My Sunday Photo – Chocolate Cake

I baked a delicious chocolate cake yesterday & had to share it for my Sunday photo. It is far from impressive compared to the food bloggers I follow but it is GOOD cake. Two weeks without a cooker over half term is not fun. Having a working cooker that actually cooks properly makes all the difference though! As soon as our new cooker arrived I decided I had to test it out properly.. by baking cake of course! Our old cooker decided to blow the day I chose to do some baking so it only seemed right.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

The cake is a devils food cake mix with vanilla icing mixed wit 60g of melted chocolate (from hotel chocolat) and 20g of cocoa powder. I have to say I had no confidence it would turn out right but it surprisingly turned out brilliantly! I split the mix between two tins & added a layer of icing between them too.. nom!

 

Chocolate cake sliced

The cake is amazingly fluffy and light and I’ve pleased myself with my icing, I thought it would be a disaster yet it tastes AMAZING!

Have you baked a cake recently? Do you have any tips?

 

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – Vauxhall Cresta PA

This week this gorgeous Vauxhall Cresta PA had to be My Sunday Photo. They are photo’s the Mr has taken this week having finally got himself a new phone! He spotted this gorgeous red Vauxhall Cresta PA in Morrison’s car park and I love it. Seriously though, how beautiful is that car?

Vauxhall Cresta PA

Red Vauxhall Cresta PA

It looks like the owner really looks after his Cresta, it is absolutely gorgeous and looks so well kept too. I’m no expert but the car does look to be all original parts and is one of the best kept I’ve seen over the last few years. Old cars, bikes & buses really stand out and we are lucky to see quite a few around here on a regular basis.

I love the Churchill dogs in the back, they look great. The fact they have red cushions & hanging dice to match is pretty cool too. You can tell the owner loves the car from how well looked after & presented it is. Vauxhall Cresta PA inside

The Mr wasn’t too pleased with this shot but you can still see how immaculately kept this Vauxhall Cresta PA is inside. I think this may be one of my favourite cars the Mr has spotted for a while to be honest.

I’m looking forward to seeing what else he comes cross now he has a phone again. He has a 20.5MP camera compared to my 16MP which made me sulk to begin with. Luckily for him the camera isn’t that great at focusing & adjustments so I’ll let him off & keep searching for my next upgrade whilst enjoying the shots he does manage to take haha.

I’ll have to try and beat him now and find an even better car spot too!

Do you love this Vauxhall Cresta PA too? If not what is your favourite car spot?

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – Stained Glass 

We spotted this gorgeous piece of stained glass in the Thurrock Museum yesterday. We popped by after dropping our books off at the library to see if there were new exhibits. The girls loved the pieces of stained glass on display & this piece is our absolute favourite!

Stained Glass

The girls were so excited and dragged me around so quickly I didn’t get a chance to read about this piece but I think it’s beautiful. You can see so many details in the glass itself even after all these years. It would be interesting to know who made this, when & why. I think I may go back in the week alone to check it out & have a read.

What do you think of this stained glass?

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – Home-grown Happiness

This week’s #MySundayPhoto – Home-grown Happiness photo’s were taking straight after the girls picked the peppers they have been growing over the last few months. The girls look so happy and proud that they have planted & grown the peppers to perfection. They helped us make a delicious salad dinner with their freshly picked peppers which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

Home-grown happiness

Home-grown Happiness

The girl’s faces in these pictures show how amazed and happy with what they have produced. From a tiny seed and a bit of soil on a tiny windowsill they produced these delicious peppers. The peppers grew to a great size, especially Eva’s.

Eva & Izzy's Peppers

There was even more excitement when we discovered Eva’s big red pepper had another pepper trying too grow inside! It looked so pretty with the red and green together.

Pepper inside a pepper

Do you grow your own fruit or vegetables? Do you get that home-grown happiness when you harvest too?

My Sunday Photo – Rainbow

I spotted this rainbow earlier in the week & was glad to finally capture something & join in with #MySundayPhoto again. It’s been a busy few weeks and I’ve not had much time to take photo’s! Looking through my camera roll was pretty boring this week in all honesty. The girls pepper plants are the most exciting thing I’ve captured! I was quite relieved to get a shot of this gorgeous rainbow.

Rainbow

Rainbow

After a very stressful week this rainbow brightened up the sky and my mood. Perhaps sorting a new washing machine may have had something to do with. I’ve felt a bit more positive since taking this photo though. I realised is that whilst I feel trapped in this flat I also have some stunning views at times!

What have you captured this week?

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – End Of The Summer Holiday

This My Sunday Photo post is the last one of the summer holidays! Eva goes back to school on Wednesday and it got me looking back through our summer photo’s. These are a few of my favourites of Eva.

Daredevil

Summer Holidays

Eva’s confidence has really grown and she’s been much more daring this summer. Climbing is something she loves to do but after a few falls she lost her confidence slightly but over the summer her confidence has returned. She’s braved running on the ring above, hanging upside down below and climbing on the play equipment again over the summer holidays.

Eva hanging around

 

I love watching Eva run around the park, climbing on everything!

My little climber

Having both girls at home for almost 7 weeks has been stressful at times. However I’ve also managed to capture some lovely moments between them. I love these 2 below, the girls decided to walk along together nicely whilst we were out shopping one day, how cute do they look!?

Sisters

Sisters

Sisterly love

Every year I’ve caught the girls snuggled up together over the summer and taken a photo. I love the look on Izzy’s face in this picture. Izzy is rough with Eva at times but this shows she really does look up to her big sister! I love catching moments like these, it balances out all the fighting!

Now Eva is preparing for the start of year 3 in just 3 days time! She has a lovely teacher she is excited to be having, has been chosen as the glue monitor and is looking forward to going back. I’ve enjoyed having more time with her but I know she loves and misses the routine of school.

We’ve had a lovely summer, I’m quite sad it’s almost over as it’s been our best yet! What have you been up to?

 

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – Southend Pier

This weeks photo’s for My Sunday Photo – Southend Pier were taken last week on a surprise visit to the longest pier in the world! 😱 These are some of my absolute favourite photo’s. It’s amazing to think all 3 have been there for so many years. The pier has an amazing railway too. I love visiting Southend in the summer, there is always something different to see or do.

Southend pier bell

Southend Pier Graffiti

My Sunday Photo - Southend Pier Railway

Have you ever visited Southend Pier before? What do you think of My Sunday Photo – Southend Pier?

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My Sunday Photo – Orange Rose

My Sunday Photo this week is of a discarded orange rose that caught my eye the other day as we left one of our favourite parks. The park itself has a gorgeous garden area which is always beautiful to look at. This discarded orange rose really stood out in a garden of perfect flowers.

Orange Rose

Things like this orange rose always seem to draw me in, what about you?

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – A Picture in A Cloud

I spotted a picture in a cloud for this weeks #mysundayphoto. I spend a fair amount of time watching the clouds from my window and spotted this a few nights ago. To me it looks like there is a firefighter with a hose beneath a tree with smoke puffing out of it.

Picture in a cloud

Do you ever notice a picture in a cloud? Do you see the same as I do in this cloud or something different? 

 

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – Sharky McShark Face

This weeks #MySundayPhoto – Sharky Mcshark Face was taken during a walk with Izzy last week. She loves to wander down to the sea wall to watch the boats and we both found this quite amusing!

Sharky McShark Face

Sharky McShark Face

Izzy says the boat looks like it’s sailing across the bushes to eat the smaller boat!

 

What do you think of Sharky McShark Face?

Photalife