6 February 2016

SUMMER IN SALCOMBE // 5 IRRESISTIBLE HOLIDAY TREATS

GUEST POST
summer in Salcombe holiday treats
Salcombe in beautiful South Devon is a hugely popular holiday location in the summer. Every year its winding sunlit streets fill with discerning holidaymakers, all making the most of the town’s boutique shops and renowned restaurants, sparkling waters and countless opportunities to revel in the great outdoors. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Salcombe’s pristine beaches, undulating hills and craggy coastline mean that its visitors are treated to a breathtaking range of scenery within just a few short steps of the town.

On a summer day in Salcombe you’ll brush shoulders with keen sailors, romantic couples, active families, passionate foodies, hikers and shopaholics, all of whom share a love of this timeless getaway on Devon’s southernmost tip.

To provide just a taste of what Salcombe has to offer, we’ve picked out five of our favourite things to do in the town.
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4 February 2016

MOODBOARD AND MUSES 02

The short month of love is here *ahhh* and although it was only been a few week since I posted my first Moodboard and Muses, I'm quite keen to pop another one up and keep up the momentum in mustering up some much needed motivation, plus I'm really enjoying making these little collages.

Things I'm loving:
// Succulents. Yep bringing in some green to the home is certainly on my to do list in an attempt to shoo away the grey and fake spring. Also excited to hear about the plans for an Urban Jungle Bloggers Book!

// Water. OK that's sounds a bit random, but after drowning myself in coffee to pull me through Jan, I'm realising that my skin isn't looking so great and a good dose of hydration is needed. That plus a decent moisturiser/foundation would sooth the skin and I'm loving this organic range.

// Quotes. I'm really into inspirational quotes at the moment and pretty much sticking them at eye level around my home to give me some get up and go. I've ordered this print as a Valentines gift and planning to put it above the bed. What do you think? 

// Holograms. No I'm not talking back to the future, more holographic fabrics and fashion. I know I'm a little late to the party with this being more of a 2013/14 thing, but oh how the shimmery style has caught my eye! I'm definitely looking for some fun pumps to make my feet happy and this fun tee has just dropped in my shopping cart too ;)

Things I'm Not:
// Dungarees. OK this is a lie, I LOVE dungarees but finding a pair that fit me is like a quest for the Holy Grail, and it's driving me nuts! If you have any recommendations then please throw let me know. 

Other Things:
// I wanted to share who's been inspiring me on Instagram recently and who I'd definitely include in my February muses. These ace ladies snap stunning pics and create beautiful feeds, all with different styles and shot from various locations around the world. It's where I get my daily dose of heart eyes.
Top left: Frida over at Bon who snaps stylish selfies, cool studio spaces, hangs out with friends and pulls off the best grey locks // Top right: Julie over at Sincerely Jules who travels the globe and has a whopping amount of followers soaking up her sun kissed style // Bottom right: Irina over at Irinahp will make anyone envious with her foodie adventures, I'm totally hooked on her IG feed, totally love at first sight // Bottom left: Jasmine over at Jasmine Dowling is an amazing creator of words and prints, not to mention her style posts that make you want to soak up that Aussie vibes!

Also let's take a sec to swoon over these pins! I love this secret roof garden I pinned to my outdoor spaces board, a happy little hideaway to drink coffee and day dream among the clouds. Also keeping a note of these avocado recipes as I'm eating almost one a day at the moment!

I've started tagging some of my Instagram pics with the #moodboardandmuses hashtag so I can create a feed full of inspiration, whether it's style, colour, words, coffee etc and it would be fab if you want to join in. I'm hoping to find some fun new accounts and hopefully showcase some new muses here.

Have you got any plans for the month of love?

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3 February 2016

DECORATIVE BISCUIT BAKING HACK FOR SPORT RELIEF

decorative biscuit baking hack sport relief

As you might know from my various recipes, when it comes to cookies I'm your gal! There's nothing I love more than whipping up a batch of biccies with my boy, or making tasty treats to share. So when HomeSense asked if I'd like to Bake Myself Proud in the new Orla Kiely apron to raise money for Sport Relief, and share a decorative biscuit baking hack with you lovely lot, I jumped at the chance. Oh and did I mention they wanted to film it? I love the fun opportunities that blogging brings and I was certainly excited to channel my inner Bake Off and try my hand at something new.

Baking hack for Sprot ReliefI've been wanting to share this baking hack I found on Pinterest for a while now, I love how easy they are to whip up, plus they're perfect if you're looking to score some brownie points at the school bake sale while raising money for charity. You can easily download your free fundraising kit from Sport Relief to get you started.

I used my favourite Butter Biscuit recipe, and all you need in addition to the below ingredients is a piece of lace or crochet, it's that's simple!

You'll need:
Cookie Cutters 
225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
Pinch of salt
170g (6oz) Organic Unsalted Butter (cut into cubes)
110g (4oz) of sugar
1 Beaten Egg
A piece of lace

To Make:

1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl, then using the back of a spoon to rub the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. You might find it helps to do this with your hands towards the end to get the right consistency – little fingers will love to help.

2. Add the sugar, beaten egg and mix into a stiff dough. Once mixed with a spoon use your hands to knead the mixture in the bowl until it is a smooth, you can also knead it on a floured counter top if this is easier.

3. Make a ball out of the dough, wrap in cling film and cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 365 F and line a baking tray with baking/greaseproof paper.

5. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface until it is around 6mm thick or the thickness of a penny. Place the lace on top of the dough and press down the firmly while rolling to create the pattern.

6. Once in place cut your biscuit shapes with the cutters and transfer onto the baking tray.Bake for about 12-15 or until golden. Once baked leave to cool on a wire rack.

Baking with orla keily Sport ReliefBaking with homeSense and Sport Relief
You can see from the video how simple these biscuits are to make, I'd love to hear what you think about the video as I'm hoping to do more :)


This plate of cookies certainly didn't last very long, as soon as the kiddo got home from school they were pretty much demolished, giving me a good excuse to bake some more to share with friends. If you want to help raise money for Sport Relief then you can pop into your local HomeSense or TK Maxx store to pick up your very own apron or buy it online here. All profits from the sale go to Sport Relief.

Bake yourself proud

Have you got any baking hacks to share? How would you raise money for Sport Relief?

*This post is in collaboration with HomeSense.

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