Thursday, 19 October 2017

Born to Soar



What are you filling your heart with?  What is taking up your time?  What thoughts are the focus in your mind?  What are your eyes seeing?

These are questions that have been nudging at my heart recently.  God has gently been convicting me of my daily life, my daily routine, and whether or not I'm intentionally living for Him in the every day.

The truth is that I'm not.  My mind easily wanders, I become frustrated easily by little hiccups in my job, and I find myself spending far more time on social media than in His word.

But the main factor that's been hiding behind all of these bad habits is that I didn't think I was good enough.  I thought that a daily, thriving faith was for other girls, for Christians who have their life sorted out, for people who have a shiny-instagram faith.  But God has been making it very clear to me that the only thing standing between me and learning to walk closely with Jesus everyday is myself and the limitations I'm putting on myself and on God.

He isn't a God who is limited in anyway and He created us to live a life that not only believes this but puts it into practice.  We are called to be fearless in our Saviour and joyful in the salvation that we have in Him.  Every single day.  Whether you're washing the dishes, photographing a wedding, doing the school run, answering the phone in the office, making your morning coffee, or replying to countless emails.  We are called to invite Him into everything and to live for Him in everything.

So what does that actually look like?  Well, it's easier said than done because we are human, we have flaws and we mess up.  But that doesn't mean that we can't try, and by the grace of God we can try again every day.  Every morning, every afternoon, and every evening we can come back to Him with a sorry heart and be set free by His grace.

Jesus states in the gospel of Matthew that we are to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37) and "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). 

Approach each day prayerfully and keep praying again and again and again.  Talk to God about the big things and the little things, but also seek Him in the big things and the little things.  Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, He doesn't care about the mess on the other side of the door, all that He cares about is you.  Open the door to Him.  He wants your heart and He wants a relationship with you.  Beautiful, broken you.

We're called every day to not just simply live, but to rejoice in our God and to soar in His grace. Don't put limitations on God but instead put into practice walking with Him everyday in the everyday.


"Here I remind myself what you said over me 
Here I remind my soul who You are 
You said you won't relent 
Won't let go, won't forget 
Every promise you have whispered to my heart 
As I wait, as I wait on you 
I'm gonna run and not grow weary 
I'm gonna walk and not grow faint 
Rise up on wings like eagles 
To soar" 
Soar 
Meredith Andrews



Carolyn 
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rainfall and Sunlight




The days feel shorter, tracked by rainfall and sunlight.  The sky is grey but the sunbeams are dancing through, splashing light across the kitchen table and over the pages of my book.

This different season is unsettling me in a way, adjusting to a new autumn is taking it's toll but forcing me to find comfort in what I have here, now; the colour in the leaves, the unrelated family that are reaching out to me, the music that feels like home, and the God who is holding my heart.

The sky is grey but the sunbeams are dancing through, piercing through the cold morning and mixing with the smell of rain.  Although it's familiar it also feels new and inviting.  But I'm stepping in cautiously, clinging to reality in the fear that it will slip away like before.




It's strange how the sunlight can steal away the solidity as it's taken by the clouds, it's disconcerting and fragile.  But this season is different to the others, I'm not facing this one alone.  His grace is enough, His strength is enough, His love is enough. 

I can feel it in the raindrops that are slowly falling down the window.  I can see it in the sunbeams that dance on the tiled floor.  I know it in the grace that is overwhelming my heart and pulling me through this season.  He's with me in this autumn and He will step into winter with me telling me it won't be easy, but it will be okay and I need to hold on tight.



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Monday, 9 October 2017

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

New Bloglovin // Why the fresh start?




When I started blogging almost four years ago I didn't know what I was doing.  All I knew at that point was that I loved to write and I wanted to write about music.  Fast forward to now and I'm a far cry from that naïve girl.

I've done a lot of growing up over the past four years; I've moved out from my parents home, I'm a lot more outgoing, and next year I'll be moving country to attend The Bridge gap year programme at Sydney Bible College.  But most importantly I've fallen in love with Jesus and He's the reason for all of these amazing changes and opportunities.

The one thing that's remained the same over the years is that I still love to write.  The only change in this is that I now want to really pursue this passion, to use it for my Heavenly father, and to really commit to investing in my blog.

