Sunday Styling

Topshop Jamie Jeans
& Other Stories Coat
Zara Bobble Hat
Superga Trainers

My typical Sunday styling if I make it out of the house; skinny jeans, (beautiful new) & Other Stories coat, bobble hat and my trainers of the moment, in this case... Superga's.

What's your trainer of choice?

ROCKY ROAD RECIPE

The ultimate indulgence...Rocky Road. What's not to love about this chocolaty, buttery, marshmallowey childhood treat?

So easy to make...anyone can do it!

INGREDIENTS
300g dark chocolate (at least 70% coco)
125g unsalted butter
3 tbsp. golden syrup
200g digestive biscuits
100g mini marshmallows
100g glacier cherries
icing sugar to dust

METHOD
  1. Break the chocolate into pieces add to a saucepan with the butter and golden syrup. Heat over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until melted and mixed together.
  2. Remove from the heat and set aside 125ml until later.
  3. Place the biscuits in a sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin until there are crumbs and some whole pieces of biscuit remaining.
  4. Fold the biscuits into the chocolate mixture in the saucepan until combined then add the marshmallows and cherries.
  5. Tip the mixture into a 24cm square baking tin and smooth the top so it is level.
  6.  Pour the remaining chocolate mixture on top.
  7. Leave in the fridge for at least two hours or, ideally, overnight.
  8. Remove from the fridge, cut into rocky road fingers and dust with icing sugar.
Simple!


2015-2016

On the eve of my return to work after a two week break (it's definitely going to take some adjustment) I wanted to document a little reminder for myself of 2015 and a physical document of my hopes and wishes for 2016.

2015 was an incredibly difficult year for my entire family. We experienced two serious illnesses that came as a huge shock and took their toll in a number of different ways. Thankfully both members are managing to overcome their illnesses and for this I/we will be forever grateful.

After experiencing so many ups and downs in one year it's safe to say I felt exhauseted, worn out, lethargic...lost. I was craving that two week Christmas holiday, I needed to stand still, relax, think about nothing and I am not ashamed to admit that for two weeks I have slept, watched films, slept, ate lots of food, relaxed with family, slept...it has been delightful. Just what the doctor ordered. Having time to reflect with my partner, without the stress of work hanging over us has been lovely.

Now I know thing's are not going to magically slot into place over night but I do have a lot hope and a little bit of excitement for 2016. If anything I have realised that life is too short to put yourself in situations you don't want to be in, to not go after the things you want and to waste time doing things you don't want to do. Something my partner made me see is that there is always a way.

This year's 'resolutions' are simple, productive and positive...everything that I hope 2016 will be:
  1. Health - Last year my fitness and diet improved ten fold however as soon as the first leaves of autumn fell I was more than happy to give up my new found healthiness and resort to my old faithful 'it's winter, it's Christmas' I don't need to eat well and exercise. This year I am determined to make fitness and healthy eating a part of my lifestyle not just something I do in the run up to my Summer holiday. 
  2. Mind -  Do you ever feel as though your brain is getting lazy? I have always been someone who needs a challenge, I thrive off a challenge. Lately I feel as though I don't have this and in turn I have become a little lazy myself. I want to take a creative writing course and a cake decorating course. I also want to read at least one book a month. 
  3. House - Myself and Dan have finally found a house, it is the perfect house and I cannot wait to renovate and move in. We are hoping for this to be by Easter! Stay tuned I'm sure I will be documenting the whole process on here and if you have any renovation/home style blog posts be sure to link them below!
  4. Life - Don't be afraid of changes, realign what I enjoy doing and find a way to make it work.
Above all else I hope for a happy and healthy 2016. What are you most looking forward to this year?

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