Blogtacular is Calling

I'll be speaking at Blogtacular on Saturday in London. But I of course have a million and one things to do before I leave. I don't know why I do this but I always love to work a deadline so I keep piling things up and then do everything on the last day. Like writing and shooting my upcoming breakfast book, A book and cake party on Wednesday just a day before I leave to Kent to attend The Decorative Living Fair where my friend Selina will be signing her new book. And I also need to clean my home as I always want to be make sure when I'm gone that Bo is left in a clean home. Something like; "if you travel alone, travel in style". In his case "when you're home alone, be in a in a clean home" or something like that.

It will be your last chance to get tickets today for Blogtacular. It's going to be pretty amazing with a fun line-up of speakers and workshops. There will be so many inspiring people to be met on those two days that my brain might pop. But I'm looking forward to it. I'll be speaking on Saturday at 11:35 hope to meet you there!

Book Signing at my Home

This is very short notice but on Wednesday I'll be hosting a book signing and cake eating event from my own home in Lommel Belgium.

You are welcome to buy the book, tea towels, poster and postcards. You are also welcome to get your own copy of the book signed or just for fun.

There is a facebook event page where you can find all the details.


Kort dag maar dit is een uitnodiging voor een boeksignering en cake eet feest bij mij thuis in Lommel België, a.s. woensdag middag.

Je bent van harte welkom om het boek, poster, theedoeken en ansichtkaarten te kopen maar je bent ook van harte welkom om je eigen exemplaar van het boek te laten signeren of gewoon voor de gezelligheid.

Er is een Facebook event pagina waar je alle details kunt vinden. Laat daar even achter of je van plan bent om langs te komen.

Shop Goodies

Hello, happy first of May!!

A perfect day to tell you about the fun goodies Roel made for the promotion of my book.

Roel made a beautiful limited edition poster of the spine of the book. Originally the whisk had the colour pink but something went wrong at the printers and now it's white. I can assure you that the English edition of the book will most definitely have a pink whisk on it's spine. You can buy the poster exclusively in my shop. It will be numbered and signed, it's on beautiful matte tick paper.

Next up is a collection of 9 book page extracts turned into a postcard set. You can buy them in the shop.

They are also perfect for framing in IKEA RIBBA frames.

And last but not least the Yvestown for Sissy-Boy tea towels in 3 colours.

All products are ready to be shipped to most countries in the world. Shipping is calculated upon checkout. I'm going to be in London at Blogtacular next week. If you wish to collect your goodies and save on shipping, please send me and e-mail so we can arrange something shop{@}yvestown{.}com

Enjoy your May day xox

Yvestown in de Keuken Press

Hello, happy new week! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with lots of lovely weather and lots of chocolate eggs.

My book is received so very well and so many people write such lovely reviews.

101 woonideeën did and so did ...

Flow magazine.

You can see more on the press page.

There will be one last signing and party day at Sissy-Boy in Antwerp Belgium - Saturday 26-04-2014 between 13:30 and 15:30 but we might just end up hanging out until the shop closes at 18:00. You can buy the book, get it signed by me, meet some of the people that are in the book, buy a tea towel and shop till your drop in my most favourite Sissy-Boy store in the world!

I hope to see you Saturday xxx

Banana Cakes

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I'm not a raw banana lover by nature. I don't really like bananas as a fruit as they are rather filling. I do however love the smell and I like them stuffed in anything. I also love banana chips, Haribo banana sweets ... gosh bananas are actually really bad if they are not raw.

Bo does however like to eat bananas but he sometimes forgets about them and they will stay put and form a smell. It's then when I get a bit excited, when I find a bunch of overripe bananas in the top of the fruit rack. Overripe bananas means banana cakes.

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 125 g butter
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180°. Fill a cupcake tray with cupcake liners (I've used a 12 cupcake tray and a 6 one)

Mash the bananas with a fork, set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then add the vanilla extract and mix.

Gradually add the flour and baking powder to the batter and beat well.

Add the mashed bananas to the mix.

Pour the mixture into the cupcake liners (3/4 full)  and bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes, until skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Easter Prep: Day 1 - Egg Dude Hats

In less than a week it will be Easter and as I always host an Easter family brunch I have to crack on as I'm way behind. It's because of my book. So sorry to have bugged you with all the book launch stuff, it's just that I'm utterly excited and like to share everything with you. I hope you don't mind.

Back to Easter; today I bring you cute dude hats for your eggs. It makes me laugh when I see the eggs all tugged up in their little hats, they look like real cool dudes don't they?

These hats are based on the egg cosy pattern but I've simplified the pattern and added the side bits to it.

How to make these hats:

Foundation ring: Make a magic ring and hdc 6 in the ring, pull tight.

Row 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 in the same stitch, hdc 2 in all the next stitches (you multiply)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 in the same stitch, hdc 1 in the next stitch, hdc 2 in the next stitch. Repeat until end.

Row 3-6: ch2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 all around, fasten off.

Side bits: fold the hat in half and mark 5 stitches left and right to add the side bits. Start with either left or right. hdc 5 for the first row, decrease 4 for the second, 3 for the third and two for the fourth row. Fasten off en leave enough yarn to use as a tie. Repeat this for the other side.

I'll be back tomorrow with more Easter prep.

Would love to hear more often of your feedback (and not only to tell me off) as it's much appreciated and I like to be in touch with you. Happy Monday xox

Farm Bloggers at Walnuts Farm

Just for one day we were farm bloggers.

On Friday April 4 Geraldine, Lottie, Emily, Catherine, Tina, Igor, Bridgee, Kat and I got Walnuts Farm in East Sussex to ourselves for one whole day. 10 photographers and bloggers running wild at this beautiful farm was an idea that started on Twitter about six months ago. Emily wanted to go, Will, Igor and I wanted to join and soon others followed. Unfortunately Will couldn't make it in the end and he was dearly missed.

Stepping inside Walnuts Farm was like stepping inside an antique shop. Everything in the home of Nick and Bella is old and displayed as if one was travelling through time.

I love visiting properties like Walnuts Farm, I love how people can live simply and don't mind people running around their home. I couldn't deal with all the mess or with the chipping paint. I would love to go back with a bucket of hot water and fresh smelling soap, a paint brush and a hoover. I could spend all day cleaning, painting and washing until everything looked brand spanking fresh and new. How simple my life could be if I didn't care about mess and dirt ;o)

We had to play around with my book so Igor styled this nook using Kat's scones and props she brought with her from The Hambledon. Kat also made the beautiful spring wreath, you can find out how to on her blog.

Thanks gang for such a fun day xox

From left to right: Kat, Yvonne, Bridgee, Lottie, Tina, Geraldine, Emily, Igor, Heather and Catherine. Photo courtesy by Super Kat ©2014

From left to right: Kat, Yvonne, Bridgee, Lottie, Tina, Geraldine, Emily, Igor, Heather and Catherine. Photo courtesy by Super Kat ©2014

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