Starlight Blogger Award

I was so honoured to have been nominated for not one, but 3 blogger awards over the last few months. My first nomination came from Joann from Joann’s Food for Thought for the Infinity Dreams Award, shortly followed by the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by Cooks with Evie. I am so grateful that you both thought of me and my little blog for these awards. I have only recently posted answers to both these awards, so on this occasion will not be participating, but wanted to say thank you so much. It means a lot to me.

I also want to thank the lovely Claire from Art and Soul for my next nomination for the Starlight Blogger Award. I love reading posts from Claire and there are definite books being added to my reading wish list following her reviews, so make sure to check out her blog.

Now for the award itself ..

This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.

This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers and I feel so honoured for the nomination. The rules are simple and as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 3 questions they’ve asked you.
  • Pass the award on to 6 or more other bloggers & let them know you have nominated them.
  • Give your nominees three new questions to answer.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.

My answers to Claire’s questions:

Where do you get your ideas for your blog from?

I simply blog the recipes I love and the new recipes I try, whether they are a complete success or not. It’s about sharing recipes and learning along the way and that’s what helps motivate me to continue to write.

What’s the best thing about blogging?

The sense of community. I love nothing more then writing a post, and having great feedback on others experiences and even ways to improve or do better. It’s really nice to take the things said on board and to see what the end result is the next time you do that certain bake. It’s definitely my followers that give me the motivation to continue writing.

If you won 1000 pounds/dollars and you had to spend the money on something nice for yourself (no using it to pay the mortgage or bills), what would you buy?

Umm .. I think I would probably put it towards our honeymoon and treat us to something like a swanky 5* hotel, or use it to upgrade our flights.

My nominees:

  1. Chitra from Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen
  2. Sari from Bake and Read
  3. Chinelo from Good Cake Day
  4. Aroma’s and Flavours from my Kitchen
  5. go2cakes
  6. Chelsea from Chey Chey from the Bay

And the questions for my nominees:

  • What inspired you to start blogging?
  • If you have traveled, what was your favorite place to visit? If you haven’t traveled, where do you want to go?
  • What exciting things are you working on at the moment and will they feature on your blog?

I hope you will all participate, and I look forward to reading your answers.

Thank you again Claire for nominating me :)

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The Best Of July

So now we are meant to have reached the height of summer with August, but without fail, it rains every year and it turns out we had our summer back in May! Even so, July has been an amazing month for me, which is why I sit typing this with a massive smile on my face!

Lucky me got to I spend the first few days of July in Baveno in North Italy. Italy is a truly beautiful place, and we had an amazing few days walking around the small town, eating some incredibly Italian food and taking the odd boat tour out to some stunning Islands. It was one of those weekend escapes you just didn’t want to end. I loved the food and the people, the whole vibe that came with Italian culture. It definitely inspired me to do more Italian cooking at home, and to be more creative when it comes to pasta dishes. The flavours out there were amazing, I could have quite happily sat along the lake front all day, with someone bringing me out plate after plate from the menu. I would recommend to anyone with a love of good food and taste for  culture to head on over to Baveno for a few days, it is totally worth the trip and I guarantee you’ll have an amazing experience!

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Now, July has also bought a love for salad and BBQ’s, as well as the usual cup of tea (or two). Luke has introduced me to Quinoa in my salad and I cannot get enough of it! The best way to describe it is that it’s kind of like rice, but not haha! It’s basically very light and adds great texture to a normal salad. With the added crunch of homemade croutons and a thick slice of homemade bread, I could eat this on an almost daily basis. I love a good salad during the summer months, and this surely hits the spot!

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It’s also been the return of the BBQ season, and although I haven’t had as many as I would have hoped for, the ones we have had have been awesome. Nothing beats an evening with friends and family, around our small little barbie cooking up tasty burgers and seasonal veggies. We also enjoyed an evening of toasting marshmallows, something I haven’t done since I was a small kid! They are such social things, and I hope to still plan an few more before the year ends and the frost takes over!

Now onto the bakes. The blog has seemed a little quiet to me this month, with lots of baking behind the scenes but less time to actually sit down and blog about them. There are some great things to come, I just simply haven’t had a chance to post them! Anyone who is a food blogger knows that it’s not an easy job! There is the initial bake which can take a whole weekend, then the photos, and then to blog post to follow. I wouldn’t change what I do, its a huge passion of mine and I absolutely love it!

