So I may have been a bit overkeen to fully try out my new running shoes, I’ve never had proper running shoes before! I dropped Isabelle off at school in my running gear and thought ill just pick a route and run the long way home. I ended up running around 4.15 miles (I’ve never ran that far) in something like 28 degrees! Felt amazing at the time.
So I got home, had a shower and some lunch and realised that I needed to go into town to pick up a present. No problem ill just cycle into town and back. As soon as I got in again I was straight back out to get Isabelle from school.
After that I felt dizzy, like I was going to faint, tired and sick. Oh it was horrible, I’d been out in the sun all day! I’ve also managed to do something to my back and seem to have lost the ability to do stairs. Apart from all that new trainers are amazing! I could really feel the difference, it was like having trampoline feet.
I think ill give myself a break this weekend though, and start back up again next week.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Really annoyed with myself today! I popped along to the gardening club today which runs at my daughters school.. As my daughter already goes to a dancing classes after school I couldn’t really afford to pay for the both of us to go to gardening club as well. AHA! Little did I know that the club was free the whole time and you’re also welcome to take vegetable home with you for FREE!
What a great way to teach children about where their food is coming home, and growing it all yourself! Unfortunately as school has nearly finished this was the last one, but I shall definitely be going again in the new term.
I’ve just recently started to take an interest in gardening and have planted some sunflowers and other flowers in my garden. I’ve also today bought some strawberry seeds but just need to buy some soil for them. I think I really need to get a job.. All my hobbies seem to be getting expensive! ;)
Having just discovered one of my close friends is expecting I have suddenly become crochet, knitting and sewing mad!!!! I’ve already started a crochet blanket.. And have recently learnt how to knit, so I can make booties.
There is nothing cuter I think than seeing a little baby in knitted cardigan and booties. I’m so excited, you’d think I was pregnant!
Well I have finally done it.. I’m now a graduate, a graduate without a job that is! Ho hum, I’m sure I’ll get there in the end. Results day was very anti-climatic really. You spend years ofyour life studying to get a good grade, and it boils down to me covering my hands over the computer screen to peek at my results through my fingers.. but a 2:1 is not to be sniffed at. As you can imagine then, I have been free to do other things in between cleaning, cooking, Isabelling and job hunting!
I’ve actually been quite crafty since I last did a post, which was probably last year sometime. I find blogs so hard to keep up with! Its either all or nothing! You either have a lot of stuff going on or you have nothing going on. Either way, I’ve left it too long and now I’m thinking of loads of things to update.
I’ve started attending my sewing classes again now I don’t have revision and study, which has been lovely. I felt a bit rusty when I first went back but I feel pretty confident right now with my sewing. I even have my own sewing machine now! It’s not a massive scary noisy one yet, but i’m working up to one. I’ve made two dresses for Isabelle, a Cath Kidston bag, an apron etc etc it goes on and on. I feel as though I’m actually thinking for myself when it comes to the fabric, method and designs instead of asking my teacher Jantze all the time what to do.
As wel as the sewing it’s been really good to see all the girls every week and have a natter about what everyone has been up to, and to see what other people are making and throw around ideas.
I’ll have to post up some photos of all my projects, but for now it’s back to the job hunting!
Ok ok, so I sort of promised myself to keep my blog up to date and try to do at least one post a week… buuuuut, I reckon I must owe about 10 posts now, if not more!! University has really been taking over my life at the moment and I am sleeping, breathing, dreaming numbers and anything finance related. So much so that I have had to buy sleeping tablets as I have percentages going round and round in my head!!
Obviously I need a little break away from study so I have joined a sewing club! Having never been able to sew a thing (including even sewing a button back on!!) I am halfway through completing my first ever sewing project, a shopping bag!! HAZAAR!! I am now a fully fledged proper Mrs Beeton mother!!
The lovely lady, Jantze, who runs the class is amazing, and her skills do not just stop at sewing.. oh no! She’s a multi talented craft QUEEN!! She has an Etsy shop and also a really cool website with some of her creations on, which you can look at below. Please check out her work as she is a lovely lady, and more people should know about her.
Visit Jantze Tullet website
I just wanted to post a quick one to say sorry for my recent ‘unkeeping’ of my blog!! I’ve had a bit of a hectic week and also have handed in my notice at work to concentrate fully on my final year of university.. and to be able to sit down and have dinner with the family (I work in the evenings)! I literally cant wait! So I have been doing lots of revision to get me prepared for my final year, and I’ve really been enjoying actually! Who knew corporate finance would be so fun! Hah!
I will post very soon, when I have the time!!
photo credit: Country Kitchen Soup Recipes
So I successful made a homemade tomato soup yesterday! My boyfriend had tried making one a while back and apparently it didn’t go very well.. so I was determined to make mine taste amazing, seen as he kept saying I’d never be able to make it. HAH! I even had some of it for my lunch today! Laaarvley! So here is what I used for my soup:
- 3 large ripe tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 celery stick
- 1 carrot
- 1 clove of garlic
- 900ml chicken/vegetable stock
- 1 tin of plum tomatos
- Basil (fresh/dried)
- Chilli (fresh/dried and to your own liking)
- Paprika (optional)
1. Pretty easy this one. Add some olive oil to a pan on medium heat.
2. Whack in all of your chopped up veg (add all the spices you want to use at this point) and cook slowly until onion is golden and carrots are soft (but not falling apart either).
3. Place your stock cube in jug, and add your 900ml of boiling water. Making sure it has all dissolved before being added to the pan.
4. After adding the stock, pour in the plum tomatoes and give it all a good stir.
5. Gently place in your fresh tomatoes, being careful not to burn yourself like I did.
6. If like mine, your pan is quite shallow and the tomatoes aren’t really covered with the mixture, just chop them in half.
7. Bring this to boil and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes.
8. If the tomatoes are still a bit hard then leave to simmer for a further 10 minutes.
9. Then pour all the liquid into a bowl and blend with a handheld blender (or liquidiser/blender if you have the luxury.. I really want a proper one!)
10. Also if you have any croutons/ chopped up spring onions scatter these on top of your soup!
- Summer Soup (becauseijustdo.wordpress.com)
- Five-A-Day Vegetable Soup (cookingwithcorinna.wordpress.com)
- Tomato and Red Pepper Soup (hobbitkitchen.wordpress.com)
- Vicki’s Homemade Minestrone Soup (organizedsahm.wordpress.com)
- Broccoli Soup (allaboutchantelle.wordpress.com)
- African Peanut Soup (letikvah.wordpress.com)
- Oven roasted tomato soup (thecakedoctorssurgery.wordpress.com)
- Fresh Tomato Soup in 30 Minutes (jacklynmccann.wordpress.com)