Things I Love (February 2016)

It really doesn’t seem like a month since I put together last months post about things I love. I had so many plans for February and I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of what I wanted to do.

Candace’s Kitchen

One thing I have managed to achieve is setting up my new cooking and baking blog. I’ve lived blogging about food the past few years and 20 months ago I started working on a foodie blog. Just like my main patenting and lifestyle blog there became a little issue when I moved from living by the sea in January. I was no longer by the sea and the name didn’t fit.

All these years I’ve thought I had an unusual name and what made it even more unusual was the traditional Britidh spelling with an ‘A’. I decided to learn my lesson this time with s blog name, I’ve changed my main blog three times now in 6 years as I’ve outgrown the name and go with my name in the title. Let’s face it, I’m not changing my name!  Who knew every variation of cooking/baking with Candace in was already taken. Perhaps not the but the more preferred .com that the majority like to use. I personally prefer as that shows where I am in the world and us Brits should be proud of this.

With much faffing, some more faffing  and then a little bit more faffing I’ve set my new foodie blog Candace’s Kitchen.  Now the fun starts.

Gooey Butter Cake


Think it’s safe to say I love tea. Buckets of tea. Right now I’m loving this little tea pot and cup set for one. There is something about brewing tea in a pot that makes it taste that much better. Usually I just pop the tea bags in a mug and off I go. I don’t have time to warm the pot, let in brew and then deal with the extra washing up of using a tea pot but on occasions it’s just what is needed. Those extra minutes to sit back, relax and savour the taste. Sadly , my daughter is developing s tea pot habit and oh the mess!

tea pot and cup for 1 set

Spring Bulbs

I love this time of the year when spring is starting to show all its new life. I love bulbs popping up in the ground and I’m also a big fan of a little pot growing inside. Looking forward to these springing up and then being able to replant them in the garden for years to come.

spring bulbs

New Crockery

Being a foodie I also have a thing about crockery. Just living this pretty little set I picked up this month. I’ve mainly purchased it for photography of my cooking and baking but it really has made me smile. There is also a cereal bowl to match and all four pieces cost less than £8. Brilliant price!



Afternoon Walks

We really have had a very mild winter where I live. Up north have had some terrible flooding that has been so devastating but we have been extremely blessed. Apart from the last fortnight we have had very warm weather for this time of year. Unfortunately for me my health and mobility has not been kind. I don’t publise the mobility issues I have on a daily basis but there are times, more than I’d like where crutches and wheelchairs are used. I hate it. I not going to lie, I really really hate it. The effect it has on my life and my children’s life is horrid. There are times it takes over and stops us doing things.

I was having a reasonably good day and although the air was nippy the sun was out. After being couped up for far too long I needed to get out. Off to the local canal for a short walk. It really was a short walk but it was very much needed. I may have been in quite a bit of discomfort for a few days after and extremely tired as a consequence but for those brief 15 minutes I felt alive.

Sometimes the resultant pain is worth those brief periods of happiness.


What are you loving this month?

Anything particular that you have enjoyed doing?


  1. 29th February 2016 / 9:12 AM

    There is something about the bulbs shooting up and a few more blue skies that really makes me feel renewed. I’m glad you were able to get out too, although I’m sorry it’s left you feeling less great afterwards.

  2. 29th February 2016 / 9:56 AM

    Sounds like you had a good month. I am loving the noticeably lighter evenings, the lovely sunny clear days and the colours that are starting to come through x

  3. 29th February 2016 / 10:28 AM

    I’m enjoying your food posts too, not to mention your crockery photos! Love them 😉 What I liked about this February is the sunshiny days we’ve had, although not a lot, I admit, but when they happened, it was just glorious! 🙂

  4. 29th February 2016 / 11:08 AM

    Afternoon walks and tea are the best. It’s been so up and down with weather here it’s hard to know what’s going on x

  5. Catstello
    29th February 2016 / 1:47 PM

    I don’t drink tea tbh, but I love that teapot!

  6. 29th February 2016 / 1:52 PM

    good look with your new blog xI have to have afternoon walks if I am home as we have a dog and of course a cup of tea is always in my hand

  7. 29th February 2016 / 2:20 PM

    I have a few Spring bulbs planted and I am looking forward to seeing them grow x

  8. 29th February 2016 / 2:47 PM

    Oh what some lovely things – I have to admit I probably run on tea has to be one of my favourite things lol. x

  9. 29th February 2016 / 3:46 PM

    Recently I have become a big fan of tea, so I’m with you there. Glad you got to have a walk out and about fresh air really does do good to the body and mood

  10. 29th February 2016 / 5:36 PM

    Afternoon walks & tea definitely tick my Spring boxes

  11. 29th February 2016 / 5:59 PM

    I am also loving the signs of Spring appearing. It feels like it’s been a long Winter but a very bitty one too. Not freezing cold and snow but just miserable weather every day. Urrgghh.

