Celebrating a cosy Crocktober!

Fire up the log burner and the slow cooker – October’s here…

It’s the start of a new season – the evenings are getting shorter, there’s a crisp nip to the air, and the leaves are turning a beautiful golden shade. It’s Autumn – a lovely time of year, with a lot of fun events and activities to look forward to! What with my wedding anniversary, special friend’s and family’s birthdays, and, of course, Halloween, I do enjoy this time of year.

Cosy cottage

With the decidedly cooler weather, thoughts turn to cosy, comforting meals cooked at home. I have blogged before about the joys of slow cooker cooking and have cobbled together many a hearty casserole, particularly during the Autumn months. But did you know you can make cakes in a slow cooker, too?

Cosy log burner

Time to fire up the log burner

Crock-Pot hosts #Crocktober every Autumn, and 2016’s theme is a Weekender – the ideal time to try out some cupcake recipes as tasty weekend afternoon tea for guests. And what do you need when you have a selection of delightfully delicate cupcakes? A nice pot of tea – or two!

Crock-Pot has been experimenting with their Weekender cupcake recipes and asked me to make some recommendations of teas to accompany the cakes. Who doesn’t love tea and a sweet, sugary cupcake? I have to stretch the experimentation a little further in order to have gluten and dairy free versions, but here are my recommendations of tasty teas to try with your Crocktober Cupcakes.

Darjeeling and tasty mini cupcakes

A nice cup of Darjeeling with some tasty mini cupcakes

Why not try a light, refreshing, citrus infused Earl Grey to balance the sugary icing and contrast with the sweetness of the cupcakes, or perhaps a healthy green tea? Another option is a delicately flavoured Darjeeling, which doesn’t detract from the full flavours of the cupcakes but instead has the right mix of tanginess and depth to go with a gooey, tasty treat.

Cupcakes and a refreshing cup of Earl Grey

Cupcakes and a refreshing cup of Earl Grey

I’ll be sharing some Crock-Pot slow cooker casserole recipes over the coming weeks, but while we still have the bright, yet somewhat cooler weather, make the most of those sunny weekend afternoons with some Crock-Pot Cupcakes and a really good cup of tea!

Until then,

Enjoy!

Rachael xx

Autumn is here – time to get cosy

I’ve been having a little break from blogging for a while, for a number of reasons, so it seems fitting that I should pick things up again in the Autumn, particularly on the day the clocks go back!

Time to get cosy

Autumn is here – time to get cosy

I have so many tea adventures, local events and vintage finds to share, it will keep me busy for some time!

I will also be introducing some guest bloggers and contributors over the coming weeks and months, sharing their love of vintage, tea, home decoration, fashion and beauty.

New guest contributor – Gordon Harpur of Vintiqa.com
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Gordon Harpur of Vintiqa.com, an online treasure trove of vintage and antique furniture and homewares. Vintiqa was set up as a fuss-free alternative to ebay and Gumtree for vintage, design and antique lovers. The fabulous finds are from all up and down the country and curated personally by the team, as well as them handling the logistics, such as delivery, for you. Definitely people after my own heart!

Vintage finds of the week
Gordon will be selecting his top picks to share on Tea with Rachael and I hope you will enjoy browsing and finding your own vintage treasures on Vintiqa. My personal favourite find this week is this stunning marble topped antique bedside table. A rather grand addition to any bedroom, and it provides plenty of storage, which is always a must for me!

Or how about a rustic Danish farmhouse rocking chair, which I think would be perfect draped with cosy blankets and snuggled with some cushions on a chilly autumnal evening?

Danish Rocking Chair

A lovely, rustic Danish rocking chair on Vintiqa

That’s exactly what I’m going to do right now – curl up in a cosy chair with my favourite cushions and fluffy blankets – and a cup of tea, naturally!

Until next time, stay cosy and enjoy the cold autumn days and nights in style, with a good cuppa. I’ll be back to catch up soon.

Rachael xx

Time for a cosy cup of tea

Time for a cosy Autumn cuppa