Tuesday, 26 December 2017

2017 // Trust & Courage

1.  reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence. 
2.  confident expectation of something; hope.

At the end of 2016 Kristin encouraged the girls in Delight & Be to have a word for the following year.  This is something I had never done before, it was something I had considered but had never applied.  The thought of having a particular word to pray over, to grow in, and to be challenged in was daunting.

After a lot of prayer the word 'trust' kept coming back to me.  A part of me wanted to let this go, to forget I'd considered the idea, and to just face 2017 like every other year in the past.  But deep down I knew this year had to be different or my faith would continue to remain at a surface level.  Trust is a part of my faith that I had never wanted to challenge, I like to stay in my comfort zone and to remain there.

The past twelve months have seen my trust in God pushed in ways that I could never have imagined, but looking back I can see that God has been working in the most beautiful ways throughout it all.  Although my trust has been challenged, learning to take shakily obedient steps has seen my faith grow beyond what I expected.

Reflecting on this year, I'm filled with awe when I remember the ways God has been at work in both the big and the little things.  Proverb 3:4-6 are verses that have repeatedly shown up this year when I've needed encouragement and to be reminded that God is in control, and that He is with me.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

This year has seen me travelling to other countries, leaving a job I loved to move to a different part of the country, and applying for college abroad next year.  These haven't been easy steps to take but in hindsight I know that the difficulty was necessary; the moves have led to new relationships and opportunities, I've been blessed to experience other cultures, and I'm finding myself growing and maturing both in my faith and as a person.

Looking ahead to 2018 I know that my trust in God will continue to be pushed and challenged, but that another word will be joining 'trust', and that will be 'courage'.



Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Light in the Dark

Waking up in the dark has been unsettling, disorientating my heart and making me reluctant to start a new day.  Choosing joy has taken me more strength than I have, and I feel as though I've entered winter a little unprepared and forgetful.  Forgetful of how it can target my heart.  Unprepared for the sudden waves of anxiety.  Forgetful of how I am so easily consumed by the darkness that comes along with winter.

My eyes are being opened to the ways that God is holding me in this season; an unexpected friendship, a busy seasonal job, and time with family and friends to look forward to.  But placing my hope in these things is leaving me feeling empty and questioning my worth.  Finding the balance between thankfulness for these blessings and looking to them for satisfaction is a fine line that I'm shakily walking.

Trying to cling to these things for hope has been like catching smoke, it's consuming my energy and leaving me with empty hands and a disappointed heart.  When the darkness consumes from the inside out, I'm left sitting in my shame and struggling to lift my eyes.

In a season that is meant to be filled with joy, my heart is edged with fear over the seasonally affected disorder that is stealing me yet again.  I feel like a shell of who I want to be, disappointed that my fear is overtaking my faith, and slowly the bitterness becomes who I am.

Yet He's there, willing me to look to Him, to let go of the people and the things that so easily disappoint and to hold firmly to His grace instead.  My shame and my stubborn heart are holding me back.  But He is there, reaching out His hand and willing me to lean close, to press into Him and to place my hope in Him alone, my God and my Saviour, my Love and my Best Friend, my Light in the dark.



Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Thankful // The November List

November has been a month filled with the unexpected; writing and receiving letters, last minute visits from friends, and times of tears, laughter and fellowship with my church family.  God has really opened up my eyes and my heart this month to how He can do the impossible, even in the little things and in ways that I didn't even know that I needed Him to do so.
I'm thankful for the last four weeks and the beautiful happenings that have pieced it together.

1.  My Church Family
From going for coffee with my pastor, to tearfully sharing with my church God's plans for me next year, to having an afternoon of food, laughter and fellowship.  Sitting on a hardwood floor playing with children and their toy cars, learning the beauty of vulnerability, and hearing of how God wants to do His extraordinary in our ordinary.  I'm thankful for my church family and the time I've spent with them this month.

2.  Heather & Finlay
I am beyond blessed to have this couple in my life.  Not many people will drive a couple of hours so that they can take you out for a hot chocolate after work, make you feel like a best friend rather than a third wheel, and pray with you absolutely anywhere about absolutely anything, yet these two share God's love with me in the most wonderful ways.  I'm so thankful for them and the time I was able to spend with them this month.  It was a last minute plan yet God knew that I needed some time with them even though I didn't, and He made it possible in His perfect way.