Last month included a lot of fruit and tart based bakes, which included scrummy Blueberry and Winter Berry Tart, as well as this beautifully zesty Lemon Tart by Mary Berry. Summer is the perfect excuse for these type of desserts, and I love both the making and the blogging. It almost puts a spring in your step and makes you feel that little bit more summery!

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Following the summer vibe of the month, I loved blogging and showing you how to make these adorable fondant roses for cupcakes. I love working with fondant and tying in the seasons. If you haven’t already given these a go, I would definitely recommend it. They give such a beautiful finish to a method which is so incredibly simple.

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I also tried something a little different last month by baking for the very first time these tasty Honey and Pecan Granola Bars. They are a healthy alternative to cake, and the added touch of cinnamon gives a burst of different flavours, from the sweetness of the honey, to the crunch of the pecans. You can also change the recipe depending on taste, meaning no bake has to be the same. I love choice, and I love baking what I enjoy, so these will sure be another feature on the blog in months to come.

I was also nominated for the Dragon Loyalty Award by the lovely StephySweetBakes. This was an honour and I really do love the blogging community and all it’s support. I also reached my 300th follower which really did leave me in disbelief. I can’t belief that many people want to follow my baking journey. This really does link back to my other point on such a supportive blogging community, as you guys help give me the motivation to post and continue to post on a weekly basis. So thank you!

With that in mind, I would love to work with anyone who would be interested in Guest Blogging with LOVE the little bakery. I was honoured to have Chinelo from Good Cake Day as our first guest blogger for July. It’s nice to bring something a little different to the blog and to share other posts from bloggers with a similar passion.

Any guest posts will remain on LOVE the little bakery indefinitely, and you write the contents of what you want to appear! It will always be linked back to your blog with a welcome introduction from myself, as well as being promoted through the likes of Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Happy August everyone!

What were your highlights of July?

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Infinity Dreams Award

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I just wanted to start by saying a massive thank you to the lovely StephySweetBakes for her very kind nomination for the Infinity Dreams Award. I can’t believe I have been nominated for yet another award. It is such an honour. I love that every time I come across a new award I discover some more amazing blogs, and for that I am so thankful to anyone who’s nominated me so far!

For this award, I am to list 7 of my dreams. Here goes ..

1. I would love to travel the world! I was lucky enough to take a year out and spent 9 months in sunny Brisbane, Australia and then traveled through New Zealand and the West Coast of America. It has definitely given me the “bug” to continue with my travelling adventures, one country at a time!

2. One of my biggest dreams is to open a small bakery and coffee shop. There aren’t enough local bakeries these days that sell fresh loafs of bread and handmade cakes. I love to bake and I love people, so the two go together in perfect harmony. I know exactly what I would call it, where it would be, what I’d serve, even down to the hoped atmosphere!

3. I would love to find my dream home with that dream kitchen that has amble of storage space, worktop space and of course, that perfect double oven so I can bake all day long!

4. Being British, I would love the opportunity to appear on the Great British Bake Off. Baking for Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood would be a dream in itself!

5. I would love my own cook book. I love blogging new and exciting recipes, and I love experimenting with the classics. I’m not sure what I would call my cook book, but I would make sure its filled with lots of easy but exciting recipes that people of all ages and abilities can make. What’s more satisfying  then sharing your love of baking with people that love it too!

6. I would also love to continue growing my blog and continue to play around with different recipes. This could link nicely to my cook book (hehe …)

7. The dream is to retire somewhere hot, near the sea – preferable somewhere on the East Coast of Australia! (Although I have a fair few years ahead of me yet before I have to retire – unless of course I won the lottery!)

The people I would like to nominate for this award are as follows:

  1. The Hungry Mum
  2. The Sugar Tin
  3. Art and Soul
  4. Sweet Artisan
  5. Alecia Bakes

I hope you will participate and I look forward to hearing your dreams!

