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Clare Elizabeth
Clare Elizabeth

Welcome to a slice of Clare's World ๐Ÿฐ Lover of books and all things baked ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŽ‚ Also crafts ๐Ÿ“œโœ๐Ÿ–โœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿชก ๐Ÿ“ Staffordshire ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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Reading Group - June 2021 ๐Ÿ“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 ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) 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 ๐Ÿ
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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 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป
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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 ๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“˜
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Reading Group - June 2021 ๐Ÿ“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 ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) 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 ๐Ÿ . 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 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป . 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 ๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“˜ . . . #reading #readinggroup #weareback #june #june2021 #books #bookstagram #readinggroupbook #TheSecretLifeofBees #suemonkkidd #reader #booklover #libraries #library #claytonlibrary #claresvirtualbookshelf

From Clare's Kitchen...this beautiful cake tin was a gift from my lovely friend and fellow baker extraordinaire @rhihicks ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ 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 ๐Ÿฅฅ๐ŸŒฐ
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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 ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿซ“๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ
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From Clare's Kitchen...this beautiful cake tin was a gift from my lovely friend and fellow baker extraordinaire @rhihicks ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ 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 ๐Ÿฅฅ๐ŸŒฐ . 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 ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿซ“๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ . . . #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #baker #bakestagram #baking #coconutandalmonddainties #womansweeklyrecipe #coconut #almond #cake #cakestagram #fromclareskitchen

"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 on๐Ÿคฏ
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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 ๐Ÿ’™
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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 ๐Ÿ“š
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"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 on๐Ÿคฏ . 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 ๐Ÿ’™ . 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 ๐Ÿ“š . . . #bookstagram #books #reading #reader #themidnightlibrary #matthaig #mentalhealth #readthisbook #noraseed #claresvirtualbookshelf #whatif #booklover

 
How about a little

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 ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘จ . 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 ๐ŸŽ . 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 ๐Ÿซ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฐ It is a chocolate cake with orange zest in the batter (it tasted so good ๐Ÿ˜‹ #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!๐ŸŽ‚ . . . #anniversary #weddinganniversary #pearlweddinganniversary #thirtyyears #anniversarygift #etsy #shopindependent #cowsandkisses #anniversarycake #terryschocolateorange #chocolateorangebunbtcake #bundtcake #chocolatecake #chocolateorange #cake #cakestagram #bakestagram #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #baking #janespatisserierecipe

"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 ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ“–
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"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 ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ“– . . . #cilkasjourney #thetattooistofauschwitz #heathermorris #books #cilkaklein #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #readersofinstagram #claresvirtualbookshelf #noseinabook

That feeling of trying to decide what to read next...๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“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 ๐Ÿ“–
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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) ๐ŸŽ
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In this box we have:
๐Ÿ“• The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer 
๐Ÿ“— Little Big Love by Katy Regan
๐Ÿ“™ I See Through You by Daisy McNally
๐Ÿ“˜ The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage 
I was also given two books by Matt Haig for my birthday...decisions decisions ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿค”
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That feeling of trying to decide what to read next...๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“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 ๐Ÿ“– . 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) ๐ŸŽ . In this box we have: ๐Ÿ“• The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer ๐Ÿ“— Little Big Love by Katy Regan ๐Ÿ“™ I See Through You by Daisy McNally ๐Ÿ“˜ The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage I was also given two books by Matt Haig for my birthday...decisions decisions ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿค” . . . #birthdaypresent #aboxofstories #books #bookstagram #booklover #reading #reader #library #wheretostart #decisionsdecisions #toberead #tobereadpile #whattoreadnext #noseinabook

Happy Good Friday๐Ÿ’...is that at thing? Happy Easter Weekend (any better? I'm not sure)๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฃ
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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 ๐Ÿซ“๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ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 ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿชก
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I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend, however you spend it ๐Ÿ’™
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Happy Good Friday๐Ÿ’...is that at thing? Happy Easter Weekend (any better? I'm not sure)๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฃ . 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 ๐Ÿซ“๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŠ . I cross stitched the cards a few weeks ago and I think they turned out really cute in the round cards ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿชก . I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend, however you spend it ๐Ÿ’™ . . . #easter #easterbaking #eastercrafts #easterweekend #bakestagram #craftstagram #hotcrossbuns #crossstitch #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #craftswithclare #madewithlove #Creative #homebaker #baker #crafts #baking #crafting #crossstitchcards #happyeaster #goodfriday #bankholidaybaking

