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It’s not very often re-share my recipes, but I just can’t help but share my carrot cake recipe again – it’s wonderfully simple to make and really is so perfect. I made this delicious cake almost two years ago for Easter and thought it would be perfect to whip up again this Easter – especially with the horrible weather we’re having at the moment, I think it’s the perfect time to potter in the kitchen and fill your home with the beautiful warm spices from this delicious cake. And of course top with generous amounts of the silkiest cream cheese icing and you’ll have a dessert that everyone will adore this weekend.

I hope that everyone has a truly wonderful long weekend planned with your beautiful friends and family. After some very exciting news yesterday about my hubbies new job offer, we’re off to celebrate with some amazing friends of ours, go to a beautiful house warming and of course eat a silly amount of chocolate. Have a lovely long weekend everyone, I’ll see you again on Tuesday. Happy Easter everyone. xo

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With Autumn well and truly here, now is certainly the time to do a little Autumn/Winter shopping so that you stay warm and chic through the cooler months. I’ve always had a very soft spot for well cut jackets and cozy scarves (which is rather obvious from my Pinterest board) – pair this seasons jackets and scarves with jeans, a cozy knit sweater and a killer pair of heels and you’ve got the perfect ‘uniform’ for Winter this year. x

| witchery self tie trench | besos snake print scarf | boohoo biker jacket | country road cropped knit jacket | besos herringbone weave scarfkate spade lana heels |

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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was spent inside with my poor hubby who’s been battling a terribly cold, relaxing and doing a little baking. Those who have been generous enough to follow Made From Scratch over the years will know that I have a deep love for baking, I find it enormously relaxing and of course there really is nothing like filling your home with the smell of baking, and then sharing it with loved ones, it’s just divine.

You may have also noticed that my hubby and I are doing the Fit24 Challenge this month – which is eeek, all about lowing the amount of sugar that you eat. It was not at all easy for me to cut back the amount of sugar that I eat, for me the hardest part was going out for dinners or having people over. I love the social aspect around dessert, sharing a delicious slice of cake with friends while out for coffee or dinner, or gossiping over cookies straight from the oven is complete bliss for me. I oddly didn’t get massive cravings or headaches, I just wanted to go out with friends and have dessert. Annoyingly, after 16 days of sugar free living I feel really good, my skin has cleared up, I’m more alert and just generally in a happier mood. Bummer huh! So I thought that seeing as I’m trying this whole sugar free living out for a month I would share a delicious and simple sugar free Chocolate and Almond Cookie recipe that is sure to beat any cravings you may have. Also the wonderfully generous folk from Naturals Sugar have kindly gotten on board with my challenge and are giving one lucky reader their entire range of Naturals Sugar as well as a set of beautiful Bodum Pavina Double Wall Thermo Glasses, how lovely is that! I’d love to know if you have any sugar free baking recipes, it would be so wonderful to try a few more. xo

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scandi kitchens | made from scratch

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scandi kitchens | made from scratch Kitchen’s truly are the heart of any home, there where every meal is lovingly made, where you enjoy those meals and where everyone tends to drift towards during any party! So it’s not hard to image why people have such a deep love for their kitchens – I’ve always had a very soft spot for either all white or black kitchens with touches of blonde wood and marble, which is very obvious from my pinterest board! I love the completely neutral tones, minimal lines, how it’s forever classic and a base that you can easily add colour when the mood strikes through flowers, beautiful kitchenware, art or of course through delicious meals! Everyone has a different dream kitchen, I’d love to know what yours is. x

solid oak stool | coffee cup with gold handlefocus ceiling pendant | sorrento serving bowl | six barrel coffee syrup |  bosch flexinduction |

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A small selection of my favourite blonde wood, blush, natural leather, copper and mint tones from the always inspiring Douglas and Bec. If you haven’t been to their beautiful store, go, it’s a true feast the for eyes, or better yet make a lovely day out of it by visiting their beautiful St Mary’s Bay store and cafe hop to the delicious Zus & Zo next door. Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a truly magical weekend planned! x

| floor lamp | tan envelope | copper spica light | gold lip dish | pink kate sylvester swan | brass cross stool |

made-from-scratch-instagram Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a truly lovely weekend and got outside to enjoy this amazing Autumn weather we’re having! Can any one else believe that tomorrow is the start of April? This year has flown by! The start of the year for us has been such a busy whirlwind, everything from new jobs, crazy personal news that would knock even the most grounded person off their feet, weddings, birthdays, and day/weeks so busy that they all seem to blur into one! I have to admit out of the three months that 2014 has offered us so far, March has been my favourite. It was a time for us to sit back and absorb the madness that the start of the year brought us – and take a little time out to enjoy lazy weekends of cafe and gallery hopping!

