Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Look Back at September

This has been a particularly busy month for me and it feels like it's whizzed by! I enjoy reading these kind of round up posts about what everyone's been doing and loving the past month, so here is mine.

What I've loved this month




1. A new cake book. It's very rare that we don't have some sort of sweet, baked goodness in our flat, but on the odd occasion we need something to satisfy a cake craving, this will hopefully be an ideal source of inspiration! Now I know you can just look up recipes on the internet and save money on cookbooks, but there's something about having recipe books in the kitchen that makes it feel more homely in my opinion. I've already set it as a house challenge that we have to have tried every single one of these cakes by the end of this academic year!

2. Luxury coffee breaks. My term has started off with three weeks of all-day lectures. I can't say I've been finding pathology the most thrilling of subjects, so the promise of a delicious coffee or hot chocolate mid-morning has been keeping me going. Mocha Mocha's selection of hot drinks has been excellent for this- think white chocolate mochas, and English toffee or After Eight flavoured hot chocolates. 

3. Evenings in. It might have been Fresher's Week at various points this month, but I've definitely being enjoying our more chilled nights involving baked goods. a tea-and-cake night involving an amazing Princess Cake (as featured on the Great British Bake Off) has been a highlight.

4. Great blog posts. I've been trying to find the time to keep reading other blogs and there have been some excellent posts this month. My particular favourite was February Girl Joelle's hilarious 'How to Pose Like a Blogger'- she only wrote it on the 2nd of the month, but I jotted it down in my notebook so I didn't forget to give it a mention in this post. Others that stood out were 'Does Your Age Determine Your Maturity?' by Jessica on Gingerly Pale on the subject of the voting age, and Anna in Wonderland's 'England: Expectations v Reality.'

5. Getting inventive with cooking. I've been making the most of not having too much work right now to spend more time creating interesting dinners and desserts. Some of the girls I live with are really good at just throwing things together to create delicious dinners and I've been totally inspired. 

6. The return of Downton Abbey. I love this programme. Just the sound of the theme music makes me so happy, and it's so good to see it back on the television. I'm having to be very careful what I say about it though- my housemate is only just starting to watching it from the very first episode and the others have already leaked a few spoilers!

7. Receiving my Student Box Swap parcel from Lauren. I'll be posting about what exactly it included next Sunday, but it was so lovely to get some exciting post!

8. People watching. Long lunch breaks and living near to a few coffee shops means I've had a lot of time to sit and watch the world go by, and see what everyone else is up to. I've read a few posts recently about noticing the little thing in life, and this was really evident to me the other day, watching two men chuckling away at a baby- getting so much amusement just from feeding him!
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  1. A mug cakes book! That's awesome, I love the concept of mug cakes but mine always come out dodgy.

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    1. When we first started making them in our house they weren't very good, but I think we've mastered it now! Keep playing around with making them, often it's just a case of knowing how to adjust the recipe or cooking time until they're just right. What is it about yours that are dodgy? x

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  2. Great post, I'm totally loving the idea of mug cakes! x

    The Belle Narrative

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    1. They're perfect for individual potions! x

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  3. Mug cakes looks so exciting and original. Love this post.

    LEJA

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  4. Omg that cookbook looks good enough to eat. I went through a big cookbook phase, so I'm taking a break. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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    1. I keep browsing through cookbooks but I've resisted buying any other than this mug cake one- sticking to freebie recipe cards in the supermarkets instead!

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  5. I love mug cakes :)

    imachoccakeaholic.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. That cook book looks so good! I've never tried a mug cake. I've definitely been loving cosy nights in over nights out recently :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. You should definitely give mug cakes a go- although I warn you that 'one' portion is a very generous sized cake!

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  7. Aw all those things sounds so nice. I've been going out a lot this month. I could use some nights in...

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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    1. I love a good night in, and they don't have to be an early bedtime on your own- I love getting a few people together and just gossiping over hot drinks!x

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  8. Totally agree with you on cook books, I love having some around even if it's just to have a read and never make any! The mug cakes look delicious, definitely post some on your blog! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | Palette Giveaway

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    1. I've already tried a Nutella recipe out of this book- I'll be trying out the rest soon and will hopefully feature them on the blog! xx

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