Birthday

Another beautiful day to add to the collection. Today was my birthday and part two of my birthday weekend. We had a beautiful roast dinner in Lewes at The Real Eating Co. followed by coffee and brownie sundaes.

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I have been really lucky today and spoilt rotten. I got some spending money from ma & pa, which I can put towards either a watch or a Mulberry handbag, loads of goodies from my sister & her boyfriend [including an owl cushion, an owl pen, an owl notebook, a plant, some wine, some tasty looking chocolates, sweets, a gift voucher for House of Fraser and some beautiful silver leaf earrings].

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I also got two pieces of Alex Monroe added to my collection today, from the Le Boyf. I got the tiny bird loop earrings and matching necklace; they’re so dainty and lovely. Along with these, which were already too much, I got some Serge Lutens perfume and some La Maison Du Chocolat chocolates.

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I’m so grateful to my wonderful family for giving me such a special day.

On another note, I used the lawn mower for the first time today and mowed our back lawn. It’s really big, so I’m feeling pretty smug.

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Back to work tomorrow… boo.

I forgot to mention that I also signed up to Tumblr today. I’ll update with the details when I’ve actually got something up there. If you go there now, there’s nothing there and it’s likely you’ll never go back!

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Bye for now. x

[all photos/pictures are borrowed for this post :: none of them are mine]

I wanted to edit this post because I last updated it at 20:50 and after that we went out to see the ISS fly over. It really finished off the perfect birthday – we saw the ISS, 4 other satellites, 2 shooting stars, and… the Andromeda galaxy!! I am so grateful for an amazing weekend. x

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The 18th of August, the day before my birthday

Wow, what a day! The hottest day of the year so far, or so I hear. It got to just over 31 degrees today and it is still beautiful out now. We spent the day in Guildford today, were I was taken to Yo! Sushi for a birthday meal. They are kind enough to send me a 1/3 off voucher for my birthday every year and as they are my favourite restaurant I couldn’t resist. To be honest, we went to Guildford to go to Wagamama, but they closed for the afternoon for some reason. But it was meant to be because, just as we turned the corner we discovered that a brand new Yo! had been opened; exciting stuff.

We had all sorts of goodies, including chicken gyoza, spicy chicken salad, vegetable tempura, and my favourite – chocolate mochi.

Some shopping was also done and I got myself a Dior Addict lipstick. This is a product that I’ve always wanted to try and I am very impressed. I think £24 is a little expensive for a lipstick but my lips do feel more moisturised compared to after a day of wearing my MAC ones.

Tomorrow is my birthday and we’re meeting my family for lunch, which should be nice. It’s going to be amazing if the weather is anything like today.

I get myself a birthday present every year, last year I got myself a satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company and today I got myself a dress, hat, necklace, scarf, and umbrella from ASOS. They are due to arrive on Thursday.

I’ve been thinking recently that one thing I’ve never blogged about, but that I am very passionate about is jewellery. My favourite jewellery designer is Alex Monroe and I have one piece by him. I think this is something that I am going to explore, I’d love to share my passion with you guys. I have some really nice pieces of jewellery that often get admired by people, sometimes even complete strangers in shops, etc. I’ll do something in the next week blog-wise.

I hope that you’re all having a good weekend. If you have been up to anything in particular feel free to comment below.

L. x

Lush – Volcano foot mask

Happy Sunday everyone. How are you all getting on without summer? I’m finding it all very dull – rain, rain, rain… but we did manage to get out yesterday and do some indoor shopping at Bluewater. Although we have not yet hadf a summer, and I have only worn flip flops once this year, my feet are very dry so I thought I’d give the Volcano foot mask from Lush a go.

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It is £5.50 for 125g and I estimate that I used… 1/3 of it on both of my feet last night. It contains…

Kaolin, Pumice, Limeflower and Cleaver Decoction,Fresh Tomatoes, Fresh Papaya, Potatoes,Glycerine, Bentonite Gel, Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, *Eugenol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume,Methylparaben, Propylparaben

…and in a weird way the thing you can smell the most is the tomatoes. It is very peculiar. It dries out quickly so the label says to wrap your feet in plastic [out came the trusty clingfilm]. After the instructed 10 minutes was up I could feel the minty tingle, which was quite nice. It came off easily in the shower, unlike some face masks!

This morning my feet feel softer and smoother. I still have a long way to go and I am going to try some heel balm next, but I’ll be using this again, for sure.

Microwave mug brownie

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My apologies if this doesn’t quite look right but I am having to post from my iPhone as my Mac Book’s battery just went flat. I really fancied some chocolate cake this evening so I did a quick search using Uncle Google and made myself a microwave mug brownie! It was delicious and so easy, I urge you all to give it a go.

