Monday Happy List

Monday Happy Things {Week 366}

fingerprint pumpkin craft

Starting the week by writing the Monday Happy List  is something I’ve been doing for a while. It’s a chance for me to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures. It’s a post I always love to write.

Monday Happy Things {Week 366}

We made a delicious chocolate, spice and honey cake, recipe from Waitrose. It was slightly unusual in that the cake was spiced with ground cinnamon and all spice. The ganache included soured cream and honey. It made for a slightly unusual chocolate cake but it was lovely to have a cake to enjoy this weekend.

chocolate, spice and honey cake, recipe from Waitrose

We unpacked the grandfather clock which my mum gave us. It belonged to my grandfather and his father (at least). It’s in pretty poor condition and hasn’t chimed since a bomb dropped at the end of my grandfather’s street during the Second World War. It’s a Victorian clock with a painted face and is lovely, but looks a little out of place in our modern house.

On Saturday we went shopping at Westfield London for the first time in over 2 years. We had so much fun shopping and enjoyed a delicious lunch at Five Guys. After lunch we took the dog for a walk in Pitshanger Park in Ealing on the way home.

Yesterday we went to Ruislip Farmers Market to see the annual Halloween Fancy Dress dog parade. There were so many dogs dressed in all kinds of costumes from Minions to Baby Shark. We’ve made a few Halloween costumes for Chewie before so next year we will have to take part.

My daughter loves to run and recently joined the Cross Country club at school. She took part in the London Mini Marathon for Schools, running 2.6 miles – twice! She enjoyed the challenge of taking part.


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    Samantha Donnelly
    October 19, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Sounds like you had a busy week, am intrigued by the spiced chocolate cake may have to give this a try. I have not been to Westfield for ages I do need a shopping trip at some stage

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    Rebecca Smith
    October 19, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    It sounds like you have had a busy week! I love the sound of the cake and the fancy dress dog parade sounds cool too!

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    October 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    The grandfather clock sounds absolutely wonderful and what an Amazon history it seems to have had x

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    October 20, 2021 at 10:46 am

    I’ve not been to a farmers market in ages. I need to start doing that again. The cake sounds different but also yummy.

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    October 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    I have been to Westfield London a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t spent too much time shopping. I was there to watch a theatre play at the Stratford East. That cake looks good and I can imagine it had quite the Christmasy taste, with all that cinnamon and five spice.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    October 20, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Sounds like you have had a lovely week. I would love to see the photo of the grandfather clock as my mum inherited one from her dad and I love hearing it chime when I visit. Lunch at Five Guys sounds delicious as well

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    October 21, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a great week!! I’m loving the sound of the chocolate spiced cake , defo something I’d love to try out

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    Jess Howliston
    October 21, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    It sounds like a great week and that cake look and sounds delicious! A Halloween dog parade also sounds right up my street, I wish they had something like that near us!

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      October 26, 2021 at 10:39 am

      I just wish we had thought to join in – next year!

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