Friday, 29 November 2013

Tis almost the Season

Today started miserably, the weather is cold and glum and I had a 6am start. After a 50 hour week I was not at all looking forward to today but.....................................................................
 
We got our Christmas Tree!!! A ten foot green giant which smells just like Christmas.
I am planning on visiting Baths Christmas market this evening to start my Christmassy weekend off, I will put a video of this up on you tube so everybody can enjoy :)
Em x 
My Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXFAJgB6NlGgGAT6uw7bU_A



Monday, 25 November 2013

Why are Mondays so bad?????

Everything seems to be so much worse on a Monday but I cant put my finger on why. I asked a few people why they thought that Mondays were so rubbish and the only real answer I got was:
 

Its the first day after the weekend!

This might be true for some people however I work weekends so Monday morning is not my first morning back and I still hate Mondays.
Maybe it is because we have made out that Mondays are so bad for so long that we all believe it now even if it makes no difference what day it is in our real lives.
Maybe its because we all Thank God its Friday and get excited about that day and of course we all relax on a Sunday.
Well I say that we should relax about Mondays because:
 

Tomorrow will be Tuesday.

and that's not so bad.
:)
 
Happy Monday
 
Em  x

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Throwback Tag

watch my throw back tag on you tube:http://youtu.be/h8_mtXHA0nc

Or read my answers here.


1. What year were you born in?

I was born in 1988 on July the 29th.


 2. Do you have any pictures of yourself from when you were younger? If you do, show them.
This is a copy of a picture of me and my little sister in matching outfits.

 3. What TV shows did you grow up watching?

My favourites were Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Sister Sister.


 4. What did you want to be when you grow up and do you still want to be that?

I don't know Probably lots of different things I have always been indecisive.

5. What's the most embarrassing thing that you can remember doing?


When I was I was on holiday with my parents when I was about 4 I got on the stage and sang the theme tune to Birds of a Feather. My dad has this on video and its very embarrassing.

 6. Three songs you loved to listen to as a child.

I loved anything by the spice girls or take that.

 7. What was one funny thing you dressed up as for Halloween when you were younger?

A spider with all 8 legs

 8. Tell a funny story of something you remember happening when you were young.

My Sister got a new scooter and she was allowed to ride it to the shops when our mum needed to go it had been raining pretty hard and she was riding through puddles. My mum kept telling her off but my sister was doing it anyway. She rode through this one puddle that was much deeper than she thought and she slipped covering herself from head to toe in muddy puddle water.

 9. Are there any special things you've kept from when you were a child?

My Nana bought me a teddy bear and I named him tony. I still have him and he comes on trips with me.

 10. How is the world now different from how it was like when you were a child?

I think that kids used their imagination much more when I was a child.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

National Cashew Day

So today is national Cashew day!!
(how very exciting!)
 
The Cashew is originally from Brazil but now is loved around the world. To honour this very special day I thought I would share a recipe that includes cashews.  
 
 

Banana and Cashew cream Pie

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup chopped unsalted macadamia or cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • .
  • Custard Filling:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • .
  • 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia or cashew nuts

Preparation:

Prehat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Prepare the crust: Combine the
macadamia nuts, coconut, and brown sugar in a medium-size bowl. Beat the egg white until stiff, and gently fold it into the nut mixture.

Press the mixture evenly into an 8-inch pie plate, making sure the sides are thickish (the crust will shrink while baking). Bake until the crust is lightly browned, 7 minutes.

Remove the pie plate from the oven and let it cool on a rack. (The crust will tighten as it cools.)

Prepare the custard: Beat the egg yolks in a heavy medium-size saucepan. Add the cornstarch and sugar, and mix well. Then stir in the milk, salt, and butter.

Cook the egg mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is bubbling and thick, 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the
vanilla. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

Whip the cream with an electric mixer until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the chilled custard.

Peel and slice 1 of the
bananas, and arrange it evenly on the bottom of the reserved crust. Spoon the filling into the crust, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for another 2 hours.

When you are ready to serve the pie, sprinkle the chopped nuts evenly over the top. Then peel and slice the remaining banana, and arrange the slices in a circle on top of the pie, with a few slices placed decoratively in the center. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
 
 
 
EM  x

Friday, 22 November 2013

Christmas Markets!! Manchester Christmas Market

With Christmas Just around the corner I am surprisingly getting very jolly.
The smell of Christmas is what gets me really excited. For me its the smell of Hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas trees and fire.
 
With the Christmas spirit in mind I have decided to visit Manchester's Christmas market. I am going on the 30th of November so it is possibly a little bit too early but who cares. Hopefully I can pick up a few presents as well.
 
 
This year is Manchester Christmas Markets 15th anniversary and so they are doing things bigger and better than ever before.
I am hoping to get some vlog footage to put up on my you tube Channel so if you are interested please take a look.
 
 
 
 
 
:)
 

Em  x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Holiday Blues :(

For the last 2 weeks I have been on holiday from my work and although I have not spent that time doing anything particularly exciting I have had a lovely relaxing time off. I spent my time catching up on my favourite TV programs such as Hollyoaks and True Blood, Tidying the house and generally not doing much.
 
 
So I am trying to make the most of having to be there. Here is a few ideas of how I am getting through it.
 
* Dreaming of my next holiday in my head (and Google) - For me this is next November
* Panicking over what to get people for Christmas
* Planning what I will do once I have finished work that evening - this is a good one unless I have more work to do :(
* Pretending I enjoy my job - A little bit of positive thinking sometimes does the trick!!
 
