Summer 2019

According to the song Unchained Melody, "time goes by so slowly...", this is a lie. It feels like yesterday I was recovering from flu, trying to survive chocolate free February, had only just got home from Milton Keynes and LittleBit was studying hard for her SATs. And now it's almost August, my baby girl has finished Primary School forever and will shortly have her last session at holiday club after 7 years! I've just got back from a work trip to Glasgow, hot on the heels of another trip to the Crime Writer's Festival at Harrogate!

Challenge 19

It's not often you see people discussing New Year's Resolutions in February, but, I am going to. There's good reason as well. Everyone does New Year's Resolutions in January, and inevitably I join in and then give up, usually, well before February!

Catch Up: Crime Fest and other Author events, Crafting, Camping and a zoo trip...

The big event that I haven't blogged about, was this year's Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, at the Old Swan in Harrogate.

Fresh Start

I've done that thing again, after doing well, it slipped, and I had a go at pulling it back and then pouff, it's been over 5 months since my last post.

Sorry about that.

However, today, I am starting over.

Five Frugal Things - Jan 2018

We all like to save money. Different amounts. For different reasons. In different ways. I've started following a couple of facebook groups and blogs that provide ideas. Some of which are helpful to me. One of the things a few of these blogs do, is to link up each week to celebrate the frugal things they've done in that week. Knowing what I'm like, I'm going to endeavour to join in once a month, so for this post I'm linking up with Cass, Emma and Becky for Five Frugal Things

Week 3 Update: Old Pale, books and Vegan baking.

Let's start with the Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cake:

Sadly, not my own recipe, but you can find it on the BBC Good Food Website. I did change the recipe ever so slightly. Firstly, I used Silver Spoon Caster Sugar with Stevia, which you use 1/3 less of than usual sugar and is lower caloried (even taking the 1/3 less into account) than ordinary caster sugar!

And then I used the same sugar again (just less) instead of icing sugar to make a drizzle, rather than an icing.

It's very lemony (with only 1 lemon actually used) and when I took it to work (everyone knew it was vegan and had low sugar, sugar in it) it went down quite well, with the highest compliment being "you can't tell it's vegan". It was however suitable for vegan colleagues and a colleague with a dairy intolerance, so we'll be having this again for cake o'clock in the future!