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Monday, 21 July 2014

the holiday album

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet over on these parts, but I'm very pleased to see that a few of you lovely lot are still popping your head over here from time to time, hopefully on the lookout for new posts...well here one is, at last.

What can I say? I went on holiday, relaxed to the max, and only now, well over a week later, is my head starting to maintain concentration and focus once again, on something other than sunbathing.  Hurrah to that, although not so happy to no longer been on hols.

Anyway, enough ramble, on to some photos.  I like to maintain that I am a blogger, but somehow, I successfully managed to pack the camera charger...and not the camera, d'oh.  

So I here's a few iPhone snaps, and a slightly photo heavy post:

Dress - Oasis
Shoes - Office
Hat - H&M

Champagne and cake for breakfast - yes, you did read that right...and well, it would be rude not to wouldn't it?!

And cocktails for dessert:

A swim to burn off the cake?
And a pose or two in the evening:

And finally, a selfie...just because, I love this photo!


Friday, 27 June 2014

coconut bread


Ever since Olivia posted this recipe for Coconut Bread back at the beginning of April, it's been on my 'must bake' list.  I love coconut, and I love bread, it's a win-win situation.

Now, I was not disappointed.  This bread is a dream, and I have been enjoying this in every way you can imagine, with fresh berries and yoghurt as per Olivia, toasted with a little bit of butter, fresh out the oven with A LOT of nutella, and plain and simple all on it's own.

I've made it several times since, and served it to every member of my family, and most of the boy's, and it's been thumbs up all round.

Ingredients
 2 eggs
- 300ml milk
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 375g plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 2tsp ground cinnamon
- 220g caster sugar
- 150g shredded coconut
- 75g melter unsalted butter 
Method
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and grease and line a loaf tin! 

2. Whisk your eggs, milk and vanilla into a bowl until slightly frothy. In a separate bowl sift your flour, baking powder and cinnamon. 
3. Add your sugar and coconut to to the dry mixture, and stir until combined. Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and gradually pour in your egg mixture, stirring each bit as you go. 

4. Add in your melted butter and stir in until just combined, try to not over mix! 
5. Carefully pop into your preheated oven and bake for one hour (or a little more until nice and crisp)- check with a skewer before removing to check it's all done too!

6. Leave to cool on a wire wrack, and serve with whatever takes your fancy.

Oh, and just for the record, I'm not normally a cinnamon fan, but it combined with the coconut, it works a treat!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

the spotted jeans



Last week, I seemed to well and truly lose my blogging mojo! However hard I tried, I just couldn't drum up the enthusiasm to start writing, let alone edit photos and come up with post titles...ha, I can never come up with post titles, let alone when I've got blogging block.

But then, I put on my new spotted jeans, who WOULDN'T want to blog about these bad boys, just look at them! 

I'd had my eye on these for a while, well, if truth be told, I couldn't squeeze my ass into the size I wanted to purchase, and unfortunately my local (read tiny) H&M didn't stock the size up.  Until one day, like magic, they appeared and I whipped them up quicker than you can say 'hello latest blog post'!

Jeans - H&M
Tee - Topshop
Denim Jacket* - French Connection
Trainers - Converse

If you're a fan, just be warned, these jeans are TIGHT! I'm wearing a size I'd rather not admit too, and even in these I was lunging down the corridors at work at every opportunity when no-one was around.  And I've never felt satisfaction like it, after peeling them off later in the evening after consuming garlic bread and pizza. 
 
So a size (or two) up, would be much advised.

And can we take a moment or two to appreciate the Converse too please, I think I'll have to have these surgically removed from my feet... pastel perfection and uber comfy too.


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