Monday, 29 October 2012

My week in pictures

1. Toffee apples - I love this time of year, when toffee apples are on sale and everything becomes warm, crisp and autumnal
2. The best roast dinner I've ever made (if I do say so myself!)
3. We got out pumpkins this weekend, all ready for carving Tuesday night - if anyone has any good pumpkin recipes, throw them this way
4. What a lovely gift to receive. To cut a long story short, someone reversed into my sister-in-law's car and so, by means of apology, bought round a handmade chocolate fudge cake... Such a shame the sis is travelling in Thailand at the moment... :P
5. Even the cats are getting cosy! They're using their igloo at last (I don't know if that the technical term but it's what we call it) we've only been waiting YEARS for one if them to use it

Saturday, 20 October 2012

My Week in Pictures

1. So I finally did it - I graduated! After 3 long years I finally got to wear the crazy gown and collect my certificate. The buildings were so amazing!
2. Salted caramel hot chocolate. This is my current obsession! This one was from Starbucks but I'm experimenting with my own recipe. Stay tuned for THAT post!
3. At work it's customary to bring in cakes on your birthday, but get this, it was a TRIPLE birthday. Yep, 3 of us at work all celebrating birthdays. Rather than just have the one day, we spread out 3 different cakes over a week. This was day 1-Krispy Kreme donuts. (I bought in homemade brownies for mine!)
4. My new watch. I used to wear a silver Calvin Klein watch and I loved it but it was just so impractical. The watch face was so small and there were no numbers. It was on telling the time at 12, 3, 6 or 9 o'clock, but anything in between was a guess. This one was a bargain from eBay (originally from Next). I love it!
5. This was my birthday cake. My boyfriends birthday was in September and my dads was at the beginning of October so wed had enough chocolate cake, I decided on Madeira for a change. The owl was very appropriate as I graduated 3 days later and now work in a school.

Happy Saturday people! :)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Instagram

Guess what...

I'm now on Instagram!!


Please follow me! @scf182

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Things I'm loving right now

It's been a super long time since I last posted a blog but I've been so busy! I'm finally a working girl, yey!
Another plus is that I am now the proud owner of an iPhone 4S and blogger app, which (hopefully) means you'll be hearing a lot more from me!!

So to kickstart this month, I thought I'd share with you a few of the things I am LOVING right now :)

Please note, I do not own these images.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Pinterest


1. This dress is gorgeous, I absolutely LOVE the colour.
2. Such a lovely idea to reuse a glass jar!
3. Coco Chanel quote
4. Love the clashing colours on these shoes, particularly love the shape of the bow
5. I'd love to have a go at making something like this - made with Oreos and M&Ms
6. Glitter nail varnish. I've seen this in the shops however I am yet to buy myself some
7. Dried, pressed flowers are in at the moment and this frame is the perfect way to show them off
8. This is my favourite - a rose made from paper. Gorgeous!

For sources of all pictures, check out my Pinterest page

Monday, 20 August 2012

Lemon Cupcakes

We got bored again on Sunday night and midway through a Desperate Housewives marathon, decided to bake some cupcakes. It's been a while since we baked cakes so it was a lovely change.

I let the boyfriend do the frosting - not bad for his first ever attempt, right?


So here's the recipe-

For the cakes you will need :   (makes 12 cakes)
140g caster sugar
140g self raising flour
140g butter
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
lemon curd for the filling

For the frosting you will need :
280g icing sugar
160g butter
a few drops of lemon flavour / lemon juice
a few drops of lemon food colouring (optional)

To make the cakes-
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and arrange 12 cupcake cases in a bun tin.
2. Next, combine the flour and butter in a bowl before adding the sugar, eggs and milk.
3. Distribute the mix between the cupcake cases and bake for approx. 10 mins.

When the cakes are cooked, cool on a wire rack

4. When the cakes have cooled, use a knife to cut a circle in the top of the cakes to create a well. If you have one, you could use a cupcake corer to do this!
5. Fill the wells with lemon curd and replace the 'lid' of the cake.

To make the frosting-
6. Sieve half the icing sugar into a bowl and mix with the butter.
7. When this has mixed, sieve the rest of the icing sugar into the bowl, add the colouring and flavouring and mix again. 
8. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto the cakes in a circular motion. Note. It looks so much better if you frost the entire surface of the cupcake, rather than just a blob in the middle like mine. I didn't have the heart to correct my boyfriend while he was doing it as he looked like he was having so much fun!

