Friday, 24 October 2014

Preparation time for the Highland Games!

Its the final preparation for The Highland Games celebration for Kyla,Don't forget its on Monday all over Blogville!
do you remember My Castle?Well is a bit of a ruin now but its going to be perfect for Monday with some decoration for a bit of a shindig.So those of you want to attend a a Highland Castle gathering and have costumes ready send them in by sunday 6pm uk time so we can put it together,send them in to rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com I know its short Notice been a bit busy here at the home front.



hehehe can't wait,Don't forget to hop on over to Mollie and Alfie's to get the low down on the events!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Mum's Christmas Cake

For everyone who wants the perfect Christmas Cake here is the Recipe.I also did a Video,I apologise now for the quality of the video,its not something I have done before...hahaha I have to Laugh at my self.


Here's the Recipe:
350g/12oz self-raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice
100g/4oz ground almonds
500g/18oz mixed dried fruit with peel
100g/4oz dried cranberries
100g/4oz of halved cherries
100g/4oz chopped nuts
4 eggs beaten this year I used Free range Duck eggs
6 tbs milk
2 tbs brandy or rum-I used Cuban Rum
225g/8oz butter
10g/4 oz Caster sugar
100g/4 oz of dark brown sugar

1.Sift the flour with the mixed spice the mix in the ground almonds.
2.Clean the dried fruit in a separate bowl.
3.In another bowl stir the beaten eggs ,milk and brand together.
4.In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy,then stir in the flour a bit at a time with some of the egg mixture until all the ingredients combine to form a smooth batter.
5.Gradually stir in all the dried fruit and cherries and nuts,mix thoroughly.
6.Spoon in the mixture into a 20-22cm/8 inch cake tin which has been lined with greaseproof paper.
7.Preheat oven to 160c/325f/gas mark 3 bake for 1 hour then reduce heat to 150c/300f/gas mark 1-2 and continue to bake for another 3 hours.For Fan assisted ovens bake at 160c for 45 mins and 2 hours at 150 c.

The secret is then once cooled pour small amounts of the brandy or Rum onto  the top of the cake for three days then turn the cake upside down and do this for another three days keep wrapped in foil whilst "feeding the cake" with rum or brandy this process can be repeated over a couple of weeks.Then place the cake on to a cake board marzipan the cake then use royal icing or fondant "ready roll" icing to decorate the cake and add other cake decorations to your hearts content leave to set for Christmas!


The next Stage is the Marzipan followed by the icing and decorating and I promise to share each stage with you all so you can follow along if you decide to give this a go.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

I Finally managed to get out and about for a little while Yesterday

Yesterday I managed to get out and about but not for long as its getting Chilly now,but I sure had fun!
Don't forget to come back tomorrow Mum baked the Christmas cake on sunday and oh my the Smell....Mmmmmmmm all Christmassy! So you get to see kind of how she did the job and the Recipe itself!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Selfie its a cutie!

Its time for Sunday Selfie with The Cat on my Head and its a spooky cutie....hehehe
Although in our house it Smells all Christmassy....Mummy is Baking her Christmas Cake!She will show you this week with the recipe for those who want to try and bake one for themselves!

And a little update from Mum:

Well as you all know I have been having trouble getting Speedy to eat his pellets well that was a bust after trying 2 other types still no joy so I went with the sin and got a bag of the Wagg bunny Brunch it's a muesli type food but as this type of food goes its actually not to bad it has a mix of different types of pellets as well as a small amount of the other grain type stuff  and Speedy is eating this one not in huge amounts but he is eating a bit of everything from the mix so that's better than nothing.And for those of you who have bunnies and are saying you shouldn't be giving a rabbit this think about this : When you have a bunny that refuses to eat his normal diet and is losing weight after being so poorly you get to the point where its a case of whatever works to get them eating,the plan is over time to change back to a pellet food once he becomes a bit more settled with his food and Speedy is still eating mainly hay with his veg which I have had to change too as he has gone of his favourites since he was poorly.But other wise The little guy is doing good.  xx Rachel

Friday, 17 October 2014

Highland Games in celebration of Kyla

All of Blogville are gearing up for this great event to Celebrate the life of Kyla the Scottie as she only has a short time Before she leaves for the rainbow bridge and from what I have seen she is a fun girl and always up for a party.There are lots of Events for this shindig that is being Organised by Mollie so hop on over to her Blog to see the list of events,there are some Fun ones to enter and I know I'm going to give a few of them a try.So I am in training to get my caber tossing skills up to scratch...hehehe
Though this one is too yummy to toss...hehehe
Paper ball tossing...Mum did say she would make me a special caber for the event!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

We've changed our normal Feature to Introduce you to a friend

Its Wednesday and that means its Disapproving Bun Day,how ever this week I wanted to introduce you to a sweet cute little friend.....
This is Veve and he is a Squirrel,such a cute playful chap who lives with his mum ,you can see more his Photo's and Videos at his Google+ page Veverita Veve.
 Doesn't He look so adorable when sleeping?

                                                             Hello!

You should go say hello to him and his mum,He is such a fun chap!