Every Easter I make Simnel cake. We are not religious but I like family tradition and this is one of ours. I use Nigella Lawson's recipe but instead of a circle of marzipan in the centre, I cube the marzipan, freeze it and add it with the dried fruit. Lula makes the 12 apostles represented by marzipan balls
and then eats Judas before I toast them under the grill. It is a delicious lemony fruit cake and the addition of Megan's fancy cinnamon give it an extra kick! Yummy.
Today, a hotly awaited parcel arrived from USA courtesy of the lovely, helpful Ali ( I am so grateful to her, check out the link, she has a great blog with really good tutes). The new Denyse Schimdt new DS Quilts fabric line , available exclusively at Joanns USA fabric store chain.
It is a fusion of her previous Flea Market Fancy/ Katie Jump Rope lines and general feedsack vintage designs. Totally lovely, I have never had so many FQs at once. My fav are the last three, far right on the pic above. You may well be able to find some on Etsy
I am going off at a tangent now, but a great recent find is this make up mineral powder foundation by Lily Lolo. I found out about it in India Knight's Thrift Book. The book is a variable read but some of the tips are worth knowing and I found the beauty section incredibly helpful. She highlights this product in particular and I bought the 'Light' sample set that you see below- includes a baby buki synthetic brush and a set of pale colours to find the perfect shade.
My skin is incredibly reactive, I can't ever wear foundation, I have to use a particular brand of sun block so I don't get spots etc. etc. I usually end up with concealer, Dr Hauschka loose powder, Dandelion brightening powder by Benefit and hope for the best. I don't like heavy make up, it makes me feel too painted. The Lily Lolo foundation powder goes on in swirls with the little brush. It almost feels like you are lightly buffing your face-there is a video to show you how to master the art. And then magically your skin looks all balanced, even, natural. I cannot tell you how good this stuff is- even for a pale face like me, I can find the right shade! A full size pot is £12.49- bargain and there is a plethora of sample sizes and other make up if that is your thing. You can see from the pic that my make up is pretty minimal but believe me without the powder my skin does not look like that!
That's enough revelation for today, taking that picture was a challenge in more ways than one.
Reading the comments on the last post made me teary at times, what a lovely, supportive readers I have and some good advice too. Thankyou and happy Easter x