I thought the best way to bid adieu to March would be a lovely little roundup of some of my favourite photos I’ve shared this month on Instagram, it’s quite easily become my favourite social media platform of choice at the moment, I’ve met some truly amazing people who have quickly become fast friends and I am forever inspired by what pops up on my feed – plus it’s a lovely outlet to share a little more of what I get up to. Below is a little list of my top 5 favourite feeds at the moment - I’d love to hear what your favourite feeds are, it’s always so lovely to find new ones! I hope everyone has had a really lovely March so far, I can’t wait to see what April brings. xo

#1 vanessabarendregt - this stunning feed is home decor heaven at its best! Minimal, clean and styled to perfection, it’s such a breath of fresh air and I love seeing Vanessa’s beautiful images in my feed!

#2 sundayfolk – you will already know how much I adore Bianca’s work and style, her blog and feed is vegan baking at it’s very best – it’s truly amazing! Plus I’m also beyond honoured to be a judge as part of her What Folk Eat community, be sure to take a peek at her website for more info!

#3 Fit24 - in a bid to create some healthy habits before winter, Ben and I have signed up to the Fit24 April Challenge that starts tomorrow, if you’re interested in improving your heath and wellbeing take a peek and join up! Their feed may have just started, but it’s already sharing some seriously delicious recipes to try!

#4 Blomst – easily the most beautiful feed I’ve stumbled upon in a while! Tracy’s amazing eye for detail, magical images and truly amazing art work makes this easily one of my favourite feeds at the moment – my heart almost stops every time one of her images pop up in my feed!

#blondeandbone – last but certainly not least, Hannah’s beautiful feed is minimalist heaven! Full of perfectly styled images full of crisp white tones, soft blush pinks, bold blacks, fresh blooms and an office to die for. You’ll quickly fall in love with her stunning feed and end up ‘double tapping’ every single one of her images!

I’d love to hear what your favourite Instagram feeds are at the moment, you can of course follow me here. xo

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What Folk Eat

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You may have noticed a little exciting news over on Instagram lately – there is a very exciting new foodie community that the truly amazing Bianca from Sunday Folk has just started. It’s called What Folk Eat and the idea behind this lovely venture is to create a community of people who love to bake, cook and share delicious recipes with others – it can be any type of recipe, from a personal favourite, one that has been handed down, or something deliciously new! Bianca has also added the most wonderful touch to this already beautiful idea, once you’ve register here to be apart of What Folk Eat and she will partner you up with another foodie where you will then exchange parcels along with the recipe and anything else food related that you wish to send – anything from a cute cooking utensil to a beautiful tea towel. And then of course share your parcel and delicious new recipe on your Instagram account using the hashtag #whatfolkeat or blog.

I’m also beyond honoured to announce that I alongside the lovely Nia from Life & Co will be helping Bianca judge the recipes shared – for more information on this beautiful new community of people, be sure to take a peek at What Folk Eat to find out more, and of course sign up! We can’t wait to see all of your amazing recipes. x

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Candle Crush

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I’m yet to meet anyone that doesn’t have a love for scented candles – not only do they make for a perfect decorating accent for any room they also smell beyond divine! I’m so thrilled to announce that I’m running a giveaway for three lucky winners to choose their own candle and also for one week you all get a little discount on the most delicious hand poured soy candles from the heavenly Candle Crush – with flavours like Grandma’s Apple Crumble, Oh Mean! Vanilla Bean, Round and Round the Garden and Just One More Cookie it’s almost impossible not to quickly make a delicious collection of candles for your home, plus they have a burn time of up to 50 hours which is perfect for cozy winter nights ahead! Good luck everyone, I’d love to know what your favourite Candle Crush scent is. x

This giveaway has now closed – thank you all so much for entering! 

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