Saturday, 23 February 2013

A Haphazard Banoffee Pie

I made this a couple of days ago from half a tim of caramel left over from making millionaires shortbread earlier. Banoffee Pie is really easy as there is no cooking so it's just an assembly job. However mine didn't really go to plan...

Well first I split the bag breaking up the biscuits!

This photo makes it look at bit better than it actually was. The caramel was really hard to spread around.

And finally when I assembled it all and put it in the fridge to cool, my firdge had other ideas and froze it!
However in saying all that it tasted really good and I'm really glad I had a go at making it. I contemplated not sharing my woeful banoffee pie on here. Then I realised that actually I really liked it and we learn from our mistakes. I'm sure next time I make a banoffee pie it will look just as good as this one tasted. That is if the fridge is on my side!

Anyone made a good banoffee pie? Please let me know how your supposed to make it because as usual I wasn't following a recipe.

Kate xx

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Quick move


Just to let you all know that since reading Amanda's post on Lessons she learnt when blogging I have decided to rename my blog. I originally chose "you are my sunshine" as it was a song my mum used to sing to me when I was little however I know realise it probably wasn't that great an idea as people won't necessarily see me when they search.

So, my blog is now called "appreciate the day". I love this title as it sums up what I'm trying to show everyone. It's the small things that make us happy - a yummy cake, a beautiful piece of embroidery, seeing flowers at the side of the road.

So you can now find me at:

and on twitter at: @appreciate_day

Thank you for all the amazing advice I'm finding around the internet

Kate xx

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Waffle Brunch

I have a friend who everytime I visit her we end up eating waffles. She bought herself a waffle maker and whips up a batch for us. So what better way to celebrate her 18th than a big waffle brunch?

So we had a choice of toppings:
  • Magic stars
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mini marshmallows
  • M & M's
  • Golden syrup
  • Chocolate spread
  • Hot toffee sauce
  • Ice cream
  • etc.
And created whichever waffle we could dream up.

These are photos my wonderfully ordered friend took of her waffles.

I thought this was a great idea for party food as it gave everyone a choice and was scrummy!
I think next on the agenda is to try different flavoured waffles. Anyone got any good ideas?

Kate xx

Monday, 18 February 2013

Millionaire's Shortbread

This is the first of my recipe based posts. I bake as much as I can and the best excuse is for my friends. This was for my psychology group who all seemed pretty pleased with it. And despite the fact I cobbled this together from a couple of different recipes and my inagination it seemed to work pretty well.


Shortbread base:

  • 6 ounces of plain flour
  • 4 ounces castor sugar
  • 2 ounces butter
  • pinch of salt


  • half a tin of caramel
  • 150 gram pack of plain chocolate


  1. Mix flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  2. Press firmly into the 8 inch square tray. Prick the surface with a fork to prevent rising. I found this needed to be done carefully to prevent the mix breaking up.
  3. Cook for 1 hour in a preheated 150 degree oven. Check at about 40 mins as mine was nearly done at this point despite the book saying it would take an hour. It should be just golden brown and will crisp up when it comes out of the oven.
  4. Cool the base before spreading liberally with caramel.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. This lets the chocolate melt slowly and a nice glossy finish occurs. Carefully spoon over the base and caramel so no caramel can be seen underneath.
  6. Cool in the fridge until chocolate is solid.
  7. To serve cut into portions. I cut it into 9 but it is quite sweet so more may be better. To prevent craking that occured on mine dip your knife into warm water before cutting.

This was my first attempt at making this and I am very happy with the results. Sorry also about my jumping about in imperial and metric. This is due to my imperial scales and the ingredients being in metric. This conversion website should help you sort it into which ever you want to use.
Please give this a go and let me know the outcome.
Kate xx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Not just my normal ponytail

This is my first foray into the world of hair styles. Usually I bung my hair up in a messy ponytail or bun and that's all. However making an effort with your hair really does lift your mood so I'm going to try to do this more often. Thankfully I have nice long hair so I have plenty of styles to be trying and pinterest will keep me inspired.

Hope your all having a great valentine's day and are being swepted off your feet. xxx

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

my first romantic ventures into paper embroidery

Just in time for Valentine's day I've been experimenting with paper embroidery. This an example of the wonderfully creative Meredith's paper embroidery that can be seen over at one sheepish girl. Her drawing with thread is adorable and made me want to have a go.

I have tried out 2 different ways of embroidery:

This is my dream dress for valentines day - cute, flowery, feminine and in a fifties style.

And then I went for a bold heart design.
Have a great Valentine's day everyone. Remember it's all about LOVE!
Kate xx

Friday, 8 February 2013

Never let my schooling interfere with my education

As a sixth form student I am in education. However as a person I love finding out about interesting things that happen in the world and that's what drew me to:

Ted Talks 

This website has lots of really interesting talks by successful and inspirational people. Some of these talks have made me laugh, cry and be so increadibly inspired. In no particular order I would like to share 5 of my favourite talks.

Top 5 Favs

  1. Io Tillett Wright talks frankly about her upbringing and beliefs that led to the creation of a photography project dipicting people that are not 100% straight.
  2. Cameron Russell talks about her life as a model in this image based industry.
  3. Sue Austin strikes complete awe in the audience when she shows how disability and specifically wheelchairs can be seen in a very positive light. (I had a little cry at this one)
  4. Janine Shepherd reminds us that what we are is not our body and her amazing recovery from a life threatening accident that changed her life. (again tissues needed)
  5. Angela Patton talks about her charity that connects girls with their fathers even when they are in prison.
I hope that one of the talks I have named or one of the many others strikes a chord with you and you can relate to it, because you don't have to go to school to learn.

Kate xx

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Love is love

This is a bit of a topical post but today the UK prepare to find out whether same-sex marriage will be allowed.

My belief is that love is love and everyone should be allowed to show this love. Marriage is recognising a commitment to show this love and should be available to everyone. This is perfectly worded in this beautiful song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - "Same Love". Definately worth a listen and the video is simply stunning.

My hope is that one day everyone will be treated equally
Kate xxx