Monday, 27 June 2016

Planning, 5 Years and Slimming World...

The last few weekends have been quite quiet, we've been trying to sort the flat out which is just never ending and when we are out we tend to go to the cinema, there is just so much on at the moment and the next few months look good too so I imagine we'll be there quite a lot! Me Before You just broke my heart and I already can't wait to get it on DVD, I know it will be one of those films I put on when I need a good cry! We also went to see The Conjuring 2, just this weekend which was a lot scarier than I expected so I won't be in a hurry to watch that again any time soon. We've booked tickets to see Now You See Me 2 in VIP next week. With our 5 year anniversary on the Wednesday we thought it would be something nice to do and it looks so good, the comfy seats and buffet have sold it for me, hopefully it will be as good as it looks. We've both booked a few days off so I can't wait to do a few different things and we're also going to a fancy hotel which should be really nice. 

I can't believe how fast the 5 years have gone, they've just flown by! The last few weeks we've really started to do some proper research and planning for the wedding we want and hopefully in the next few months it will be booked and we can focus on the smaller details. As much I want to say all the things we're planning, I think we're going to keep it just between us two, it's like having our own little secret and then we'll tell people afterwards! It's exciting to know it's all finally taking place though. We also started planning our trip to London in November which I am SO excited for, I love London, I honestly think I could live there. Our tickets for Wicked arrived too which is exciting! I've wanted to see it for a while and we've managed to get really good seats aswell so I know that will be good, thats on our first night so we then have a few days to go to the christmas markets there, especially Winter Wonderland and this time we have to finally see Buckingham Palace!
Over the last week or so I've made a real effort to stick to Slimming World and I can already feel the difference, in my first week I lost 4lbs which I was so happy with and hopefully I can just keep losing more and more every week, I'm loving cooking new things and properly planning for the week, work is my downfall but I've managed to resist all the bad things and stick to fruit and my healthy extras! I had a few days off plan over the weekend as we had plans but i'm fully back on plan now until this weekend when we have the boys, then they'll be desserts, chocolate, crisps, everything! 
Overnight Oats, Breakfast Wrap with Slimming World Chips and Beans, Baked Oats with Fruit and Chicken and New Potato Salad.

Have you been to see Wicked in London? If so let me know what you thought of it!
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

A few weeks ago I decided to try making a Lemon Drizzle and I am glad I did because it turned out so well and was actually surprisingly easy. Much better than shop bought lemon drizzle!
First one with sugar topping, second one with icing sugar topping.
225g butter/spread
225g caster sugar
275g of self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
4 tbsp milk
grated zest of 2 lemons

Topping - You can either do a sugar topping which is literally about 175g of sugar mixed with the juice of 2 lemons or you can do one made with icing sugar and the juice of the 2 lemons, I preferred the icing sugar one but both are good!

1. Pre - heat oven to 180 degrees and grease a square baking tin (I don't know the exact measurements but this makes quite a lot of mixture so I used a pretty big tin)
2. To a bowl, add the butter, sugar, self raising flour, baking powder, eggs, milk and grated zest, you don't need to add things one at a time and then mix, this is so simple and you can literally put it all in at once if you're using an electric whisk, this is definitely easier and takes no time at all! If you did just want to use a normal wooden spoon to mix i'd maybe add a few ingredients in at a time. 
3. When the mixture is smooth, you can add it to your prepared cake tin and bake for around 40 minutes, I check it after about 35 minutes and use a skewer to check if its done, it if it comes out clean then it means the cake is cooked and ready to come out, if there is any of the mixture still on it then it needs a bit longer.
4. Depending on which topping you go for, will depend on when you put the topping on! If you go for the sugar topping you will need to put this on while it is still warm and before it cools completely, it won't go on aswell if its cooled. Or if you go for the icing sugar topping, leave the cake to cool then add it, i literally drizzled this all over the cake and it was so nice, I got loads out of it too when I cut it into squares.

