Life in September

Does anyone else feel that this month has just dragged but nothing has really happened? Still with only 3 months to go until 2018 it's worth a couple of months going slowly. It's going to be a pretty measly list this month I think, the only thing I have really achieved has been finally losing the nails I had managed to grow and maintain for nearly a year due to boredom gnawing. But still, just for you here's what I've been loving this month. Reading Five books for a book review coming to a blog near you soon! I'm not wanting to give anything away but they are my favourite genre and I have been enjoying them very much! Watching Outlander - The two old series and the third new! Don't you love

Shortbread Recipe

I could eat shortbread all day every day. It's one of the greatest things on earth. I try not to bake it too much because otherwise I wouldn't be able stop eating it but for you I have made an exception and whipped some up. Crumbly and buttery it's a whole world of yum and I hope you enjoy it too! Ingredients 125g butter 55g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 180g plain flour Putting it all Together Preheat the oven to 190C. In a bowl beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth. Shift in the flour and combine with the butter and sugar. Turn on to a lightly floured work surface and roll out the mixture to 1cm thick. Cut into fingers (or a preferred shape) and place onto a line

The Effects of Social Media Silence

If you are here to read some insightful post about how going social media dark was enlightening and a positive experience you are in the wrong place my friend! I HATED EVERY BLOODY MINUTE. Do you know how disconcerting it is to be disconnected in a world that thrives on connection?! It wasn't just the aimless scrolling. I realised pretty quickly that I also use Facebook for all manner of things and in fact I had to make Leigh go on my account to get some important information about a hen do that had been messaged to me. Because it isn't just a case of updating a status, it is also used as a communication tool often in place of email or text proving easier to find everyone and get information

Bean Burger Recipe

Look I know Autumn is coming, I've been waiting so long for it to be here, but my favourite thing about Summer are the BBQ's. Feeling a little meat fatigue however I wanted to cook something that was going to be tasty and also cater for any vegetarians attending. These Bean Burgers make you happy whether you eat meat or not and I'm only sad I didn't do them at the start of the summer. Still as the nights draw in you could swap the bun for some rice which I'm sure would work just as well. Minimal ingredients and minimal fuss, you can have these on the table in no time. Ingredients 1 large onion 1 carrot, grated 1 tin blackeye beans 1 tin borlotti beans 70g breadcrumbs Putting it all Togeth

Half Year Review

Back in April I made a list on all the things that I hoped to achieve before I was thirty. It’s only when going through my list now that I realise just how crap I have been at the half year mark! I think there is always the problem that if you write a list like this you just don't finish it. The same thing happens with any new year lists I create. You can have all the best intentions in the world but, and I don't know about you, unless you actively address the list on a weekly/monthly basis these things just drop off to nothing. I have completed some, it's not like the whole list remains unchecked, but I'm going to have to seriously think about which I can achieve by my goal! With this in m

Banana Split Recipe

If something has fruit in it, even if it's covered in toffee and ice-cream, can it still be classed as good? This is the question I posed to myself as I tucked into this beaut of a dessert. With silky ice-cream and crunchy almonds it's hard not to just eat one. I'd say it was basically just a grown up banana split although I'm not going to stop you if you want to add whipped cream and sprinkles because why wouldn't you to be honest. Ingredients 4 bananas, halved length-ways. Do not peal! Vanilla ice cream Toffee sauce 80g caster sugar 40g flaked almonds 4 tbsp runny honey (Sprinkles optional) Putting it all Together Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Start by making the sticky almonds. Line a baking

Going Social Media Dark

Next week I will be ticking off one of my ‘Thirty before I’m Thirty’ tasks by going social media dark. For seven days I will not be allowing myself to access or update any form of social media. Why am I setting myself such a challenge? Because this will be the first time in nearly ten years that I won't be looking or updating anything at all. I won't be trying to gather people's approval with tiny thumbs up. I won't be updating my status or spending time editing photographs. I have always been the kind of person that craves other people's approval so I'm going to take a step back from that and try and figure out why that is. Of course one of the other hardest things about the experience will

Asparagus & Halloumi Pasta Salad

I've mentioned before my salad dodging ways and my constant battle to find a salad that doesn't make me unhappy. I think I may have found one! Homemade tomato pesto, halloumi, pasta, what isn't too love here? As with most of the recipes I post, it is really quick to make so you don't have to spend too long faffing in the kitchen and can get on with whatever it is you like doing best. Ingredients 1 clove garlic 1 tbsp pine nuts 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 6 pieces sun-dried tomato 4 tbsp Greek yogurt 175 g halloumi 6 asparagus 1 courgette 200 g fresh pasta salt & pepper Putting it all Together To start, add the small clove of garlic to a food processor with the pine nuts. This needs to be blitzed