All posts by CARAMEL

My stories are generally short and sweet, easy to read....not supposed to challenge anyone mentally. Just a few minutes diversion. You might relate to Caramel. You might think she is daft. She is learning with every story. Then there is the story of how Caramel was crushed. It will be delicately told. Mostly you will have a site full of life and joy. I don't have a camera. I have a tablet (which I won as a prize for passing a test at work) and that has a little camera thingy on it. I have tried to take photos and load them onto my lap-top, but there is something wrong with my tablet. It only lets me take one photo at a time. I have to bluetooth it and then delete it before I can take the next one. Nightmare! Anyway, I bring up the subject because very few of the pictures in the posts I publish were taken by me. They are from Pixabay and Shutterstock etc. They are not my "work". Then again I don't consider my posts work as such. It's just me waffling away, the same way as I would write a letter to my loved ones, about my life mostly. If dread the thought of upsetting anyone by sharing personal posts on WordPress and decorating them with what appear to be free images from these image sites. If I have unintentionally used something that someone recognizes and feels they should have been given credit or the image not be used at all. Please leave a comment on my post and I will correct it. The pictures I use are only used to decorate my waffley posts and make it more bearable for the 20-30 who seem to regularly view or like my posts (I don't know how many actually read them). I would never claim they are mine or my work. I make no money at all from blogging. Neither am I doing this to attain credit or recognition. I have just found it helpful to write about "stuff". It's a huge bonus that other bloggers have been so friendly and left kind comments. But please please let me know if I have broken blogging etiquette. I don't want to sour anyone else's blogging experience.

If It Tastes like Honey Don’t Swallow It All

Jim Adams aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: SWEET / HONEY / SUGAR / CANDY / CHOCOLATE

Photo by ROMAN ODINTSOV on Pexels.com

When I see a theme like this, my mind immediately thinks of a dozen of amazing sixties songs with a feel-good vibe. But for some reason, after going through my Sounds Of The Sixties playlist, my musical mind did a U-turn and recalled this blast from the more recent past.

I think one or two of you will recognize my song choice today, and some of you will wonder what on earth Caramel is listening to. Well, I have to admit I do not listen to Kula Shaker nowadays, but when I was a lass at school, they were one of the many bands that were shoved under the Britpop umbrella (whether they wanted to be under it or not. I saw them live twice.

This track “Hey Dude” was one of the band’s highest charting hits. I remember the crowd loving the way the band went crazy with their guitars on stage. It was a huge crown pleaser of a track. Wikipedia puts them under the psychedelic rock umbrella, which is one I am not at all familiar with. But I just remember us crazy kids thinking this track was incredibly cool.

All I have is all I need enough for love but not for greed, yeah
I was younger once this guy came to me told me about all the honey out there
He said honey gold jewels money women wine cars that shine
I don't know what he was talking about but I think I had an idea
He said smell the rose, the sweet sweet rose
Catch the sun find where it grows
Smell the rose, the sweet rose that grows from castle walls in heaven
In heaven yeah

Well if it feels like summer you're catching the sun
And I'll catch you the moment you fall
Well if it tastes like honey don't swallow it all
Don't wait for the moment to come - and catch the sun

Hey dude, don't lean on me man
'Cause I'm losing my direction and I can't understand, no no
Hey dude, well I do what I can
But you treat me like a woman when I feel like a man

I was crossing the city one day
Everybody was flashing by me
Like images of tombstones, images of tombstones
On a Friday night I've seen everybody looking for their little bit of honey
To alleviate the pain, to alleviate the pain

Well if it feels like summer don't burn in the sun
Don't wait for the evening fall
Well if it tastes like honey don't swallow it all
Don't wait for the moment to come - catch the sun

Hey dude, don't lean on me man
'Cause I'm losing my direction and I can't understand, no no
Hey dude, well I do what I can
But you treat me like a woman when I feel like a man - and I can't understand

N-no n-no n-no n-no n-no n-no n-no n-no - well I can't understand
When I feel like a man, sing it to me honey!

Ho
Oh yeah

Catch the sun

Hey dude, don't lean on me man
'Cause I'm losing my direction and I can't understand, no no
Hey dude, well I do what I can
But you treat me like a woman when I feel like a man

Hey dude! N-no n-no
Hey dude! N-no n-no
Ooh-ooh yeah

Hey dude, well I do what I can
But you treat me like a woman
When I feel like a man
Oh yeah

Written by: Crispian Mills, Paul Winter-hart, Alonza Bevan and Jay Darlington

So Many Questions!!!

I had another 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF post ready to be published but when I arrived home from work last night (almost 10pm – very very long day!) there were so many emails with questions about the BAKE OFF in my inbox!

