Clare Elizabeth

@clare.lizzie

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Welcome to a slice of Clare's World 🍰 Lover of books and all things baked πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ‚ Also crafts πŸ“œβœπŸ–βœ‚οΈπŸ§΅πŸͺ‘ πŸ“ Staffordshire πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
I've had this @nationaltrust Teatime Baking Book for a long, long time and never made these Toffee Bars before. I'd made something else from it last weekend and was having a flick through when I saw this recipe and thought why have I not baked these for us before?!? I also liked the note about the origins of tea rooms β˜•πŸ«– 
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It is a thin layer of brown sugar sponge topped with chocolate and chopped nuts; I went for pecans because I think they always go well with toffee flavours🍫🌰πŸͺ
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I remember when I bought this book; every page I turned I thought sounded yummy and I'm still discovering different recipes now, years later. Now that's the sign of a good recipe book πŸ“–πŸ“š
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 #baking  #bakestagram  #cakestagram  #toffeebars  #cake  #chocolate  #toffee  #pecannuts  #nationaltrustrecipe  #teatimebakingbook  #baker  #homebaker  #clareskitchen  #bakedbyclare  #recipebook  #nationaltrust  #weekendbaking  #bakes

I've had this @nationaltrust Teatime Baking Book for a long, long time and never made these Toffee Bars before. I'd made something else from it last weekend and was having a flick through when I saw this recipe and thought why have I not baked these for us before?!? I also liked the note about the origins of tea rooms β˜•πŸ«– . It is a thin layer of brown sugar sponge topped with chocolate and chopped nuts; I went for pecans because I think they always go well with toffee flavours🍫🌰πŸͺ . I remember when I bought this book; every page I turned I thought sounded yummy and I'm still discovering different recipes now, years later. Now that's the sign of a good recipe book πŸ“–πŸ“š . . . #baking #bakestagram #cakestagram #toffeebars #cake #chocolate #toffee #pecannuts #nationaltrustrecipe #teatimebakingbook #baker #homebaker #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #recipebook #nationaltrust #weekendbaking #bakes

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3
a month ago
Reading Group - July 2021
The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson πŸ“š
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How pretty is the cover?! This book was almost a DNF; I really struggled to get into it (which is why my July post is so late) but I'm glad I finished it as I knew nothing about Icelandic history. 
I liked that there was a quote from Γ“lafur Egilsson's original book at the beginning of each part. πŸ’™πŸ€πŸ§‘
Despite the fact that there was a handy guide a back of the book, I know that butchered some of the pronunciations. It's only in my own head so in the grand scheme of things it shouldn't matter that much but I like to try and make the effort when I'm reading about different languages and cultures.πŸ“™πŸ“˜
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 #readinggroup  #reading  #reader  #books  #booklover  #bookstagram  #thesealwomansgift  #sallymagnusson  #Γ³lafuregilsson  #Γ‘stathorsteinsdΓ³ttir  #claytonlibrary  #claresvirtualbookshelf  #historicalnovel  #readinggroupbook  #july  #july2021

Reading Group - July 2021 The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson πŸ“š . How pretty is the cover?! This book was almost a DNF; I really struggled to get into it (which is why my July post is so late) but I'm glad I finished it as I knew nothing about Icelandic history. I liked that there was a quote from Γ“lafur Egilsson's original book at the beginning of each part. πŸ’™πŸ€πŸ§‘ Despite the fact that there was a handy guide a back of the book, I know that butchered some of the pronunciations. It's only in my own head so in the grand scheme of things it shouldn't matter that much but I like to try and make the effort when I'm reading about different languages and cultures.πŸ“™πŸ“˜ . . . #readinggroup #reading #reader #books #booklover #bookstagram #thesealwomansgift #sallymagnusson #Γ³lafuregilsson #Γ‘stathorsteinsdΓ³ttir #claytonlibrary #claresvirtualbookshelf #historicalnovel #readinggroupbook #july #july2021

