As Loud As Love

The Happy List: Chapter 9

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

1: This · 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. It's worth a read.

2: Queen Niamh's new game, in which she makes me chase her from room to room while she makes pigeon noises and pretends to pounce. As I'm typing this she's sat beside me watching this silly killer wolf film that Jack has got on and I don't think she's even remotely impressed. I can't say I am either, Niamh.

3: A change is heading towards us and I'm embracing it.

4: Attempting to be all Yoda on the inside. Or just letting go of things, if you don't like Star Wars.

5: Sweet, sweet sunshine! Finally! Winter was awful so it's nice to finally see the back of it. I think I'm going to try light therapy once spring and summer are over. I'm thankful that I'm no longer in the situation that made me feel so poorly but I really don't want to take any risks next time round! I'm going to be proactive and stay positive, even when it does start to get tough.

6: Games of Thrones is back. Which means Kit Harington. That is all that needs to be said on that one.

7: Having a nice meal out and then visiting the cinema with Jack. Simple dates are usually the best dates.

Silly George

Thursday, 3 April 2014

I thought it was about time for another post of the furbaby nature! I'm a photo hoarder and have a folder full to the brim of pictures of the cats (from kittens to little adults). The one thing I noticed whilst I was flicking through the album was that I can't seem to get a 'normal' picture of George and I found myself laughing at pretty much all of the photographs I have taken of him. I don't know what it is about the camera, but whenever I point the lens towards him he plays up to it.

George really is one big baby. He leans in for a smooch if you put your face near his, rolls over so you can comb his tummy and brings me his little cotton mice as gifts (he also likes to put said mice in his water bowl). He's a silly little sausage.

Thank you so much for all of your comments on my last post! I'm really pleased to read that you like the new name and design, I was a little nervous to switch over but it seems to have gone pretty well.

P.S. I'm only going to post about this once but it would mean the world to me if you could vote for this little blog in the Company #StyleBlogger Awards under 'Best Designed Blog', you guys know how much I love HTML/CSSing it up!

As Loud As Love

Friday, 28 March 2014

I mentioned way back when in this post that I was going to be changing my domain name during the new year. I know that it's slightly behind schedule but I've finally managed to get around to it! I'm very pleased and excited with the new name and I'm sure that this will now be the one that I stick with for however many years I continue to blog. It's half an ode to an all-time favourite band of mine and my mother's, if you get the reference you can join our club ;). I've set up permanent redirects from Rose & Whimsy and I'm keeping the old domain name on for a while but you will need to update your bookmark to the new url if that's how you read along! All feeds should be updating and bloglovin' has been transferred over so there's nothing you'll need to do if you read that way.

I have a few things to chat about that I'll save for future posts but for now I thought it would be nice to keep you in the loop instead of just changing the name and not telling anyone. I hope that you don't mind the change too much! x

Strawberry & Banana Puffed Pancake Recipe

Monday, 3 March 2014

pancake day, strawberry and banana pancakes, rose and whimsy
pancake day, pancakes, strawberry and banana pancakes, rose and whimsy
Happy almost-pancake day! Yum! Today I'm going to be sharing a quick and simple puff pancake recipe. These aren't your typical make the batter and pour straight in the frying pan pancakes, they're more like a yorkshire pudding/pancake hybrid but they're just as good! (Can you even call these pancakes!? I might start calling them caketincakes)


- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 1/4 cup of caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 teaspoon of lemon essence (or vanilla, if preferred!)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Butter
- 1 cup of sliced washed strawberries
- 1 cup of sliced bananas
- Icing sugar to dust the top


1: Preheat the oven to 425f/220c (this will vary depending on your oven, my cooker is ancient so I set it to the highest possible setting!) Grease two cake tins (I used 7" diameter) with butter and pop them straight in the oven to heat up.

2: Whisk the milk, flour, eggs, sugar, lemon essence and salt together until smooth.

3: Once your tins are hot, divide your batter into both and pop back into the oven. Bake until puffed around the edges and cooked through. Now this part took me an age because my oven is useless but if you actually have one from this century, it should take around fifteen - twenty minutes.

4: Remove from oven, place straight onto a plate and add your fruit as desired. I added a light dusting of icing sugar immediately and served straight away.

And that's it!

Enjoy! x