An orange day

Brrrr is it cold out there now! I have had a lovely, but busy weekend.

On Saturday I did another cupcake decorating class. The theme was vintage cupcakes, and I just loved them!

When I got home I had to put them on my cake stand as the colours went so well!

I got my hair cut on Friday, which was waaaaay overdue- it had got so long. Feels so much better now!

As well as walking up to the shops, I also did some baking. This was fridge cake (from Hummingbird)- to take to work. It is very easy- crushed digestives, butter, golden syrup and cocoa powder all melted and mixed up, plus cranberries (the recipe said raisins)- and then to make it pretty I added melted white chocolate on the top, and sprinkles.

Oh my word it made loads!

Still half left when I took the photo in the box!

We often go to a fireworks show, but this year decided to stay in the warm and watch a film instead.

This morning I started off with pancakes:

Pumpkin pancakes, and they turned out loads better than last time as I added less pumpkin (flour, baking powder, spices, almond milk, pumpkin purée and chocolate chips)- served with a chopped cooked apple.

Alongside some tea, because it was so cold! This cardamom chai was delicious.

I also wanted to make some crystallised orange peel- I will save it for another post. Anyway, stupid me, when I was peeling the orange I was not holding the peeler correctly, and managed to slice my thumb nail in half. Gross. At first I thought I had just peeled off the nail varnish, but no, the nail has come away from the thumb too. Andy was on the phone and had to come to the bathroom as he could hear my “I am about to faint this is so disgusting” noises as I was looking for a plaster. The typing is taking me much longer because I can’t use my thumb!

Anyway, we popped to see my parents who are back from a holiday in India (they even brought us back some tea 🙂  ), and then went to the shops (new cushions for the sofa, as two cushions were more like flat bits of fabric!), and of course we had to go to Starbucks as they were doing buy one get one free for the seasonal drinks. They were all coffee ones, but I asked the guy if I could have a gingerbread latte without the coffee, and he said yes! It was lovely- much nicer than the pumpkin one I think- possibly even nicer than a chai latte. Yum.

By then the rain had stopped, so I decided to have a run, even though it was dark. Although, on the plus side, I can’t see my feet so I can pretend that I am flying. I did 4 miles, and again at around 10 min miles, so it felt pretty good. I think gingerbread latte is my new favourite running fuel!

Home to some yoghurt as I was rather hungry- I was sent these total yoghurts, and they are quite nice, but I was not so keen on the fruit bit, so I left that and mixed in some orange curd- fits my orange theme of the day.

OK, the photo does not make it look that nice! But I had an orange dinner too- I roasted up the little pumpkin with some rosemary, cooked some quinoa, and then when it was cooked, stirred in a big spoonful of pumpkin puree. I mixed in the cooked pumpkin, some chopped sundried tomatoes, and sprinkled on some goats cheese. It was lovely (and enough to freeze some too). More orange food. The only thing missing is chocolate orange, but I am not sure I have any!

And now I am cooking the other Christmas cakes- smells amazing. They have orange zest in them, so they fit with the theme too.

Right, back to the grind tomorrow 😉

Did you watch some fireworks this weekend? Or, did anyone go to a bonfire party? I used to love those when I was younger, but never see them any more.

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14 thoughts on “An orange day”

  1. There have been lots of people setting off fireworks in the neighbourhood, so no need for me to freeze at an organized display outside – I just watch them from my window 😉

    Almost all of my favourite foods are orange come to thick of it…oh well, at least I won’t have to ever use fake tan in my life!


    1. Yes we had a lot of fireworks in gardens (which I think should be banned due to it not being safe), so yes I watched some from my window too.
      Orange foods rock, especially at this time of year when they match the leaves 🙂

  2. Those cupcakes are so pretty! They’re amazing! And ouch to your thumb! I burnt my hand this weekend so typing for me is painful too haha. Cooking is dangerous business! Despite that all your foods looks so good 🙂

  3. Wow your cakes are so pretty, they do go perfectly on that cake stand! Your hair looks great too, really suits you 🙂

    We were still on Halloween this weekend – with a fun family party – but then went to my friend’s house for some fireworks (well, mainly sparklers as my friend was understandably nervous about fireworks in her garden so just had little quiet fizzy ones) last night which the children loved, altho it was a bit of a rush for me then to get to body pump by 8pm! My family still find it so weird that exercise is any kind of priority to me these days!!

    1. Thanks 🙂
      I would be going to pump too- I hate missing it as nothing I do at home will recreate it.
      Glad you enjoyed the fireworks- little ones seem like the best idea I think.

    1. Yep I have a sweet tooth too- I was just a bit bored with the raspberry/ pomegranate flavour, and I like zesty yoghurts, so orange curd seemed like a good idea.

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