 
Hey, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling...26...I'm feeling 26๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ
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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 ๐Ÿ’•)
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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)๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‚ I decorated it with Aero mini eggs and white chocolate buttons. Looking forward to a slice later ๐Ÿฐ
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Hey, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling...26...I'm feeling 26๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ . Happy second lockdown birthday to me and the other Aries folk born between 23rd and 29th March (like my good friend @kingstonk1995 ๐Ÿ’•) . 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)๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‚ I decorated it with Aero mini eggs and white chocolate buttons. Looking forward to a slice later ๐Ÿฐ . . . #Happybirthday #HappyBirthdayToMe #twentysix #whitechocolatecake #darkchocolatefrosting #chocolate #bakestagram #cakestagram #cake #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #homebaker #baker #baking #aries #aerominieggs #whitechocolatebuttons #yum #treat #happylockdownbirthday #lockdownbirthday #secondlockdownbirthday

๐Ÿ’ Happy Mother's Day ๐Ÿ’
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My Mum has been asking for @nadiyajhussain Rocky Road Cake for ages. The chocolate cake base is sort of brownie-esque but is unbelievably light. The coffee in it makes it taste extra chocolatey๐Ÿซโ˜•๐ŸŽ‚
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The rocky road part is just ๐Ÿ˜ It has milk and dark chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits ๐Ÿ˜‹ My Dad and brother don't like glacรฉ cherries (shame) so I substituted them for malteasers, white chocolate buttons and fudge pieces. I feel like I've ate an entire day's worth of calories in one slice ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿง
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This cake is brought to you by my musicals playlist on Spotify

๐Ÿ’ Happy Mother's Day ๐Ÿ’ . My Mum has been asking for @nadiyajhussain Rocky Road Cake for ages. The chocolate cake base is sort of brownie-esque but is unbelievably light. The coffee in it makes it taste extra chocolatey๐Ÿซโ˜•๐ŸŽ‚ . The rocky road part is just ๐Ÿ˜ It has milk and dark chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits ๐Ÿ˜‹ My Dad and brother don't like glacรฉ cherries (shame) so I substituted them for malteasers, white chocolate buttons and fudge pieces. I feel like I've ate an entire day's worth of calories in one slice ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿง . This cake is brought to you by my musicals playlist on Spotify #clareskitchenplaylist . . . #happymothersday #motheringsunday #weekendbaking #bakestagram #cakes #cakestagram #baking #nadiyasbritishfoodadventure #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #rockyroadcake #rockyroad #chocolate #chocolatecake #somanycalories

You don't need an excuse for cake ๐ŸŽ‚ Although, saying that, I did say it was my Mum's post vaccination cake as she got her covid vaccine last Saturday๐Ÿ’‰
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I made this last weekend and it is my take on the @bbcgoodfood Easy Caramel Cake. The frosting has chocolate and salted caramel spread it in and I used left over Lindor balls from Christmas to decorate and chopped up fudge bars๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฐ
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The cake itself is made with golden caster sugar and light brown sugar which made it taste so caramel-ly. It's amazing what using different types of sugar can do. Baking is like magic science ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿช„
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You don't need an excuse for cake ๐ŸŽ‚ Although, saying that, I did say it was my Mum's post vaccination cake as she got her covid vaccine last Saturday๐Ÿ’‰ . I made this last weekend and it is my take on the @bbcgoodfood Easy Caramel Cake. The frosting has chocolate and salted caramel spread it in and I used left over Lindor balls from Christmas to decorate and chopped up fudge bars๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฐ . The cake itself is made with golden caster sugar and light brown sugar which made it taste so caramel-ly. It's amazing what using different types of sugar can do. Baking is like magic science ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿช„ . . . #baker #weekendbaking #baking #cakestagram #bakestagram #cakes #caramel #saltedcaramelcake #chocolate #bakingscience #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #fudge #lindor #chocolateandsaltedcaramel #homebaker #madewithlove

I binged watched @bridgertonnetflix in just over two days and now I've read the first three of @juliaquinnauthor books in just over two weeks. (It wasn't quite the same reading an e-book - I much prefer a physical copy - but @borrowbox has its merits when libraries are closed; I requested this book as soon as I finished watching it) ๐Ÿ“š
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Its safe to say I loved both the TV series and the books. My favourite of the books is The Viscount Who Loved Me. I mean Anthony is dashing, but Kate Sheffield is just brilliant. I'd go as far as to say that she is my favourite character so far๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I quite like the idea of Regency courting. It's not too extravagant - a simple walk (or should I say promenade?), a lovely picnic, a carriage ride - except for the numerous balls...obviously. Though I don't think there would be any Viscounts, Dukes, or Lords for me because I'm sure I'd have been of the servant class. Although Violet Bridgerton is very open minded when it comes to her sons live lives...๐Ÿ’•
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I binged watched @bridgertonnetflix in just over two days and now I've read the first three of @juliaquinnauthor books in just over two weeks. (It wasn't quite the same reading an e-book - I much prefer a physical copy - but @borrowbox has its merits when libraries are closed; I requested this book as soon as I finished watching it) ๐Ÿ“š . Its safe to say I loved both the TV series and the books. My favourite of the books is The Viscount Who Loved Me. I mean Anthony is dashing, but Kate Sheffield is just brilliant. I'd go as far as to say that she is my favourite character so far๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ . I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I quite like the idea of Regency courting. It's not too extravagant - a simple walk (or should I say promenade?), a lovely picnic, a carriage ride - except for the numerous balls...obviously. Though I don't think there would be any Viscounts, Dukes, or Lords for me because I'm sure I'd have been of the servant class. Although Violet Bridgerton is very open minded when it comes to her sons live lives...๐Ÿ’• . . . #bridgerton #fangirl #books #bookstagram #booklover #TheDukeandI #theviscountwholovedme #anofferfromagentleman #bridgertonseries #juliaquinn #AnthonyBridgerton #katesheffield #daphnebridgerton #simonbasset #theduke #benedictbridgerton #sophiebeckett #ebook #reading #youcanfindmereading #claresvirtualbookshelf #regency #thebridgertoncollection #volumeone #reader

