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Friday, 31 March 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This week has been a good one, but one thing has made it just that bit more wonderful. As I'm sure you already know, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was released on Monday and Paul being the sweet heart that he is, stopped and bought me a copy. We've only had time to watch it once so far...but trust me, I'll have it on again and again over the weekend I'm sure. Until everyone but me is sick of hearing it. I've spend a large portion of this week painting my mums living room. It's looking very white at the moment -which I love! But she wants colour, so I'll be starting that soon. She also has glitter to add into one of the shades and I can't wait to see how it turns out!

1. Helping my little brother with a surprise for his girlfriend. She's moving up in a matter of days, and while they are both currently in London, he's left me his key to go and leave a few nice things in his flat.

2. Hazelnut lattes from Costa. They used to be a drink I'd have a Christmas but they have become the thing I seem to have all year...I bloody love them!

3. The evening sunshine, it's so pretty at this time of year.

4. The fact that the IT trailer has been floating around for a few days now, and I've managed to avoid it. Although now I say this I'm sure I'll see it. 

5. Pyjama tops that are just too good to only sleep in. 

6. How light the evenings are now...it's still throwing me off! 

7. Making extra pumpkin bread so there is one in the freezer for us.

8.  Our crazy Halloween looking garden. In an attempt to keep the birds away from seeds we've just planted we created something with bbq skewers, string and ribbons of plastic bags...it looking quite ridiculous, but so far it's doing to job it needs to.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Drip Cakes

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I think we all know I like to bake...a lot! And over the past year I've become a little obsessed with the trend for drip cakes. For nearly every birthday over the past 12 months I've made a variation of drip cake, and my love for them is still growing, in fact I'll be making yet another one next weekend for my brothers birthday. It's going to be covered in Kinder chocolates, because they are his absolute favourite.

The thing I love most about them, is how impressive they look! And I think, so much more striking than cakes made to look like tv characters, or your first car. They can be any colour, as tall as you like, and there is really no end to the things you can top them with. Or you can be a little more understated, with a simple colour scheme of maybe one or two and finished off with a couple of biscuits and a few butter cream swirls.

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I have a pinterest board full of my favourite designs from some amazing creative people, all ready to give me inspiration when I need it. I hope this trend is here to stay for a while because I'm certainly not ready to move on from it yet, so I'll leave you with some that I love to droll over on this wet Tuesday afternoon. Also, I apologise if you're trying to be good and this leaves you wanting cake. #sorrynotsorry

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Today has been such a beautiful day, it's the first day that has really felt like spring. We spent the day in Edinburgh, walking about, enjoying the weather with coffees in hand..all without the need for big winter coats. It was such a perfect afternoon. It's left me looking forward to the weeks ahead, when it gets even warmer and the evening get that little bit longer. Paul is planning to do some gardening this weekend, and he's going to be planting some wild flower seeds. I'm not gonna lie...I'm quite excited about them starting to grow. This morning was pretty good too. We started with dippy eggs and Paul used his Batman egg cup which makes me laugh every time.

1. Beauty and the Beast, it's as good as people have been saying and I loved it!! And on a Tuesday afternoon, pretty much had the whole cinema to ourselves.

2. A little afternoon coffee date with friends, in a very interesting little coffee shop. 

3. A Fluffy Towels Yankee Candle, a gift from my mum. It's one of our favourites and smells just like clean fresh laundry.

4. Bob the succulent! Yes, we named him Bob...I'm not sure why. But he is lovely, and a very pretty little addition to our extension.

5. Picking up some treats from Hotel Chocolat for a cosy Friday night in with my favourite person.

6. Tiny puppy cuddles from my little fluff. She would be held all day if she could.

7. Lemon ricotta pancakes for brunch.

8. The Easter goodness that is currently in TKMaxx. Wreaths, snow globes, ornaments...you think of it they've got it. It'd love to cover my house in all the pastel decorations. 
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spring Blossom Converse

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If you are someone who has known me for a long time, you might know that up until a few years ago I never wore trainers. I mean ever! I would spend most of my time wearing inappropriate flats, and I live in Scotland, so it rains a lot of the time. Resulting in cold and very wet feet. That was the case until a few years ago, when Paul bought me my first pair of Converse, and I've been in love ever since. I wore them with everything, and the pairs I've had since are no different.

Office have just realised a collection for spring, Spring Blossom, and it's full of beautiful suede's, soft leather, pastel shades and rose gold details that put together are just absolutely beautiful. After a lot of thought, and back and forth, I finally decided on the cream leather pair. They are just gorgeous and I think probably the most practical out of the three pairs I ordered to try. Although, I'd love to keep them all! And although I'm only keeping one, I thought I'd share the others before I return them, just because they are too nice not too.

