30 January 2012

Snippets from my weekend

We had an average weekend...but sometimes average is the best! 

Friday night was spent keeping warm and cosy and watching our new favourite show Dexter, the fun and friendly serial killer on Netflix. We have a month free subscription so are trying to watch as much as we can before it ends.



Found on google images

On Saturday we had a pancakes for breakfast which is a rare treat! I had blueberries...they are just so good and makes it just that little bit healthier right..?




We did a little bit of shopping and then went to visit my Grandad as it was his 80th birthday. He is ill at the moment so we didn't have a big party. Instead we ate good food and spent a few hours at their house catching up.


Found on google images

On Sunday we went to Ikea. It was super busy in the car park and in the shop for no apparent reason..then at the tills it was empty! Maybe we bypassed all the crowds.




I was really tempted to get another orchid....maybe a white one with yellow. They are reasonably prices in Ikea but I just couldn't justify getting another one considering I don't have my own place. It would just be too much having 2 in my room.


Instead we got a lamp..it gives out a great glow.




Pizza for lunch. We both LOVE pizza so it's a must at the weekend.






The garden needed work so that was the plan for that afternoon...






Joined by a furry friend...




Flowering already!


Sunday was finished off with a yummy roast dinner and more Dexter...love it!!!


It was a nice weekend but it went waay too fast.


I hope you all had a great one : )


Gemma x

18 January 2012

Recipe: Raspberry Cheesecake

 This week has been very strange. My parents had to go away for a night so I had to play mum and look after my younger brother and sister. 

Everything is back to normal now but I just feel a little 'out of sync'. January is generally a weird month for me..I guess it takes me a while to get back into the flow of normal..whatever that is?
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I haven't had a lot to blog about so I thought i'd share this recipe with you...








I made a gorgeous Cheesecake for boxing day dessert at Christmas. It has a really light texture with bursts of raspberry and then a yummy biscuit base..so good! My nan usually doesn't like Cheesecake but she was converted when she tried this.

I found the recipe here . People who reviewed it said they used other fruits like blueberries or strawberries instead and it worked perfectly. I prefer Raspberries...


 Ingredients

* 8 digestive biscuits
* 50g butter, melted
* 600g cream cheese
* 2 tbsp plain / all purpose flour
* 175g caster sugar
* Vanilla extract
* 2 eggs, plus 1 yolk
* 142ml pot soured cream
* 150g raspberries
*icing sugar to dust
* 20cm springform tin






Method


Pre-heat  the oven to 180C/ 350f /gas 4. Crush 8 biscuits. I put them in a plastic bag and crushed with a rolling pin.

Mix with the melted butter and press into a  tin and bake for 5 minutes, then cool. Mix the cream cheese with the flour, caster sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract, 2 eggs and yolk and the soured cream. Then stir in the raspberries and pour into the tin.

Bake for 40 minutes and check for a slightly wobbly centre. Turn the oven off and open to door, leaving the cheesecake to cool in the oven.

You can dust icing sugar over the top or serve it with a raspberry coulis.




This would be great to serve as a BBQ dessert on those hot summer days which are yet to come. They seem so far off but I bet once Easter is here time will fly by!

Gemma x

11 January 2012

A little buy

I found this cute little bowl in the shop ' Tiger' a few weeks back. As soon as I saw it I had to have it for only £1.






I love the Chinese style detail and the light blue colour of the bowl. 





I thought about using it to maybe hold my pins but it seems too nice for that.


After having a walk around the shop *clinging onto my little bowl*, Ian convinced me to get a few more.  He said something along the lines of "you'll regret not having a set of them one day".

He is always right....





I think these would be perfect for carrot sticks and dips for when we have our "one day" home. Or maybe olive oil and Ciabatta... yummy!

I also found this bargain at a local garden center. I had my eye on it when I saw it on the set of the "Great British Bake-Off" so was really happy when I saw it before Christmas. At nearly £10 I decided to forget it.


 After deciding to take another visit after Christmas I was chuffed to find it on sale at £3! Yay! For now it will live on my bathroom door but I think it would look lovely outside somewhere..although I don't know if it is weather proof?


