Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween...

Have a good night everyone....

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Nutella stuffed double chocolate chip cookies...

Get ready...
No, seriously, prepare yourself...
These are glorious chocolate cookies from Top with Cinnamon 
(amazing food blog by the way, as mentioned here)
They're sooo naughty, but oh my, are they sooo good!
Hop on over to see Izy at Top with Cinnamon for the recipe and directions and even a fabulous little video 'how to'.

Here are a few photos of how they turned out...
(I didn't use the salt in mine, as seen in her ingredients list, but other than that, I followed Izy's directions and ingredients to the letter)

(photos taken by me for use on loveprintstudio blog)

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Take Four { food blogs }

As you know, if you're followers of this here, my little piece of blog land, 
I do love a bit of food related photography and styling. 

Photography, generally...
Food, generally...
but together, 
my oh my...happy days indeed!

And four bloomin' marvellous stops for you on that quest, should you share the need for it,
are some of my faves...
These four are amazing at what they do and and I so admire their photography, recipes and general style.

Enjoy perusing...

Top with Cinnamon - 17 year old London based Izy, with a passion for baking and cooking, and if thats not enough, a little fabulous behind the camera too!

Local Milk - Tennessee based Beth armed with a cast iron skillet and a camera

Honey & Jam - Hannah Queen..baker and photographer, just beautiful...

What Katie Ate - Sydney based Katie Quinn Davies..photographer, stylist and food author

(All images above from their respective blogs and all copyright is owned by them, links above)

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Friday, 25 October 2013

That Friday feeling...

Well, I don't know about you lovely people, but I'm sure glad it's the weekend again...
And I'm planning on doing absolutely nothing with mine.
(Ooh, apart from trying to see what all the fuss is about Game of Thrones...ooooo, bring on the box set)

For a little gathering of recent pins, I thought I'd reflect on that kind of Friday feeling and share these lovely numbers with you...
I particularly had a good old giggle when I stumbled across 'Eat. Sleep. Create. Repeat.'
on Oh No Rachio blog recently.
And pretty much where I'm at, at the moment.

Still wouldn't change it for the world though :-)

x x x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Chocolate fudge brownies...

I've got a lovely chocolate brownie recipe for you today...
I posted another brownie recipe a while back, 
but these are a little fluffier and lighter in texture, and not sooo rich. 
Which basically means you can eat more of them! 
(can't be a bad thing can it? yum)

Here are a few photos of the little chocolate squares...

(photos taken by me for use on loveprintstudio blog)

Ingredients for the brownies

85g butter
200g low fat cream cheese (I used light philadelphia)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
225g caster sugar
2 eggs
3 tbsp cocoa powder
100g self raising flour
50g chopped pecan nuts

(Fudge frosting)
55g butter
1 tbsp milk
75g icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder

pecan nuts, to decorate

Directions for one tray of chocolate fudge brownies (cuts into 16 small squares)

* Preheat oven to gas mark 4

* Lightly grease a 20cm square baking tin and line base

* Beat together the cream cheese, vanilla extract and 5 teaspoons of caster sugar until smooth, set aside.

* Beat the eggs and remaining caster sugar together until light and fluffy

* Place the butter and cocoa powder in a small pan and heat gently, stirring until the butter melts and the mixture combines, then stir it into the egg mixture

* Fold in the flour and nuts

* Pour half of the mixture into the tin and smooth the top

* Carefully spread the cheese mixture over it and then cover with the remaining chocolate mixture

* Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes

* Cool in baking tin

* For the frosting, melt the butter and the milk in a small saucepan

* Stir in the icing sugar and cocoa powder

* Spread the frosting over the brownies and decorate with pecan nuts

* Let the frosting set then cut into squares to serve

* Enjoy!

(recipe taken from 'The Big Book of One Pot')

x x x

Monday, 21 October 2013

Colour crush...

I've got a super nice colour post for you today, I love this combination!
Hope you like it too!

2 | Squares
6 | Hare

x x x

Friday, 18 October 2013

Three lovely things... { Autumn }

Three 'autumny' things I'm loving at the moment... 
What's not to love about teeny tiny white pumpkins, chunky cookies and a fishtail braid? 

1 | Mini white pumpkins...adorable!

2 | Fishtail braid via A Beautiful Mess...oh to be able to do this

x x x


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Pinterest picks... { This & That }

A couple of beautiful little pins today... 
Loving the delicate simplicity of these two images, soooo nice.

x x x


Monday, 14 October 2013

An abundance of apples...

I had a week off last week, and so, I also gave myself a week off from blogging too,
I've missed you!
My week was filled with this and that; bit of time in the kitchen, shopping, getting things done at home, a day out at Witley Court (pics to come), and finished off with a little cheeky 'Time for Tease' at Cheltenham Literature festival, fab!

Mostly, it was generally just nice to spend some time with my boys
(the husband, and the other of the fluffy variety).

