"With Pomp, Power & Glory the world beckons vainly, In chase of such vanities why should I roam?While Peace & Content bless my little thatched cottage,And warm my own hearth with the Treasures of Home."*Beatrix Potter

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Early March & a day with James Herriot

The days at the cottage are starting to grow longer, the garden is coming back to life & signs of Spring are everywhere. Daffodils, Grape Hyacinths, Hyacinths & Crocus's are blooming in the garden, it's so lovely to see the sun shinning & the Spring flowers in their full glory all around the village.
The buds are swelling & are ready to burst into life along the hedgerows. This is such a lovely time of year with new growth everywhere, things grow so quickly with changes happening every day.
With the weather starting to change our daily lives gradually move from the kitchen to the garden. The rhubarb is sprouting up & soon we will be picking it to make the first jam of the year.
Mary decorating cakes for tea.

The twins learning to use a sewing machine, they are making little pillows for their baby dolls.

Pumpkin Loaves.
This recipe was given to me by an American friend many years ago & it freezes well.
This recipe makes two loaves.
Grease two loaf pans.
Mix all dry ingredients together.
3 cups of plain flour.
2 cups of white sugar.
1/2 tsp baking powder.
2 tsp soda.
1 tsp cinnamon.
1 tsp ground nutmeg.
1 tsp mixed spice.
Mix pumpkin, oil & eggs together.
1 16ounce tin of pumpkin.
3 eggs.
2/3 cup vegetable oil.
Then combine all ingredients together.
Add raisins of wished.
Bake for 1 hour at 350
cool for 10 mins then turn out.

!920's Vinegar Cake.
A recipe from an old booklet I have.

Our two Kitty's playing with an old whisk.
A precious moment to capture.

A friend on IG gave me this lovely recipe for Chocolate Orange Trifle.
It is made using chocolate sponge, tinned oranges & orange jelly.
With chocolate blancmange on top then double cream & chocolate treats.

We are great fans of All Creatures Great & Small so a few weeks ago we had a day out in Thirsk, North Yorkshire & visited The World of James Herriot.
We have been there before when the twins were two so they did not remember it.
They love to watch the vintage tv show & also read the James Herriot children's books.
We had a lovely day visiting the museum & pottering around the old market town of Thirsk.

Inside The World of James Herriot.
The house is the actual home & veterinary surgery were James Herriot worked & lived.
1950's sitting room.

A perfect little tea cosy.
There was lots of inspiration.

This was the breakfast room complete with the series running on the vintage television.

Kitchen table with another beautiful tea cosy.

We were right at home in this house.

Pantry shelves

The twins & myself outside the museum.

We had a hunt round a few of the antique shops in our local town.
I was so pleased to find this beautiful 1940's or 1950's tea set.

Some vintage finds found in our local antique shop.

The hens are back to laying with the longer days.

Fairy cakes for the children's lunches.

With so many eggs we have had a few quiches, I always bake the quiche recipe in the Darling Buds of May cook book.

Sidney had his 12th birthday at the end of February, how the years have flown.
He loves chocolate.

Sidney's birthday tea.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins.
These are a family favourite.
Mix with a fork
9 ozs plain flour.
3 tsp baking powder.
2 tsp mixed spice.
4 ozs white sugar.
Then mix wet ingredients together.
5 floz milk.
3 floz vegetable oil.
1 egg.
Fold into dry ingredients.
add 6 oz of finely chopped apple.
pour into muffin cases, sprinkle with soft brown sugar & bake for 20 minutes at 375/390.

Rearranging the kitchen dresser.

I made Delia Smith's Chocolate Almond cake a couple of weeks ago for the first time, the children loved it.

Saturday teatime.
Crisps are a treat on a Saturday.

Another vintage tea cosy started while Bobby is enjoying the warmth of the fire.

My family gave me this pretty Mothering Sunday cake.
So pretty with teapot & flowers.

A rustic cob loaf for tea the other week, we had it with homemade leek & potato soup.

Making patchwork dolls quilts for the twins for their Easter gifts.
I am using some vintage fabrics & vintage buttons.

I am going to end this post with some wonderful news.
Early this morning our beautiful daughter gave birth to a little girl. I gave birth to Amy 22 years ago & now at the age of 22 she has given birth to her daughter. Amy & Dan are going to perfect parents, they have so much love to give to this precious little girl. I am so proud of them both & so happy for them.
Thank you dear readers for your lovely comments, I appreciate them all.
Fondly Michelle.