MasTEAry!

So how much thought do you put into making your cuppa in the morning? I presume for many of you this daily (or hourly!) ritual has become nothing but muscle memory. Grab kettle. Fill kettle. Flick switch on kettle. Get mug. Plonk in the teabag. Kettle goes ping. Fill mug with hot water. Grab teaspoon…

Officially warmed!

So with a few weeks of  solid(ish) sunshine behind us we can safely say that summer is in full swing and the weather is officially warming. On the topic of new welcomings, it is about time I mention that Josh and I have moved in to our new happy little home! With our house warming party…

Bitter Sweet

Lemons are one of those enigmas of the fruity world that send our taste buds into sensory polar extremes. They are renowned for their sour powers, inciting bitter and sharp tastes that make even a new born purse their lips. They ooze zesty and refreshing fragrances that make us think of homemade lemonade on a…

The DeChox Challenge

Ever heard of the DeChox Challenge? If you haven’t then you are probably in safe territory and will never have to come across it! If you have, then you probably know where today’s post is going… The DeChox challenge is the painstaking process of agreeing to give up chocolate for the whole month of March…

Go Bananas!

So today’s post takes me back to my Australian East Coast travels and more specifically to Coff’s Harbour, aka the Big Banana. Heading to this part of the coast only really means one thing – surf camp. I had only been surfing once before this – in Devon on New Years day. Let’s just say it…

Back to Basics

At the prime old of age of 22 it did come as a shock to find out that my cholesterol levels are booming off the richter scale. When I smugly strolled into my health check-up, with two marathons behind me and what I would class as a good general level of fitness, I wasn’t expecting…

Baking from the heart…

So as the weeks go by the blogging is getting sparser and sparser 🙁 Early mornings and late nights have left me with very little time to type away. But for those keeping up to date with my Instagram posts and stories (@hopscoff) you will have noticed that my weeks have still been filled with…

Do you know the Muffin Man?

…The Muffin Man? Who lives on Dury Lane? …so for those who commute up to London you will probably never meet the Muffin Man. Why? Because you can’t face the thought of travelling to the busy capital at the weekend when you don’t have to! Yes, I have to admit it is quite soul destroying…

No plan survives contact with the enemy…

Nothing ever really goes to plan, right? Well, thats what German military strategist Helmuth von Moltke also thought when he quite bluntly put it that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. Translated into simpler terms for us lesser beings, everything we try hard to plan quite generally always goes to pot! This is something I…

Summer Lovin’

‘Summer Lovin’ had me a blast, Summer Lovin’ happened so faaaassst…’ Well yes, summer does seem to have been and gone already. Torrential rain and freak hail storms are not exactly what I had in mind for post-exam summer fun, but then again a lot of unexpected and unfortunate occurrences have taken place recently! Amongst…

From Bakewell to Lifewell!

This post comes as a matter of urgency since Aunty Annie wants my Cherry Bakewell Tart recipe in exchange for her Lime and Blueberry cake and I can’t wait a single day more without getting my hands on that zesty moist masterpiece of hers. Annie is in fact not my Aunt, she is a childhood…

Keep Calm and Caramel Shortbread on!

In my post exam freedom it is very easy to forget that across the country there are millions of people still beavering away revising. My thoughts are with those who are about to finish their Uni finals (a special shout out to the awesome Trobbee and Jemima – go gals!) and to those who are full swing into GCSEs,…