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Chocolate and Nutella Cake by claremanson Chocolate and Nutella Cake by claremanson
Vanilla (gluten free) sponge filed and covered in Nutella and topped with a variety of chocolates for my boyfriends birthday

i didn't have much time to photograph this today, busy, busy week so couldn't wait for better day light (not that it looks like it will get any brighter today!)

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alexyorim Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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jof410 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
adopt meeeeee! :(
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roni-yoffe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ho my........ <3
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claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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orngeturtl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
looks chaotically delicious
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture, it is like a chocolate river with some rocks in it, besides the beautiful picture, it looks delicious as well :)
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: i thought it looked like a river also :) how are you? haven't spoke to you much lately, i have been very busy.
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When the weather occasionaly acts like the season should be, I am outdoors, my yard is on the south side of the house.
With the warmer weather my home sowed annuals grow better, and the weeds even better... And I am in a never ending war with the slugs.

I realise I am rather busy myself, which is to blame on your Queen's jubileum. I started to play Runescape in 2004, and after some time (too long) I quitted because it is so time consuming. At the end of May I got a free 2 weeks subscription (the Jagex games studio is headquartered in Cambridge), so I spend quite some time skilling up my character... And now there is the outstanding household stuff again - cleaning ofcourse :D

Yesterday was sunny, so I took my mother for a trip to the Beemster polder, which she frequented with my father so much.
Today lots of rain again, which means the slugs are on the winning side :(
Between the showers I went to the market to start buying stuff for my upcoming bday party, I want to do a high tea for who knows how many will join... probably 20? Can be 15, or 25, I really don't know yet. It is not for another week, but I need to clean house as well, which I dread :( So if everything for the food is arranged - I want to do all the baking myself, except for the loafs for the sandwiches, it will make things easier :D
Husband started to saw next winter's firewood today, we better be prepared. Even this June we built a fire in the heater several times...

How is your health going along now?
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my seasons, they may as well be gone with them! here it has been two weeks of rain, wind and general overcast skies when it should be glorious! We have also had the heating on and our winter clothes and coats.

Even though our garden is a courtyard garden covered in concrete we too have many weeds and slugs, our slug war never ends as we get up in the mornings to find slug trails in our house almost daily! nasty things.

It's good you have been making the most of the sun while it has been out, now send some our way please ;) You birthday idea sounds wonderful.

My health is all over the place at the moment. I never realized just how much stress and anxiety effects my IBS until now. It was awful last weeks, i was having the worst anxiety attacks i have had in years! My other half went away for 5 days for a music festival, the longest time we have been apart in 9 years and as it was just after having an anxiety attack i was stressed before he even went. Since he came home on Monday though everything seems to have calmed now.
I have also been busy with sorting out my eldest daughters school, she starts in September so has been going to lots of open days and we have to get her uniform and forms sorted. The other thing that has kept me off of DA most is planning my wedding. The day after our ten year anniversary i got to thinking after someone said on here he should buy me a ring. I have put it off for so long as i am not a wedding person but i thought it's ten years we probably should get married, my other half said i better buy you a ring then. (i'm still waiting for my ring by the way lol) We will marry on Halloween this year. I wanted the same year as our ten year anniversary so that gives me 4 months to plan, it's going to be small 20-25 people and very nontraditional as the white dress, speeches and dances is what has put me off for so long.
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Slugtails in your kitchen, yuck. I know what you mean, I've got them as well. I suspected them to come creeping up by the kitchendrain, so I sprinkled salt in my sink every night. It helped until they found another way...

I understand your health is improving since you now noticed the impact stress have on you. Stress is nasty. It is hard to avoid it, one have to learn to deal with stressfull situations. Easy said, I know. I almost got a burn-out years ago because I could not deal with stress and unfair play on my job. After having the kids I learned to see things more in perspective (and growing more selfish :D), which helped a lot.
I like the idea you have a school uniform. It avoids judging someone on his or her clothes, resulting in the ones who follow the fashion are more popular than the ones who don't (and this is getting worse over here) - and so there is a lot of money involved for buying unnecessary outfits and accessories :( (I keep wondering what is more important at school subculture: education or looks).

And a wedding is a nice thing to look forward to, especially a wedding which YOU like, after all it is your wedding so you are the ones to plan everything the way you want it. I think white weddingdresses (although they can be gorgeous) are a waste of money since you can only wear it once. When I got married I was 5 1/2 months pregnant so I bought an ordinary but lovely dress, with the intention to wear it more than once. (It turned out I did wear it just 1 more time...) And we also skipped the speeches and dances, because it is not our idea of a party (I hate speeches, and my husband cannot dance :D) - I had a 3 layer wedding cake though ;)
Have fun with planning the party!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hated wearing a school uniform and it doesn't stop the judging, people then judge the shoes, jewelry, make up, accessories and things, there is no escaping it!

