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Friday, 20 April 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

{Shopping for our wedding rings!!!}

The sun! The sun is out! Not only does it feel amazing, but the garden seems to have taken a growth spurt! It's as if it's been sat in waiting for the warm weather to return, and now, it's started to blossom.

Last night we had a house full for my mum's birthday. We had a huge roast dinner, usually we're left with a fridge full of left overs, but with so many people round it was nearly all gone. My only complaint is that I slightly overdid the yorkshires! She had a lovely time! We put up lots of decorations, and I made her a huge birthday cake -that somehow has already all gone! I do love having so many people round for dinner, I love to make huge "family style" meals that get passed around the table. Plus, there are always people that are happy to help clean up afterwards.

1. Sookies had her hair cut and she looks adorable! There was a mistake with the time between her appointment's and her hair was getting so long, she looked like a fluffy teddy. But now shes nice and trimmed, just in time for the warm weather.

2. Being able to hang washing outside. I can't count the number of loads I've washed over the last few days. I love being able to get things outside so they smell all lovely and fresh. Plus, I've been making the most of it and washing some things that are being put away until the weather get scold again.

3. Iced coffee, the time is here once again.

4. My mum's birthday cake, I was so pleased with how it turned out. More importantly, she was too.

5. Spending a whole Sunday packing clothes away in our newly fitted wardrobe. I honestly can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing it.

6. Managing to get out walking this week with Paul, and feeling much better for it.

7. Left over roast carrot's and parsnips. If you don't like vegetables, you should try roasting them -you can't beat roast veg!

8. My new t-shirt dress, something I never thought I would be wearing but am now happy and comfortable in.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

(seed garden progress, in just one week!)

The bedroom wardrobe is finished! It's fitted and carpeted, with so much shelf space and a nice new rail for hanging. This Sunday, we plan on spending the whole day going through our clothes, having a clear out of the old or worn, and tidying everything away in the wardrobe. I know, that might not sound like the most exciting thing to you, it might actually even sound like a total bore. BUT!! I have been living in madness for so long, that I'm over the moon to have space and order back again. Fun times this weekend! Oh, we're also hoping to make some pretty big wedding purchases this weekend, one of which being the rings! What are your plans?

1. Reaching the 100 mark on my Polaroid Project. I'll update you with it soon.

2. My new trainers, they're Sketchers and are unbelievably comfortable. Which is great, because we've managed to get out walking again this week, now that the weathers getting that little bit warmer.

3. The progress of our little seed garden over the last week has been huge. I didn't realise how quickly lettuce and rocket grows!

4. Having one of those really productive days. Those days when every task on your list, and then some, get ticked off.

5. The sounds of a rainy, windy night while you're tucked up inside.

6. Ben & Jerry's have released a Birthday Cake flavoured ice-cream! I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure we'll pick up a tub very soon (possibly tomorrow?).

7. Having painted nails for the first time since, October? It's a good feeling.

8. Early breakfast, in grey but beautiful Edinburgh with Paul.
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Friday, 6 April 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


Happy Friday! How are you? Are you feeling spring-like yet? We still have snow in the garden so I'm going to say no, not for us at the moment. It's a slow one for us this weekend, we'll mostly be at home, having some work done to the house and catching up on some shows. Maybe even some baking? Plus we've been out quite a lot lately, so a weekend in will be nice.

1. Letting everyone see my wedding dress. The boutique is quite small, so we squeezed all eight of us in and I got to put it on again. I think nearly everyone was crying, my mum for the second time.

2. Eating all the Easter chocolate. We still have a cupboard full but we're staying away from it for  while. I think we've possibly sickened ourselves.

3. A little surprise get together for my little brothers birthday. I think he actually knew about it in the end, but it was still a fun night.

4. Our mini seed garden that I'm watching with great anticipation for something to start growing.

5. Season two of Queer Eye has been announced for Netflix -woohoo!!

6. *touch wood, but my nails seem to be getting stronger! They haven't been peeling or chipping for weeks now and feel quite strong. Fingers crossed this continues.

