Sunday, 25 June 2017

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This is about as exciting as it got at Number 38 today. A bit of baking. I made blueberry and chocolate cakes. Blueberry are Amy's favourite, I buy her one from Lidl every week, and Thomas loves chocolate. 

We were supposed to go strawberry picking but rain scuppered those plans. Actually it stopped mid afternoon but by then I was in the middle of cooking a roast chicken dinner and it was too late to set off. 

I know from visiting blogs some of you have also been baking this weekend. How about everybody else; have you made anything? 

           

xxx

22 comments:

  1. Once the school hols start I start baking to fill the hollow legs belonging to my grandchildren.

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    1. What a lovely Grandma you are Tania. How many grandchildren do you have? There were 4 of us and Mum used to have a baking day that was supposed to last us for a week but it never did. I put that down to my greedy brother. He was as thin as a plant but boy could he eat. Our favourites used to be cornflake biscuits. She must have made 1,000's of them. xx

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  2. I wish I was in the mood to do some baking. Your cakes look delicious. I'll have one of each please. X

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    1. Baking is a bit like housework - you're either in the mood for it or not. Weeks can go by where I don't make anything, then other weeks I'm in the kitchen whipping up stuff for fun. Hope you are keeping well and the weather is good where you are so you can get out and about. xx

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  3. Lidl's did my baking this week and Norrie kindly went down at 9am this morning and colkected my croissants-best ever! Have spent the day bottoming the van in readiness for our trip to Hebden Bridge next Sunday. We are going to Wildax to decide about the motorhome but also hope to visit Skipton and to see my friend Camilla's new shop in St Anne's. Glad the weather has cooled a bit for being away in the van. Loving your daily photo and glad that I finally cracked Instagram! Catriona

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    1. Nothing wrong with a trip to Lidl for croissants, it sounds a good way to start the day. I've not been to Hebden Bridge for ages, in fact I think Thomas was a toddler when I last went - it's a lovely place. Haworth is a favourite of ours as well.

      Have you had a motorhome before? I can't get my head around every time you need to go somewhere you'd have to pack up - or maybe that's just because I look at what Amy and Thomas get out in the van and think no way could I put all that away so we could nip to the shop.

      It's lovely to see you on the gram and the tissue holders are gorgeous. A nice little project to use up some bits of fabric. xx

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  4. They look lovely, the cases are rather cute too!! I baked a nectarine upside down cake which turned out ok but not sweet enough strangely! Was it national bake weekend ? How funny that so many of us decided to do it!! 😃

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    1. We do all seem to have done a lot of baking this weekend don't we. I think Sue and Sadie inspired me with their cake making :)

      Nectarine upside down cake sounds delicious. Sometimes I'll open a tin of mandarins and they aren't quite as sweet as I expected. I'm definitely a sweet rather than tangy person. Amy is the opposite, she can't eat anything that is too sweet so your cake would have been perfect for her. Have a lovely week. xx

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  5. Oooooh I'm with Amy on the blueberry cakes.
    No baking for me this weekend as I just couldn't be bothered but I may well bake tomorrow to use up some coconut that is nearing it's BB date.
    Love a roast chicken dinner but they didn't have it at the pub this week. I had the pork instead and it was divine.
    Have a smashing week.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. They were rather nice Sheila. I mashed them up a little bit as well so they spread out a little more and I'll do that again.

      Mentioning coconut reminds me that one of Mum's specialities was Russian Sandwich. I loved that cake. She would load it with homemade confectioners custard, ice it and sprinkle coconut on the top. Delicious.

      Glad you enjoyed your Sunday lunch out. It's great when you don't have to do the cooking isn't it. xx

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  6. Yum! Too hot to bake, over here! I rarely turn on the oven in the summer as I have no air conditioning in the house and I don't want to heat things up, too much. Although, with it being over 100F outside (108F to be exact), I could probably mix up some cake batter and set it outside and it might actually bake! Every year, I say I will make myself a solar oven; maybe I will, one of these days!

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    1. Goodness Bless 108F sounds horrendous. Amy was telling me this morning that she'd read Arizona is so hot people are baking cookies outside, mailboxes are melting and that people are making their doggies little shoes so their feet don't get burned. I don't know whether that sort of heat is unusual or not but I'm glad we're a cooler country :) xx

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    2. Arizona gets pretty hot. But the hottest spot is probably Death Valley in California. Where I am, we'll go up to 115-118F at least once, each late summer/early fall. Then, the asphalt on the streets melt and we see news reporters cooking eggs on the sidewalks or on top of parked cars to show how hot it is! One year, we went up to a record setting 121F and that was HOT!

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    3. That is hot! Thank goodness we don't live is such climes because I know cooking eggs on cars would be exactly the sort of thing Amy and Thomas would do and I can just picture Mark's face at finding scrambled eggs on his bonnet ) :) xx

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  7. Apple pie at my house...hubby loves them and I was in the baking mood!

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    1. Ooh I love apple pie but the the others aren't keen on any pie so I don't bother making it because I end up eating it all myself! Are you a custard, cream or ice-cream person. I could do any of those :) xx

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    2. Ice cream would be my first choice, but like you I can do the other two!

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    3. Good choice Lynn. My first choice would be custard even on the hottest days, but quite happy with ice-cream or cream :) xx

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  8. I made chocolate brownies to have after our bbq ribs and shrimp and corn on the cob! Deee-lish!!!!

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    1. Another of Amy and Thomas' favourites Janice. I struggle a bit with chocolate cakes I find them a bit rich but Amy and Thomas will always go for a chocolate brownie on the rare occasion we go out to eat. The ribs, shrimp and corn certainly do sound Deee-lish! xx

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  9. I baked my cake, but it was a faff. Think I should have stuck to fairy cakes or something. Quicker and tastier.
    Yours look so good. xx

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    1. I thought yours looked really nice with the cherry syrup, but I know what you mean. Sometimes it's not worth faffing around with some things when you can whip up something just as good in half the time, but it's nice to try different recipes. xx

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