House Warming Picnic

Last weekend my friend Hanah (hi Hanah, I know you are reading this) had a cute house warming picnic. Her and her fiancé have recently bought a new house on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Its so lovely and has this amazing decking area outside which is such a sun trap. It was on this deck that we had our picnic. The weather was a scorcher, so sunny and boiling hot.

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There was mountains of food and drink. Unfortunately I was off the booze after having one too many and staying out too late the night before. But had I have been able I would have demolished the bottles of prosecco. I stuck with my water with lemon and mint, which was tasting unreal at that particular point in time. The food was incredible, so much variety and all so good. I had a very full plate and obviously had to go back for seconds. For desert there was cupcakes which were delish plus champagne truffles. To quote Carrie Bradshaw – I died and went to shoe food heaven.

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Foodies Festival

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The Edinburgh Fringe has well and truly started **cue swarms of tourists, alfresco bars and more leaflets being shoved in your face than you can even hold** and what better way to celebrate its beginning than going to a food festival in one of the many Edinburgh parks.

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It was such a fun day out even though we were dealing with classic Scottish weather – torrential rain for 5 minutes then glorious sunshine for 5 minutes and so on. But we are Scottish, we deal with it.

There were hundreds of food trucks with all the food you could ever wants plus bars selling some delicious cocktails. There was also a section at the back which had stalls selling items that you could take home like cake, chutneys and there was also a pet stall. Obviously I had to buy my dog some doggy chocolate chip cookies and doggy prosecco.

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For lunch we got burgers ft. a strawberry cocktail. And then a maltese brownie for desert.

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It was a really fun, really relaxing day out. We stayed for about 6 hours, just relaxing, nattering away and drinking and eating copious amounts. It was lush. There was a live band who were playing some great tunes aswell.

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TOP TIP #1: if you are going then bring a blanket or a rug or something to sit on because there is very limited seating. And theres nothing nicer than having a drink in the sun whilst sitting gone a picnic blanket.

TOP TIP #2: Wear sensible shoes. I for one wore sliders and it was the worst decision. there was mud EVERYWHERE.

 

10 things that have made me happy this week

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I feel like this past week has been SO long but in a good way.

  1. Finally sitting my exam, allowing me to actually spend time with myself again in the evenings and weekends and not have to study alllllll the time which soul destroying.
  2. Catching up with podcasts, youtube videos and blogs. It has been SO long since I have been able to take the time to listen to my fav podcasts, watch my fav you tubers and read my fav blogs. On Sunday I literally just dedicated the entire day to that activity and it was absolutely lush. My absolute perfect way to recharge.
  3. Having a day off placement on Monday to study for my Tuesday exam. I spent the day revising in the sun accompanied by the fam and Alfie.
  4. Completed 15 weeks of placement only 5 MORE TO GO!! The final countdown is on.
  5. Holiday planning. Deciding where to go and what to do before booking flights.
  6. Being in Dundee, my old stomping ground, and catching up with all my old friends and visiting all my favourite places.
  7. Forgetting to bring up my make up to Dundee. This sounds like a weird one but my skin has had a good long break from make up now and its actually really nice at the moment which is very rare. The only thing thats annoying is I can’t cover the bags under my eyes with concealer. But oh well, I’ll take nice skin over covering the bags any day.
  8. Getting an interview for a new job in two weeks. So **fingers crossed** once placement is finished I will actually have a source of income.
  9. Having a good online shopping browse without actually spending any $$. Lots of stuff in my wish list baskets in case I happen to have any extra money in the near future (probably won’t but I’m hoping).
  10. Reading over my diary entries from the past year or so and being reminded of so many things I had forgotten about. Such good memories and so nice to have a way to remember everything.

24th Birthday

I had an exam this week I couldn’t really do anything as such for my birthday. That being said I actually had such an incredible day. Because my last couple of months have been so hectic and I’ve worked most weekends I was relieved to have a quiet weekend. I went out for dinner to Passorn the night before my birthday which was so good. It s a thai restaurant and I hadn’t even heard of it before my mum mentioned it. But omg the food was so bloody delicious and I really liked how you could choose the level of spice for your dish from a scale of 1-5, 1 being the mildest. Nice touch.

On my actual birthday I had a really lazy morning in my PJs with my tea and toast and opened presents. I got such brilliant presents this year, cue picture below. I basically got lots of nice things that either I really needed or really wanted… can’t ask for better than that! I also really liked my card selection this year.

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It was absolutely lashing with rain on my birthday which was a shame because we had organised a BBQ. So unfortunately for my dad, he was outside with an umbrella cooking the food whilst we all sat indoors watching him. It was an actual feast with veggie kebabs, beef tomatoes and giant mushrooms served with rice. Then after lunch was the birthday cake – or a black forest gateau to be precise. It was very very nice.

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After lunch I had to crack on with some studying until the evening where I order a 20″ pizza takeaway and watched Bridget Jones’s Baby. Couldn’t have asked for a better, more chill day.

