Weekly Inspiration #1

It's a crisp new week! (Let's just ignore the fact that we're going through a horrible cold snap, shall we?) So, here are our top music, reading, food, and video picks for inspiration and to keep you going through the week.




What's inspiring us this week?

Watching:

The Secret Life of 4/5/6 Year Olds - Channel 4 - Tuesday 8pm

October | Alice Red

Hi, I'm Lucy | Lucy Moon

Weekend | Will Darbyshire


Reading & Photography Inspiration:

Oh Comely Magazine

Festive Beef & Mulled Wine Stew Recipe - Little Miss Katy

Norway | Travel Photography - Camera Hannah Blog

In The Sepia Meadows  - One Pleasant Day


Baking & Making:

Chocolate Chip Muffins (recipe up this weekend!)

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe


What's inspiring you this week? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter

Visit: Scarthin Books, Derbyshire

Scarthin Books is a wonderful little independent bookshop based in the Derbyshire Dales. Well-loved and locally famous, it's a perfect place for book lovers to visit. Situated just off Cromford Market Place, there's free parking nearby and with a good public transport network in the area too, it's easy to get to.

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 Filled with imagination and information, this shop has always been a haven of mine. For as long as I can remember, I've been visiting this place with my Mum and Gran. There've been so many times where I've lost track of time while browsing! Sometimes we stop briefly in their cafe for a drink before continuing to peruse. Without fail, we'd all find a book or two to buy and take home! Katie and I ventured up there this week to find out more about the shop and cafe at Scarthin Books! Here's why we love it so much:

The Books On Offer At Scarthin Books


The shop has an impressive collection of new and second-hand books. You can find books of all descriptions among the old, sturdy bookcases. From top to bottom every single nook and cranny is filled with books. In terms of variety, I've always felt that their collection beats many high street bookshops. You can't beat the old book smell that flows through the shop!

Some subjects have their own specialised room such as the children's books and the art books. The art room is filled with art, crafts, fashion, poetry, TV & film and adult colouring books. There are two armchairs by the window which make it a cozy room to sit down in and flick through some novels. The door even has a lovely 3D map of the local area pinned to it! As for the children's room, it's bright, colourful and crammed full of books for every age! Near the picture books are a cute pair of tiny seats for children to sit on. We're sure that they'd happily spend a lifetime in there with the array of books on offer!

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About the Bookshop


When Scarthin Books first opened in 1974, most book shops were only found in larger towns and cities. Back then it was a novelty for such a shop to be situated in a small village like Cromford. Sadly, many these old independent bookshops have closed down due to the popularity of chain stores. Scarthin Books has survived thanks to its loyal customers, who love its quirky nature and friendly staff. The lovely, homely feel of the store is also a big part of its appeal.

The loyalty of its customers is best shown by the crowd funding event in March last year. Parts of the building were in need of structural repair. The staff hoped to raise £2,500 towards repair costs. They were met with overwhelming support from customers and fans from all over the world. In the end they managed to raise £20,000!

Scarthin Books has an artist in residence this year too, which just adds to its charm. The current incumbent is Liz Wellby who's a local Derbyshire artist. This is just one of the many aspects of the shop that makes it all the more unique and lovable.

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Scarthin Books, Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, Bookshops, Peak District, Derbyshire Delights, Blog,


Vegetarian Cafe


On the second floor there's the lovely vegetarian cafe where customers can stop for a break. The cafe has a range of drinks available, including an impressive variety of herbal teas and freshly ground coffee. Katie and I visited earlier this week and stopped off here halfway through our visit to have a hot drink*. The food on offer is mostly vegetarian but they do have several vegan and gluten-free options as well. It's all homemade and includes a variety of both savoury and sweet dishes.

If you fancy a light lunch you could treat yourself to one of their soups or wraps. And for those of us with a sweet tooth, they have a variety of homemade baked goods including some delicious cakes. They even have scones with jam and cream for fans of English cream tea! What's not to love?

After enjoying our delicious drinks, Katie and I enjoyed looking at some books for ourselves. I found a few Christmas presents for a few of my book-loving family members, while Katie found a pretty little illustrated book all about Coco Chanel. I'm sure it won't be long before we're both back there, and if you fancy knowing more about Scarthin Books, click here!

Written by Amy. Editing and photography by Katie.

*Drinks were very kindly gifted by Scarthin Books, but this in no way effects our opinion. 

Things That Life Is Too Short For

Happy Friday! We've got some exciting book-related posts coming up over the weekend, but to kick things off, I thought I'd write a little list some of the things that life is too short for.

