Saturday, 2 March 2013

Welcome March

Hello, hello - it's finally March!  It seems like we're all ready for Spring to arrive and the much needed sunshine has out this week, cheering my spirit.

Here are some things I'm looking forward to in March:


 Treating myself to spring flowers 

I try not to buy flowers when they're ridiculously out of season so the coming of Spring means vases of daffodils, tulips, pussy willow.. (no hyacinths this year - is it only me that thinks they tend to make a room smell like a cat has peed on the carpet?!).  
I treated myself to a bunch of loveliness this week which has bloomed in the sunshine and they cheer me every time I look at them.

spring flowers in a vase

The clocks changing - the days are already much brighter and we can almost eat our evening meal without having to put any artificial lights on.

Planting seeds, chitting potatoes, getting busy in the garden.

Rhubarb!  I'm looking forward to trying out some new recipes.  I once wrote a whole post on rhubarb recipes if you're looking for ideas.

New season yarns in my shop!  More about that when another box arrives in the post.

Using my new mug and tote bag by Emma Bridgewater for Comic Relief.  They're available at Homesense and TK Maxx along with aprons, oven gloves and tea towels. (Bit more info here if you want it).

emma bridgewater for red nose day

Continuing my life-long search for a routine that works and using my time more wisely.  As Spring has been approaching, my calendar seems to be filling up fast and I have to be mindful of not overwhelming myself.

Mothers Day! (in the UK)  A day to celebrate Mamas, what's not to love about that?
And then preparing for Easter - such a busy month!

Giving away very exciting prizes!
The Cake and Bake show is coming to Manchester and I'm really excited about attending.  Here's the blurb:

The Cake & Bake Show - the UK’s biggest experiential event dedicated to all things baking - is proud to announce that Paul Hollywood, Dan Lepard, Simon Rimmer and Andrew Nutter will be at the show in Manchester. They will join Eric Lanlard, Peter Sidwell, Mich Turner, Juliet Sear and all of the contestants from Great British Bake Off 2012.
Expanding to three days, the Cake & Bake Show Manchester brings together all of the nation’s favourite baking stars on April 5-7. Paul Hollywood, the UK’s most famous bread maker and judge on the Great British Bake Off returns to the show, demonstrating on the main Bakery Stage and hosting live bake offs on’s stand on the Sunday.

 Award-winning baker and food writer Dan Lepard will be headlining the Competitions Theatre sponsored by Sainsbury’s. As well as his books, which include The Handmade Loaf and most recently Short and Sweet, he writes for Sainsbury’s magazine and has a weekly baking column in the Guardian. He is also a judge on the Australian Bake Off.

Simon Rimmer, co-presenter and chef on Channel 4’s hit weekend show Sunday Brunch, will be appearing at the show on Friday and Saturday. He runs two restaurants in the Greater Manchester area, Earle and Greens and has authored several cookbooks, the next of which is due out in Spring 2013.

Local celebrity chef Andrew Nutter will also be presenting at the show. He has received numerous awards including Manchester Chef of the Year in 2012 for his restaurant Nutters.

In addition to celeb baker demos and delicious cakes and bakes in the marketplace, features at the Cake & Bake Show Manchester include Baking Mad’s stand with live demonstrations from some of the shows stars, the Competitions Theatre sponsored by Sainsbury’s where members of the public will be invited to compete alongside stars of the Great British Bake Off and Britain’s Best Bakery, the Stork Cake Catwalk – a fashionista-themed cake competition, Billington’s giant gingerbread village, and The Lakeland Interview Stage – offering visitors the chance to quiz their favourite baking celebrities.

Visitors will also be able to book classes in the Classrooms – where baking experts will host 30 minute demonstrations covering a range of topics, as well as sessions in The Sugarcraft Academy, sponsored by Renshaw, plus new for this year – VIP tickets will be available, guaranteeing fast track entry into the show, and a front row seat at a main stage demonstration of their choice. For full details visit
Whether you’re an amateur enthusiast looking for a fun family activity, a home baker looking for some helpful tips or a sugar-crafter on the hunt for the latest equipment, the Cake & Bake Show Manchester offers everything baking fans could want and need.

Sounds interesting, huh?  Here's the really exciting part - I'm giving away two tickets for the Cake & Bake Show, Manchester!!
To take part, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
The giveaway closes on 14th March at midnight GMT.  A winner will be picked at random and will be announced at the bottom of this post on March 15th.  Good luck!

What are you looking forward to in March?

Edited to add - the winner is Ness!  Congratulations!  I have sent you an email :o)


  1. Oh what an excellent prize to win, sounds like a fantastic show!

    I think I'm mostly looking forward to some sunshine, it feels like we have been living in grey for such a long time, I'm really itching to get out into the sun x

    1. Ah yes, the grey... I'm looking forward to the sunshine, too.
      Thanks for entering :o)

  2. Ha ha! I bought Hyacinths for the first time ever this year, and for about a week we have been coming into the kitchen at different times saying 'eughhh - what is that SMELL??!!' so they are on their way out, I tell you. And thanks for the link to the rhubarb recipes - will be checking them out.

    1. Yeah, that's been happening to me for years and each year I finally identify the smell but still buy them anyway because they're pretty. Not this year!
      I hope you like the recipes :o)

  3. The daffodils have been out for over month here but it is so nice to see some sunshine to accompany them.

    What a lovely prize to win tickets to the Cake & Bake Show. If I bought some tickets I wouldn't have any money left to buy anything!

  4. Although it's often called Mother's Day in the UK it's actually Mothering Sunday here and Mother's Day in the US. I think theirs is some time in May?

    1. Quite right, Elaine. We seem to use the terms interchangeably don't we.

  5. I'm looking forward to Mothering Sunday ( tea in bed), my birthday ( tea in bed) and the a trip on a canal boat in the Easter holidays with most of my family ( tea in bed and the bed comes with me all day too!)

    1. Lucky you! It sounds like a perfect mothering sunday!

  6. March always brings renewed optomisim I think seeing just a little sun and a little hint of flowers makes me feel better.

    1. Yes, definitely! I feel brighter already just with that bit of extra day light.

  7. I love March - it is my month. I agree and hate the smell of H's too!

    1. Ooh, I'm not sure I have a month! That's given me something to think about...

  8. How lucky that you have pussy willows! I enjoyed them very much in my grandmother's garden and miss them now that we've moved further south and just don't see then around much any more. Happy Monday!

    1. I don't have them growing in the garden - they sell them with flowers on the market, here. So cheerful and they last such a long time!

  9. I love March - finally feels like the cold is going and summer will be coming soon :-) Looks like I'm going to be spending most of this month planning recipes and preparing for our Easter lunch - it's like a second Christmas in my house, just slightly warmer and with more chocolate! :-)


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