29
Jan
2015
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Things that made me smile this January

January is always a really hard month and the cold dark mornings make it that much more difficult to leave the warmth and cosiness of bed. Getting back into a routine after the holidays and accepting that chomping my way through all that cheese has definitely NOT agreed with my waistline is a bit of a bummer too. Boo. But that being said, there were also a lot of things that made me smile in January and here are just a few of them. 1. Starting more days than I should with a latte and a croissant. Having this for...
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25
Jan
2015
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Chocolate, amaretto and raspberry pots

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Last night I made good on one of my 2015 to-do list items and had some friends round for dinner. That meant that Saturday was a blur of menu planning, table setting and cooking up a storm. Come 7pm, I had seriously earned my three-course meal and a glass of red. But it was so nice to enjoy some food with two of our closest friends and set the world to rights. For dinner we had antipasti with homemade bread to start, beef in red wine with crushed new potatoes and garlicky...
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22
Jan
2015
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Mellow yellow

Freya Hello Sunshine Cushion from Spoilt Rotten Gifts  The spare room in our house has been neglected for a while. I spruced it up a little before Christmas as we had people staying, but it really needs to be redone. Part of the problem is when we last painted it we got the colour wrong. Despite doing all the right things and trying out tester pots until we got what we thought was the perfect shade, once it was on all four walls it was nothing like what we had in mind. At that time we had run out of...
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21
Jan
2015
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How to get into a fitness routine

Around three years ago I started to take my health and fitness a lot more seriously. Why? Well, this may sound a little superficial, but Rob had just proposed and I found out pretty quickly that nothing motivates a girl to sort out her eating habits and get to the gym quite like the threat of fitting into a wedding dress. But now that we’ve been married almost a year, have I fell out of that routine I worked so hard to build up? The answer is no and let me tell you why. I’ve never felt better. I have...
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18
Jan
2015
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Courgetti with a pine nut, basil, spinach and yoghurt pesto

The comments on my last post about courgettes/zucchini made me giggle. I find it a bit odd that two English speaking countries have such different names for the same vegetable. My Italian heritage leads me in the direction of preferring zucchini, but for the purposes of this blog post, I think courgetti has a better ring to it than zuccheti. If you haven’t heard of courgetti, it’s courgette spaghetti or noodles, and I can’t get enough of them. I hadn’t got round to buying a spiralizer, so when Rachel’s Organic asked if they could send me one, I was beyond...
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15
Jan
2015
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Lunch at The Ox

Meeting my girlfriends for lunch is one of my favourite things to do. It never ends up being just lunch, and more often than not, it’s 7pm before we know it. True to form, that was exactly what happened when we caught up last Saturday for lunch at The Ox. Until recently, The Bellevue had occupied this prime location at the bottom of Broughton Street, and when we heard it was under new ownership, we were excited to try it. The menu was really good, making our choice pretty difficult. There was a good mix of small dishes and larger...
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