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{Peach Turnovers}

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I originally made a scrummy Pineapple and Coconut Crisp for our date night, however I forgot to take some photos of it! I therefore decided to do some extra baking in celebration of the late summer bank holiday, which turned out to be the perfect weather for baking as its been pouring with rain pretty much all day long. This turnover recipe made for a quick treat too as I was able to use a ready to bake sheet of pastry from the freezer, and despite my slight cheating these little puff triangles turned out to be the perfect treat when served warm from the oven on a rather blustery and un-summers-like day.

Recipe {HERE}.

 

What have you been baking this month?


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{July Gratitudes}

For young love and generous hugs.

For young love and generous hugs.

For first holidays and new countries and finally getting off the little rock that we call home.

For first holidays and new countries and finally getting off the little rock.

For a comfy baby carrier and new island discoveries.

For a comfy baby carrier and new island discoveries.

For toddling babes and a home by the sea.

For toddling babes and a home by the sea.

For generations together and Nans from up north.

For generations together and Nans from up north.

For this face, long may she continue pulling it!

For this face, long may she continue pulling it!

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during July, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Berry Cobbler}

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The recipe claimed to make ‘the best berry cobbler you’ll ever have’ and I have to agree that it was! Okay, I’ve never made a cobbler before, actually never even ate one, but The Husby and I were pretty impressed with this berry goodness. The Husby enjoyed it so much in fact, that he’s put in another order for this weekend, so it seems it was a success. Best served warm from the oven with a big dollop of ice-cream. Skillet optional, but looks real pretty.

Recipe {HERE}.

What have you been baking this month?


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The Scottish Highlands

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Highlights from our time in the Scottish Highlands…

  • The open road – a rare treat for us Guerns
  • Glimpses of Glasgow along the way
  • Driving the long way round Loch Lomond, just because
  • Spotting deer in the long grass
  • Car sing-alongs to entertain one frustrated little girl
  • Late night chippie dinners after a long journey
  • Taking Libby up her first mountain, Aonach Mor
  • Silly family antics in the cable car on the way down the mountain
  • Awesome local radio that plays just the right amount of 80’s music – lots!
  • Perfect reflections on peaceful Loch Linnhe
  • Taking a ferry across the loch, just to get a spot of lunch
  • Town centres that are smaller than Guernsey’s
  • Busking bagpipers who are about 10 years old
  • Clear views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain
  • Exploring Fort William with a sleeping babe
  • The Husby’s homemade Mexican Lasagne
  • Walks through the forest to the squirrel enclosure
  • Wild foxgloves along the roadside
  • Highland cows called Hamish and St. Bernard dogs called Daisy


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Edinburgh & East Lothian

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Highlights of Edinburgh and East Lothian…

  • Taking Libby to visit her first city and second country!
  • Ample amounts of quality time with our dear friends from college
  • Libby’s first plane and train journeys
  • Hot chocolate and cake at The Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling dreamt up and penned some of the early Harry Potter books
  • Strolling through Princes Street Gardens
  • One epic castle and many a massive monument
  • Ambling our way up the Royal Mile
  • Finding interior design inspiration in a massive White Stuff store
  • Exploring boutiques on Victoria Street
  • Getting our fix of Pizza Hut for the year
  • Being chased by tartan painted sheep
  • Finally getting up close with that incredible breed of cow, the infamous “heilan’ coo”
  • Cute piglets called Frodo, Samwise, Merry & Pippin
  • Libby taking after her mama by loving on some donkeys
  • Awesome views from Calton Hill
  • Discovering a pretty graveyard on our way to wave at the Queen at Holyrood Palace
  • Coffee and Cake at the quirky Lovecrumbs
  • Choosing our very own tartan for the Girard clan
  • Random roadtrips through East Lothian
  • Pretty Portobello with it’s seaside promenande
  • Beating the Husby (twice) at Ticket to Ride!
  • Libby mastering the art of walking!


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{June Gratitudes}

For talented friends who make the most beautiful of gifts and the little lady that gets to wear them.

For talented friends that make the most beautiful of gifts and the precious new arrival that gets to wear them.

For the discovery of sand and the messes it makes.

For the discovery of sand and the messes it makes.

For an ample supply of banana bread and the simple beauty of succulent plants.

For an ample supply of banana bread and the quirky beauty of succulent plants.

For our lady-like girl who insists on elephant marching, even when visiting the manor house.

For our lady-like girl who insists on elephant marching, even when visiting the manor house.

For simple dens made by little hands.

For the simple joy of (not-so-secret) dens and the busy little hands that make them.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during June, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Chocolate Chip Banana Bread}

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As it’s Father’s Day today I decided to treat both our Dads to some homemade banana bread. The recipe made two 2lb loaves and worked perfectly with the addition of some chocolate chips. I’m actually going to make this recipe again and soon! The smell of these scrumptious breads as they left the oven made me kinda sad to be giving them away! We paired our banana breads with a quirky little succulent plant and together they made sweet little Fathers Day gifts.

Recipe {HERE}.

Happy Fathers Day! What have you been baking this month?

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