What is it that you do to get through a bad day at work?
 
 

Monday, 18 November 2013

LUSH Haul

I went to lush as their Christmas range launched for this year. I wasn't intending on buying anything at all however I was not able to resist buying a few things.
 
firstly I bought a Big Blue bath bomb.

This Bath Bomb has been one of my favourites for a very long time and I do generally pick up one of these every time I go into lush. The big blue has seaweed in inside which releases into your bath as the bomb defuses. This bath bomb turns the water.........................BLUE (no surprise there then) but it really is a lovely feeling. kind of like having a bath in the sea.( but not in England, that's too cold).
 
 
 
The next bath bomb I bought was the avocado bath bomb.

this bath bomb is obviously green and smells like avocado. it has a really very strong scent which I imagine would be very pleasant in the bath, I also think that it would be very good for the skin. I have not used this bath bomb yet but I am looking forward to it.
 
the next two bath bombs I bought were Christmassy. the first one is the snowman.

I had seen this one online and didn't get very excited, it looks small and a bit boring however in person it is a lot larger than it looks.
the second Christmassy bath bomb that I bought was the luxury lush pud.
 
 
 
I thought this was the best looking bath bomb in the entire shop. it is mostly purple and white with colourful spots. I thought it smelt like lavender and Christmas. I am so excited to see what colour this turns my bath.
 
I also bought a soap but I can not remember what the name of it is.
 
I did this haul on youtube too if you would like to see that you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Hh83j8ejc
 
 
 
 
 
   

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

work night out, poorly knee and hospital visits

Work night out

On Sunday night my work had arranged a night out to celebrate my managers birthday. We started off with food and drinks and moved on to a weatherspoons. It was great to catch up with people that I work with but don't really have the chance to have a real chat too.
With it being a Sunday night I wasn't expecting too much however it was a great night until.........
 
 

Poorly Knee

I was dancing away quite happily maybe one or two pops too many when I really hurt my knee. I was in a lot of pain however as the pain was somewhat numbed by the alcohol consumed I continued to dance and sing like a looney which is why........
 

Hospital Visits

My knee was very swollen and I was in a lot of pain on Monday morning so I visited the hospital, they told me that I had twisted a ligament :( and I would be on crutches for a few days. I go back tomorrow to find out how it is but it is still painful.
 


Saturday, 9 November 2013

LONGLEAT

Earlier this year (July to be precise) I went to Longleat safari park. Visiting longleat has been on my to do list since I moved to the south west 7 years ago. My fiancé (Jon) took me and some friends to longleat for a birthday treat and I was very excited. It was however a very hot day and so the animals were not quite as excited as i was :(
 
 
we started the day quite early and the drive there was lovely, Longleat have beautiful grounds so if your not into animals it is defiantly still worth a visit just to see the house and lovely gardens.
 ( The lovely view driving into longleat)

 
The first thing we went to see was the giraffes. I thought I would be quite scared of them as I am generally afraid of large animals but they were so gentle and cheeky that I was fine. there was a baby giraffe there who kept coming up and getting visitors into trouble for stroking him. I was amazed at how big their eyes are and how long their lashes are absolutely beautiful. 
There were other animals around this area such as small monkeys and tortoises. there were funny looking birds that I think are partridges, they were walking around in little groups and looked so funny I think they were one of my favourite things all day ( how sad ) 

 
The safari has lots of different animals along the route. After giraffes there were Zebras ( which are pony size rather than horse size - I didn't know this!!), flamingos and tapirs. you then enter a sort of reserve ( I think its the game reserve but I may be wrong) there were some deer but not many. Rhinos who were bathing themselves in mud - very amusing and camels. The Camels were the best part of this section as they were messing about, they were rubbing their humps on and in peoples car and sometimes attempting to sit on the bonnets - very very funny.
 
we skipped the monkeys as we had heard how naughty they are. Longleat have attached the bits of cars that the cheeky monkeys have managed to pull off to the sign before you enter. it looks like a car cemetery. we went straight on to feed the deer. as it was only July we got to see some very young deer that looked just like Bambi and it was very cute however it was the adults that came to feed. you are only allowed to feed the deer with the food provided ( it cost around £1 per cup) it was the best experience of the day!! the deer get right up in your car and they take the food right from your hand. their lips are so soft and they will even let you have a photo or a little stroke as long as you still have food in your hand. the trouble is getting their heads out of the car when they are done. Watch out for the antlers. 
 
the rest of the safari section is filled with more dangerous animals such as Elephants, Tigers and wolves. unfortunately it was so hot that all of these animals were sleeping :(
 
In all I had a great day there and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a day out
 
 
Em x


Awake at sleep time :/

Hi all
So I'm lay here now at 3am in my nice warm bed wondering why I cannot sleep. It always seems to be the times that I have to be up early that I have trouble sleeping and believe me when I say I do not have trouble staying asleep in the mornings. 

Here's my problem my fiancĂ© is marching tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday as he does every year and I have promised I will show my support by standing out in the cold for 2 and a half hours. It will almost certainly rain and now thanks to my lack of sleep I will certainly be grumpy. This year is the first year that my little bro has taken part (he joined boys brigade) my little brother will be marching and so I really should try to be my best. 

I have tried counting sheep -fail
I tried reading a book - fail (my book was too gripping)
I have tried lying with my eyes closed -fail 
So I thought a little rant might release some energy and help me drift off :/ worth a shot

Anyway good night all

Em x