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Friday Finds…

For your lugholes: 

Oregon’s Laura Gibson was NPR‘s first ever tiny desk concert. She returns to NPR to play some beautiful songs from her new album La Grande. She also has a blog documenting her beautiful, musical adventures.

Here is a magical little video that makes me wish for a more simple life… by the riverside.

For your tum:

The sun has been peaking his little head around the clouds which makes me think muesli for breakfast.  Don’t ask me why, it just does.

It’s no secret that I love a bit of Joy the Baker, here is her Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli and a tasty pic from her site. Our Hanna also has a beaut Granola recipe.

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 For your peepers: 

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If you’re fortunate enough to be in the magical city of London then there is a beaut exhibition at the Tate of German artist Kurt Schwitter’s work on until 12th May. Focusing on the work he did in the last 8 yrs of his life when he had come to Britain as a refugee in 1940. Beautiful, fascinating and a mere £10.

Merry Friday, we hope your weekend is a glorious one!

- Sarah, Hanna & Celeste

xxx

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Friday Finds…

This week we’ve been a bit quiet because of we’ve all been pretty hectic however, while away with work I came across some little beauties hidden away on some church property in Nottingham. A most lovely lady called Heather gave us some amazing deals too! £3 for this baby!

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Plus, crockery and a music playing chalet. Who doesn’t want a music playing chalet?

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But here are some finds for you this weekend, to peruse at your leisure!

Mt. Wolf, this dreamy London band are all a bit beautiful. One of my favourite ladies called Rachel showed me a video done for them by her favourite man.

Delicacy, a sweet little french film with Audrey Tatou. You can’t help but watch her and want to be her.

If enough time is found in this weekend perhaps I will muster up some of Joy the Baker’s Tomato Cobbler with Blue Cheese Biscuits … Perhaps.

Once again, happy Friday!

xxx

Tracks of Foxes

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Make Do Mend: Chicken Pot Pie with Cream Cheese and Chive Dumplings

I have this little/large obsesh (Yeah, that just happened, abreeving obsession.. I just judged myself) with Joy the Baker’s blog. She’s good for your tummy and your funny bone.

The dish I love to make of hers the most is Chicken Pot Pie with Cream Cheese and Chive Dumplings. Joy refers to this dish as ‘Dream Boy’ and there is a very good reason for it, if this dish was a man I would kiss it square on the mouth every day … and maybe let it get to second base. Maybe.

It has a gorge, creamy cheese and chicken sauce, add any and all of your favourite veggies and it’s topped off with fluffy beautiful cream cheese and chive dumplings. Hot dang and I mean HOT DANG!! 

I also love a recipe that includes half of it already being cooked for you. Shortcuts are the way forward, true story! This recipe calls for torn BBQ’d chicken, ‘Hello dear Tesco, thank you for doing half my job for me!’. I mean, I guess you could roast a chicken yourself, but seriously, some kind person at Tesco has gone to an awful lot of trouble to make one ready for you to buy for only £3. Why not?!

There should be a disclaimer though, this dish is not to be thrown around willy nilly, this is the kind of dish that makes people fall in love with you or offer you their first-born … Sorry that got a little weird. Whatever you do though make it, eat it, love it, share it and drink some beer with it.

Tuck in and happy days! 

- Celeste xx

 

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Days like these: When stubbing your toe is the last straw

The three of us at tracks of foxes aim to share with you some crafty projects we’ve been putting our hands to, some adventures we’ve been spending our time on, we also thought we’d share with you some of the stuff that fills our stereos, book shelves, screens and tummy’s on emotional days, hope you might identify with some days like these.

You know those days when you have an awful lot of ‘heavy’ things going on, the days when you should be more emotional about things but seem to be coping very well? In those days I have a slight smugness at my own emotional resilience and think I can take on anything …. and THEN … something little, like stubbing my toe, happens and I completely lose it. Every emotion that I had pushed down comes out in what seems like an incredible overreaction to a mere toe stubbing.

So for days when stubbing your toe is the last straw ….

