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Sunday Morning Playlist

Sunday Morning Playlist Hot Cup of Fresh Tea

Well, we’ve certainly had the April Showers this week.  I haven’t been very far, but the fields have been flooded and very muddy!  Blossom’s loved it! She loves nothing better than splashing about in muddy puddles then sharing the love by shaking herself right next to me!  And it’s great that the nights are lighter too.  This next week I’m hoping for more walks in the fresh air and maybe a day out or two.

My Extra Ordinary Life Blossom on a Dog Walk in the Mud

What’s everyone up to? Where’ve you been to this weekend, and have you any plans for today?

Hope you’re having a great weekend, whatever you’re up to.  Enjoy and Happy Sunday.

Lesley xx

Free Fallin – Tom Petty

Runaway Train – Soul Asylum

Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms

Bury Me In Philly – Dave Hause

My Own Worst Enemy – Lit

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Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks! Review of Netflix Show.

Everything Sucks! Netflicks Series just cancelled

Everything Sucks aired recently on Netflix, and I’ve got to say the initial thing that grabbed my attention and wanted to make me watch was that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were playing on the trailer.  So I wanted to watch on just from that!  Set in the Nineties, music features heavily and there are some great tracks.  Any show that plays Rancid gets my thumbs up.

Everything Sucks! Netflix Boring high school yellow school bus

The show is set in a high-school in Boring, Oregon, and definitely has the feel of Stranger Things, and steals a lot of ideas and character structures from there.  It’s also been said that it’s very similar to Geeks and Freaks but I’ve never watched that so I can’t really compare.  It is however, a very sweet coming of age period piece.  It’s not perfect, there are things they could’ve done better.  But having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Episodes are short, 20 minutes, so it’s a quick watch.  Me and Jordan watched the whole thing over a couple of nights.  The season ends on somewhat of a cliff-hanger, suggesting that there’s more to come.  However, Netflix have just confirmed that there will be no more, so sadly the story will go unfinished and unanswered.

Everything Sucks! Netflix Title name

The music changes throughout the series, becoming more mellow as the atmosphere of the show changes.  Here’s just a few of my favourites from the show, but there are a lot of playlists on Spotify out there if you want to see what other music features: Weezer, The Offspring, Bloodhoung Gang, The Cardigans and Tori Amos to name but a few.  Better still, give it a watch and see what you think.

Everything Sucks! Trailer

The Impression That I Get – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Time Bomb – Rancid

Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis

Two Princes – Spin Doctors

Connection – Elastica

Linger – The Cranberries

Run Around – Blues Traveler

Wonder Wall

Everything Sucks! Luke and Kate listening to Oasis Wonderwall on Disc Walkman

Hope you enjoy these tracks that I’ve selected.  Let me know what you think of these tracks, or any other music from series.

What do you think about Everything Sucks! and Netflix decision to cancel it.  What do you think would’ve happened next?

Lesley xx

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Easter Sunday Playlist

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter. Oh, and April Fool’s Day too!

Let’s hope it’s a snow-free Easter, and that warmer weather is on the way now that Spring is here.  I seem to remember Easter being a time to start in the garden, well not this year, maybe in a couple of weeks.  As a child I never did egg hunts or egg rolling, but we used to make paste eggs – dyed boiled eggs – eggs covered in leaves, flowers and onion skins, then boiled, to make pretty patterns on the shell.  When cooled the shells were rubbed with butter to make them shiny.

This Easter I’m spending time with my gorgeous grandsons – lots of cuddles and chocolate!

I hope your day is filled with chocolate, Easter bunnies, flowers, family, and fun.  And not too many tricks!

Happy Easter and have a great long weekend.


The Opening Act of Spring – Frank Turner

Nothing but Flowers – Talking Heads

Chocolate – The 1975

Chocolate – Snow Patrol

Living In Colour – Frightened Rabbit

Brand New Day – Van Morrison

Lesley xx

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Mars Bar Cake

This is a bad recipe, an unhealthy recipe, a special treat recipe; but absolutely delicious!  Being Easter, it’s a great excuse to make Mars Bar Cake!

It’s not really a cake, just a kind of posh Crispie Cake.

