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Twenty Five.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016
I'm not just saying this, but I think it's actually law now, where if your birthday falls on a Friday, you are entitled to celebrate it for the entire weekend, possibly even Monday AND the Thursday if you want to be really greedy, which is exactly what I did!

So with that in mind, I had a super busy and fun weekend to celebrate my (ugh don't want to say it...) 25th Birthday. Every year I tend to not want any fuss or anything big happen, but this year things feel different, for one, i'm actually socialising again, I know, i'm being serious. Two, the sun actually came out for the entire time so had to take advantage of that, I might have moaned a few times that it was too hot but there we go..and three, I'm now 25, from now on I really am an adult, a proper one this time, not just a young adult. When I was younger and I knew someone was 25, I would think wow, I can't wait till I'm a grown up, they can do whatever the hell they want...Oh childhood innocence. 

I pretty much just ate this weekend, spent it with some awesome people and got very little sleep. But it was the best birthday i've ever for a while, so thanks to everyone who made it so fab for me!

As tradition, I headed off to Longleat on my actual Birthday, typically it did rain a little in the morning but completely dried off by the time we got there. Abbie actually got involved in the safari part this time, giggling at the monkeys and not moaning until the very end, bonus. 

Here are a selection of photos from the past 5 days, as I mentioned above, mostly food, but also mostly out and about too, which compared to my life last year, is completely different..

Hope you all have a great week :)

Yesterday I headed off to my favourite little cafe in Bath, The Green Rocket, you might've seen a few posts ago that I went on and on about how amazing it was, and this visit was no exception. The roast dinner was once again flawless, and I even demolished a vegan flapjack too, which by the way was THE BEST flapjack I have ever had, gonna need to try and recreate the recipe I think! The plan was to have ice cream but my eyes were too big for my belly and I probably would've exploded if I would've stuffed anything else down my gob.

So a little retail therapy did the job instead, a stop in LUSH, Primark, Boots, Superdrug and a few other places too, I do love Birthday money, means you shouldn't feel guilty about buying yourself new things...I say shouldn't, because I still did. I can easily spend money on Abbie but anything for me and I can never justify it..i'm sure it's a parent thing though, I certainly had no problems before she existed..

Bath is one of my favourite places, it's so beautiful and picturesque, there's always things going on and now I have found my new favourite cafe, I think i'm gonna find myself there a lot more...Oh and also, I WORE A DRESS, if you know me well, you'll know that's a rarity, I'm one of those awkward people who constantly plays with their outfit and pulls on it all the time. But it was far too hot to wear my usual jeans and t-shirt so I just went for it, wasn't too scary actually ;)

Thanks to everyone who sent me Birthday messages too, I had a wonderful few days, kinda looking forward to the next one too now ;)


Recipe | Vegan Smores Brownies

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

It's been a while since I've put up a recipe post, they are my favourite to write up so I really must make more! I'm not gonna lie, this is NOT a difficult recipe, nor does it involve me making everything from scratch, sometimes I just love grabbing a box out the cupboard and making something without forking out on all the ingredients needed! 

So i've finally got round to making these Brownies, I've been wanting to do it for ages but have been so darn busy! I actually picked up a box of the Hale & Hearty Brownie Mix from Holland & Barrett a month or so ago and it's been sat in my cupboard calling my name, i'm not Vegan myself but considering I don't eat anything that contains eggs, when it comes to cakes I have to pick the vegan options so it's all good practice for me!

I was a little hesitant about making these, only because I've never used an egg replacer before and the fact they are wheat free too, but I was so pleasantly surprised, these taste EXACTLY the same as your regular decadent brownies, the texture is the same, the chocolatey taste is identical except this time they are actually kinda good for you! I had a few people test them out for me, who both LOVED them, including one Vegan snob who even gave them a 10/10! BOOM! ;) Anyone else get their tasters to rate on a scale? Ha ha.
But seriously, these are incredible! 