Thank you again to the lovely StephySweetBakes for the kind nomination for this award. Make sure to check out her blog :)

Hx

The Best of May

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May was both a busy and exciting month for me, with lots of scrummy bakes, a few blog award nomination and even a cheeky summer getaway to Spain. I’m not really sure where to start with rounding up the month, and still can’t quite believe we say goodbye to another month and hello to a new. This year has absolutely whizzed by and I’m still confused how we are half way through the year already! Literally, where has the time gone!

liebsteraward-roses-tagSo May was very exciting for me and my little blog, as I was nominated for not one, but two blog awards, the Liebster Award and the Real Net Blog Award. These were both massive achievements for me as I have never been nominated for any type of blog award before. I love the blogging community and following blogs of likeminded people, who have a similar passion for baking as I do. It’s also great to read other blog posts for inspiration as it’s nice to be able to try new things. I can’t wait for the summer months to come, although at the moment its only cloud and rain. What a great start to June!

As I’m sure you are aware of by now, I have a lot of love for the spring and summer months, and I think my bakes reflect this throughout May. Strawberry Muffins were one of my favourite bakes and very much “spring-like.” They are light and fruity and use my all-time favourite berries. I’m looking forward to using the basic recipe to experiment with more fruits and flavours throughout the summer months, and then share them with you here!

I also had a lot of fun experimenting with the Ombre Rose Cake. This was so much fun to make, although slightly infuriating when I ran out of buttercream right near the last pipe! Luckily, this is a great technique that means you can literally scrape off any frosting that doesn’t go right and simple start again. I hope I get to make another one of these cakes, I’d love to try a more layered cake with ombre sponges, starting with a dark colour and finishing with a light. Then the piped roses going in a similar effect. There is so much scope for these cakes and a lot of experimenting to do. Pinterest is a great playground for ideas, so if you are wanting to make one of these cakes this summer, check out some of the amazing cakes that have already been pinned for some ombre inspiration!

wpid-PhotoEditor-1429962652242.jpgNow I love Spring, but unfortunately living in England means the weather isn’t always predictable and May doesn’t automatically mean sunshine and warmth, which is where there are a few almost autumn/winter warmer recipes. Cinnamon Swirls are quite heavy, but there sweetness from the cinnamon makes them a perfect winner with a nice pot of tea. We are still there in England, the tea drinkers. It’s not quite weather for refreshing coolers and summer cocktails just yet.

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There were also the M&M cookies, which if I’m honest, are winners all year round with me. There is never not a time to eat them, especially since there are so many different types to try – you can literally tailor them to the current season! I actually have a bag of peanut M&Ms in my cupboard right now, soon they will be made into some form of cookie.. May be with some added peanut butter …

So now it’s time to say Goodbye May and Hello June and come up with some new and exciting recipes. Now on the 29th May was National Biscuit Day and although a little late to the party, I have a perfect homemade Jammie Dodger recipe I can’t wait to share with you, so keep an eye out for that one coming to the blog very soon.

What have been your highlights for May? Are you excited for the coming summer months?

What new recipes will you be trying?

 

 

Real Neat Blog Award

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have all  had a lovely week.

I can’t believe I have been nominated for another award, this time the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Jenna of I’d Much Rather be Baking. I love Jenna’s blog, her recipes are to die for and her photography is amazing. It was very kind of her to think of me and my little blog for the award.

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Here are the rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are my questions from Jenna:

1. Why did you start your blog? – I started my blog in early 2013 to share my love of all things sweet and to help keep track of my baking and decorating attempts. I have such a strong love for baking and experimenting, checking out Pinterest is a daily must for me and reading other blogs who’s writers share a similar passion. It’s a great platform to share what you love with likeminded people who love what you do too!

2. What is your favourite thing about blogging? – I love sharing my recipes with my readers and it’s always nice to get back positive comments and feedback. When things go wrong, I am so grateful to the people that take the time to comment with hints and tips for next time. I love the blogger community and feel grateful to be a part of that. 

3. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert? – Definitely breakfast! I love breakfast food, I think I could quite happily live the rest of my life just eating breakfast food!

4. Do you have any hobbies you enjoy in your spare time? – I’m a bit of a gym bunny and tend to go 3 times a week. I’m also a great lover of the outdoors and really enjoy going for long walks in the countryside.