So why the new Bloglovin account?  Since I created my Bloglovin account my blog has undergone two brand changes and therefore has changed URL's twice as well.  This meant losing my blog followers and the community that I had.  Twice.  I'm following over seven hundred blogs through this platform which makes it difficult to keep up with the blogs I read regularly, and my archives are cluttered and contain posts that are no longer relevant for me.

I need a clean slate.




I've gone through all my old posts, converted to draft all the posts that I feel are no longer what I want this blog to be or the style of writing that I'm pushing myself towards.  Alongside this digital clear out I decided it was time to completely start afresh with my Bloglovin account so that I can better organise the blogs I follow, the posts I would like to go back to, and the archive of posts from my own blog.

I hope that you're able to follow me as I head into a new stage with my blog.  You can find my new Bloglovin account by clicking here.  I'll be deleting my old Bloglovin account over the next couple of days and my blog will be going live on my new account soon after.

I'm excited to get back into regular posting and pushing myself creatively when it comes to my writing and my blogging.


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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Home Is Where The Heart Is





Home.
Once a place, now a feeling.
Heart.
Broken, shameful, guilt ridden.

Him.
Saviour, Father, Friend.
He leads me, He calls me, He holds me.

I trust Him, I love Him, I know Him.
I hurt Him, I leave Him, I disown Him.

He loves me, He pursues me, He protects me.
I run to Him, I long for Him, I cry out to Him.

Home.
Once a place, now a feeling.
Home is where He leads.
Home is where He calls.
Home is where He is.
Home is in His grace.
Home is in His sacrifice.
Home is in His love.

Heart.
Once broken but now made whole.
By His love, for His love.
Once broken but now alive.
Slowly learning, slowly loving
for Him, with Him, because of Him.
Slowly reaching out, slowly beating stronger
for Him, with Him, because of Him.

He is my heart.
He is my home.
My home is where my heart is.
My home is with Him.



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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Coconut Flapjack | Autumnal Baking




I have been having a lot of fun recently scrolling through Pinterest and instagram to find and adapt some new recipes to bake this autumnal season.  Recently I've been baking a lot each week for church and for a local charity café which has given me the chance to try different recipes each week.

I decided to combine a recipe I had for Anzac biscuits and a flapjack recipe to make a soft, gooey coconut flapjack and I thought I would share my recipe with you.




Ingredients:

90g of rolled oats
220g of light soft brown sugar
80g of desiccated coconut
110g of plain flour
110g of self-raising flour
125g of butter
2tbsp of golden syrup


Method:

1.  Preheat your oven to 180°C.  Lightly grease a deep, rectangular 23cm baking tray, and line with greaseproof paper.

2.  In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, sugar, and 65g of the coconut.

3.  Sift both the plain flour and the self-raising flour into the mixing bowl and stir into the other ingredients.

3.   Slowly melt together the butter and the golden syrup.  This can either be done in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

4.  Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and pour in the melted butter mixture.

5.  Mix together until all the ingredients are fully combined.

6.  Press into your prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and rises slightly when pressed.

7.  Leave to cool and cut into desired pieces. 



This recipe works great as a tray bake or as a dessert when it's warm out the oven with ice cream, it's so good to have a recipe that can be used as both!  I'm so excited to have made a start on sharing some autumnal recipes with you.  I'm looking forward to trying some recipes soon with our home-grown apples! 

Let me know in the comments what you're looking forward to making this autumnal season, I'd love to swap recipes and ideas with you. 

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Autumnal



The smell of the fire mixed with the freshly baked apple and cinnamon loaf was both comforting and unsettling for me.  Memories flooded my mind and I had to take some time to be filled with nostalgia.

A part of me isn't ready for this new season and is still tightly clinging to the smells of salt and sand, walking barefoot in our front garden, and never needing an excuse to go for ice cream.  Yet, this afternoon the mixed scents of freshly baked apple loaf and the wood burning fire made my heart feel at home.



In the mornings I can see my breath, tiptoeing across my bedroom floor to stand near the heater before facing the misty morning that peeks through the shutters.

The afternoons, filled with walks along golden plastered paths and clear blue skies.  Scrapbooking leaves, feeling enveloped in a knitted jumper, a sharp intake of breath as I step out into the cold yet fresh air.  Baking with home grown apples, sharing recipes with friends that have been passed down from generations, passed down through seasons.  

