Wednesday, March 26, 2014

London Love - Part 1


Sab and I, we miss London a lot. So we took a little break, leaving boyfriends and pets behind. Our two days marathon was so great. We mostly ate, shopped, and enjoyed the sun. In that order. 

We started with a brunch on King's Road at Au pain quotidien, the large basket of bread to share rocks. We then spent the day in Chelsea (Anthropologie store Hellooo) finishing in a pub. I believe it is the only pub in all England that doesn't have Guiness and serves instead a beer that tastes like cold coffee. Worst beer ever. 

Sunday we went to Richmond. According to Sab, Richmond is part of the country side. Cause you know, there's grass and stuff. I didn't know that part of London well and I loved it. We came home with 3 full bags each.

I had a lot of fun and it was such a fun weekend. London's the best!




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alex xx 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cake stand



I love cake stands, they make me feel fancy. I use sticky tack to make one which can be easily taken apart for storing. I already had blu tack, and thrifted the rest, so my cake stand only cost me $2. Not bad right?

1. For this project you will need: sticky tack, a plate, a candle holder or anything that has a suitable shape (make sure the base is wide enough to support the plate). I found the plate and base scattered in the store, probably from the same stand, but didn't need the missing metal core.

2. Roll pieces of sticky tack and place them all around the rim. Make sure the pieces are quite thick.
3. Place the plate on top and push down so it adheres.
4. Now all that's left is to bake a cake to put on your stand. Be careful to always hold the stand by the base, and not to put too much pressure on a side of the plate!

You can use this method to make a variety of stands, like this smaller one made with a thrifted plate and candlestick. 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Skiing - Alpes (France)


Sorry i was offline for a while. But i went skiing. It was so nice. I obviously suck at it, but there's still mulled wine and hot chocolate to confort me. And amazing landscape. And foothball playing with my cousins/nephews/boys of my complicated family.

Anyway, i'll be back with more stuff,


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Welcome Marlowe

So happy to share some pics of the new little pup. Cutest dog ever. And most annoying as well. He's so little and all. I've wanted one for so long i was thrilled the day we went to pick him up. He slept all the way home.


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Victoria sponge cake


There's something comforting about sponge cake, it brings back fond memories of my grandmother (my Nain). Whenever I would visit her in Wales there would always be a Victoria sandwich waiting for me on arrival. She gave me sponge cake master classes as a kid. I had been searching for the right tins to make some at home and finally baked one last Sunday. It's been confirmed, this is my favorite cake. 




1. Ingredients: 2 eggs, 4.5 oz of flour, 4.5 oz of butter, 4.5 oz of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 table spoon of warm water, strawberry (or raspberry) jam , cream for whipping. 
Preheat your oven at 160°C (320°F)
2. Mix the butter and sugar
3. Add in the eggs and mix
4. Put the baking powder with the flour and add a little flower to the egg mixture
5. Gradually add the rest of the, stirring well 
6. Add a tablespoon of warm water
7. Divide into the batter into two 7" or 8" cake pans. Be sure to use non stick spray or grease your pans, it would be so sad if a cake got stuck!
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C/320°F for 20 minutes
9. While the cakes are in the oven, whip some cream. I read that you should put your bowl in the freezer but if you're freezer is packed full like mine is here's quick trick: place ice cubes in a bowl and put your mixing bowl on top of it,moving it a little so the whole base is cold. Be patient when whipping the cream, it's simple, just don't give up before it's the right consistency.
10. When the cakes are cooked the edges have separated from the sides of the mould. Be careful not to overcook them, your cake need to be light. Let them cool.
11. When the cakes have cooled place the bottom layer on a cake stand and cover with jam. Add a layer of cream.
12. Place the second cake on top. Sprinkle caster sugar over the cake.
Enjoy your yummy cake!
A DIY for the cake stand will be coming soon.
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