Chocolate HobNob Biscuits

OK, I will be honest.  This week I didn't buy any chocolate or biscuits on our shop with the intention of not having any this week.  I am not dieting, just want to try cut down on my daily intake of that stuff.  Anyways, yesterday, my day at home with Jack, found me wanting a biscuit with my tea (Yip, my willpower is non-existent at the moment...well, always I suppose when it comes to stuff like this!) and I happened to stumble across Izy's beautiful photos and recipe for chocolate hobnobs. 

As soon as I saw them I knew I had to make them.
And I am so glad I did - they are divine.  And the chocolate on top just makes it for me.  I mean, plain would be lovely too but that dark chocolate hit just gives you complete oaty, rich and decadent treat with your cup of tea. 

I tweaked the recipe slightly and used a bit more butter and syrup as I prefer a more chewy than crunchy biscuit plus I used oat bran rather than wheat germ as that's what I had in the cupboard.

Fancy giving them a go?  I can confirm that they do taste a lot better than the shop bought version.  But as always, anything homemade beats a mass manufactured product any day in my books.

Chocolate HobNob Biscuits
Makes 20 - 24

150g butter
80g soft brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
80g oats
4 tbspn oat bran
100g wholemeal flour
1/2 tspn bicarb
1/2 tspn baking powder
Pinch salt

100g dark chocolate
1 tspn coconut oil

♥ Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (I have a fan oven and put mine at 160 degrees)
♥ Cream the butter and sugar.  Beat in the syrup.
♥ Stir in the oats and bran then add in the flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt.
♥ Roll into small balls and flatten with the heel of your hand on the baking tray.
♥ Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and let cool.
♥ Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together, then ice the biscuits.

Enjoy with a hot cup of tea.  Perfection.

A simple truth about the weather

I find myself checking the weather each evening for the following day.  Not sure how I got into this habit, it probably has got something to do with having a toddler and wanting to plan my day to see whether we will be able to picnic or go to the park I suppose.  And plus people in England are pretty obsessed with the weather.  I will happily admit that I have become one of these people.

But I read such an interesting quote the other day which has really opened my eyes.
The words went something like this:

"Yesterday was hot, today it is raining.  Neither one is positive or a negative.  It is just weather."

How true is this?  And yet so simple.  If it is raining, you simply put on appropriate clothes and you can still get outside and have loads of fun.  In fact, it might even be MORE fun.  Pop on your wellies and your waterproofs.  Jump in puddles.  Feel the rain on your face and embrace it.  Hear the raindrops falling on the leaves and against your windows. 

The weather doesn't have to be something that gets you down.  I mean, yes, vitamin D is vital for all of us but on the days where it is rainy, wet and "miserable" - why not change your perspective.  Enjoy what you can in whatever way you can.  A lovely day doesn't have to be hot and sunny, does it?


Homemade Elderflower Cordial

* I have just found this in my drafts folder - it is from May and while elderflower season has passed I wanted to share this recipe anyway because it is so easy and fun and very yummy!

Back in May, a few of us in the village went foraging for some elderflowers to make cordial. We couldn't have chosen a more beautiful evening, it really felt like summer.

We drove down to then next village and parked up along the road. We had baskets and even a step ladder - we were prepared to climb and even get stung by nettles to get the perfect flowers. We were lucky enough to find a good stash and enjoyed a lovely walk in the fields, admiring the wildflowers and just enjoying the evening light.

A secret I want to share

Hello lovely friends.  I want to share a little secret with you, something that I struggle with and which has become more and more prominent in my life recently.

I suffer terribly with anxiety - the smallest of things can set me off and I tend to worry about things which I just don't need to worry about.

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