When life gives you lemons…

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Hi guys! I hope I find you all in good spirits. As some of you may know, Wednesday is my day off work. That means I’ve had a jam packed day of baking, dress making and preparing blog posts for you- there’s some yummy and cute ideas coming up in the near future! Keep your eyes peeled!

Today’s blog post is my homemade lemon curd recipe. With everything that is going on in the world at the moment, it’s fair to say we’ve all got our own fair share of lemons. So why not take some time to make something tasty and put your lemons to good use? As that well known saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemon curd. Or something like that…

I’ve had a love for lemon curd ever since I was little. I remember visiting my grandmother’s house after nursery in the summer months and eating lemon curd crackers for my lunch. Sounds a bit gross now I think about it, but trust me, it was far from it. To me, the taste of lemon just screams summertime- so what better recipe for me to share with this nice weather we’ve had up north today?

If you fancy making your own, find my super simple recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 50g unsalted butter or margarine
  • The zest and juice of one lemon
  • 75g caster sugar

Method:

  1. Crack your eggs into a glass bowl. Add your sugar and lemon juice and zest. (A top tip for getting all the juice out of your lemon is using a fork, I don’t actually own a juicer and always use a fork to juice citrus fruits!).
  2. Cube your butter or margarine and add it into the bowl.
  3. Half fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. When the water is just starting to boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and place your bowl on top of the pan.
  4. Leave the mixture over the heat, stirring occasionally using a wooden spoon. You want to do this until all of your butter has melted and the mixture coats the back of your spoon.
  5. Remove the bowl from the heat and leave the lemon curd to cool. This will take around half an hour.

 

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See, how easy was that?! Super simple and super tasty. I find lemon curd makes a great filling for cakes, and can also be popped in a jar and given as a present!

What have you been up to today? Are there any other recipes you guys would like to see?

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Maddie.

 

Happy Friday!

Hi guys- Friday at last! I hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks. After working full time last week, it felt like I had loads of free time this week! I’ve been taking it pretty easy on my days off, my mum and I spent the day together on Monday which involved lots of knitting and walking. We don’t usually have much time just the two of us so it made a nice change.

As per usual, I’ve put together a couple of posts to keep you entertained over the weekend. My DIY photo holders are a great little project for your day off. They’re super easy and great for the kids to help out with. They’re also an adorable way of showing off your favourite photos! It really is as simple as it looks, painting a pebble and wrapping a bit of wire around it. I actually had a really good time collecting my pebbles in the woods near my house, so this project is also a great way of getting out and about as well. And let’s be honest, we all love a good two for one don’t we.

I’ve also uploaded the recipe for my Summer Cheesecake Squares! My favourite type of cheesecake is no bake and super creamy, so that’s what I tried to create when I was coming up with the recipe for these. With a ginger biscuit base and creamy lemon topping, these mini cheesecakes are finished off with a raspberry swirl for that extra bit of summery sweetness.

If you’re interested in either of these projects, check them out in my craft and food sections respectively!

Whatever you get up to over your days off, I hope you make time for the things you enjoy.

Best wishes to you all!

Maddie.

 

Domino’s Style Cookies!

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Hey guys! I hope your Monday isn’t treating you too badly. I’ve been off today, so I have naturally been prepping some future blog posts for you! I’ve also decided to learn to knit. The last time I tried knitting was about eight years ago, so I’m pretty much a novice! I’ve had a very frustrating day of dropping stitches and unwinding my wool to start again, but I’m happy to say I’m finally starting to get the hang of it! I am now the very proud owner of a few inches of knitted wool.

In other news, who else here loves those cookies you can get from Domino’s? If you’re anything like me, a Domino’s pizza order isn’t complete without four of those warm, gooey, melt in your mouth chocolate cookies to accompany it. I mean, I really love them. The last time Jason and I went all out with our Dominos order, we ended up ordering two boxes of them! Though even I have to admit that was a few too many…

But I do adore those little chocolatey delights. So, I thought it was about time to try my hand at making my own!

If you fancy baking your own, why not check out the recipe? I’ve put it in the food section of my blog!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Maddie.

Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and a week of blogging

Hey guys! It’s one week today since I launched this blog and I’d just like to say thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read and share my posts; it really does mean a lot to me! As a mini celebration of A little Mad Smith’s first week, I wanted to share my chocolate and peanut butter cupcake recipe with you all!

These cupcakes are possibly one of my favourite recipes ever. They’re the perfect combination of dense chocolate cake and peanut butter icing, accompanied with a hidden Reese’s peanut butter cup centre and drizzled with my homemade chocolate ganache. If , like me, you’ve got a peanut butter cup lover in your life, they’re sure to love these!

If you fancy making your own, the recipe can be found in the food section of my blog.

Thanks once again for your support and best wishes to you all!

Maddie x

Fun projects for the weekend!

Hi guys! Looking forward to the weekend? Whether your weekend celebrations are already underway or you’ve got another day of work to go, I’ve put together a couple of fun, quick and easy projects to help keep you entertained whatever the Great British weather may have in store.

If we are blessed with a bit of sunshine this weekend, why not check out my strawberry and banana yogurt ice lollies? These sweet treats are perfect as a refreshing snack if you need a bit of help keeping cool over your days off- they’re healthier than ice cream too! Made with natural yogurt, fresh fruit and sweetened with honey, they’re a great alternative to some shop bought brands. It’s a really easy recipe too! Ideal for the kids to help out with. Find the recipe in the food section of my blog.

If you’re feeling like a bit of crafting this weekend, take a look at my painted glass lantern DIY! This mini project is a great way of recycling old food jars and creates a pretty little decoration for any outdoor celebrations you may be having. Find the DIY in the craft section of my blog.

I hope you all enjoy whatever you have in store for over the weekend, and maybe make time for a bit of crafting. Over the next week there will be some baking recipes going up on the blog, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you haven’t already, why not check out my previous blog posts? Find links to my DIY patchwork cushion cover and strawberry cupcake recipe in the craft and food sections of my blog respectively.

That’s it from me for now guys, I hope you’re all having lovely days!

Maddie.

Strawberries and Cream cupcakes

 

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Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great week. It’s been one of those accidentally putting my cereal in the fridge days today I’m afraid. I’ve been working for the past few days and it’s safe to say I am definitely ready for the weekend, its been a hectic week!

If you’re feeling like trying your hand at a bit of baking this weekend, how about my Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes? It’s basically British summertime in food form. With fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream, accompanied by a hidden jammy centre, these cupcakes are the perfect treat for any lover of this classic summer pairing.

I made these cakes earlier this week, and its safe to say they went down an absolute treat with the family. They’re super easy, perfect for beginner bakers, or something to keep the kids entertained now the schools have broken up.

Fancy making your own? Find the recipe in the food section of my blog.

I hope you all have wonderful weekends,

Maddie.