3.  Lovely Letters
I love writing letters but I also love receiving letters.  There's something about receiving a handwritten letter that makes my heart so happy.  I received a few letters and cards in November, it's so lovely to be able to look back over the words written by people that I care about so dearly.

4.  Delight & Be
Delight & Be is a ministry that is so close to my heart.  This month I had the privilege and the blessing to spend some time in the city with two other Delight girls.  Since the ministry is based in America this was a dream of mine that always seemed impossible, yet God made the impossible possible in His time.  These two girls were just shining for Jesus and it was such a blessing to hear of the ways He's been working in their lives.  I'm so thankful for the beautiful way that God opened my eyes to how He can take my impossible dreams and make them a reality in His time. 

I'm thankful for November and the lessons I've learnt, for the hearts I'm getting to know, and for the unexpected upon the unexpected.  Let me know in the comments what you're thankful for from the month of November, I'd love to hear from you.



Thursday, 16 November 2017

Apple & Cinnamon Muffins | Autumnal Baking

The colder weather has seen me spending more time indoors; reading books and looking through old recipe books.  We have a lot of apples from our garden that need used up so I decided to make apple and cinnamon muffins.  When I was in high school this was a recipe that I used a lot at this time of year so I thought I would share the recipe with you.


250g of self raising flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
100g of granulated sugar
1 egg
150ml of milk
1 eating apple
100ml of Oil
75g of sultanas


1.  Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and line a muffin tray with paper cases.

2. Sieve the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.

3.  Stir the sugar and sultanas into the dry mixture.

4.  Wash and peel the apple.  Cut the apple into quarters and remove the core from each quarter.

5.  Chop the apple into small pieces then stir into the dry mixture.

6.  Measure the milk and the oil into a measuring jug.  Add the egg and beat well.

 7.  Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and pour in the liquid.  Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined, be careful to not beat your mixture.

8.  Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are well risen and golden brown.

9.  Leave to cool and enjoy!

These make great desserts for autumn along with some custard or warm with vanilla ice cream, or for a snack during the day with your preferred hot drink.  For me, these muffins are autumn in food form and I just love them.  Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite recipes are for this time of year.



Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Autumnal Reading

The dark nights are drawing in and providing an unexpected solace as winter approaches.  Time is more available to me than it has been for what seems like forever, giving me the chance to write more and immerse myself in the writing of others.

Books have been a form of comfort for as long as I can remember, but at this time the words hold so much weight and I'm finding myself drawn into stories and writing my own.

The way that words can dance together to create new worlds, travel through time, and provide a depth of insight that was otherwise unreached; it's a form of beauty that is breath-taking and fierce.

Bookstores bring a maze of words and the familiar smell of new paper.  It's warm but quiet, the only company is that of others who are also seeking new adventures and knowledge in the form of a book. A place to get lost in with no intention of finding the way out, the kind of maze that you don't mind getting lost in if only for a little while.

To bring home new stories with a bubbling excitement, to feel my heart warming as I turn each page as my anticipation rises.  My fingerprints brushing the paper as I trace each word, poetry etching its way under my skin and onto my heart.

The dark nights are drawing in and providing an unexpected solace as winter approaches.  A solace of reading and writing, a solace of words that are familiar and new words that are my own, a solace of peace and time passing, a solace from the dark nights that are drawing in.



Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Thankful // The October List

When I take a moment to reflect on the past 31 days my heart is so full; joy, heartache, and thankfulness all mixed together.  October was a month for appreciating the people that I am blessed to have in my life, for growing in my faith and relying on Gods strength, for appreciating the inward warmth of autumn, and in these past few days a time for change and transition.

October wasn't what I expected it to be but I am thankful for it none the less; it was busier than I had anticipated, there were more tears than I had thought, and it's made me realise the pain you can feel when you are blessed to love so deeply.  But nonetheless I am thankful for October and I am thankful for hindsight, here are some of the reasons why.

1.  Time with family & friends
Throughout October God provided me with so many chances to spend time with my family and friends.  I'm so thankful for the chance to spend time with the people I love before moving away for a year in January.

