Friday, 4 December 2020

Friday Chat Day

 Hello friends

Hope you are all well.

Brhhh - certainly a change in the weather this week, it is enough to make you seek out comfort food which brings me neatly to this week's recipe - Chocolate Puddin' Cake. It's a little more dense than a regular sponge, may have something to do with quite a lot of chocolate...


175g softened butter, 175g sugar, 3 eggs,
150g dark chocolate (75g melted/75g chopped)
175g plain flour, 3tbsp cocoa, 1½tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a large loaf tin.
Using a mixer/whisk, cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs gradually (add a little of the flour to prevent 
curdling if needed). Add melted chocolate.
Fold in flour, cocoa, baking powder.
Once combined fold through chopped chocolate -
reserve a little bit.

Spoon into tin. Scatter remaining chopped chocolate on top.
Bake for 45  minutes, 
check with skewer (if clean when removed then it is done).
Delicious warm with cream.

Click here for the recipe printable.
This and all previous recipes can also be found on the Recipe page
at the top of my blog - there's quite a few now.


I've been trying my hand at crocheting snowflakes this week, these are from
Bella Coco's YouTube channel, her videos are nice and easy to follow.

I chose to use a white cotton and a tiny hook! 
And a tiny bit of cursing - little bit fiddly.

And I've finished the Winter/Vintage Harmony Blanket,
So now THIS one is my favourite!

A combination of Autumn shades with mauves, blues and pinks.

It is such a lovely pattern and crochets up to be nice and soft.
I am parting with it, it is available for sale on my crochet page here or I have listings on


I made a little purchase with my birthday money, this festive Hyacinch arrangement.
Little fairy lights make everything so much nicer don't they!

My first attempt at bulbs indoors, well they should be squirrel free!


As mentioned a week or so ago, at this time of year I give myself licence to 
watch anything sentimental and cheesy so I give you...

Virgin River on Netflix

Seeking a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from Los Angeles to a remote 
Northern California town and is surprised by what -- and who -- she finds.

Two seasons are available to watch, it's very easy going and lovely scenery too,
actual scenery not the dashing gentleman!

Charity Kit:

This Sunday is Charity Kit Day, the last one of this year and then we
start with 12 new charities next year.
This month's chosen charity is Last Chance Animal Rescue,
more details on Sunday but before then here's a sneak peek...

Please stop by on Sunday, blog post goes live at 7am and then I splash
it all over social media.

Take care friends - I'm not dwelling on the fact that we are Tier 3 here in Kent,
weather is so awful who wants to go out anyway! 
And this one is totally unaffected... it's her dreaming face.

Have a lovely weekend, keep safe, keep well.

Much love,


hazel young said...

This chocolate puddin cake reminds me of a school pudding with chocolate custard too yummy. Love the snowflakes, you have alot of patients and skill. Gorgeous blanket. fabulous colours. Nice birthday present. Charity kit looks lovely, looking forward to Sundays release. Lovely photo of Bella lol. Have a great week stay safe xx Hazel

CraftyCoffey said...

The crochet snowflakes look fantastic and the blanket looks great too. I like what you treated yourself to for your birthday. Bella looks totally relaxed and not bothered by Tier 3. Looking forward to the charity card release on Sunday.

Michele said...

Morning Christine.
Thank you for another nice chat.
The cake sounds delicious, your crochet is so pretty too.
Bella must be having sweet dreams.
I hope you parents are keeping well.
Take care stay safe and have fun Kitty.
Oh looking forward to Sunday.

jdunkley said...

That cake looks lovely, what time shall I be round? White coffee, no sugar thank you. Oh wait...I cant can I? 😔
Have a great weekend, I'll be looking out on Sunday, Last Chance is such a great cause.

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Christine got up this morning to snow which I didn't expect so I shall be staying put today. Anything chocolate is acceptable and this looks rather moreish!! The finished blanket has such lovely shades in it and now snowflakes. They look complicated but so effective. Your hyacinths will be a lovely reminder of spring to come over the coming weeks. Have a good weekend xx

Littlelamb said...

The cake looks lovely and my so. Would love that but cannot see him at moment. The blanket is lovely. I have been busy knitting. It’s something I can do whilst watching TV without having to look at the knitting as it’s garter stitch. No snow here but chilly. enjoy your weekend.

karenlotty said...

Love the chat Bella looks so comfortable and cute
I am loving the crochet Your blanket looks amazing and the snowflakes look great How are you going to display them I must go and look at Bella Coco site
Haven’t got Netflix so will have to pass on the tele The choccy cake looks delicious

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