Thursday, 30 August 2012

Low Calorie Banoffee Dessert

I know I haven't posted for a while but I've been busy kicking the diet up a notch. I've been going crazy at the gym and I weighed myself today as a midweek weigh in to check that what I'm doing is working to find that I've lost 2lbs just since Monday - hurray!

So, staying on that theme, I've put together a quick and easy dessert that will definitely satisfy a sweet tooth

Low Calorie Banoffee Dessert

4 Light Digestive biscuits, smashed
1 pack banana flavoured Angel Delight
Toffee sauce
1 square chocolate of your choice
1/2 pint skimmed milk

123 calories each, makes 3

Smash the biscuits then put at the bottom of small dessert bowls, make Angel Delight according to packet instructions (with the skimmed milk) and place on top of biscuit base. Drizzle a small amount of toffee sauce on top and then grate the square of chocolate over the top. Ready to eat instantly or put in the fridge for later.

There's many good points about this dessert, one of the best I think is that it's so cheap to put together. Once you have most of the ingredients, it's there ready and waiting for you whenever you fancy it, as long as you can stop yourself from eating the whole bar of chocolate and only use 1 small square a time... You can always make with a different flavour Angel Delight such as chocolate to make a millionaires dessert instead. 

If you decide to try this please let me know, I'd love to hear any feedback.

Monday, 20 August 2012

The Dress by Sophie Nicholls

I found this cheap to download on the Kindle, and I was after a cheap read to keep me busy, and to fill a couple of hours here and there. I really enjoyed the majority of the book, but before I go any deeper, let's have a look at the description.

What Amazon says

Meet Ella and her mother Fabbia Moreno who arrive in York, one cold January day, to set up their vintage dress shop.
The flamboyant Fabbia wants to sell beautiful dresses to nice people and move on from her difficult past. Ella just wants to fit in. But not everyone is on their side. 
Will Fabbia overcome the prejudices she encounters? What's the dark secret she's hiding? And do the silk linings and concealed seams of her dresses contain real spells or is this all just 'everyday magic'?
Among the leopard-print shoes, tea-gowns and costume jewellery in Fabbia's shop are many different stories - and the story of one particular dress. 
This is a full-length novel for lovers of vintage and readers of contemporary romance/fantasy.

What I thought

This was a really nice read all in all. Very well written, flows beautifully and has a good story to get involved in. We get to know Ella and her mother, and the other characters for that matter, very slowly, and a book that at first just makes me want to go shopping and find some amazing vintage pieces, turns darker and feels like much more of a "meaty" story. It reminds me of typical teenage girl dilemna's -I hadn't noticed how long ago that was until I read this - but also shows you the life of an older woman to contrast, making it a good read for a woman or girl of any age - provided she is old enough to not be bothered by the darker parts (I say that because I started reading adult books at a very young age because of my advanced reading skills). There is also an element of fantasy as we hear myths and stories told to Ella as she grows up, which I really enjoyed. I do like fantasy but sometimes find it hard to appreciate a whole book about a fantasy land with elves and wizards. For me, this book had the right amount of reality versus fantasy. The only way that this book disappointed me was because the end seemed to trail off into nowhere. A lot of time was spent building the story up and it was over before we knew it, with no real resolve, or at least not enough of a resolution to keep me happy. Maybe I'm the bad one for enjoying books to come to a head and have something truly awful happen before the end? I'm not sure. If you like happy endings, this is the one for you. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, the story is imaginative but still real and believable. I would recommend to anyone wanting a nice read with a bit of substance although it can be quite girly in places. I found the details of the vintage clothes and accessories a really nice touch that made me enjoy the story even more. 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Feeling sorry for myself

Every so often, I have a really terrible time with period pains. I used to get them so bad every single time that I couldn't even stand up, now, it only happens very occasionally thankfully. Chris actually isn't feeling very well today either so hasn't gone to work. Needless to say we are sitting around quietly in fuzzy PJ's, and I have just made us bacon butties in an attempt to feel better. I feel so crap I don't even care about the diet right now! It is raining, and daytime TV is as bad as ever, but I am somewhat enjoying it, and cracking on with my knitting. I really want to hurry up and get the purpley pink project done as Chris has started complaining that I seem to be knitting for everyone but him! So I need to finish this one and make one for him ready for winter. Not just that but Lorna came over yesterday and brought me a huge bag filled with wool that she is going to give away to charity, but before it went she wanted me to take what I wanted, so I now have a few lovely balls of chunky pinky and purpley wool that will most likely be used on making something for myself for a change!

