Good Morning everyone!
I have been off social media over the last few days (if not a week) and I just want to say to to all those following me still, thank you for understanding and being patient with me. I generally feel quite guilty when I don't post a picture on social media or a recipe on my blog and before I know it I'm baking something to share with you all.
But last week I experienced a great loss for me and my family, and it really shook me. I didn't expect to be as affected as I was but in light of that I decided to take care of myself and those that mattered most to me. I noticed a few things while not posting (because now and again I'd do a quick scroll) and that is that your followers drop, and so does your reach (which is probably more algorithm based). I used to think all of this mattered so much, and on some level it does matter because it's what I'm passionate about, but when it was put into perspective, it was easy to see where my attention went without even thinking.
The epiphany I had in and amongst all of this is that, "People are what matter", it's that simple. The people who are there for you at your worst, when you feel like you can't get up, are the one's that are more important than stats on a blog, or likes on a picture. I think we place a lot of importance on these trivial things and forget that those few right in front of us, deserve a lot of our respect, attention and love. Yes, doing what you love is a great thing and you should not apologise for that, but don't forget who was there to support you through all of it. I think when you go through something, (it doesn't matter if it seems small, if it affects you, it is important) you notice who is there for you. Some may pleasantly surprise you, other's just always have your back.
I took the time I needed to wrap my head around the emotion I was feeling and tried to gain understanding of the whole situation, and even though know I am not 100% okay, I'm grateful for those who call to check up on me, and to just simply ask "how are you?", because it makes a massive difference to me. So basically what I'm trying to say is, don't put pressure on yourself to be overly active on social media if you are stressed, emotional, anxious or just not feeling like yourself. Take the time to take care of you, and to appreciate how those around you rally to make sure YOU are okay.
Anyway, my rant is over, and here is the crumpet recipe you have all been asking me for:)
Recipe: Mini crumpets
Makes: 20/25 mini crumpets
Whisk the eggs, and slowly add the sugar.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together.
Add half of the milk and butter to the egg mixture and whisk well.
Add the dry ingredients, and mix with a wooden spoon. Then slowly add the rest of the milk and butter.
Lastly add the baking powder (just before you decided to fry them off)
Use a drop of vegetable oil (or coconut oil if you don't mind the flavour).
Once the crumpets have small bubbles on them, then flip and voila, ready to eat!