Wednesday, 29 February 2012

cream tea anyone ?


If you have landed here looking for my giveaway
you can find it here
It's open until Friday...Good luck!

I have been asked for my scone recipe
(I am so chuffed :o)

this is the recipe that my mum used when we were little
and I have used countless times
I've never had a failure with it (oh I've done it now!)
my mum used to buy it from the milkman man I was little

So here it is
( I had to make a batch for photography reasons you understand ;o)

Sultana Scones

225g (8 oz) self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
25g (1 oz) caster sugar
50g (2 oz) butter
50g (2 oz) sultanas
 150ml (1/4pint) fresh milk

clotted cream and raspberry jam to serve ~ this bit is VERY important!

♥  Pre~heat your oven to 220 C (450 F) gas mark 8
♥  Sift flour and salt into a bowl and add sugar
♥  Rub butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
♥  Stir in sultanas
♥  Add nearly all of the milk all at once
 (sometimes you won't need all of it)
♥  Mix to a soft, but not sticky, dough with a knife
♥  Turn on to a lightly floured work surface and knead quickly until smooth
♥  Roll out to about 1cm (1/2") thick
♥  Cut into 7 or 8 rounds with a 6.5cm (2 1/2") cutter
♥  Transfer to a greased baking sheet and brush the tops with milk
♥  Bake for 7-10 mins or until well risen and golden
♥  Cool on a wire rack
♥  Smack any hands that try to pinch one before they have cooled a little

Once cooled slather them with clotted cream and jam and scoff!
     Please don't blame me if you can't do your jeans up the next day!

    YUM  :o)

    I googled 'scone rhyme' and this came up

    "I asked the maid, in a dulcet tone
     To order me a buttered scone
     The silly girl has been and gone
     And ordered me a buttered scon"

    What do you call them?
    I call them scons but write them as scones (i think?)
    calling them "scones" always makes then sound terribly posh
    don't you think?!

      Guess what??
     I went swimming last night!
    It wasn't nearly as rubbish as I'd remembered
    I might even stretch to say that I actually quite enjoyed the swimming bit
    dressing is still an issue though
    and standing on the wet, cold floor is just gross
     I had forgotten about that bit
     My back is MUCH happier today though
    (big smile)
    so I WILL be keeping it up

    lots of love
    j x

    Monday, 27 February 2012

    It's a giveaway day!

    Hello my lovelies

    My apologies for being a little absent of late
    life got 'weird' for a while
     plans were changed and things felt 'up in the air'
    we were supposed to be holidaying in Cornwall at the weekend
    but my naughty back had other ideas
     we were all disappointed
     and although my guys were very sweet about it
    I did feel SO guilty
    we made the best of it though
    and had a lovely family weekend
    I even made a cream tea
    (it did ease my guilt a little :o)

    I have decided that I am going to start swimming each week
    not that I am a big fan of it to be honest
    The worst bit for me is after swimming
    when you get dry and try to put your clothes back on
    and your body feels like it has been spread with glue
    and your clothes Just. Will. Not. Pull. On
    or is that just me???
    Anyway I am hoping that I will grow to LOVE it

      I want to do everything that I can to make it better
    I already do pilates
    and I have been given specific exercises that I do daily
    but, I am now getter very frustrated and cross
    that it is not getting 'properly' better
    I won't let it control my life
    so the fight starts here!

     So to cheer myself up I have a lovely little giveaway for you
    want to know more???

    A while ago I had an email from a lovely man called Al
    asking me if I'd like to review some tea towels from his website
    "YES   PLEASE"!
    I couldn't have been more excited
    I LOVE tea towels....really love them
    I had a hard job choosing, there are so many gorgeous designs
    I could have gone for ....

    a lady after my own heart

    or this....

    look it's Percy Pecker :o)

    or this ....

    cute huh?

    But in the end I chose these gorgeous designs....


    a) because I love chocolate cakey things
    b) because I am REALLY excited about the queen's jubilee

    They are just lovely and are really good quality
    all of the tea towels are made from linen, cotton or linen union
    there is even free UK P&P

    I suggested to Al that I could have a little giveaway on my blog
    and he kindly agreed
    So if you'd like your own gorgeous Diamond Jubilee tea towel
    (as pictured above and below!)
    all you need to do is....

    ♥  leave me a comment on this post
    and thats it...simple as that!

     The giveaway will close on Friday 2nd March
    and is open to everyone, I will post anywhere in the whole wide world

    good luck
    more soon
    j x

    EDITED  TO SAY : This giveaway is now closed
    thank you for all of your entries

    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    happiness is.....

    . Rainbow button

    ready and waiting for a new project

    and look three more jars waiting to be filled

    Enjoy your pancakes!
    lemon and sugar for me...