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2
a month ago
This was my holiday read this year - The Telephone Box Library by Rachael Lucas. It was the perfect summer read, so lovely and gentle. There is nothing quite like reading on the beach is there?πŸ–πŸ“–
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I admired Lucy as a character; I like that she upped sticks and altered her way of life after experiencing such high levels of stress and anxiety. The romance is a fun added extra πŸ’• I love the idea of village life, and getting involved with different things. Doesn't a library in an old telephone box sound great? β˜ŽοΈπŸ“š
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World War Two history fascinates me so I also enjoyed the link with Bletchley Park and Bunty's story πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ«
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 #summeroutwithbooks  #abosgiveaway  #holidayreads  #beachbooks  #summerreading  #reading  #reader  #thetelephoneboxlibrary  #rachaellucas  #readingonthebeach  #summerholiday  #bookstagram  #claresvirtualbookshelf  #books  #booklover

This was my holiday read this year - The Telephone Box Library by Rachael Lucas. It was the perfect summer read, so lovely and gentle. There is nothing quite like reading on the beach is there?πŸ–πŸ“– . I admired Lucy as a character; I like that she upped sticks and altered her way of life after experiencing such high levels of stress and anxiety. The romance is a fun added extra πŸ’• I love the idea of village life, and getting involved with different things. Doesn't a library in an old telephone box sound great? β˜ŽοΈπŸ“š . World War Two history fascinates me so I also enjoyed the link with Bletchley Park and Bunty's story πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ« . . . #summeroutwithbooks #abosgiveaway #holidayreads #beachbooks #summerreading #reading #reader #thetelephoneboxlibrary #rachaellucas #readingonthebeach #summerholiday #bookstagram #claresvirtualbookshelf #books #booklover

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1
2 months ago
Wishing I could dip my toes in here right about now πŸ˜©πŸŒ‘β˜€οΈπŸŒŠ
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Been back home a couple of days and missing the peninsula already. Feels much hotter here without the sea breeze to cool it down a bit, however I'm back to work tomorrow in our fridge-like office so hopefully it won't be too bad πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»
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As you may have seen from some of my previous posts, the Llyn Peninsula is my favourite place in the world and it was so nice to be back after having to delay last year due to covid. Until next time.... πŸπŸ–πŸ’™
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 #wishiwashere  #llynpeninsula  #abersoch  #pwllheli  #porthor @ntwales  #nationaltrust  #whistlingsands  #beach  #seaside  #sea  #heaven  #home  #nofilter  #coast  #idratherbeatthebeach  #wales  #walescoastpath @walescoastpath  #favouriteplace  #waves  #blueskies

Wishing I could dip my toes in here right about now πŸ˜©πŸŒ‘β˜€οΈπŸŒŠ . Been back home a couple of days and missing the peninsula already. Feels much hotter here without the sea breeze to cool it down a bit, however I'm back to work tomorrow in our fridge-like office so hopefully it won't be too bad πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» . As you may have seen from some of my previous posts, the Llyn Peninsula is my favourite place in the world and it was so nice to be back after having to delay last year due to covid. Until next time.... πŸπŸ–πŸ’™ . . . #wishiwashere #llynpeninsula #Abersoch #pwllheli #porthor @ntwales #nationaltrust #whistlingsands #beach #seaside #sea #heaven #home #nofilter #coast #idratherbeatthebeach #wales #walescoastpath @walescoastpath #favouriteplace #waves #blueskies

