The Classic Cookie…

The other day I had a real craving to bake a batch of classic choc chip cookies, hard on the outside and chewy on the inside.. I crave baking all the time at the mo and this simple recipe is so easy and with a baking time of 12 minutes, you will soon be devouring that cookie in no time!

Ingredients

  • 175g Unsalted room temp butter
  • 225g Brown sugar
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 275g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarb soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 325g choc chips or like me a mix of chips and chunks

Method

  • Melt the butter in a bowl over boiling water, once melted take off the heat
  • Stir in the 2 sugars and once its cooled slightly…
  • Mix in the egg, the extra yolk and the vanilla extract
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix well
  • Fold in the choc chips and chunks
  • Careful portion the dough into round balls on a greased baking tray (this mixture is quite wet)
  • Bake in the oven on 180 for 12 minutes
  • They will be soft in the middle once out, allow to cool then stick the kettle on!

Let me know if you make these classics or tag me on insta @harrietloves_

Love Harriet x

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Besides the Cornish Sea….

Why is it that being by the sea really does make everything better? Blowing out the cobwebs, the lapping waves creating some sort of inner calm, everything seems better with some sort of  beachy filter.

Normally we are wondering the coastline of Devon, bumbling around Budleigh or strolling through Sidmouth; Come summer or winter its one of my favourite places to be….perfect for a super tight husband too as it free!

This week we explored another of our favourite places (as you will know if you read the blog) Cornwall, in particular Porth, Padstow and surfer paradise Watergate bay, all nestled along the coastline or nearby to Newquay.

Taking time for a change of scene, a couple days strolling on the sand with windswept hair is exactly what I needed to recharge plus the toddler only bit me about 5 times…inset roll eye emoji..  a million ice creams later and some lovely time with a set of parents and we are ready to face the world!

Check out my other Cornwall posts if you fancy some destination inspo

Love Harriet x

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Tag Team Parenting…

I never really paid much thought to how I would parent or the choices Ian and I would make once we had a family together but what we seemed to have developed is some sort of tag team?? I don’t even know if its a known term or if I’ve made it up but it very much sums up the parenting style that has found us and also I think saved me from going insane!

I couldn’t imagine parenting alone, I am not weak , challenge me to a challenge and I am the most competitive person with a strong mind however, gone are the days (thank god!) where the women is expected to bring up the children, run a household, hold a job together  whilst spinning on her head and applying a slick of lipstick at the same time.

I’m not ashamed to say I need my husbands help & support, I need him to equally take on the challenge of bringing up Sonny, after all he is both of our responsibility  plus I work hard too, I love my job so I need him to chip in and help run the household for the good of our family (and marriage).

Ian is so good at the above but wow I get told how hands on he his far too frequently, don’t get me wrong it is so great but no one has gone to him and said how lucky he is that I am hands on, that’s just a given that the mum is involved.

Through this parenting journey we’ve found that we both need time to have a breather, whether its time for exercise or meeting our mates, we tag team so that we can allow the other person that piece of space.  Sonny has 2 happy parents and a strong bond with both of us, he gets to see Mummy and Daddy working together whilst having an ‘hour or so off’ and coming back refreshed and revived ready for a happy family life.

I am so thankful we live in a time where dads are typically stepping up and the roles are more equal. I don’t know how the women generations before stayed sane..maybe they didn’t! Seriously though maybe its because they didn’t have to go back to work or other commitments outside of the home?

The only thing we personally need to consciously continue to do is keep allowing a day free for family time, time as a 3 ohhh and also time for date nights so we don’t do too much separately!

Love Harriet x

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The Perfect Vanilla cupcake with Buttercream icing….

My love of cake runs deep and I’m not ashamed to say, I’m a sucker for a pretty looking cupcake…seriously I can’t resist once my eye is turned!  Too often I find many cupcakes actually have a really disappointing sponge to them, too dry, really dull and not worth the hype,  so its taken me a while to perfect this super light and  springy little cake but I can promise you this is the best recipe so far and is so fail safe!

