Monday, 12 April 2010

Notebook Monday


Work like you don't need the money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
Dance like no one's watching,
Sing like no one's listening,
Live like there is no tomorrow.

Mr and Mrs House (lovely things for lovely people)

 I have visited this lovely shop in Totnes, Devon.

-Place to stay
I haven't stayed here myself, but a friend has and said it was lovely.
This link and pictures are from Spoonlets, the largest of the cottages.

Orange and raspberry Victoria sponge taken from The Delicious Miss Dahl. (I must try this)


For the sponge
225g/8oz butter, plus extra for greasing
225g/8oz golden caster sugar
4 free-range eggs, beaten
225g/8oz self-raising flour, sifted
1 large orange, zest only
For the jam
300g/9oz fresh raspberries
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 heaped tbsp golden caster sugar
For the icing
250g/9oz butter, softened
250g/9oz icing sugar, seived
½ orange, juice only
1 large orange, zest only, plus a little zest to decorate


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2. For the cake, grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins with baking parchment, and dust with flour.
3. In a food mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
4. Gradually beat in the eggs, then add the flour and orange zest and mix until well combined.
5. Divide the mixture evenly between the two cake tins, then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden-brown and slightly springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
6. Meanwhile, for the jam, place the raspberries, orange juice and golden caster sugar into a small saucepan over a low heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the raspberries begin to break down. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool completely.
7. For the icing, beat the butter, icing sugar, orange juice and zest in a bowl until smooth.
8. To serve, place one sponge on a serving plate or cake stand, and spread half of the icing on top. Spoon over the jam, top with the second sponge and
finish with the remaining buttercream. Decorate with a little more orange zest if desired.


(Photos taken from relevent websites and weheartit)


Annie said...

I love the little tea cosy and like you quite fancy making Sophie's raspberry and orange cake, thanks for the recipe.
Ann x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post on a dull Monday morning! How gorgeous is that tea cosy?!xx

Kissed by an Angel said...

Love this post!! so many pretty things!! Thanks for sharing about the cottage: I am currently looking for a pretty place to rent for my hubby's 60th birthday!!!

A Country Girl said...

Love that teacosy!

a mermaids purse said...

Rasberry and Orange cake i must give that one ago!! ;0)x yum x
what a cutie little tea cozy! and those delightful tumblers (thinks thats what you call them?) love Totnes i go at least once a month! what a beautiful place and fun market square (used to run a stall there b4 i had sweet pea). Its a magical place around xmas x
i hope your having a lovely hols x said...

I adore that tea cosy! I want it now! HA HA! xxx

Florence and Mary said...

That quote is one of my favourites!

Victoria xx

Rubyred said...

That's one of my favourite quotes too! Gorgeous eye candy and links!
Thanks for sharing!
Have a lovely week!
Rachel x

Alisa said...

These are all fantastic!
One of my favorite quotes and I love the cups!
Have a beautiful day!

Lucy Pursglove-Jones said...

What a cheery post! The first picture is wonderful.
I watched the delish miss D last week - I want her house! (or wherever it's filmed). x

Caroline Cakewise said...

Your blog is always so full of springtime loveliness, it never fails to make me smile - and love the Pollyanna quotes!! xx

Anonymous said...

hello there, thank you so much for the sweet comment :o) xx
wow... your blog is so pretty! from the pink roses to your lovely lovely posts.
i have one of sophie dahl's books and i think it's fabulous!
i love all your images and the very beautiful quote.
i am going to look at the post below this one now because i am a pollyanna fan.....

see you there :o)

LoloDesigns said...

Lovely post. I too am becoming a bit obsessed with miss dahl's cookery programme. And you have just reminded me that I must bake that yummy cake, perfect for tea out in the spring sunshine we are having. x

Kelly said...

What a great quote!

Josie-Mary said...

Lovely goodies :)

made with love said...

What a lovely post. I am loving that place to stay, WOW.
Take care and enjoy your week,
Rachael xx

belleandboo said...

That cottage looks lovely I will check out the link I need some countryside