You will need;
Mini marshmallows
(double check they are vegetarian/vegan)

*Heat your oven to 175 degrees *

1. Add your brownie mix to the bowl, along with your butter, egg replacer & water
Mix together until well combined

2. Add your milk and mix well again

3. Line a baking tray (20x20 preferably) with foil or parchment paper

4. Pour your mixture into tin and level out

5. Pop in your oven for about 25 minutes
(told you it was an easy recipe) ;)

6. A few minutes before it's finished, remove from the oven, switch the setting to grill mode

7. Sprinkle over your marshmallows, I used an entire bag because why the hell not! ;)

Pop under the grill for a few minutes, keep an eye on it so the marshmallows don't burn and remove when they are golden and toasted!

TRA-LA! Easy peasy Vegan brownies!
Enjoy! :)

A Little Chit Chat

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Life seems to be going at a hundred miles an hour at the moment, not that i'm really complaining, it's so nice being busy, plus having a social life again is bloody amazing! I pretty much hid in my little shell after I had Abbie, and for 3 1/2 years I stayed there and dedicated every ounce of my time to her. She's suddenly grown up the past few months, I don't know how it happened, it's literally like she woke up one day and decided to talk lots and be super independent! I'm now able to actually leave her all day, whilst I meet up occasionally with friends, she's happy and content without me which is such a great milestone, for the both of us.

As most of you will probably know, Abbie sleeps in my bed, it was easier when she was a baby and she was a bloody awful sleeper for the longest time so that was the decision that was made. But I have literally spent the past 3 1/2 years going to bed at the same time as her, originally because she would need settling a lot, then I think it became a habit for us both and then through pure exhaustion, I found myself falling asleep at 9.30 anyway! I feel like a proper grown up now, because I've started coming downstairs and leaving her in bed, and I have to say, it's been amazing. I have time to talk to and see friends, catch up on TV and just be me for a few hours, i've thoroughly enjoyed it. 

I thought i'd write up a little catch up post, I don't remember the last time I wrote one like this, plus i've taken so many photos on my phone it would be a  shame to waste them! 

Sunday just gone, I popped into Bath to meet up with an old friend, Bath is seriously one of my favourite places to be, so many adorable shops, hidden pathways and so much history, I always feel uplifted just being there. We decided to have some lunch so popped into The Green Rocket, an adorable Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant, I'd had a look at the place online and it sounded so quirky and the food looked delicious too, plus with myself being a Vegetarian and Clare heading back to the Vegan life, it worked for the both of us!

We both ordered the Nut Roast Dinner and pretty much salivated all over the table based on the smells coming out of the kitchen  I can honestly say, this was not only the best roast dinner i've ever had, but the best meal i've ever had in a restaurant, everything was delicious and I am so excited to go back! I'm a bit picky with where I eat, especially now i'm a Vegetarian, I don't want to be awkward but if I know there is no meat whatsoever in the building, I kinda relax a little!

We then headed out and wandered around Bath for some shopping time, I even had my very first visit to a LUSH shop, can't believe i've been missing out on it all this long, I've now used my first product too and am crazy in love! I know exactly what i'm asking for, for my birthday now! ;). Such a lovely day out though and even the weather held out for us, hooray!

Something big that happened about 5 weeks ago now, was getting my hair cut off again! I literally see a hairdresser every 2 years and my hair grows ridiculously quickly! So I had about 12 inches off and I am so in love with the end result! It was a little shorter than I wanted but I knew I was in great hands with my hairdresser so trusted him completely! I will be going back to him every time from now on! I've popped a before and after photo below if you're interested!

I've also rekindled my love again for ice lollies, random I know, but on the one week we had scorching sunshine and it was too hot for words, I needed something to cool me down, FAB's in particular, I forgot just how good they were! Oh and I'm obsessed with the Salted Caramel Ice Creams from Waitrose too, SERIOUSLY amazing! Staying on the subject of food, i've been cooking some new things recently, we even tried out a Hello Fresh box the other week which I will be sharing with you all soon, I was surprised how good everything was! I have so many recipes saved on my laptop at the moment, i'm pretty much set with a new meal every day till Christmas!

