Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Rosie's Scottish Apple Turnover Recipe

Hello Honeys
How are you today?  I hope your week is off to a great start dear ones. We're definitely heading towards autumn, the temperature has dropped just a little bit and leaves have started appearing on the lawn in our back garden to our furbaby Jade's delight 😊

Jade does love to play with the leaves, bless her πŸ’—  One of her favourite things is to wait until her Dad has piled the leaves up when he's tidying the garden and to jump into them πŸ˜„ Yep, our furbaby goes full on Snoopy and her dad doesn't even seem to mind 😊

Last year Hubby bought one of those ... I have no idea what they're called. It's like a garden vacuum and or blower?  He can use it to just vacuum up all the leaves and then empty them into the garden bin but he doesn't because he knows how much Jade loves her leaves 😊

Instead he'll blow them all into the one area of the garden so that Jade can have fun and after tidying away all of the other garden untidiness such as the fallen twigs and other garden debris he'll tidy the leaves away. Of course by then Jade will have usually gotten bored with playing with them and will be keeping an eye open for squirrels to play with.  So far, not a single squirrel has wanted to play with her, even when she drops her ball at the foot of the fence for them 😍

Enough about the garden then honeys, although todays post is definitely connected to our garden 😊  Today I thought we'd head for the kitchen to make something delicious...

Let's bake some delicious apple turnovers...

Do you remember that I recently gathered our very first real harvest of Bramley apples from our little tree in the back garden honeys?  Our tiny tree is over 11 years old now and over the past couple of years has produced 2-3 apples but this year, no doubt at least in part, thanks to this year's gorgeous summer, and (counting the apples pecked off by our garden birds) there were 31 apples!

So, I thought I'd make some lovely apple turnovers as a treat for Hubby, and also thought I'd share how this wee Scottish lady makes her apple turnovers.  There are as many recipes for turnovers as there are cooks because everyone has little tweaks they make to the recipe that makes their turnovers theirs πŸ˜‹

Let's head to the kitchen then dear ones, why not make a quick cuppa and join me again in a minute or two?

Thursday, 16 August 2018

I've been spoiled! Harry Potter Slytherin Themed Gifts From My Dear Hubby...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or stores, just wanted to share some gifts bought for me by my sweet Hubby x

Hi Honeys
It's that time of year again πŸ“‘  Last weekend Hubby went off to Comic Con and bless him he brought me back all kinds of Harry Potter related goodies.  I felt completely spoiled, since earlier in the week he'd already popped into one of the larger Primark stores in town and had brought me home some Slytherin goodies!  Thank you sweetheart πŸ’‹

Since I know I'm not the only Potter fan, and since my previous post about Hubby's sweet Slytherin themed gifts was so popular, I thought I'd share what he found this time too.

Honeys I'm being spoiled! Harry Potter themed gifts from my sweet Hubby...
Goodness!  You can see why I'm feeling spoiled honeys 😊 I just made a little squeal noise again when I spotted the adorable little Bowtruckle in the above photo, he's so cute!

Why not grab a cuppa and a cookie dear ones and we'll have a closer look, see you in a minute or two...

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

An Early Harvest For Beautiful Scottish Bramley Apples And How To Store Your Apples Once Gathered...

Hi Honeys
It's harvest time at Rosie's cottage 😊 The extreme summer weather this year, I mean over six weeks of near constant sunshine and above 20C temperatures, for us Scots that's pretty extreme 😊  has been such a blessing! Not just for us but for our precious garden too.

I went into the back garden yesterday and the branches of our little apple tree were literally sagging with the weight of the apples on them!  We've been so blessed honeys 🍎

A beautiful summer has given us an early harvest of apples from our tiny tree.

We planted our little tree in the back garden in Spring of 2007 so it's around 11 years old and it's been a journey watching it grow.  The first apple, a single, perfect apple, appeared in 2014, and each year I've been so excited checking to see if our (still very young) tree would have apples that year.

In 2015 there were three apples and I was so happy 😊  The following year was the first time I was able to make mini apple crumbles using our home grown apples and there are no words for how much it made me smile honeys 😊

Our very first crumbles made using the apples from our own garden in 2016.

Well, this year the tiny apple tree has outdone itself dear ones and in fact Hubby had his own Sir Isaac Newton moment when an apple decided to resoundingly clock him on the head 😍

After that, it was obvious that our extremely hot, humid summer had brought harvest time forward and it was time to collect those apples before they either end up scattered all across the garden by the wind or Hubby (bless him!) our furbaby Jade or myself are taken out by another apple incident!

Let's have a look shall we?

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Cuteness Overload at Home Bargains! Would You Like To Join Me On A Shopping Trip Honeys?

