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The Cotswolds

Will and I had the most magical time exploring the Cotswolds last month. After flying into London, we rented a car to head out to the British countryside. We drove on the opposite side of the road, and on the wrong side of the car- it was quite the adventure! Oh what a journey it was, and I loved every minute. We kicked off our time in The Cotswolds at Blenheim Palace (Will was in heaven). Being in the fields with the sheep was like a literal Thomas Kincaid moment (like those old puzzles and paintings)! The rest of the itinerary is below, and I assure you, if you’re considering an adventure to The Cotswolds, it won’t disappoint!

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Our first stop was at Blenheim Palace. My husband has been reading about Winston Churchill. We are both big fans of history, so this was such an amazing place to explore. While we were there, we were unable to go inside the palace because someone stole a golden toilet the night before! It was quite comical, but we still enjoyed every second of the grounds.

After leaving Blenheim, we went to Stow-on-the-Wold. It was the most quaint town. When you imagine the Cotswolds, this is a picture perfect town! We shopped around here all afternoon and then had a delightful Tea Time.

Lucy’s Tea Room has a tower of delectable treats. The building is just what you would dream up for your afternoon tea setting. We ate and drank entirely too much, but it was part of the fun!!

Cutter Brooks

The Cotwold Cheese Co.

St. Edward’s Church

Our Bed and Breakfast through Airbnb was something special. It was picturesque! The hosts, Ginny and Peter were delightful. We had a great stay and enjoyed every second of our time there.

Huxley’s in Chipping Campden for a warm, cozy, and delicious dinner.

There are lots of great antique stores throughout The Cotswolds. We stopped at a handful, and I cant remember all of their names, but Station Mill Antiques is one of them, off the beaten path.


Cherry Scones with a Maple Glaze

While sharing our journey through Europe with y’all, my goal is to do one recipe for each city! I am a little late getting this one out there, but these cherry scones are topped with a scrumptious maple glaze that will make you speak with a British Accent! All I am missing is a helping of clotted cream, but I don’t think I can do it any justice, so these will do for now. Cheers!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder

  • 1/2 Teaspoons Salt

  • 1/4 Cups of Sugar

  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened

  • ½ Cup Dried Cheeries (pit free)

  • 2/3 Cup Whole Milk

  • 1 Large Egg

Maple Glaze

  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

  • 3 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar using a whisk.

  3. Next, you will add the butter to the dry ingredients using a hand mixer.

  4. In a separate small bowl, combine the milk and egg. Whisk well.

  5. Set aside 2-3 tbsp for egg wash. You will add the remaining egg/milk combination into the dry ingredient mixing bowl.

  6. You will fold the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Next you will add the cherries, slowly do this as not not make the dough tough.

  7. Place dough to a lightly floured surface. You will knead it a few times until it starts to form until a natural disk shape. Still be careful as to not over-knead, so you don’t make the dough tough.

  8. Roll the dough out about an inch thick and use a 1.5 inch thick biscuit cutter. Roll out any scraps again, you should end up with around 8-9 scones.

  9. You will place them on your greased or lined cookie sheet, and then begin your egg wash.

  10. Bake on 420 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool slightly. While they cool you will begin your glaze.

  11. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Mix well and drizzle over top each scone.

  12. You can then enjoy with jams, butter, or clotted cream or let them sit for a while.

London

Wow! I still don’t feel totally back in rhythm from our trip, but I have definitely been missing pieces of Europe. I am going to go city by city for my blog posts on our trip, because they all deserve their own feature.

First stop on our trip was London! I had been once before, but that was ten years ago and I did not appreciate the beauty of it, due to my age! We were so lucky to visit our friend Jonathan on this trip. He lives just out of the heart of London, in Earlsfield. It is a quick walk to the tube, (which we became really good at) and then just a ride downtown, or wherever you’re wanting to go! While we were there it became, as they say it, “proper fall’ in London, and it was wonderful. The streets are so lovely, every other building is covered in florals. So rich with history and full of culture. Will and I are both big fans of The Crown (I have always been a royal family lover, but that show made it worse). it was such fun to see some of the locations in real life. London was a day dream! I hope these snaps give you a little taste and be sure to checkout my highlight for London on my instagram page.

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FOOD:

Egg Break- Great trendy breakfast spot.

Beigel Bake - Our friend Jonathan loves this place, get the salt beef bagel with spicy English mustard for a snack one day! it is a Shoreditch novelty on Brick Lane.

Pret A Manger- Great little lunch spot on the days you are exploring. We combined this one with our day we had afternoon tea, because it was light.

Granger and Co.- We stopped in here for lunch our first day in London. it was bustling and has a very modern style. We ate at the Chelsea location and it was delish!

Dalloway Terrace - Inside the bloomsbury Hotel for afternoon tea. THIS WAS AMAZING. I felt like I was in a day dream

The Halfway House Pub- Yummy fish and chips with a modern British flare!

Chuchill Arms- Lovely pub with fabulous floral display, and a good spot for a drink.

Gordon’s Wine Bar - One of my most favorite things we did while in London. This is an underground wine bar that is thought to be the oldest in London. It was established in 1890. They let you select your items for your cheese board like a Buffet and the wine was great. Authentic local spot!

Dishoom- If you like curries or Indian/Pakistani food - need to have one while you're in London. They are everywhere and very good! Remember India was a colony of England’s until late 1947.

The Ivy Chelsea- good cafe, another "picturesque" restaurant.

Pizza East- great vibe, and in an outside part of London called shoreditch. Some of the best pizza I have ever had.



ACTIVITIES:

Alice’s and Portobello Market

Hyde Park

Kensington Palace

Peggy Porschen Cakes

Harrod’s

Primrose Hill- (right near Chalk Farm tube) for one of the best views of the city (it is the tip top of Regents Park), loads of nice cafés along the crescent towards Chalk Farm.

Buckingham Palace, Changing of the guards at 11AM but get there at 10AM to have a good view.

Tower of London

St. Paul’s, Great rooftop bar called Madison, right next great views, is worth a stop.

Trafalgar Square

Churchill War Rooms- If you like WWII history you will LOVE this, but your tickets in advance.

Westminster Abbey- A MUST

Big Ben, (Under Construction) but you can still see a lot of Parliament.

Horse Guards/White Hall

There are a million more things to do in London, but we were only there two days, so this is a High Points list!