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Blog & Life 2015: Out With The Old.

6 Jan

I am now entering my 3rd year of blogging.

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My blog meets none of the blogging criteria of a successful blog.

But it’s my blog and a pleasure still to me as I never intended to become a ‘read blog’ nor still do I.
I have always used it as my personal muse to find the “good in everyday”.

In saying that I do however like the fact that others do pop, have a read and leave messages. This was a pleasure I never expected to have – so Thank You to those that do, despite my slack posts, poor spelling & grammar and somewhat dull wafflings.

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As mentioned ‘The Blogging Criteria’:

One of these blogging criteria recommendations is regular blog posts – fail one.

A second being combine blog with other social media – fail two.

I’ve had a huge gap in blog posts and twitter, Instead Ive been found over on IG. I’ve found IG just the right amount of social media to fit in with my schedule for the later part of 2014. But New Year – New Schedule.

I’ve organised and sorted many aspects of the HAF household over the past few months and one area that remains a shamble of miss matching posts and WIP is my blog. I feel I should give a little TLC to the poor thing which is serving me so well.

So first out with the old…

There are 3 topics which I have covered in posts over the past 2 years that have come to an end for me at least.

CPSH; Craft Photo Scavenger Hunt: I really enjoyed taking part in this. There are lots of monthly photo taking variations out there but I enjoyed the personal nature of this as it was a small group which I could actually enjoy everyone’s posts each month. Unfortunately I joined this at the end of its life really the original organiser had passed the torch on and lives got busy and the group naturally and amicably fizzled as far as I am aware.
So this topic is no longer a feature on my blog.

BHBC & CCC: ; Beaters Hut Bakers Club & Clandestine Cake Club: Again two things I tremendously enjoyed taking part in and pushing the grey baking cells and skills. But alas baking is not always easy for me as it requires a full good week as I have to shop & bake, then commit to a date a month in advance when I have no idea how I will feel, leaving me feeling pressured and letting people down. Which means I can not take part unfortunately.
But both local groups still continue successfully and with some very hard work of 2 lovely groups- much recommend.

Crafty Creatives #CC: I stopped my Crafty Creatives boxes as to be honest I was getting a little bored of the format and I didn’t have the inkling to either do the crafts or the time. As I stopped though the format changed and I was given the option to test the new format but I declined – stupidly. As I do quite like the look of the new boxes. This maybe something in future I choose to do again.
I have however in its place taken more day classes in crafts which I have greatly enjoyed too and there will continue to be blog posts about.

Things I’ve not quite finished, Blog WIP’s …

A-Z of Me: I started this with my blog essentially and haven’t got past ‘E’.
So *ahem* it is in my blog planner; oh yes my organiser has one [*Tick* one criteria of a successful blog – have a planner- I just have to use it haha], so 2015 will see more of The A-Z of Me.

WSW; Window Shopping Wednesday: I haven’t done a WSW for over a year.
My break was due to Window Shopping often turns into shopping and with the Wedding I had to resist temptation to house shop and concentrate on the Wedding.
Our Wedding didn’t actually involve that much shopping. I had a clear picture in my mind and found or made what I wanted with a little help from Family & Friends.
Instead of shopping a lot of pinning happened and you can still see all of our Blush, Gold & Navy themed wedding inspiration on my Pinterest boards [Serotiny_HAF].
One day I will share our amazing day on the blog.

I Quit Sugar; The ‘diet’/Life style of quitting sugar: Well I lasted the first 5 weeks of full detox then had my Bridal Shower & Hen Party.
A Bridal Shower Afternoon Tea Party & A Best Friend who is a cake goddess and ‘I didn’t quit sugar’. I slowly slipped down the slippery slope again.
In saying this we do not quiet have the same amount of sugar as before as I have never restocked some sugary condiments and such like. I have also continued to switch to no sugar brands of certain foods. My snacking is slightly different too I switched some snacks to things like rice cakes & nut butters and this was always the area which was a high sugar concern in my diet.
I hope in the new year to attempt this again as I did feel some benefits.

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So that’s a summery of the blog tidy & round up.

Blog Aims 2015

I aim to blog at least twice a week for now and increase my twitter communications again as I miss the interaction & knowledge to be found on twitter. I’ve found many a fab company or recommendation on twitter – not to mention twittering peeps becoming none virtual friends.

I aim to blog once a week on a positive good in the week for me, this could be snail mail, baking, a craft etc.

The second post I aim to do is continue to take part in Jocelyn at The Reading Residence, Word of the Week. I hope to make the link up most Fridays – Sundays.

The Reading Residence

My other occasional Blog Aim is to post about our Geocaching progress and have a bit of a catch up with this.

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From time to time I hope to increase posts with participating with other blog link ups as I have done in the past.

I think it’s all looking ship shape over here and ready for 2015 and a 3rd Blogging Year.

I look forward to seeing what the new year brings.

Sx

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Gluten Free Pecan Pie

13 Jul

Last Thursday was Beaters Hut Bakers Club. This Months Theme was American in honour of 4th July.

I contemplated for a while on this topic but didn’t know if my thoughts were to obvious with things like Pumpkin Pie. I emailed an American Lady I’ve got to know about any suggestions she might have and my thoughts.
After her helpful reply I settled on Pecan Pie.

Gluten Free Pecan Pie

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200 g [7 oz] Butter
175 g [6 oz] Gluten Free Plain Flour
A Pinch of Salt
3 Eggs
15 ml [1tbsp] Milk
175 g [6oz] Demerara Sugar
150 ml [1/4 pint] Maple Syrup
2.5ml [1/2 tsp] Vanilla Essence
175 g [6oz] Pecan Nuts, halved

Whisk 150 g [5oz] butter.

Gradually stir in the GF Plain Flour and salt; beat well after each addition.

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Add 45ml [3 tbsp] cold water and mix thoroughly with hands. Knead lightly with extra flour, as this pastry is VERY sticky to handle. Chill.

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Roll out the pastry and use to line a 23 cm [9 inch] ovenproof flan/pie dish; flute the edge. Chill the case while preparing the filling.

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Beat the eggs and milk together.

Boil the sugar and syrup together in a saucepan for 3 minutes.



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Take the syrup off the heat allow to cool for a few seconds, then slowly pour on to the beaten eggs and stir in 50g [2oz] butter and vanilla essence.

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Use half the nuts to cover the base of the pastry case, spoon the syrup mixture over and cover with remaining nuts.

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Bake in the oven at 220 C [435 F] for 10 minutes.
Then reduce the heat to 170 C [325 F] and cook for a further 45 minutes, until the filling is set.

You can serve warm or cold. For all of my recipes using flour I use Doves Farm Gluten Free Flour it’s by far the best! And if your not wanting Gluten Free then use normal flour.

BHBC was a great evening chatting to new people and even the added bonus of gluten free yummies.
Check out Shauna’s Blog Beaters Hut Bakers Club For the Full Low Down on each event (tip don’t view while hungry)

Here is a quick peek at the segment of table I was sitting at…

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