Lagging Behind

way behind.pngI am afraid that I might be upsetting a few of the bloggers who have kindly supported my posts. Perhaps I am coming across as neglectful or indifferent about other wonderful bloggers. So this post is to ask anyone who thinks I am overlooking them and not being courteous as a blogger to drop me a message to tell me. (lol – I may live to regret it! I am not asking for those messages where you demand that I follow your blog!!!) I am feeling as if I have totally fallen behind with all aspects of blogging due to my trip to Australia. Now, that is not something I worry about too much, because frankly, blogging is supposed to be fun. I am not going to beat myself up too much.

blogging3But I can see a considerable number of likes and follows from bloggers I do not recognise at all. So I wanted to say right now that I am a not a great blogger at all, I admit. I like to work on posts, some in response to prompts and some just about putting my own thoughts into words, but I am not in this for numbers or statistics. I don’t have any ambitions whatsoever regarding my blogging or writing in general.

However, I don’t want to appear rude or ungrateful for the support I have received and all of the lovely interaction with other bloggers which has made it so enjoyable. I have been following some bloggers for a long time, mainly because I like them, sometimes I like them more than I like the content of their posts in truth. I also follow a huge number of foodie bloggers because I love seeking out new recipes and I follow travel bloggers because of their beautiful photos and their accounts of places I would love to see for myself one day.

Caramel and GoldfinchIf you are new to Crushed Caramel, I am publishing a mix of posts about my life, family, friends, the man I love (Goldfinch) and the occasional works of fiction or even bad poetry. I try to keep things positive, light-hearted and family friendly.

I have been away in Australia recently (look out for Australia posts in the near future) and I have fallen behind in all aspects of blogging If you have liked or followed my posts in the last few weeks and you think I am being discourteous in not returning the support, please let me know, because I am finding it hard to keep up at the moment. Just say “Oy Caramel” and drop a link to one of your posts or something.

blogging5I certainly do not automatically follow everyone who likes or follows my posts. My WP Reader would be a nightmare if I did. And if I can see that you publish twenty posts everyday there is no way I am going to follow you. But I like bloggers who are nice people and I like to see posts that are happy, positive, interesting, fun, creative, thought-provoking, beautiful etc. So if you are one of those lovely types who wants to contribute to a friendly blogging community and who writes posts that make readers feel good about being alive, then oh definitely do drop me a link to your posts.

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I Give Up!!!

too muchIt’s been a very busy week so far…and I am finding I have not had chance to concentrate on some of the posts in my drafts folder I wanted to finish off before my travels.

This post is just to explain that I have started a number of posts which are nominations from other lovely bloggers for awards and challenges. I love these posts, but as you all know, they do take a while. I want to do them justice as it were. So I have decided I just can’t do them before I go away to Australia.

They are going to have to sit safely in my drafts folder until I am back. Then I shall make sure I spend some quality time on them.

happyVery soon I will be heading far far away! 10,100 miles away! The opposite side of the planet! The land down under! Australia! You may already be fed up with hearing this over and over. Don’t worry, I will leave it there for now.

I have scheduled a post for every day before I travel…and then I am re-publishing most of my Goldfinch posts. So if you have seen them before, you can skip them, or if you are curious, they tell the story of the lovely year I had last year with Goldfinch.

Isn’t it exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still can’t believe I am going! Six months after Goldfinch left England, I am on my way to Australia! Thank you thank you thank you for all of your wonderful comments and well-wishes. It is so heart-warming.

Put On Your Pinny For The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off

It is time to put on your pinny with

and special judge A Jeanne in the Kitchen

on Sunday 24th March 2019

THAT’S TODAY!!!!! (according to GMT)

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The challenge for

GBBO1

is to make a sandwich sponge cake

  • Your cake must have at least two layers
  • Your sponge cakes can be any flavour and any colour
  • You can fill your sandwich cake with any filling you like
  • We would like you to decorate the top of your cake

Please send a photo of your cake so it can be featured in the The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off Round-Up

put on your pinny2It is time to put on your pinny and start baking! We can’t wait to see what you bake! We will be loading up your photos throughout the day. look out for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF POSTS and please support your fellow bloggers with lots of likes and by cheering them on in the comments section.

