23 Apr 2014

We're Lost For Words Again

I always seem to be wondering where time goes and after realising that my Guinea Pigs are now ten months old I thought i'd write an update to follow this post.

Crumble, Cookie, Treacle and Pudding are still bursting with energy and have now learnt to squeak ridiculously loud when they're hungry. They've developed the typical Guinea Pig addiction to grass and would happily have a few buckets a day if they were given the chance.

Crumble and Cookie

After having Guinea Pigs for ten years i've realised that no matter how you look after them, every Guinea Pig has their own unique personality and it's no different with these four. I always seem to notice it when i'm putting them in their run in a morning as Pudding and Cookie are a dream to handle, Crumble likes to give you a headbut and Treacle will scratch you no matter what.

Treacle and Pudding

Having a group of Guinea Pigs usually means there's a hierarchy and Treacle is always the boss (no surprise there!). With Pudding being the smallest she does get pushed around a bit more but she's very adventurous and knows how to get out of the way; i've also never seen such a small Guinea Pig eat so much dry food! Cookie is very placid which makes her regular haircuts much easier for me and she didn't seem to mind too much when she had a bath either. Crumble is very friendly and isn't afraid to come and see if you've brought her any food and her lovely colour will always be a little reminder of Muffin who is still very much missed. 

A few weeks old

As you can see from the photos they've grown a lot and with their first birthday coming up in June i'm hoping they won't get much bigger!

21 Apr 2014

I Got My Mind Made Up And I Can't Let Go

When i'm not being really greedy and eating the biggest peshwari naan I can get my hands on I do like to eat healthily.
I tend to put an ingredient into the Pinterest search bar and see what comes up to give me a bit of inspiration when i'm cooking and that's what I did when I got the idea for these 'cauliflower fritters'. Although I didn't use a lot of cheese you can really taste it and i'm hoping to experiment a bit more and make a cauliflower crust pizza next.

Half a cauliflower
Half a broccoli
An egg
A handful of grated cheese
A couple of handfuls of spinach

  1. Using a food mixer blend half a cauliflower until it has a rice like texture. Then pour it into a bowl lined with paper towels and squeezed out the excess moisture.
  2. Next, blend the spinach and broccoli until it's a similar texture to the cauliflower.
  3. Combine the cauliflower, broccoli and spinach with the egg and grated cheese and give it a good mix.
  4. Grab a bun tray and put a couple of spoons of the mixture in each one and press them down firmly. Alternatively, you can use individual silicone cake cases for easier washing up.
  5. Bake them in the oven at 200°c for around 25 minutes until they are crisp on top.
  6. I served three with a chicken breast marinaded in BBQ sauce and a handful of steamed sugar snap peas. Perfect and really simple to make.

13 Apr 2014

It’s Alright If You Don’t Know Which Way You’re Gonna Go

I was very kindly nominated for the Liebster award by Hollie and as I haven't really written a lifestyle post recently I thought it would be perfect to sit down and write on a lazy Sunday.

The Liebster award is made up of 11 facts about yourself and 11 questions created by the blogger who nominated you. To continue the chain you nominate up to 11 other bloggers and write 11 new questions for your nominees. 

11 facts about me
  1. Pinterest is one of my most visited websites, shamefully followed by the Daily Mail online.
  2. I've been living on my own since September and it's the best thing i've ever done.
  3. I have a one-eyed Guinea Pig called Pudding.
  4. My most listened to song this week is Holding onto Heaven by Foxes.
  5. I have given blood eleven times but sadly had to stop last year.
  6. My favourite blog at the minute is Lydia Faye Jones.
  7. I'm secretly addicted to the Smurf Village app.
  8. The last thing I ate was a slice of Tarte au Citron with cream; perfect Sunday treat!
  9. I'm a Virgo which means i'm a perfectionist and I really live up to this. 
  10. One of my guilty pleasures is Sunday Brunch on Channel 4.
  11. The last film I watched was Friends With Benefits. 

Questions from Hollie

1. What do you do besides blogging?
I currently work in a press office. I'll be working there for another five months before I go back to complete my final year of university in September.

2. What are your favourite brands?
For fashion i'd probably say Topshop and H&M and for beauty Revlon, MAC and Origins.

3. Who are your style icons?
Caroline Flack's style is something i've always liked. I wish I could pull off shorts as well as she can! I follow quite a few fashion blogs and in a way they're more like my style icons rather than famous people.

4. Where is your favourite place in the whole world?
This is hard to answer as I haven't done any real travelling yet; when I was younger i'd always go on holiday to places by the sea so anywhere with a beach would make me happy!

5. What is your dream job?
Even though I can say I love my current job, i'm still not sure what I want to do in the future. I'd love to work for a magazine or for a food brand doing something creative.

6. What is your favourite book?
I used to read lots when I was younger but then blogs and magazines took over my life and I haven't read one in far too long! One of my favourites is Rescue Me by Melissa Wareham; i'm a huge animal lover and it's the only non chick-lit book that I haven't been able to put down!

7. What are you really bad at?
Driving tests; I can drive perfectly in lessons but as soon as I do a test I forget everything! I'm hoping for fourth time lucky when I finally get around to driving again!

8. What would you say is one of your best assets?
This question wasn't easy to answer; I think probably my eyes (is that a weird thing to say?!)

9. Which garment do you live in?
Since i've been working full time it would have to be my joggers or my pyjamas. As soon as I get home from work the first thing I do is get changed into some comfy clothes!

10. If you won the lottery, what would be your first splurge?
As boring as it sounds i'd probably pay off all my uni debts. And then i'd go on a really expensive holiday as I haven't been abroad for ages!

11. What is your biggest life goal?
I've become really career driven since starting my placement and I know that having a good job that i'm happy in is what I want the most. Finding it is probably not going to be easy so i'm glad i've got another year of uni to help me make my mind up about what I want to do!

Questions for my nominated bloggers
  1. What is your favourite dessert?
  2. What do you think makes a good blog?
  3. If you could be on any reality TV program what would it be?
  4. What is your favourite quote?
  5. What is your biggest achievement?  
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. What is your most-worn perfume?
  8. What was the last thing you bought?
  9. What song have you listened to the most this year?
  10. Are you superstitious?
  11. What is your favourite nail polish shade?

Blogs I have nominated
Emily, Jade, Fern and Jessica.