11 June 2015

Small Bathroom Inspiration

The bathroom in our new house is on the small side so careful and clever storage is going to be a must. I've been on Pinterest (Follow me here) and have found some great ideas.

Image via Marthastewart.com

Fixing towel rails on the back of the door to store your towels

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Using little shelves between the toilet and the wall

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Storage below the sink will be a must! I especially love the ceramic sink on top of the wooden stand.

Image via Pinterest
Every girl needs somewhere to keep her lotions and potions. This storage solution keeps everything in one place.

As it's small we will be using neutral colours and hopefully a decent sized mirror to give the illusion of space. I'll be sharing progress soon!

Gemma x

8 June 2015

Sea Bass with a Lemon & Caper Dressing Recipe



Sainsbury's are hosting a #Switchthefish campaign again this year to show their customers how tasty lesser known fish can be. I am a creature of habit and admit to choosing the same fish often. There are so many varieties to try so why not broaden your horizons? On Friday the 12th of June, customers who ask for one of the 'Big 5' fish will be offered a free portion of a lesser known fish. So make sure you get to Sainsbury's this Friday and catch one of the other many fish in the sea!

To inspire you to cook with lesser known fish, Sainsbury's have challenged 12 bloggers to share a fish recipe with our readers. I've chosen to cook with Sea Bass.

Serves 2
Original recipe here

Ingredients

2 x Sea Bass fillets
Olive oil
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Heaped Tbsp Capers
1 Lemon
Parsley
Salt & Pepper
1-2 Maris Piper potatoes
2 cloves of Garlic (Minced)
Seasonal vegetables (We used french beans & roasted peppers)

Method

To make the dressing, mix the Dijon mustard, Capers, a pinch of salt & pepper, 2 Tbsp of Olive oil, 1 Tbsp of Lemon juice & the zest of half a lemon.

Pre-heat your oven to 200c/ Gas mark 7.

Peel & chop your potatoes and boil until they are just soft. Lay on a baking tray, with the minced garlic, salt, pepper and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Toss the potatoes and bake from 40-50 minutes until golden (turning them every 15 minutes or so).

Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Lay the fillets of Sea Bass skin side up on the tray, drizzle a little olive oil on top and season lightly with salt. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. 

Chop up a handful of parsley and mix into the dressing before lightly pouring over the cooked fish.

Serve with seasonal vegetables.



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I really enjoyed this dish. It was so easy to put together and the fish barely took any time at all to cook. It tasted really nice, I will definitely be purchasing Sea Bass again and hope to try many other species of fish.

I hope you are feeling inspired!

Gemma x

N.B - Thank you Sainsburys for sending me some vouchers to purchase these ingredients : )


3 June 2015

Buying Our First Home

Sorry for going a bit quiet on here but I have a genuine excuse...we finally have the house!! The past few weeks have been a little stressful getting all the paperwork finalised and getting the formalities out the way, but it was worth it as it is now OURS!

We got the keys last Friday and the short drive from the estate agents to the house was so nerve racking as we were both excited and petrified at the same time. We've been saving for years and the moment we dreamt of was finally happening. Buying your first home is a big deal! 

Once we were in it felt so weird. As I mentioned before the needs house renovating. The windows, kitchen and bathroom need replacing, the flooring needs redoing and then a big overhaul of decorating etc. Because of all this I don't think it will begin to feel homely or welcoming until we start putting our stamp on it.


From this picture the kitchen doesn't look awful but i'm telling you it was bad!!
We worked all weekend getting the house back to its 'bare bones' so to speak. The kitchen has been ripped out, the broken laminate and brown carpets are up and we've started to take the bathroom out too. 

Rooms are becoming more neutral which I love! Now to get on with paint stripping, hole filling and sanding.






I'll be back soon with a few inspiration posts and lots more pictures to share!

Gemma x

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