Make: Really Easy Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup

We are over half way through November now so it's getting colder and darker. Why not cheer yourself up with some tasty delicious homemade tomato soup?

(This recipe is easy to make and will warm you up in no time!)

Life: Trying To Do It All - Some Advice

Sometimes, as a perfectionist, life can get a bit overwhelming as you try to do it all. If you asked my closest friends (Amy, in particular) she'd tell you how much of a perfectionist I am. For starters, this blog is a product of that perfectionism! Personally, it makes me a more difficult person to live with, and it saps the fun out of everything, including my beloved hobbies. Pushing life to be as perfect as possible, and trying to do everything to the highest possible standard, can have a negative impact on you. Here's some advice:


It's okay to leave things until tomorrow.


You don't have to get it all done today. Be less harsh on yourself (I know - easier said than done!) because you'll get nowhere if you're pushing yourself too hard.

Be kind to yourself.


I read somewhere recently that you should treat yourself as you'd treat your best friend. It stuck in my mind, because I'm often nowhere near that nice to myself. Are you? It goes without saying that if you're consistently being harsh on yourself, you're going to end up running out of steam and self-confidence. Nothing is worth being self-loathing over. You're worthy of kindness from everyone, including yourself.

When you're overwhelmed - just step away.


Leave whatever's stressing you out and come back to it tomorrow. Or even in a few days or weeks. It'll do you the world of good to take a step back and return with a fresh, clearer mind.



Reach out to others.


Sometimes, your friends might be able to help you out. Your family might be able to get stuck in. Don't try and do everything on your own.

Break tasks down.


Get rid of anything from your to-do list that can be done another day. I'm pretty terrible for giving myself a daily to-do list that's longer than my arm. And guess what? By the end of the day, when I've obviously failed to achieve it all, it leaves me beating myself up. Just do what you can today, and the rest can be done another day.

Your life isn't over if you don't get things done right now.


It's not the end of the world if you: don't get a blog post out when you were planning to, don't drink enough water for one day, don't quite meet your daily 10K step allowance (even though your Fitbit tells you off a little); I could go on. You can't achieve great things every single day, because you're only human, and you're entitled to give yourself a break.

Do you have any advice? Let us know in the comments or find us on Twitter here.

Make: Your Very Own Christmas Cards

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! So, join Lou on the joys of Christmas card making and giving something 'extra'...

"Bah humbug; now that's too strong! 'Cause it is my favourite holiday..." Oh yes, it's that time of year again, when you are just waiting for the Coca-Cola Truck to appear on the old box to announce it's officially CHRISTMAS! But, until that moment, it's time to pop in "Now, what I call Christmas" CD in the player and begin to MAKE Christmas cards!

Welcome to The Weekend Edition: An Introduction

 

About, Introduction,

Hello! Welcome! Let's have a bit of an introduction, shall we? We're The Weekend Edition, and we thought it's about time you knew a little bit more about us.

We started in Autumn 2016, with the intention of initially writing posts under four different categories: Make, Bake, Visit, and Explore. So, join us as we take you through our favourite recipes, life experiences, and even share our favourite cafes and restaurants across our region with you!

We're based in the East Midlands in the UK, with two of us in Derbyshire, and one in Leicestershire. We've also got loads in common. We're all young women in our twenties, who've grown up being tech-savvy. We all enjoy writing. We all enjoy learning and trying new things. And what better way to utilise those skills than to share our experiences on the Internet?

So, who exactly are we?
 

Katie

Hi! I'm Katie, and I started The Weekend Edition before recruiting some of my lovely friends to join me in this endeavour. I'm just about to graduate in Broadcast Journalism, and already have a fairly well-established blog called Katie Writes, where I write about beauty and lifestyle. (You can find that here, by the way!)

I wanted a new home for some of the content that I felt didn't fit with my existing blog, and I'm pretty excited about my friends bringing something new to the table too.

My posts on The Weekend Edition are generally a mix of everything - from the odd recipe, to a bit of lifestyle, and also the odd 'visit' post too.
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Lou

Lou's our resident philosophical-soul. Her posts mainly focus on lifestyle and exploring aspects of life such as dating, adult learning, and everything in-between! Don't let it be said that you won't learn something from her posts!

Despite all this, she's a bit of an enigma, hence the avatar; so you generally won't find much else out about Lou.
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Amy

The Weekend Edition's resident foodie, Amy's as passionate about cooking as she is about reading and gaming. She's currently at university, where she's studying Education. Her posts are generally yummy recipes that are both easy to make and taste great too.

We'll also be joined by some new faces very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for introductions from them too!