Here is one of them wrapped up in what we call a "Wallace and Gromit" style, and here is Wendy and Wallace demonstrating why we call it that!

I actually have so much knitting to be doing!!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Autumn/Winter has landed!

As some of you know, while I study I have a part time job at Primark. When I went into work on Saturday, after having nearly 2 weeks off, I was shocked to find that the summer clothes were literally disappearing. And fast, really fast.

So I thought I would write a quick blog post to make sure that everyone was aware of this. If you are still yet to go on your holidays this year, make sure you hurry up and buy any summery bits that you might still need. Or, if you think like I do, now is the time to get your bargains for next year. I know that fashions change, but I think it is safe to say that summer colours and winter colours don't often change that much, plus there are always those simple skirts, shorts or vest tops that we want for casual wear. I am hoping to lose more weight by next year so I haven't bought anything, instead, starting from today I'll be trying to lose as much weight as I can before I go back to uni at the end of next month. The Olympics have definitely inspired me to play some sports and I have had a go at badminton and table tennis along with tennis. This week I plan on starting swimming too.

But back to the point - if you still want to buy some summer items head into shops as soon as you can because once it's gone it's gone, and of course, all the new exciting Autumn/Winter clothes are there too! I love winter and I am so excited about Christmas this year. I suppose it's because since moving we have more space for decorations, a bigger tree and presents, and of course this flat has much better heating. I'm so excited and seeing all the lovely fluffy jumpers and winter boots just feeds that excitement even more.

Here's a snap of the Burberry A/W collection to really get us in the mood!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Oh hey, pay day!

Despite only being paid £200 on my last pay day, I have actually been really good and managed to save £60 in my bank until this pay day. I can't tell you how long it has been since that happened. Anyway, the tax man hadn't done my student stuff right and he owed me £200 which he paid in today with the rest of my wages - I had done a lot of overtime this month so when I checked my bank this morning I was very happy to see £700 in my bank account! I have been saving it up because I finally want to get this flat done. Because this flat is probably 3 times the size of our last place, buying bits here and there has really taken quite a while!! But as I will be receiving my student loans next month too (we always use a little bit of it to spend on ourselves before it disappears on bills - seeing as we don't drink or party) I really wanted to get the majority of the things that I needed done this month so that I can add the finishing touch next month (probably a small TV for the bedroom). Thank you, Mr Tax man for allowing me to do this! So today I went out and bought new curtains, cushions, a chest of drawers and storage for my makeup (I have a lot of it and it needed to be sorted through properly). I still have some things to clear out and sort through and it'll probably take a week or 2 around work but I'm getting excited that soon it will be complete and I won't need to keep adding things. Everything will have a home, it will be neater and much more homely around here and most importantly I will take some photos and share them with you guys. I know there's a few of you who have been looking forward to seeing my new (ish) flat since I moved!

In other news, I have been considering starting swimming a couple of times a week but have been putting it off because I hate going to new places on my own. I don't know why but not knowing where things are or how things operate really make me very nervous. But today I decided that I need to stop putting it off. Next week I am going to go swimming and hopefully really enjoy myself and get a decent workout. I want to lose a bit more weight before uni starts again next month so I have 4-6 weeks to crack on and get it done. Wish me luck. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Another Christmas Present Sorted

So I finished knitting one scarf, and have started another. Today I went shopping with my Mum and found an absolutely lush bar of soap that totally matches the colour of the wool I am using. I picked it up and sniffed it thinking that it seemed too good to be true but it really does smell as good as it looks.

(sorry for the naff photo - the lighting was awful)

This find has really inspired me to keep on knitting and get this project finished as quick as possible. I'm so happy with this present because it's not only cheap and cheerful, but a lot of thought and effort will go into the knitting of the scarf. I really hope my friend likes it.

In other news, I have actually finally started a writing project that has been sitting in my head for a while. I realise that this project probably won't get finished until uni is over next year, but by starting the writing now I am hoping not to lose my ideas and to get a head start ready for graduating next year when I will be looking into the possibility of self publishing.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

I have 50 followers!

Wow, when did that happen? Back when I started this blog I never imagined that anyone would want to read it. It was a place for me to write about my uni work and my love for writing itself, but since then it has grown into a lifestyle blog too. My favourite thing about blogging now is actually reading everyone elses. There's so many lovely blogs where I read about peoples lives, interests and get introduced to some great ideas or products that I never would have found any other way. Blogging has also put me in contact with some really lovely people and I'd just like to thank everyone who takes the time to read my blog, it really does make me very happy. I will be doing a giveaway on here soon to celebrate, so do make sure you keep checking back here. Thanks everyone!