Monday, 15 September 2014

Sometimes I just wanna scream!!!!!

Do you know what? Sometimes life just gets all a bit too much! And that's fine! Its absolutely fine, in fact, its great to admit it, to be able to turn to those closest to you and let it all out...

But if you're like me you'll just push the people that care the most away, and in your time of need you'll find yourself surrounded by people that don't really get you, and it sucks!!

I'm at a point where so much happened so quickly that I had no choice but to be strong, I pulled on my big girl panties and got on with life. I made the most of what could've been considered horrendous, I focused on the tiniest glimpses of anything positive, and just sorted crap out! But now, everything's levelled out, all the ugliness has gone, and I'm looking for opportunities.

The trouble is that now I don't have to be positive to get by I've found myself becoming reeeeeaaaaally quite pessimistic and miserable! I'm never down! I get angry or upset for a couple of hours maybe and then I'm over it, I move on, but for a while it seemed impossible!!

Now I appear to he coming through the other side of my slump, I've started looking at things differently - who I do want in my life, who I don't, what I need to make me happy, who I need to make it up to after being a right cow for a bit, and how once I'm truly happy again I'm going to do everything I can to keep it that way!

I guess the outcome is... Scream!! Scream loudly about how you feel (its better out than in whether its good or bad, right?!) scream at those people who just won't sod off, scream about the amazing things in life in the hope that you might inspire someone, and don't hold back from telling people what you know you should.

There, I feel better for that!!

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Why I love Autumn!

Autumn has long been my favorite season, yes Summer's lovely, all of those barbeques and long warm evenings, and there's something so inviting about Spring with it's flowers popping up all over the place, and I'm the first to admit that waking up to a sunny yet snowy Winter's day is pretty awesome, but Autumn is just amazing!!
Here's how Autumn looks at Ms Bee's Boutique
Think about it, generally, in the UK at least, it's still warm-ish and mostly sunny. The dewy morning's are brilliant for waking you up on your way to work, and you can't beat playing in parks with all of the crunchy leaves underfoot! Now I know Summer has it's pretty dresses and tea-parties, and Winter has fluffy accessories and cosy nights in, but Autumn has both... Honest!!
See my Autumn inspiration here
Here's some of my very favoritist things that just some up Autumn for me...

Autumn hues, I use a lot of them over at Ms Bee's Boutique, and love to wear rich, deep, jewel-like colours, in fact here are a couple of gorgeous items that I need in my wardrobe this Autumn!
Vivien of Holloway's 1940's Swing Trousers are just perfect for Autumn
Vivien of Holloway's Maple Leaf Day Dress
The drinks!!! More importantly, the introduction of gingerbread, hazelnut, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon! 
I know these syrups are available all year round, but they're everywhere during Autumn, and it's rude not to right?!!

Here's a little sugar free Pumpkin Spice Latte for you to try at home!
Recipe
Long walks on chilly mornings make my heart sing! 
My favorite place to go this time of year is by far Westonbirt Arboretum, it's a truly magical place... Just look at it!
Plan your visit
Halloween!!!
Need I say more?! I'm a skull loving, black wearing, scaring people senseless, scary looking cocktail drinking girl at heart, and I absolutely love it!!
There's lots of spooky inspiration over on pinterest!
Here's the look I'll be going for this year (any excuse to buy VoH's gorgeous Pirate Sarong!!)
You can find them here!

Yummy Pies! Apple pie, pumpkin pie, blackberry pie, cranberry pie... I love pie!!!
The best Autumnal pies can be found just here!
So there we have it, some of my favorite things about Autumn!
I'd love to here from you if you've got any fail-safe seasonal recipes, or favorite places to visit at this time of year!

Happy Autumn!
Ms Bee
xxx 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Woop Woop Whoopie Pies!!!

I LOVE WHOOPIE PIES!!!
There, I said it!

Here's my favorite tried and tested chocolate whoopie pie recipe...