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1
2 months ago
Reading Group - June 2021 πŸ“š
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
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I'll be honest, my first thought when I found out this was our first book back was 'not another book about BEES!!?!?!' (She says knowing full well that The Beekeeper of Aleppo is on the bookshelf waiting to be read 😬) For context, we have previously read The Bees by Laline Paull and Coffin Road bu Peter May; the former literally told from the point of view of a a bee, and the latter a crime novel with a scientific slant involving bees 🐝
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I was a bit unsure at the beginning and then I really got into the story of the sisters. I like the idea of May's wall - she is probably my favourite character.  I actually quite liked how beekeeping was woven into the narrative. It was also a rather spiritual story which I wasn't expecting but was a pleasant surprise, as well as the strong theme of women supporting women πŸ‘©πŸΎπŸ‘©πŸ½πŸ‘©πŸΌπŸ‘©πŸΏπŸ‘©πŸ»
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We haven't been able to meet in person as a group yet but it's been nice to all read the same book and refreshing to get varied opinions πŸ“™πŸ“–πŸ“˜
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 #reading  #readinggroup  #weareback  #june  #june2021  #books  #bookstagram  #readinggroupbook  #thesecretlifeofbees  #suemonkkidd  #reader  #booklover  #libraries  #library  #claytonlibrary  #claresvirtualbookshelf

Reading Group - June 2021 πŸ“š The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd . I'll be honest, my first thought when I found out this was our first book back was 'not another book about BEES!!?!?!' (She says knowing full well that The Beekeeper of Aleppo is on the bookshelf waiting to be read 😬) For context, we have previously read The Bees by Laline Paull and Coffin Road bu Peter May; the former literally told from the point of view of a a bee, and the latter a crime novel with a scientific slant involving bees 🐝 . I was a bit unsure at the beginning and then I really got into the story of the sisters. I like the idea of May's wall - she is probably my favourite character. I actually quite liked how beekeeping was woven into the narrative. It was also a rather spiritual story which I wasn't expecting but was a pleasant surprise, as well as the strong theme of women supporting women πŸ‘©πŸΎπŸ‘©πŸ½πŸ‘©πŸΌπŸ‘©πŸΏπŸ‘©πŸ» . We haven't been able to meet in person as a group yet but it's been nice to all read the same book and refreshing to get varied opinions πŸ“™πŸ“–πŸ“˜ . . . #reading #readinggroup #weareback #june #june2021 #books #bookstagram #readinggroupbook #TheSecretLifeofBees #suemonkkidd #reader #booklover #libraries #library #claytonlibrary #claresvirtualbookshelf

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2 months ago
From Clare's Kitchen...this beautiful cake tin was a gift from my lovely friend and fellow baker extraordinaire @rhihicks πŸŽ‚πŸ’—πŸ‘©πŸΌ and inside it we have, what the recipe calls, Coconut and Almond Dainties which I made a few weeks ago. I'm not so sure about this name because they look anything but dainty when I make them πŸ₯₯🌰
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They are made from egg whites, caster sugar, semolina, ground almonds and dessicated coconut which on paper sounds kind of gross, but in reality makes a delicious sort of cakey traybake type thing. No really, I promise they are so good and they are an excellent alternative to meringue to use up any left over egg whites from other recipes 🍰πŸ₯šπŸ«“πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³
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 #clareskitchen  #bakedbyclare  #baker  #bakestagram  #baking  #coconutandalmonddainties  #womansweeklyrecipe  #coconut  #almond  #cake  #cakestagram  #fromclareskitchen

From Clare's Kitchen...this beautiful cake tin was a gift from my lovely friend and fellow baker extraordinaire @rhihicks πŸŽ‚πŸ’—πŸ‘©πŸΌ and inside it we have, what the recipe calls, Coconut and Almond Dainties which I made a few weeks ago. I'm not so sure about this name because they look anything but dainty when I make them πŸ₯₯🌰 . They are made from egg whites, caster sugar, semolina, ground almonds and dessicated coconut which on paper sounds kind of gross, but in reality makes a delicious sort of cakey traybake type thing. No really, I promise they are so good and they are an excellent alternative to meringue to use up any left over egg whites from other recipes 🍰πŸ₯šπŸ«“πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ . . . #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #baker #bakestagram #baking #coconutandalmonddainties #womansweeklyrecipe #coconut #almond #cake #cakestagram #fromclareskitchen