2.  The Scottish Highlands
Moving back to my parents a couple of days ago meant leaving the Scottish Highlands.  Although I was only living there for four months I felt so at home.  I loved the church I was attending, I've had the blessing of meeting some wonderful people, and I'm already counting down the days till I go back for new years eve.  I'm thankful for the past four months I spent there and the chance to go back soon.

3.  Choosing Joy & Grace
This month I started a Philippians Bible study through Love God Greatly along with some of the other ladies at my church.  I'm so thankful for the daily lessons that God is teaching me through this and the chance to study the Bible along with other women from my church in the Highlands.  I'm so thankful that through Jesus we can choose to live in joy and grace that only comes from Him.

4.  A Baptism
At the beginning of this month I had the opportunity to attend the baptism of my three friends.  It was so beautiful to see how God has been working in them and through them.  I'm so thankful I was able to share in this day with them and to celebrate in their joy in Christ.

5.  A Wedding
This month began with a baptism service and ended with my friends wedding.  To have these two God-honouring days bookending the month has been such a blessing.  To see two people come together through their love for one another and their love for God is so beautiful.  It was a wonderful day, I was able to help with the catering which was so fun, and the sunset was the most beautiful sky I've ever seen.

I am thankful for October, for how God is pushing me, challenging me, and growing me in my faith.  The past thirty one days have seen my heart go through all kinds of emotions but I am thankful for these thirty one days and preparing myself for what God has planned next.



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Single Track Art Gallery & Espresso Bar // The Isle of Skye

Freshly ground coffee is one of my favourite smells.  I don't why, but there's something about it that just makes me smile.  I find so much happiness in visiting coffee shops; the unique décor, the cosy atmosphere, the chance to read or study in a new environment, hot drinks and cake, and a space to meet up with friends.  But above all this is the constant aroma of freshly ground coffee.

Last week two friends and I took a two hour drive to the top of Skye.  The scenery was stunning and it was so beautiful to drive across the island during autumn.  This roadtrip had one purpose for us - to go to the Single Track Coffee Shop in Kilmaluag.  The building of the coffee shop and the house beside it was featured in season twelve of Grand Designs, a show which I enjoy watching so much.

Both buildings have wooden exteriors and turf-top roofs.  Although they are different from the typical houses you would find on the island, they fit in well with the surrounding scenery.  The views from Single Track are absolutely stunning and well worth the drive.

Although the coffee shop is small, it has a cosy feel to it and they have made great use of the space that they do have; a long table accompanied with bar stools at the window facing the coastline, shelf spaces to display local produce for sale, a table in the middle surrounded by bright yellow chairs, the coffee counter with home-baking, and small stools covered with old coffee bean bags seated under a wall filled with beautiful artwork.  With a building so small you would think that they would be limited with what they could achieve but they have turned it into a beautiful, creative space.

The selection of hot chocolates and home baking was wonderful, and it was made all the better that we were able to have some homemade soup before diving into the sweet stuff.  Between us we had the flourless chocolate brownie, the pear and almond cake, and the carrot cake.  For hot drinks I really was spoilt for choice but decided on the dark hot chocolate and Isle of Skye sea salt.  Although it was maybe a little more bitter than I'm used to, it complimented the brownie so well.

Altough it's a long drive to the Single Track Coffee Shop, it's a beautiful drive and worth it for the unique little café at the end.  You can find out more about the Singe Track Art Gallery and Espresso bar by visiting their Facebook page here.



Thursday, 19 October 2017

Born to Soar

What are you filling your heart with?  What is taking up your time?  What thoughts are the focus in your mind?  What are your eyes seeing?

These are questions that have been nudging at my heart recently.  God has gently been convicting me of my daily life, my daily routine, and whether or not I'm intentionally living for Him in the every day.

The truth is that I'm not.  My mind easily wanders, I become frustrated easily by little hiccups in my job, and I find myself spending far more time on social media than in His word.

But the main factor that's been hiding behind all of these bad habits is that I didn't think I was good enough.  I thought that a daily, thriving faith was for other girls, for Christians who have their life sorted out, for people who have a shiny-instagram faith.  But God has been making it very clear to me that the only thing standing between me and learning to walk closely with Jesus everyday is myself and the limitations I'm putting on myself and on God.