I think getting little bits and pieces if we see them at a good price is a good thing to do. Atleast we won't have to get loads once we do get somewhere in a few years time.


Gemma x

9 January 2012

Word of the Year 2012 and positive changes

My word of the year for 2012 is going to be 
LEARN

I want to learn lots of general things really....



+ How to use my camera properly. 

+ The chemistry behind baking...I have actually never thought about why you knead bread dough or what baking powder does to a cake.


+ What the scary looking things on my sewing machine do and what to do when the tension goes wrong.


+ To drive!!!


+ A new craft possibly


So far this year I have learnt that the plural for ladybirds/bugs are 'lovelies' ...random but true!

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I don't like to call them 'New Years Resolutions', more like positive changes, but I have a few changes i'd like to make which I think will improve my quality of life and make me happier.

+ To read more and to read a variety of genres *not just the lovey dovey stuff!!*

+ Get more sleep! I get tired so early in the evening so should really get to bed earlier.

+ To eat healthier. More fresh fruit &Veg (from our garden!!)

+ A better routine with exercise


What positve changes are you making(big or small)?

Gemma x




3 January 2012

Christmas Eve / Day!

Something I always try and remember is that I want to use my blog as a way of journaling memories. I know it's a little past Xmas but I just wanted to record a few memories.


+ On Christmas Eve we went to the Nativity Service at Church. It made me feel really fuzzy inside singing all the classic carols and watching the sweet little angels on stage. 


+ Ian's little cousins came along with us and in the middle of the last carol 'Silent Night'(which was sung by candlelight) The youngest decided to have a good cry in Ian's arms...Oops!


+ We had a cosy Christmas Eve (with some lovely bed socks and xmas pj's) and helped my little brother get ready for Santa to come and visit. I love helping him getting the milk and cookies ready.


+ On Christmas morning Ian came over with lots of gifts for us all. He wore a cute Santa hat and had a bag full of gifts over his shoulder as he walked down the road..very festive!!


+My nan's perfect roast potatoes! 


+ Playing a quiz around the table after our dinner at my nan and gdads house...we always have a fun silly time!


+ Yummy Nut Free Christmas pudding! I had my first one a year or so back and it's so good!


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Here are some of the lovely gifts I got this year from family and a few I got myself....





I got these with a hobby craft gift card I received.

Sorry this isn't the greatest picture! I got this on Sale in Sainsburys for 35p!!!
They also had some lovely candles that  were the same price.

Lots of reading!

Cath Kidston book

Cosy Slippers

A new icing set. The tin is good enough to be on show somewhere!

Cute diary


More books...lots of cooking to be done!


This was from Ian's Sister. The best handmade gift EVER!!! She is so clever.

A Lush Wand...so good!!


Lovely lovely presents : )


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I hope you are having a good week so far. 


We had a really bad storm today and a big tree fell down and smashed someones car just down the road. Not a great start to the year for them!


Gemma x

1 January 2012

Christmas 2011

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday! It all went very quickly here, but I enjoyed every minute of it. We’ve had 3 birthdays, Christmas, Boxing day, parties and a few other family meals to keep us busy and really really full! Late nights, late mornings...we've been spoilt!!  


I tried to get as many pictures as possible but got caught up in all the fun so didn't manage to get a lot that were blog-worthy.


Here are a few random ones...




Boxing Day Cheesecake (recipe to come!)

The advert I didn't see


Xmas card I want to frame









Boxing Day Table

Jamie Olivers Waffle


Yummy Breakfast





Pretty Birthday Present from Ian



Perfect pot for orchid..he knows me so well!!





I have to admit I am feeling the January Blues already. Does anyone else feel like that?

I think its a generally bad month full of grey skies but at least the frost has stayed away and I have lots of chocolate to eat! Once the Christmas decorations have come down and everyone is back to a normal routine I will probably feel a little more settled.

I'll be back soon to show you some of my pressies.

Gemma x

P.s - I went to Costco yesterday in a hope to find some good Christmas wrapping paper deals but instead found Easter Eggs!!



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