Saturday, 6 February 2016

Photo a Day 2016: January

Ok, so January has somehow felt like the longest month ever but then "surprise!" - it's over!

It's really not felt like winter at all...I've not had to wear my big red Paddington Bear duffle coat more than a handful of times but it has been a bit chilly in the mornings.  I found a wonderful grey knitted "duffle-cardi" in a charity shop so that's kept the chill off when I drive to work.

I set myself a few "promises" for the new year and might have not got off to a flying start...ok, so I'm now on my 4th book towards my reading challenge and kept up with my 3rd year of "photo a day" but I've been nowhere near the gym and have cooked virtually nothing...I'll consider this as a virtual kick up the bum to get going!

Tv of the month: "Luther" - nothing brand new but something we started watching and sort of just stopped watching so thought it was time to start watching it again.  I do love a good crime thriller and I seem to spend most of the time spent watching this series on the edge of my seat!

Film of the month:  It was a bit of a silly one but was packed with stars - "Mortdecai"

Book of the month:  To tie in with my "read 52 in 52" challenge, I'm including my favourite book of the month to my monthly round up...

I've read (and loved) Neil Gaiman books before but for whatever reason I didn't think I'd like "American Gods".  What an idiot!  It was brilliant and could barely put it down!

Ear worm of the month:  "3 Miles High" - Travis.  A bit of a blast from the past!  I remember a few of their singles being released when I first moved back to England but had completely forgotten about the band until their latest single wafter through my speakers on the way home.

Favourite food of the month: I'm cheating because it's not food, it's drink...I am a massive cider fan and was delighted when I found passionfruit and apple cider from Old Mout on the shelf of my local supermarket.

Best day:  Anniversary day!  We celebrated 8 years being together by going to Blue's Smokehouse and stuffing ourselves silly...

I use Collect to gather and sort out all of my "photo a day" pictures but do tend to also upload them to Instagram…want to see each picture from the last month?  Let's be friends!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Things to Cook in 2016

One of the things I've promised myself to do in 2016 is to create more recipes so this calls for a list!  I love a good list!  Pinterest remains a firm favourite for inspiration for new foods and recipes as does FoodGawker and naturally, Instagram...while I've got boards and links galore for recipes that inspire me - here are the things I really want to get cooking in this year..

My cooking to do list - I want to challenge myself to make the things I've always wanted to this year including agedashi tofu

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Photo a Day 2015: December

It's the end of another year - cliche, cliche, cliche, but I can't believe how time flies!  I also can't believe that I've completed two whole years of this "photo a day" challenge!  

December was a ridiculously busy month - me and Mr Jones both work in retail and it's naturally the busiest time of year.  On top of the usual added workload I started to look after a new group of products in November so was still trying to get my head around things like PC gaming steering wheels, flashy keyboards, all of the different types of fitness bands (there are a LOT!) and lightbulbs you can control from your phone...

December is also a month that always seems to be overflowing with hampers, Christmas meals, work parties...

Saturday, 9 January 2016

A Night in Mayfair - Cartizze & Hakkasan

Cartizze.  You can find it in Lancashire Court which is a teeny tiny cobbled street that wouldn't look out of place in a Harry Potter film!  The bar is quite small with dark wood and low lighting which made it feel very cosy.

It's that time of year where there are a lot of work parties and nights out - it's a great way to visit places you might not normally go to and spend time with work friends outside of the office (usually with a few drinks under their belts!).

An invite arrived in my inbox for a team night out for cocktails and dinner.  I clicked the "accept" button and didn't really look at where we were going until much later on...when I did, I got really excited!  I mean, extremely exited.  First up on the agenda was Cartizze, a dark and cosy bar hidden down a cobbled street with an extensive cocktail menu, and then to Hakkasan which is a Michelin star Cantonese restaurant just by Berkeley Square Gardens.  Michelin star?!  Oh wow...

Monday, 4 January 2016

UK Blog Awards 2016: Why I Entered

I've seen the UK Blog awards a fcouple of years running but have always beem a little too late to enter. I've submitted my favourite blogs, I've voted for blogs and even found new blogs to read and follow.  This year I saw the tweet on time to actually enter so thought "what the heck?!" and managed to submit this little blog in time.

I'm not sure I'm in with a chance of winning anything or even placing but wanted to enter for a few reasons...


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