Yesterday was my mom’s birthday and I believe she had a very nice time of it. Relaxing day and very congratulated. I’m glad I was here for it as for her past two birthdays, as with Mother’s Day, I’d been away on travels in Europe. I baked a lovely Lemon Chiffon Cake yesterday using a recipe I found on Cake Journal and decorated it with strawberries all around.
Everyone loved it! Even our friends from Thailand who dropped by in the evening enjoyed it and they’re not much for sweets usually. My mother got several beautiful cards for both Mother’s Day & her birthday plus my hubby and I got her some flowers which were delivered yesterday while I was baking the cake.
My beautiful mom above with the roses we got her. What sorts of things do you do for your mom on her birthday?
Links from the blogosphere:
Where is My Mind: http://whereismymindgone.blogspot.ie/2015/05/some-things-about-me.html?m=1
Blogger Mumma: http://www.bloggermumma.com/2015/05/mummy-mondays-poolemamma.html?m=1
Bug, Bird and Bee: http://bugbirdbee.co.uk/2015/04/23/the-crafty-hen-craft-party-with-laura-ashley-crafts-event/
I wanted to post this yesterday but didn’t really get the chance to so I’m doing a quick post today to introduce my revamped planner. I got this Franklin Covey style compact planner as a gift many years ago and with all the new resurgence of planning decided to use it and make new inserts. I like to be frugal and have LOADS of scrapbooking paper to use up!
Here’s what I’ve done so far…
I’ve made tabs so far and found some free printables which I’ll share in a later post. Here are some detail shots…
Are any of you following on the planning band wagon?
Links from around the blogging world:
Fawns & Fables: http://www.fawnsandfables.com/2015/05/finding-gold-at-end-of-rainbow.html?m=1
Kiki Nakita: http://kikinakita.blogspot.com/2015/05/10-years-in-united-stated-of-america.html?m=1
My Little Babog Blog: http://mylittlebabog.com/2015/05/08/blogiversary-giveaways/
As Alan and I continue my visa application process I’m happy to be able to say that I finally have gotten to spend Mother’s Day with my mom today after two years of not having been home for the occasion. Two years ago on Mother’s Day I was in the Netherlands and on my way back to the UK for a bit and last year I was with my hubby in the UK. So, today I made a recipe from the Smitten Kitchen blog which I’d seen posted on their Facebook page yesterday. I altered the cooking method slightly as it is way too hot to turn the oven on today in Florida so I cooked it on the stove top (hob for my UK readers). The recipe I used was Deb’s Spinach and Cheese Strata. I didn’t make it ahead but rather made it on a heavy & deep pan which worked really well and cooked through only partly covered so that it cooked evenly as it wasn’t going in the oven. *Word of caution: cook on a low heat setting and watch it like a hawk as mine got slightly burnt on the bottom because of the bread and cheese. Still, it turned out very tasty and I think I may make another one again soon! I made this for a Mother’s Day brunch to share with my folks.
Spinach and Cheese Strata
After we had our lovely brunch, my mom opened her card I’d made her and gifts I got her. She really enjoyed the card with our picture on the front from when I was around or nearly a year old. What did you all do for your mothers? Perhaps later today we will watch a film or something but so far it is just a chilled day.
Card and gifts for my mom
I hope all the mother’s celebrating today will have a beautiful day and will be very spoilt indeed! Happy Mother’s Day 2015!
PHOTOS BY: Nadia M. Perez Bugler
TAKEN WITH: iPhone 5s, VSCO Cam App
TITLE GRAPHIC: Mother With Sleeping Child from a 1920 Children’s Song Book via The Graphics Fairy
One of the nicest things one can do for a friend is welcome them into your home with some freshly baked goodies.
Today my friend Kiki will be arriving at SRQ to visit with me for the week and I decided to make her some Ginger a Snaps following Livin’ It Bekah Style‘s recipe which she posted in her blog recently.
The smell of the cookies is intoxicating and hearkens recollections of drinking tea with friends with some lovely snacks to accompany it.
I halved Bekah’s recipe for today because I only had enough of certain ingredients to make about half the amount. These cookies literally melt in your mouth when freshly out of the oven and are exquisite in form.
