Thursday

Back to School

Picture of Teachers Pet Biscuits by Biscuiteers

After a little (okay actually quite big) summer break from blogging I have decided it is most definitely time I come back. I would like to say this was because I felt like there were millions of readers out there just begging for me to start blogging again but in truth my family is just very, very bored of hearing me talk about craft and baking all day and has begged me to to talk to the internet instead.

In less than a week I go back to school. I'm starting a new school and am, of course, terrified! But also very excited, and also pretty terrified. To try to calm my nerves I am spending most of my time planning my back to school outfit, pencil case and knitting a back to school scarf. Because as we all know a perfect garter stitch really is the best way to make friends. Or maybe I imagined that...

Anyway the general message of this post is that I'm going to start blogging again. Which is brilliant for me because I miss it like crazy. And is also good for anyone who stumbles across my blog while googling 'cheesecake strawberries and greys anatomy.'

I hope everyone is having a great summer.
Love Scarlett.


Monday

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1. Holga cat camera - it makes cat noises when you take a picture! (scream)


2. Sushi Cakes - made from pound cake and shaved coconut! 

3. The Mulberry Bryn - who thinks I can make 695 pounds selling friendship bracelets and cupcakes on the beach this summer? 


4. This picture of Meg Ryan and this article by Lena Dunham on Nora Ephron - We recently re-watches You've Got Mail and When Harry met Sally and it's just unbelieveable how amazing they both are. 






7. Sincerely Kinsey's Stained Glass Coaster DIY - I think this would be fun to do with green glass from the beach. 


8. Watermelon Pops - the perfect summer treat! 

Happy Monday :)

Love Scarlett x




Saturday

If you're loving the Olympics...

I've never been one to get into sports (and when I say never I mean NEVER) but just like the rest of the country I have developed a slight case of Olympic addiction this week. I've been staying on my own so have the TV on most of the day and something about the energy, the story's and the patrioticness (is that a word?) has got me hooked. Oh and this could have something to do with it as well...


Anyway, all this Olympic action has been making me think a lot about a book I read last year called The Art of Fielding. There was quite a big fuss about it when it first came out so you've probably already heard of it but in case you haven't here's the blurb - 
In The Art of Fielding, we see young men who know that their four years on the baseball diamond at Westish College are all that remain of their sporting careers. Only their preternaturally gifted fielder, Henry Skrimshander, seems to have the chance to keep his dream – and theirs, vicariously – alive, until a routine throw goes disastrously off course, and the fates of five people are upended.
After his throw threatens to ruin his roommate Owen’s future, Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his; while Mike Schwartz, the team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. Keeping a keen eye on them all, college president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, falls unexpectedly and dangerously in love, much to the surprise of his daughter, Pella, who has returned to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warm-hearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment – to oneself and to others.


Now, if you know me at all you will know this is not really my kind of book but in actual fact this is one of my all time favourite books ever written. Watching the Olympics has made me think about it a lot. It perfectly describes the strain, struggle and emotional challenges of being playing sports and made me think about athletes in a way I never would have otherwise. On top of that it's one of the best written books I've ever read and some of the passages about the character's pasts will stay with me forever. I find that books can move you in all different kinds of ways and while this book may not be overly emotional I found myself crying at the end just because of how complex and well written all the story's were. Basically... it's an incredible book.

So if you're short of a summer read and want something that will tie in with the Olympic fever I would really recommend reading (or listening to) this book. 

Lots of love Scarly. 


Thursday

One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Recipe


Okay, a lot of recipe blog addicts out there may already know this recipe but if you don't can I just prepare you to have your mind completely blown. At first you will 100% completely not believe this is going to work but TRUST ME it works ever single time. I don't even like bananas that much but this banana ice cream is my family's new addiction. It's yummy, creamy, custardy and just generally amazing. 


Step Two: Pop the banana coins into the freezer for two - three hours.

Step Three: Place all the frozen coins into the blender (or food processor) and blend. This step is magic! In a few seconds they will go from rock hard banana slices to crumbs and then magically turn into thick, rich, creamy ice cream.


If you want your ice cream a little chunkier like the picture above you can take it out of the blender while there are still some pieces in it. The longer you blend the smoother and creamier the ice cream will be. 


This is what my ice cream looked like after a few more seconds in the blender and personally I prefer it this way. 

Once this process is over, chances are your ice cream is going to be pretty sloppy as the bananas have been out of the freezer for quite a while. We found it was best served after chilling in the freezer for a little while longer after we'd made it. But having said that the first batch we made we couldn't resist eating it straight away! 

The ice cream will last perfectly in the freezer so feel free to make as much as you want. But make sure you put a lid on whatever you are storing it in or else it might absorb the other smells from your freezer (my mum loves to keep fish in the freezer.)

The other amazing thing about this recipe is that you don't even need that many bananas. I used three bananas when I was making it and that made two whole bowls of ice cream (both the bowls from the pictures above). 

If you do try out the recipe please leave a comment to tell me how it went!

Love Scarly xx
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