Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bertie Charlies + Baileys Weekly Adventures-What's This?

                                                          What's this Bertie?

                                                   It's Mum's Christmas tree from the kitchen.

Mum's been lazy.

                                                                Finally planted.

                                                    See you all next week. Woof Woof.

Monday, February 25, 2013

French Madeleine Cakes for Breakfast.

Hi everyone. I thought I would share with you what I made the weekend. I seem to have a bit of the baking bug at the moment.

I made French Madeleine cakes-


2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
125 g icing sugar
100 g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
125 g butter melted and cooled

Preparation method

Prep approx 15 Min's/ Cook 12 Min's/

Preheat the oven to 190 c/ gas mark 5.
Grease and flour 24 Madeleine mould's
In a medium bowl beat eggs, vanilla and lemon zest with an electric mixer on high speed for approx 5 Min's.
Gradually beat in the icing sugar, mix until thick and satiny.
Sift together the flour and baking powder. Gently fold into your egg mix.
Then fold in your cooled melted butter.
Spoon batter mix into your greased and floured tins.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 Min's until the edges are golden brown.
Loosen with a knife, leave to cool
Sift icing sugar over the tops or melt plain chocolate and dip tips in.
Store in an airtight container.

Then enjoy!

The finished Madeleine's. My daughter brought me the Madeleine tray for my birthday. She knows we all love them!

And this is it our quick cooked breakfast with homemade lemonade and my Madeleine's. It was Yummy!!!!

Nice to have my big table back, it gives us plenty of room to spread out.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Anyone for Tea.

There is nothing better than a cup of tea!

How many teapots does one person need?

A perfect pot for sheep lovers.

Something floral.

Pots for one.

Teapots need  to be kept warm.

This was knitted for me from my late Nan, so is really special to me.


Anyone for spots.

Or maybe plain.

Or how about a cute sheep.

Most of them I brought off E Bay except the sheep one and the blue and white one.

I would love to open a tea shop  or tea garden one day (We can all dream).

The funny thing is I do not even like tea I am a coffee drinker !!! but I love doing it for my family and friends.

Do you collect things that you would not use yourself?

Have a nice evening, enjoy your tea. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bertie Charlie & Baileys Weekly Adventures- Dinner Time

Mum has put her large table back in the kitchen.  These chairs are just the right height to hide.

If we keep still maybe mum will not notice us up here!

Oh I think we have been spotted!      I'll do my cute face    'Is it time for dinner mum'   I think it's worked......

                                                   See you all soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

First Signs Of Spring- In My Garden.

Lovely sunny morning here in Cornwall. It makes me feel full of life and Happy!

                                                     First signs of Spring coming!

Even my roses are in bud. What is your garden doing ?  Is there lots of signs of life.

Hoping you are having a warm and sunny day, and able to enjoy your garden.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bertie Charlies & Baileys Weekly Adventures-Sun At Last.

Woof! Woof!             Bertie and Bailey the suns here. It feels nice and warm on this spot.

                    Come on Bertie it's nice and warm, lets go and explore.

                                        Can you smell that, I think it's flowers!


                                                                    A Boo!

                                                              There you are Bailey.

                                                        Bye everybody we are going to sun bathe.

See you next time.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My Lucky Find Of The Day- Shabby Chic Coffee Table.

Sometimes you just have to spend!. This year I'm trying to save and be good. But sometimes you can not resist a bargain.

I've got a couple of shops close by that sell used furniture. Most of the time it is expensive rubbish. But you have to keep popping in because they may have something worth having.

There I found this green coffee table . I wasn't sure if it would go with my lounge. I have blue sofas!.
But after a couple of days to get used to it, I love it. My old coffee table was round and really too small. If you put a few drinks and a plate of biscuits on it, you did not have room for anything else. We are now enjoying having the extra space and can't wait to have a special tea in front of the T.V

This was my bargain of the day for £20.00 after a bit of haggling down from £29.00 already painted and already Shabby Chic,so no work for me!

Have you found any bargains lately? Would love to hear.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Update on painted T.V. Unit.

I thought I would show you what I finally did with my T.V. Unit. In my previous post I showed you how I had up cycled an old piece of furniture for my lounge. If you would like to see from start to finish see my post
(Up Cycled T.V. Unit).

I could not decide what to do next. I do not like to see all the bits and bobs that goes with your T.V.

I had a really pretty floral  material, left over from another project that was just perfect.

What do you think?  I hope you like it. It  really goes well in my shabby chic lounge. And hides all those nasty bits us girls do not want to see, which men can't live without......

I have another large piece of furniture to up cycle waiting in the wings. Just need the motivation to start.  It's a lovely sunny morning today which puts a smile on my face.,and makes we want to start on the garden.There are always lots of jobs to do around here. Living in the countryside is a lot of work.

 But I would not change it. I'm a townie changed to a country loving mum. Have a great day!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Hope you're had a nice day. I was up early with the animals so I thought I would surprise my children!

And to just make the kitchen look a little special I whipped up a very simple bunting.

Cakes for breakfast naughty but nice!!!!!

Happy Valentine to everybody. and a special Happy Valentine to my husband who is working away at the moment.

                       Have a lovely evening.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Lucky Find Of The Day- Kitchen Chair

I found this kitchen chair in a local shop close by me. They wanted £32.00 but I got them to drop to £25.00
I love a  bargain and whatever the price tag I always have fun trying to get it cheaper and 9 out of 10 times I

It fits nicely in my kitchen and looks right at home with a cushion and granny blanket. Bailey thinks it's great too...But it's Mums Chair not his.

I'm not sure of the colour it is a very orange pine. NOT MY TASTE. So I think I will have to paint it in the summer.

What do you think, any ideas on colour?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Today I have done nothing but eat. This morning for a treat for my children (and really for me!) I made scones for breakfast. My son is off school ill and my daughter is at home until she starts Uni this Sept. So this was a nice treat for them both.

Then after tea tonight of course we had to have pancakes and guess who managed two...

I just had lemon and sugar and that was enough. Have to make a note to myself (Buy new non stick pan)
before next year. All of my pancakes got stuck in the middle but they were still yummy.

Have a nice evening. enjoy your pancakes, don't eat too many  !!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rain Again -But Sunshine Inside.

I love fresh flowers in the house. If I had the money I would just fill the house everyday.

Weather was rain again so I thought I would cheer myself up and bring some sunshine inside.

I could not resist some yellow tulips and of course daffs... There were enough to fill two vases. One for my kitchen and one for the lounge.

A few flowers are starting to show their heads in my garden,  roll on spring,I can't wait ...

Some flowers coming up despite the ivy. Lots of jobs to do in the garden when it gets a little warmer.
But at the moment I would rather cosy up in front of the fire and do a bit of knitting.

                     What about you?