Thursday, 30 May 2013

Cheese and broccoli bites | How to...

I mentioned a while back that I've been trying to get a little more healthy ready for my summer holiday, which has been going OK until I was tempted into buying a bar of the new Cadbury's marvellous creations chocolate - I've been craving it ever since. So to kick my sweet cravings I had a browse on pinterest to find a simple healthy recipes to fill in for my chocolate snacking habit. Take a look at what I made...

What you'll need:

3 large eggs
2 handfuls of grated cheese 
Bread crumbs, I used 3 slices of bread
1 cup of broccoli 
Herbs/Spice of your choice (optional)

There really isn't much technique to this recipe - just throw all the ingredients into a bowl and make sure it's mixed up evenly. Next, separate the mixture into little balls and place onto a greased tray. I sprinkled a little bit of hot spice on the top of each ball to finish off as my boyfriends a spice merchant, but this is completely optional. All you need to do now is place them into a preheated oven at around 190c for 15 minutes, then flip each little ball over and cook for another 10 minutes. 

... And voila! I love finding recipes that I don't have to run out to the shops to pick up ingredients for, I generally have frozen broccoli in my fridge and the rest are staples in my kitchen. This one's also a great way to use up leftover vegetables from your Sunday lunch or dinner in the week and remember you don't just have to use broccoli, the kitchen is your oyster!

What have you guys been cooking recently? Let me know if you try this out too...

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Saturday morning at the reclamation yard...

My mum and dad have been raving about Wye Valley Reclamation for a couple of weeks, they'd bought a few bought a few bits for the house and had been wanting to take me the next time I was home. We took a trip across yesterday morning for a mooch around, I thought you guys might be interested in some of the pieces they had there. Take a look...

The actual site is huge, you can meander through little sheds filled with homey trinkets like home made soaps and hand printed tea towels. My favourite part is the big yard filled with all the reclaimed goods, from the coolest enamel signs to old school lockers and desks. You really could spend hours in here, especially if you're after something unique or a quirky item to fix up into something else. 

Hope you're all having a brilliant bank holiday weekend... The sun is shining. Hallelujah!



Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Colour coordinated books..

There's nothing more I love than seeing a jam packed book case - I adore the way it looks, the different colours, fonts and sizes down the spines of each book. The personality it adds to a space, I always think you can add such a personal, welcoming touch to an environment by filling it with your favourite and most loved books.

I've collected a fair amount of books over my 21 years - From high school and college to my foundation year and University I've pretty much always studied the arts or fashion, with that (I'm sure you art students will know) I've accumulated a lot of books - New or old, battered of pristine each one I treasure as a visual aid to inspire me. Take a look...

These are the books I keep in Cardiff, they're mainly the ones I use for my degree or are new to my collection, like this Grace Coddington book that I actually got for Christmas - Only just sitting down to read it. We don't have a bookshelf at the moment, so I stack them in a semi colour/size coordinated order in a little annex we have in the flat, I personally love the way it looks. 

I find a lot of my books in TK Maxx, if you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know my love for this place. Try have a good rummage you can normally find some crackers for a bargain and as my mum says "it's cheaper than buying a good magazine" - a good mantra to go by! 

If you have any questions about any of the books in my collection, feel free to ask!
What are your favourite books? I'd love to know... 


Monday, 20 May 2013


We've been surprised by warm sunshine, tiny Shetland ponies and lot of (too much) Tequila - A few snaps from the weekend. It's been a busy one...

I could sleep for a week - the signs of a good weekend to me! Now it's the first week of my summer holidays, got a dissertation to write and a bag full of clothes to go on ebay

What have you guys been up to this weekend? I'd love to know...


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

What's for breakfast?

Over the past couple of weeks I've been trying to get a little more healthy. I'm not the type of girl that can cut down to salad and nuts, never touching a chocolate bar again.. No-no. Instead I've just been cutting down on fatty foods and introducing some fruits and veggies to my diet. Here's a tasty, filling option I've had for breakfast - it looks great if you're having people over and will keep you full until lunch time. Take a look...

You will need:
1/2 an Avocado 
3 pieces of streaky bacon
Bread of your choice 

Looking at these photos is making me crave Avocado, it makes for a great alternative to butter, it kind of has the same texture and tastes amazing with the bacon. This meal idea would also make a lovely starter if you were having a dinner party, or a quick and easy lunch time snack. 

What healthy recipes do you guys like? I'd love to know...


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Tk Maxx haul

A long awaited visit to the TK Maxx in my home town was well over due for this weekend - I don't know what it is about this particular one, but if I'm in the mood for a good rummage I can regularly come out with some great finds and so I did today. Here's what I picked up...

I am an absolute notebook fiend, so as soon as I spotted this yellow pad I couldn't put it down. It's so lovely, like an old school book reinvented in neon. My mum found the photo album and bought it for me to put in my new flat - It's an adorable size and I love the simplicity of it. 

Again with the notebooks, but how absolutely gob smacking lovely is this neon orange book. It's soft leather and the perfect handbag size, it was just too cool to leave behind. I was really attracted to this set of felt tip pens, the packaging really caught my eye and the colour of the pens, they're all subtle brights which is quite unusual to come across. They also double up as ink for stamps which is a bonus.

The actual reason I went into TK Maxx was to get a water bottle and I found this absolute gem. I love the retro design, it's sleek, cool and everything I'd want, I love that it's nice enough to leave out in the kitchen without looking messy. Lastly I picked up this vintage style corn flakes tin, I'm going to use it as a lunch box at Uni, it's just big enough to hold a sandwich and some fruit.

Have you guys found any good bits in TK Maxx recently? I'd love to know...


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Presenting flowers in a tea towel

Now summer is finally approaching, the sunshines bringing parties and BBQ's. I always think it's a sweet gesture to take the host a token gift. Here's a simple and affordable way of presenting a bunch of flowers for your party host, all you need is a tea towel and some fresh blooms.

You can pick up a traditional tea towel like this in most home stores for pounds - it's nice to go for a classic colour and print that will compliment your flowers and be in keeping with the rustic theme. As for the lovely flowers, these were bought from Aldi, putting two bunches together bulks them out a little making them seem more expensive than they are.

To fasten up your flowers loop some twine around the middle of the tea towel and tie with a knot. You can add a large brown label with a stamped message to your gift to add a personal touch suited to the occasion.

I think this makes such a lovely gift for someone - obviously it doesn't have to be a gesture for a host, it would make a great house warming present or for a cooking fanatics birthday. Adapt as you please...

Have you got any unusual ways of presenting flowers? Let me know if you try this and definitely send me a photo, I'd love to see them...


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

I've been shopping #9

I've been going through a bit of a lull in terms of my wardrobe recently - sometimes I think it's because I study fashion, I start to lose interest in buying clothes for myself as I'm faced with it everyday. Then I blame the weather, just ridiculously unpredictable, I never know what to wear.

Whilst out shopping the other day, I spotted these shirts in the window of GAP - now, I can't say I'm not a regular GAP shopper, I think the last item I'd warn from there was most probably from the kids section. But, I think I've rekindled my love for it. I adore the two things I've bought and will definitely be returning. Take a look...

So, I definitely got that colour thing I was after. Both shirts were in the sale and I'm pretty sure are still in store for around £20-£30. They're the "boyfriend fit" so a really comfy but flattering loose style, I love all the subtle detailing, lots of buttons and tucks. Just a really great all round basic for summer.

What have you guys been buying for Summer? I'd love to know...