Every year when it starts to get a little colder and the night falls earlier all I feel like doing is baking. I had some blueberries that needed to be eaten and decided to find a new recipe to use them in, after looking for a little while I went for scones.
You will need..
250g plain flour, 100g granulated sugar, 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt, 115g unsalted butter, 120ml milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 200g blueberries, tablespoon of sugar for sprinkling on top before baking.
Preheat oven at 200C, line a round baking tray (8"). In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and combine with a knife or your fingers until it resembles a course texture. In a separate bowl whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together. Then drizzle that over the dry bowl. With a wooden spoon or spatula mix the ingredients together and carefully fold in the blueberries. Put the mixture into your prepared baking tray, sprinkle sugar on top. Finally put the tray into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Take them out cut into even wedge shapes and enjoy.
Weekends are a time to relax and enjoy your free time. Sleep in, stay out late, do nothing, do everything. No matter what it is, remember to listen to good songs to make the weekend even better. Have a listen to what I'm listening to this weekend.
The beauty of walking into a bookstore just to browse is that you end up finding books that have been in your mind to read but are yet to physically get your hands on it. I saw It by Alexa Chung almost a year ago but at the time I was not interested, mostly because I had no idea what the book was about. Bringing me onto why I like writing book reviews, it gives the reader an insight into what it's all about. I recently read a review and the very next time I went into Waterstones I saw It on the table with a 'buy one get one half price' sticker, perfect as I already picked up another book with the same promotion.
It feels so good to hold, similar to a thick magazine but smaller. I read it in about the same time I would a magazine cover to cover. About an hour. A coffee table, with your breakfast or lunch break kind of book. Alexa Chung is known very well in the fashion world. I still remember her as a presenter on T4, back in the day. Always loved her style and personality. Her flowing and friendly voice in the book has her telling you a few stories about her life, beauty and fashion tips, advice on love and heartbreak and discussing her idols. The way she writes is what I could only imagine a big sister would be like when giving advice. In between her words are beautiful photographs that are from her personal collection and other illustrations.
I was left feeling inspired and thinking everything will be okay. Probably one of the best things to come from a book. Whether you're a fan of Alexa or not It is worth reading, especially for any young woman or teenager out there who could do with an easy-going read.
There comes a point in time when you just need to pause on your daily life, the day job, responsibilities and other little things. Switch off from that part of your life and take some time to have a break, go away, relax and just have fun. Typically I try my best to do this for a few hours or as much time as I can but this time I took 5 days, went to Spain, spent time with family, ate a lot of ice cream (and churros), soaked up the sun, played in the water and relaxed. Make sure you take the time for yourself, it's an incredible thing to be hard working and leading a full life with a lot happening but be kind to yourself and take a break, you need it more than you think sometimes.