Recipes

Join The BB Baking Club

Join a Baking Vlub, Bumpkin Betty

Bumpkin Betty Baking Club is a go! Read on to hear how you can join in

This is it folks! The day has finally come – I’m launching my baking club!! I’m so darn excited to get this project off the ground and I just can’t wait to start baking with all of you.

The idea to set up a baking club came around a year or so ago (I know – it took me a while to get off my bum and make it happen) after I joined in with a little weekly baking challenge called Continue Reading...

Musings · Outfits

Glove Shoes – Are You In or Out?

Topshop glove shoes, Bumpkin Betty

Topshop Juno soft glove mid heels in gold

Every season it seems there is a new ‘ugly’ shoe trend. A trend which quite literally divides a nation of fashion lovers into two camps, forces every shoe obsessed citizen to choose their allegiance and threatens to break up even the most loyal of fashion friends. The most famous being the Birkenstock debate followed closely by the platform Jesus sandal, not forgetting of course the Furkenstock a little down the line. Wedge trainers had a hit or miss effect when they first came around, and footwear such as heeled loafers,…

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Musings

12 Random Thoughts I had This 1st February

12 random thoughts from the day, Bumpkin Betty

1. How did I get here?

I mean not here exactly – to this current situation at 8.30am on a Monday morning where I find myself squashed into the door of a very busy tube, after having to watch four previous tubes go past without being able to get on and realising I’ll be late for work, while a man with a guitar on his back in front of me makes life as difficult as possible for everyone. I mean I know how I got here but how did I get HERE to the 1st Feb 2016? To…

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Musings

Is Barbie’s New Look Actually a Step Backwards?

Barbie new curvy look, Bumpkin Betty

Today Mattel announced the news that the well known children’s doll, Barbie, has had a makeover, and following years of criticism over her ‘unrealistic’ body shape and less than diverse image, she will now be available in 33 different varieties. These varieties include 7 new skin tones, 22 eye colours, 24 hairstyles and, perhaps most critically, 3 new body shapes – tall, curvy and petite.

This post is a bit of a departure from my usual content, and I could rather foolishly be opening myself up to a barage of criticism with its content, but after a bit of…

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Musings · Snapshots

2015 Blogging Reflections and 2016 Ambitions

Tulle skirts, Bumpkin Betty

I know. I KNOW! I’m waaaay late to the party with a 2015 retrospective post. I mean c’mon, it’s the 22nd January for goodness sake – you’re probably well past resolutions and ambitions, firmly in the midst of making 2016 happen and feeling like 2015 is a distant memory. But… you have to forgive me because I’ve been on honeymoon (the excuse I’ll be using for every damn thing over the next few weeks), and therefore my whole ‘new year, new start’ thing, where I give myself a tonne of un-achievable targets for the 365 days ahead, hasn’t quite begun…

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Snapshots

Travel Diary #5 | Surprise Surprise

Visiting the Yarra Valley, Australia

First off – sorry! I totally didn’t plan on taking that long a break from my travel diaries and I realise I’m now way behind, but I had a few technical issues with the blog in the last week (why is it that things like that always happen when you’re away and can’t do anything about it?). Thanks to those of you who emailed to let me know the blog was down – we’d been staying in some remote parts of Borneo where we had little to no WIFI and I hadn’t been checking in as often as normal…

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Snapshots

Travel Diary #4 | Ubud – the Cruel Mistress

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We’ve arrived in Ubud, on the mainland of Bali. In terms my geography teacher would be proud of, Ubud is in the middle of the island, neither surfer territory on the coast, party territory in the south or mountainous territory in the north. The area has been built up within the jungle, amidst rice fields and rivers and is home to various hotels and resorts that sit upon hills of palm trees and vegetation, much like the one we are staying in. I guess you might call it Bali’s countryside – neither beach or city – a place that…

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Recipes

Totally Indulgent Chocolate Cherry Pots

Fuss free dinner party tips, Bumpkin Betty

The words ‘totally indulgent’ just wash right over us during the holiday season don’t they? I mean, everything is totally indulgent and we’re all of the opinion that the more indulgent the better. Like we’re aiming to get as many extra calories in as possible before the holidays are over, as if we’re about to be hibernating for the forseeable future and will have months of no food to make up for. (I guess that’s the equivalent of our January detox).

Anyhoo I promised you the recipe for these Chocolate Cherry Pots after I featured them in my Continue Reading...

Snapshots

Travel Diary #3 | A Blustery Day

Bali Travel Diary, Bumpkin betty

‘A blustery day’ – that was the name of my favourite Winnie the Pooh episode as a child. I watched the video that my parents bought me so many times that it eventually turned into a series of black and white squiggly lines and incoherent noise. And even then I kept watching- knowing the words myself off by heart and the pictures permanently engrained in my head. I don’t know why it was my favourite but if you’ve never seen it- it’s the story of a very windy day in Pooh land, a day that sees the little…

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Snapshots

Travel Diary #2 | Christmas in the Sun (and the odd thunderstorm)

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It’s Christmas Day! Happy Christmas to you all (although technically we are in the future right now as it would still be Christmas Eve in the UK and I’m guessing by the time I actually get around to uploading these random thoughts onto the blog you’ll be long past your celebrations).

I’d say it feels like Christmas but it really doesn’t. Well at least not like the type of Christmas I’m used to anyway. There are no twinkly lights or decorated trees near me, only palm trees and the light from the sun. I’m lying on a sun lounger…

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Recipes

Two Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Christmas cocktail recipes, Bumpkin Betty

Anyone else singing ‘Holiday! Holiday!’ right now? No, just me then. Isn’t the time in between Christmas and Hogmanay the best? The very BEST? It’s basically an excuse to do absolutely nothing. The pre-Christmas panic present buying and Christmas lunch stress is out of the way, you’ve entertained your loved ones, you’ve given and received, and now you’re ready to flop on the sofa, put on back to back Home Alone films and (official term) take a load off.

I’m a big fan of taking a load off as it happens, and I think it’s important, no compulsory, to…

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Snapshots

Travel Diary #1 | The Long Road to Paradise

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The First Leg

16 hours on a plane. 16! That’s a whole lot of time to spend up in the air. Ok so it is two separate planes and there is time disembarking in between but still, this is the furthest and longest travel experience I’ve ever had. Before this trip the longest flight I’d been on was to New York and even that I found pretty exhausting.

Let me start with the admission that I’m not the best flyer. I know, I know it’s annoying when people say that – it’s as common as grabbing a taxi…

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