Saturday, 14 January 2017

Snowfall

A little someone woke early yesterday morning and wanted to go out into the garden..


It was bitterly cold and we had a light dusting of snow that had fallen overnight which made me happy,i love snow and have watched friends from all over the world posting their snowy pictures while we woke up to sunny and rainy days but today it was out turn for snowfall...


I filled the hot water bottles and we climbed back into bed waking a few hours later to more snow,there where big flakes floating past the kitchen window and everything was blanketed in white..


I turned on the kitchen light and peered out into a Winter wonderland...


Everything looked so lovely as the wind blew and fluffy flakes swirled by....


I dashed into the garden room with Beatrix quickly tip toeing behind to look out of the French doors and this was our view....

Back down the hallway and into the room, with Beatrix in my arms i opened the window and looked outside into the garden....


It was so lovely and oh so quite just the sound of the wind...


Looking out of the glass window on the kitchen door we watched...


As the snowflakes blew around covering the hedges and seed heads on last Summer's flowers....


The hydrangea looked particularly beautiful and somewhere underneath there was our greenhouse that our neighbour kindly gave us last Summer...

As the snow came down heavier the winds blew it sideways and everything looked like it had been sprayed with bath foam...

I love how everything changes shape and takes on a round softness...


Beatrix had a peek outside...one leg in and one leg out...


Then all the way out as she looked for the steps...


Leaving tiny little paw prints in fresh snow....


I cleaned the bird table and piled lots of fresh seed on for our feathered friends and there were many visiting through the day...


I played snowballs with Beatrix until my fingers were icy cold but before we went back inside I walked to the picket gate to take a picture of our pink cottage covered in snow and there I could see little Beatrix on the door step looking up at the falling snow,can you see her on the left? awww,,,


It was then time to curl up in front of the roaring fire as all the excitement had worn Beatrix out..


I hope you are enjoying your weekend and maybe you have snow too? enjoy yourselves whatever you may be up to...

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?
XxX

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Boozy Brandy Trifle

One of our readers  Susie asked if I would share the recipe for Boozy Brandy Trifle so while making this one for New Year i had my  camera with me so i could show Susie and you if you would like to know too step by step...

My Mum always used a Bird's raspberry trifle but i have made it with separate jelly and custards too....You will need a large strawberry vanilla swiss roll and a tin of strawberries,slice the swiss roll into thick chunks and layer in the bottom of your chosen dish....


Using a spoon tuck the strawberries in between the swiss roll until it's nice and full,save the juice from the tin as you will be using this in your jelly...pour little cap fulls of brandy all over the swiss roll slices,remember don't eat boozy brandy trifle and drive ;)


When making your jelly mix with hot water add one third of the mix with the juice from the tinned strawberries,it makes the jelly taste lovely and cools the liquid down,when mixed and cool enough pour over your swiss roll and strawberries and leave to set,i pop mine in the fridge...


Make up your custard and heat until it starts to slightly thicken and then pop on one side and sprinkle caster sugar all over the top,this stops a skin from forming and dissolves to make the custard sweet,pop on one side to cool.

When whisking the dream topping add two caps full of vanilla extract and whisk until it forms peaks...


When the custard has cooled pour on top of the trifle and pop in the fridge to set,when set spoon the dream topping all over the top and lift into snowy peaks with a fork..

Sprinkle flaked almonds and chocolate sprinkles all over the top and make a circle of sticky glace cherries and pop one in the center....


I always pop my Boozy Brandy Trifle on top of a cake stand as it looks pretty on the table..


There are so many ways to make trifle and you can use fresh strawberries and fresh cream if you prefer but this recipe is just how Mum made it and is mine and Steve's favourite.

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?....

XxX

Happy New Year

Wishing you a very Happy New Year


and all the very best for 2017!!

XxX