My favourite mugs

If you’ve ever browsed my blog you’ll know how much I love a nice cup of tea and I think it’s important to stop work and have a tea break at regular intervals. Can I tempt you to take a break right now? Go on, put the kettle on and have a read of my […]

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A Valentine’s Day to remember in Blackpool

Hi everyone, I’m back from the most amazing holiday and can’t wait to tell you all about it. After 14 years together my husband and I took our first ever ‘proper’ holiday lasting a full 5 nights. Yes, even our honeymoon didn’t last that long! Last week we toured from the west coast to the […]

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Thrifty DIY afternoon tea date for Valentine’s Day

Earlier this week I wrote about my plans for Valentine’s Day and shared an idea for a thrifty DIY date night at the movies – if you missed my post, you can check it out here. With cinema prices rocketing I’ve come up with a way to enjoy a romantic evening with your Valentine without spending […]

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Gooey double chocolate chip cookie recipe for National Afternoon Tea Week

Yes, I’ve been baking again – What, two recipe posts in one week? I hear you cry – but for two good reasons. Firstly, it is National Afternoon Tea week and I couldn’t let a celebration like this pass me by without baking some cookies to dunk in my cuppa, and secondly, I’ve just found […]

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Pieday Friday ~ National Afternoon Tea Week

In honour of National Afternoon Tea Week which begins on Monday 11th August, I’ve gathered together a round-up of all my favourite afternoon-tea recipes from the essential scones to tasty cupcakes. Ever since the 7th Duchess of Bedford started serving tea and cake at 4pm back in 1840, afternoon tea has become a quintessentially British […]

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Pieday Friday ~ Afternoon tea scones

To celebrate a special birthday in my family last week I did a spot of baking to create a lovely homemade afternoon tea. As it was mum’s birthday, I decided to make her favourite treat cheese scones and some yummy fruit scones to enjoy with jam and cream. The recipe that I’ve used was for […]

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Weekend photos ~ a tasty afternoon treat

I thought I’d share a few photos of what I got up to last weekend because I was lucky enough to be treated to a day out at the seaside. After our lovely walk along the beach, hubby surprised me with a very special afternoon tea at an old vintage teashop – and when I say vintage, I mean the Cragg […]

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Pieday Friday recipe ~ upside-down cake

I tried out this fairly kitsch recipe for a pineapple upside-down cake for the first time this week and I wanted to share the results with you all. I love how 70s retro the finished cake looked: there was a pretty hairy moment when I was trying to turn the cake out of its tin, but […]

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Mini victoria sponge cakes full of yummy jam

I made these mini cake treats this week and thought I’d share the recipe with you. I was inspired by the February inspiration challenge on LucyLovesYa blog – the starting point was this vintage berry necklace below: This necklace made me think of my pot of hedgerow jam that I’d made myself and I thought it […]

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Anyone for afternoon tea? Ideas for a thrifty party

Finally, it’s the last day of January and the month of grey weather and near-poverty after christmas has come to an end – well done everyone, we got through it! I think that deserves a special treat for us all 🙂 I’ve been trying to think of a thrifty way to entertain my girlfriends this […]

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Afternoon tea recipe – Fruity banana cake

Here’s a lovely afternoon tea recipe for you which is especially good for using up your over-ripe bananas: no matter how black your banana have turned, they will be fine in this cake! Ingredients: 125g butter, 150g caster sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract. 1 beaten egg, 2 very ripe bananas (mashed), 190g self raising flour, 60ml milk Method: Grease and […]

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Afternoon tea recipe – Easy cheesy scones

Last week me & mum were on our way home from a day out and she mentioned that she quite fancied having afternoon tea but was too tired to go anywhere else to get food, so we headed home and I went straight to the kitchen. Within less than 20 minutes I’d rustled up these […]

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