So...for the first post after my little break... a food related one!

 And, as the title suggests, I've recently had an abundance of apples...
I mean literally surrounded by the things! 
So, what better to do than to knock out a few crumbles and try a new apple pie recipe, yeah!
This recipe is from the very first British Bake Off book and is for an Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust.
Now...what's your first thought? 
In an apple pie?
But, yes, it really does work! 
I'm not suggesting that this would be my new 'go to' recipe for a basic apple pie. 
I'd probably always plumb for plain old shortcrust or maybe add a bit of cinnamon to the mix, but it's always nice to try different things every now and then, right?

Here are a few photos below of how my little decorative pie turned out...

(photos taken by me for use on loveprintstudio blog)

Directions for one Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust - serves 6

*Put the flour, salt and grated cheese into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined.

*Add the diced butter and pulse until mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

*With the machine running, add the water, and stop when the dough comes together into a ball.

* Flatten the dough into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.

* Heat oven to gas mark 6 and put a baking tray in to heat.

* Peel the apples, quarter and core, then cut each quarter into 3 thick slices and put them into a bowl.

* Add the caster sugar and melted butter to the bowl and toss gently until thoroughly combined.

* Roll out half of the pastry on a floured surface to a circle slightly larger than your pie plate 
(ideal pie dish 26cm)

*Drape pastry over pie dish, flour your fingers and press the pastry on to the base and up the sloping sides and rim.

* Pile the apple mixture into the dish and brush the pastry rim with cold water.

* Roll out the rest of the pastry to a large circle and place it over the pie, gently pressing the pastry onto the damp rim with your thumbs to seal the two layers.

* With a sharp knife, trim off any pastry overhanging the rim of the plate and cut a couple of steam holes in the top with the tip of a sharp knife.

* Decorate as you wish and sprinkle with a little sugar and bake on the hot tray for 15minutes.

* Reduce the heat to gas mark 4 and bake for a further 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden and crisp.

*Serve with warm custard, cream or ice-cream.

* Enjoy!

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Friday, 4 October 2013

Pizza night...

Last weekend saw my first attempt at making pizza dough...
and I have to admit, there reaches a point when dough is literally all over the kitchen worktop,
stuck to hands, spatulas and pretty much everything else in the vicinity,
when I did start to question whether the boy and I would be eating that night or whether we'd be calling for pizza instead... 
However, with a bit of perseverance and patience (definitely required)
the dough finally became remotely workable... was kneaded,
left to rise, (and very nicely indeed it did too), and sure enough, a little decoration of tomato sauce, mozzarella, mint, basil and cherry tomatoes and 20 minutes later,
we had homemade Margherita pizza fresh from the oven! (yay me!)

Right, here's the best bit...

I seriously urge you to try this recipe and to go through the turmoil with the dough because it is sooooo worth it...the best pizza ever!
I know essentially its just plain old tomato and cheese but oh so good!

Heres a link to the original recipe found on Chatelaine for modern Margherita pizza
I literally followed the recipe to the letter apart from using mozzarella instead of goats cheese and I also found I needed a lot more flour than the recipe stated,
both when being mixed, and also when rolling out, but see how you go...

Here's a photo of our very rustic looking pizzas...

(photo taken by me for use on loveprintstudio blog)

x x x

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Nica bag from Bagable...

I received a lovely package in the post recently... a beautiful little Nica cross body bag from Bagable.
It's sooo nice and just the right size for your phone, purse and some essential make up. 
The bag is called 'Verona' and its the cross body, plum version but its also available in other styles and colours; black, tan, burnt orange.
I really love this plum/aubergine colour at the moment and seem to be buying a lot of bits and bobs
in varying shades of it for my little winter wardrobe!

The bag came from the website who stock quite a few different brands, including Fossil, Fiorelli, Paul Frank and many more.
I've owned several Nica bags in the past and really love their brand so jumped at the chance to review one of the bags from the new collection.

So, here are some photos I took of the lovely bag, it's sooooo nice!
I really love the shape of this bag and the little perforated 'pin hole' like detail used to create pattern and interest on the front.
Stud detail features down the sides of the bag with an adjustable strap, making it easy to wear across body or as a shoulder bag, and finished off with a sweet little bow to the front.

Inside the bag there's a beautiful floral print lining in coral and white with a zipped compartment and an additional place for your phone too.
Perfect for when you just need your essential bits and pieces!

Below are a few photos I took of the bag...

(photos above taken by me for use on loveprintstudio and all opinions in this post are my own)

(image above from

I was provided with free products by the company for the purpose of reviewing.
I only recommend products and companies that I use and genuinely love.
All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the company in any way.

x x x


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Hello October...

Ok, I know I keep saying how this year is flying by, but seriously...

(photo taken by me for use on loveprintstudio)

Where DID it go??
If anyone finds it, let me know... I'd like it back.

x x x
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