Wonderful Wednesday 21

12 October 2016

ALWAYS Liz Lemon.
Anther week, another train-based Wonderful Wednesday. I'm looking forward to a return to the weeks where I can sit and leisurely draft my happy little catch up, rather than frantically tap out what I can remember on a train journey home when all I would like to do is shut my eyes (and try not to fall asleep only to end up in Kings Cross - I suppose that's one perk of tapping away on my phone! Look at that, I really am finding the happy here!) before getting home to spell check the bejeesus out of it, before hitting 'post'. Gah.

So without further ado, as Michelle would suggest, ON WITH THE WONDERFUL...


♥ Perfect cheesecake...even if I do say so myself. My brother and his girlfriend bought me an amazing new gluten free cookbook for my birthday, which I'd been wanting to buy for myself after hearing so many good things about it - Naomi Devlin's River Cottage Gluten Free. They came over to ours for dinner on Saturday (and stayed, because we finally have a guest room!) so I decided to bake something from the book in honour of the occasion. Long-term WW readers may have worked out that I definitely bring the sweet on these occasions, while the mister cooks up the tasty savoury options.

I decided to choose the blueberry cheese cake, pulling out all the stops myself by making the base from scratch rather than using gluten free digestives and even making it the night before to allow for extra chilling time. It did not disappoint. So much so that it disappeared in two sittings. Yums.

♥ Time with my brother... My brother and I have always been close but there were times growing up when I absolutely haaaated him, couldn't stand to be in the same room as him. So on those occasions the thought of inviting him over for dinner as we did on Saturday and to stay over would have been unthinkable. But our Saturday night was so much fun! I remember thinking (and I may have been slightly tiddly at the time but it still counts) that it was just so great to be getting along like the closest of friends, like adults (ha - says the 34 year old!) Does that even make sense? My brain is not working right now, it is late as I type this!

♥ Autumn walks... I walked into the town centre on Saturday morning to pop to the hairdresser and pick up a few last minute bits for dinner that evening. I had thought about getting the bus when I'd left earlier as it was drizzling slightly miserably and I needed to do a frantic pre-guests clean of the house, but when I stepped outside the skies were clear and blue, and there was a fresh cool breeze so I decided to walk home instead. I'm so glad I did. I walked through the park, which was full of joggers, dog walkers and kiddoes playing football. The trees are all just starting to turn and the leaves haven't started falling to such an extent that the paths are covered...there are still heaps of conkers lying around and the beginnings of leaf fall. I looked up as I walked along and couldn't resist snapping a photo. Gorgeous yellow canopy. Beautiful autumn day.

♥ Successful adulting... This could have been a really sad item but I'm turning it around and seeing the good in it - my aunt came over at the weekend and told us all about a little kitten that turned up on her doorstep. She has a dog, so can't really contemplate keeping it but she took it to the vet so that it could be checked for a microchip. Nothing was to be found and, with a heavy heart, she left it with the vet hoping that its owner would somehow track it down. She received a call from the vet at the end of the week saying that no one had turned up looking for the kitten and asking if she would consider re-homing it or knew of anything who would. She offered it to the mister and I and my goodness, we were so tempted! She sent a photo, which nearly broke my heart (the big kitteny paws!) but after much thought (we may even have chosen a name for it by this point! Sob!) and a very sensible discussion, we realised that we just couldn't have the kitten. It's not the right time.

♥ New slippers...I couldn't end on a sad kitten story (even if I did manage to turn it into a Good Thing) so I'll finish with the glorious news that I have some new slippers for winter 2016 - they're more of a slipper sock really, but they have a grippy underneath - I'm quite clumsy, need all the help I can get - and...wait for it...a fluffy white pom pom on the top of each one. Practical, warm and stylish.

That's it for this week, my lovelies. Short and sweet but I was determined to post something and not let work stress take over. That was the whole purpose of joining this happy little bunch in the first place!

♥ Do let me know what's made your week a little rosier by leaving me a comment below (I do love comments!) or dropping me a tweet (I'm @happygoluckycat) or better yet, why not join the fabulous bunch of #WonderfulWednesday bloggers? Pop over to their blogs for a dose of mid-week happiness - SallyMichelleHelenKateJoEmmaSamanthaKerri, LauraSarahPetaEl and Laura - and then join me in counting down the days until the weekend. It's in sight! 


  1. I think that cheesecake alone makes the week!! It looks amazing. I'm going to be honest and say I have no idea when it comes to gluten free food, so I'm in awe of your culinery skills.
    The excitment of autumn is really hitting me. Not only are the leaves just starting to turn, but I have had my first coat wear of the year. Only a thnnsh trench coat, but it is definite progress!
    Have a fabulous end to your week my darling and make sure you take just a little time for you too xx

  2. I'm jealous you get on with your brother, I don;t at all. I am still very much in the childish hatred phase with my brother and fear I always will be. But I have a lovely lovely sister, and she is my bestest friend which more than makes up for it! :-) Your kitten story is heartbreaking, I do hope it has found a lovely home. But well done for realising that you couldnt look after it. I kind of got lumped with my cat Meg, I never thought I was ready really and felt like it was such a huge responsibility! But we have bumbled along and I've somehow managed to keep her fed and happy for this long :-)

  3. Yep, my sister and I went through spells of hating each other when we were teenagers; nowadays we get on so well (even though we don't see enough of each other) and it feels so special to have that sibling bond.

  4. Well done on the kitten decision lovely, it must have been tough but you should be very proud of taking a proper check on life and not just diving in head first. (Says the cat lady with three cats...)

    Your slippers sound lovely! Is it strange that I really want to see a pic?

    I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Peta xx


  5. Autumn walks are the best! The weather a nice crispness to it but the sun is still shining. You got to make the most of the nice Autumn weather before winter ruins it all!

  6. That cheesecake looks delicious! I really need to get back in to making and baking goodies.

    It's great that you get along with your brother. I have an okay relationship with mine, sometimes we fight but majority of the time we get along - I hope I'll be able to have him round at the weekend when I'm older!

    You have real strength being able to resist a little kitty but well done for making the right decision.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

  7. That is some tip top adulting but must have been tough!! And the cheesecake looks amazing! Well done you.
    It's hard sometimes to find the time to write these posts amidst the busyness of life but I know I always feel better when I've found the time, glad it works for you too!
    Have a great rest of the week lovely Cat.
    M x


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