Ingredients for 12:
125g butter
150g chocolate
225g sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
12 marshmallows


  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. (Do not let the base of the bowl touch the water.)
  3. Whisk the sugar, eggs and vanilla together in a separate bowl then fold in the chocolate mixture.
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder together, then fold into the chocolate and egg mixture.
  5. Place tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking tray (the mixture should make 36 biscuits) and bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and set aside half of the biscuits on a cooling rack. Turn the remaining biscuits over and place a marshmallow on top of each. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until the marshmallows have softened.
  7. Remove from the oven and set aside on a cooling rack to cool slightly. Press the cooled biscuits on top.

And that's it, ready to eat!!!

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Monday, 1 September 2014

In pictures: August

August's been a funny one! I've spent the whole month running my business full-time, and just enjoying summer as best I can - the weather let me down a bit!!!


There's been days out to Bath and Wells, and loads of shopping around Bristol, as well as lunch at my favoritist Cox & Baloney, amazing new shoes, nights out at casinos, lots of baking, a brand new princess and the pea bed, adventures in the woods, and lots and lots of crochet!!


And now we're in to Autumn! And its my birthday this month!

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Yummy Gingerbread Loaf!!

Well, hello there!

It's Wednesday again, and you know what that means... Only another yummy recipe in honour of The Great British Bake Off!!
This week it's a gingerbread loaf, and it's the easiest recipe yet...


Ingredients:

  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 250ml milk
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a loaf tin.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, golden syrup and milk. Bring to the boil, then remove from heat and set aside. 
  3. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and allspice into a large bowl. Stir in the boiled mixture until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
  4. Turn down the oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2 and bake for 1 hour or until the top of the loaf springs back when lightly touched.

See, easy peasy!!!!

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Chocolate Cola Cupcakes!!!

I know, amazing right?!
Now in all honesty, I haven't tried these myself... Yet! I found the recipe this morning and knew straight away that I'd have to share it with you guys for my weekly baking post!


As I haven't baked these myself (yet!!) I found this pics on Pinterest, along with other versions of the recipe, however, I've decided that the original recipe was my favorite because they're finished off with popping candy!!!! Yum!!
This recipe's from Christmas at the Christmas Cafe by Jenny Colgan (her books are fab, and they have recipe's in them!)


Ingredients for 12 large cupcakes:
200g plain flour
250g golden caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 large egg
125ml buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
175ml cola

For frosting:
400g icing sugar
125g softened unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons cola syrup (Soda Stream is recommended)
40ml whole milk
popping candy
fizzy cola bottles, candied lemon slices, or candy canes to decorate 
  1. Preheat oven to 180*c and line 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a seperate bowl, beat together the egg, buttermilk and vanilla
  3. Melt the butter, cocoa, and cola in a saucepan over a low heat. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, stir well, then add the buttermilk mixture, beating until the batter is well blended.
  4. Pour into cupcake cases and bake for 15 minutes, or until risen. Set aside to cool.
  5. To make the frosting, beat together the butter and icing sugar until there are no lumps. Stir the cola syrup and milk together in a jug, then pour into the butter and sugar mixture, whilst beating slowly. Whisk until light and fluffy, then add popping candy to taste. The popping candy will lose it's fizz after a while so they should be eaten straight away for full effect!
  6. Ice cakes and add decorations! This is where I would personally add LOADS of popping candy!!!!!
And Voila!!
Don't they sound amazing?!!!!



Do let me know if you make these - I'd love to know how amazing they are!!!!!

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Pretty pics from Wells!

Helloooooooo from a lovely sunny Wells!!

I just thought I'd share some pretty pics from my little trip... A couple of my favorite shops, the best greengrocers in the world, and my pretty new Cath Kidston skirt!

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The grand tour!...

As I've been promising you all a proper nose around my home since I moved I figured I'd better get on with it, knowing full well that if I don't there'll be a wool stash/stable door riot soon, you naughty lot!!!

So here goes...

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Meet the Maker: Rachel @ Crafty Little Creations

It's about time for a brand spanking new Meet the Maker!!
Today it's Rachel from Crafty Little Creations...