7. New socks! Honestly, I'm so easily pleased.

8. Being very awake in the mornings just now. I think it probably has something to do with the lighter, brighter morning hours. But whatever it is, it makes me want to get up and out of bed.
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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Rocky Road

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easter-rocky-road

I hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend. Have you eaten your body weight in chocolate eggs yet? I think I'll be doing that tomorrow, as today, we're having family up for lunch - which I'm really looking forward to! We're making this cheesy, chicken and ham pie that is just amazing! Along with all the usual sides, mash, parsnips, carrots, green bean...all the good stuff. Oh, and my carrot cake for dessert.

If you're looking for a way to use up some of your Easter bits so they aren't laying around tempting you for weeks to come, then these rocky roads treats are perfect. They are very simple, require no baking and you can add anything you like into them, so any left of chocolate or sweets...throw them in. 

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easter-rocky-road

This is what I added to mine...

Ingredients:
400g white chocolate
80g mini marshmallows
100g digestives
150g mini eggs (for mixing in)
50g mini eggs (for decoration)
3 tablespoons of freeze dried raspberries

- Line a square brownie tin with tinfoil or greaseproof paper. I used a 20cm tin.

- Break the white chocolate in to a heatproof bowl, and melt in the microwave with 20 second bursts, stirring between each one so the chocolate doesn't burn.

- When melted, stir in the broken digestives, mini mallows, mini eggs and freeze dried raspberries, and mix until everything is well coated in chocolate.

- Pour into the lined tin and flatten out with the back of a spoon. Place your leftover 50g of mini eggs on top, and leave in the fridge for and hour to set.

These will keep for a couple of weeks in a sealed container, but nothing homemade and covered in chocolate ever really lasts that long.

Happy Easter!!

Easter-Rocky-Road


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Friday, 30 March 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

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I'm feeling very British this week, we seem to be talking about the weather non-stop, much like the stereotypes say we do. But to be fair...it's bloody crazy! Rain, beautiful sunshine, insane wind and hail -all in one day, but never mind. I'm really looking forward to this weekend, partly because of the Easter treats, but mainly because we have such a fun weekend ahead of us. We have family up on Sunday for Easter lunch, and as per usual I've gone a little over the top with the decorations. On the table right now there is a grass table runner - fake obviously, real would be far too messy, and I found little wire daisies to stick into it. As well as treats people can enjoy, and a new bits like garlands and bunny decorations. Then, on Monday, I'm taking everyone to see my wedding dress!! I can't tell you how excited I am for them to see it, I hope they love it as much as I do. We have lunch planned for afterwards, so it should be a very nice day. What are your Easter plans?

1. Finally some spring sunshine (see, again, weather). But we have had some beautiful days recently, and it's been lovely, it makes mornings so much easier.

2. Picking up an Easter egg from Hotel Chocolat. It's my absolute favourite chocolate, and I'm pretty sure that's what I'll be having for breakfast on Sunday morning.

3. Pottering around garden centres with Paul. He's planning a few things for the garden this spring, so we've been looking at a lot of plants. I'm most excited about the possibility of raspberries!

4. My new linen trousers from Topshop that I've gone from being unsure of how I feel in them, to being in love with them! They are perfect for spring.

5. We picked up some new Easter plates in TKMaxx last weekend, and whats even better, is that they were in the sale. The match the serving platter we have, and I intend to make full use of them all this weekend.

6. New salt and pepper grinders. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but the old ones were driving me mad! They left mess everywhere, and thankfully these ones don't do that.

7. Feeling very happy to be back blogging again.

8. My new Sketchers, they are possibly the most comfortable things I've ever owned. So no excuses to get out walking now.
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Reasons To Be Excited for Spring.

(some pretty blossoms from last year)

Apparently, spring has arrived.

It happened a few days ago, but so far I'm seeing no signs of it at all! I keep seeing posts on Instagram of flowers blooming and of trees covered in blossoms, and my question is this..."Where are our flowers?". Our garden is still bare and I have huge concerns that our cherry tree isn't doing all that well. We've had so much snow over the last few weeks, and sadly, I have to say -more is on the way. The weather keeps telling me that it's going to be a white Easter, and that's not how Easter should be. I love the snow...LOVE it! But seriously, I'm done with it now. I'd love for it to feel that we're moving on in the year and stepping away from winter

So while we wait for spring to properly kick in, here are some reasons to be excited for it.