He isn't a God who is limited in anyway and He created us to live a life that not only believes this but puts it into practice.  We are called to be fearless in our Saviour and joyful in the salvation that we have in Him.  Every single day.  Whether you're washing the dishes, photographing a wedding, doing the school run, answering the phone in the office, making your morning coffee, or replying to countless emails.  We are called to invite Him into everything and to live for Him in everything.

So what does that actually look like?  Well, it's easier said than done because we are human, we have flaws and we mess up.  But that doesn't mean that we can't try, and by the grace of God we can try again every day.  Every morning, every afternoon, and every evening we can come back to Him with a sorry heart and be set free by His grace.

Jesus states in the gospel of Matthew that we are to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37) and "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). 

Approach each day prayerfully and keep praying again and again and again.  Seeking His kingdom and His will in all things prayerfully and with an obedient heart.   Talk to God about the big things and the little things, but also seek Him in the big things and the little things.  Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, He doesn't care about the mess on the other side of the door, all that He cares about is you.  Open the door to Him.  He wants your heart and He wants a relationship with you.  Beautiful, broken you.

We're called every day to not just simply live, but to rejoice in our God and to soar in His grace. Don't put limitations on God but instead put into practice walking with Him everyday in the everyday.

"Here I remind myself what you said over me 
Here I remind my soul who You are 
You said you won't relent 
Won't let go, won't forget 
Every promise you have whispered to my heart 
As I wait, as I wait on you 
I'm gonna run and not grow weary 
I'm gonna walk and not grow faint 
Rise up on wings like eagles 
To soar" 
Meredith Andrews



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rainfall and Sunlight

The days feel shorter, tracked by rainfall and sunlight.  The sky is grey but the sunbeams are dancing through, splashing light across the kitchen table and over the pages of my book.

This different season is unsettling me in a way, adjusting to a new autumn is taking it's toll but forcing me to find comfort in what I have here, now; the colour in the leaves, the unrelated family that are reaching out to me, the music that feels like home, and the God who is holding my heart.

The sky is grey but the sunbeams are dancing through, piercing through the cold morning and mixing with the smell of rain.  Although it's familiar it also feels new and inviting.  But I'm stepping in cautiously, clinging to reality in the fear that it will slip away like before.

It's strange how the sunlight can steal away the solidity as it's taken by the clouds, it's disconcerting and fragile.  But this season is different to the others, I'm not facing this one alone.  His grace is enough, His strength is enough, His love is enough. 

I can feel it in the raindrops that are slowly falling down the window.  I can see it in the sunbeams that dance on the tiled floor.  I know it in the grace that is overwhelming my heart and pulling me through this season.  He's with me in this autumn and He will step into winter with me telling me it won't be easy, but it will be okay and I need to hold on tight.



Monday, 9 October 2017

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

New Bloglovin // Why the fresh start?

When I started blogging almost four years ago I didn't know what I was doing.  All I knew at that point was that I loved to write and I wanted to write about music.  Fast forward to now and I'm a far cry from that naïve girl.

I've done a lot of growing up over the past four years; I've moved out from my parents home, I'm a lot more outgoing, and next year I'll be moving country to attend The Bridge gap year programme at Sydney Bible College.  But most importantly I've fallen in love with Jesus and He's the reason for all of these amazing changes and opportunities.

The one thing that's remained the same over the years is that I still love to write.  The only change in this is that I now want to really pursue this passion, to use it for my Heavenly father, and to really commit to investing in my blog.

So why the new Bloglovin account?  Since I created my Bloglovin account my blog has undergone two brand changes and therefore has changed URL's twice as well.  This meant losing my blog followers and the community that I had.  Twice.  I'm following over seven hundred blogs through this platform which makes it difficult to keep up with the blogs I read regularly, and my archives are cluttered and contain posts that are no longer relevant for me.

I need a clean slate.

I've gone through all my old posts, converted to draft all the posts that I feel are no longer what I want this blog to be or the style of writing that I'm pushing myself towards.  Alongside this digital clear out I decided it was time to completely start afresh with my Bloglovin account so that I can better organise the blogs I follow, the posts I would like to go back to, and the archive of posts from my own blog.

I hope that you're able to follow me as I head into a new stage with my blog.  You can find my new Bloglovin account by clicking here.  I'll be deleting my old Bloglovin account over the next couple of days and my blog will be going live on my new account soon after.

I'm excited to get back into regular posting and pushing myself creatively when it comes to my writing and my blogging.