You can find us on Twitter (here), Instagram (here), and Facebook (here). Also, fancy writing for us? Find out how to here!

Bake: Really Easy Chocolate Sponge Recipe

Hands up - Who doesn't love chocolate?

If you're a chocolate lover, like me, what's more indulgent than occasionally treating yourself to lovely a slice of chocolate cake?

Chocolate Cake Recipe,

When it comes to cake, I'm an expert at eating it, but making it? I find that a little harder. Recently, spurred by my love of the Great British Bake Off, I've been searching high and low for some gorgeous, but simple cake recipes; ones that even I can tackle without messing up. Here's a perfect example! The Internet is a fantastic place full of recipes, so here's my take on this one-bowl chocolate sponge recipe that I found on All Recipes. Little fact: apparently this is very similar to the Hershey's chocolate cake recipe!

This recipe is quite quick and easy to make. Preparing the ingredients takes around 20 minutes. The cakes take around 30-35 minutes to bake. So, you can have your very own moist chocolate treat in less than an hour!

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This recipe makes two chocolate sponges. You can add frosting in between and sandwich them together, or eat them separately, like me. (I did share them though! Don't worry!) The cake(s) should serve 24, so there's plenty to go around!
Ingredients:


  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 3/4 cup of cocoa powder

  • 1 3/4 cups of flour

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 2 tsps of vanilla essence

  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

  • 1 1/2 tsps of bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 cup of milk

  • 2 eggs

  • A cup of boiling water


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Method:


  • Grease two baking tins.

  • Preheat your oven to 175C (or 350F)

  • Add the dry parts of the mixture to your bowl.

  • Create a dent in the middle.

  • Add the wet ingredients, except the hot water.

  • Start mixing.

  • Gradually add the water to the mix.

  • When it's finished mixing, pour into the two separate tins.

  • Pop it in the oven for 30-35 minutes!

  • When it's ready, remove from the oven and leave to cool.

  • Enjoy!


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[caption id="attachment_794" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]Chocolate Cake Recipe, Mug: Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio[/caption]

If you decide to make this, let us know by tweeting us a picture!

By Katie

Staying Positive Over the Winter Months

We all know that winter can get a little depressing at times. Here, Katie talks you through some of the ways that she beats those pesky winter blues.


Not all of us deal with autumn and winter that well. The cold and the dark as we head to the tail-end of the year can leave some people feeling down. Personally, I find that the older I get, the harder it gets to deal with the colder seasons. So, here are some of my tried and tested methods for beating the blues:


Getting out

So, it might be horribly cold outside, but getting out can make a real difference to the way you feel. You don't need to hide inside all season, just wrap up warm and go and explore! One thing I absolutely love to do is grab my camera and go and take photos of nature. It gives you a reason for getting out, and you've got something to show for it when you get home.

Try Hygge

The Danish tradition of Hygge is taking the world by storm right now. There's no direct translation for the word into English, but it basically involves: getting together with your friends, lighting candles, creating a cosy atmosphere, switching your phones off, consuming delicious food & drink, and having a good old natter! Sounds like bliss, doesn't it? There's a reason that the Danes are consistently voted the happiest nation on the planet!


Delicious food


Winter's the perfect time to crack out the recipe book and try all of those gorgeous winter warmer recipes! We'll be popping plenty of our own winter warmer recipes up over the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled for those! (My personal fave is a gorgeous broccoli and potato soup - recipe coming soon!)

Fake the light


This time of year is horribly dark, isn't it? If that depresses you, products like Lumie Light alarm clocks can help. I've had one for about eighteen months, and I genuinely don't think I could live without it now! If you're not familiar with them, they emit light that tricks your brain into thinking it's sunlight, for half an hour before your alarm goes off. Basically, it really helps you to wake up more easily. Before bed, you switch it on for half an hour, and it gradually gets darker to simulate sunset; helping you sleep more easily. It definitely makes those dark mornings a little more bearable!

Invest time in a new hobby


A cosy evening is a great time to try a new hobby! For example, some things I've been wanting to try for ages are scrapbooking and sewing. (Two hobbies that are perfect for cosy evenings in!) I prefer to keep busy and tend to beat myself up if I sit down all evening just watching TV. This way, you'll have something to show for those nights in. You don't have to follow in my footsteps either, you can try anything that takes your fancy.
How do you cope with winter? Does it leave you feeling a little crestfallen, or do you love the cold and cosiness? Do you have any tips? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

(Please note: If you're really struggling, and think you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder, please consult your doctor. You don't have to suffer in silence!)

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