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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lime & Courgette Cake Recipe

For the past year or so i've really gotten in to baking, I love discovering new recipes and then changing a little something to give my own twist on it. At least once a week I like to bake a cake. About six months a go I was in a cafe where they were serving Lime & Courgette Cake. My dad bought it and I had a small bite whilst slightly hesitant particularly about the courgette part, vegetables in cake? huh? But oh my goodness I was totally swayed. It was so yummy and about a week later I wanted to create the very same yumminess. Here is a recipe for you to try.

You Will Need:

3 Medium Eggs
125ml Vegetable Oil
150g Caster Sugar
225g Self Raising Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
250g Courgettes (Finely Grated, works out to be about 2 Courgettes)


400g Cream Cheese
175g Icing Sugar
2 Tablespoons Of Lime Juice
40g Pischasio Nuts (Bashed, Or Finely Chopped)
1 Tablespoon Of Lime Zest

The Method:

Preheat the oven 180 C, 160C Fan or Gas 4.

Grease and line 2 21cm sandwich tins, or if you only have one just use this and then cut the cake in half when it is cooled. (This is what I do)

Beat together the eggs, vegetable oil and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Sift in your dry ingredients. (flour, bicarbonate soda and baking powder) and beat until well combined. Stir in your grated courgettes, do this by hand rather than an electric mixer.

Divide your mixture in to the two tins or one.

Bake in the centre of your oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven and turn on to a wire rack and leave to cool.

With regards to the icing, beat the cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and stir the lime juice in. 

Use a knife to level the cakes and evenly disbute the icing between to sandwich the cakes and use the remaining tocover the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the pistachios and zest.

And ta ra you have yourself a delicious cake to wow your friends and family!

Let me know if you try this, I would love to see some pictures!

Have you got any delicious recipes you'd like to share? 
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

6 Things I'd Do Differently Should I Have Another Baby

When you have a baby particulary your first you often wonder whether you're doing the right thing. Well at least I hope I wasn't the only mum that felt like this. Pretty much any decision I made and still make now I analyse everything. It's terrible.

Anyway I felt like writing this post because in hindsight some of the things I have done I wish I had done either differently, not at all or just had done all together!

  1. I wish I hadn't kept looking forward to the next milestone. I wonder if this is something I really would do differenlt next time though, because even now Darcy is crawling I just cannot wait for her to toddle around and I know I don't want her to grow up too fast. I always look forward to the next thing. I really wish I didn't because as much as  I enjoy her in the moment and I always say "stop getting so big" I really do contradict myself.
  2. Sleep when baby sleeps! Forget housework. This would obviously be impossible to do with another baby around but I really should of done this first time around. Whenever Darcy was asleep I thought it would be my only time to get anything done. There will always be time.7
  3. Don't take so many photos! Now this is a strange one, I took and still taken a crazy amount of pictures and I real should live in real time.
  4. Try a little harder to breastfeed. Don't get me wrong here, I really tried last time but looking back could of probably tried harder, I was just in so much pain. I also felt It led to feelings of down and sad, which could of potentially led me down a dark route.
  5. Get him/her to self settle earlier. Darcy woke up a lot in the night for a while and I realised in the end she wasn't even hungry she just needed to learn to fall asleep on her own. When I realised this I began the process of controlled crying and within 3 nights she had done and was sleeping 12 hours straight.
  6. Talk to her more. I did do this but at the same time I wish I had done so more. I guess I thought she might not of been able to understand me? Now we have right little chats. Love it.
I just wanted to write this post to look back on; perhaps when I have another one, check i'm doing my targets ;) Was there anything you would do differently next time? I'm sure there are loads I've left off the list!

my gorgeous girl at around 3 months. I miss her being this little!!!!

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Darcy | Nine Month Update

So my baby is 3 months away from turning one! I cannot believe this. I feel so sad about it too. I feel like this month has had the most changes yet. She has just come on leaps and bounds.
There are a few changes this month so I'll get on with it.

  • She now goes to a childminder once a week and has been going the last three weeks, She is still settling in there, but by the sounds of things she is really enjoying it.
  • I've gone back to work and I miss my baby so much, only going 2 days a week so not too bad.
  • She's pulling herself up on to her knees, won't be long until it's her feet!
  • She has learnt to clap and wave!
  • She is very chatty.. although we can't understand any of that baby jabber - i like to think sometimes we are having a conversation.
  • She has started roaring like a lion..haha.
  • She now sleeps like a dream 7.30-6.30/7am.
  • She has two teeth growing through. Yayyyy, finally.
  • The girl can properly crawl. I feel like this has come along so quickly as she didn't seem very interested in it. 
  • She loves getting up to mischief and playing with anything that isn't hers, ha!
  • She can say Mama and Dada pretty well now
  • She's in 9-12 month clothing now.
I think that is all really, I feel like there have been some big changes this month really. Especially the crawling. Stop growing up before my very eyes....

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