Mix the following ingredients together in a mug (this is enough for two people)…
1/4 cup of flour (I used plain)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2tbsp cocoa powder
2tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
2tbsp milk

Microwave for 60-90 seconds. Check after 60 as this might be enough.

I recommend serving it with vanilla ice cream or a dash of cream – I didn’t have either of these but it would make it even better.

Let me know if you give it a go! Good luck 🙂

Recipes I’ve tried recently

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I know, I know, I said in my last post that this isn’t a foodie blog and it’s not, but I’ve been trying to try new recipes lately and here are some that have gone well…

Pan-fried chicken in mushroom sauce from BBC good food.

I used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock (Knorr stock pot), I used single cream instead of double cream and I didn’t use butter… oh and I had to use dried wild mushrooms that I soaked in hot water. It was delicious and I’ll be making it again. Be sure to season it well, but do take into account the salt in your stock.

Next up…

Jamie Oliver’s five spice duck salad.

This recipe was absolutely delicious – it was also my first time cooking duck so I was quite nervous that I was going to ruin it, but it’s actually quite simple to do when following this recipe.

What did I change? Ummm…I didn’t season with Chinese 5 spice because all I had at the time was Thai 7 spice, but it was tasty anyway. The rest was pretty spot on. My mango was really, really ripe which went so well with the duck, so I recommend using a ripe one.

…and finally (for today anyway), Jamie’s mustard chicken.

Another winner, but next time I’ll be a little braver and use more mustard.

I’ll keep you updated with future recipes that I’ve tried. I’m cooking this tonight…

Antiguan beef stew with coconut rice.

Have you tried any brilliant recipes recently?

[all photographs of food taken from the recipe websites, for which links have been provided].

Lamb shank – ASDA Extra Special

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Right, this isn’t a foodie blog and I rarely talk about food on here but I just had something for dinner that I had to share with you, because it was delicious – ASDA’s slow cooked lamb shanks in garlic and rosemary gravy.

Some guys at work were raving about Iceland’s version of these but I do my weekly shop at ASDA so I thought I’d give their version a go. The cost? £6 for two lamb shanks. That might seem a little expensive but after eating them I would happily pay that again tomorrow. 

Usually I like to slow cook my meat myself, but it is nice to take a short cut every now and then and to be honest, if someone served this up to me I would think that it had taken all day to cook, BUT… here’s the kicker… they take 7 minutes in the microwave! What the lovely chefs at ASDA have done on our behalf is to sous vide the meat for us, saving us loads and loads of time. If you’ve not heard of the sous vide cooking technique, then it’s when food is cooked really slowly and at low temperatures in a water bath, wiki link here

So there you have it – I served mine with rosemary and garlic roasted new potatoes, garden peas and creamy leeks and the meat fell off the shank and was melt in the mouth. If you do try them please come back and let me know what you think. 

 

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Happy Sunday to all! I’m having a very relaxed one today – we’ve watched ‘30 minutes or less‘ on SKY, had far too much coffee, had some chocolate, played FIFA on the xbox and now we’re watching the F1. 

I just thought I’d quickly recommend a product from Lush. Those of you who know me will know how much I love Lush but this is a product I had not yet tried, the Twilight bath bomb. 

Here’s a picture of it in action :: 

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:: and here is the description from the Lush website :: 

If you are struggling to sleep, then this is perfect for using in the evenings. With lavender oil for when you need a bit of extra help to wind down.

We’ve added visuals to this bath to help your mind let go and embrace the night time. Twilight dissolves to create a growing sunset that gradually gets darker until you are finally left with the glimmer of stars. 

To round off the night-embracing effects of this experience, the fragrance is based around the comforting smell of a malty night-time drink

With lavender and tonka oils at the heart, there are also notes of caramel and malt to enhance a sense of comfort and reassurance. She’ll pick you up, will Ovaltina 🙂

I highly recommend it – it’s pretty and sparkly and it smells wonderful… £3.15. 

One last thing before I disappear, this little fellow has made me chuckle so many times this week that it is only fair that I share him with you :: 

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Daily product… for sensitive skin

Just a quick one to recommend a product that I use so often that I just, well, I don’t really think about it, but I have very sensitive skin and it is fabulous for daily moisturising.

I’ve had a couple of conversations with people on Twitter who have eczema and I was a sufferer for many years [thankfully it has passed for now] but my skin still doesn’t like to be overloaded, so I would recommend giving this a try if you also suffer with a skin complaint. 

Aveeno – Daily moisturising lotion [mine is with lavender, but it also comes unscented]. 

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If you try it, let me know how you get on with it. 

>> I would like to add that I don’t get paid for any blog posts, nor do I advertise anything, these are personal recommendations.