Happiness This Week #5

Happiness This Week #5

This week has been a good one! So much sunshine! Rory and I are planning to do as little as possible this weekend- beyond our last minute brunch on Saturday morning we’re hoping to just relax and actually spend some time together!? Oh my! It honestly feels as though we’ve not spent a single weekend day together in weeks now, and I miss that handsome boyfriend of mine so very much! Here’s a little list of what’s made me happy this week for you to have a read of.

1. Listening to a song on repeat that I have recently came across. It’s called Your Soul by the singer songwriter Rhodes. Too beautiful.

2. Hanging out all week long in summer dresses and flip-flops.

3. Watching last weekend’s Lillie’s open up fuller and fuller over the course of the week. They’re so flamboyant, and I adore them.

4. Going for brunch with Rory yesterday to catch up on our weeks events. He worked late a lot this week so I feel like I haven’t managed to speak to him much.

5. Purchasing this beautiful print which i’m going to frame and put on my wall, it symbolises that where ever you are in the word family is always home.

6. Appreciating the now. I’ve been trying to stay clear of pointless TV watching and my mobile phone in the evening. We’ve been listening to more music at home and having more fun together with good old fashioned cards and board games, today I’m going to have a browse on amazon to pick up a stack of books to get stuck into over the next week.

7. The delicious sweet and spicy beer can chicken Rory and I ate for dinner last night. Finger lickin’ good.

8. Bright ocean blue polish on my finger & toenails.

9. Spending time with my sister, it had been too long since our last get together.

10. Meeting up with Rory’s family for a mid week dinner and catchup. It’s the first time i’ve met up with them without Rory being there and it was so nice! Not to mention having the most deliciously mouthwateringly good mountain of chilli I had to eat!

How has your week been? Hope you’re enjoying your weekend 🙂

 

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Happiness This Week #4

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Oh thank goodness this working week is over. It has been extremely tiring and there have been way too many early mornings for my liking. My body definitely doesn’t like 5.00am wake ups.  I’m ready for a good long sleep this weekend, and some time spent with family and friends. Scotland has had great weather over the past week as well so I’m hoping it stays around over the weekend!

We have very little planned, which is good! One thing we do need to do is figure out what we still need to get for our summer holiday, perfect timing too, seeing as the sales have now begun. Hooray!… I actually hate the whole sales experience so I would preferably like to spend as little time in the shops as possible. Me and madness of sales shopping just don’t go. It stresses me out.

I used to work in Next when I was still at school and witnessed my fair share of ‘Next Sales’… need i say anymore. Anyway, enough of my ranting. I hope you’ve got a lovely weekend ahead of you! Here’s a little list of what’s made me happy this past week.

1. Finding my iPod USB cable, I can finally update the songs on it!

2. Making my way through a pile of books that have been sitting for some time collecting dust. They include Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith and The Five People You Meet In Heaven. This last one was such a lovely, hopeful and thought provoking work of fiction, I don’t think I’ve ever sobbed as much over a book as I did at the bittersweet ending of this one. I would thoroughly recommend.

3. Finding the perfect pair of heeled sandals for me to take on holiday. They were in the sale too!

4. Purchasing this beautiful desk lamp from notonthehighstreet.com

5. Sitting outside in the evening basking in the warm sunshine.

6. Finding the motivation to restart Pilates after a rather naughty break.

7. Iced lattes! I could drink them all day!

8. The tragic look on Rory’s face when I told him we were having cauliflower base pizza for dinner on Tuesday evening. And the look of sheer joy when he realised he would be working late so would miss out on (what I think) the delicious creation. He’s really not a fan.. 🙂

9. Hearing from my best friend when she came back from her holiday. She’s been away for a week, it felt like a month. How i missed her daily chats.

10. Pink Lady apples. Preferably fridge-cold.

 

What’s made you happy this week? 🙂

Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials

Now that summer is in full swing a lot of you will be thinking about heading off on holiday to sunny climates. This post is paying homage to the more traditional british holiday of camping! The tradition started over 100 years ago and the popularity has had a recent boom over the years. Camping holidays have always been a part of my life and with todays stylish accessories and camping necessities you’d be mad not to give it ago. This post highlights a few of my favourite essentials from various suppliers all over the world.

1. Wood & Faulk camp stool 2. Wooden Axe 3. Enamel plate 4. ‘Morkt’ lantern 5. Enamel tumblers 6. Tripolina chair 7. Washable paper lunch bag 8. Bug spray

Oat Cakes

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In my last post I mentioned that I have been eating some really yummy minestrone soup quite a lot lately. I feel it’s a great substitute for those sunny days when you don’t feel like eating something too heavy and when you don’t fancy a bowl of salad either. When it comes to soup I tend to always have oatcakes and cheese alongside it, however, I have never attempted to make my own oatcakes. Last week I had been looking through some of my mum and grans old recipe books and came across a hand scribbled note for some traditional Scottish oatcakes. The recipe was ridiculously straightforward and they tasted amazing! Perfect with some hearty cheese, smoked salmon or chutney.

225g oats
60g wholewheat flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
60g butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
60-80ml hot water

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C.

2. Mix together the oats, flour, salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda.
Add the butter and rub together until everything is mixed and has the consistency of large bread crumbs.