You could always top these cakes with sprinkles or other candy pieces. 

They tasted AMAZING!


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Abercrombie Adoration

I had an amazing thrifty find this week, £80 Abercrombie and Fitch jeans - for £4.99!! 
I've saved £75 and they fit PERFECTLY. I'm SOOO happy :D



I've always loved the brand and I'm loving the current styles. Here are some of my favourites.

I'm DYING to update my wardrobe... maybe this should be my new 'image'?



Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Brilliant Burgers and Fruity Flapjacks

Firstly I must apologize for the appalling photography you are about to see... the lighting in the kitchen isn't too great

Brilliant Burgers

Last night, we made some frickin' awesome burgers. 
Strolling around the supermarket deciding what to  eat is always a task for two indecisive food lovers and it was only because we hadn't had it for so long that we picked lamb and made these amazing burgers...

Ingredients:
1 pack minced lamb
1 red onion
2 slices bread
1 egg
rosemary to taste

1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
2. Slice a red onion into small pieces and create breadcrumbs from the slices of bread with a blender.
3. Empty the minced lamb into a large bowl and mix with the onion and breadcrumbs.
4. Crack the egg into a glass and whisk it quickly with a fork. Add this to your burger mix to bind it.
5. OPTIONAL: Add rosemary to the mix to taste.
6. To create the burger shapes, place the mix onto a baking tray and use a cookie cutter to cut the circles.

You can fry, grill or oven these burgers - it's up to you :)

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the cooked burgers (they were just so yummy we couldn't wait to eat them!) but they look so professional and you know exactly what's gone in them!


Fabulous Fruity Flapjacks

To accompany the burgers above, we made a fruity dessert!

Ingredients:
150g butter
75g soft brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup
250g oats
fruit! - we used sultanas, but you could use dried apricots, nuts, etc. Anything!!

1. Preheat the oven to 180c /160c fan/ gas mark 4
2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper (a 20cm tin should be fine)
3. Melt the butter in a pan. Gradually add the sugar, syrup, oats and fruit to the mix. The mix will get quite thick!
4. When it's all mixed together, transfer the mix to the baking tray. Make sure the fruit is covered and not too exposed otherwise it will burn.
5. Bake for 20 - 25 mins. (Our oven gets very hot, so 20 mins was enough for us)
6. Once cooked, cool on a wire rack - don't try to cut it until it has cooled completely!








Sunday, 12 August 2012

Pinterest Interests

It's been a while since I had time to check what's hot on Pinterest so on this fine Sunday afternoon it was a real treat to be able to sit back, relax and browse to my content! Below are some of the images that really caught my eye this weekend...
1. I absolutely love Cath Kidston and this necklace really is beautiful! (Birthday list, hint hint!!)
2. Love, love, LOVE this outfit, smart-casual chic.
3. How I wish I wasn't on a diet! How yummy do those bad boys look?
4. The place I've been dreaming of going recently - I've never been to Ireland, but after watching PS I Love You and Leap Year this week, oh how I'd love to go!
5. Gorgeous nail art - I bow to you, madame
6. Did I mention I love Cath Kidston?? Love this photo album!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

My New Excercise Plan - Beginning Tomorrow


Please note: All credit for the above image goes to downtownn.tumblr.com

The Olympics

Is anyone else watching the Olympic at the moment?
What do you think?

I've never really been one for watching sport (although I used to play a lot of sport at school before I got lazy!) but watching the Olympics on tv has made me realise that I actually do quite enjoy it.

In particular, I've enjoyed the diving. It's the only event that I've followed from beginning to end. I'm fully supporting this guy...

TOM DALEY

I can't believe he's only 18!

I wish I was more athletic. It's had such an effect on me that I've decided that I'm going to get fit and healthy. And this time I'm going to stick to it, not just try to do it for a couple of days!

I've been eating healthily, having fruit smoothies and NO CHOCOLATE (!!!) and, when I go back to work in September, I'm going to start using their gym on Friday nights. I'm hoping that I can lose a few pounds and get back into the clothes that are hiding in the back of my wardrobe. 

Anyone got any tips??

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Childhood Summer Vacations


I'd like to introduce you to Neenu from Mirror of Enlightenment!
Today we're taking part in a Blog Swap, courtesy of 20 Something Bloggers, about Childhood summer vacations. Here's Neenu's story...

