Home Made Apple Scone




250g Plain Flour
50g Caster Sugar
50g Butter
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Apple peeled, cored then grated
125ml of milk

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Milk to brush
1/2 teaspons cinnamon
teaspoon of sugar


Preheat over to Gas Mark 5/6 

Into a bowl place the flour, butter, sugar and baking powder. 
Rub in the butter until it makes small breadcrumbs
add the grated apple and stir well
stir in the milk until the mixture forms a soft dough.

onto a baking tray put the dough and form into a round
score on the top so the round is divided into 6 pieces. do not cut through just score.

Brush over the top with milk and sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon

bake in an over for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Can be served hot with whipped cream or eaten cold as a cream scone :)

Enjoy x x 




Lemon and Lime Chocolate Muffins

Heat an oven to Gas Mark 6/200C/180C Fan

I made 18 muffins with this mixture so line 2 tins with Muffin Cases.

I also prepared and weighed everything before I started to mix as this helps. 

Ingredients and Recipe 

125ml Vegetable oil
2 Medium Eggs
250ml of Skimmed Milk


Put this into a bowl and mix thoroughly

200g Caster Suger (You can use white or Golden)
400g Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon salt
Grated Rind and Juice from a Lemon

Add this to the mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed

Bar of Green Lime Infused Chocolate (Cut into chunks or can be grated)

Add to the muffin mix and stir well.

Spoon the lemon and lime chocolate mixture into muffin cases.  I filled mine to about 3/4 full.  

 Cook in the oven for about 20 - 25 minutes, or until golden on the top and a knife comes out clean.  

Enjoy and Happy Cooking



Very Berry and White Chocolate Muffins

Heat an oven to Gas Mark 6/200C/180C Fan

I made 18 muffins with this mixture so line 2 tins with Muffin Cases.

I also prepared and weighed everything before I started to mix as this helps. 

Ingredients and Recipe 

125ml Vegetable oil
2 Medium Eggs
250ml of Skimmed Milk
Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Put this into a bowl and mix thoroughly

200g Caster Suger (You can use white or Golden)
400g Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon salt

Add this to the mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed

Box of Mixed Berries (I bought mine from Tesco) - chop strawberries and raspberries
Bar of White Chocolate (I used Lindt but any will do) - Chopped into chunks or grated. 

Add to the muffin mix and stir well.

Spoon the berry and chocolate mixture into muffin cases.  I filled mine to about 3/4 full.  

 Cook in the oven for about 20 - 25 minutes, or until golden on the top and a knife comes out clean.  

Enjoy and Happy Cooking








A different way to display your Cross Stitch  =  No Sew Cube





 You will require   :  Piece of floristy oasis  (You can buy round if your design is round)    Your stitched piece (any design)   Piece of backing fabric    Some small pins (I used sequin pins)   Some bead headed pins    4 large beads and some ribbon




Lay your stitched piece onto a fluffy towel with the design closest to the towel.  (Upside down)




 Iron gently.


 Repeat with your backing fabric


 Again iron gently



 Check that both pieces are crease free





 Taking your stitched piece, lay on top of the oasis and mark about 5 rows after the design onto the oasis.



 On a board cut your oasis to the chosen size.



 Start to pin your design in place.
Do the top and the bottom first   You may need several pins.



Fold and pin the sides.   Do not worry if it looks untidy.


Repeat with the backing fabric.


Again do not worry if the edges look messy



Take the ribbon and starting at the bottom pin just at the bottom


Pull the ribbon tightly as you go around and then you will not need any more pins than the ones at the bottom.


In securely.


Turn right way up .


Create a bow on the top



Take the 4 bead headed pins and the large beads.


Thread the beads onto the large pins



Place one at each corner of the base of your No Sew Cube.  These form the feet.

Turn over and Voila   -  Your No Sew Cube.

Hope you enjoy making yours.



A 'Hotter' evening ........

Wednesday 10th May had an evening that I thoroughly enjoyed.   My first real blogging event.

It was to take place at Hotter Shoes situated in Bridge Street, Stratford on Avon.

My daughter, Hannah,  arrived at 5.30pm to pick me up and then we travelled to pick up her friend Carly.   A real girlie evening out.

We had a pleasant journey to Stratford and Hannah parked the car in the Marina Car Park.   The scenery was beautiful as is Stratford Upon Avon.


This was some of the boats moored near where we parked :)

We followed the satnav on our phones to the Hotter shop, getting lost in the windy narrow streets until we finally arrived at the shop.


The Hotter shop is situated at 10 Bridge Street, Stratford Upon Avon.  This is the front of the shop. 

We were welcomed inside and greeted in a friendly way.  Our coasts were taken and we were offered a drink, choice of water, orange juice, wine and some beautiful food.   The cheese roll was amazing and the mini muffins went down well too. 

We were then seated and a presentation about Hotter shoes began.  

