52 Stories – week twelve – Lou Seal

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Hello and welcome to another scrapbook layout for my weekly story telling adventure.

Lou Seal

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here’s the story –

I was feeling brave. Lou was working the crowd to the left of us. He was getting loads of laughs and photo attention. I grabbed my phone and went to get a shot. Just then right as I lined up the camera he looked right over to me and waved! yes he waved right at me and I waved back. A wow moment.

The takeaway from story number twelve/Would I add anything more?

Probably not. I think I have covered most of how I felt in that moment. I know he is only a Baseball mascot and going round the crowd is his job but I just don’t do things like go and take photos of this kind so it was a big deal for me and I think I conveyed that even though I only wrote a short paragraph. I did go online to check when he first appeared for the Giants so I could include that extra detail.

And I know that when I look back and see this page I will remember the feelings and the fun we had that evening so that’s a win in my book.

(Only issue I have with the whole page? My wonky writing…..)

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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First snow of 2016

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It happened a couple of weeks ago. My favourite winter thing apart from Christmas. The white stuff came.

It was a Saturday and I’d set off to meet a friend for a pizza. It was trying to snow as we went into the restaurant but I thought the ground was far too wet for it to settle. We were so surprised to emerge a couple of hours later to a blanket of wonderful snow.

I got her safely home and headed back to Leeds, we’d met up in Ilkley which is out into the countryside about 15 miles from where I live. The roads were coated and there was hardly any traffic. I took it very steady and marveled at the scenes I drove through. It was that perfect, perfect snow that clings magically to branches and lights up the sky.

My tyre tracks.

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And the view from our bedroom window.

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I kept getting out of bed just to stare at it. Yep, I love snow that much. I especially liked how it had stuck to the telephone cables.

The following morning brought a little melting but the trees were still dressed in their coats of snow so I grabbed this photo. It was just beginning to get light but looked so much brighter because of that white cover.

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Only the day before I had snapped some sunny shots in the garden. Here are a couple of comparisons.

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And that poor old daffodil.

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And let’s not forget about someone else who quite likes the snow.

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It was the perfect weekend. It snowed on Satruday evening and was gone by Monday morning. Brief but beautiful and I’m so glad it came.

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Photo a Day – week forty five

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Such a beautiful start to the week. I went in search of the five planets that are visable in the pre-dawn sky right now. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. The first time that so many planets have been visible together since 2005. Alas cloud hindered my view and I only saw Jupiter. But I got this treat instead.

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My BFF saw this keyring in the V & A Museum on a recent trip to London and thought of me! You can’t make it out from the photo but the keyring has the Edward VII Royal cypher so I went to snap a real life box with the same cyper. Thanks H!

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Making lists of jobs to do in a great note book Gav bought me for Christmas. He knows I love a list.

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Quinoa salad with cashew nuts for lunch.

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We took my niece out for tea to our favourite place, Pizza Express.

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A sun basking in the sun.

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Another photo for this project.

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Okay there we go.

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52 Stories – week eleven – Your name?

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Hello and welcome to another Wednesday where I share a story I’ve scrapped and hope I’ve managed to get the story all down.

Your name?

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here is the story from this page –

It’s all B’s fault. She told me that when they asked for her name in Starbucks she made one up. Alex was her choice. I thought it was so funny and didn’t really like giving my name so started to do the same. Except in the services on the way down to Heathrow, tha barista’s got their own back…..Alice!

The takeaway from story number eleven/would I add anything more?

Yes, I’d like to add lots more to this one. I think I was limited to space because of the frame I’d chosen to write in. It does get the jist across but not all the details. For instance we’ve been doing this for years, well ever since the UK Starbucks started asking for you name, which I still don’t really ‘get’. I would have like it fit that part of the story in too, that I just don’t see the need to ask customers for their names, unless it’s a very busy coffee shop! Maybe I’ll do another page with all the extra details on.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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A standoff in the quest for a photo

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Not looking.

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See, I said I wasn’t looking.

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Nope.

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Absolutely not.

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Fine I’ll play ball, just so you’ll let me in the house…..

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Just kidding!

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Photo a Day – week forty four

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No sooner do I say it’s been mild than we get snow. I need to say it more often…..

Good job someone has his jumper ready.

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The snow came in the evening and was that perfect consistency, it clung so beautifully to the trees.

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This week saw the return of a photo project I’ve done before. I haven’t played along to the fullest this week but I did get this red candle. Read all about color//colour over here.

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Roasting sweet potato and carrots for soup.

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They painted the solar system….

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Found more red.

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So love these plants.

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Snow and sun and everyday things. What will we find next week?

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The breakfast love affair continues – cinnamon rolls

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I was looking back at some photos of our US trip the other day and found myself longing for a cinnamon roll. I only had a couple while we were over there but they stuck in my memory for all their buttery delicate spiciness.

