Pinterest Weekly - Friday Favourites

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Afternoon my lovely readers!

What glorious weather we've had today and I think I've caught the sun a little on my arms. I got invited to go to the meadow by my dear Keri-Anne for a picnic and spend time with the girls. We spent a few hours hanging out and enjoying the weather whilst the girls played in there tepee. I fell in love with our friends chihuahua Matilda! Paul & I have said we want to get a puppy next year and to either get a chihuahua or a mini dachshund. I'm being swayed towards a little long haired Matilda as shes just so darn cute!! 

I've enjoyed browsing Pinterest this week and as always I find so many cute and wonderful pictures! Here's my favourites this week -

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1. I've been wanting a vintage bike for years and hope this year I can get one!
2. Homemade minted lemonade sounds like the perfect summer drink
3. Looks dreamy and magical
4. Perfect nails! Pastel love forever!!
5. Audrey Hepburn said the best things :)
6. Pretty dried flowers in glass jars
7. I'd like more of these sort of gatherings with friends
8. Loved this wedding photo and plan to do something similar (4 weeks to go!!)

Much love
Lulu xx

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Bake Days - Chocolate & Banana bread

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Last weekend I decided to bake a Chocolate & Banana bread after my success with the Elderflower tea cake I made last week. My Mum would always bake a banana bread when I was younger, and the smell throughout my house brought back memories of my childhood. It turned out wonderful and tasted great!



Here's what you'll need -

125g soy butter (or your preferred butter), at room temperature plus a little extra for greasing.
250g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs, (I recommend free range or organic eggs) lightly beaten
1 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
250g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
4 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
200g good-quality dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Grease your 1x 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper or a loaf tin liner.
2. Now cream together and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon or with an electric hand mixer until smooth. 
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each one. Sift in the flour and baking powder until the mixture is all combined. Add the vanilla extract and beat again briefly.
4. Gradually stir in the mashed bananas and then finally the chocolate chips.
5. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and level it out with a spatula. Bake in the oven for around 60 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave the cake in the tin to cool.
6. Serve warm with a glass of milk or your favourite tea! Keep cake in an airtight container and eat within 3 day.

Makes around 8-10 slices. Enjoy! :)

Lulu xx

(Adapted slightly from The Primrose Bakery book)
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Things I Love - Picks Of The Week

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Oh my! Is it really 28th May already?! The past few days have been crazy with getting wedding stuff finished, and trying to make sure our to do list is all ticked off. Not much left to do now and I cant believe its only 4 weeks and 3 days away!

This past weekend we had some lovely sunny weather so Paul & I went for a long walk, enjoyed a cold apple cider and spent quality time together with our kitty Sookie. I look forward to more warmer weather coming in the next few weeks :)

A day late but here's my picks of the week -

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1. How cute is this bikini? I love anything with foxes on!
2. Another craft book on my wishlist
3. Pretty peter pan collar dress from UO
4. Juju jelly wedges which are actually made here in Northampton! We are a famous shoe town mind!
5. Loving this necklace from Etsy

Have a wonderful day everyone :)

Much love
Lulu xx

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Snapshots From London

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1. Finding a cute fluffy kitty pen in Paperchase
2. I loved this huge tree near Russell Square
3. Artbox is a favourite stationary & plush toy shop!
4. Yummy cakes!!
5. Finally meeting Hayley in the flesh! One half of Breathe Happiness :)
6 & 7. Loved all of Shaneen's photography series Monopoly.
8. Enjoying the gallery opening
9. Paul enjoying the art and a glass of wine
10. Finally the other half of Breathe Happiness, Shaneen! Loved both the BH girls!!
11. Remembering to finally getting our photos take at the record store Rough Trade. Yayyyy!
12. Looking at all the photos stuck on the walls where the photobooth was.
13. You'll always find something to look at on Brick Lane
14. Red Velvet cupcake from The Hummingbird Bakery
15. Finally home and seeing the Guildhall on the walk back (where we're getting married) all lite up.

We had a wonderful day eating yummy food, catching up with friends & going to Shaneens gallery opening. We were glad to be home and in bed before midnight though! Cant wait to go back after the wedding and get back to a routine of going to London once a month.

Today Paul's Mum came over and we all went for lunch which was lovely. I then decided to bake a chocolate & banana bread. Its was so good and I shall be sharing the recipe with you soon.

Hope your all having a wonderful bank holiday weekend :)

Much love
Lulu xx





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Crafting Moments - DIY Wedding Confetti

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I've been wanting to make my own confetti for a while now but I didn't have the essential item being a hole punch to make them until the other day. It only took about an hour overall to make the confetti and have them packaged. I found it so easy and it was quite fun to do, plus it was keeping in with our DIY wedding.