I mean, how cute are the baby blue ones?

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spring-blossom-converse


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring, it's Finally Here!

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Spring is finally here, can you believe it! Well, it kind of is. While I want to put away the heavy coats and start spending a lot more time outside, we have to be realistic...it was snowing this morning.

While Spring does make you think of the better weather, it excites me in different ways too -and that is not something I used to think! I used to be the one person (apart from C), that would hold on to winter for as long as possible. I'd hold on to my big coats and many layers, and start to miss the dark evening as the days became longer. I've mentioned this before, but over the past few years my thinking has changed. I now get excited by the thought of spring and it still being light into the evening makes me so happy. I feel so energised and positive, it leaves me feeling so much more creative -'I have a spring in my step', if you will. It's such a wonderful time of year. It makes you want to plan, want to organise, and even if you don't manage to do all that you want, the feeling it's self is lovely.

It's become a season I love, so here are some wonderful things I'm looking forward to this spring...

- Getting the garden into tip top shape. When I say this, I do mean that Paul will be getting the garden in shape, although I do help with the smaller things. It's so exciting to be able to tidy up after the months of rain and frost, to see the bulbs flowering and to think about adding in some more flowers to brighten everything up.

- To get out walking again. I feel as if we really do go into hibernation some winters. Nearly all activities are in door, so it's nice to feel the outside air once again.

- Organisation! Of course it's good to be organised all year round, and I do try to be, even if I don't always manage. But there is something about Spring time that makes you want to get organised in all parts of your life...especially at home. I guess that's why it's called spring cleaning. 

- I cannot wait to see colour again. I miss seeing plants and flowers everywhere you go.

- The chance to explore. Spring is such a lovely time for exploring new places. The weather is cooler than summer but still pleasant, and while yes, there is the odd rain shower you have to watch out for...the right jacket sorts that out.

- To plan and get excited for the year. I'm not sure if it's just us, but we don't seem to make many plans before spring time. Yes, we talk about things, but it's not until spring that we actually get excited enough to put those plans into action. 

Are you excited that spring is finally here? 
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Friday, 17 March 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Happy Friday! I'm not sure why I'm so excited for this weekend, I think it maybe has something to do with Paul being off all of next week. Apart from him wanting to make a start in the garden and get some little things done -as well as tackle the enormous job of cutting the hedge, we have some fun things planned too. With the weather being very grey, and very wet all day today, it made me want something homemade to have with tea this afternoon. I've experimented with a Biscoff blondie recipe, that I'm yet to try because it's still too hot, but of course if it turns out well I'll put it up here soon.

1. A very tasty late lunch with C, she treated me because she's sweet like that. The restaurant was so lovely and quiet, and such a nice way to spend the afternoon.

2. Watching Sookie bark and growl at a watering can in the dark.

3. Raspberry and white chocolate granola, I found it last time we went food shopping and I've had it for breakfast nearly every day since.

4. Homemade Nutella ice-cream.

5. The fact that Beauty and the Beast is now at the cinema...I can't wait to see it!!

6. The sound of rain hitting the windows, it's one of my favourites.

7. I've finally found out who's been bringing our bins in for us, it's a very nice man that lives a few houses up. The kindness of strangers is a wonderful thing.

8. Paul is home early today, and that always makes me happy!
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My Favourite Fluffy Pancakes

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Is there anything better than pancakes for breakfast? They have to be one of our favourite weekend treats, and possibly the best way to start a lazy Sunday morning. The smell of them cooking fills the house, and then you get to sit down to a big stack of them, with a mug of coffee and breakfast tv.

While the options for topping are pretty much endless, thankfully Paul and I agree when it comes to the actual pancakes. We like thick fluffy American style pancakes! The thinner crepe ones are fine, but they always feel more like the kind of dessert you get from a food market. You know the ones I mean, the ones filled with Nutella and whipped cream.

This is my go-to recipe for tasty fluffy pancakes, it's really simple and can be doubled if you're feeding a group of hungry people. I get eight from a single batch, and that makes four nice sized pancakes each for me and Paul.

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Ingredients:
1 cup of plain flour
2 tsp of baking powder
2 tbsp of caster sugar
3/4 cup of milk
1 egg
2 tbsp of melted salted butter

...and a little oil for cooking.

- In a bowl, sieve together your flour, sugar and baking powder to make sure there are no lumps. Then in a separate bowl, mix together the milk egg and melted butter -making sure to let it cool down first so it doesn't scramble your egg!

- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix to combine everything.