Cinnamon rolls are not a staple over here in the UK. We have leant towards the French for our breakfast pastry delights like croissant and pain au chocolat. This bun is said to have originated in Sweden and they have them around Christmas time in Denmark. You can get a cinnamon swirl in Starbucks but generally you don’t find them in bakery shops here.

After perusing recipes online and looking through our bread maker recipe book I decided that Chelsea buns was a pretty close match in terms of dough so I loaded up the bread maker and hunted out the jar of ground cinnamon.

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As you can see it is an enriched dough that includes an egg. Just look at that pale yellow goodness. Our bread maker takes 2 hours 20 minutes to knead the dough, to the stage below, so this recipe is not something you can really have for breakfast unless setting the alarm for 5am….

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I decided to try both cinnamon rolls and Chelsea buns so split my dough in half. Bit of a mistake on my part here as what I should have done is rolled the dough out and just covered half with one filling and half with the other. Doing it my way resulted in mini buns.

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And I should have paid closer attention to the corners of the dough and made it a proper rectangle instead of  Melanie haphazard shaped one!

Once the dough is rolled out cover it with melted butter…..

And then the filling of your choice. For the Chelsea buns I used soft brown sugar, raisins, sultanas and mixed peel with mixed spice.

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And for the cinnamon, soft brown sugar and ground cinnamon.

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Then I rolled it up.

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And sliced.

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And arranged in a tin. Here they are after another 30 minutes proving in a just warm oven.

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They flopped over a bit, I think this was as they were taller than they were wide because I had spilt the dough. Never mind it’s all a learning curve. Baked for 20 minutes.

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Yum.

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Double yum.

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Conscious of the amount of butter and sugar I had already poured into these beauties I went for a simple icing sugar and water topping. Next time I’ll use lemon juice instead of water to add a little zing.

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Cute and I have to say that both versions were delicious.

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Looking forward to trying the recipe again… all in the search for a perfect roll of course.

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One Little Word® – 2016 – Whole

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I’m joining in again. I’m keeping it low key, not making any rash statements. I have joined in on the workshop again and we’ll just see how this year rolls.

I almost picked a different word because Whole is the word Ali has chosen and I don’t want to follow her ideas for the word. But this year I wanted a looser word, if that makes sense.

I am sort of coming to the conclusion that really it doesn’t matter what word you pick. The purpose of having a word is to be more intentional, more thoughtful, more active throughout the year and you can ‘fit’ those things in around your word.

All that said I do admit that one of the reasons I am drawn to whole is the idea about whole food. Not whole foods as in a health food shop, although that features, but just taking time to think about the idea of whole food and trying to eat more of it and less processed. We’ll see.

What’s your word?

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One Little Word® is an idea developed by Ali Edwards read about it over here.

And read other posts about my words here.

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52 stories – number ten – Jump

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Hello and welcome to week ten in this story telling adventure.

Jump

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My ‘test’ if you will, to knowing if I’ve succeeded in my quest to capture the story, will be that if I can just quote the journaling I’ve used on the page and not need/want to add anything here in the post to explain it further, then I have done it, I’ve got all the bits of the story down.

Here’s the story from this page –

She’s a danger girl. Okay so jumping off a swing isn’t exactly dare devil but you get the drift. Right now she jumps. Her fearlessness both scares me and makes me smile. Go out there H and do it. Be fearless. Take that feeling you get just before you jump and be all of it. Jump my darling girl. Leap.

The takeaway from story number ten/would I add anything more?

For years when I made pages about my nephews or nieces I only told the story of the event or perhaps I didn’t add many words at all. Sometimes I still do simply tell the story of the event because that’s what I want to document. But sometimes I want to say more. I know that many scrapbookers use their pages as a place to write about their hopes for their children. Now that I’m older and have a different perspective on childhood I can see the beauty in that approach.

That is what I chose to do here. My hopes for my niece. The photos were of a perfectly lovely day last summer when H was happy for me to snap away and she swang back and forth jumping off or standing up on the swing seat. I could have told that story, of a lovely hour or so spent in her company. But I went a different route and I managed to get it all there on the page.

I think it’s good to remember to go that different route sometimes.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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30 Vegetarian Pizza’s – Balsamic onions and Brussel sprouts

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Recently we were inspired to try a new pizza and I managed to grab my camera, adjust for the kitchen lighting, and grab a photo before we devoured the lot.

I know this looks a tad overdone but they are caramelised onions so did get a little scorched lucky for us it didn’t affect the amazing flavour. I found the recipe here.

And I know what you’re thinking… this combination cannot work but oh my it so does. We tried both with and without tomato sauce and decided both were equally delicious.

Our version used white onions instead of red because that’s what we grow and it used our very own sprouts too, we just sliced ours. I can’t decide why this pizza is so good it must just be that the flavours work great together in fact we liked it so much we tried it again last Sunday. And that leads me to note that you really do need those onions to be good and caramelised because they weren’t quite there on our version two and the flavour didn’t work so well. So char those onions and save me a slice.

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