This was such an amazing cake and I'm so glad I finally attempted it! It was so soft and just perfect with icing sugar on top!

My Other Baking Recipes - Chocolate Loaf Cake, Cornflake Tart and Slutty Brownies.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Slimming World Egg Fried Rice and Pork Stir Fry Recipe

I love Chinese food but it's not the healthiest thing and takeaways are expensive so I was really happy to find some good Chinese slimming world recipes recently. Stir fry isn't something we have loads but I always enjoy it when we do and egg fried rice is one of my favourites things and it is so easy to make so todays post is a recipe for both of them!
Stir Fry - To start I cooked pork loin steaks and then sliced into thin strips, I put aside on a plate while I cooked the vegetables. I just bought a stir fry pack from Aldi for less then a pound which had cabbage, carrots, peppers, onions and I fried this until it was soft and then added the pork back to the pan. If you wanted to add any beansprouts you could add them now or if you wanted to add noodles, they only take a few minutes to cook in boiling water so you could add these too at this point, I normally add some soy sauce while its cooking but this time I used a chow mein stir fry sauce from Aldi which if you follow Slimming World would be a few syns for each person. While i'm finishing the rice I leave this in the pan to all cook through and stay hot. 

Egg Fried Rice - I start some water boiling in 2 saucepans, when its boiled I use one pan for the rice and one for peas, cook them both as you normally would and then when cooked and drained mix together in a big bowl. You can now add a beaten egg, as the rice is so hot that will cook the egg, but if you don't want to do it that way you can just scramble a few eggs and then add to the rice, thats what I normally do. I add a bit of seasoning and then add soy sauce and mix. It's so simple to make and tastes so good.

The egg fried rice in particular is one of my favourite slimming world recipes, I could eat it all the time! Let me know if you make either of these! They are such good fakeaway recipes.

Other Slimming World Recipes - Overnight Oats and Keema Curry Pie.

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

May Favourites - Me Before You, Yankee Candle and Spotlight...

This month's favourites includes a lot of things TV and film related! but there has been so much this month I wanted to mention and I've managed to get it down to just a few.
Me Before You Images, Spotlight, The Secret.
Spotlight - I hadn't even heard of this film until a few weeks ago when George suggested it, i'm so glad we watched it because it was so intense and one you can really get into. It's a true story about how the Boston Globe did an investigation into cases of widespread child abuse in the Boston area by numerous catholic priests. It was shocking to watch and learn about all these things that went on that people knew about and covered up for so long, the acting was amazing by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams. I definitely recommend watching it if you haven't. 

The Secret - We got hooked on this a few weeks ago, there was only a few episodes but there was so much going on and every week just got better and better. It was about the murders carried out by Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan of their partners to cover up their affair, it was a true story and so shocking to watch and know that it all actually happened. I love a good drama like this that you can really look forward to every week as it's so good and it makes it even more intriguing when you know its a true story. 

Lemon Drizzle Cake - I'll be putting a recipe up for this soon as it is is just so good! I made it a few weeks ago and we just loved it so I made it again last weekend when we had some family round and they also loved it which I was so pleased about! I even passed the recipe on so it must have been good. It's such a simple recipe and takes no time at all so a great one to make if people are coming round or you just want some cake that doesn't take too long to make. I find when I make something like chocolate cake there are so many steps to it and it takes me so much time, especially with toppings and everything, but with this I put it all in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer and bake. So nice, especially with an icing sugar topping. 

Me Before You - I had to mention this in my favourites even thought technically it came out on the third of June and we saw it on the 4th but I couldn't wait to mention it, I was so excited to see it and it didn't disappoint! I read the book ages ago so I knew the story and what was going to happen but as it was so long ago I had forgot about a few of the characters and a few things that happened so it was really nice to watch it without knowing everything about it. It is literally heart breaking, it's so sad, it can make you laugh and cry, and I cried a lot. I was sat sobbing at the end, I didn't think I was going to stop, it's a great one to go and see with your partner or a few friends, couldn't recommend it enough. 