 
I fell right off the

I fell right off the #bookstagram bandwagon during 2020. I did read quite a bit as you can see, but it wasn't the same not being able to go to the Library or see the ladies from reading group๐Ÿ“š . I've got through a number of my 'to-be-read' books however I miss the variety of reading group and never knowing what we're going to next month. We still have a monthly WhatsApp chat about what we've all been reading and any life updates but I miss seeing people in the flesh ๐Ÿ’— . A few of the stand out books of last year were: ๐Ÿ“˜Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig ๐Ÿ“—I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May ๐Ÿ“™The Girl Under the Olive Tree by Leah Fleming ๐Ÿ“•The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan . . . #2020roundup #books #reading #readinggroup #readlist #reasonstostayalive #notesonanervousplanet #matthaig #illkeepyousafe #petermay #thegirlundertheolivetree #leahfleming #theendlessbeach #jennycolgan #reader #librarylover #2020readlist #lovetoread #booklover #noseinabook #booksreadin2020

Hello lovely people, I'm back with some baking ๐Ÿ˜Š I was given @nadiyajhussain Nadiya Bakes book for Christmas and I made my first sweet thing out of it today for pudding (I have already made the seekh kebab toad in the hole - would highly recommend)
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We have some vegetable suet left over from when I made mincemeat last year so I put it to good use in a jam roly poly - it's such a classic and I've never made one before! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿซ“๐Ÿฝ I'll definitely try it again, the most difficult bit was folding the foil and baking paper; I still need to perfect that part ๐Ÿ™ˆ
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Hello lovely people, I'm back with some baking ๐Ÿ˜Š I was given @nadiyajhussain Nadiya Bakes book for Christmas and I made my first sweet thing out of it today for pudding (I have already made the seekh kebab toad in the hole - would highly recommend) . We have some vegetable suet left over from when I made mincemeat last year so I put it to good use in a jam roly poly - it's such a classic and I've never made one before! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿซ“๐Ÿฝ I'll definitely try it again, the most difficult bit was folding the foil and baking paper; I still need to perfect that part ๐Ÿ™ˆ . . . #nadiyabakes #jamrolypoly #pudding #baker #baking #homebaker #bakestagram #sundaylunch #custard #clareskitchen #bakedbyclare #classic #jamrolypolyandcustard #StrawberryJam #christmaspresent #madewithlove

I made biscotti for the first time this Christmas - cards on the table though, this isn't the first batch. I made some with dried cherries in and I think the mixture was a bit too soggy because it was pretty difficult to slice๐Ÿ’๐Ÿช
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These are dark chocolate and hazelnut and are rather delicious ๐ŸŒฐ๐Ÿซ Second attempt was much better ๐Ÿช
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I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that 2021 is less 2020 for everyone ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ“†
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I made biscotti for the first time this Christmas - cards on the table though, this isn't the first batch. I made some with dried cherries in and I think the mixture was a bit too soggy because it was pretty difficult to slice๐Ÿ’๐Ÿช . These are dark chocolate and hazelnut and are rather delicious ๐ŸŒฐ๐Ÿซ Second attempt was much better ๐Ÿช . I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that 2021 is less 2020 for everyone ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ“† . . . #newyearseve #baking #biscotti #chocolateandhazelnutbiscotti #darkchocolate #hazelnuts #christmasbaking #merrychristmas #happynewyear #bakestagram #homebaker #goodbye2020 #hello2021