Here's what you'll need -


Coloured tissue paper of your choice
A hole punch
Paper sandwich bags
Personalized stickers (these were from eBay)
Scissors

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Firstly fold the tissue paper in half and then in half again like the picture.
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Now get the hole punch and starting from the left side, punch along the top until you get to the end.
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It doesn't need to be neat but make sure you hole punch as much as you can.
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Now fold about a 1cm down and again hole punch along the top and repeat until you've covered all of the tissue.
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Turn it around length ways and follow the same steps from pictures 2-4.
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Once you've covered all of your tissue paper, proceed with the other colours you may have. It'll be easy after the first few goes and it wont take long at all. This will be your finished confetti!
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Now its time for the packaging! I used white paper sandwich bags that I brought for a £1 and cut them down to about 4 & half inches. I then put 2 teaspoonfuls of confetti into each bag and folded the bag down an inch, placing the custom stickers I ordered online to seal in place.
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I made 23 bags of confetti which is how many I needed, but if you need more depending on how many people you have buy a few more packets of tissue paper :)

And there you have it, DIY confetti for our wedding and I'm so pleased how they turned out!! It cost no more than £4 to make them and £2 of that was on the custom wedding stickers.

What do you think? I'd love to know what you think :)

Much love
Lulu xx
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Things I Love - Picks Of The Week

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Today I've been in the kitchen most of the day making chocolate fudge & vanilla cupcakes plus a birthday cake for a friends nephews birthday. I spent a good 5 hours baking, decorating them all and placing them in cute boxes. My friend was so happy with them when she picked them up earlier. I love making people happy!!

I've finally had chance to sit down and chill out for the evening. Paul is on the late shift today so he wont be home until about 9pm. This gives me time to do my blogging and do a few more things around the house. Here are my picks for this week!

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1. Gorgeous mint wedges from Bait footwear (They do amazing fifties inspired shoes!)
2. The sneezing baby panda haha! Its been around on YouTube for years and I love it!
3. This blouse is super cute from Lala Magic 
4. I've been on the hunt for a UK site that sells these Saltwater sandals.
5. Dying to have a waffle maker!!

This coming Wednesday I'm going to an art exhibition on Brick Lane to support my lovely friends over on the Breathe Happiness blog. I've been looking forward to this for a few months now and cant wait to spend the day/evening in London with Paul.  This will be the last day out for us both until after the wedding and I couldn't be more excited! :)

Lulu xx
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Bake Days - Eldeflower & Orange tea cake

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Hello dears

Today was World Baking Day so I wanted to bake a cake I hadn't done before so I spent yesterday looking through my cook books. I came across this Elderflower & Orange tea cake recipe in a book my friend gave me and really wanted to try it. My little sister Tilly helped me with baking today and I really enjoyed her company. We also made ice cream cupcakes at her request too and I shall be sharing that in my next bake days post. I loved how this cake turned out and it tasted AMAZING! No accidents in the kitchen this year and I remembered to add all of the ingredients wooo!!!



Here's what you'll need -

6oz softened butter plus a little for greasing
6oz golden caster sugar
3 good quality free range eggs
5oz self-raising flour
3oz ground almonds
1/2 tsp baking powder
100ml milk (i used soya)

For the elderflower drizzle -

4 tbsp elderflower cordial
1 fresh grated orange rind
4 tbsp golden granulated sugar

1. Heat the oven to 160c/fan 140c. Grease and line a 900lb (2lb) loaf tin with nonstick baking paper and have the paper hanging over the tin slightly.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric whisk until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, flour, ground almonds, baking powder and milk until all of the mixture is smooth. Try not to over whisk or you'll trap too much air in the batter.

3. Pour the batter mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until the cake is golden and a skewer that's inserted into the center comes out clean.

4. Meanwhile, heat the cordial ingredients over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the drizzle takes on the flavour of the rind. Set aside until the cake is ready.

5. As soon as the cake is cooked, carefully pull it out of the tin, using the overhanging paper and place on a wire rack. Using a skewer prick the cake all over and pour over the drizzle mixture. The pieces of the orange rind will stick to the top for a pretty burst of colour. Allow the cake to cool completely, then slice and serve. 

Serves 10 - 12. Enjoy! (Adapted from The vintage tea party)


Much love
Lulu xx

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Pinterest Weekly - Friday Favourites

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Hello dears!
This weeks Pinterest favourites are mainly wedding photos that I've pinned for photo ideas for our big day and the others are pretty things I've seen. My plan for tomorrow is to make a list of all the photos we'd like done on the day so my dear Keri-Anne knows what were after. All pictures are from Pinterest.








 
I'm getting butterflies just looking at these pretty brides in their dresses! In just under 6 weeks I'll be marrying my handsome! Excited is an understatement!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Look out for my World Bake Day post tomorrow, I've finally decided what I'm making and I cant wait to bake it!!

Much love
Lulu xx


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