5. If you could eat only one dessert forever what would it be? – Cheesecake! Simple!

6. What is your favourite cookbook? – The Great British Bake Off – Everyday. There are so many great recipes in this book which tests your technical abilities, as well as inspires you with their Showstoppers!

7. Do you have any inspirations for your blog? – I would love to continue growing my blog and challenge myself with trying new recipes to write about. There are so many amazing food blogs out there, and I definitely aspire to be of a similar high standard .. one day.

The blogs I would like to nominate for this award are:

1. The Migrant Chef: Such an interesting blog – I love the different recipes and the photography is absolutely gorgeous.

2. Food for Thought: Again, another very interesting blog of a very talented, on the road to being a chef. The recipes are just delicious and is definitely a blog to check out!

My questions to you are:

1. What inspired you to start your blog?

2. What is your favourite food or bake?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2015?

4. What country would you most like to visit?

5. What is the one product you just cannot live without?

6. What other hobbies (besides blogging) do you enjoy?

7. What is your favourite quote?

 

I look forward to reading your answers :)

Thanks again Jenna for the nomination. Hx

A Week en Espana

I have just come back from a lovely week in sunny Spain to find I have been nominated for the Real Neat Blogger Award by the lovely Jenna from I’d Much Rather be Baking. This is another honour after last week’s nomination for the Liebster Award, so keep an eye out for that post coming soon.

Talking of exciting news, I have also been invited by Genie of Bunny Eats Design to host September’s edition of Our Growing Edge. I’m a huge fan of what she is trying to achieve by bringing bloggers together and inspire ourselves to try something new! Each month she compiles snapshots of what food bloggers have been getting up to and the host blogs about it. I’m so excited! And what excites me even more is it will provide me with a range of new recipes to try! Yay!

Anyway, through all my excitement I am blogging something a little different today! Spain wasn’t just a summer holiday to me, it also gave me an insight into culture and food. We ate a variety of different types of food, traditional paella dishes with jugs of sangria, as well as a few home favourites. The trip has definitely inspired me to bring some of that back into my own kitchen and revisit old recipes as well as experiment with new.

Now Spain is know for its Valor chocolate, and I have to say, it truly is amazing – I wish I could get some here in the UK. It would make some pretty scrummy bakes! But unfortunately it’s a once a year kinda treat, and a treat it was; 6 scrummy churros with a cup of creamy Valor chocolate for dipping. This really is my idea of heaven and I was tempted to treat myself to a second (after all I did have to share!) It’s treats like this that totally inspires me to try and make them for myself. I mean why settle for once a year when you can have them once a month. Okay, so that might be a little frequent but you get where I’m coming from right? The joys of being able to bake is that you get to make what you want, when you want. And this makes Hannah very happy!

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Spain has also given me the extra nudge to get back in the kitchen and try a third time at making croissants. Now I’m sure you’ll all remember my horrendous attempt at making croissants a few months ago, but after having the most light and buttery croissants I have ever tasted, I’m determined more than ever now to get them right!

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We stumbled across this beautiful building which I’m pretty sure was an old train station back in the day. Inside it was filled with restaurants and little cafes, with a downstairs market. Totally my kind of place, and on our hunt for breakfast we came across this little cafe. Through very broken Spanish and some form of hand gesturing (and rather confused faces) we managed to order breakfast! Croissants with jam, orange juice and a capaccino. The perfect way to start the day! image image

Now I speak very (and I mean very) little Spanish, so ordering anything sends me into a complete panic, which is why Luke usually does it – not that his Spanish is any better then mine. There have even been times he’s spoken French as if that’s perfectly normal I’m SPAIN! Anyway, sometimes not really understanding can be a blessing and we were both totally thrown when we semi worked out they might not have any more “normal” croissants left for a cheeky second breakfast. What came out instead, was a funny looking croissant with seeds! Seeds! Who puts seeds on a croissants? Only to make it literally the best croissant in the world! I can now totally understand why people use croissants as an almost sandwich base, filled with hams and cheeses. It was actually amazing. In the words of my better half, “it has literally changed my life for the better!”

My mission now is to find that recipe to make them over and over again. I really am so excited to be back in my own kitchen again, feeling fully inspired to try new bakes and work on those that in the past haven’t been quite so successful. And then I get to write about them and share them with you lovelies. Oh I do love my life! :)

Do you have any holidays planned for the year? What experiences inspire you to bake?