I really hope Kiki, who is also a blogger, will enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed making them. If you’re a baker you should give these and Bekah’s other many lovely recipes she shares on her blog. Click on the link in the second paragraph and it will take you to the recipe for these gorgeous cookies.
At the end of last month I took part in the wonderful event that is Wreck This Girl’s Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt via her fabulous blog Snail Mail Love. Each participant received a list of things to gather and a secret swap partner to send to which was truly a blast! Each person definitely had a unique way of presenting their parcels and sent unique items which you can see on Instagram by looking up the hashtag #SPSH2015. You won’t be disappointed!
I received a fabulous parcel from a secret pal in London, England! I couldn’t be more pleased with what she selected for me! It’s all stuff I’ll use and love! So here’s the big reveal of what I received…
This lovely Paperchase Flash Back card was the first thing I saw and opened in the box.
A peek inside the fabulous box…each postcard explained the contents of the box.
A peek at the goods…
City Explorer’s Kit: Underground map tea towel, super cute London stickers, glittery travel stickers.
Postal Freak Kit: Cute animal mini cards and Weird egg decoration stickers
Bad Day Survival Kit: Monster Tissues, sparkly socks, sunflower nail files, & bubbles! :)
Monogram: Wooden ‘N’ sticker & Embroidered ‘N’ notebook. Preference Presents: Green & Purple washi tapes from Paperchase + fab colourful sketchbook!
I love it all! Thank you to my secret penpal! I can’t wait to participate again next year! Want to see some of the posts by others? Check out the host’s post, #SPSH2015 Reveal Day.
Keep writing! Stay creative!
It has been one month since my last post on here and I couldn’t feel more disorganised. Life seems to always get in the way of my doing the things I’d like to be doing and focusing on the things that matter most to me so here I am renewed and recharged after a lot of thinking. Today I started planning out blog posts for each day and I am hoping that I shall be able to keep things up daily from Monday through Friday without blogging on the weekends. I know that sounds weird but I want to make blogging a part of my work routine so to speak. I want to see Walks in Beauty flourish into so much more than just a blog and an Etsy shop. I know I need to take the time out of my day to really give things my attention if I want to make this my career, writing and creating. It is not easy having a part time job that requires you to take the middle chunk of your day, the part when you feel most creative, to be in one spot wasting the time away.
Still, that being said, today it gave me some time to think about what I want for Walks in Beauty and what direction I’d like to take it in. I have a few ideas for series type posts as I used to have in my old blog but better and more consistent content. Looking back at the posts that did the best, I noticed that food related and recipe posts seemed to be my forte along with photos of places. I also have a lot of vintage ideas in my head to start working with, which I will share with you all by and by!
So, today I just share with you my thoughts on the subject. Tomorrow I will start sharing some new and exciting things with you all!
Happy Blogging and Reading!
Vintage Stock Images in Header from: MementoMori-Stock
Every now and then one comes across a place that makes the perfect cup of coffee that, as much as one wants to keep it to herself, she just can’t. Amid Giants and Idols is one such place. From the moment I had my first cup I was hooked and I can’t wait to return to Lyme Regis on the outermost western edge of Dorset. Alan and I first came across them while walking along the promenade at the end of August when we saw their little stand and I had a sudden hankering for coffee. Well, I’ll tell you, that first cup was memorable for two reasons: first, it was a damn good cup of joe but secondly, as I went to reach for the sugar to put in the latte I’d ordered the proprietor stopped me and told me to taste it without sugar first. So, I did and boy was I amazed! Turns out that a good roast needs nothing extra. Their roasts are just incredible. That first cup set my head to whirling and a couple of weeks later when I went into Lyme on my own and waited for Alan to meet me, I went in search of the shop and settled in for a nice cup of liquid pleasure.
A beautiful latte which I enjoyed slowly, taking in my surroundings, the beauty and subtlety of it all. Creamy and luxurious are the words that come to mind when I recall this gorgeous drink. Have a look at Amid Giants and Idols beautiful interior…
Having a cup of coffee in this spot is like sitting in your own living room, listening to the music and watching the passersby. The proprietor is very friendly and more than willing to chat about the different varieties of roasts available and what sets their artisan coffee apart from your run of the mill coffee joints.
One last cup…of espresso that is, tangy and robust in flavour, this was a shot of silky seduction. Enjoy!