- Have your pan on a medium to low heat and spray or brush with a little oil. Add a small ladle of the batter and let it cook for a couple of minutes on the first side.

-When you have little bubbles bursting on top, that's when it's time to flip. I use a spatula...but feel free to toss them if you're feeling really brave! 

Then serve with whatever takes your fancy. I've doubled and tripled this recipe before with no issues, and added chocolate, blueberries, nuts...as I said, the options are endless! But, our favourite way to eat them will always be covered in maple syrup and fresh maple butter, it's just the best thing! And far too go to save for just the weekend!
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Monday, 13 March 2017

An Asos Wishlist

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1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9.

...ahh Asos. 

The reason my bank account sometimes hates me, and the reason I shouldn't be aloud free time on the internet.

I go through phases where I buy very little clothes, maybe because we're saving for something, maybe it's a season when there isn't anything that catches my eye. But then! Every so often, without even realising, my Asos wishlist will be full to bursting and I place a quite ridiculous order of things to try on. I can feel the delivery man judging me as I sign for it. 

Having just placed a huge order, that included a new parka that I probably (definitely) do not need seeing as we're coming into spring. Although I've convinced myself it's Spring appropriate for Scotland. I thought I'd share some for what I ordered, and some other things I'm still wishing for that are sitting in my saved items. Something I'm sure my bank account thanks me for.

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1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6
7, 8, 9.

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1, 2, 3
4, 5, 6
7, 8, 9.

What have you been wishing for lately?
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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Feeling a Little Lost

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{some of my favourite flowers from last year}

Do you ever feel as if you've nothing to say? 

I can't go as far as to say that I feel low, or down, or rubbish about myself. But over the past two months I've found myself slipping into some sort of rut that even though it might not effect me emotionally on a daily basis...it's a rut that I really have to get out of!! I've done a lot, but none of it in the way of creativity. I've been to the same places, done the same things, ran errands, done things for other people. And all of that I've of course been more than happy to do, even enjoyed doing, but I've allowed myself to put whats important to me to one side -and I've done that without even realising.

When I say I have nothing to say, I mean mostly here, on this space that is so dear to me, that it gets me down to just leave it hanging around somewhat unused. There have been times I've sat down to write over the last couple of weeks and no words come, or I try to force something so I have content to post. When the truth is, I've allowed myself to get so distracted by all of life's little things, that I don't have anything that excites me or that I've created to show you. Or share with you.

And yes, sometimes life can't be ignored, and there are big or important things you have to focus on or plan for. But you have to also allow time for the other things too.

I think with anything creative, be it blogging, painting, poetry, sculpture. It's important to allow time to be inspired by others, to help you to feel inspired about your own work. Seeing the same (figurative) four walls all the time can be a little distracting.

Well no more!! Now that I've put this out into the world, I can use it as a reminder, and to make some changes.

I'm not too sure what the point of this post was, but then not everything has to have a point...it can just be, and that's fine. I just felt I had to address it as there hasn't been much posted here on this little space, and that does bother me.

Here's to getting my bum back in gear, not just with this little Internet space, but with other things too! Such as exercise...but that's for another time.
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Friday, 3 March 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


Am I right in saying that it's now Spring? It is starting to feel that way...even if it is still freezing cold most days. There's more sunshine, longer days and there are little flowers starting to appear in the garden. With the sunshine and the fact that it was Pancake Day on Tuesday, it's been a rather lovely week. We went a little overboard with our pancakes. We had people up for dinner, I made three different kinds and we had every topping you could possibly imagine. Some of which, like the cream cheese frosting are still in the fridge. It's unnecessary temptation!

1. Beautiful white flowers. Fresh flowers always make me smile, but there's something about a bunch of white flowers with they're green leaves that I particularly enjoy.

2. Beginning to make birthday plans for both myself and Paul for this year. Nothing definite yet, it's all ideas at the moment, but it's still exciting.

3. My brothers girlfriend is coming up to visit soon, I've been hearing about all the plans this week and I just love how excited he is. We're also looking forward to meeting her.

4. Ed Sheerans new music -especially the song 'Perfect'. In case I've never mentioned it before, I'm a huge fan of his music...it's on repeat more than anything else in our house. So I don't need to say that it's the same story with his new stuff.

5. Tidying up and trimming the apple trees.

6. Black and white film for my Polaroid camera. I can't wait to try it out.

7. The fact that I think we may very well be having pancakes again for dinner tonight. Clearly pancake day wasn't enough.

8. Lamp light. While I'm quite pleased that we're coming into the longer days, I will miss having the lamps on as early in the evening, so I'm making the most of it while I can.

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