Here’s a little preview of my new office. I should call it ‘our’ spare room, but really it’s mine. Our little mint green dumping ground has been transformed into a peaceful space for me to work. It’s also just a lovely room to sit and read now that we have a sofa bed. There’s a few more bits and pieces that I want to buy before revealing all to you, but here’s a few of my favourite purchases so far. Continue Reading…
Strive to be different. Embrace your quirks, your flaws. Laugh off the negativity. Who wants to be normal anyway?
If you missed my challenge last year, then do not fear! It happens every year. I’m sure there are many of you out there who channel Christmas spirit from November 1st onwards. You’ll have a certain set of films that you watch every Christmas without fail. I have one of these lists. And since last year it has grown somewhat.
Here is my Christmas film list as it currently stands, top 40 stylee:
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
3. The Holiday
5. Love Actually
6 ☆. Bridget Jones’ Diary
7 ↓down 1. It’s a Wonderful Life
8 ☆. The Family Stone
It’s time to start introducing you to the lovely bloggers in my sidebar. I have three wonderful blogs for you to follow today, each offering you something completely different!
Angela’s blog is beautiful!! Both in design and content. A London dweller, Angela lives the life I occasionally find myself longing for. Blogger meet ups that involve the theatre, photo hunts and Joules press days and you hear me moan that ‘nothing happens in Norwich’. Grumble, grumble, grumble.
Angela is a true London lifestyle blogger, so if you want ideas on where to eat, recipes for Yorkshire Pudding sandwiches (oh yes!) and two lovely kittens who go by the names Pepper and Louie, then Angela is your girl. She also writes great DIY posts. I think some polka dots on my bedroom wall would look rather lovely. Ben will agree. I’ll make him.
Post of the month: London Photography Walk – I love things like this! I’ve done a photography walk in Norwich, years ago, and it’s such a great way to discover a city.
I love Louise’s blog! It’s a blog you need in your life, trust me. It’s a blog that goes deep, you know how I love a deep and meaningful every now and again, and there just isn’t enough of them out there! From thoughts on the mid life crisis (which I seemed to go through at the age of 23 and again now!) to understanding what makes you unique. I feel we all need Louise in our lives!
Post of the month: Getting your mojo back – truly wonderful tips on reigniting your imagination. Perfect for when the dreaded Bloggers’ Block rears its ugly head.
I do love welcoming Louisa back to the blog. If you’ve not come across Louisa’s blog before, it is truly charming and just wonderful. I really feel like I know this girl from reading her blog. The poor mite has been nursing a broken ankle of late, but you wouldn’t know it. She’s one of the most positive bloggers I know. This month she’s been meeting David Mitchell, drinking what looked like the most amazing hot chocolate ever and exploring the trenches.
Post of the month: Exploring the Trenches – probably something to do with that Sainsbury’s advert and my fascination with history in general, but I found this post rather moving.
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Naturally I am a lover of words. I thought I would start a simple new series, where I share some of my favourites with you. Some weeks there may be meaning behind them. Sometimes not. Sometimes I will expand. Sometimes I will share. Sometimes I’ll leave someone else’s words do the talking.
Today I am grateful for time alone. Two days in a conference surrounded by people, hours on a train surrounded by people, tomorrow shall be spent in a car surrounded by people. And that’s all okay, as at the moment I’m alone and re-charging.
That’s right, none of that squirty cream crap around here. Well that’s not quite true.
My favourite bit about drinking hot chocolate is when those teeny marshmallows start to melt and go gooey. So I thought ‘scrap the cream!’ Let’s just splodge a huge blob of marshmallow on top. I think this is technically meringue, but melted marshmallow consistency is what I was going for and that’s what I got!
You need to heat up your sugar in this meringue, which gives you a different consistency. I found when I simply whisked egg whites and sugar, once it had sat on the hot chocolate for a while it seemed a little ‘cooked’ and the texture when a bit iffy. But hey, if iffy’s what you’re after, go classic!!
I say, put around 65g of caster sugar and 2 egg whites in a glass bowl and heat gently over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir constantly until your sugar has dissolved. You’ll know when this has happened as you won’t be able to feel the granules of sugar when you rub the meringue between your fingers.
Once the sugar has dissolved, take off the heat and start whisking until your meringue forms peaks. Your peaks won’t be very stiff but you should be able to tip the bowl upside down over your head. Don’t blame me for limp meringue based accidents!
Once your meringue is ready, make your hot chocolate. I added a teaspoon of Hotel Chocolat’s salted caramel and pecan chocolate spread to mine. I know how to indulge! Then pipe your meringue over the top. It won’t sink, promise. You can give the meringue a quick blow torch if you like. I say just go for it!
Admittedly it’s a bit of a faff, but a faff I’m willing to go through for gooey marshmallowy goodness! Drink out of your favourite mug and enjoy. My current favourite happens to be this beautiful bulldog mug* from Alpenfraulein.