So…I am going to try to provide some quick answers now:

YES – please do publish a post of your own on your own site with your baking creations. During the BAKE OFF weekend, we will be providing links to your site and your baking posts!

NO – sadly our BAKE OFF judge Jeanne is not able to taste your bakes – although I am sure she would love to! All the judging is based on photos.

YES – you can bake absolutely anything – savoury or sweet – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastry – there is a completely free choice.

NO – you don’t have to be a blogger to take part. We love that some of the baking submissions are from WordPress readers rather than writers. You are a vital part of the WordPress community as you read and support the work of other writers, and we are thrilled you want to take part.

YES – you can submit more than one baking creation.

NO – it is definitely not too early to send in photographs. In fact, the earlier the better, as an enormous amount of work goes on behind the scenes to prepare all of the BAKE OFF posts and special features.

I love all these questions…and I also love the photos we have already received. We love that you are embracing budget baking, sustainable baking and sharing the joy of baking!!!

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

The Joy Of Sharing

By now many of you will have read that THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE -OFF has a marvellous theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Undeniably, the greatest joy that comes with baking is sharing our creations with others.

So this year, we are asking you to share with us who you bake with or who you bake for. It could be your:

  • family
  • friends
  • neighbours
  • co-workers
  • congregation members
  • club members

We would love to hear how you share the joy of baking and who you share it with!

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

We are so excited to be sharing THE JOY OF BAKING with you again for another fabulous GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF!!!

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

A Joy That Sustains Our Hearts

How do you feel about this beautiful earth? There is so much to bring joy and delight to our hearts – from sunsets to alpine mountains, from birdsong to waves lapping on the shore, from the aroma of fresh bread to the fragrance of a spring garden, from the sensation of diving into cool water on a hot day to the feel of pressed cotton sheets when you snuggle up in bed, from the taste of ripe fruit that dribbles down your chin to your favourite cake still warm from the oven. There are so many moments that lift our hearts and fill us with joy.

And of course here on WordPress THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BBAKE OFF is going to be shining attention on:

The Joy Of Baking

During the past few years, there has been lots of mention of certain terms in the media:

  • zero waste
  • carobon footprint reduction
  • sustainability

For those of us who love this magnificent planet, that means using our loaf when we think about baking. Which is why one of the special features of this year’s BAKE OFF is:

SUSTAINABLE BAKING

What does baking sustainably mean? Well, do you remember this amazing idea from Malin Nordblom – her cake-cycling creation that used leftover cake to make an entirely new yummy cake creation?

DAMMSUGARE – Malin Nordblom – Fab Foodie Swede

Many bloggers have share with us over the past few years photographs of spectacular bakes which featured local produce, fruit (or vegetables) that were in season.

We would love to see your sustainable baking ideas . If you have a bake that uses leftovers (to avoid food waste) or has a low carbon footprint (using local seasonal produce)…or promotes sustainability on any other regards, please do send in your photos. We are giving out special accolade badges to bakers who can show us how to taste the JOY OF BAKING in a sustainable way.

Please send in your photos to:

cushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

How To Bake On A Budget

During 2022 we have heard certain phrases over and over in the media:

  • the cost of living
  • the energy crisis
  • do we eat? or heat?

Horrible – isn’t it! Anybody who has tasted anxiety knows that sometimes mounting worries can eat into our joy of life. The 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF has a special theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

One of our special features this year is:

BUDGET BAKING

We would absolutely love to see your budget friendly recipes. If you have a bake that you know is cost effective, please do send in your photos. We are giving out special accolade badges to any bakers who can show us how to taste the JOY OF BAKING without spending a fortune.

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

More Details To Follow

I have a feeling that time is going to race by over the next few weeks. You are going to see lots of promotional post sharing the news that the 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF is right on the doorstep…and lots of details will follow. But first of all, it seems right to share the date has been set…as it is baking season already, we would love you to take photographs of anything and everything you are baking.

This years’s GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF will be….

15th & 16th October 2022

We have a wonderful theme for you, and also some special features that we are hoping might influence your baking choices.

But if you have already baked and snapped photos of your creations, by all means start sending your pictures in to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

I have a recipe ready…and the ingredients…I am just waiting for Jack’s return as it is exactly the kind of cake he will love! It is a Swedish cake and I cannot wait to bake and photograph the results (I can see that it has potential disaster written all over it!)

I have been reminiscing about my bakes over the past three years…and I am so keen to excel myself! As for Gary….there is already hazard tape around the entire county of Yorkshire and his town are being asked to keep their doors and windows shut tightly until the danger has passed. Thank goodness Jeanne is ready for the challenge of perusing all of our baking photographs and awarding the STAR BAKER accolade.