Photos by Finlay Macdonald.


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Once a place, now a feeling.
Broken, shameful, guilt ridden.

Saviour, Father, Friend.
He leads me, He calls me, He holds me.

I trust Him, I love Him, I know Him.
I hurt Him, I leave Him, I disown Him.

He loves me, He pursues me, He protects me.
I run to Him, I long for Him, I cry out to Him.

Once a place, now a feeling.
Home is where He leads.
Home is where He calls.
Home is where He is.
Home is in His grace.
Home is in His sacrifice.
Home is in His love.

Once broken but now made whole.
By His love, for His love.
Once broken but now alive.
Slowly learning, slowly loving
for Him, with Him, because of Him.
Slowly reaching out, slowly beating stronger
for Him, with Him, because of Him.

He is my heart.
He is my home.
My home is where my heart is.
My home is with Him.



Saturday, 23 September 2017

Coconut Flapjack | Autumnal Baking

I have been having a lot of fun recently scrolling through Pinterest and instagram to find and adapt some new recipes to bake this autumnal season.  Recently I've been baking a lot each week for church and for a local charity café which has given me the chance to try different recipes each week.

I decided to combine a recipe I had for Anzac biscuits and a flapjack recipe to make a soft, gooey coconut flapjack and I thought I would share my recipe with you.


90g of rolled oats
220g of light soft brown sugar
80g of desiccated coconut
110g of plain flour
110g of self-raising flour
125g of butter
2tbsp of golden syrup


1.  Preheat your oven to 180°C.  Lightly grease a deep, rectangular 23cm baking tray, and line with greaseproof paper.

2.  In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, sugar, and 65g of the coconut.

3.  Sift both the plain flour and the self-raising flour into the mixing bowl and stir into the other ingredients.

3.   Slowly melt together the butter and the golden syrup.  This can either be done in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

4.  Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and pour in the melted butter mixture.

5.  Mix together until all the ingredients are fully combined.

6.  Press into your prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and rises slightly when pressed.

7.  Leave to cool and cut into desired pieces. 

This recipe works great as a tray bake or as a dessert when it's warm out the oven with ice cream, it's so good to have a recipe that can be used as both!  I'm so excited to have made a start on sharing some autumnal recipes with you.  I'm looking forward to trying some recipes soon with our home-grown apples! 

Let me know in the comments what you're looking forward to making this autumnal season, I'd love to swap recipes and ideas with you. 



Friday, 15 September 2017


The smell of the fire mixed with the freshly baked apple and cinnamon loaf was both comforting and unsettling for me.  Memories flooded my mind and I had to take some time to be filled with nostalgia.

A part of me isn't ready for this new season and is still tightly clinging to the smells of salt and sand, walking barefoot in our front garden, and never needing an excuse to go for ice cream.  Yet, this afternoon the mixed scents of freshly baked apple loaf and the wood burning fire made my heart feel at home.

In the mornings I can see my breath, tiptoeing across my bedroom floor to stand near the heater before facing the misty morning that peeks through the shutters.

The afternoons, filled with walks along golden plastered paths and clear blue skies.  Scrapbooking leaves, feeling enveloped in a knitted jumper, a sharp intake of breath as I step out into the cold yet fresh air.  Baking with home grown apples, sharing recipes with friends that have been passed down from generations, passed down through seasons.  

The darker nights are closing in, filled warm memories made with family and friends, huddled in living rooms sheltering against the darker nights.

Autumn, I welcome you with cautious but open arms.



Thursday, 7 September 2017

Victoria Sponge Cake | The Baking Diaries

Now that it's September I feel as though we're transitioning into Autumn; leaves changing colour, blanket scarves, and cosy nights in with a warm drink and a good book.  Although I do enjoy Autumn, I am going to miss all the fun things I like to bake during the summer.  But before I begin browsing pinterest for some autumnal recipes, I thought I would do one last summer bake and share my recipe with you all for the British classic that is the Victoria Sponge Cake.

Ingredients for the sponges:

450g of unsalted butter (softened)
450g of castor sugar
8 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
450g of self-raising flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder

Ingredients for the filling and decoration:

300ml of double cream
1 jar of strawberry or raspberry jam
Mixed berries of your choice


1.  Firstly you need to preheat your oven to 180°C.  Then you need to grease two 21cm baking tins and line the bottom with greaseproof paper.

