Smarties Cake and Friends...

Good evening,

I've spent the last two evenings baking my arse off in the name of charity.  To raise money for my companies charities we often hold bake sales.  These rather inoffensive events can easily turn into a competitive 'Great British Bake Off' if you're not careful.  Ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you I'm not famed for being careful.  So, I baked a cake I've seen over on the Pinterest.  I present...

The Chocolate Smarties KitKat cake (Hell Yes).

In all fairness, it was a pretty easy cake to make, although I never want to unwrap another KitKat, ever again.  It's basically a chocolate sponge, covered in buttercream, with KitKats stuck to the outside and Smarties poured on top.  Simple, but effective.  This cake is going to be raffled at the bake sale, so it had to be robust enough to stand a journey both IN and OUT of work again.

I also baked a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, a regular chocolate cake, some vanilla cupcakes, a ginger cake aaaaaaaand a lemon drizzle cake.  What can I say?  I like to bake.

More epic Smarties cake... Actually, I think I'll dedicate this to my Blog Stalker.  You know who you are ;-)

And on that rather delicious note, I shall leave you!  I'll try and get some pictures of the cake trolley tomorrow laden with goodies, including homemade flapjacks, made by someone else, but from my secret recipe! (FYI, the secret is cornflakes.  Shhhhh!)


The Things Young People Do.

Good afternoon The Internet.

So...in order that we can save up a 10% deposit, procure a mortgage, purchase a house and have a baby to put in it, we have decided to move in with my husband's parents for the next year.  The amount we'll save on rent, council tax and utility bills should set us up with a decent deposit and arm us for house hunting.

There are downsides, of course.  We will be giving up our own home, and living in a bedroom and a conservatory type space, which we have been kindly 'lent' by my in laws.  The bedroom isn't too bad, as before we moved in together, we re-did that space.  The real challenge comes in the shape of the extension/conservatory space.  Currently it houses a set of cane furniture, half a kitchen and a hell of a lot of clutter (read: Junk).  There's also patio doors into the main dining room, and a door into the kitchen, as well as downpipes and plumbing which used to be on the outside of the house, but weren't moved when the extension was built.

The plan is to clear the space, sort out the kitchen-y end, move in our furniture, paint, clean and come to terms with quite literally living in someones conservatory.  This is going to be a real tough one, but in a year we will be finding a place of our very own, so it will be worth it.

Sweet Zombie Baby Jesus.


Good evening all,

I found a photography challenge on Pinterest quite a while ago and have been waiting to start it for ages.  Waiting and waiting and waiting.  Well, I shall wait no more!  I'm just going to jump on in and get started.

Wish me luck!


My own personal Forest

Not much going on around here lately, so here's some allotment updates... We're off to paint the shed and do some digging tomorrow.  My peppers and tomatoes are coming along finely and have been repotted.  Aren't they doing well!?

In other news, I've mislaid my memory card for my camera, so until I find it we're back to iPhone pics.  (Or I could pinch one off the Mr...)