Monday, 30 December 2013

MIMM # Number I've Lost Track...

I woke up today, late, and I realised after a wonder downstairs that it was in fact Monday. I haven't partaken in MIMM for so long that I thought it was about time to get back on that horse!

Nothing that crazy happened this weekend! It was mainly spent driving back to my Uni town to do a shift at work on Saturday and then driving back. The trip usually isn't that bad and on a good day I can get there within the hour. But on Friday it was a nightmare! I go motorway and am only normally on there for 35 minutes, but on Friday I found myself at a standstill and it ended up taking me 2.15 hours! I couldn't believe it. But I was lucky enough to have good tunes on all the way to help time go faster.

Here are some of my favourite tunes at the moment!

Pitbull ft Kesha - Timber

Sam Smith - Money on my Mind

Arctic Monkeys - One for the road

Jake Bugg - Slumville Sunrise

Tinie Tempah ft Labrinth - Lover not a Fighter

...and that's just to name a few. There are plenty more that I am loving at the moment, after the Crimbo tunes got unticked and taken off my ipod on Saturday.

These are definitely making my new workout playlist :-D

Speaking of working out. I really need to get back into the swing of things and set myself some new goals for the month of January.

I am definitely not one of those people who set goals at the beginning of the year. Instead I am someone who is constantly writing down goals, sometimes daily because that's the easiest way I find to get stuff done. But when it comes to fitness I like to make my goals monthly as they feel more achievable. So there will be a post coming on those very soon!

Here are some of my favourite photos taken over the month of December.

From Boxing Day, which I spent with my mommy!

I have been loving candles lately :-D Here's my windowsill display.

Is it a bit vain that I made a Instapicframe of my favourite Selfies from the month of December? Probably.

And I obviously couldn't make a Selfie collage without making one for my favourite eats and drinks of the month!

Left to Right, and down.

Left - A Mixed Berries, Greek Yoghurt and Milk concoction. It was so good and really filling!

Right - Scrambled Cheese and Egg on a Buttered Cheese and Chilli infused Roll. Sounds fancy but was actually a pretty cheap meal to cook! And I always have eggs in the fridge.

Left - My Crimbo Roast Dinner. It was scrumptious.

Right - My new favourite Orange and Chocolate Pancakes, inspired from the pancake queen herself Heather! Definitely my favourite new recipe of the month. And I've made them a total of four times now...I'm a little addicted I would say.

Left - I finally got to try a Christmas cup from Costa...and I now can't remember the name. I know I instagramed it, so maybe the names there?! Something Caramel I think...

And on the Right we have an old classic...banana and peanut butter on toast. You just can't go wrong with it!

Well so much for a short post?! Thank you to Katie for hosting :-D

What was your favourite "new to you" recipe of the month? Leave me the links below if you can 

Anybody else been taking a lot of Selfies over the Christmas period? I always feel a little self concious when I do and oh so vain. 

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What I Want To Make that's "on Pinterest"!

I've had this post saved in my drafts for nearly two months now! And I figured if I am going to start blogging regularly again I may as well start with this baby.

I don't know about you, but I am forever pinning recipes on Pinterest, in the hopes that one day the stars will align and I will actually get around to making them.

I want to begin the new year as I mean to go on and that means making more meals from scratch. That means freshly brought ingredients and since I want to do some saving at the beginning of the year that also means on a budget. Something which I neglected in 2013!

Let's get this show on the road! Oh and admittedly some pins aren't the healthiest of meals/snacks/deserts. But I figured its all about balance...

  1. I present to you Nutella Cheesecake.Nutella Cheesecake
  2. Pizzadillas = healthy pizza The Pizzadilla. This is something that I have been wanting to try for ages now. It is just such a good idea, and an easy, quick meal.
  3. Gluten-Free and Vegan Coffee Cake, yes please. Anything Coffee and Cake and I am all about it!Gluten Free Vegan Coffee Cake - Ask Anna
  4. banana coconut pecan protein baked donuts Banana Coconut Pecan Protein Baked Doughnuts. If that doesn't sound good, I don't know what does.
  5. Time for something savoury and I've got just the thing. A Hearty Curry Lentil Soup curry lentil soup
  6. Vegetable Chickpea Stew {new one!} moroccan-style vegetable + chickpea stew // This looks like something you could batch cook in the Winter months and be completely content.
  7. Cauliflower Pizza Cauliflower Pizza Crust #healthy  #vegan friendly, plant based
I have been hearing magical things about cauliflower pizza's in the blogging world and can't wait to experience it for myself.

     8. Over the next few cold months I want to test out some one-pot wonders, and this one is definitely on my list! I'd add in some veggies, whatever was going spare, maybe some red onion and bob's your uncle.
Taco Pasta Bake

     9. healthy Four-Cheese Pasta With Cauliflower (totally sub out cauliflower for broccoli..bc i hate cauliflower)  One cup of this creamy comfort food can pack 530 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat—and that's only a side portion. We dish out the same gooey goodness for less than half the calories.

Who knew Healthy Cauliflower Cheese existed. But it has definitely made my "to make real soon list"!

    10. I thought that I may as well end this off with something sweet, and have you ever heard anything as good as Butterscotch Mascarpone Cream Layer Cake in your life! I have had a love affair with butterscotch all my life, and when I was little every Saturday afternoon my nan would treat me to a butterscotch ice cream...hmmm....oh so good.
Butterscotch Mascarpone Cream Layer Cake

And that's it folks. It already feels good to be back :-D

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Monday, 2 December 2013

Catching Up...

Or should I say Catching Fire. I've got to say after seeing the latest installment of The Hunger Games last Tuesday, this one was actually good! I have read all three books and thought they were really good - bar the ending of the last. But that first film was a pile of you know what!

Anyway, let's get down to business. It's been a while since I sat down and wrote a post. And that's not from one thing but multiple things. Lately has just generally been busy. If I am not stressing over Uni work, I am at work and if I am not there I am doing other stuff - just life in general is happening. It's mainly just that time of year. Which I love so I shouldn't complain. But honestly there just aren't enough hours in the day.

I have a few photos to share from over the past couple of weeks. I really want to start writing again, so hopefully I get a chance to write a post every now and then.

Here's to catching up!

I tried Porridge and Jam. It's good but it doesn't meet beat Nuttella.

I tried out the latest trend of bold dark lips and mascara only. Please, ignore the split ends.

I've been working.
 (Re-used Photo)

I tried Caramel coffee using the freebie I got in the post, and it's so good! So good I had to go buy a jar :-D If your drink of choice is a caramel latte from Starbucks or Costa or wherever then I've got you covered.

Oh, and I drank more coffee. It was deadline week, and I spent an insane amount of money on...yeah, you guessed it - Caramel Latte's.

I rediscovered my love for beetroot.

And M&M peanuts!

Oh yeah I had an endoscopy. A procedure where a camera goes down your throat and into your stomach...yeah it is as bad as it sounds!

Lookily I could wear my clothes under my gown but it wasn't the best pattern let's admit it. Why do hospital gowns get designed in this way?

I finally got to go see the Arctic Monkeys!

With my sister.

All I needed was a tiny dog with this bad boy of a headband ;-D

And I made my best pancakes to date on Sunday...which was yesterday...but I forgot because I am getting my dates mixed up :-D

These were my best friends. And she asked me to photograph the pancakes I did!

And that is it. For now...

Hope you have a great start to the week!

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