photo(2)Peanut Butter cookies are definitely one of my favourite memories from a childhood spent in North America. I baked some over the weekend to bring along to a picnic, and I have to say my friends really enjoyed them! This recipe (originally from The Fannie Farmer cookbook) is wonderfully easy and the cookies take barely any time to bake, which is brilliant in this hot weather when you don’t want the oven on too long.

Peanut Butter Cookies:

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. chunky peanut butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 beaten egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. flour
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Press down with floured fork in 2 directions. Bake at 350 F (about 175 C)  until lightly browned (usually 7 – 10 minutes – they bake fast so keep an eye on them!).
Enjoy, preferably lounging in a park with friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon. – Miranda

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London can get very hot and crowded in the summer, and often I find myself desperate for some peace amidst the bustle. When I’m in the centre of town, popping in to the National Gallery to see the Impressionists normally does the trick, but if I’m elsewhere in the city, there are a number of places I enjoy frequenting. Chelsea Physic Garden, the V&A Garden, Kensington Gardens and the garden at St Luke’s Chelsea are all lovely spots if you’re in the Chelsea/Kensington area. Victoria Embankment Gardens are always a pleasure to sit in and watch the world go by, as is the roof terrace at the Royal Festival Hall on Southbank. My favourite outdoor area in London has to be Regents Park, though; once in its depths you really could be in the countryside, and the cafe is excellent to boot! – Rachel

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I’m so excited by how much theatre I have booked this year. Discovering the Richmond Theatre has been brilliant as it hosts such a wide-range of interesting shows, has reasonably priced seats and offers a beautiful setting. Tomorrow, I’m going to see Agatha’s Christie’s Murder on Air, starring Tom Conti and Jenny Seagrove (whom I remember best as the Mermaid in Local Hero). Then, in September I’ve booked to see Felicity Kendall starring in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, as well as The Importance of Being Earnest, with Rosalind Ayres and Martin Jarvis. What a fun line-up! – Miranda

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This wonderful chocolate and raspberry pavlova is my absolute favourite summer dinner party recipe. It never fails to please and what I love most about it is that even the most clumsy and ineffectual chefs comme moi can hide mistakes by simply piling on extra cream and fruit to cover any dodgy-looking bits. Parfait! – Rachel

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Over the weekend, my Mum picked up the latest issue of Slightly Foxed and raved about it. After reading it through, I also became hooked and have just purchased a subscription. I’ve known about Slightly Foxed for years, but for some reason never picked up one of their quarterly magazines. I’ve been missing out! Their bookshop (pictured above) looks so charming too – I can’t believe I haven’t already been, but am now planning a visit! – Miranda

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I have been rediscovering the joys of Barbara Pym over the past few days – her wit and exquisite attention to period detail are second to none. Virago’s bright and colourful editions make a smart addition to any book shelf, too. Enjoy! – Rachel

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 10.45.04This weather is perfect for espadrilles, and my favourites are by Alice & Whittles.  The shoes are made ethically and are great quality. I’m currently living in my navy blue anchor ones– Miranda

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I’m looking forward to seeing this interesting looking exhibition at the V&A, which opens in a few days. I love seeing objects associated with protest movements! – Rachel

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Fashion lovers will rejoice over the Saatchi Gallery’s upcoming exhibition featuring photographs of Coco Chanel’s famous but rarely seen apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris. Photographer and film maker, Sam Taylor-Johnson, will exhibit a collection of 45 photographs that reveal how the iconic fashion designer lived. The exhibition runs 12-22nd September so make a note in your diary! – Miranda

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One of the things I like about my enforced move to the countryside is that it has opened me up to experiences I never had as a child in the gritty London ‘burbs. I decided on Sunday that I quite fancied making raspberry lemonade, and rather than a trip to the supermarket, I popped to the local PYO farm and picked my own. Glorious! – Rachel