The darker nights are closing in, filled with hot chocolate and candle lit rooms.  Warm memories made with family and friends, huddled in living rooms sheltering against the darker nights.



Autumn, I welcome you with cautious but open arms.


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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Victoria Sponge Cake | The Baking Diaries




Now that it's September I feel as though we're transitioning into Autumn; leaves changing colour, blanket scarves, and cosy nights in with a warm drink and a good book.  Although I do enjoy Autumn, I am going to miss all the fun things I like to bake during the summer.  But before I begin browsing pinterest for some autumnal recipes, I thought I would do one last summer bake and share my recipe with you all for the British classic that is the Victoria Sponge Cake.


Ingredients for the sponges:

450g of unsalted butter (softened)
450g of castor sugar
8 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
450g of self-raising flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder


Ingredients for the filling and decoration:

300ml of double cream
1 jar of strawberry or raspberry jam
Mixed berries of your choice




Method

1.  Firstly you need to preheat your oven to 180°C.  Then you need to grease two 21cm baking tins and line the bottom with greaseproof paper.

2.  Then cream your butter till it is lighter in colour and almost white.   Gradually add in the sugar to the butter till fully combined.

3.  In a separate bowl whisk together your eggs, then gently mix them into the butter and sugar mix along with the vanilla extract.

4.  Sieve your flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl, and beat on a medium speed until fully combined and your mixture is light and fluffy.

5.  Divide your mixture evenly between your two cake tins.  Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake skewer comes out clean and they are golden brown on top.

6.  Transfer your sponges out of the baking tins and onto a cooling rack .

7.  Whilst your cake are cooling whisk almost all of your cream until it forms soft peaks, pour in the rest of your double cream and fold until combined.

8.  Once your sponges are cooled, spread a layer of jam onto your bottom sponge, ensuring to not reach the edges.

9.  Place a layer of berries onto the jam, I sliced some strawberries for the middle of my sponges but you can chose which berries you would like.

10.  Spread almost all of your cream onto the layer of berries, again ensuring to not quite reach the edge of your sponge.

11.  Place your second sponge on top and decorate as you please.  I used my cream to make a patter of fresh berries in the centre, and then dusted with icing sugar.




Victoria Sponge Cake is a classic that I always enjoy baking, and experimenting with decorating is so fun as well.  What's your favourite classic bake to make?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments!  You can have a look through my other baking recipes by clicking here.  I'm so excited to bring you some autumnal recipes over the next couple of months!



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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Grace | A Poem



Grace.
Gods Riches At Christ's Expense.
But, why?
To show that He is God?

That is unnecessary.
The stars show His breath,
the birds sing His praise.

Our hearts.
Oh, our hearts.
Filled to the brim,
with love,
hope,
peace.

He is our Saviour.
Our King.
Our Friend.

He gave it all,
so we could have it all.

Life.
To the full.
Life.
Everlasting. 
Life.
Filled with grace.

A life lived for Him,
with Him,
because of Him.
A life worth living. 

Forgiveness and grace.
Unimaginable,
unfathomable,
outrageous,
and overwhelming.

He gave it all,
so we could have it all.
He gave it all,
I owe Him all. 


Grace
A poem by Carolyn Bell

"Since you are precious and honoured in my sight,
and because I love you..."
Isaiah 43:4


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Saturday, 5 August 2017

All The Goodness | Coffee & Bakeshop



I adore coffee shops; the cosy feel, the smell of fresh coffee, and the space to meet up with friends, read a good book, or do some studying.
The only issue for me when it comes to coffee shops is that I don't actually drink tea or coffee, although I could happily drink numerous hot chocolates a day. 

I'm quite known for happily sitting in a coffee shop for a while with a good book, or popping into Costa to grab a takeaway for my Dad and I before church on a Sunday morning.  I enjoy going to independently run coffee shops and finding their unique quirks and fun décor. 

I moved further north a couple of weeks ago for my new job, and last week some friends took me to a lovely coffee shop and bakery called All The Goodness


All The Goodness is located at the edge of Ardelve with a beautiful view of Eilean Donan Castle from their outdoor picnic benches.  All The Goodness specialise in artisan coffee, local food products, and fresh home baking.  It's safe to say the description of All The Goodness was stealing my heart before I even set foot inside. 