3. Add the water bit by bit and combine until you have a reasonably thick dough. You may feel you need to add a bit more water or flour, it all depends on the type of oats you use.

4. Sprinkle some extra flour on a work surface and roll out the dough to approx. 1/2cm thickness. Use a scone cutter to cut out the shapes (coincidentally if you use an upturned whisky glass it apparently makes the perfect size)

5. Place the oat cakes on a baking tray and bake for approx. 20-30mins or until slightly golden.

Happiness this week #3

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Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week. This weekend I’m planning on visiting family and fitting in as much relaxation time as possible, I feel really run down this week. Definitely in need of a holiday to warmer climates soon! I also intend to drink a lot of coffee, eat too many raspberries (I’m a bit addicted to them at the moment) and also get round to reading some magazines I’ve had sitting waiting to be read for a while. Frankies new edition has been sitting waiting for over a week, and I still need to catch up with Delicious and Living Etc. What are your plans for this weekend? Here’s my run down of what’s made me happy this week.

1. Eating bowlfuls of healthy chicken minestrone soup with home-made oatcakes (traditional Scottish recipe and photos coming soon).

2. Watching my chili plants grow from strength to strength, they now have pretty white flowers blossoming on them.

3. Sitting outside in the sunshine on my lunch break. It’s so nice getting out of the office for an hour and Edinburgh is such a pretty City in the summer.

4. Going for walks along the canal after eating too much at dinner.

5. The smell of freshly laundered clothes.

6. Dior Vernis Summer Mix, Sunnies nail polish. It’s been providing me with summer vibes all week long, even though the weather’s been quite grey and miserable at times.

7. Stocking up on summer clothes, I go to Rome in August and so obviously I needed to buy some new clothes.

8. Natural yoghurt. I just can’t get enough of it.

9. Writing down favourite recipes to go into my recipe folder. I love looking through the little notes in my Mums old cookery books and scraps of notepaper she’d scribbled recipes onto. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of making paper copies of my favourites to continue this tradition.

10. The new dishes I bought from Toast. I love how simple and rustic they look.

 

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers day is fast approaching this coming Sunday the 15th, so I have rounded up 10 of my favourite dad-friendly gifts. Whether he’s looking for a new pair of shoes, a delicious box of toffee or a beautiful monogrammed beer glass here’s some inspiration to help you a choose a special gift for that special man in your life. 

 

1. Farrah’s large original harrogate toffee tin

2. Vintage watch movement cufflink 

3. Oxford check shirt 

4. Chocolate spanner 

5. A classic woody scent

6. Pocket Square

7. Suede lace up shoes

8. Beer Glass + Mug 

9. Ultimate Pen

10. Leather satchel

Cinnamon Buns

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This was my first time making cinnamon buns and I was slightly nervous about how they might turn out. I struggled quite a bit with making these look pretty but I think they ended up looking okay. They tasted absolutely amazing though and that’s the most important part. Perfect served just out the oven with a steaming cup of tea or coffee.

 

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This recipe makes about 30 buns

150 g soft butter
90g caster sugar
½ tsp salt
500 ml milk
2x 7g sachets of fast action yeast
900g strong white bread flour

Filling
180 g soft butter
90g caster sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1 egg, lightly beaten and brushed over buns before cooking

 

Method
1. Mix butter, sugar, salt until smooth in a large bowl.
2. Heat milk in a saucepan until approximately 37°C (98.5F), remove from heat and add yeast sachets. Stir until dissolved. When yeast is completely dissolved, add milk to butter mixture.
3. Gradually add flour, then work on lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover bowl and leave to rise until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, mix the ingredients for the filling and set aside.
5. When dough is ready, divide it into two pieces. Start by rolling out the first piece of dough into a large rectangle, about 40×50 cm. Spread half of the filling on top.
6. To make the shape pictured here, fold the dough lengthways, three times, as if folding a letter into a small envelope.
7. Cut out long strips of dough (about 2 cm wide) which you will then cut in half so you will have 2 strips out of the one piece.
8. For each of half strip cut in half lengthways leaving an uncut version at the top so as they’re still joined.
9. Take each of the “legs” and twist them in to a braid and then form a knot shape.
9. Repeat steps 5-9 with remaining piece of dough.
10. Cover with a cloth and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
11.  Heat oven to 250°C (480F). Brush with beaten egg. Bake for about 8-11 minutes, depending on the size of the buns.

 

May Pinterest

May Pinterest

I was meant to post this at the end of May, but I’ve just not had the spare time to sit down and get it done. Finally though, I found a spare minute today to sit down and decide what pinterests were going to be making it on to my May pinterests post. The images I chose to include are all quite scandinavian in style (one of my favourite interior design styles) and all have a summery vibe to them. I guess my creative mind must be feeling summery even if the weather here in scotland isn’t! (2 weeks worth of rain is supposed to fall over this weekend alone.. madness. I’ve got my wellies at the ready).

Anyway, I hope you’re having a lovely weekend and i’m sorry for this post being over a week late, I’ll do better next time. I actually have a whole host of posts waiting to go up over the next few days, including some new and exciting recipes i’ve been trying out, a June wishlist and holiday ideas, but until then, happy viewing 🙂

 

All images sourced from my pinterest ‘Nest’ page. Originals from as follows: 1. homelife.com.au 2. nordicdesign.ca  3. sulia.com 4. planete-deco.fr