Thursday, 30 October 2014

Just a Quickie............ share a few things with you.

Firstly this yummy Apple Cinnamon Cake recipe that my daughter made a few days ago. 

She found the recipe on line but, typically, we now can't find it so I'm sorry I can't credit the recipe source, but thank you whoever you are for this recipe as it is delicious!

Apple Cinnamon Cake

50g brown sugar
80g caster sugar
120g butter
2 eggs
220g plain flour
120ml milk
2tsp cinnamon
1 granny smith apple, peeled & chopped chunky
2tsp vanilla extract
1.5tsp baking powder

Start off by making a brown sugar topping by mixing the brown sugar with the cinnamon in a bowl and placing to one side.

Cream the butter and sugar together until fully combined then start to add in all of the other wet ingredients, such as the eggs, vanilla extract and milk. Once mixed together add the dry ingredients – the baking powder and flour, again stir until well combined.

Into a greased tin pour half the batter, then push in half an apple that has been peeled, cored and cut into chunks, make sure they are spread out, then sprinkle on some of the brown sugar topping. Repeat this step with the remaining batter, apples and cinnamon.

Bake for 30mins or until a skewer comes out clean at 190c (or 170c fan).

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We've been making the most of the few warm sunny days by getting out for long walks, but on the wetter days I've been spending what spare time I have on making more Christmas Fair items.

more French vintage ephemera coasters..........

some hand stitched shabby hearts, ideal for hanging from the tree 

a few more little vintage fabric pin cushions

and some little ticking bird tree hangers

On the crochet front, I've crocheted together the four ribbed squares that I crocheted a few weeks ago here and which I now need to crochet a back for so I can make a cushion.

And I made another cloche hat using the same pattern as before from Ravelry, a brown tweedy one from the Sirdar Chunky yarn I bought a few weeks back.

And apart from having developed an addiction (whilst I'm sewing production line style) to the White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies that our little village shop sell, I think that's about it from here!

Thank you for all your comments on my last few posts.
I hope you are all enjoying a good half term week!


  1. Lovely post thank you for sharing - especially the cinnamon cake recipe. Love the cloche hat that is one of my favourite hat shapes ( I am a Downton Abbey fan! ) x

  2. The hat is exquisite, a real delight I love the shape and the colour. You have made some really beautiful things for the craft fair I particularly love the hearts. Hope it all goes well for you.

  3. You have been a busy bee Gill, I love all your little French makes! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, it does sound delicious.
    V x
    P.S. Thank you so much for all the bunny love over at mine. :)

  4. Everything is beautiful, but then that is what I have come to expect when I visit. Your work is always marvelous and so pretty. I can not believe sometimes how much you get done. You must sew and crochet in your sleep, LOL.
    Have a lovely day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  5. My you have been a busy bee, love the ticking birds so cute and shabby hearts too, I hope you do well with craft stall.

  6. Don't forget to let us know when and where you will be with all your goodies for sale.


  7. Beautiful makes, Gill, and such a yummy cake....thank you for sharing the recipe. I love seeing the things you are making for the fairs.....they always look so appealing when there are lots of them! I am sure they will sell really well.
    Happy nearly weekend.
    Helen xox

  8. That cake sounds like one I used to make years ago but I had forgotten about it. It's a great way to use up all those Autumn apples. Love your little birdies. The Christmas Fair should be a roaring success at this rate. XCathy

  9. The cake looks and sounds yummy! Especially now that it is getting cooler I love baking and having something with tea in the evening and the smell from baking is the best air freshner!
    You get more talented every time I see your creations. I love the ticking birds and your attention to detail. You will sell out!

  10. Lots of lovely makes. The cake sounds delicious, love cinnamon - always a Christmassy taste. The shabby heart tree hangings look almost good enough to eat - at a glance they look a bit like biscuits (I'm a bit hungry at the moment, can you tell?). I like the way your hat has turned out in that yarn, looks great. Have a lovely weekend and see you soon.
    Jane xx

  11. So many lovely things for your craft fair. I hope that it goes really well for you. xx

  12. Everything looks amazing - you've been so busy! Especially like the little birdies :)

  13. Ooh, those little hearts are lovely. And the cake sounds delicious :)

  14. So many lovely things. Especially all those wee Christmas decorations.

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  16. How lovely your birds are and your hearts! Sweet little details on it! I love that!
    Have a happy happy time


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