Monday, 29 September 2014

autumn cooking : pins

One of the many things that I adore about autumn, is the food. You are almost obliged to set down the salads, and indulge in warming soups, scrumptious stews and delicious pies. The dreaded phrase, 'Get Your Bikini Body' is not going to raise it's ugly head until at least New Year, so I think it's high time to indulge in those things the make autumn, autumn.

one : savory fall stew {link}
Italian sausages, hot tomatoes, butternut squash, and even everyone's Christmas favourite, Brussel Sprouts, this autumn stew has it all.

two : pumpkin bars {link}
Just as Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Brussel sprouts, autumn wouldn't be autumn without pumpkin weaving its way in. These pumpkin bars are just the remedy you need.

three : savory autumn leaf pies {link}
These are pies, shaped as leaves. What more do you need to know? Must be eaten outside. I would imagine.

four : autumn cider mimosa {link}
A spin on mulled cider (which is wonderful), an autumn cider mimosa is a boozier version, practically guaranteed to keep you warm in the cooler temperatures.

All links to pins included above.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

five lovely things

one : Downton Abbey
No, no. I'm not talking about the latest season that returned to our screens last week. No, I had some serious catching up to do. All the way back to season three. I've just found out that Sybil died, and I am still in mourning. If things get worse, and I have heard rumours that they do, please do not let me know. I prefer to think of a happier time when wearing the wrong jacket to dinner was perhaps the most unsightly tragedy to fall upon the great house.

two : the story of us
Fractured by Dani Atkins was a hugely popular book, and this week, I finished another book by the same author, and enjoyed it all the more. The Story of Us is the story of Richard, of Amy, of Emma, of Jack, and it is a compelling, and raw story of love. As with Fractured, there is a unique narrative that streams throughout the book, starting with The End, which pops up every few chapters. It's hard to say more without giving away the storyline, but needless to say, you are in for a real treat.

three : the wedding of I and J
We went to a lovely wedding yesterday. There was a bouncy castle. Need I say more? Well yes actually, congratulations to the happy couple.

four : wedding food fair
Whilst we are on wedding's, I am bridesmaid (alongside a bride!) next year, and last Sunday, we went to the London Foodie Wedding Fair in the beautiful Skinners Hall. I went to the National Wedding Fair last year, and it was quite a scary experience. This was all together different. Upon arrival, we were handed a glass of champagne, and then there were countless and delicious samples from the many stalls. On the roof terrace, we got to try the do it yourself gin and tonic bar, alongside some lovely British wines, whilst lovely dishes of food were passed around. It was a wonderful little event, and I would encourage you to go next year if you are planning a wedding. Oh, the tickets were £4. Unbelievable. Pinch me. I'm still in shock. 

five : writing, writing and more writing
At the last count, I was on 48,321. I'm not sure how I have got that far, but I have, and I'm keeping on going.

Friday, 26 September 2014

a excellent little hand cream

Dry hands are a bit of a curse aren't they? I would like to be one of those ladies with lovely, soft and smooth hands, likely with slender fingers as well. The sort of hands you would imagine the ladies of Downton Abbey to have. As it is, I don't. No, my lot in life is to have chubby little sausage fingers, and permanently dry hands no matter the time of year. I go through countless and countless tubs and tubes and tins of hand-cream, some better than others, some worse than others. However, I have found a little gem of late, and whilst the real test of winter is still to come, my hands are a lot happier thanks to this little pot of goodness.

Lush's Helping Hands hand cream was originally conjured up by those wizards at Lush with nurses in mind, alongside anyone who suffers from sore, dry and cracked hands. Designed to replenish what consistent hand washing takes out of hands, this is a superb little hand cream. Packed full of skin saving goodies, such as almond, cocoa butter, chamomile, shea butter and lavender, this is the perfect remedy for those with tired and sore hands. Hands are quickly nourished and softened, and look healthier and healthier.

The natural ingredients that Lush pour into their products means that this is free from nasties, leaving your skin in tip top condition. This is a very lightly scented hand-cream. I personally find the scent of some hand-creams quite synthetic and almost unpleasant, so a non-pungent hand-cream is certainly not a bad thing in my book.

Needless to say, I think I have found a little superstar in Helping Hands by Lush, and if you suffer from troublesome hands, this is definitely something to try.

Lush Helping Hands hand cream - link

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

a shooting star

There's an old philosophy that you should wish on a shooting star. And perhaps they're right, perhaps they are, but what if you have never seen one? Are shooting stars the privilege of the few? Are their wishes only cast down on those lucky enough to be part of an elite group? I hope not. And maybe I'm a dreamer, living in a cloud cuckoo land without any understanding of reality, but I don't think that can be the case. For a life without wishes seems like a grey life, a life without sparkle, and a life without hope.

So I will continue to look for the shooting stars, the twinkling lights that break their way through the deep dark blue sky. The stars that grants wishes and brings hope. And although the city lights might block out the light of the stars, if I close my eyes, there the stars will be.