Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Coffee cakes and Lyme Hall Park

Just a quickie post. I wanted to show off some coffee and walnut cakes I made. My MIL bought me the most thoughtful gift at Christmas. I have been wanting one of those cake stands for ages and also loved the look of silicone cake cases as well and guesss what?? She got me both! The cases came in a box with an icing bag and a gorgeous cupcake book. Here is what I managed to create.

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Sorry... there's none left ;-)

Half term was a bit pants. Weather was bad and dh was working... a lot. Then dd gets sick on the Saturday night which scuppered our plans for the weekend. She had Monday off as well as inset and so we toddled off to Lyme Hall, park and gardens. I love it there. It is one of my favourite places to go. It was the setting for Pemberley in BBC's Pride and Prejudice. We went inside the house as there was a display on about Mary Queen of Scots. The room next door was the nursery and now the NT are letting you actually touch some of the stuff in the houses and so the children played happily with the doll's house and toy soldiers. There was the sweetest, old bear on the bead and a lovely children's book.

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Some snaps of the Orangery and gardens and of the house itself:

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Snowdrops were cropping up everywhere:

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Ahhhh breathe in Spring....

I will be back with a stitchy update soon. Just trying to catch up with myself. Thanks for all the lovely, sweet comments. You make my day




25 comments:

Gillie said...

So sorry about dd - lovely photographs, both culinary and scenic - you could have left some for us, though! Can sympathise about your dh - we have a workaholic in the family too (and it's not me, lol!).

StitchinSweetSue said...

Hazel, your cakes look divine, and love the snowdrops:)

Lesleyanne said...

Great pictures of your day out. Your cakes and cake stand look delicious.

Maggie said...

I hope your daughter is better now?

The photos of the Hall are amazing as are those cakes, wow they look delish!

jane said...

Lovely photos Hazel, it's such a great place to visit isn't it. The cupcakes look lovely too.

Carol R said...

Delicious looking cupcakes Hazel - put the kettle on and I'll be round in a jiff!

Great pictures of Lyme Hall although the doll on the bed reminded me of last night's (Monday) episode of Bedlam - oooo creepy or what?

Rachael @ CleverCheshireCats said...

Delicious cupcakes and the silicon cases are just brilliant as well.

Margaret said...

Your cakes look delicious! Hope your DD is feeling better now. I love the pics of Lyme Hall! Believe it or not, I just watched P&P (the Colin Firth version) for the first time the other day, so it's nice to see your pics.

Jackie said...

You're such a wonderful photographer! The cupcakes look delicious and Lyme Hall looks like a fantastic place to spend the day.

Melissa said...

The cupcakes look yummy. :) And the park looks like such a lovely place to visit.

gracie said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures...but...as I reached for one of the little cakes...poof...they were gone....

Kate said...

Cakes look tasty - apart from the walnuts!
Hope DD has fully recoverd now

Christine said...

The cakes look delicious, and the pictures from Lyme Hall are wonderful. I love that mossy fountain

Just-Do said...

Those cupcakes look so amazing. Wonderful that you can actually make that yourself!
Thank you for taking us to Lyme Hall Park. I did see the P&P series, and never knew you could actually visit.

Maggie O said...

Great blog. The cupcakes are so well...proffesional and the cake stand is fabulous. Shame to eat them and spoil the perfect picture but bet they tasted great. The trip to Lyme Hall was great. Love Pride and Prejudice and right after Colin Firth won his Oscar too. Thanks for that

Sally said...

Your cupcakes look gorgeous:)

Sorry your DD was poorly. Typical at holiday times!

Carol said...

What delicious looking cupcakes, Hazel! And thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of Lyme Hall--it must be amazing to live nearby such historical places. I can't even imagine!

staci said...

Your cupcakes looks scrumptious...ready for the cover of a cookbook :)

Love the LHP pictures, idyllic!

Blu said...

"a bit pants"? That's hilarious! I've never heard it before!

The cupcakes look yummy and the tree is so cute.

Sheilasembroidery said...

Great looking cakes and it looks as if you had a great day out. Love the photo of the fountain.

Carolyn NC said...

Love how the cupcakes are displayed - looks professional and yummy, too! Love the pics of Pemberley revisited. :)

Michelle said...

Oh what lovely photos! And the cupcakes look delicious!!

Solstitches said...

My goodness what a lovely picture show.
I sooooooo want one of those cupcakes!
That's one stately home I have never visited. So beautiful.

Margaret

Lisa said...

Ooh, those cupcakes look scrummy! Erin and I made choc orange cupcakes for David's birthday and they were gorgeous. I've been looking at those stands but only seen the ones for the mini cupcakes and I don't have any cases or tins for the mini ones yet lol. Will maybe have to look into getting some soon hehe.
Lyme Hall looks gorgeous, will have to plan a trip there sometime.

Julie said...

What a super gift idea, those cakes sure look inviting