The first thing I noticed when we went inside was the fun colour scheme they have for their décor; a bright, eye-popping blue with black, red, and white accents.  My senses were overwhelmed with the quirky décor, the range of home baking on display, and the smell of home baking mixed with fresh coffee. 

The staff are very welcoming and friendly, and were great at recommending products both for the fresh home baking and products from the food shop.  It was wonderful to look at the Scottish map on their wall to find out where their produce is from, and to see what local produce they had on sale in their store. 



I had the Caramel & Isle of Skye Sea Salt Hot Chocolate along with a Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I have quite a soft spot for anything with caramel, but especially for hot chocolate.  This was the first salted caramel hot chocolate that I had tried and it was divine.  We also had some banana brownie, rock rose gin and raspberry brownie, mango smoothie, and fresh coffee between us. 

It was lovely to sit outside and enjoy some home baking along with a little bit of sunshine from the British summer. 


If you find yourself in the Kyle area then I would highly recommend a visit to All The Goodness.  Lovely staff, beautiful home baking, and an incredible view to enjoy at the same time.  You can find out more about All The Goodness from their website and their Instagram


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Monday, 24 July 2017

Ice Cream & Flowers


Two weeks ago I moved up to the Highlands to start my new job at a friends B&B.  Although the past two weeks have been busy, they've been fulfilling and I've been enjoying a different summer from what I've been used to.  There have been so many things that have made me smile over the past few weeks, so I thought I would share some of them with you. 


Ice Cream. 
I love ice cream.  So much.  Sometimes I get a little worried about how much I love ice cream. But then I remember how yummy it is and I forget how bad it is for me.  I have had so much ice cream these past two weeks, and I've found a lovely little ice cream shop on the Isle of Skye that I'll probably be visiting as often as I can. 


Road trips.
I love going for long drives.  A couple of friends and I drove to Skye to visit the Fairy Pools last week, and at the weekend we had a three hour drive down to Perth.  It was amazing to drive through incredible scenery and really appreciate what will be my home for the next few moths.  Also, on our drive to Perth we listened to a couple of sermons together which is something I don't do enough, it was really lovely. 


Sunshine. 
This past week has been so beautiful weather-wise.  The sun has been shining and I've been able to spend some time outside and enjoy this little bit of British summer.  The weather has a big affect on my mood, so the sunshine has resulted in a lot of general happiness for me. 


Growth in my faith. 
I was quite worried about moving up north a couple of weeks ago.  Although I knew I was going to be staying with a wonderful family, I was worried about fitting in with the community and adjusting to a different job.  But God has been showing me that He plants us with purpose.  He moves us so that we can grow and flourish in our faith, and although it is challenging, He has been working in and disciplining my heart in unexpected and inspiring ways. 


Holiday Club.
I had the blessing this past week of helping at the local church holiday club.  It was so wonderful to be able to serve God in this way.  I've never really thought that I'm good with young kids, but I found myself getting alongside them, learning their favourite colours, their favourite animals, and having excitement fill my heart when they remembered what they were learning about Jesus. Getting to work with an amazing team was so helpful and encouraging in what we did each day. 


Gardens & Flowers.
I absolutely love flowers.  I'm back at my parents for a little while and I love spending time in their garden, and this afternoon I went to the local garden centre with them.  I love all the beautiful colours and the delicacy and elegance of various flowers.


I'm looking forward to the rest of summer; a job that I'm really enjoying, hopefully some more sunshine, and learning what else God has to teach me.  What have you been enjoying about summer so far? 


Carolyn 
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Friday, 7 July 2017

Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes | Wimbledon Baking



I'm not usually one for watching sports on TV, it's just something I'm not that interested in.  But almost every year without fail I find myself becoming quite invested in watching Wimbledon.  I've kept it no secret on my blog that I love to bake, I'm quite happy to blast my music and potter about in the kitchen for an hour or two. 

So, when my mum asked me to bake some cupcakes for a family meal this week, I immediately said yes and started looking for a recipe to use.  Seen as we are more than likely to watch some of Wimbledon together, I figured adapting Jane's recipe for strawberry cupcakes would be perfect, of course I wanted to share the recipe with all of you. 