Summer in God's Own Country

I was born in 'God's Own Country', Kerala, a small state in the southern end of India.
The beautiful landscape adorned by lush green coconut trees, paddy fields and many small lakes, rivers and backwaters earned it the title of being 'God's Own Country'.

My childhood summer vacations were mostly spend with my Granny and cousins at our ancestral home, tucked away in a remote and beautiful village in Kerala. I would start dreaming about summer, months before the school closed and as soon as vacation starts, I would rush off to Granny's place.

We would catch a bus till the local bus stop and then walk a few kilometers to Granny’s. I loved the walk. The bumpy road would cut straight through rubber plantations and small streams. I would spend hours soaking my legs in the cool water of the stream and counting the number of tiny fishes that brush past my legs. Houses on the roadside would be filled with the sounds of people merrily going about their work, tiny tots chasing each other, elderly ladies sitting outside their homes and gossiping while chopping vegetables or carefully cutting homegrown jackfruits. Jackfruit was the most popular fruit of the area and no summer vacation was complete without munching those small yellow yummy fruit.

My Granny had a rubber plantation, paddy field and a variety of trees ranging from coconut trees to jackfruit trees growing all around her house. The house looked like it was build right in the middle of a jungle and she had cows and hens at home. Reaching her house was nothing short of an adventure for me.

All my uncles, aunts and cousins would come from distant places to spend the vacation together.
It would be chaos as everyone chattered incessantly, filling each other on everything that had happened in their households. Aunties would be in kitchen making food and laughing and teasing each other. All the uncles would be seated in the veranda, talking animatedly about current political scenario, finance, business and lots of other important and boring stuff.

We kids would assemble in front of TV, talking and switching channels. Granny would be moving between the three groups with a tray filled with food- jackfruits, mangoes, bananas and various home made delicacies.

It was customary for us to have all the meals together. So everyone would crowd around the small dinning table and have food. Granny was very particular that we should all be well fed and she personally saw to it that everyone had their plates full at all points of the meal. She would scold us children and wouldn't let us leave the table until we had finished eating everything that she had piled up on our plate.

During the evenings, we kids would go for a walk or go swimming in the pond nearby or would play cricket on the road. Kids from the neighborhood and sometimes uncles would also join us for games. Running carefree, chasing each other, climbing trees and playing, summer vacations always ended too soon.

At the end of the vacation, Granny would pack our bags with a variety of food items and the much loved jackfruit, to take back to our homes in different cities.

We would bid each other a teary farewell with the promise to meet soon. As we turn back for a final goodbye, granny would wave at us smiling like an angel. Childhood summer vacations were indeed the best vacations of my life..

Monday, 23 July 2012

Wonderful Weekend

Eurgh, I cannot believe how ROUGH I feel right now. I'm currently tucked up in bed with the tv on and my laptop within arms reach. Of all times to get ill, it had to be THIS week :( Bad times!

I had such a good weekend. We stayed at Sedgebrook Hall hotel in Northampton for a family party and it was the first time the BF had met everyone. I felt bad for him, but he soon relaxed and started talking to one of my cousins about cars. 


The hotel was amazing. Sadly we didn't get chance to go for a swim in the pool as it was closed by the time we got back, but we had a game of pool in the bar and had a chance to relax and make the most of it. 


This is what I wore... I bought mine for £14.99 in TKMaxx, but apparently it's also available at New Look.



So now that the weekend's over I'm in bed with a cold, which is SO ANNOYING as I'm supposed to be going to the BF's graduation on Thursday. Anyone got any remedies to help me get better sooner??

Friday, 20 July 2012

Friday Fancies: Euro Trip

If you're a regular on my blog, you'll know that I LOVE anything to do with Paris and France, so for my Euro Trip, I've chosen a (subtle) French theme... 

Euro Trip
Wish you were here! x


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

How To Wear It Wednesday: The Scarf

This week's How To Wear It theme is Scarves.
I found this awesome website showing you 37 Ways to Tie a Scarf.
The website is great, there's lots photos and videos showing you how to tie and fold scarves.
Check out the bolero video - my favourite one!!

Below are some examples of the things you can do!
loose wrap
Double Loop
Muffler
Muffler II
Shawl
Cape Wrap
Bandana Scarf
I love scarves, I have loads of them. They're light, affordable and can literally make any outfit look great in seconds!