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Powderham Castle

27 Mar

Morning Peeps

Well here I am sat up watching the opening race of the F1, whilst baking some more taster cakes for the second day of the Powderham Wedding Fayre (www.powderhamweddingshow.co.uk).

Laura Hingston Flowers and I decided to share a stand again as it makes it so much more fun when you can have a giggle with your mates as well as meeting loads of lovely couples.

We were so busy yesterday I am almost out of my flyers and  we did run out of both Chocolate Fudge and Traditional Fruit cake tasters. Subsequently my nostrils are being tempted as I type with the smell of Carrot and Orange Cake, and some more Chocolate Fudge. It’s making me VERY hungry.

Anyway here are a couple of pics of our stand that the lovely Laura took on her phone. I will post some more photos on Facebook later for you all to feast your eyes on

Have a good day everyone

Nicki x

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Cookies, cookies everywhere!

16 Mar

Morning Everyone!

As I am up with the milkmen this morning to make cookies I thought I would share the recipe I tend to use for my Cookie favours. I am asked quite often for a good recipe for decorating cookies (so they stay reasonably flat) and this is the one I tend to use.

VANILLA COOKIE RECIPE

275g (10oz) plain flour, sifted

5ml (1tsp) baking powder

100g (3 1/2 oz) fairtrade caster sugar

75g (3oz) unsalted butter, diced at room temp

1 medium free-range egg, beaten

30ml (2 tbsp) golden syrup

2.5ml (1/2 tsp) good quality fairtrade vanilla extract

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (325 F / Gas Mark 3)

2. Place the flour, sugar and baking powder in a mixing bowl

3. Add the butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs

4. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg, golden syrup and vanilla essence

5. Mix together well until you have a ball of dough

6. Place the dough in a plastic bag or cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes

7. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick (thinner if making mini-cookies) and cut out the biscuits using cookie cutters. Use up the trimmings by kneading back together and re-rolling until all the dough is used.

8. Place the biscuits on baking sheets lined with baking paper

9. Place back in the fridge to chill for a further 10 minutes (this helps prevent spreading whilst cooking)

10. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes until lightly coloured and firm but not crisp (if baking mini cookies this may take less time so keep and eye on them)

11. Leave on baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

They are now ready to decorate (and eat!)

Have a lovely day and speak soon

Nicki x

Hurrah! Photoshoot photos have arrived!

25 Jan

As you all know earlier this month I did a photo shoot with the lovely Sarah Lauren Photography and Laura Hingston Floristry (bouquets and buttercups)

The photos arrived late on Sunday so I just had to share….

Also I have now added some of my favourite wedding blogs over on the right (including Sarah’s) so check them out if you are stuck for ideas…