I’m In With The In Crowd.

I gave in and succumbed, I am now the proud owner of UGG boots.

I have always had a pair of Fuggs, fake uggs if you will. You know, the ones from high street which don’t keep your feet warm and if there is even the SLIGHTEST bit of water make you slip and slide about the like you are competing in the ice skating section of the winter Olympics!

This was not a decision taken lightly as they cost A LOT and I would see these as an investment rather than a fashion statement. For I shall (and will try not to) wear these with ‘cottons’ and a Jack Wills jumper, I AM NOT A STUDENT or a teenager.

I knew the pair that I wanted, my eyes had been set on a pair of ‘Baileys’ in chestnut with triple buttons, I searched the internet for a good deal, some where £240 and the pair that I found were £219 from http://www.spartoo.co.uk, free delivery which is a bonus but I had to wait 6 days before I received the beauties. Now I am not a patient person so 6 days on a pair of boots I just paid £219 for was not the greatest, but nonetheless they arrived and I am happy.

These boots are for the winter, I have my winter boot selection which consist of biker boots, ankle boots, Hunter wellies, snow boots and now my UGG’s. I also have my winter wardrobe and coats, but I shall leave that for another post.

Now I will leave you with a couple of pictures of my ‘Neeeeeew shooooooes!’

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Afternoon Nibbles And Cocktails.

Months and months ago I purchased a voucher from LivingSocial  for my mum’s birthday (or mother’s day, I can’t quite remember!) for afternoon tea with a twist at the Birdcage in Musselburgh.  You get the usual which is your mini sandwiches and cakes; but instead of having tea, we had a cocktail made in front of us by a mixologist (and got to shake it up!).  We were asked to pick a cocktail from a small selection (of 4) and mum choose the strawberry cream ‘tea’, it was delish,  the mini sannies and cakes were just as delish and we managed to scoff them all!  It was lovely just to spend some time with my mum and have a good girlie giggle.

The Birdcage is a beautiful place in a unusual location (I wouldn’t have known about that place had it not been for the deal), the food and drink is also reasonably priced.  I’m considering going there for my 25th!


A’ Bake A Cake.

Last week myself and Jaimie decided to doing some baking.  We tend to have ‘bake offs’ where by Jaimie will bake something and I will bake something and at the end we see who’s tasty treat is the best (mine, obviously!).  When we were away on our mini break Jaimie bought some fine oats from a mill that we visited and he thought it would be nice to make some oat scones and I was opting for a devils food cake.  They were both delish!  

For Jaimie’s oat scones he used:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup white sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre.  In a small bowl, beat egg until frothy, and stir in melted butter and milk.  Pour into the well, and mix to create a soft dough.  Pat dough into two 1/2 inch thick circles. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Score 8 wedges into each circle of dough.  Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until risen and browned. 

For my devils food cake:

50g/2oz best-quality cocoa powder, sifted

100g/4oz dark muscovado sugar

250ml/8fl oz boiling water

125g/4½oz soft unsalted butter, plus some for greasing

150g/5oz caster sugar

225g/8oz plain flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 free-range eggs 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line the bottoms of two 20cm/8in sandwich tins with baking parchment and butter the sides.  Put the cocoa and the dark muscovado sugar into a large bowl and pour in the boiling water.  Whisk to mix, then set aside.  Cream the butter and caster sugar together in a separate bowl, beating well until pale and fluffy.  Stir the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together in another bowl.  Pop some of the vanilla extract into the creamed butter and sugar – mixing – then crack in one egg, quickly followed by a scoop of the flour mixture, then the second egg.  Keep mixing after each addition.  Incorporate the rest of the flour mixture little by little, then finally mix and fold in the cocoa mixture, scraping the bowl well with a spatula.  Pour the batter into the prepared tin(s) and put in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Take the tins out and leave them on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes, then turn the cakes out and set aside to cool.  

Afternoon Tea.

This is a very delayed post about a fabulous afternoon tea that me and J had a couple of Saturday’s ago in Peckham’s.

A while ago I spotted and bought an offer of afternoon tea and Prosecco for 2, £8 (normally £16) from Groupon for Peckham’s in Brunsfield.  So J and myself took a trip there a couple of Saturday’s ago and enjoyed it!

When we arrived we were greeted by the friendly staff and shown to a booth where we made ourselves comfortable, after 5 minutes the waitress came back over to our table with a glass of Prosecco each and then after another 5 minutes she came back with our 3 tier tray with a beautiful selection of tiny treats!  On the bottom layer there was an assortment of mini sandwiches with the crusts cut off, then on the second layer there was 2 plain toasted scones with some cream and delish jam and on the third and final layer there perched 2 HUGE lemon cupcakes!  It was AMAZING and I would happily pay £16 and we SHALL be going back again.



Dec 1st.

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So last week I received an advent calender from work (Toy Story), and today I got to open door number 1!  Nothing beats the taste of cheap chocolate!  Today, it was a small Christmas tree that was behind the door, I wonder what tomorrow will bring!

A Little Obsession.

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Ok, I am going to admit something. I have an unhealthy obsession with Butterkist Sweet Popcorn.  You would think that working in a cinema that I world be sick of the stuff, and I was.  After the first week I despised it and vowed never to eat it ever again, but one fateful evening I formed a craving for it and have at least one packet a week.  It’s an addiction and a habit!  But one I very much doubt I’ll get rid of.
You can buy a packet for £1 from ASDA.
Just saying…. 😉