  12. 29th February 2016 / 7:19 PM

    I’m going through a bit of a tea phase. I’m usually a coffee-holic but it’s not tasting so good right now. I’m very grateful for cut flowers in my house and snowdrops outside!

  13. 29th February 2016 / 7:49 PM

    love a nice cup of tea too, and afternoon walks with the family

  14. 29th February 2016 / 8:10 PM

    Sounds like a perfect name, I sometimes wish I’d spent a little longer thinking mine through. I’m looking forward to seeing all the gardens spring into life soon.

  15. 29th February 2016 / 8:43 PM

    Lovely post. I always look at your instagram posts and think ohhh tea. I could murder some tea. In a really nice mug like that. Good luck with the baking blog. Looks delicious so far 🙂

  16. 29th February 2016 / 9:39 PM

    Lol I can tell you love tea it is all over your Instagram, how many teas do you have a day? I love tea too but mine has to be Decaf as I can’t have caffeine. Well done about setting up your new blog!

  17. 29th February 2016 / 10:20 PM

    I’m inspired to try out some new tea flavors now. I wish I had some herbs and veggies to be excited about too.

  18. 29th February 2016 / 10:39 PM

    Tea always tastes better out of a pot and can relate to the spring bulbs I was somewhere today where all I could smell were the hyacinths and they were gorgeous!! Hope the food blog is going well xx

  19. 1st March 2016 / 2:25 AM

    I love the design and pattern on your new crockery- getting me excited for Spring! xxx

  20. 1st March 2016 / 7:27 AM

    How wonderful to focus on the positive like this. I have loved the last long weekend in February when the sun came out and I could actually feel the heat of it!

  21. 1st March 2016 / 7:35 AM

    I love that the weather is getting getting that little bit better so we can spend more time outside!

  22. chantelle hazelden
    1st March 2016 / 7:38 AM

    All brilliant things there, I love a good afternoon walk too!!

  23. 1st March 2016 / 9:17 AM

    Aaah these are ALL such lovely, happy inducing things!! I’m with you on all of them — *especially* buckets of tea!!!! And spring bulbs — especially Hyacinths xx

  24. 1st March 2016 / 3:31 PM

    These are my favorite things! I love tea. I started gardening again and I love walks :). And above all, I’m a foodie!!! 🙂 hehe

  25. Alina
    1st March 2016 / 8:29 PM

    Wow, I so love your new set for tea. Almost ready to brew a fresh cup for myself and take a new book to read.

  26. 1st March 2016 / 9:16 PM

    Love the teapot! I love the new bulbs coming through

  27. 1st March 2016 / 10:23 PM

    I love that crockery! and I love seeing new bulbs and plants and flowers slowly appearing this time of year x

  28. 1st March 2016 / 10:33 PM

    I treated myself to new crockery recently, it’s surprising just how much of different it makes when a table is laid with matching crockery

  29. 2nd March 2016 / 7:24 AM

    I have just started taking little walks and learning to mediate. I am sure you had a great a month.

  30. rachel c
    2nd March 2016 / 10:49 AM

    I love your teapot and crockery! I am more of a coffee drinker but I do like the odd cup of tea, and it does always taste better from a pot – but I too usually just stick tea bag in a mug.

  31. 2nd March 2016 / 12:29 PM

    You certainly can’t beat a good cup of tea! Especially in a china cup, made with real tea leaves. It is my absolute favourite way of taking it.

  32. 2nd March 2016 / 1:03 PM

    Ooh I bet it’s nice to open a new blog that’s all about cooking and baking. I’ll have to pop along and try some of the recipes 🙂

  33. 2nd March 2016 / 6:01 PM

    I can’t believe you’ve changed your blog name so many times! Glad you have found one you like now, and a new one too!

  34. 2nd March 2016 / 10:51 PM

    Best of luck with your new baking blog! I’ve often thought about changing my blog name but honestly have no idea what I’d go for!

  35. 3rd March 2016 / 12:06 PM

    We’ve been ill recently and I’m planning in getting loads of afternoon walks in next week now that Blake is starting to feel better.

  36. 3rd March 2016 / 8:35 PM

    Spring is in the air!! Perfect time for walking. Walking in the winter is not as much fun.

  37. 4th March 2016 / 7:16 AM

    I am a huge tea lover so I am with you on the teas, I need to get some new cookery for my home

  38. 4th March 2016 / 9:55 AM

    My favourite has to to be the plate set. How adorable is that. I think I need it in my life

  39. 7th March 2016 / 11:56 AM

    I’m an absolute sucker for crockery! I love that plate set!!

  40. 10th March 2016 / 3:20 PM

    Good luck with a new blog. I am thinking about starting a new pure foodie blog too.

  41. 23rd April 2016 / 1:21 AM

    It rained today but the sun did peep out to warm my little plants as well. Now tea, who doesn’t love a good cup of tea right? My favorite is Chamomile!

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