Sunday, 21 January 2018


I have a day off from work next week.  I am so excited!  Rather than just waste the day by staying home I thought I would come up with an itinerary to follow to squeeze the most out of my leisure time to optimize (my word for the year) the day.

So far my itinerary is at the planning stage but I know I want to go here and experience breakfast or lunch or coffee and cake!  Whilst in the Covent Garden region I may have a birth chart reading done at The Astrology Shop and have a look at the crystals and gemstones they have for sale. To satisfy my baking urge, I really want to try making a cake using chestnut flour and 'the' place to buy it is in Lina Stores in Soho.

If I get time I might even immerse myself in some culture and art here.  I must remember to take my camera for any photo opportunities that may arise.  I look forward to blogging about the day on my return.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Naturally Sweet

Sometimes a sweet treat is called for.  I found this recipe here.  If you scroll down to desserts it is the recipe called Fudge Snowballs.  They are mainly made of ground almonds with added coconut, banana and maple syrup.  I need to chill them for 5 hours before they are ready to eat!

This year is flying past already!  There is so much I want to do and organize.  I need to food prep on Sunday's so that I know what I am going to be eating for the week ahead; arrange for an architect to plan and carry out a kitchen extension and have my first holiday in about 9 years!!!

The year is starting out as I planned.  I am continuing to eat healthily and attend a weekly exercise class.  I walk one hour daily and would like to increase my activity maybe even becoming a sporty kinda gal which is not a natural state of being for me!

Today I need to start to tidy and reorganize my craft space.  It has got so out of hand that I don't even know what supplies I have anymore.  I am still striving for a work life balance but when I concentrate on certain areas i.e. health and well-being and work, something else has to give.  If I can keep on track with keeping myself fit and well I will hopefully have the energy to sort out other areas of my life.  The house needs a complete overhaul and I need to carve out a portion of time for my creative pursuits and hobbies.  I'll get 'there' in the end!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Visual, Tactile, Tasty

I am attracted to things that are visually pleasing, tactile or tasty!  I was very fortunate to receive this wonderful hand block printed Indian quilt for Christmas.  This is the second one I own and I intend to add to the collection so I have Indian quilts all over the house!  They are so soft to touch and are beautiful to look at too.

The Christmas tree came down yesterday (the 12th night) and so I bought a little house plant so that I could have something green to focus on in the living room.  It makes me think of all the greenery and foliage to come in future months and its oxygen giving properties make me feel invigorated and alive.

Today's breakfast was a warming bowl of rolled oats cooked in water and topped with a layer of unsweetened almond milk.  I add a sliced banana, a small handful of raisins and a sprinkling of mixed spice.  It was just the thing to warm me up inside and to stave off the winter blues.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Optimize 2018

I know some people think having a word of the year is a bit 'naff', but it helps to keep me on track and gives me a sense of direction for the year.  Last year's word choice was consolidate and I did manage to consolidate many areas of my life. 

My word for 2018 is Optimize, which you can see above means to make the best or most effective use of (a situation, opportunity or resource). I hate wasting time and since getting a job earlier in the year I hardly have time to think let alone do.  I am going to make the best out of every day, utilizing it to the full! 

The last couple of weeks have passed on like a whirlwind and only now do I feel I can settle down to some kind of normal routine again (or plan to anyway).  I am eager for the new opportunities that 2018 may bring but apprehensive too.

Sending my readers' wishes for a happy and healthy 2018.  I hope it is all you want it to be and more.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowy Sunday

View from the bathroom window.  I am glad I have no reason to leave the house today.  I had planned to go to a festive wreath making workshop and Christmas event.  Unfortunately it was cancelled at the last minute due to the snow and hazardous road conditions.  I bet by Tuesday it will be like the snow never even came at all!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Chocolate Chaos

OK.  This isn't the most delectable photo but the product is!   At Christmas time I usually make some Christmas bark chocolate for gift giving.  You can see my blog post about it here.  Gosh!  Was that post really 6 years ago?

The 'chocolate chaos' above was really a bit of an experiment.  I put a jug of ice cold water into a sink full of cold water and ice cubes.  I then melted down some chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water.  When the chocolate was molten, I poured it from a great height with a spoon into the chilled jug of water.  I then immediately poured the set chocolate pieces into a sieve and allowed to drain.  Once I had used all the chocolate up this way I spread the chocolate out onto a baking sheet and put in the freezer to set for a couple of minutes.  I then transferred it to an airtight container and put it into the fridge.

It's not pretty but it is fun!  It could be sprinkled over ice cream or used as decoration to top a cake or eaten just as it is straight from the container. 

There wasn't a great financial outlay to make this: using two 100g everyday value supermarket own brand chocolate at 0.45p per bar! I used milk chocolate first and then made a batch with dark chocolate.  If you decide to make it let me know how you got on!

Happy Weekend!