Whatever you do HAVE FUN!!! If you are not a natural baker yourself then we hope you have a family member, friend or work-mate with you to give you a helping hand.

disaster1.jpgOur special judge A Jeanne in the Kitchen would love to see your bakes. Even if they are ghastly – please send them in – we would still love to see them. Please have fun. It’s not so much a competition but a great day of fun for bloggers to get involved in. Baking disasters will only add to the fun! It’s all up to Jeanne to decide on our STAR BAKER!

Of course if you would like to create your own post about the making of your cake – please do so, and please mention The Great Blogger’s Bake-Off and invite your blogging buddies and followers to get involved. Please create a link or pingback to this post (not the other posts) so we can easily find your post. In your tags could you type THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF please.

PLEASE SEND YOUR PHOTOS TO THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESS:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

If you could please make the subject of your e-mail BAKE-OFF it would be very helpful.

Look out for the cakes that our wonderful bloggers on

THE GRREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF CAKE PARADE

starting very soon!!

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So Now You Know The Challenge

So once you have baked…

…what do we need you to do next?

cake

The challenge for

GBBO3

is to make a sandwich sponge cake

  • Your cake must have at least two layers
  • Your sponge cakes can be any flavour and any colour
  • You can fill you sandwich cake with any filling you like
  • We would like you to decorate the top of your cake

coffee and nut cake

Please send a photo of your cake so it can be featured in the The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off Round-Up

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

disasterOur special judge A Jeanne in the Kitchen would love to see your bakes. Even if they are ghastly – please send them in – we would still really love to see them. Please have fun. It’s not so much a competition but a great day of fun for bloggers to get involved in. Baking disasters will only add to the fun! It’s all up to Jeanne to decide on our STAR BAKER!

Of course if you would like to create your own post about the making of your cake – please do so, and please mention The Great Blogger’s Bake-Off and invite your blogging buddies and followers to get involved.

question mark(If you have any questions at all – please feel free to post your questions in the comments of any of our posts and we will try to get back to you as quickly as possible.)

We will supply more details in posts leading up to The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off including e-mail addresses where you can send your photos.

 

The Challenge For The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off

Please join in the fun with

and special judge A Jeanne in the Kitchen

on Sunday 24th March 2019

ingredients

The challenge for

GBBO3

is to make a sandwich sponge cake

(Below is an example is a classic sandwich cake with

two layers of sponge and a jam and cream filling – yum!)

  • Your cake must have at least two layers (we will be very impressed if you want to try more layers!
  • Your sponge cakes can be any flavour and any colour, plain, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, red velvet…
  • You can fill your sandwich cake with any filling you like
  • We would like you to decorate the top of your cake

cake

Please send a photo of your cake so it can be featured in the The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off Round-Up

question mark(If you have any questions at all – please feel free to post your questions in the comments of any of our posts and we will try to get back to you as quickly as possible.)

Once you have baked your cake for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF, please send a photo to the e-mail address below so that it can be featured in the cake-walk!

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

Your Shopping List For The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off

Please join in the fun with

and special judge A Jeanne in the Kitchen

on Sunday 24th March 2019

shopping for bakeoff2

The shopping list for

GBBO6

We are very excited about our fun family day for the blogging community. To participate you will need some essentials. So check your cupboards to make sure you have the following or add them to your shopping list this week:

  • flour

  • eggs

  • sugar

  • butter or oil

  • baking powder

Of course if you want to make a vegan, or sugar free, fat free or even flour free creation then please feel free to use any alternatives!

happy family funny kids bake cookies in kitchenThis is not really a competition, it is more of a fun family day for our blogging community. We would love you to be involved. We would be thrilled if you can take on our baking challenge and send us photos of your creation. If you don’t think you can bake – then ask a family member or friend or workmate to help you out. HAVE FUN!! Whatever you do have lots of fun!

bakingIf your oven decides to go on strike or anything prevents you from getting your hands messy – we would love you to join in the fun by supporting the bakers and commenting on their creations.

If you will be on holiday or in hospital or have to work on Sunday 24th March 2019 – then of course you could take on the challenge in advance and send us a photo. We will make sure your creation is included in the round-up posts for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF.

Look out for this Sunday’s post –

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF CHALLENGE!