Orangic Blackcurrant Jam with Freshly Baked Scones


I Picked blackcurrants in my garden yesterday , this evening they became Jam…

Recipe :

  • 290g Blackcurrants
  • 290g Golden Caster Sugar
  • Juice of half an organic lemon
  • enough water to cover the blackcurrants in their pan.


  1. Wash the blackcurrants
  2. Place in a pan and cover with water
  3. gently bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins
  4. remove any scum
  5. add the sugar and bring to the boil again for 8-10 mins until a set is achieved
  6. allow to cool a little before ptting into a sterile jar

Scone Recipe


  • 500g Plain Flour
  • 75g Icing Sugar
  • 25g Baking Powder
  • Half a teaspoon sea salt
  • 125g unsalted butter, chilled and diced.
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C fan/200 Degrees C/Gas 6
  2. Sift the flour, icing sugar and baking powder into a large bowl or food processor and add the salt.
  3. Rub in the butter, add the eggs and enough milk to bring the dough together.
  4. Roll the dough out 2cm thick on a floured surface and cut out 7 or 8 scones using a round 7cm cutter.
  5. Leave these to rest on a baking tray for 20 minutes then brush the tops with milk and bake for 17-20 minutes.

Mouthwateringly gorgeous 🙂

Scone Recipe courtesy of Gorgeous Cakes by Annie Bell ISBN 1-85626-614-1

I received an Arte y Pico Award….

I received an award for my blog the other day from one of my favourite blogs “Mudranch’s Real Dirt” , so a huge thankyou to Joan, for providing an insight into life down on the ranch with the beautiful Mudranch Kiger Horses, the Jacob sheep and the big coo’s (cows).  Her photography is amazing and she has keen eye for a good picture, which shows through every single time.   A blog well worth visiting 🙂


What a great award the Arte y Pico award is.  Here is the descirption and rules:

The origin of the Arte y Pico Award: “This prize has arisen from the daily visits that I dedicate to many blogs which nourish me and enrich me with creativity. In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain me day to day and to share this prize with those who enrich me every day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few. The people I will name today deserve this prize, as do the very long serious list of bloggers I also enjoy to read. But I will name the first 10 and leave the rest of the work to all the bloggers that visit other’s blogs and are nourished by them.”“Arte Y Pico” blog so that everyone will know where the award came from.

Here are the rules, if you decide to pass the award further to remarkable blogs in blogosphere worth to mention:

The designer of this award has asked that the following be passed along with it:

The rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award through creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author with a link to their blog.
3. Award winners have to post the award with the name and link to the blog of the person who gave them the award.
4. Please include a link to the “Arte Y Pico” blog so that everyone will know where the award came from.
5. Show these rules.
So here’s my personal favourite blogs that I would love to receive this award… they are my daily read, provide inspiration & information.    Some of whom may not be bothered with the award or all the faffing around replying or forwarding the award on, which is totally fine, for me, this award is an appreciation of their blog.

Musings from a Stonehead  I enjoy reading Stoney’s blog, it provides and insight into the trials and tribulations of living and working a croft in the North of Scotland.   A highly informative blog which is full of resourceful information, well worth a visit.

Scareys West  I enjoy reading Sarah’s blog, its got some great stories and photography from life on a ranch in Montanta.

Stampin When I Can I love popping over here, its a crafty card making blog that I enjoy loads, what more can I say, def. worth a visit.

Cardtopia A blog dedicated to cardmaking, loads of pictures, loads of info on how to make cards and I guess i’m a wee bit cheeky picking this one, because its mine lol

The Accidental Smallholder  A great site dedicated to smallholding, it has a daily diary, forum and loads of information on keeping chickens, pigs, sheep and growing veggies.

There you go… thats me all done, i’m off to read some blogs now 🙂