Can someone please tell me who said it was ok for Abbie to grow up? Seriously, I feel like she went to sleep a baby and woke up about 7 years old! Her personality is really blooming at the moment, she's a super feisty one thats for sure, but she's also seriously so well behaved, i'm really very very lucky! (lets hope i've not just jinxed that!). She's just got the kindest heart in the world, loves her cuddles still but at the same time she's very independent, she nows makes her breakfast herself, even down to buttering her toast and cutting it up (blunt knife of course), she loves choosing what to wear and is such a little chatterbox too! In 3 months she will be 4 years old and i'm not quite sure what to think about it...where does the time go?


Lifestyle Change & Vegetarian Recipes!

Saturday, 4 June 2016
I'm now into my third month of being a Vegetarian and I can't quite believe how different it's made me feel! I never thought in a million years I'd give up meat, but after I ended up with food poisoning last year, it just made me so nervous and anxious when it came to eating meat again! I figured I would try and go vegetarian for a while to see if it helped, but never imagined it would leave me feeling so much better as well! I was expecting to feel tired amongst other things but i've found myself sleeping better and I feel so much better in myself too!

It's really made me more adventurous with food too, trying to incorporate protein has been much easier than I thought and Abbie has been enjoying trying new things too! I'm not sure if it's something I will do forever but I am feeling so much better in myself, so we will have to see! I have actually just bought Ella Woodward's new book, although I could never commit to Vegan, I absolutely love her recipes and plan on recreating most of them in the future, especially the delicious energy bites which i'm planning on trying next week!

I've also cut out egg as well which includes anything containing eggs, the only thing i've struggled with is finding egg free cakes, but I did carry out some research and invested in some egg replacer products so I will be posting up some recipes and my honest opinion on them in the upcoming months! First recipe i'll be making are eggless American style Brownies, with toasted marshmallows, YUM!

I currently have a list of new vegetarian recipes I want to try, so I thought I would share 10 of them today for you! I'm not into recipes with tons and tons of ingredients either, so most of these are pretty simple and made using usual things you already have in your kitchen!

Enjoy! :)

Carrot & Tomato Tagliatelle
by Love And Lemons

Easy Roasted Veg Ratatouille
by Amuse Your Bouche

Lentil & Vegetable Cous Cous
by Waitress

Roasted Vegetable Potatoes
by Cookie & Kate

Vegetarian Paella with Chickpeas
by Amuse Your Bouche

Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Creme Fraiche
by Cookie & Kate

Grilled Summer Squash Pizza
by Aggie's Kitchen

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles
by Oh My Veggies

Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites
by Love & Lemons

Roasted Beetroot & Apple Salad
by Anja's Food 4 Thought

Spring Time Adventure with Mothercare

Friday, 3 June 2016
Gosh it's been such a long time since I've blogged, i've had so much going on so the blog has taken a back seat, I have been working on posts and things over the past few weeks so I have quite a few posts now ready for the next week or so! It's nice to get my mojo back actually, i've missed all this! Can you believe I've only got my camera out once in the past 3 months? I'm so obsessed with taking photos that I  usually take it everywhere with me, but life has been pretty full on so i've taken a few steps back to sort a lot out! But i'm now back, and looking forward to sharing some new posts and ideas with you all, plus HELLO SUMMER, ok, so not officially till the 20th, and it's actually rained most of the past few days, but I'm excited June is here anyhow! Can't quite believe how fast this year has gone, almost half way through already, wasn't it just Christmas? 

Anyway, I thought i'd start with bringing you a little post about our trip to the Animal Park last week, we actually had some lasting sunshine so managed to get out quite a bit, the weather has been so temperamental so it's difficult to plan days out and things! But we woke up on Thursday and asked Abbie where she wanted to go and she asked for the Animal Park so that's where we headed! She was in the best mood and the sun was shining, cue lots of pictures!

I popped Abbie in her adorable Lighthouse T-shirt from Mothercare, I'm so in love with the Little Bird range at the moment, it reminds me of the kind of things I wore as a little un, very 90's inspired! Abbie has loads of Jools Oliver's clothing and actually asks to wear her rainbow t-shirt a lot too, think it's definitely her favourite! Her little faded jeans are from Next and her bright yellow wellies are from eBay! I've also added a few little photos of her yellow cardigan too from the same Mothercare range, it's my favourite thing of Abbie's she's owned, so bright and colourful!

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