Ingredients for the cupcakes:

150g of unsalted butter (softened)
150g of castor sugar
3 medium eggs
150g of self raising flour
150g of seedless strawberry jam


Ingredients for the frosting:

150g of unsalted butter (softened)
350g of icing sugar
2-4tbsp of double cream
1/2tsp of vanilla extract


Ingredients for the decoration:

12 fresh strawberries
Strawberry sauce



Method:

1.  First, you need to preheat your oven to 170°C.  Then line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. 

2.  Then cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  It's best to use either a Kitchen Aid or an electric hand whisk to do this. 

3.  Next, beat your eggs in a separate bowl and measure out your flour.  Add these ingredients to your butter and sugar mixture, then beat on a medium speed until combined. 

4.  Measure out your jam and add this to your cake batter.  Beat the mixture until the jam is fully incorporated and your mixture is smooth. 

5.  Divide your mixture evenly amongst your cupcake cases.  Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a cake skewer comes out clean and they are golden brown on top. 

6.  Place your cakes are on a cooling rack and whilst they are cooling you can make a start on the icing, or washing the dishes! 

7.  Measure out your butter and beat it on a high speed until it is smooth and almost white. 

8.  Sieve your icing sugar into the butter a little at a time and beat in gradually.  Make sure your icing sugar is beaten in well before adding the next amount. 

9.  Continue to beat the frosting, gradually adding the vanilla, then the cream a tablespoon at a time.  Keep adding the cream until your icing is at the desired consistency.  You don't want your icing to be too runny that it won't set, but also too solid that it won't pipe.  I found that 4 tablespoons of double cream was a good amount.

10.  Now for my favourite part, time to ice the cupcakes!  I used a plastic disposable piping bag and a large, star tip nozzle to pipe a swirl around the cupcake, then bringing it into the centre with a flick at the end. 

11.  To decorate, loosely drizzle the strawberry sauce over the cupcakes and then place a fresh strawberry in the middle. 



These cupcakes were both super easy to make, and really fun to make!  And it was fun to add the Wimbledon tradition of strawberries and cream into my summer baking.  You can have a look through my other baking recipes by clicking here


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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Hello Summer


This summer is a season of change for me.  I have just finished one job, I'm back at my parents for a couple of weeks, and then I'll be moving to start my new job.  It's going to be a summer of change and a summer of busyness but I'm looking forward to it. 

I love the sunshine, it makes me feel happy and I love the chance to spend more time outside.  I've already had the chance to enjoy some lovely things at the start of this season that I thought I would share with you.



Beach trips.
This afternoon my home church had our annual beach trip and it was wonderful.  From a sandy picnic, to moving our blanket every 10 minutes due to the tide coming in, to catching up with friends I haven't seen for a few months.  It was a lovely afternoon for me to settle back in at for a few weeks. 


Walks. 
I love grabbing my camera and going for a walk.  The lighter evenings and the dry weather means I can go for longer walks and hopefully get some nice sunset photos. 


Ice Cream. 
I love ice cream.  A lot.  And I feel as though the warmer weather gives me an excuse to eat just a little more ice cream than I normally do.  It's safe to say I've been taking advantage of this already. 


Outdoor Bible Study.
I've already enjoyed some time out in my garden to read my Bible and writing in my prayer journal.  It's so lovely spending time outside with no distractions to read my Bible and spend time with God. 


Café dates.
Outdoor seating areas at cafes are a dream during the summer.  I love sitting outside to enjoy some lunch or to catch up with some friends over a coffee. 


I'm so excited to make the most of summer this year before I head abroad next year.  How are you planning on making the most of summer this year?  How have you been enjoying this season so far? 


Carolyn
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Believing Truth | Bible Verse Card


At the end of April I arrived back from a work trip from Poland feeling pretty tired.  My heart was full from what God had taught me over the ten days I was there.  Although some of them were not easy lessons to learn, and are things that I'm still learning day by day.  God used people and a country I had not expected to impact me, to really show me that He should be the one I am always seeking.

When I arrived back home there was a letter waiting for me that I was very excited to open.  I had received a beautiful Bible verse card from Lydia of Believing Truth.  



When I first saw the verse card I was over the moon.  Psalm 150:6.  This is a verse that has always reminded me of the hymn How Great Thou Art.  I think that genuine worship and praise for our Lord Jesus is so important, especially when we're facing difficulties.  When we take the time to be with God and to be thankful for everything that He is and He's done for us, it can fill us with so much love and awe for Him.  To be fully focused on Him, with no distractions whilst being away from the busyness of life can be so rewarding and can be so uplifting in my faith. 