Combine this with my seriously good buttercream and you are onto a winner!! Just try not to pipe buttercream straight into your mouth!

Vanilla Cupcake Sponge Ingredients – 12/14 cakes

  • 125g Self raising flour
  • 125g Caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted room temp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp Bicarb soda
  • 1 1/2 tbs Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla ext

Method

  • Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees and line your cupcake tin with cases
  • Sift the flour and the sugar into the mixing bowl – sifting will ensure no lumps and make it super smooth
  • Add the bicarb and just mix the dry ingredients together
  • Add the soft butter and the 2 eggs and then mix until well combined
  • Add the vanilla extract and then the milk
  • Mix really well until a lovely pale colour
  • Spoon into each case 2/3 full (leave room for rising)
  • Bake for 20-22 mins
  • Allow to cool fully before icing

Buttercream icing – Enough to cover 12 cakes

  • 340g Icing sugar
  • 150g Soft butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla ext
  • 3 1/2 tsp milk

Method

  • Prep your piping bag with your chosen nozzle beforehand
  • Pop your butter into the bowl and mix for a good 4ish minutes
  • Sift 1/2 the icing sugar and really carefully mix on a low speed (at first) in with the butter, careful it all flies everywhere!!
  • Sift the other half and mix again
  • Add the vanilla ext and the milk to soften the buttercream, mix well until whippy and pale
  • Put this delicious smooth mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto your cakes

 

Decorate as you wish! Writing this has made my drool!

Let me know if you make these or if you have any other recipes!!

Love Harriet x

 

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She’s getting Married….Bath Hen
  1. One of my besties is getting married and it was my special job to arrange the hen plans, cue spreadsheets and note pads galore, it was time to plan!
    After what felt like months of nailing a cottage big enough for these 13 chicks plus the need to be in a fab location, I finally confirmed a beauty! Set just outside of Bath and with its own heated pool and mini spa, it was all ours for a gloriously warm weekend in June.

Once the hefty admin bits were ticked off,  money exchanged, endless shopping lists written and millions of whats app messages exchanged, it was finally time for the fun frilly stuff to be arranged, the games, the décor, the pretty paper straws and marble napkins! Ebay became my best friend and I’m sure the postman now wonders what I do to warrant so many random delivery’s!

The week leading up was daunting and I was sure something had been missed, throw in the task of boxing up the food and storing it in the crazy heat wave along with baking and icing cupcakes and my first attempt at a gluten/ dairy free lemon cake, it was hard to  resist the temptation of opening the prosecco early! Friday rolled round and with my trust assistant Zoe we excitedly loaded the car ready to meet the other ladies and finally set off!

We made a pit stop at the Bear & Swan pub in Chew Magna which had a lovely quaint but boutique feel to it. Zo and I wanted to quickly slip away and leave the girls to finish their lunch whilst we opened the cottage and sprinkled some hen décor around before the ‘Bride to be’ arrived.

Once we had all excitedly looked around the house, gathering our bearings, running out for a quick trampoline (!) it was time for afternoon tea complete with pink prosecco and loads of sugar. The afternoon flew in a haze of bubbly fizz and before we knew it we were in our comfy clothes and ready for an evening of party food and plenty of games!

Many laughs later and plenty of shots consumed it was time for bed and ready for a Saturday full of spa treatments and inflatable unicorn loving!

 

A hen wouldn’t be complete without the chance to glam up, grab a cocktail and hit the dancefloor with the girls so we ventured into beautiful bath and enjoyed a more sophisticated Saturday night out with a chance to burn off the ever consumed calories on the dancefloor!

The weekend flew, the group of girls were amazing, everything was fun, full of giggles and perfect for our bride Bekie! After a million pictures shared, we all gave our goodbye hugs and excitedly planned another night out before the wedding obvs!!

 

We booked our cottage and pieced together a package with the help of  Acacia Cottages and I cannot recommend them enough, so efficient and helpful!

If you’re going on a hen, have an amazing time!

Love Harriet x

 

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