It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday What are YOU Reading?


I just finished reading Christmas at Highclere: Recipes and Traditions from the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon.

  This is the most beautiful book I have ever seen. I love the show Downton Abbey and I love Christmas so this was the perfect combination. The book is filled with history of the castle, beautiful photos and lots of recipes. The Carnarvon family has lived in the castle for over 300 years. If you are an Anglophile and/or like Downton Abbey, you will love this book. I borrowed this from the library, but I hope to find it at a book sale someday. Just looking at the photos will put you in a holiday mood. I may try some recipes if I figure out what caster sugar is.

Trouble hopes she is awww…worthy.


  1. I am reading a book called The Skeleton Wore Diamonds. It’s a 5 paw hilarious book that’s clean. You’d like it..
    Your book looks and sounds like a great read

  2. I have been to Highclere House and it is beautiful. Caster sugar is slightly finer than granulated sugar but not as fine as icing sugar and usually used for baking. Granulated sugar will work though.

    1. That is so cool that you got to visit there. Thank you for the info on the sugar. XO

  3. Mom said if she was there and saw would be a meeting of face to fur IF Trouble said it was OK.

  4. Trouble, you are precious. 🙂 And I looked up caster sugar. It’s called extra fine here in the United States. Apparently the Brits have a condiment dispenser called a caster and these granules are small enough to fit through. Language is so cool. Be well, my dear!

  5. Trouble is definitely awww-worthy today, I just love that floofy tum! I am a Downton Abbey fan and a fan of reading cookbooks, thanks for the recommend, I’ll put a reserve on it at my library.

  6. I’m currently reading The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Very good read.

    While caster sugar and granulated sugar are not exactly the same, they can be swapped 1:1 in baking recipes. Caster sugar is slightly finer and dissolves more easily, but in my experience, this doesn’t affect most baking recipes if swapped with granulated sugar.

    Trouble is always awww worthy. A cutie pie.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week, Ellen. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥

  7. I hope you do find a keeper copy of the book someday. The problem for me with British recipes is weighing the ingredients and converting from Celsius to Centigrade for the oven temperatures. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Mee-yow Trouble you ARE AWWW werthy fore sure!
    Oh Miss Ellen LadyMew wuud LOVE this book. Shee iss a ‘closet Anglofile’ (her werdss) an lovess “Downton Abbey”….
    LadyMew iss just finishing S’pydur Woman’ss Daughter” bye Anne Hillerman Mistur Tony’ss Daughter) an shee tooked over ritin his Navaho crime seriess an it iss furry guud.
    LadyMew sure reedss alot of crime drama….mew mew mew…..
    **purrss** BellaDharma

    1. Trouble thanks you. That is cool that the daughter took over writing. I like to watch crime shows instead of reading about them. 🙂 XO

      1. Yore wellcome Trouble!
        Miss Ellen mee thinkss Tony an Anne Hillerman’ss seriess are more murdur misteriess….a few moviess WERE made from Tony Hillerman’ss bookss an are shown on APTN Tee V channel here….they are kewl moviess!!

  9. That looks like a wonderful read and Dad says he really enjoys all things English. He visited Bristol many years ago and has always wanted to return. Trouble you are the best Awww so far today

  10. Trouble, you are always awww-worthy!!!

    That sounds like a great book – hope you find a good buy on it.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  11. Trouble is furry aweworthy.
    Caster sugar is essentially the same as our American granulated sugar, but a bit finer. In recipes, you use the same amount.

  12. What an incredible book! I am going to keep my eyes open for this one. There are a ton of ExPats in the Okanagan. When I was canning and baking for the farm market my Dad gave me a recipe that my Grandmother used to make (My Dad is British) which needed caster sugar. It did not bake properly and the baker in the next town (also British) gave me the following to get the sugar right:
    1. For every 1 cup of caster sugar that your recipe calls for, add 1 cup plus two teaspoons of granulated sugar to a clean coffee or spice grinder, food processor, or blender. (I used a Food Processor)
    2. Grind the sugar for only a few seconds, until the sugar is finer in texture, but it is not fine enough to form a powder that starts to clump together.
    3. Run your homemade caster sugar through a fine strainer before adding it to your recipe.
    Mom is all gooey…she says Trouble looks cuddlishious!
    Have a marvellously Happy Day!

    1. Thank you for this recipe to convert the sugar. 🙂 Trouble thanks your mom. XO

  13. We have a cookbook from England a friend gave us, caster sugar is just sugar. Our friend who gave it to us said our regular white sugar cooks the same.

    Some of those recipes are delightful, i could go for a scone and clotted cream right now.

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