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Home window shopping, and cupcakes

Because the English property laws are c-razy and mean that our buyer (or the seller) could legally pull out of the sale up to the moment when you exchange contracts (after all of the other legal work is done) I have been unable to do any actual shopping for our new house until we get to that stage (hopefully early next week).  Instead I have been gathering lots of inspirational photographs and virtually planning our decorating scheme in my head for the last two months, and getting excited in advance for the day we can start buying things for our new abode.

I was looking today for a website or program that would let you collate photos and webpages you've found so I could store all my inspiration in one place and found Evernote. Does anyone else use it? You can drag and drop photos into the program and save them as notes within notebooks, and there are apps so that you can snap photos and upload them to your 'notebooks' too.  I have the app for my iPhone and have been snapping photos out of home magazines to save them all in one place.  I think it would be a really useful program for fashion or craft projects too as you could snap inspiration from books, magazines and websites rather than storing them on your computer or phone.

This is what mine looks like so far:


The main photo is from a lovely blog I found earlier called Love Made Me Do It.  The photographs on the blog of their house, and previous home are so inspirational to me because the style is exactly the sort of thing I am hoping for in our new house.  Aren't they just so whimsical and beautiful?

http://lovemademedoitx.blogspot.com/
http://lovemademedoitx.blogspot.com/
http://lovemademedoitx.blogspot.com/
I have also been furiously favouriting lots of treats in Etsy to fill our home with; I think I will do another blog next week with all my Etsy finds as I love reading about other peoples and coming across new sellers that I like.

Yesterday we had my brother and his girlfriend over to stay and went out for a lovely dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant.  Because I love to bake I decided to prepare some maltesers cupcakes for their visit, using this recipe from Good Food, found, and baked by Lucy in her post here last week.  I also added some Horlicks to the mix, and the icing to give it that really malt-y taste... like maltesers! 

Here are some snaps of my bake-athon.



The recipe calls for maltesers in the mix, so here they are poking out, pre icing

Here they are all iced with maltesers on top


I have to say, they are really yummy and very moorish! Thanks again to Lucy for the idea.

Even though we went out last night for dinner, me and the other half are being naughty and going out again tonight to meet some friends at a steakhouse/American themed restaurant called Buffalo Bill's.  Yum!

21 comments

  1. Ooh good luck with the house situation! I know my boyfriend had an anxious wait when he was buying his house and he spent the time looking at ways he'd decorate if he got it. Thankfully he did so he's very excited now hehe.

    Those cakes look amazing! They're definitely the type where you can't have just one. Yum!

    xoxo

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  2. Wow those cupcakes look amazing! I was tempted to make them when Lucy posted about them and after seeing your post too I'm really going to go for it!

    I love looking at interiors too, although I have no immediate plans to move out or re-decorate. You might like Katie's (from whatkatiedoes.net) inspiration tumblr: http://hellofuturehouse.tumblr.com/ I love that she's started posting before/after pictures of her own house too.

    xx

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  3. Those cakes look lovely!
    Love the inspiration pictures.
    Hope everything goes ok with the house :)x

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  4. *really* loved this post, i've been looking for a place to store photos for my 'dream home' and im so so so greatful to hear of this website. Cupcakes look delish as well x x

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  5. Such a pretty house!
    And, omg I need one of those cupcakes!!!

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  6. I keep seeing cupcakes wherever I look, they look scrumptious (: And those house pictures are so pretty, I always see lovely interior ideas but I'm afraid they'll all be old and out-dated by the time I get my own house! x

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  7. Oh Rosie that picture is exactly my style! Lovely! I too get obsessed with collating house photographs!

    Im glad you tried the cupcakes, they really do look so appetising!

    xxxx

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  8. Fingers crossed for some news this week Rosie. Those cakes look divine! Are they the Slimming World or Weightwatchers recipe? Looks like your diet is going as well as mine!! Can't wait to help you find more vintagey things.
    xx

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  9. So glad you loved the cupcakes! They look so good with crushed malteasers on top, I might do that next time I make some. Love your cakestand too, it's so cute.
    Good luck with the housing stuff - I absolutely ADORE gathering inspriational images of homes and nicely decorated places :)

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  10. Oh I've been to Buffalo Bill's once before! It was quite a long time ago but from what I can remember it was good! :) Hope you have a lovely time, and those cupcakes look delicious! xoxo

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  11. Those cupcakes look delicious, I never tire of seeing pics of them haha Good luck with the house situation too xxx

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  12. Those images are so cute, I wish my flat looked like that! :D
    bet you can't wait to move in!

    those fairy cakes look aaahhhmazing. yuuum.
    xxx

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  13. Aww good luck with the house situation gal, that evernote thing looks amazing! and I'd defo love a nosy at your etsy buys :) thank you for much for the lovely comment on my last post, you wee sweetheart <3 those cupcakes look soooo good, yum! I'm going to try macaroons next but I want to make another batch of cupcakes soon, probs more chocolate based ones like this. mega yum for adding horlicks too! :) xx

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  14. Good luck with the move/house situation! I love looking at interiors, if I owned my place i'd be redecorating all the time!

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  15. Ahh >__< the temptation! I have such a softspot for cupcakes.

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  16. Hey! I just stumbled upon your blog and read your "about me"...I saw you have a love for Russian cameras too! <3 Awesome! (totally random remark, I know :)

    Hopefully it works out with the house sales...and your cupcakes look yummy!

    Ciao!
    E

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  17. I am definitely going to try out Evernote, thanks for suggesting it!

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  18. That sounds like a great site! Going to check it out! Those cup cakes have made me hungry!
    x

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  19. I'd love to crawl into all of these photos and hang out.

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  20. Those cup cakes look delicious!!

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