Having this card in my Bible has been a great little reminder to be continuously praising God in everything; what I say, my attitude, the way I treat others and my every day choices.  I have a choice to make, whether to face things pessimistically or with praise for my God. 

This verse says "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord".  Everything.  God gave us the breath in our lungs, it is because of Him that we are alive, it is only fitting that He gave us the ability to choose to praise Him.  Even in our very makeup and breathing we should be thankful to Him. 



It was so encouraging for me to arrive back from Poland and to have this waiting for me, and it has been a great encouragement for me to keep in my Bible.  If you would like to have your own then check out Lydia's etsy shop by clicking here and you can follow her on instagram by clicking here.


Carolyn
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Beach Days & Flowers


Springtime has been in full swing the past few days here in the UK.  This has meant a lot of lying on the grass during lunch breaks, evening beach trips, and plenty of sunscreen application for my pale skin.  May has been quite the busy month, I've been working most days each week and I've been making plans for some big changes I have coming up. 

But that doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed this month.  So I thought I would share with you some of the things that have been making me happy during May.


Beach trips, campfires & barbeques.
There have been a few times after work recently when we've driven to the beach, made a campfire, and had a barbeque.  Although I live and work with my friends, it's been lovely to spend some time together away from our workplace and home.  It was good to just relax and enjoy the beach together.


Writing.
I've been spending more time writing recently.  I'm trying to be more genuine and honest in my prayer journal, and I've also got back into taking notes when I go to church.  it feels good to be writing again.  Also, this gives a pretty good excuse to buy some more stationary. 


Fields of flowers. 
On the way back from one of our beach trips a few of us stopped at a rapeseed oil field.  The sun was just starting to set so we took some photos.  It was beautiful to be surrounded by so many flowers in such incredible sunlight. 


Coffee shops. 
There have also been some evenings off when we've had trips to coffee shops.  One of my favourites to visit regularly is Blend, their hot chocolate is wonderful and I would love to have a copy of their Victoria sponge recipe. 


My friends.
I've been spending a lot of time with my friends this month.  In the last couple of days I got to see a couple of my friends I haven't seen for a while because they've had exams.  It's been so nice to catch up with them and to just spend time with them.  I'm really fortunate to have some wonderful friends with beautiful hearts, it's a joy to know them and see them grow. 



What things have been making you happy recently?  It seems for me it's still the sunshine and as many evenings at the beach as I can have.  I'd love to hear from you in the comments about what's been making you smile recently. 



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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Peanut Butter & Sunshine



Last week my friend Alice was very excited about an unopened jar of peanut butter.  It was such a simple thing but it made her so happy to be the first person to use the jar.  Last year I started a happiness series on my blog called Gold In The Darkest Moments.  But like most other series I've attempted on my blog, it's slowly dwindled and I haven't written one of those posts in quite a while.  I want to share my every day happiness with you all without feeling the pressure to share something every week.  Instead, every so often I'll just write a post about what's been making me smile. 


So what has been making me happy recently?  Well, the fact that I'm sitting in my room and the sun is shining in my window makes me very happy.  It finally feels like spring here in the UK which means I'll probably be looking like a tomato pretty soon, no matter how much factor thirty I apply.  But I can happily deal with being a little sun burnt because the sunny weather makes me so happy; eating lunch outside, going for walks, and lighter evenings. 


I recently went to visit my sister and she took me to a wonderful café in Aberdeen called Cup.  Now, I don't drink tea but this place almost had me converted.  They have so many varieties of tea, gorgeously floral teapots, and some of the most amazing soup I have ever tasted.  It was so nice to catch up with my sister and talk about all the exciting things happening for our family this year. 



You may have seen from my instagram that on Monday I visited Scone Palace with my parents for the day.  It was so nice to spend some time with them and to explore the palace and the gardens.  The weather was gorgeous and we had my first picnic of the year which was wonderful. 

Tis the season for Innocent Smoothies, cooler drinks from Costa, and ice cream.  I absolutely love getting the ice drinks and smoothies from Costa and Starbucks, especially since I don't drink tea or coffee.  I'll also start making ice cream float drinks soon which always make me a little happily, nostalgic. 


What things have been making you happy recently?  It seems for me it's mostly the sunshine.  But I'd love to hear from you in the comments about what's been making you smile recently. 



Carolyn
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