Today I have another recipe from my 1954 magazine. A couple of weeks ago I had a go at Sally Lunns which went down a treat in my house and these Derby Teacakes were eaten up in no time as well. In case you missed my post last week, I explained that I had found an articles on traditional British recipes in a copy of the Women’s Journal from 1954 and wanted to give them all a try. It’s amazing how many of these aren’t commonly baked these days, so move over cupcakes these recipes are making a come back starting here!

This was another really quick and easy recipe and I already had all the ingredients which are just basic baking ingredients. I had no idea how these would turn out as there was no picture in the magazine. I think they are probably meant to be a bit thicker, as they are meant to be sliced, but I quite liked the chunky biscuits I ended up with. Jessica was a little disappointed when she realised it contained currents and not chocolate chips!

I’m really enjoying trying out these vintage recipes. Let me know if you give any of them a try. xxx

I’m back from a little break from blogging and a little holiday with my friends. It’s been a whole week without posting which is the longest I think I’ve gone since I started blogging and it’s been so good for me.

Writing and keeping up a blog is a huge commitment and takes a lot of hard work, and I had got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. Before I went away I had planned to schedule posts for the days I was on holiday and resume normal activity when I got back. But in the end I decided to just take the time off and not check my emails, write any posts and just have a holiday from the internet for a week.

I’m so glad I made the right choice and just concentrated on having a great time, taking lot’s of pictures and relaxing. I had lot’s of time to think about things and how much time I commit to writing the blog and keeping up to date with emails and attending events and editing photos and all the things that go with it.

Being a full time mum and full time blogger at the same time leaves very little time for other things. I don’t really watch tv, or relax in the evenings and use that time to get things done. I love writing the blog but I was getting really tired and struggling to fit everything in.

Lila will be starting afternoon nursery in September which will give me a few hours every afternoon to work on the blog, so I’ve decided to take a bit of a step back from blogging until them. I’ll still be posting 2-3 times a week instead of the usual 5, so I’m not going completely, just prioritising my time differently and I’m so glad I made this choice as it’s the best thing for me and my family.

In the meantime I have nearly 2000 holiday photos to sort through! Yes I took that many pictures in 5 days. And I also filmed absolutely loads while I was there so I’m going to try and get some editing time in this week too, so expect some holiday pictures and a vlog shortly!

I’ve done a lot of browsing through vintage magazines recently. It’s a fabulous way to date items in my collection and to get lot’s of inspiration while shopping for vintage and putting vintage outfits together.  I love it when I spot something similar to something that I already own.

One feature on vintage beachwear featured a straw bag similar to one I bought at a car boot sale last summer. Mine is sadly very damaged and has been on my repair pile for a very long time. I’m hoping to make it one of my next projects. I wasn’t quite sure of the date of the bag, but the magazine feature is from June 1954. Exactly 60 years ago!

One of my favourite things about the bag is that it included a little letter from 3 children to their mother dated 1963, I imagine the bag must have already been quite old when the letter was placed inside never to be used again, and leaving a little time capsule for me to discover 50 years later.

I love the other items in the article too, so glamorous! I’m off the beach next week and desperately need a big straw hat now to keep the complexion fair and add a little glamour to the beaches of Cornwall!

The magazine featured instructions of how to make these wonderful accessories yourself, so I’ve included them too. Maybe someone with a little more time and patience than me could give them a go!

Instructions

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The images in this post are from Heiress Magazine June 1954. 

While looking through my collection of vintage magazines the other day, I stumbled upon an article about traditional British recipes in a copy of Women’s Journal from 1954. It struck me how many of the great things featured are no longer commonly made these days and thought it would be great to give some of the recipes a go.

I decided to start easy by making some Sally Lunns. I’ve only tried these once before while I was away in Bath and they are absolutely delicious.

Sally Lunn buns are a traditional yeast bread which was supposedly made in Bath by Sally Lunn from around 1680. You can try the real thing made from a secret recipe at Sally Lunns House in Bath which is an incredible Medieval building.

This recipe looked pretty straight forward and the ingredients were all basic baking cupboard items. My mixture did come out a little dry so I added a bit of extra milk, I’d probably add an extra 3 tablespoons next time for perfect consistency. They looked a bit weird and were a bit crumbly when they came out of the oven, but tasted incredible. I would definitely make these again and try different topping.

The recipe recommends slicing these in 3 and adding butter, but I ended up adding a generous helping on strawberry jam. When I had these in bath I had it for lunch with salad and smoked salmon which was really nice too.

I looking forward to trying some more recipes from the magazine so look out for those soon. Please let me know if you try this recipe and if you enjoyed the finished product. xxx

As legend has it Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. For me though, unlucky days remind me how lucky I am and who couldn’t feel blessed when the sun is shining, your family are healthy and happy and the weekend is about to begin. My own husband was born on a Friday 13th and that makes it lucky because the best man in the world was born!

So I thought on the unluckiest of days it would be nice to do a little post on why I feel lucky and making the most of all the best things.

I’m such a summer person I really hate miserable rainy days which are short, grey and gloomy I need my vitamin D! So this time of year when the weather is perfect and the days are long I always feel ready to face anything. I’ve made a huge effort to make the most of the sunshine and have so much time outdoors with the kids and my friends. I feel lucky to have the chance to enjoy that time.

IMG_9570This week we took a trip to Ham House in the sunshine. Look at that amazing blue sky!

I feel lucky because later next week I’m off to Cornwall with some friends, something I’ve wanted to do forever. I’ve never been to Cornwall before and I cannot wait for the break. I’m a bit terrified of the 5 hour drive which I’m doing all on my own but it will be so worth it.

I feel lucky because my garden is coming together. Two years ago we bought a house with a massive overgrown garden, it has been so much hard work getting it under control but in the last few weeks it has really started to come together and I can’t wait to spend the summer enjoying it with Rob and the family. We also managed to buy the girls a climbing frame on Gumtree for just £200, we wanted one so badly but couldn’t afford a new one. The girls are delighted with it.

Ham 3Our new bargain climbing frame.

I feel lucky because I have amazing friends. I’ve picked them up at school, at work and through being a mum and I feel lucky that I am surrounded by wonderful women who inspire me, keep me company, gossip and care. Friends are the most important thing in the world.

I feel lucky because I’m content with everything I have.

Ham 1Lila building a den at Ham House.

I’ve also made an effort to not let things bother me, be it little arguments, naughty kids or a messy house. These things pass and can be dealt with.

Anyway I’m sorry to be gushy but I am so happy at the moment and having been through many stressful times to get here, feeling this settled and content is the best feeling in the world. I’ve really learned to find joy in the small things and life feels great!