When I was young I first tasted Mars Bar Cake in Cumbria when visiting my Aunty who lived near Silloth. You could buy Mars Bar cake from lots of the bakeries there, but I can remember eating she made it herself too.  I’d forgotten all about it until a few years ago when I received some as a gift.  Being a teacher, we certainly don’t expect presents at Christmas or at the end of a school year from pupils and I’m always a bit embarrassed by this, but I thoroughly appreciate the wonderful generosity, and kind words that are given.  One Christmas I was given a beautiful gift box and inside was homemade Mars Bar Cake.  It was so appreciated and gorgeous.  After the holidays I passed on my thanks to the pupil and his mam.  She was over the moon that I had enjoyed them so much and explained they had made them together as a family and they always tried to make home-made gifts.  She passed the recipe onto me in the playground and this is my version of it.  I’ve added the mini eggs for Easter, and have made them as gifts for my grandsons.

Mars Bar Cake

6 Mars Bars

3 x 100g Bars Milk Chocolate (I used Asda Milk Chocolate – cheap but the best and tastiest for cooking)

180g unsalted butter

120g Rice Crispies

Mini Eggs to decorate


1. Slice all the Mars Bars into small pieces and put in a pan.

2. Weigh out 180g of butter.  Cut into small pieces and put in pan with chopped Mars Bar.

3. Over a gentle heat, melt the chocolate and butter.  You need to stir constantly so the mixture doesn’t stick and so that it doesn’t split and separate.  The nougat part of the Mars Bar takes the longest to melt.

4. When melted, stir in the crispies.  I added 100g first and then added an extra 20g so that all the crispies were evenly coated.

5. Spoon mixture into a lined baking tray or flan dish.  The one I used was a couple of inches deep.  Spoon evenly and flatten down.  The mixture will cool and set a little as you do the next stage.

6. Break up chocolate into pieces and melt over a bain-marie or in the microwave.

7. When the chocolate is melted pour over the crispie mixture and level out.

8. If making for Easter, sprinkle with mini-eggs.

9. Put in the fridge for a few hours to set.

10. When set, cut into pieces.

As I say, they’re not healthy, but very tasty and may be something to make if you end up with a house-full of Easter Eggs this weekend.

If you try, let me know what you think.

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist

This week I’ve finally completed watching Breaking Bad.  I know, better late than never!

Wow! That finale!  OMG! It was the best finale I’ve ever seen and just a perfect ending to the show.  I can’t get the show or that final song out of my head!  I just keep thinking about it all the time.

Anyway, enjoy listening and have a great weekend whatever you’re up to.


Swing Life Away – Rise Against

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye – David Grey

One Day Like This – Elbow

The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys

Baby Blue – Bad Finger

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Car Mix-Tape (Part 2)

When making mix-tapes I would spend hours choosing all the songs and deciding which order by how the songs transitioned into each other.  In the film High Fidelity, which I love for so many reasons, there’s a scene where John Cusack talks about the intricacies of making a good mix-tape.

I think because of Youtube and Spotify peoples’ listening has changed away from albums and back to this kind of way.  Example was on a few chat-shows recently and said that although he prefers making albums because they tell a story, they have an over-arching feel, tastes are changing, so his latest song was only being made as a single.

As with most of my playlists, my songs are chosen from different eras, have different styles and may be singles or album tracks.  On a 90 minute tape you could, on average, get between twelve and thirteen songs on each side, so some of the songs must be a bit shorter as I managed to squeeze fourteen tracks on Side B.  Hope you enjoy listening to it.

Side B:

Why Don’t You Get A Job – The Offspring

Basket Case – Green Day

Babylon’s Burning – The Ruts

Teenage Kicks – The Undertones

Semi Charmed Kind Of Life – Third Eye Blind

Breakfast At Tiffanys – Deep Blue Something

Brimful of Asha (Norman  Cook Mix) – Cornershop

Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – The Offspring

Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Live from Red Rocks) – U2

Back of Love – Echo & The Bunnymen

The Day We Caught The Train – Ocean Colour Scene

Place Your Hands – Reef

All I Want – The Offspring 

Hope you enjoy – Listen to Side A here.

Lesley xx

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Car Mix-Tape

As you can guess I love a good playlist.  I love listening to other people’s playlists and suggestions on Spotify.  As a teenager I would spend hours making mix-tapes: I had hundreds of tapes in my music collection.  Later when the lads were young and we finally got a car, it was a pleasure making mix-tapes to play when we were going on holiday.  This tape here was our favourite and it got played so much I’m sure it unravelled many years ago.  But for some reason the hand-written list and case long outlived the tape itself, so here in two parts, Side A and Side B, originally titled, is our Car Mix Tape (No.1).