    I have a lovely little giveaway planned soon 
    so stay tuned!

    j x

    Friday, 17 February 2012


    It has been so nice to be back at my sewing machine this week
    I have missed it lately
    my back is much better now
    thank you for your kindness

    So...want to see what I've been up to???

    Birdie pocket organiser

    Two personalised buntings 
    for two little baby girls

    a cute owl for Martha

    a little butterfly for Eve

    and a sweetpea bunting perfect for a new baby

    made from thrifted pretties

    I have even made my gift this month
    I know....even I am shocked!
    (you can read about my plans here)
    I am very excited about it too
    but I will save that for another post
    sorry to tease 

    !!!! My big brother is home !!!!
    Y-I-P-I-D-Y-D-O-O-D-A-A *
    It's his birthday today too
    we have decided to celebrate properly in a few weeks time
    when he is feeling a little better
    he is doing well but has a nasty chest infection
    He is so happy to be back in his own home though

    Thank you so much as always for your gorgeous comments
    I just love reading them all
    you never fail to make me smile
    and a BIG "Hello" to all of my new followers

    Happy weekending
    j x

    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    Today is one special day ♥ ...

    .....It's my bestie's birthday


     Oh how I wish I could send you a yummy cake
    but Australia is quite far!
     so here is your 'virtual' cake
    rose garden lemon cake 
    hope you like it
    don't eat it all at once though!
    and go easy on the limoncello, you  ;o)

     have a
    day my lovely

    I hope you liked your gift...

    love you 
    Truly Madly Deeply

    j x

    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    Love, flowers, cake, chocolate and a declaration ♥

    Happy 'love day'
    that's what it is known as in our house
    I am feeling all loved up today
    and I'm giving out virtual love hugs
    free of charge
    want one??

    From he to me
    so very true!

    a big bunch of locally grown tulips

    Thank you Mr Sweet

    from me to he
    chocolate cinnamon cake

    my declaration

    Isn't this little block so cute?
    I ordered it from the ever-so-talented Fee
    from chippernelly
    love her too
    her blog always makes me happy

    I have been taken out for coffee and cake this morning too
    treacle and almond tart for me (it was divine)
    and Mr sweet had
    flourless chocolate brownie
    from here
    It is our favourite place of the moment

    Before I go
    I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU 
    for your love and tips and sweet comments lately
    it has been a tricky few weeks
    but things are on the up
    my big brother will be discharged from hospital in the next couple of days
    and my back is SO much better
    it is amazing to be back making things for my shop again

    Happy love day!

    more soon 
    j x

    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Friday Flowers ♥

    I love these little bottle style vases
    you only need a few little flowers to make a really lovely display
    I was lucky enough to pick this basket of bottles up in the sales
    I have been told that I "have quite enough now"
    I don't think so!

    Thank you once again for all the love that has been sent this way
    it is truly appreciated
    my big brother is slowly improving day by day

    I am feeling very 'out of sorts' at the moment
    on top of everything that is going on here
    my back has had a re-lapse and I have been in quite a bit of pain
    It's possibly partly stress related
    anyway, I have been having treatment
    so hopefully I will be mended very soon
    Sadly though, I shall be missing 'craft guild' tonight
    have fun ladies, I will miss you

    I have been working hard on positive thinking
    trying to manifest good things

    have a wonderful weekend
    stay warm 

    j x

    Wednesday, 8 February 2012


     Thank you 
    thank you
    thank you

    Thank you so very much for all of your sweet comments
    and loving wishes for my big brother
    they mean so much to me 
    more than you could ever imagine
    made me cry and warmed my heart
    all at the same time
    YOU are incredible

    brave little snowdrops

    My brother has been the bravest of the brave
    and is much better, still on the high dependency ward
    but I think he may be shipped out to a normal ward any day now
    before he becomes too much of a "nuisance" to the nurses!
    see, told you he is getting better 

    I can't tell you the relief we all feel
    we are going to see him tonight
    I think he will love it
    can't wait to see him

    I hope you are all managing to stay warm and cosy
    It really is cold here in the UK at the moment

    thank you again lovely ladies
    you're the best

    more soon
    j x

    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    Life is stressful here at the moment
    my big brother is very poorly
    he had major surgery on Monday and is now out of intensive care
    and on a high dependency ward
    he is in terrible pain and they are struggling to get it under control
    I feel so anxious for him, we all do
    my poor mum and his two beautiful children especially

    He is a brave and strong man with a gigantic heart
    he's been through such a lot in his life
    he was a royal marine
    the things he saw and did changed him...forever
    and put him where he is today
    it breaks my heart
    I hope with every part of my being that he will get better
    properly better
    and have happy times again

    take care
    love jooles x