April 22, 2014

Easter Sunday Celebrations

So Easter has come and gone.
The long weekend went far too fast and I am already back at work feeling like I never left.

Our Easter Sunday was a good'en.
We started our day singing hymns in Church, then came home to prep for lunch.
We had friends over for an Easter Sunday lunch so it was all hands on deck with the preparations.
It was like the not so calm rushing around before the storm.

I took charge of the strawberries and prepped them to perfection (if I do say so myself).
Easter bunnies were laid out and freshly picked forget-me-nots added the final spring touch to the table.
Glasses were polished an put in their place just waiting to be over flowing with champagne.
Candles twinkled and the fire crackled and roared making the house all cosy.
The glorious sunshine we had been having was replaced by grey clouds and a cool wind so we knew then once the sun had set it would feel more 'Wintry' than 'Spring evening'. So it would be the kind of evening where you want to snuggle down in front of a log fire.
Everyone arrived and the champagne started flowing.
From then on it was a never ending stream of food, wine and chatter.
The main event was roast lamb and roast beef with all the trimmings.

We piled our plates high, being warned there would be enough for seconds, and took our seats for the feeding to begin! 
Sounds a little ominous doesn't it!
Desert was a choice between profiteroles, extremely well prepped strawberries (!!) and summer fruit and berry meringues. 
The meringues were kindly bought by our guests, and I think I'm right in saying they were from Harvey Nicks. I'm telling you this because they were uh-mazinggg! Light and crispy on the outside with a chewy middle, uh I'm salivating at the thought of them now. You should go and get yourself some right away.
You know how I hate decision making, so I went for a bit of everything. That way, you just can't lose.

Henry popped along to say Hi.
His tail feathers are so impressive at the moment.
There may have been a cheeky extra desert in the form of birthday cake. Any excuse!
After cheese & crackers, chocolate truffles, tea and coffee, I had physically no room left for my Easter bunny so he was saved for another day.

I'm not sure when exactly my bikini body preparations are going to begin as there is still far too much chocolate left over in the house. But I'll worry about that next week.

As for now though, a Sunday spent eating and drinking far too much amongst friends. I can't think of anything better.

April 19, 2014

Easter Carrot Cake Bites

Let me start by saying Happy Easter everyone!

I hope everyone has been having a beautiful Easter weekend. 

So far the weather has been beautiful so I've been sat out in the garden tryin' to get ma tan owwwnn (wasn't successful), spending time with friends and family and eating far too much food.
So I realise because I've been very disorganised and posted this so late it probably isn't possible for anyone to make these it time for Easter Sunday but I thought I would share the recipe anyway. 

Save chocolate bunnies, eat carrot cake instead!!!
There's no baking involved all you need is a food processor and you'll be able to whip these up in 5 minutes. (Maybe a bit longer depending on how good your carrot rolling skills are).

Original recipe from the Hip & Healthy website.

You will need:

1 cup grated carrots
1 cup walnuts
6 pitted and chopped dates
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 - 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 and a half teaspoons of liquid coconut oil

Decoration:
Chocolate Oreo biscuits (optional)
Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Chuck all the ingredients in the blender bar the Oreos and mint leaves and whiz together until you get a sticky mixture.
Roll into small balls
and then shape into carrots.
If you fancy making the "soil" blitz the Oreo biscuits in a food processor until you get a crumbly, soil, texture.
Spread over a plate.
Pop mint leaves into the top of the carrots and lay them on the "soil".
Eat 'em quick before the bunnies get 'em!
Roll them in "soil" and then enjoy.

Double dipping, or rolling, is up to you!

April 18, 2014

Fangirling

Lying in bed at 3am completely unable to sleep, I tossed & turned, flipped my pillow, tried to shut off my mind and think of nothing, which of course led me to think of even more. 
Instead of reaching for my book (sensible option) I went for my phone (which is thought to stimulate your brain even further - not sensible). 
Scrolling through my twitter feed, the same usual stuff, nothing out of the ordinary and most people asleep, like I should have been.

Then I stumbled upon a video along with the caption:

So might just be the coolest 17 year old... ever?! Check out this super inspirational talk.
(@jacksgap)

I love little anecdotes, inspirational quotes and motivational videos (search TED talks on YouTube and go from there). Captions which give you something to think about and thought provoking pictures. Heck I have them framed in my room, as the background on my phone and a whole board devoted to them on Pinterest.

So through one eye I started watching. 

Tavi Geninson is one inspirational young lady. Go on and see for yourself.


At just 17 she manages to tackle issues and topics which many teenage girls struggle with. She talks with depth and knowledge which seems way beyond her years, yet at the same time is lighthearted, completely understandable and relatable.
She talks about Fangirling, depression, heartbreak, clich├ęs, creativity, originality, her own life and how she juggles school with running her wildly successful magazine Rookie.

She's truly refreshing and inspiring.

So Tavi if you don't mind me saying I'm completely Fangirling over you.