The company were formed in 1959 and have now been designing and making shoes for over 50 years.   The shoes are all made in the UK to a really high quality.   Hotter are extremely passionate about the styles, the comfort and everything about their shoes.    In Lancashire, Hotter won one of the most advanced shoe making production lines in the world.  They make more shoes, per year, than any other manufacturer in the UK.


Hotter have a comfort Mission.   They state
"The beauty of Hotter shoes is that no matter how good they look , no matter how rich the colour and beautiful their style, the ultimate reason people fall in love with our shoes is the comfort they feel when they put them on."  

We were shown how the shoes were made and how the special foams were used to create the comfort in the shoes.   We were also told to expect a 'Hotter' moment when you first try on a pair.


The above shows the comfort padded sole.  

Following the presentation we were allowed to look around the store and to choose a pair of shoes which would be our gift.    I had instantly fallen in love with one pair of shoes, but took a good look around the store.   However I returned to the original pair I had chosen.   The customer service lady took the shoes and returned a few moments later with my pair to try on.

I was really excited when these little beauties were in my hands and about to be put on my feet.


After putting on a pair of pop socks, the shoes were slipped onto my feet and i had my 'Hotter' moment.   I have never put on a pair of shoes before and felt such comfort.  They were amazing.  I suffer with painful feet as I stand on them most the day.


These felt like I was walking on air.   And they are so pretty.   The shoes are made so that there is a miggle toe adaption.  This means that at all times your toes have free movement and it therefore takes out a lot of stress on the feet and the 'cramped' feeling you sometimes get.



Having a velcroed band over the top of the shoe to keep on your feet, also allows for alteration should your feet swell when standing a lot.   Again another comfort issue.


I have worn my shoes at work all day and have never been so comfortable.  I did not even know that I had shoes on as they are so light and really do make your feet feel free.


This is a few of the wide variety of shoes and styles available.   Hotter have lots of colours and keep in with the current trends.  They also do handbags that match some of the shoes and these are beautiful too.      We, of course, had to icnlude the 'Hotter' Bus.

The shoes are not cheap, but how precious are your feet.  They are well worth every penny with the comfort they provide.  You cannot fault them at all.

As well as have shops local to me in Stratford on Avon and Solihull, Hotter also sell online. So if you cant buy from a shop local to you, you can shop via the internet.

I have already decided that all my old shoes will now be being replaced with varying 'Hotter' styles.

Finally I need to say a huge Thank you to Hotter for the lovely evening we all had and a special Thank You to my daughter for taking me on my First Blogging Event.   Watch this space for more blogs to come.


You can find these shoes at  www.hotter.com

I hope that you will have a look and buy yourself a special treat for your feet.
Life has .......

thrown a spanner in the works somewhat this year.   2016 has not been a good year so far.    January was a month where I was not well and it took weeks to get over coughs, colds and eventually no voice.  I  got there in February but have yet again got another cough :(

February was another month where people were not well and a month of sorting out issues at home and within the family.

March was a month where my dad revealed that he was in extreme pain which meant that he had been quite depressed for weeks.  It has been found out that he had a severe hernia and is now waiting for an operation for the same.

However the worst whallop our family received was the death of my younger brother on April 5th.   Set for an important meeting at work, he rose from his chair at his desk, picked up his papers and was hit with one massive heart attack.  He felt nothing, but we however have been left reeling from his loss.  My parents are distraught.  I am still in a state of disbelief.  He was 46, had a beautiful family fantastic job and everything to live for.   His funeral was one of the most amazing events I have ever been proud to take part in.   Over 400 people at the church.     My card on his wreath meant a lot to me.  I said.  Andrew, although you have left us extremely heartbroken, you have however left us with the most beautiful memories that we will have forever.   I will miss my brother and now realise that although I was the older child, I now have a lot more responsibilities to deal with.

April has begun on a bit more of a positive note with my husband having his cataract operation and 24 hours after realising that his eyesight is so much better .

I promise I will come back to my regular blogging but needed to let you all know how this year has gone so far.

Love you each one of you:

 RIP Andrew Holt
May 1969 - April 2016 
May you sleep in peace
Miss you loads  Our lives will forever hold a vacant place. 


Where does time fly to?

Having not been well time seems to have flown in 2016.  Glad to say I am well on the mend so back to my creative ways both in cooking and crafts.  These are a couple of things I have done recently


This was a piece by Lorri Birmingham which I have been trying for ages to finish.  I love the finished results.  The nager was made by my husband and compliments the piece well.   Amazing what you can do with dowling and small door handles :)


This was a small scissor case I made.  I really enjoyed doing this.

Hopefully I will be updating with products I have baked  :)


On the final day of advent my daughter gave to me 

My very own Boofle with a tee shirt saying lovliest Mum on  it.

I have loved every moment of this advent exchange and all of the gifts in it have been given with thought and love.

Roll on next year when we do it again :)