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Married to my soulmate with 2 beautiful girls,and our English Springer Spaniel, Suki. Living a country life in Cambridgeshire, whilst baking, gardening, and photographing our daily lifes, where they find a place on my scrapbook pages.

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Scrapbooking is a way of life for me now.It has been for over 4 years. I love journaling, taking photos of my family and love colour and texture, these are all part of my everyday life and scrapbooking.

Summer Time

blogged by me domestic goddess On 3/26/2007 09:07:00 AM
and the living is easy.......which it kinda has been this week. Yesterday was crop day with 7 ladies who i can call friends. We have been cropping over a year now together, we shed tears, laughed, laughed and laughed some more. Kerry took to the baking this week with a scrumptious chocolate and cream cake dotted with small crispy shelled chocolate eggs, mmmmmm. Ali was in demo mode and taught us all how to emboss, double emboss and triple emboss. We stamped with bleach!! and sniffed stazon. What a great way to end the day......... or was it. Poor Ali after waiting 20 minutes for Paul to collect her was still at home with the clocks at post summer time!

With Ali, Sue and stock bundled in the car, sue was returned to the train station and Ali came over to mine, with the arrival shortly after of Paul and Levi, much to the girls delight!

And with all the excitement of the day over, Pencil Lines sketch went up last night. Sponsored by wonderful Allison who owns Hambly Studio Prints, and sketch designed by Lu Braxton who is on their DT. WE all had a bunch of Hambly to play with, no pack was the same so a challenge to start with. And to top it all of we have a RAK to give away of Hambly products to one luck scrapper this week. Check out the details over here

I used:

Vintage Black overlay frames
White swirly embossed paper (cannot find the paper on the site for the life of me!)
Heidi Swapp bling and mask
MM pink paint
Prima flowers
Stamps Away alphabet

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

For the Cake

200g flour
200g castor sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp of bicarb.
40g best cocoa
175 g unsalted butter
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
150ml sour cream

For the Icing

75g unsalted butter
175g best dk chocolate
300g icing sugar
1tbso goldon syrup
125ml sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
Flowers and such to decorate

Preheat oven to 4/180c and line and butter 2 sandwich tins with removable bases (20cm)
Put all the cake ingredients in the processor and blitz!
Divide the batter between the 2 tins evenly. Put in the oven for about 35mins until cookes
Remove and let cool on wire wracks before removing from tins
In the meantime melt the chocolate and butter. While this is melting, sieve the sugar. Add the syrup to the chocolate and mix well. Once the chocolate mixture as cooled slightly, add to the icing sugar mix.
Spread 1/3 onto the cake half and sandwich the 2 together. Using a spatula to smooth the rest of the chocolate around the sides and top.
Finally decorate and enjoy!

Original recipe Nigella Lawson

I have shortened it loads. Do let me knwo if it doesnt make sense. i do ahve a PDF file just don't nknow how to attach in blogger :(
You can see the full unedited version in "Feast" by Nigella Lawson and also on the Good Food website from the BBC from April 1st I believe.

Did you all have a lovely weekend ? I have taken lots of photos, just need to edit ad I will share later with a few LO's
Anna x

4 Response to 'Summer Time'

  1. suebaru Said,'> 9:41 PM

    Oooh, that cake sounds yum!


  2. Lala Said,'> 3:53 AM

    The cake looks lovely and sounds like you had a great time scrapping with your friends!



  3. chanel Said,'> 4:39 AM

    hey girl, hows things? how is your back now? hope its all good.
    that chocolate cake looks devine ... i want some NOW!


  4. KimmyS Said,'> 6:27 PM

    I was totally bowled over when I saw your Hambly layout. That so rocks my world!