The Liebster Award

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I woke up this morning to the nicest email to say I had been nominated by the lovely Secrets of a Young Wife for the Liebster Awards. I have seen other bloggers nominated for this award but never thought I would be one of them. What an honour! Now I know this isn’t going to be some grand affair, but I think it is a really lovely way of acknowledging other like-minded individuals who are working hard to make waves in their own areas of interest.

The Rules of a Liebster Award:

  • Post the Liebster Award logo on your blog, on your homepage or in a post.
  • Link back to your nominator
  • Answer the ten questions they have set up for you.
  • Nominate ten other bloggers for the award (preferably with under 1000 followers) and let them know they’ve been nominated.
  • Think of ten questions for your nominees to answer.

My Liebster Questions:

1. What inspired you to start blogging? – I started this blog in early 2013 to share my love of all things sweet and to help keep track of my baking and decorating attempts. I’d like to think that my blog focuses on fun and easy baking, being a place to explore my favourite recipes, desserts and decorating tips!

2. What is your favourite thing to make your family or friends? – I LOVE baking cakes and this is usually what I would make. Whether it’s a celebration cake, or a chocolate loaf cake for an afternoon of tea, anything spongey, creamy or chocolatey is a sure winner for me (and my family and friends!)

3. Who is your cooking/baking inspiration? – I think baking with my mother when I was a child helped me to find that love for making cakes,and from that I’ve taught myself various skills and techniques. For cooking, probably my boyfriend – I have always been a baker but never a chef. I didn’t do a lot of cooking before we got together and he did, so he definitely inspired me to learn .. and quickly. Now we spend a lot of time cooking together and I’ll even show him a thing or two when it comes to baking. I also have a lot of love for Mary Berry, her cook books take up a fair few shelves on my bookcase!

4. What do you like to do in your spare time? – I’m a bit of a gym bunny and tend to go 3 times a week. I think it’s really important to have a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a balanced diet. I know I bake A LOT, but everything in moderation right?! I’m also a great lover of the outdoors and really enjoy going for long walks in the countryside.

5. What is your favourite meal? – This is such a difficult questions! I’m a huge foodie but I think bacon risotto has to be one of my favourite meals, plenty of veggies and finished off with cheese for a creamy texture. After all, who doesn’t love bacon AND cheese!

6. What is your idea of happiness? – Being surrounded by people that love you and the ones you love back, because then you know you’ll always have someone there for you and vice versa. Friends and family are the most important people to me and will always bring me happiness.

7. What things do you not like to eat? – I’m actually not a huge fan of sea food. I eat salmon and only recently managed a few small prawns, but the thought of anything else makes me a little sick! I’m not sure why, I think it might have something to do with it’s texture!

8. Chocolate or Vanilla? – Vanilla, Chocolate. Definitely Chocolate!

9. What is one thing on your cooking/baking bucket list that you have not had the chance to make yet? – Baked Alaska

10. What do you feel is your biggest blog accomplishment? – I literally couldn’t believe when I had 100 followers. When I first started my blogging journey I really wasn’t expecting to get many readers. I just thought it would be a good place to finally make a note of all the recipes I try, so to now have over 140 followers is a real achievement for me and motivates me to continue to blog EVERYTHING!

I nominate:

I’d Much Rather be Baking
Fabulous Fare Sisters
Whisked Away
Dad’s Airfryer Adventures
Gingerbread Jenn
Emily’s Kitchen
Snaps Everyday
Jane’s Patisserie
The Hungry Mum

Questions for my nominees:

1. Why did you start your blog?
2. Who would be your perfect dinner party guest?
3. What is the most delicious food you have ever eaten?
4. What are the 3 things you just cannot live without?
5. Do you prefer a home-cooked meal, or to go out to a restaurant?
6. Describe yourself in 3 words
7. What do you value most in life?
8. Sweet or savoury?
9. What is your favourite post that you’ve written? (Please provide link!)
10. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?

I really hope you guys will participate, I’d love to see your answers to my questions!

Thank you again to Secrets of a Young Wife for the nomination!

Hx