Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Happy Day 6: Ball pits

#100HappyDays Day 6: Ball pit
There is a jive class starting in October and we happened to walk past the place today. As we were trying to figure out if it was the right place, a (very good looking) man invited us inside to look around. Yes, it was the right place, a baptist church, but they are hosting a childrens camp at the moment, so the baptismal font is currently a ball pit, the downstairs has a pirate ship in it and the upstairs has an art exhibition. He showed us round the hall we'd be using too, it was really lovely of him. You have no idea how tempted I was to climb into that ball pit!

The church is about 150 years old, though it recently got a glass frontage, and the hall we'll be dancing in is from 1914, though a lot of the fixtures are 1950s at a guess. That is being renovated at the moment as well, but we got to have a good look around.

Baptist churches are generally quite plain.... though I really like the addition of the ball pit!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Happy Day 5: Bunnies!

#100HappyDays Day 5: Bunnies!
We have wild rabbits on the grounds at work, they rarely come out when there are people around.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Happy Day 4: Interesting Graffiti

#100HappyDays: Day 4
I see interesting graffiti around the place - I don't know what this means but it made me think about how we are all interconnected, which is always a lovely thing to contemplate.

Day 8: No Shampoo
Just a little update: My hair is adapting pretty well, it doesn't feel quite the same as shampoo but it is still pretty soft and it doesn't smell of vinegar at all, which surprises me. I've been experimenting a bit with adding some cinnamon or ginger extract to the cider vinegar, and while my hair smelled divine it became much more greasy, so I quickly opted for just bicarb of soda and apple cider vinegar on their own. I was thinking that I may use the extracts in coconut oil to make moisturiser and then I'd still smell yummy, I'll let you know how that works out.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Happy Day 3: Coffee Doodles

#100HappyDays: Day 3
I love good coffee, especially when someone has doodled in it.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Happy Day 2: Let's Go Ride a Bike!

#100HappyDays: Day 2
Loads of my friends ride bicycles and I decided I'd like to join them on sunny jaunts through the countryside. The only thing is I haven't ridden a bike since I was about 10 years old and I was a little scared, so Middle B came to the rescue and took me to the park with her bike to get me used to it all again. It is - as they say - just like riding a bike! I had a good old cycle round, she made me fiddle with the gears and after some time on the grass she made me ride on the tarmac just to see the difference. It was fun!

Middle B: 'I can imagine you on a bike... you like the outdoors, you go places.... you'd need a basket though for your shopping'
Me: 'that I would get from some farm shop three miles away or something. I would probably need paniers, things might fall out of a basket.'
Middle B: 'Palmiers?! Oh panniers, they'd be good. Filled with palmiers. We should make some palmiers later....'

So we did.


- half a roll of pre-packed puff pastry
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- water (though we used lemon juice)

- Take the puff pastry out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. This is because it is mostly butter so if you unroll it straight away it will be hard as a rock and most likely snap.

- Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. We experimented with raspberry and lemon as well, so we smooshed some raspberries in a bowl with some lemon rind and added a bit of sugar as an alternative filling.

- When it is ready, roll out. Brush the surface with water (or lemon juice) and then sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar evenly across the pastry making sure it comes right up to the sides.

- Roll from both ends to the middle, then wrap in cling film and put back in the fridge for about half an hour.

- After about 15 mins put the oven on at 180 C to warm up. Put some greaseproof paper on some baking trays. Take the pastry out of the fridge and start to cut them into 1cm slices.

- Place on the baking trays. Bake for about 20 mins, or according to the pastry packet instructions.

- Take them out when they are starting to brown. Move them immediately from the parchment to a wire rack and let them cool down. If you don't they will get stuck to the parchment. Trust us.

Ta daaaaaa!
The raspberry lemon ones ended up being a little more buttery while the cinnamon ones were more crispy. You could really try any filling - the fresh raspberries were pretty juicy and a bit messy, but you could probably used jam and get a similar, sweeter, less messy effect, or you could just just plain water and sugar rather than cinnamon. These are so easy to make, yet elegant enough to take to a friend as a gift.