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1
3 months ago
"You're overthinking it"
"I have anxiety. I have no other type of thinking available"
The Midnight Library by @mattzhaig
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This explains a lot. Imagine the deliberation, time and thought that goes into making big life decisions. Got it? Now imagine you feel that on a daily basis for mundane things like deciding what to wear, how to respond to a text/email, how to react to a situation that may or may not ever happen but has been replayed over and over in your head....the list goes on🀯
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This gives a small insight into life with anxiety. Medication and CBT are helpful but ultimately this is the way my brain is wired, and I'm OK with that πŸ’™
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The premise of this book is what would happen if you did something differently; how would your life be altered? I think about this A LOT! What if I had registered as a pharmacist? What if I had given up during my degree? Or gone to a different university? What if I chose different subjects at school? Or said yes to that boy? Or been offered that job??!?!?!?
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I identify a lot with Nora and I really loved this book and the idea that there could be so many different versions or ourselves living different lives. I would urge everyone to read it if they can πŸ“š
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 #bookstagram  #books  #reading  #reader  #themidnightlibrary  #matthaig  #mentalhealth  #readthisbook  #noraseed  #claresvirtualbookshelf  #whatif  #booklover

"You're overthinking it" "I have anxiety. I have no other type of thinking available" The Midnight Library by @mattzhaig -- This explains a lot. Imagine the deliberation, time and thought that goes into making big life decisions. Got it? Now imagine you feel that on a daily basis for mundane things like deciding what to wear, how to respond to a text/email, how to react to a situation that may or may not ever happen but has been replayed over and over in your head....the list goes on🀯 . This gives a small insight into life with anxiety. Medication and CBT are helpful but ultimately this is the way my brain is wired, and I'm OK with that πŸ’™ . The premise of this book is what would happen if you did something differently; how would your life be altered? I think about this A LOT! What if I had registered as a pharmacist? What if I had given up during my degree? Or gone to a different university? What if I chose different subjects at school? Or said yes to that boy? Or been offered that job??!?!?!? . I identify a lot with Nora and I really loved this book and the idea that there could be so many different versions or ourselves living different lives. I would urge everyone to read it if they can πŸ“š . . . #bookstagram #books #reading #reader #themidnightlibrary #matthaig #mentalhealth #readthisbook #noraseed #claresvirtualbookshelf #whatif #booklover

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4
4 months ago
How about a little  #throwbackthursday - well, I say that but we are only going back as far as Tuesday when it was my parent's 30th wedding anniversary πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨
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I bought the beautiful print from a shop on @etsyuk called @cowsandkisses - they can personalise prints for any anniversary year so I got this lovely pearl one for my parents as a gift 🎁 
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I also made them a chocolate orange cake. There was a lot of deliberation over what kind of cake they were going to have and eventually we settled on this recipe from @janespatisserie 🍫🍊🍰 It is a chocolate cake with orange zest in the batter (it tasted so good πŸ˜‹  #lickingthespoonisthebestpart ) and has an entire Terry's chocolate orange melted on top. I have to say I did feel bad melting that but the outcome was totally worth it!πŸŽ‚
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 #anniversary  #weddinganniversary  #pearlweddinganniversary  #thirtyyears  #anniversarygift  #etsy  #shopindependent  #cowsandkisses  #anniversarycake  #terryschocolateorange  #chocolateorangebunbtcake  #bundtcake  #chocolatecake  #chocolateorange  #cake  #cakestagram  #bakestagram  #bakedbyclare  #clareskitchen  #baker  #homebaker  #madewithlove  #baking  #janespatisserierecipe