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or the store honeys, just thought you'd like to join me on a very-rare-these-days shopping trip and share some smiles 😊

Hello Honeys,
How are you today?  I've been feeling a bit drained this past few days so I thought I'd snuggle up on the sofa and take a look back over the photos I took during my recent shopping trip with Hubby (I took my tiny Nikon along with me) and then I thought maybe you'd like to come along too 😊

Why not join me on a recent shopping trip to Home Bargains?

I don't get to go shopping very often anymore, my mobility isn't so great.  I have osteo arthritis in the base of my spine and the pain makes walking (and standing) very difficult.  Hubby does our weekly grocery shop (thank you sweetheart x) and he's completely fabulous at it too.

We only went into a couple of shops, I've learned from experience that shopping trips (or any trips) really do completely drain my "body batteries" so even small outings have to be planned ahead and that also means factoring in the day or two of exhaustion and pain that follows too.  Fellow spoonies will understand and are probably nodding as they read this (gentle huggles honeys x)

Our shopping trip then takes place in a far-too-large-for-me-these-days Home Bargains store.  Why not go grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, I'll do the same and we can meet back here in a few minutes?

Monday, 16 July 2018

Finally! We Have Rain And I Love It As Much As The Roses Do...

Hello Honeys
How are you?  A wonderful thing happened yesterday.... it rained!  All day! The whole day!  It wasn't heavy rain, it wasn't anywhere near a storm.  It was just gentle, freshening-the-air rain and it was lovely honeys 😊

To hear a Scot bemoaning the lack of rain in Summer is unusual to say the least dear ones 😊  We're more used to almost constant rain on the west coast of Scotland than sunshine, so any break in the grey clouds these past few years has been heartily welcomed with BBQs, ice lollies, everyone wearing flip flops and celebrations πŸŽ‰

At long last, after 6 weeks of warm, humid days, we have rain!

This year has been one of extremes honeys.  In March we had a very disruptive visit from a storm the press called "the beast from the east" which brought with it biting Siberian winds and so, so much snow! It literally brought the country to a standstill and caused absolute chaos. 

Snow storms in March turned a Scottish spring into winter.

It's so odd honeys to think that all of that snow was only a couple of months ago.  To compare the weather in the above photos with the sweltering temperatures we've had for weeks now is more than a little odd. 

Summer temperatures here might reach the highs of 15-17 C or if we're being spoiled maybe even reaching the low 20sC.  For the past few weeks these have been our night time temperatures! Daytime temperatures have been in the high 20s and even reaching 30C! Scots weren't made for temperatures like those! We melt! 😊

It's been (except for the very brief hammering by Storm Hector around a month ago) an almost endless stream of beautiful, perfect, sun soaked days, which I've absolutely loved!  I swear, I'm not complaining!  Hang on to that thought for a second 😊

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Sweetest Gift From Hubby: A Wildlife Fairy Garden Set

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote anything nor am I trying to, just sharing a lovely surprise from Hubby that made me smile 😊

Hi Honeys,
I hope you're having a wonderful week and enjoying the beautiful sunshine ☼

I honestly can't remember the last time we've been blessed with a summer like this on the west coast of Scotland. I can say though dear ones that it's been a fair wee while, so everyone's been making the most of the long, warm, beautifully sunny days by doing what they love 😊

In my case that's been finding and doing as much laundry as I can.  I know, odd, but I can't help it, I looooooove laundry 😊  Unfortunately though, our home only has so much laundry each day, so whenever I run out of laundry to do, our furbaby Jade and I have been having such fun out in the garden 😊

Do you remember the little fairy garden I started work on recently? Well Hubby surprised me with the sweetest gift for it...

Smiles abound with the latest additions to the tiny fairy garden...

I'm smiling again 😊 Just seeing the photo has made me smile 😊

Hubby does our weekly shop, bless him.  Once in a blue moon, definitely not very often any more,  I'll go with him but my mobility isn't great anymore and even shopping the three stores our weekly shop needs will leave me very drained and in a great deal of pain so my sweet Hubby does our shop each week. While shopping, my lovely Hubby spotted this...

Friday, 22 June 2018

Finding Smiles On A Gratitude Scavenger Hunt...

Hi Honeys,
What do you do on days when smiles are a little harder to find?  Not every day can be fun, especially when living with a chronic illness (gentle hugs for fellow spoonies πŸ’• be well dear ones.)  It's so important to have coping mechanisms for not so great days in our self care kit don't you think honeys?

As a child I was taught to count my blessings and on days when I'm not feeling so good or it's just a wee bit more difficult to find my smile, taking stock of how blessed I am in my life really helps me to appreciate how lucky I am and to cope with whatever life is throwing at me.

Finding fun and smiles on a gratitude scavenger hunt...

Scrolling through Pinterest looking for smiles recently I saw the sweetest graphic that immediately made me smile and truly brightened my day honeys, here it is...