Are you ready for this???

Well…it is time to GET READY – BECAUSE HERE WE COME!!!

Brightening Up WordPress…

I love how many emails have appeared in my inbox during the past few months asking when are we going to hold THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF? You truly warm my heart!!

I am glad to say that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes…a lot of work! More details to come soon. But put on your aprons, gather your ingredients and make sure your your baking equipment is at the ready. WordPress is about to become the yummiest places on the internet – that’s right THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF is….

That Song You Wouldn’t Sing

Jim Adams aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: AUSTRALIAN MUSIC

Photo by Allyson Fernando on Pexels.com

My mother’s family are Australian…and of course gorgeous Goldfinch is Australian, so this week’s theme made me smile. I was so tempted to feature Kylie Minogue…and Jason Donavon…but I have taken a slightly different direction.

The lady who introduced this song to me is called…Jo Whiley. Many of you will recognize her as one of the big names of radio. I first heard of Jo Whiley when I was a teenager, and I thought what she did in the music industry sounded amazing. I wanted to do what she did. However, at an early age I was put off by the behaviour I saw in the music industry, and the bass player of a band assumed I was of legal age…when I actually was only fourteen…well, that was the night I decided I did not want to work with scumbags!

Anyway, back to Jo Whiley. I was driving my sister’s car one evening and I turned on the radio, and there was Jo’s dulcet tones recommending the song I have chosen for today. These two twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso are better known as The Veronicas. The first time I heard this song fell in love with it. It captured my mood at the time. (Those were the dark days when Jack was being super-weird with me and I cold not escape him wherever I went.)

This song is called “You Ruin Me”. I love the video, I love their drama of the music, I love their voices….it is such a great track. Oh, did I mention they are Australian?

Job well done
Standing ovation
Yeah you got what you wanted
I guess you won
And I don't want to hear, they don't know you like I do
Even I could've told you
But now we're done

'Cause you play me like a symphony
Play me till your fingers bleed
I'm your greatest masterpiece
You ruin me
Later when the curtains drawn
And no one's there for you back home
Don't cry to me, you played me wrong
You ruin me

I know you thought
That I wouldn't notice
You were acting so strange
I'm not that dumb
And in the end I hope she was worth it
I don't care if you loved me, you make me numb

'Cause you play me like a symphony
Play me till your fingers bleed
I'm your greatest masterpiece
You ruin me
Later when the curtains drawn
And no one's there for you back home
Don't cry to me, you played me wrong
You ruin me

We're that song you wouldn't sing
Just a broken melody
You're killing me

You play me like a symphony
Play me till your fingers bleed
I'm your greatest masterpiece
You ruin me
Later when the curtains drawn
And no one's there for you back home
Don't cry to me you played me wrong
You ruin me

Written by: Lisa Origliasso, Antonio Francesco Egizii, Jessica Origliasso, David Nicholas Musumeci

A New Biscuit In My Tin

I think it is safe to say that I have always had a weakness for biscuits. When I was four years old, I started to learn how to swim. It took my two whole years before I was finally able to swim the five metre width of the local public pool independently, without any flotation devices or an instructor holding onto me to stop me from panicking and drowning.

But by the time I was seven, I was a champion swimmer, already representing my school (which meant competing against ten year olds). We used to go swimming three times a week, and we would swim up and down, up and down for hours.

It was around that time when I discovered a type of fuel that seemed to make me swim faster – coffee and biscuits. After dunking them into my sweet creamy coffee, I would devour five or six biscuits. Mumma quite rightly was concerned about this indulgence, which I believed was the source of my super-speedy-swimming prowess.

But it is since that time that I have had a partiality for biscuits of all types. But as I know the wisdom of the safe adage “once on the lips forever on the hips”, I just don’t eat them. I avoid them at all costs.

Well, this summer a friend of ours gave us something ridiculously yummy…and it has enabled me to find a new biscuit, one that I can see is going to be impossible to resist. She made dairy-free ice-cream sandwiches. The ice-cream was layered between butter crisps. Butter crisps – where have you been all of my life? More yummy than I thought a biscuit could be!!!

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Pexels.com

Happy Dappy Thoughts

Being in love with someone…it can make you incredibly ditzy and dappy. Sensible people would look at you and see how silly and soppy you are being. How unbalanced and unrealistic, how foolish and hasty you are being.

Yet…we do fall in love…and it is the most exciting whirlwind of wonder. The happy dappy thoughts, the fuzzy cuddly memories, the glow, the ecstatic glow that there is a someone out there who has had the same incredible and ridiculous and magnificent reaction…yes, they have fallen in love with you.

Aaaah – love can be so intoxicating!