Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowy Sunday

View from the bathroom window.  I am glad I have no reason to leave the house today.  I had planned to go to a festive wreath making workshop and Christmas event.  Unfortunately it was cancelled at the last minute due to the snow and hazardous road conditions.  I bet by Tuesday it will be like the snow never even came at all!
 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Chocolate Chaos

OK.  This isn't the most delectable photo but the product is!   At Christmas time I usually make some Christmas bark chocolate for gift giving.  You can see my blog post about it here.  Gosh!  Was that post really 6 years ago?

The 'chocolate chaos' above was really a bit of an experiment.  I put a jug of ice cold water into a sink full of cold water and ice cubes.  I then melted down some chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water.  When the chocolate was molten, I poured it from a great height with a spoon into the chilled jug of water.  I then immediately poured the set chocolate pieces into a sieve and allowed to drain.  Once I had used all the chocolate up this way I spread the chocolate out onto a baking sheet and put in the freezer to set for a couple of minutes.  I then transferred it to an airtight container and put it into the fridge.

It's not pretty but it is fun!  It could be sprinkled over ice cream or used as decoration to top a cake or eaten just as it is straight from the container. 

There wasn't a great financial outlay to make this: using two 100g everyday value supermarket own brand chocolate at 0.45p per bar! I used milk chocolate first and then made a batch with dark chocolate.  If you decide to make it let me know how you got on!

Happy Weekend!


Saturday, 2 December 2017

A Random Sketch

Where has the time gone!  I have been in my job for 8 months now and feel this has been the quickest year of my life!  Blogging and reading blogs has had to go on hold whilst I remain productively employed but I miss you!  I miss having the time to read and and leave considered comments on blogs very often just skimming through words and pictures.  I still need to find a work/life balance as many people do.

I didn't want to have a picture-less post so sketched a random image.  She doesn't look very happy does she!  I can't wait to break up for the Christmas holiday period so I get a chance to catch up on my creative pursuits.  There is so much I want to draw, paint and make.

So for now, I leave you with a little sketch until the next time!


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Joyous Food

I've been living a healthier lifestyle since September this year.  I am on the verge of becoming 'preachy' about it as I have gained so much by doing so.  However, I am not a counsellor or a nutritionist or physical trainer so my experience is purely 'my experience' and will be different for anyone who wants to change the way they eat, think, move, feel etc.,  For me the practice of changing my diet and physical activity and the way I 'see' the World, so far, has been positive.

I am excited about discovering foods that are new to me such as chickpea flour (which I commented on in my previous post) and the joy of cooking from scratch at every meal, savouring each step of the way.  The taste of toasted pecans in a warm salad is heavenly! 

The photo above is a pumpkin loaf which I made from following a recipe in my Chickpea Flour cookbook.  It is delicious, not too sweet and tastes like a lightly spiced gingerbread.  It is topped with pumpkin seeds or 'pepitas' as they are referred to in the book.  This is definitely a 'treat' cake and not something I would eat every day as I am trying to minimise the amount of sugar I consume.

Today I made a warming split pea soup with leek and sweet potato for lunch and feel truly nurtured as I eat this wholesome and nutritious meal. 

I feel blessed to be able to choose from a wide range of ingredients from the stores and privileged that I can pick and choose what I eat.  I never take this for granted.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Treats

I have been looking for a 'signature' fragrance for a long time and thought I would try sample sizes of the whole range of Walden's natural perfumes.  They wasn't cheap at £30.00 for five 5ml bottles and as yet I am undecided what I think about them.  The scent seems to evaporate within about half an hour but I am sure it would last longer if I used an atomiser rather than dabbing it on from the bottle.  I was attracted to the company as they do not test on animals and they make by hand in small batches with the finest quality natural ingredients.  I will persevere trying them.

The chickpea flour cookbook excites me!  Who knew that chickpea flour is gluten free, grain free, low-glycemic and high in protein, fibre and iron?  Well, I never knew!  With recipes such as cinnamon apple fritter puffs and ginger scones with chickpea lemon curd, I am looking forward to making them and testing them out.

Other treats over the last few weeks have been the Psychologies magazine which always opens my mind and leads me to finding out about new things; Happy Wax melts shaped like little teddy bears (I have yet to bring myself to watch them melt in the burner) with wonderful autumnal scents such as apple harvest, cinnamon chai and pumpkin souffle.

Last but not least is the stack of kraft paper journals that I 'needed' but can't remember why! I am sure I will put them to good use!

Friday, 3 November 2017

November Mist

This morning just after 7.00am taken on my phone.  The mist rising up from the ground at the local park.  I was compelled to capture the moment lest the scene faded from my memory.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

October Sky

I witnessed a dramatic sky just before sundown last night.  At the front of the house the sky was blue with pink clouds.  Pretty as it was, it didn't translate very well to camera.  At the back of the house however, the clouds told a different story.  There was so much drama in the sky as it changed by the second.  The light was amazing.  I felt in awe of its beauty and wondered just how many other people were outside watching it unfold as I was:

Look up
Look out
And feel a deep sense of peace within