Bloom and Wild

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

When it comes to little luxuries I’m less of a handbag shoe kinda-girl, and more of a fresh flowers, vanilla candle kinda-girl. I always have fresh flowers in the house as a rule, so after a random chat with a colleague I found out about the wonderful Bloom and Wild. Instantly I loved the idea- flowers through my letter box, wrapped up like little gems, just waiting to open up to all their glory, and a nice mix of the more unusual types of flowers- no boring carnations here.

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The flowers come flat in a box, wrapped carefully, with special webbing around the buds for extra support. The package contains details about what flowers you have, advice on arrangements and how to prolong their life.

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Once trimmed and placed in the water the closed buds gain a new life and open up as if they’ve just been picked… 3 days in and they still look fresh and full of life. New house means lack of vases so I went with this cool Paul Masson wine jug I found in a charity shop.. I rather like it!

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You can send one off boxes- or regular boxes to someone special- and they don’t need to be in or hang around for a delivery

Next up ill be drying the flowers and getting arty- watch this space for an upcoming post!

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Disclaimer- I heard about bloom and wild from a friend- approached them for information about their company as was lucky enough to get some free flowers as a gift. 

Twig

Caramel and Pistachio Tarts

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My Colleague Laura turned up today wit these amazing tarts, I urge you to make them.. they are heavenly!

Makes Around 8 tarts

Tart
50g butter
100g flour
25g icing sugar
½ pod vanilla seeds
1 egg yolk

Chocolate caramel
160g condensed milk
100g milk chocolate

Decoration
Coarsely chopped pistachios
Melted dark chocolate (note: I used 70%)

 Method

Rub the butter and flour together until lump free; add the vanilla and icing sugar, and then the egg yolk. Leave to rest in the fridge for 30 min.

Roll out the dough and cut into circles to fit a lightly oiled muffin tin/small flan tins (or roll into a ball and flatten)

Blind bake  in the middle of the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 12-15 minutes until golden, take out and leave to cool.

Heat up the condensed milk until it almost boils. Turn down the heat and add milk chocolate, stir until it’s a uniform mixture. Turn off the heat and Let it cool down until it has gotten thick.

Use piping bag to distribute the caramel filling. Decorate with pistachio and dark chocolate

Original recipe HERE

 Twig

Chocolate and Blackberry Muffins

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Everyone Knows about it this year- yet not everyone is taking advantage…. there’s a Blackberry glut people and its your duty to eat them!

My local park is full of them so every dog walk ends in a few hand fulls and a few snaffled by Bonnie too. I fancied something a bit more exciting than blackberry sauce and something more transportable than crumble. So here are my Blackberry and Chocolate Muffins!

Ingredients

110g soft butter
110g dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g crushed blackberries
2 eggs
1 tsp Baking Powder
75g Self- Raising Flour
25g Coco Powder

Icing

110g/4oz butter, softened
170g/6oz icing sugar
55g/2oz cocoa powder, sifted
1-2 tbsp milk

Method

Makes 9

Pre-heat the oven to 150 C.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs and sift in the dry ingredients. Stir well and add the vanilla and blackberries
Add to your muffin cases and bake for 15-20 min

To make the buttercream, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Add the remaining icing sugar, cocoa powder and one tablespoon of the milk and beat until creamy. Beat in more milk if necessary to loosen the icing.
Once the cakes are cool, spread the buttercream icing on top of the cakes and add blackberries to decorate

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The Campaign for Wool

WOOL WEEK – Campaign For Wool 5th – 12th October‏

There are a few things in life that I dislike- being cold is one of those- therefore it goes without saying that anything to do with wool is right up my street- add some craft, and this year a few bicycles and this is an event I can get quite excited about!

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Last year I posted about wool week and the campaign at London zoo and this year the fun carries on with events all over the capital. It all kicks off with a ‘Wool ride’ on Sunday 5th October; 300 Wool loving cyclists cycling 13.4 miles around London and its most famous land marks raising awareness for the cause. Finishing up at Potters field where guests can have their bikes made over in the woollen workshop- with prizes for the best bicycle as well as live music, food, and talks about textiles and demonstrations. You can sign up for a free ticket in the Tweet below

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As well as all this there will be a week of activities with some of the UK’s biggest brands all taking part- including

- A scarf knit-a-thon in Brora’s flagship store on Symons Street where consumers
are encouraged to pitch in and contribute towards the making of a bespoke giant scarf that will be auctioned off for charity.

- Wool master-classes at John lewis in Oxford street

- Wool interior exhibits in London’s Southwark Cathedral (5th – 12th October 10am – 7pm daily (8pm on Thursday) Admission is free.)

The Campaign for Wool

Find out more at:

@Campaignforwool

campaignforwool.org

Twig

Getting Green Fingered: Vertical Herb Planter

New house, CHECK. Obsession with Pinterest CHECK. Blank canvas Garden CHECK. Carpenter-for -a-boyfriend CHECK.

All those factors can only equal one thing, an that is my amazing new Vertical Herb planter.

My inspiration came from this Pinterest Image- a rugged, and rather expensive version but a great idea for those with a small garden and little wall space

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Paul set about making his own version and an evening later- and two coats of paint I have this! isn’t it beautiful!

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I went for some Swiss chard for colour and added some herbs that were already well established from the patch below- now to wait for the herbs to bulk out and get all cosy in their new home!

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BESPOKE MAP HEART ARTWORK

Personalised Map Heart Artwork

Tis the season for weddings, henparties, new dresses, and wedding gifts… Ive been eyeing up Map art work like this on some big sites but didnt fancy paying £50 for the pleasure. With a wedding round the corner I thought id have a go myself and see how I got on. I think it looks rather good!

I started with a white frame from wilkinsons

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Next I purchased a love heart insert from Dunelm mill, got some transfers from Hema for the writing (as my hand writing is awful!)

I then printed a map from kent (the brides home) and a map from Norwich (the grooms home and their new home together) I tried to get simular style maps and went for OS maps in a large resolution for quality

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I lined up the maps and then lined up the join with the middle line of the love heart- stuck this down and then transferred the letters to spell out the names

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That was it! doesn’t it look nice, the grand total came to just under £10 but the fact that I could really personalise it made making it really fun

I hope they like it!

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Yummy Delights From Genesis Crafty

Me and Paul took a slight detour from the diet this week and tried some of these fab new products from Genesis Crafty, here’s what we ate and what we thought! 

 Cheese Scones

These where so jam-packed with cheese it was hard to tell where the scone began but this is far from a complaint a helping hand from some butter these crumbled (all over the place so the dog had a treat too!) amazing for a pre-packed scone that are usually heavy and stodgy warmed up I could have even sworn that I’d baked these myself. Best part is Paul hates scones more for me and Bonnie! Great for a picnic or afternoon treat

Pancakes

We often make protein pancakes for breakfast so it was a nice change to have pre made pancakes (and the chocolate oozing out of them wasn’t alf’ bad either)

Chocolate chip was the winner in our eyes – topped with a dollop of lemon Curd Cream (4 Tbsp Lemon Curd mixed with 300ml Greek Yoghurt) They where surprisingly light – I expected a ‘scotch pancake’ consistency but they where much fluffier and there honestly was no skimping at all on choc chips at all! Moist, warm and perfect for the hangover I definitely didn’t have this Sunday…

Tonight are the blueberry pancakes ….exciting!

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I was asked to review these delicious things for www.genesiscrafty.com- even so, my review is honest and would not appear on my blog if it wasnt!