 
I honestly don't know what to say about the

I honestly don't know what to say about the #covidchristmas situation, so instead here are the Christmas cards I cross-stitched for my parents and grandparents this year - the bottom two are @hobbycrafthq kits and the top one is a @bothythreads kit I bought from John Lewis in the sale back when we were allowed to go out at the beginning of the year ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ“ฎ . I love how the holly and the ivy one turned out as it used a variety of stitches and different numbers of thread, however it did use metallic thread. Who even invented metallic thread? It's such a pain to sew with ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌ . . . #christmas #christmascrafts #crafting #craftswithclare #sewing #crossstitch #crossstitchcard #christmascard #christmascards #christmascraftswithclare #craftstagram #craftmas #thehollyandtheivy #candle #postbox #crossstitcher #cards #handmade #madewithlove #family

I bought some beautiful Christmas fabric from @hobbycrafthq last year that I didn't get chance to use, so I looked on @pinterestuk for some inspiration for fabric decorations and ended up with these ๐ŸŽ„
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I made them a few weekends ago and they were simpler that I thought from looking at the pictures. It's just two circles of fabric seen together and then folded, sort of origami style. I think it's quite effective though ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽŠ
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Just one week left at work now and then I'm looking forward to a well needed break for Christmas - I hope you are all coping ok with this weird covid Christmas โ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผโ˜ƒ๏ธ
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I bought some beautiful Christmas fabric from @hobbycrafthq last year that I didn't get chance to use, so I looked on @pinterestuk for some inspiration for fabric decorations and ended up with these ๐ŸŽ„ . I made them a few weekends ago and they were simpler that I thought from looking at the pictures. It's just two circles of fabric seen together and then folded, sort of origami style. I think it's quite effective though ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽŠ . Just one week left at work now and then I'm looking forward to a well needed break for Christmas - I hope you are all coping ok with this weird covid Christmas โ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผโ˜ƒ๏ธ . . . #whyistherenosewingmachineemoji #christmas #advent #christmascrafts #christmascraftswithclare #decorations #sewing #pintrestinspiration #christmasfabric #craftstagram #craftmas #crafting #hobbycraft #madewithlove #handmade #covidchristmas

I've had quite the productive weekend with a bit of baking, a lot of crafts and some cheesy Channel 5 Christmas films ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ
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These are doughnut muffins...or duffins...or mufnuts?!? They are sort of a

I've had quite the productive weekend with a bit of baking, a lot of crafts and some cheesy Channel 5 Christmas films ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ . These are doughnut muffins...or duffins...or mufnuts?!? They are sort of a #bakeoffchallenge bake in homage to the finger doughnuts from the other week, but I'll be honest and say I slept through that whole challenge and I can't remember which week it was - eighties maybe?? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ . Eating these is so weird because it does taste like a strawberry jam doughnut however the texture is somewhere in between ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ“ (it's a @bbcgoodfood recipe) . . . #weekendbaking #baker #homebaker #doughnutmuffins #doughnuts #muffins #duffins #mufnuts #gbbo #extraslice #bbcgoodfood #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #baking #weekendwellspent

For chocolate week I had another go at bourbon brownies. Last time I made them there were only two of us in the office at work so to mark my one year anniversary I wanted to share them with the whole team๐Ÿช๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ’ž
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I was very covid-friendly with individual pots for each person. It's a strange time to be a baker; your instinct is to share but you've got to figure out how to avoid touching the same things and share in a socially distanced manner ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜–
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For chocolate week I had another go at bourbon brownies. Last time I made them there were only two of us in the office at work so to mark my one year anniversary I wanted to share them with the whole team๐Ÿช๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ’ž . I was very covid-friendly with individual pots for each person. It's a strange time to be a baker; your instinct is to share but you've got to figure out how to avoid touching the same things and share in a socially distanced manner ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜– . . . #gbbo #bakeoff #extraslice #bakeoffchallenge #bakeoffchallenge2020 #chocolateweek #brownies #signaturebake #bourbonbrownies #cakestagram #bakestagram #baker #homebaker #madewithlove #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #chocolate #cake #biscuits #secondattempt

 
I forgot to post again yesterday; it's so full on at work now students are back I'm a bit mentally drained๐Ÿคช
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Over the weekend I had a go at making soda bread. It's got a strange texture, more like a giant scone than a loaf of bread so it was pretty crumbly. I'm not sure it was quite my cup of tea, my Dad absolutely loved it though๐ŸžI like the rustic look of it, very

I forgot to post again yesterday; it's so full on at work now students are back I'm a bit mentally drained๐Ÿคช . Over the weekend I had a go at making soda bread. It's got a strange texture, more like a giant scone than a loaf of bread so it was pretty crumbly. I'm not sure it was quite my cup of tea, my Dad absolutely loved it though๐ŸžI like the rustic look of it, very #countrykitchen . . . #gbbo #bakeoff #bakeoffchallenge #baking #bakestagram #breadweek #sodabread #baker #homebaker #bakedbyclare #clareskitchen #weekendbaking #bread #greatbritishbakeoff #extraslice

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