My fiance thinks it's odd not having the speeches and things but i hate it so much, he want to invite all his work friends but then i pointed out it would just mean my dad paying for his friends he never sees outside of work nor i have ever met to get drunk as that is all those lot are interested in.
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k--s--c Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Looks lovely. Is Nutella just chocolate flavoured or is it a combination? I always think of nuts...
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it is both hazel nuts and chocolate :)
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twilibird Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to dive in there!!! Looks delicious!!!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you, it was :)
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Shaami Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet he'll love it! Chocolate yumminess! =) So many different chocolates!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
he liked it, did his typical silence followed by a biog "Mmmmmm" lol i thought the balls were malteasers but they are not! we don't know what they are, carl said they don't taste like toffee, or coffee or fudge even though it looks toffee like in the center,most strange!
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Shaami Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha ha ha! That moment of silence when your nervously await the verdict.
Aww, I'm glad he liked it, even if neither had any idea what the balls were meant to be, he he he. Where did they come from?
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i got them from the book shop of all places! they always have sweets and chocolate by the counter, becasue of my anxiety i didn't want to go out much so had to get something there or nowhere. it was a bag of random chocolates for 50p, was most strange mixture!
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shadowd15 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my god that sounds delicious.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: thanks :)
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angelsdontfall56 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Oh my gosh! I have to try this recipe! Almost my entire family is gluten free so I am really excited to find this! Thank you for putting this up! :)
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you are most welcome, i have only been gluten free for a couple of months but so far i have found i can use all of my recipes i use to use with gluten free flower instead :)
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angelsdontfall56 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Oh wow! That must be a big change, I hope it is going well. I've been gluten free since I was two so I've never had such a big adjustment. I do admire those who have gone through it and have stuck with the diet.

I've been substituting regular flour for gluten free flour as well. My mom prefers baking from scratch and following recipes from gluten free cook books however because it is what she is use to since gluten free was so rare back in the '90s. I am extremely glad that isn't so any more.

Good luck with the diet! If you ever need any support, encouragement, or information I will be happy to help. :)

Have a great day!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) wow thats along time to be gluten free but good you don;t know any different :)
I first tried gluten free ten years ago and gave up with it as even then it was so hard to find gluten free stuff, all i could find was the bread and it was horrible!
This time round it hasn't been so bad, i am on a very restrictive diet anyway, bread was the hardest thing to replace as i was eating so much of it before but now when making my kids sandwiches even the smell of bread makes me feel ill, never noticed sliced white bread has a nasty fake smell about it before now so i am glad i don't eat it anymore. The only thing i really miss is certain biscuits i used to love.
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angelsdontfall56 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Biscuits as in rolls of bread or biscuits as in cookies? Where I am from biscuits are rolls/bread but I know in other places they are cookies. If you are talking about the bread one there is a Bisquick mix (not sure if you have that depending on where you are) that makes these amazing biscuits. It's on the back of a box that says waffle and pancake mix, both of which are also really good, especially when you add cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
biscuits as in cookies :) we don't get Bisquick here
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angelsdontfall56 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Ah got it! I always have to clarify between the two since I know people from all over. There are some good cookie mixs but the best one has come out of my mom's cook book but only when mad by her. I am rubbish at making cookies. :D
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
can't even get cookie mixes here in my country either :(
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kori-hibana Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student General Artist
oh.my.god. *dies of heart attack just from looking at the photo
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: thanks :)
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rainonatinroof Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
You always manage to make EVERYTHING look so freaking delicious! (I wish you had better lighting though, then it would look stellar! but alas the fates were against us >.<)

btw I believe Nutella should be it's own food group, so anything you make with it will please me. that and oreos. lol.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: the weather is rubbish! just as well i haven't been baking, it's June it's suppose to be summer and i have the heating on it is so cold, grey, wet and i am back to wearing thick hoodies and winter coats!
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rainonatinroof Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
oh I wish!!! You can have some of our weather... We've been stuck in the upper 90's for a few weeks now, and it'll probably not get any lower (only higher) until maaaaaybe the end of November.. :( In celsius that would be (checks google) around 35 degrees? (tell me again why they can't just standardize these things? Its really stupid that the US won't just switch to metric imho lol) I much prefer the cold to the heat personally. BUT I prefer sunny days to overcast days, so that limits my range of acceptable living places to like 5 square feet of the world. lol.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: wow that's hot! it never gets that hot here 30 here maybe, my Gecko would love it though as that's the kind of temperature her vivarium is!
it's only about 18 degrees Celsius here... sucks! we even have flooding in many parts of the country now! strange as only 1 month or so ago there was talk of the country being in drought! I somehow expect it to start to get better now my other half is back home in the warmth, he was freezing cold in his tent for 5 nights despite wearing several layers of clothing it was that cold in summer!
:giggle: not everyone uses metric! it switched over when i was young so use both with some things like height and weight! my grandma is old school (81) so always uses imperial so things can get confusing!
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rainonatinroof Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Where do you live anyways?
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
england
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rainonatinroof Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
well yeah, I meant where in England! lol. For example, I live in the US, but to be more specific I live in California, but to be even more specific I live halfway between San Fransisco and Sacramento. :D

(I did use to live in England though for awhile when I was a child!)
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ah i see, i live in somerset, land of farmers lol, in the south west
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LuffyNoTomo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
yum yum looks amazing :D
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks, fingers crossed he thinks it tastes amazing too :)
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PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh this looks sooooooooo good!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: thanks :)
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Blindly-In-Love Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i REALLY want to eat that right now...
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so do i! but i must wait until the birthday boy gets home!
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Blindly-In-Love Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ugh..... he must hurry!!!!
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Doragon-and-Tora Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
gimme gimme gimme!!!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: don't think the birthday boy will want to share, sorry ;)
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Doragon-and-Tora Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
aww... Well, I hope he did enjoy it!
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