Yankee Candle Summer Peach - I absolutely love this scent! I picked a small one up from Clintons a few weeks ago and it just smells amazing, Peach is my favourite ever scent so I was so happy to see this as i'd never seen it before, I also picked up a new candle holder that matches the living room which I also love, I just get obsessed with anything to do with candles, I could buy them all the time.

What have you been loving this month?

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Life Lately...

I haven't done any weekend posts for a few weeks now, or any posts at all to be honest, I haven't felt myself so I didn't really want to just moan on here and I really haven't been in the mood to do anything. I'm still going to do them but they just might not be every week, not at the moment anyway. I've felt so stressed over the last few weeks and my anxiety has been quite bad, i'm finding quite a few things difficult at the moment and letting a lot of people get to me. Sometimes I feel like I should just put how I feel on here and get everything out thats on my mind, hopefully make other people realise how they really make me feel but I don't know. It's so difficult when you know someone doesn't want to get to know you or when people make it so obvious they don't like you and you have no idea why, that's almost worse than a proper fall out with someone because at least then you know why someone doesn't want anything to do with you. I just don't feel good at the moment. Maybe I'll write more in a separate post another time.

I was really happy with my last two blog posts, 21 Things I Want To Achieve and Date Night Ideas, I thought they were both a bit different and fun to write but as always with my blog I go through phases, sometimes i'm really happy with it and other times I can't think of anything to write! I'm a bit in between with it at the moment.

Anyway last weekend I wanted to have a nice few days with George and we already had plans to do some shopping, and shopping always helps. We went to Meadowhall on the Saturday for a few things, mainly a few presents for people, I just love buying people things so I was in my element! We also had a voucher to use that we've had for a while now so we picked a few home things up. We weren't actually planning on doing much on the Sunday but we got unlimited cards a few weeks ago for the cinema so we had a bit of a spontaneous date night and we decided to go and see Bad Neighbours 2 which was quite good but definitely not as good as the first! We then went to Bella Italia after like we did last time, the dessert was so good! We got the selection of shot desserts, there was a mini cheesecake, salted caramel pots, pannacotta and a limoncello tart which was my favourite!
The weekend just gone we have Georges brothers over and it was really so lovely, we had a really nice time, they stayed all weekend and went on the Monday night and we actually did loads. As we live so close to Meadowhall we decided to go there on Saturday, they still had some birthday money, so they were loving it and I also picked up a gorgeous smelling candle that I've seen a few times, its the Summer Peach scent from Yankee Candle and I love it so much, peach is my favourite scent so I can't wait to burn this and have the whole room smelling of it! I also got a new candle holder too which I love. On Sunday we had some family over which was really nice, me and Alfie made a chocolate cake which always goes down well and a lemon drizzle cake which I think is becoming a new favourite of mine to make! Everyone liked it which made us very happy! We got through a few films over the weekend too, every time they come we watch horrors and this time we actually bought the last Paranormal Activity - The Ghost Dimension, buying it was probably a stupid idea cos we'll never watch it again! And we also watched Deadpool and then on bank holiday Monday we went to see Captain America Civil War, they'd already seen it but wanted to see it again and George has been dying to see it before it goes. We also all got a bit obsessed with Snapchat over the weekend and all the different filters, I love the flower one, I absolutely hate pictures of myself but the flower filter is just too pretty I had to take a picture, and I love the one of George as a panda!
This coming weekend we're going to see Me Before You which I've been waiting to see for so long, I know its going to be a really sad film but I can't wait and hope it lives up to the book, this weekend is my last where I get Monday off too as I go up to five days a week in 2 weeks which will be strange, so I really want to make the most of it.

How are things going for you? I'd love to know! Also, have you seen any new films at the cinema recently? I'm loving having unlimited cards!

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