For your eyes:  There are two ways to play days like these, you can watch something emotional, go with it and cry til your eyelids are puffy and you have no moisture left in your body or distract. I usually go with the latter.

But.. if you want a really good, solid sob watch ‘Dear Frankie’. A beautiful Scottish film about a little boy corresponding with his Dad. I pretty much am no good to anyone for a few hours after watching this heart-wrencher.

If you’re looking to distract yourself I usually go with action/thrillers …

‘The Walking Dead’ is a brilliant post apocalyptic zombie show. So much suspense, gore and zombie chasing… definitely will distract you and maybe surprise you that you’re a ‘zombie person’. Turns out I get really into Zombie things… Who knew? The acting, effects, screen writing all surprisingly good.  I do, however, manage to call it Walking the Dead accidentally which conjures up some bizarre images, never the less, get involved with these zombies!

For your mouth:

I just bought the ‘Joy the Baker’ cookbook and there are so many fun ways to become a fatty, or just to enjoy baking and eating! You can get it from Amazon here and check out her blog here. She is funny and fabulous.

For your ears:

M. Ward- ‘Chinese Translation’

This is a cute little video and M. Ward’s voice is all a bit intoxicating! The ‘M’ doesn’t stand for ‘Maternity’ apparently. Damn.

Dry the River - ‘New Ceremony’

I just love these guys and can’t wait to see them in November. They are fun to yell along with and make sure to listen out for a good ‘Hey!’ in this song. I do love a ‘Hey!’, it always makes me feel better!

For your heart: 

Make your place that you live in look lovely, I put some little flowers out in my house in old jars and milk bottles. (picture up above.)

Spend time with some people who are good for the soul. You know the ones I mean… Good ones!

Good ones are my favourite.

So hopefully there are a few things you can do on a day when stubbing your toe is the last straw!

They helped me anyway. Happy toe stubbing!

xx Celeste

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Make Do Mend: Coconut Cinnamon and Banana Pancakes

Merry Pancake Day!

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So, I love pancake day but not crepes. I would say that their main offense to me is that they are too skinny, but since I am feeling honest today I will have to admit that I am entirely incapable of making one. But back to skinny, waify, floppy ‘pancakes’ that are had here on Shrove Tuesday. In my opinion pancakes are fat. They have buttermilk, bananas and maple syrup. It must be the canadian half of me.

Some of my favourite moments in my entire life have consisted of wakening to the smell of fresh coffee made by my pop, eating coconut pancakes made by my mum, sitting on their porch in the sun, talking about everything and anything. Now I think of it, I miss them a great deal just now.

So in tribute to my fam and my canadian heritage here is a little recipe for some thick coconut, cinnamon and banana pancakes.

P.s. If these pancakes were a man I would kiss them right on the face!

Coconut Cinnamon and Banana Pancakes  (should make enough for four)

1 1/3 Cup of Plain Flour 

2 Tablespoons Sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1  teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 pinches of salt

1  cup of buttermilk … or normal milk (may need to add another dash or two) 

Vanilla Extract

Coconut 

Cinnamon 

Banana

1. In one bowl whisk (I love that word!) Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Bicarb Soda, Salt, Cinnamon and Coconut.

2. In another bowl whisk oil, vanilla extract and buttermilk.

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3. Combine the two bowls mixture will be thick as mate, fold in some banana (or any fruit you wish!)

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4. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook batter over a medium heat until you see the magic bubbles on top.

Here is the fun bit..

5. FLIP me baby one more time. Pancakes will pretty much taste good all the time but they look prettiest golden brown.

 ‘Golden brown texture like sun
Lays me down with my mind she runs
Throughout the night
No need to fight
Never a frown with golden brown’
Sorry, it’s something I have to do whenever I say ‘golden brown’, it’s weird, I know. Don’t judge me.

Serve with more banana and maple syrup.

You can pretty much add anything you want, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, chocolate, the frying pan is your oyster!!

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I adapted this recipe from a little blog I love, www.joythebaker.com .

- Celeste

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