Coffee Time..

IMG_2468Sometime it’s the simple things in life that make the magic and one of those things for me are Creative Coffee Mornings.  They were started by the lovely Sophy three years ago when she made the genius decision that chatting over coffee with young children was so much more fun when creating was involved.  Originally we’d all take over our unfinished projects and use the time to give ourselves much needed permission to finish, but now Sophy and  best friend Minta have developed it further and prepare, for a small fee, everything in advance with a termly timetable of weekly delights..If you live near SW London there is a website. Next week is festive nibbles..followed wreath making..with an extra mulled wine evening version for the men to join as well! (In half term I sent the Husband and Charlie to make jam..the perfect antidote to brain boil).

IMG_3183 Sophy and Minta at work.


IMG_3173 This week was Christmas Spirits (whooo hoooo!) with much tasting needed..

IMG_3171 And homemade chocolates!

IMG_3184(Accompanied naturally by coffee and delicious nibbles. Lush)

IMG_3166 The stewing blackberries for the Bramble Brandy..the smell was sublime.

IMG_3169 I chose the Sloe gin option..for me it’s such a rarity to get hold of genuine sloes..and the Brucie Bonus..these came from Minta’s parents’ farm in Dorset.  They were frozen because the best Gin comes from sloes picked after the first frost.

IMG_3172 The skins are pricked and placed in a bottle.

IMG_3178 Sugar and a couple of almonds are added, then it’s all topped off with the gin and shaken. Onto the chocolates…with orange peel, ginger, cranberries, dried strawberries, dried raspberries and almonds..

IMG_3179 Sprayed with edible gold for that extra Christmassy feel.

IMG_3159This to me is living life to the full and I love it!

Laters, Kate x


  1. peagreencoffeebean

    This! This is amazing – seriously wish I could come along. Might have to start up something similar in Falmouth 😀

  2. ReneeWritesNow!

    “Since time began, people have gathered around an open flame. We are still drawn to the fire, though now it may have evolved into a rather sophisticated convection oven. Conversation flows easily around a kitchen table from topic to topic, one plate to the next.”
    I’m sharing this excerpt from my new book, “Sweet Beams: Inspiring everyone who lives under a new roof!” (available at because your coffee experience is so similar to the idea behind my book: Whether you rent it or own it, celebrate the place you call home!

  3. Fashion Mayann

    No wonder you love it, this is morning bliss (homemade chocolates !!!). I also love your fabulous pinstriped jacket and your effortless yet truly gorgeous hair ! xxxx

  4. kristina

    Finger lickin’ good! Wish I was with you all…. Maybe I should start the Creative Coffee mornings, Guildford branch but it’s the company that counts as much as the doing. xx

  5. happyface313

    Oh, this looks like fun! Too bad I live so far away – I’d come right along and join you ladies 🙂
    Enjoy your home made goodies and have a very HAPPY week 🙂

  6. jackiemallon

    Oh my, oh lordy…I’m licking the screen… Homemade choccies, edible gold, stewing blackberries…you are too much. I must protest… Uck, that screen needs a good clean

  7. Laura Lynn

    Wow, that looks like fun and practical as well. My sister and I were just discussing options for a chocolate making, baking, liquor making time for Christmas. We miss the valley where we had so many girlfriends who did this kind of thing…time to take the bull by the horns as it were and start a group here. Thanks for the inspiration! Always.