!! 🙂 x

And I loving it…………. Back at the beginning of December I started working for a cute little florists called Pollination here in Edinburgh delivering their gorgeous arrangements around the city x

And I haven’t looked back since, it has done my confidence the world of good being out there meeting people on their doorsteps or place of work, where I get to hand over delicious looking bouquets and get to see their eyes light up whilst doing it xxx

I have to say, It’s been so nice having something to get up for in the mornings again and also just having a bit of structure back to my day after all these years! A few extra pennies in my purse has been rather lovely too, I must say x

And although this job may not last that long, it is a huge step in the right direction and has definitely given me a taste for work again x
PollinationOh and you might just spot me out and about in my cute little van (it’s usually a lot cleaner than this) and if you do please give me a little wave x

Or perhaps you would prefer a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers delivered to you by little old me, if so you should get online at:

www.pollination.co.uk 

and get ordering!!!! 🙂

Pollination

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Tis the season to release their adverts!! Tra la la la la, tra la la la x

This last week has seen the premières of all this years Christmas (Holiday) adverts. Which marks the start of the exciting lead up to the festivities over the next couple of months!! And I have to say they are up to their usual high standards. With a few new companies taking up the challenge to compete for the most extravagant commercial to hit our screens this year.

I’ve picked a small selection of my favourites so far xx

The first to be released was the Marks and Spencers advert, with a welcomed return of their old Magic and Sparkle campaign.

Then was John Lewis, whom rarely disappoint with their seasonal advert. And this year is no exception with this simply stunning visual Disney like animated contribution.

A touching little story from Boots

And then the first of the supermarkets, Morrisons!! I think it may be because I love Beauty and the beast so much that I like this one so much x

And then there is Lidl’s quite cute offering.

And we can’t forget Debenhams fabulous effort

Then there is Tesco’s pretty little vintage style look at the generational timeline of a family with home videos x

T K Maxx – Mainly for the cutest little ginger baby (my favourite kind) in this simple little ad x

The Cadbury’s ad captures the essence of of our inner child with this years advert x

And no Christmas advert list would be complete without Coca cola’s traditional spin on the Holidays x

Here is a second one that I found that i think somes up the Christmas i am going to have this year on my own, I think i will take their advice and find ways to make it special by doing nice things for others this year x Thanks Coca cola for the inspiration x

Now to look out the decorations :p x

Strawberry cake

Just found this post sitting in my drafts folder from a few weeks ago and thought it was about time I posted it ……oops x

I made this at the same time as I made my Lemon meringue cupcakes for the Itsgood2eatcake2 event and have some how forgotten to schedule it…..haha x

But here it is now, better late than never x 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 210g self-raising flour
  • 25g cornflour
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing tins
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g fresh strawberries hulled, to decorate

For the filling

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 600g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • pink food colouring
  • 3-4 tbsp strawberry jam
  • A few fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

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Method

Buttercream

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the food colouring and mix thoroughly.
  4. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate.

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Sponges and construction

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins and line the base of each tin with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour, cornflour, sugar and baking powder into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until evenly mixed. Add the butter, eggs, strawberries and vanilla extract and process briefly until well combined, but not overly processed.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the 2 cake tins and smooth the tops with a spatula. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of one of the cakes comes out clean.
  4. Leave the cakes to cool slightly in their tins for 10 minutes and turn out on to wire racks.
  5. When the cakes are completely cool, remove the baking paper circles from their bases. Place 1 cake on a plate and spread with a thin layer of strawberry jam.
  6. Then place a thin layer of sliced strawberries on top of the jam.
  7. Hold the second cake and ice the underside of it with a 1cm thick layer of vanilla buttercream.
  8. Carefully place on top of the first cake, iced side down. Once the cakes are sandwiched together, ice the top with the remaining buttercream and top with the fresh strawberries.

This cake is best served immediately, as the fresh strawberries do have a tendency to soften and bleed their juice into the the icing quite quickly.

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More cake!!!!! #ItsGood2EatCake2

After the success of the the first It’sGood2EatCake charity cake eating event, the Edinburgh Bakers held there second event last night for the amazing Edinburgh children’s cancer charity Itsgood2give run by Lynne McNicoll.

It’s only 3 weeks now until Lynne and Wilma (and 29 others) are going to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity, they have raised £86,000 (approx) so far and are hoping to reach their target of £100,000 by the time all the monies are in, so if you would like to help please pop over to either or both of their donations pages here or here and give generously x Good luck when the time comes girls x

The Venue this time was the stunning Cafe Musa on the mound again, which is always just the perfect place to enjoy cake and good company x With Alison, Wilma, Wendy and Lou doing such a great job hosting and organising everything in the background with military precision everyone got their cake and was able to stuff their faces to their hearts content. ♥

And of course I was allowed the honour of taking photos again this time of all the wonderful cakes that everyone had lovingly created and brought along with them, before they were devoured x Special thanks to Lauryn and Nadine for helping me get through all the cakes by writing all their labels and running them to the table to be photographed, they are wee stars x I’d still be there yet without their help x

There was a raffle again this time, with lots of amazing prizes (one of which I won…………Yeah!!) , the raffle tickets were diligently handled and sold by Ross again with the help of one of his friends this time.

And the star prize was another glorious cake made by Lou at LoulaBelle Bakes fair hands x Totally stunning, with an actual teacup and saucer made out of fondant on the top!

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All in all, it was another glorious evening with great friends, that has hopefully raised a tonne of cash for a very deserving charity x

#itsgood2eatcake ♥

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Hello x

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Hello everyone, sorry about the long absence, real life seems to have gotten in the way again!! I’ve been very busy getting on with my new life and enjoying being a bit of a social butterfly finally, but it means I have neglected all of my bloggy friends x 😦 There has been a lot of exciting things happening to me this last few weeks and hopefully I will share them with you at some point soon x
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I intend to try and be better (but I always say that) in future and remember to take photos and bake more for blogging purposes!! Promise x 🙂
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For now here are some photos I took a couple of days ago, I’ve been thinking about my own personal style quite a bit lately, as I have been venturing into the world more and more, I have been trying to  hone  my everyday look. And it occurred to me that I have stopped taking photos to journal my progress as I was doing in the past. The reason I started up this blog again was to have a sort of journal of my journey into womanhood and think I have been neglecting that part of blog a bit lately. So I think I need to try and be better at lifestyle posts again in future.
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So what have you all been up too?
What have I missed?
Lucy xx

Casa Angelina

This week, my friend Gayle and I got together to try out a new vintage tearoom on London street, Edinburgh called Casa Angelina to see what all the fuss was about!! And trust me there has been a lot of buzz since they opened only a few short weeks ago!! So I booked us a table for Thursday afternoon to try it out for ourselves and Wow!!!!! Just Wow!!!

Casa Angelina

Casa Angelina is run by Marie Claire and her partner (who’s name I didn’t catch) who are both highly trained  pâtissier/pâtissière’s!! Which you can instantly tell from the gorgeous array of desserts and pastries on offer x We savoured every mouthful for the couple of hours it took to get through all of our delights xx

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The ambience in the tearoom was so lovely and relaxed with other tables chatting to each other and kids dressing up from a couple of trunks of pretty things left out for just such a purpose. Adding to this having Marie Claire checking on us regularly and bringing us fresh pots of tea (at no extra cost) we just felt so relaxed and kind of lost track of time for a few hours which was just heavenly xx

I can’t wait for my next visit, which is already booked by the way….heehee x

If you get the chance and have some time to indulge in a little luxurious girliness some afternoon then I recommend you get along to Casa Angelina without any hesitation xx