Side A:

Local Boy (In the Photograph) – Stereophonics

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Motorcycle Emptiness  – Manic Street Preachers

Nothing Ever Lasts Forever – Echo & The Bunnymen

Another Girl, Another Planet  – The Only Ones

She’s Got Issues – The Offspring

Hope Street – Levellers

Top Of The Pops – The Rezillos

Weak – Skunk Anansie

Ray of Light – Madonna

Identity  – X-Ray Spex

If You Tolerate this Your Children Will Be Next  – Manic Street Preachers

Hope you enjoy – Listen to Side B here.

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist

Well, we’ve got snow back again! It just means an extra cup of tea, then make sure you wrap up warm when you go outside. It’s really windy out there this morning.

Blossom’s been out for a little walk and she’s happy whatever the weather.  Whatever you’re up to, have a great day.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Hit with a Fist – Florence and the Machine

Cherry Bomb – The Runaways

Pyscho Killer – Talking Heads

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Hammer to Fall – Queen

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Bake in Time for Tea

Following on from last week’s post on Back in Time for Tea and reminiscing about my memories and favourite meals as I was growing up I really fancied a baking session.  I haven’t been too well the last couple of weeks so decided just to make do with ingredients I had in the house.  I had bananas that needed using up and in the back of the fridge two jars of marmalade that were just sitting doing nothing.  I googled recipes for Banana Bread and Marmalade or Orange Cake to see which would best suit the ingredients I had in my store cupboard.

Now, there are two types of cooks or bakers.  One, who sticks meticulously to recipes and carefully weighs out ingredients, and two, those that are more creative, throwing in extra ingredients, taking out some and ‘judging’ measurements and weights.  I’m definitely in the second category.  I love cooking and baking but I like to add extra herbs and spice, try to use less sugar, and in this case use wholemeal flour where I can.   I tweaked the recipes a little and the cakes were absolutely delicious!

For the Banana Bread I really wanted to recreate a breakfast brunch I had on holiday in London last summer.  In a little café in Bloomsbury called Morish I ordered toasted banana bread served with greek yogurt and honey.  It took a while to come as they were a little busy, so I sat and read the paper and being a corner café I was able to watch the world go by. When it arrived it was delicious and definitely worth the weight.  I thoroughly enjoyed my recreation of it, served with Earl Grey tea.

The Marmalade Cake was very rich and moist, with a strong orange flavour.  You could slice this and put on butter too, like malt-loaf.  I had it with Red Bush tea and it was gorgeous.

Banana Bread


285g plain wholemeal flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

110g butter

200g caster sugar

2 eggs

4 ripe bananas

85ml milk

1 ½ tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  2. Sift flour, bicarb of soda, and salt into a mixing bowl.
  3. In another bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, mashed banana, milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract into the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture.
  5. Spoon into a greased loaf tin (20cmx12.5cm/8”x5”).
  6. Bake for about an hour, until well-risen and golden brown.
  7. Cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out to cool.

Can be eaten as it is, spread with butter or toasted.

I served it lightly toasted, spread with butter and drizzled with honey.  Served with greek yogurt and sliced bananas.

Recipe adapted from BBC Food

Moreish Cafe, Bloomsbury, London

Marmalade Cake


175g butter

150g caster sugar

3 medium eggs, beaten

100g self-raising flour

75g wholemeal self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp marmalade

To decorate:

1 ½ tbsp heated marmalade

Grated orange rind


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  2. Grease baking tin.
  3. Place all cake ingredients in a bowl and beat all together until well mixed and creamy.
  4. Spoon into tin and bake for 50 mins to 1 hour.
  5. When cooled, turn out.
  6. Gently heat marmalade and decorate with glaze and grated rind.

Hope you’ve enjoyed and if you try let me know what you think or post your pics of your bakes.

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist

Well, the snow has gone.  Maybe we’re a little closer to spring.  I hope so.  The days are getting longer and the snowdrops and crocuses are coming along nicely so everything is looking up.  Here’s to a lovely sunny Sunday and a good week ahead.

Have fun today and hope you enjoy this week’s playlist.

Drive – Tracy Chapman

Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellancamp

We Could Be Kings – Dave Hause

Nobody Wins – Bryan Fallon

Lucky Man – The Verve

Lesley xx

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