How about a little #ThrowbackThursday - well, I say that but we are only going back as far as Tuesday when it was my parent's 30th wedding anniversary πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨ . I bought the beautiful print from a shop on @etsyuk called @cowsandkisses - they can personalise prints for any anniversary year so I got this lovely pearl one for my parents as a gift 🎁 . I also made them a chocolate orange cake. There was a lot of deliberation over what kind of cake they were going to have and eventually we settled on this recipe from @janespatisserie 🍫🍊🍰 It is a chocolate cake with orange zest in the batter (it tasted so good πŸ˜‹ #lickingthespoonisthebestpart ) and has an entire Terry's chocolate orange melted on top. I have to say I did feel bad melting that but the outcome was totally worth it!πŸŽ‚ . . . #anniversary #weddinganniversary #pearlweddinganniversary #thirtyyears #anniversarygift #etsy #shopindependent #cowsandkisses #anniversarycake #terryschocolateorange #chocolateorangebunbtcake #bundtcake #chocolatecake #chocolateorange #cake #cakestagram #bakestagram #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #baking #janespatisserierecipe

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3
4 months ago
"Did I tell you about Cilka?"
"No, Lale, you didn't. Who was Cilka?"
"She was the bravest person I ever met. Not the bravest girl; the bravest person"
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz was inspiring; Cilka Klein is something else. She is one of the most extraordinary women i gave ever read about.
Books like this highlight the horrors that have had to endure, and the awful, awful things that humans can do to each other.
Cilka represents so many brave women throughout history who have suffered immense trauma, and those women who still do. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone to show that there are good people, who despite everything they have endured, will act selflessly for the benefit of others πŸ“•πŸ’•πŸ“–
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 #cilkasjourney  #thetattooistofauschwitz  #heathermorris  #books  #cilkaklein  #bookstagram  #booklover  #reading  #reader  #readersofinstagram  #claresvirtualbookshelf  #noseinabook

"Did I tell you about Cilka?" "No, Lale, you didn't. Who was Cilka?" "She was the bravest person I ever met. Not the bravest girl; the bravest person" . The Tattooist of Auschwitz was inspiring; Cilka Klein is something else. She is one of the most extraordinary women i gave ever read about. Books like this highlight the horrors that have had to endure, and the awful, awful things that humans can do to each other. Cilka represents so many brave women throughout history who have suffered immense trauma, and those women who still do. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone to show that there are good people, who despite everything they have endured, will act selflessly for the benefit of others πŸ“•πŸ’•πŸ“– . . . #cilkasjourney #thetattooistofauschwitz #heathermorris #books #cilkaklein #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #readersofinstagram #claresvirtualbookshelf #noseinabook

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5 months ago
That feeling of trying to decide what to read next...πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š
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This was my first delivery from @aboxofstories which my parents gifted to me as part of my birthday present. There is nothing quite like the feeling of having new books πŸ“–
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I've been reading from my to be read pile for the last year with libraries being closed. I miss reading group and have a surprise book each month and this subscription box helps to fill that void. Each box rescues four books which is fab (go and take a look at their page for more info) 🎁
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In this box we have:
πŸ“• The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer 
πŸ“— Little Big Love by Katy Regan
πŸ“™ I See Through You by Daisy McNally
πŸ“˜ The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage 
I was also given two books by Matt Haig for my birthday...decisions decisions πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€”
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 #birthdaypresent  #aboxofstories  #books  #bookstagram  #booklover  #reading  #reader  #library  #wheretostart  #decisionsdecisions  #toberead  #tobereadpile  #whattoreadnext  #noseinabook

That feeling of trying to decide what to read next...πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š . This was my first delivery from @aboxofstories which my parents gifted to me as part of my birthday present. There is nothing quite like the feeling of having new books πŸ“– . I've been reading from my to be read pile for the last year with libraries being closed. I miss reading group and have a surprise book each month and this subscription box helps to fill that void. Each box rescues four books which is fab (go and take a look at their page for more info) 🎁 . In this box we have: πŸ“• The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer πŸ“— Little Big Love by Katy Regan πŸ“™ I See Through You by Daisy McNally πŸ“˜ The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage I was also given two books by Matt Haig for my birthday...decisions decisions πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€” . . . #birthdaypresent #aboxofstories #books #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #library #wheretostart #decisionsdecisions #toberead #tobereadpile #whattoreadnext #noseinabook