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Wimbledon 2017

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A couple of weeks back I had the delight of finding out I had got Wimbledon tickets through the ballot I applied for last year. Not only was I excited about going to Wimbledon but I was also excited for an excuse to go and visit London – my all time favourite city in the UK. I got the train down on the Friday morning so I arrived by lunchtime and I left on Sunday afternoon so it was just a  flying visit but a lot was crammed into those 50 hours. Most of the activities, eating places, bars and shops I visited where in the Chelsea/Kensington area because that’s where I was staying.

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On the morning of Wimbledon (after a longer lie than I had anticipated) I grabbed a quick on-the-go breakfast from the B Bagel Bakery Bar which was just OMG amazing and literally a 1 second walk from where I was staying. I got a granola yogurt pot with honey and a mozzarella and pesto bagel, never tasted a bagel as good in my life. Definitely recommend here for breakfast if you are in that area.

The weather was actually horrific when I got to Wimbledon which was really annoying as the rain was lashing. Henman Hill or Murray’s Mound as it’s apparently now called was mobbed, I made the mistake of wearing white jeans and didn’t bring a rug or anything to sit on so I was forced to stand in fear of getting a muddy arse (excuse my language) from the wet grass. The woman’s singles final started to play before our match began as they had cover on centre court and none on court 1 which I had tickets for.

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After about 15-20 mins into the ladies game the rain had subsided and the sun was really trying to poke out. I took this opportunity to head to the gift shop and then for strawberries and cream. I bought a new mug and a hat. I’m in love with both.

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I ordered four portions of strawberries and cream and it was delicious and really got me into the Wimbledon spirit. By the time I had done all this the matches at court 1 were kicking off.

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I watched the under 18 girls singles final which was brilliant. Both girls were pretty evenly matched so it was quite nail biting and the atmosphere was brilliant.

To top off a wonderful day I went to Lotts bar in the Chelsea harbour and got myself a well-earned goblet of gin and tonic.

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I love London so much and am DESPERATE to move there once I finish uni and am looking for a job. Everytime I visit I fall more and more in love with the city. Wimbledon was so much fun and actually way cheaper than I thought it was going to be once inside the grounds which was a pleasant surprise. I am definitely going to apply for tickets again this year in the ballot… fingers crossed I get tickets for a centre court final next year!

 

Veggie Fajitas

I’ve actually been obsessed recently with seasoning my food because Ive been trimming my new chive, oregano and basil shrubs AND I harvested my chilli plants last week so I’ve lots to experiment with. And my experiment I mean adding my homegrown chive, oregano, basil and chilli to every dish I’ve been cooking.  It brings me a pathetic amount of joy using homegrown herbs but also makes me incredibly excited for when I can have a house with a garden and can grow my own vegetables…even though I’ll be about 40 before I’m anywhere near owning a house with a garden. A girl can dream.

One of my ultimate favourite recipes I’ve been munching on is veggie fajitas. So easy, so quick and so tasty. I’ve made this recipe twice in two weeks and both times I’ve chucked any veg that I have in the fridge in.

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Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 3 peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 150g mushrooms
  • A couple of large handfuls of spinach
  • 10g nandos peri-peri rub (use more or less as required)
  • Tortilla wraps
  • A handful of cheese (my preference is mozzarella)
  • 2 small chillies
  • Tablespoon of oregano
  • Tablespoon of basil
  • Tablespoon of chives
  • Mayo to spread on wraps

Method:

1. Chop all the veg and chuck into a large frying pan.

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2. Let the veg cook on a low heat. I cook mine until the veg is soft but the peppers are still slightly crunchy.

3. Add the herbs and peri peri rub to the pan.

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4. Put the wraps in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm up.

5. Spread a thin layer of mayo on the wrap and add a spoonful of the veg mix on the wrap. Sprinkle a layer of cheese on top.

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6. Roll up the fajitas on a plate and enjoy.

It’s literally as simple as that. Happy cooking!

Game Fair 2017

This weekend I went to the Scottish game fair at Scone Palace. My sister and I had bought my dad tickets for Father’s day.

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It was a class day out, albeit expensive! There was a huge range of activities which were available from off road 4×4 experiences to clay pigeon and air rifle shooting. There was fishing and dog retrieving competitions plus many more. There were loads of demonstrations about birds of prey and dog training among other things. The dog training demonstration was so interesting! Definitely worth watching if you get the chance to go along.

There were hundreds of stalls, my favourite being doggy dressing gowns. Plus a big food hall and an arts and craft fair.  Alfie (my dog) was bought lots of gifts including a squeaky bird toy.

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There were loads of animals there, including HUNDREDS OF PUPPIES who were SO CUTE, the youngest being just 12 weeks old. And I was able to hold a 5 hour old baby quail, so precious.

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On the way out I found a cute little plant stall and I just HAD to get something. The plant I got was actually taken as a cutting from a plant on the isle of Mull.

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It was such a good day out but it is massive so you could easily spend more than 1 day there. The only things to note are the tickets are £20 for an adult which doesn’t include parking or a program for the day, so expect to spend a fair whack of money during the day! It wasn’t even that sunny but I got sunburnt, classic. So remember your suncream. And also remember wellies as the mud is very thick in some areas, my sister wore white trainers which ended up black at the end of the day.