1. New wardrobes. I've never been one for spring clothes, or summer for that matter. I'm a lover of heavy knits and cosy layers, so when it comes to spring and summer, I just stick to jeans and t-shirt combinations. This year I want to change that, I want to embrace light colours and something other than jeans. Trousers, maybe even skirts? I've already started picking up a few new things, a denim skirt, paper bag linen trousers -that I wasn't sure off to begin with, but I now absolutely love!

2. Getting outside! I feel the need to move, to get out side and move my legs...walking I think they call it? Seriously though, it would be nice to have slightly better weather so the option was at least there. We've been keeping up with exercise but only indoors, and I think it's always so much easier to motivate yourself when there's a bit of sun and you can get out the house.

3. Being able to tidy the garden. In all honesty, Paul does most of the work outside. I get too creeped out with spiders. The garden has just been looking so sad lately, and I'm pretty sure some of the grass is dead now. It would just be nice to have things tidied up a little, I'd like to freshen up the furniture and add some colour with some new plants.

4. Eating a little better. We don't eat badly, with the exception of more treats than we should probably have, but it's not easy when it's still cold. You want heavy comfort meals when you get home to warm up. I'm looking forward to making lighter meals and mixing up different salads. And yes, I know there's nothing technically stopping me from doing that right now, but it's just not what I want when I'm cold.

5. Lighter evenings. Not something I thought I'd ever hear my self say, but for the last few years, I've really embraced them and now I enjoy the light nights. Especially around my birthday, on the longest day of the year it doesn't even feel as if it gets completely dark, so it's lovely to sit in the garden with blankets and enjoy the fact that you can comfortably sit outside that late in the evening.

6. Eating outside. Since moving into this house, we've fully embraced and tried to make the most of the garden. We love to spend time eating outside, being able to have breakfast in the garden is such a lovely way to start the day. And then of course, you have the BBQ's in summer...but we aren't quite there yet.


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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Creme Egg Scotch Eggs

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creme-egg-scotch-egg

Just in case, there isn't enough Easter sweetness around for you at the moment, let me go ahead and add some more.

Creme Egg scotch eggs are an idea Paul and I came up with a couple of weeks ago when thinking of Easter treats to make. I suggested to scotch egg idea, but to cover them with salted crisps was all Paul...and it's a bloody good idea, let me tell you! They're very simple to make, and if you buy the brownies, instead of making them, then it's a no bake recipe too. If you are buying the brownies, make sure they are dense gooey ones, the dry cakey ones wont hold together the way you need them to. I used my brownie recipe -without the white chocolate, it's my go-to, and give's you the best gooey brownies so it's perfect for this. 

This isn't a very precise recipe, it will really depend on how much of your ingredients you use to make each scotch egg. With my brownie recipe, I had enough for 3 full Creme Egg size and 4 mini egg size. The mini eggs ended up with a lot more brownie around them, but who's going to complain about that? 

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creme-egg-scotch-egg
creme-egg-scotch-egg

Ingredients:
Plain chocolate brownie (my recipe's here)
Creme Eggs (or others you prefer)
Ready salted crisps -crushed
50g dark chocolate -melted

:a pastry brush is also really helpful for spreading on the dark chocolate.

- Crumble the brownie into a bowl so you have lots of small bits to work with. Add the crushed up crisps to another bowl.

- Take a handful of brownie mix, and start to squish it together with your hands until it's a dough you can mold. Flatten it out a little, place a Creme Eggs in the center, and start to shape it around the egg.

- Add more brownie as you go, if you need to, then shape and roll in your hands until you have a ball.

- Brush the brownie ball with dark chocolate, this is just to help the crisps stick.

- When covered in a thin layer of melted chocolate, roll in the crushed up crisps. Press them with your hands gently to make sure they stick. 

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As I've said before, I'm not a fan of Creme Eggs. So for my scotch eggs, I used Galaxy Caramel eggs, and they were sooo good! I think one made with the Lindt Lindor eggs would be pretty good too. As well as being very tasty, these little scotch eggs are such a fun treat for Easter, they would make lovely gifts or, a fun dessert if you're having Easter lunch. 


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