Wednesday, 30 December 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.59

Breakfast

Crunchy Nut Porridge - This was on offer at Tesco and intrigued me so I thought I would give it a try.  It obviously has a fair bit of sugar added but it was tasty and good for a occasional treat.  Drink = cup of tea.



Lunch

Packed lunch for work - A tub of seedless grapes, the pot has Lotus Biscoff biscuit spread in for dipping the cinnamon and raisin pretzel into, Sun Maid raisins, Active raspberry yogurt and a Nakd Banana Bread bar.  Drink = water.



Dinner

Omelette, New Potatoes and Broccoli - A 2 egg omelette filled with strong cheddar cheese, served with steam new potatoes and steamed broccoli.  Drink = water.


You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.58

Breakfast

Jammy Porridge - Oat So Simple porridge topped with a spoonful of strawberry jam.  With a cup of tea.



Lunch

Cheese and Beans on Toast - Half a tin of beans and a sprinkling of cheese on some rather chunky wholemeal toast, it could have been at least TWO slices I swear!  Drink = water.



Dinner

Pizza and Salad - Half a Pizza Express Margarita pizza with a homemade salad consisting of rocket tossed in balsamic vinegar with toasted pine nuts and Italian style hard cheese shavings on top.  Drink = water.


You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Christmas Tag 2015


1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
Throughout my childhood it was Miracle on 34th Street.  Nowadays it's probably Elf.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Not that I recall, would be pretty magical though.  Definitely won't happen this year with the average of 12c we have been getting this December.

3. Where do you usually spend your Christmas? Christmas Day is usually at my parents house with my partner.  Boxing Day is at his parents house for buffet.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song? 
This year the song that keeps sticking in my head is Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson.

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? No, I don't receive them until Christmas day.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? 
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner & Blitzen. Plus Rudolph if he counts!

7. What is your favourite Christmas make-up and nail art look? Wear the same basic make up all year round.  Don't do nail art but like to paint my nails festive colours , they are currently gold!

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake? It is fake and a little worse for wear.  I wouldn't mind giving a real tree a try but worry for the sake of my cream carpet!

9. What is your all-time favourite Christmas food/sweet treat? Oooh a tough call...Erm...chocolate yule log!  Also, love buffet food.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
An equal measure of both seems fair to me ;-)

11. What is at the top of your Christmas wish-list this year?
A happy Christmas with my family and partner.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?  I wouldn't mind being in NYC or a lodge in Lapland with a real fire.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?  Pro-present wrapper, I quite enjoy it.  It's better than card writing!

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Nah I don't make any as I won't stick to them.  I like to make 'plans' of things to do that year so I've stuff to look forward to though.

17. What makes Christmas special for you? 
All the extra time you get to spend with family, the log burner burning away at my Mum's and yummy Christmas food with "Its Christmas!" as an excuse to eat it all!

I tag anyone reading this to get involved and share some festive cheer! Pop a link in the comments if you do so I can have a read.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

WEAR - LIFE - EATS No.1

Hi all

Here is a round up of what I have been loving wearing, what I have been up to and what I have enjoyed eating recently.

Wear

I have been living in chelsea boots lately.  This is my tan pair which were only £25 from Dorothy Perkins and I love them!


As its been such a mild Autumn so far this thin polo neck (from Next) has had a lot of use and for cooler days I have added a vest top underneath.


The shoes and polo neck both go nicely with my tartan scarf which I wear with my navy quilted Joules coat.


Life

I had set myself a deadline of 30th November to have all my Christmas shopping done and I have accomplished it so that is a great weight off my mind.  I shared some of my Christmas shopping tips in a separate blog post here.  The wrapping has all been done too!



I am currently re-reading Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan.  I love this book and the festive recipes inside are a Bruce bonus.  It is making me feel all Christmassy.



Eats

Whilst my partner and I were shopping in Cabot Circus, Bristol we stopped off at Five Guys for lunch.  My partner had been wanting to go there for ages as we have enjoyed trips to the Florida and New York Five Guys restaurants and we finally got around to it.  In the UK it is pretty pricey for what it is but we had great fun reminiscing about USA holidays whilst we were in there.  The portion size of fries is really good, we shared a small portion and still struggled to eat them all.  We even treated ourselves to a vanilla and caramel thick shake, a naughty but nice treat.