2.  Then cream your butter till it is lighter in colour and almost white.   Gradually add in the sugar to the butter till fully combined.

3.  In a separate bowl whisk together your eggs, then gently mix them into the butter and sugar mix along with the vanilla extract.

4.  Sieve your flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl, and beat on a medium speed until fully combined and your mixture is light and fluffy.

5.  Divide your mixture evenly between your two cake tins.  Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake skewer comes out clean and they are golden brown on top.

6.  Transfer your sponges out of the baking tins and onto a cooling rack .

7.  Whilst your cake are cooling whisk almost all of your cream until it forms soft peaks, pour in the rest of your double cream and fold until combined.

8.  Once your sponges are cooled, spread a layer of jam onto your bottom sponge, ensuring to not reach the edges.

9.  Place a layer of berries onto the jam, I sliced some strawberries for the middle of my sponges but you can chose which berries you would like.

10.  Spread almost all of your cream onto the layer of berries, again ensuring to not quite reach the edge of your sponge.

11.  Place your second sponge on top and decorate as you please.  I used my cream to make a patter of fresh berries in the centre, and then dusted with icing sugar.

Victoria Sponge Cake is a classic that I always enjoy baking, and experimenting with decorating is so fun as well.  What's your favourite classic bake to make?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments!  You can have a look through my other baking recipes by clicking here.  I'm so excited to bring you some autumnal recipes over the next couple of months!



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Grace | A Poem

Gods Riches At Christ's Expense.
But, why?
To show that He is God?

That is unnecessary.
The stars show His breath,
the birds sing His praise.

Our hearts.
Oh, our hearts.
Filled to the brim,
with love,

He is our Saviour.
Our King.
Our Friend.

He gave it all,
so we could have it all.

To the full.
Filled with grace.

A life lived for Him,
with Him,
because of Him.
A life worth living. 

Forgiveness and grace.
and overwhelming.

He gave it all,
so we could have it all.
He gave it all,
I owe Him all. 

"Since you are precious and honoured in my sight,
and because I love you..."
Isaiah 43:4



Saturday, 5 August 2017

All The Goodness | Coffee & Bakeshop

I adore coffee shops; the cosy feel, the smell of fresh coffee, and the space to meet up with friends, read a good book, or do some studying.
The only issue for me when it comes to coffee shops is that I don't actually drink tea or coffee, although I could happily drink numerous hot chocolates a day. 

I'm quite known for happily sitting in a coffee shop for a while with a good book, or popping into Costa to grab a takeaway for my Dad and I before church on a Sunday morning.  I enjoy going to independently run coffee shops and finding their unique quirks and fun décor. 

I moved further north a couple of weeks ago for my new job, and last week some friends took me to a lovely coffee shop and bakery called All The Goodness

All The Goodness is located at the edge of Ardelve with a beautiful view of Eilean Donan Castle from their outdoor picnic benches.  All The Goodness specialise in artisan coffee, local food products, and fresh home baking.  It's safe to say the description of All The Goodness was stealing my heart before I even set foot inside. 

The first thing I noticed when we went inside was the fun colour scheme they have for their décor; a bright, eye-popping blue with black, red, and white accents.  My senses were overwhelmed with the quirky décor, the range of home baking on display, and the smell of home baking mixed with fresh coffee. 

The staff are very welcoming and friendly, and were great at recommending products both for the fresh home baking and products from the food shop.  It was wonderful to look at the Scottish map on their wall to find out where their produce is from, and to see what local produce they had on sale in their store. 

I had the Caramel & Isle of Skye Sea Salt Hot Chocolate along with a Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I have quite a soft spot for anything with caramel, but especially for hot chocolate.  This was the first salted caramel hot chocolate that I had tried and it was divine.  We also had some banana brownie, rock rose gin and raspberry brownie, mango smoothie, and fresh coffee between us. 

It was lovely to sit outside and enjoy some home baking along with a little bit of sunshine from the British summer. 

If you find yourself in the Kyle area then I would highly recommend a visit to All The Goodness.  Lovely staff, beautiful home baking, and an incredible view to enjoy at the same time.  You can find out more about All The Goodness from their website and their Instagram