Who are you and what’s the name of your business?
My name is Rachel Gillham and I'm from Crafty Little Creations

Where are you from?
I am from Leicester originally but now live around half an hour from there in the Rural county of Rutland in a little village surrounded by fields.

What’s your favourite colour?
this one is so hard to choose as I love a lot of colour, but my favourite at the moment seems to be turquoise- I am using it whenever I get a chance in my cards!

What’s your favourite food?
 love paella and making it too- I make it at every chance I get, usually deviating from the recipe to add whatever is in season and ready from our allotment


How would you spend your perfect day?
I would love to spend a day at one of the big papercraft events drooling over the nummy goodies there was on sale- if it was my perfect, perfect day it would be a free spending spree sort of day!

What do you make?
I make cards mainly but dabble in other sorts of papercraft too- I have a love of origami boxes which I also make, and would love to make 3D paper keepsakes but they still scare me a little!


What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever made?
My favourite card so far is  a shabby vintage style card that took me hours to make, using flowers from another facebook page Samaflora and lots of other interesting products including paint and embossing enamel!

Why did you start your business?
I originally started crafty little creations to sell something else, but I really wasn't enjoying it. My friend Sam introduced me to papercrafting just over a year ago and since then it has become a major part of my life- not just a business, it is a large part of my life, and I love to make people beautiful and personal cards that you just would not be able to find in a shop.


What are your inspirations?
I get a lot of inspiration from my two children, and also the fantastic Design team makes for the images I use (all made by very different digital/rubber stamp designers)

What would be your one tip for anyone taking up a new hobby, or turning that hobby in to a business?
Keep trying..it is a hard market out there today and it doesn't happen overnight!


Do go and say hello to Rachel!

Love
Ms Bee
xxx

Lovely lemony victoria sponge!

Great British Bake off starts tonight! I can't wait!


In honour of the bestest cakey show on TV I've decided that every Wednesday (ish!) whilst it's on, I'll share one of my favorite recipes... Which also means I'm going to have to bake at least once a week so I can take pics to go with my recipes, yay!!

So, today it's my lovely lemony victoria sponge...
(sorry if the photo quality's a bit ropey, these are old pics that I found whilst deciding what recipe to do)



Ingredients:

180g self-raising flour
180g butter
180 g caster sugar
3 eggs
2 small lemons
200g cream cheese
3 tbsps lemon curd
Lots of icing sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, and grease and line two sandwich tins
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the butter, caster sugar and eggs, beat it all together until light and fluffy.
  3. Grate the rind and squeeze the juice from one of the lemons and whisk in, then divide the mixture evenly between the two tins. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden and firm to the touch, and the cakes are starting to pull away from the sides of the tins. Turn out on to a wire rack, remove the baking paper and let them cool.
  4. Grate the zest from the second lemon. Beat the cream cheese and zest together, then beat in enough sifted icing sugar until it's light and spreadable. 
  5. Sandwich the cakes together with a third of the mixture, adding a lovely dollop of lemon curd, then spread the rest of the cream cheese frosting on the topYou can also add sprinkles, lemon zest, sugar lemons, or anything else you fancy on top! Or you can shove all of the frosting in the middle of the sandwich, and dust icing sugar over the top - this is slightly less fussing, and easier if you're baking with kids!!

If you're feeling extra specially fancy, candied lemons are amazing on top... I usually cheat and buy them... But here's some instructions if you fancy trying it yourself!

You'll need:
2 lemons
225g caster sugar
225ml water

  1. Rinse and 'top and tail' the lemons and with a sharp knife, vertically peel strips between the top and the tail. 
  2. Place the peel into a small saucepan and cover with water. Over a medium heat, bring the water to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain and set the peel aside.
  3. In the same pan, add the sugar and the 225ml of water. Once again heat until the sugar dissolves and you have a syrup. Add the peel and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Prepare a drying area by placing some baking paper under a wire cooling rack. Drain the syrup and place the peel on to the cooling rack. Sprinkle with caster sugar to coat thoroughly. Allow to cool and dry out completely.
  5. Store in an airtight container or use immediately.

Enjoy!

Ms Bee
xxx