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5 months ago
Happy Good FridayπŸ’...is that at thing? Happy Easter Weekend (any better? I'm not sure)🌸🐣
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I made us hot cross buns this morning (a @bbcgoodfood recipe from a couple of years ago). They are traditional fruity ones with sultanas, apricots and apples - Mum and I ate them fresh from the oven for our lunch πŸ«“πŸŽπŸ‡πŸŠ
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I cross stitched the cards a few weeks ago and I think they turned out really cute in the round cards 🧡πŸͺ‘
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I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend, however you spend it πŸ’™
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 #easter  #easterbaking  #eastercrafts  #easterweekend  #bakestagram  #craftstagram  #hotcrossbuns  #crossstitch  #clareskitchen  #bakedbyclare  #craftswithclare  #madewithlove  #creative  #homebaker  #baker  #crafts  #baking  #crafting  #crossstitchcards  #happyeaster  #goodfriday  #bankholidaybaking

Happy Good FridayπŸ’...is that at thing? Happy Easter Weekend (any better? I'm not sure)🌸🐣 . I made us hot cross buns this morning (a @bbcgoodfood recipe from a couple of years ago). They are traditional fruity ones with sultanas, apricots and apples - Mum and I ate them fresh from the oven for our lunch πŸ«“πŸŽπŸ‡πŸŠ . I cross stitched the cards a few weeks ago and I think they turned out really cute in the round cards 🧡πŸͺ‘ . I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend, however you spend it πŸ’™ . . . #easter #easterbaking #eastercrafts #easterweekend #bakestagram #craftstagram #hotcrossbuns #crossstitch #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #craftswithclare #madewithlove #Creative #homebaker #baker #crafts #baking #crafting #crossstitchcards #happyeaster #goodfriday #bankholidaybaking

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2
5 months ago
Hey, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling...26...I'm feeling 26🎈🎈
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Happy second lockdown birthday to me and the other Aries folk born between 23rd and 29th March (like my good friend @kingstonk1995 πŸ’•)
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Thought I'd celebrate with a fancy cake and a day off work. This is the white chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting that I made for Easter a couple of years ago (it's a @marthacollison recipe)πŸ«πŸŽ‚πŸ«πŸŽ‚ I decorated it with Aero mini eggs and white chocolate buttons. Looking forward to a slice later 🍰
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 #happybirthday  #happybirthdaytome  #twentysix  #whitechocolatecake  #darkchocolatefrosting  #chocolate  #bakestagram  #cakestagram  #cake  #clareskitchen  #bakedbyclare  #homebaker  #baker  #baking  #aries  #aerominieggs  #whitechocolatebuttons  #yum  #treat  #happylockdownbirthday  #lockdownbirthday  #secondlockdownbirthday

Hey, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling...26...I'm feeling 26🎈🎈 . Happy second lockdown birthday to me and the other Aries folk born between 23rd and 29th March (like my good friend @kingstonk1995 πŸ’•) . Thought I'd celebrate with a fancy cake and a day off work. This is the white chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting that I made for Easter a couple of years ago (it's a @marthacollison recipe)πŸ«πŸŽ‚πŸ«πŸŽ‚ I decorated it with Aero mini eggs and white chocolate buttons. Looking forward to a slice later 🍰 . . . #Happybirthday #HappyBirthdayToMe #twentysix #whitechocolatecake #darkchocolatefrosting #chocolate #bakestagram #cakestagram #cake #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #homebaker #baker #baking #aries #aerominieggs #whitechocolatebuttons #yum #treat #happylockdownbirthday #lockdownbirthday #secondlockdownbirthday

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6 months ago