There have also been a fair few festive treats going down the hatch such as this shortbread snowman. Mmm mmm!

Hope you are all enjoying the final month of 2015!

Kads x

This is my own personal opinion and not sponsored in any way.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.57


Breakfast

Double Chocolate porridge - Oat So simple porridge with a spoonful of milk chocolate spread and dark chocolate chips sprinkled on top.  Cup of tea.


Lunch

Homed american style pancakes with a variety of toppings - I have not photographed each one as I far too busy stuffing my face.  However the toppings platter on the picture includes apple sauce, lemon juice, strawberry jam, chocolate spread, peanut butter, sugar and maple syrup!  I shared my American Style Pancakes recipe here.  Drink = water.


Dinner

Pea and Italian style cheese risotto.  I was surprised at how well this risotto turned out, the first time I tried making it it was a bit of a nightmare and took ages.  This went to plan though and tasted so good, will definitely be making this again soon.  The recipe called for parmesan cheese however that is not vegetarian (due to pig rennet) so I opted for Sainsburys Italian style cheese.  Drink = Water.  


You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Next Christmas Wishlist

Hi everyone

After perusing the Next website I have put together a little Christmas Wishlist which I am going to share with you in this blog post.

First up is this Christmas tree, it looks beautifully bushy and I adore the snow tipped edges.  After a fair few years of use our current tree is looking a little sparse and worse for wear so I think we will need a new one and this one fits the bill perfectly.

I have been on the look out for a huge wall clock for some time now and I have finally found it!  It is a whopping 93cm and it would take pride of place in my living room above the TV.


If you are a regular reader on my blog you may already be aware that I LOVE dogs.  When I spotted these cute doggy and Christmas themed pj's I just knew that I have to have them.  


Lastly I really like this wave rug, I have it in mind for my living room, in front of the sofa.  I am a big fan on Next rugs as they are always thick and great quality.  I like the different colours and textures that this one would bring as I am thinking of introducing some grey shades into my living room in the new year.

Hope you enjoyed reading my Christmas Wishlist.  If you have done a Christmas Wishlist yourself please leave the link in the comments box below, I would love to have a nosy at it!

Kads x

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.56

Its been a few weeks since my last What I Wednesday post.  I have simply been super busy with preparing for Christmas etc but I am back with another instalment.

Breakfast

I thought I would try these Tesco Easy Oats which were chunky oats and barley, I can't say I am a fan though, its a bit too stodgy and lumpy for my liking.  I shall eat them up but won't be re-purchasing.  I topped it with dark chocolate chips and had my usual morning cuppa.



Lunch 

This consisted of a jar of Sharwoods Tikka with saag curry with Quorn chicken pieces added to it and served on a bed of Tilda rice (forget which flavour) with a Sharwoods garlic naan bread.  All washed down with a glass of water.



Dinner

Half a tin of Heinz vegetable soup with half a wholemeal topped with a little Lurpak Light.  Drink = Glass of water.






You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.55

Breakfast
Oat So Simple porridge topped with Graze maple and pecan granola topper.  It added a nice little crunch.  Cup of tea.



Snack
I stopped off at a local cafe (mid bicycle ride) and had a hot chocolate and shared a chocolate salted caramel muffin.


Lunch
Homemade French toast topped with icing sugar and raspberries.  I was amazed at how well this turned out for a first attempt, will certainly make this again!  With a glass of water.

Dinner
Half a pizza Express margarita pizza with half a pack of Tilda Egg Fried rice and plum tomatoes.  Some people think pizza and rice is a weird combo...I like it though!  Glass of water.

You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

American Style Pancake Recipe

I am a HUGE lover of pancakes! I just love covering them in the millions of possible toppings that can go on them.  In the past I have always made the thin crepe style ones but have been wanting to try making some American style thick and fluffy ones.

