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Summer

Mini Cherry Pies with Almond Crumble Topping

The first time I made these mini cherry pies it was the height of summer. Cherry season in the UK is short but sweet, spanning only a few weeks during July and August. So, armed with a fresh punnet of succulent, juicy berries, I could think of no better way to enjoy them than baked in a buttery pastry and topped with an almond crumble. How disappointed I was. Sweet, dark cherries are divine eaten fresh, but it turns out that once cooked with sugar, practically all of the cherry flavour was lost. Never one to be defeated by a

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Backyard BBQ Birthday Bash (with Free Party Printables!)

I’ve always wanted to host a Pin-stagram-worthy party. Heck, I signed up to Pinterest back when nobody had heard of it. I’ve spent years scrolling, looking at the perfect celebrations yet, try as I might, I felt mine never measured up. Last year we moved into a new flat just before my birthday and, never one to miss an opportunity to party, it presented the perfect occasion. This was it. I was going to host my themed-to-a-tee, perfectly executed gathering of friends and family!!! I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of hard work. But boy was it

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Peach & Pecan Pancakes

Some of my greatest memories are of holidays – there’s just something about wistfully looking back on sunny times. No worries of work and the whole morning just for lying in. Not always, but often, my memories revolve around food: Zebra Domes at Walt Disney World, passion fruit flavoured everything in Madiera and these… The state of Georgia in the great U S of A is famed for its peaches, so it was a no brainer whilst in Atlanta to order Peach & Pecan Pancakes! There may have been a few too many and slightly too sweet for my taste but they inspired

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Punchy Pimms Poptails

I think we can officially call it…. It’s summertime! With temperatures in London soaring, it’s hotter here some days than in the Bahamas or Los Angeles. Yikes! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for rain or snow – there’s nothing like a hit of vitamin D to boost our milky-white-skinned spirits. But there is something just so delightful about the breezy, British summer. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here. There are so many highlights to the season; Royal Week at Ascot has just concluded (one year I will get there!), as has Glastonbury festival

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Strawberry & Cream Éclairs

There is nothing that speaks summer like strawberries and cream. I have very early memories of sitting on old stone steps, in my little sundress, at my mum and uncle’s annual school alumni day, eating a bowl of sugary strawberries.  I’m not sure if that’s a ‘thing’ but my family always used to cover our red, juicy berries with a sprinkling of caster sugar! The sugar may be a long-lost tradition for me now, but the strawberries remain a firm summer favourite. There is nothing worse than eating them out of season, flown in from Spain, so as soon as

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Louisiana Blueberry Lemonade

They say when life gives you lemons, to make lemonade. But what if life gives you blueberries too? Then what?!? Sweet blueberries paired with zesty lemon is such a fantastic flavour combination, yet it’s so underrated. Pinterest seems to be swamped with strawberry lemonade recipes, all the while casting it’s berry good friend into the shadows. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here. I first had a speckled blueberry lemonade at Bubba Gumps in Orlando and I fell in love. I fell even more in love a few years later (older and wiser) when I had

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