It’s been a little quiet around here because I was in London last week for a wee holiday. The primary reason for going down to London was to attend the ATP World Tour Finals, where I only did a little crazy Rafa stalking…(but I did get my hat signed by him so it totally paid off!). Other than the tennis there was a lot of shopping, food and shows typical London trip.
Here are a couple of my favourite things from the week:
1/ Great British Bake Off Finale// This was my set up for watching the final on Tuesday! Sad to see the series end, I will miss the weekly comedy from Mel and Sue, but Frances’ wedding cake was really awesome.
2/Blue concert// Spur of the moment plans to go relive our youth and go see Blue. They were really good, and are surprisingly good dancers, even if Duncan James is a little cringey!
4/More pumpkin recipes// Joy’s blog is a constant source of bakery inspiration for me, every recipe on there I wanna rush to the kitchen to bake. These Pumpkin Pecan Scones are definitely on the weekend ‘must bake’ list.
1/ Pumpkin Recipes // Pumpkin season is upon us and I can’t wait to get baking, especially this pumpkin salted caramel snickerdoodle bar…all good things in one place! I have my first pumpkin recipe coming up on Friday.
2/ Trip to London // I’ve just booked a short holiday to London next month and I can’t wait! It should be just starting to get all Christmas-y. I can buy some macarons, watch some tennis, go to a show, yay!
3/ Skull Jumper // I love this cashmere skull sweater in a recent post over on Cupcakes and Cashmere (one of the very first blogs I started following religiously). Emily always looks amazing but this outfit is so mad that it works, and I love the ‘controverial’ neon hat too.
4/ My New Camera // Don’t worry, I’m not posting about Christmas…yet, I’m excited to be using my new DSLR camera for my posts from now on. The first was here, I hope there is an improvement from the camera phone pictures, but I still need a lot of practice. This was me getting started on this years Christmas cake.
1. Gallery Walls – Need my own flat so I can create a wall like this.
2. Autumn – By far my favourite season, everything looks so pretty and it includes my birthday! (this Saturday, yay!)
3. Chocolate Babka – This looks perfect for my continuing journey into bread baking.
4. American Apparel hoodies – It’s probably been about six years since I last bought anything from American Apparel, mostly because I’m not that cool (or rich) but you can’t beat their hoodies, especially when they are fresh and super soft. Sadly I discovered I’ve gone up a size since I last shopped there.
I’ve actually known for a couple of weeks so it has been such a nightmare trying to keep the secret from everyone (my work colleagues can’t quite believe how good I am at lying), I’m so glad I can finally let everyone know.
I was in work when the phone call came through from Border Biscuits letting me know the great news, cue me getting very excited and raising a few suspicions in my office about the result. The following week I was invited to the factory in Lanark for a photoshoot with James Morton from last years Great British Bake Off, who was very lovely, to show off my very own biscuits, in their very own box! Whilst there, the head recipe developer Nicola gave me a tour of the factory which was really interesting and smelled AMAZING. I was in the huge room where they have a conveyor belt of Chocolate Gingers in production, complete with molten chocolate in pipes above your head. It was pretty much a biscuit lovers dream.
The last two days have been surreal and exciting. Borders released the news to the press on Tuesday morning, after which I had two radio interviews (Real Radio and MFR) and phone interviews with The Inverness Courier and STV. The story was also featured in today’s Scottish Daily Mail and The Highland News (readers of which must be seriously sick of me by now!)
So, the cookies should be going on sale at the end of October, I will no doubt be posting more about them between now and then. Now I’m off to plot what to spend my £2000 winnings on!