One dismal Sunday lunch time I decided to give it a go.  As they turned out so well I thought I would share the recipe with you all.  It made 12 pancakes, so serves 3-4 depending on how greedy you are feeling.

Ingredients:
300g self raising flower
1 Tsp baking powder 
1 Tbsp maple syrup 
1 Tbsp caster sugar 
2 medium British Lion eggs*
300ml milk

Method:
Step 1: Mix together the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl.
Step 2: Make a well in the centre of the mixture and crack in 2 eggs.  Whisk them up.
Step 3: Next gradually add the milk to the mixture, whisking as you go.
Step 4:  Finally add the maple syrup and give it a final whisk
Step 5: Put a large frying pan on to heat up to a medium temperature and add some oil and a small knob of butter.
Step 6: Add a ladle of mixture to the pan and let it sit for a couple minutes.  Once bubbles start to appear on the surface its time to flip it over.


Top tip:  Put the oven on low and each time a pancake is ready pop it on to a plate in the oven to keep warm.  

I also had 2 pans in the go to speed up the process but if you have 1 large frying pan that's even better!




They were just as easy to make as the crepe style ones and just as delicious.  I also found them more filling.


I had my usual platter of scrummy toppings at the ready!




For more great recipes and tips on the basics like how long to boil an egg or the more adventurous Christmas Meringue Snowmen recipe, please visit www.eggrecipes.co.uk.

Let me know in the comments below if you give this recipe a try.  

*This is a collaborative post.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.54

Breakfast
Well what do ya know its porridge again...topped with flaxseed  a spoonful of apple sauce and fresh raspberries.  Check out the heart shaped raspberry in the middle, it was kinda squat on its side in the packet and was a perfect heart shape!  Plus the usual morning cuppa.

Lunch
Cheese on toast with squirt of tomato sauce and a packet of Mcvitites salt and vinegar Oddities.  Glass of water.

   


Dinner
When in need of a super fast tea this Pizza Express spinach and ricotta filled pasta fits the bill perfectly.  I like to top with a sprinkle of cheese and serve with a slice of garlic bread.



You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

5 Tips for Stress Free Christmas Present Shopping

Hi everyone!

It's November, time to start thinking about the 'C' word...Christmas of course!  I know how often thinking of what to get people and traipsing around the shops can lack enjoyment at times.  So I have included below 5 tips for stress free Christmas present shopping.  I hope you find it useful.



1. Ideas

Its the first hurdle isn't it, thinking of what you could get everyone.  Firstly write a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and jot down possible ideas as you think of them.

2. Wish List 

Most sites have a 'wish list' option these days, (e.g Amazon).  Ask friends and family to create wish lists of their own and give you access to it, that way you know you'll get them a present they actually want, which also takes the stress out of thinking of ideas.  Then when you are ready you can do 1 order of everything you need from from that website and save on postage too.

3. Set a budget 

No-one wants to start a new year with loads of Christmas debt hanging around.  So stick to buying what you can afford, it really is the thought that counts!

3. Set yourself a deadline 

For me setting a deadline helps to focus the mind.  The date I have set myself this year is 30 November, that will be too late for some and too early for others.  I personally like the Christmas shopping out of the way before December so I can enjoy the build up visiting family, attending Christmas fetes and avoiding the hellishly busy city centre shops during December.


4. Purchases List

As you buy things keep a note of what you have got, my mind goes to mush in the middle of a busy department store and I consult the list (which I keep on the notes section of my phone) to see what I need.   
The list also comes in handy for future Christmases when I can't for the life of me remember what I bought them the previous year!  It also helps with keeping on budget as you can add it up as you go along.

5. January Sales

Being organised for Christmas and shopping savvy can start way back in January.  Stock up on the half price wrapping paper, tags and Christmas cards in the sales and squirrel them away for 11 months time.  A couple less things to worry about come December.



Do you have any tops tips you would like to share?

What I Ate Wednesday No.53

Breakfast

Oat So Simple porridge topped with a dollop of apple sauce, with a teaspoon of faxed around it and a ring of fresh strawberries.  With a cup of tea.



Lunch

During a shopping trip in Bath I stopped off in Prezzo and had Wild Mushroom Penne which had shiitake, chestnut, oyster and button mushrooms, garlic, peas, spinach, asparagus, truffle infused oil and bella lodi cheese in a mushroom sauce.  I had it in the light version which cost £1 extra to have a smaller portion which came with salad and dressing. My drink was tap water.

Dinner

I was still pretty full from a large lunch so I just had a cinnamon pretzel dipped in Lotus Biscoff biscuit spread (I have done a post on my love of this spread, you can read it here). 



You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Monday, 2 November 2015

5 Things to do in the City of Bath

Bath is a beautiful city made predominantly of the local Bath limestone.  It is set within the Avon Valley in Somerset and is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Here are 5 things that you may wish to do when visiting Bath.

Roman Baths
It is often the first place people think of when the city of Bath is mentioned and it is definitely worth a visit.  It is a well-preserved Roman site once used for public bathing.  Around 1 million visitors per year walk around the baths and museum.  You won't need your swimming kit though as the water cannot be entered, the algae in the water gives it its green appearance as per the picture below.  If you do want to try the water though, there is a fountain at the end of the tour which you can drink from, though be warned, it has a very metallic taste!
Tickets to enter cost around £14 (prices correct as at 2/10/15).  A free audio guide (available in various languages) is included in the price.





SouthGate Shopping Centre
SouthGate is Bath's main shopping centre with over 50 shops including the likes of Debenhams, Hollister, Topshop, Apple Store and H&M.  If you are arriving by train this is what you will see upon exiting the station.  If arriving by car then the nearest car park is beneath the shopping centre.  Nearby restaurants include Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Giraffe, Prezzo, Nandos, Pizza Express and Graze.

Christmas Market
Another thing Bath is known for is its Christmas Market.  Come Christmas time 170 chalets appear around the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey which sell Christmas gifts, mulled wine, candles, decorations and tasty cheeses.  What makes this market different is over 80% of the stalls are local businesses from Bath and surrounding areas.  As you would expect is is often very busy but it posseses a very festive atmosphere at the same time.  

This year the market opens on 26th November until 13th December 2015.

Pulteney Weir & Pulteney Bridge
The Pulteney Wier is on the River Avon just down stream from Pulteney Bridge.  It is a gorgeous horseshoe shape and often tourists like to sit and admire/photograph it.

Thermae Spa
After a trip  to the Roman Baths why not make like a Roman yourself and spend a day in the Thermae Spa which opened in 2006.  Here you can bathe in Britain's only natural thermal waters as the Celtics and Romans did over 2000 years ago.  You can see my full review of it here.  The Thermae spa is just a 2 minute walk from the actual Roman Baths.

If you have any questions about visiting Bath then please do not hesitate to ask in the comments box below.

Thanks for reading!

This is my own personal opinion and not sponsored on any way.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.52

Breakfast
Oat So Simple porridge, topped with flaxseed, a dollop of apple sauce and raspberries.


Lunch
My packed lunch (eating throughout the working day) consisted of a Liberte Mango layer yogurt, banana, grated cheddar cheese sandwich (made wth 1 piece of bread), Nakd Berry Cheeky bar and a pot of palm tomato with some basil leaves .


Dinner
Homemade sweet potato wedges, quarter of a broccoli quiche and some broccoli.


You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

What I Ate Wednesday No.51

Here is the next instalment of What I Ate Wednesday for you guys.

Breakfast

Oat So Simple porridge with...Lotus Biscoff biscuit spread spread...OMG heaven in a jar - this was 1 awesome breakfast!  Cup of tea.  

I have done a whole post on the Lotus Biscoff biscuit spread which you can find here.



Lunch

2 potato cakes topped with scrambled eggs.  This is such a filling meal it is really surprising and so quick to make.  Washed down with a glass of water.



Dinner

Homemade thin crust pizza topped with mozzarella, cheddar, mushrooms and a little basil.  Surprised myself with this one - it was delish!  Glass of water.


You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x