Monday, 30 August 2010

Birthday treats to Keep & Eat!

as it feels like my birthday has been spread across the last month, I have delayed posting all my goodies until I had caught up with everyone. I have posted them into four categories:
Things to keep, Things to Eat , Birthday Treats & Sweets.
and When in Rome....
here are my things to keep & eat;~
Things to Keep ...
include a Pandora bracelet & birthday charm,
Giorgio Armani earrings,
a Links Killer heel charm,
 a Fossil watch and a Heart diamond necklace....
Things to Eat are made up of some fantastic food things to do over the next few months, toasted off with a fabulous city traveller Veurve Clicquot champagne bag.
My brother & sister-in-law bought me an amazing day cooking with a Michelin star chef in a kitchen in London, and you get to eat the 3 course meal!.. I'm so looking forward to that.
Brad & Libs bought me a cupcakes & cocktails day  at The Cocoa box in Hampstead.
I also got a tastings treat for somewhere in the UK.
Thank you all for the lovely wishes and gorgeous goodies. xxx
.... part 2 to follow later in week!



Sunday, 29 August 2010

Lazy Days & Bake days...

after being sent home twice from work this week ill , I've been put on strict instructions this weekend to rest .... so with the weather not great, what better way to spend a sunday than by devouring the latest cook books and a little baking! especially when the daily mail is featuring 13 recipes from the not yet released Nigella's Recipes from the Heart of the Home (link here)
My four favs featured are twists on some classics and some of my favourite comfort foods:

I don't think I can wait for this book, even though it's on my christmas wish list, birthday money may be spent! as this is obviously going to be followed up with a TV series!...
I've also caught up with Great British Bake Off, which I am enjoying, not just for the recipes but the history of some of our classic bakes.
I did pick the accompanying book up half price this week, and having flicked through it, it is a feast.. mmm lots of classics and history and some scrummy photos.
I am also liking by colourful cupcake cases, courtesy of sainsbuy's!....
I'm off to bake now... have a lovely sunday Tx

Sunday, 22 August 2010

A Trio of Birthday's..

apologies for lack of blogging, i've been busy with birthday's and catching up with family & friends.
Last week saw my godson's brother turn 7, my nephew turn 12 and my sister-in-law hit her last birthday in her 30's!
Jack was on holiday in France for his, so I caught up with him & family on Friday. Bradley had a birthday the day before he flew to Florida and Nicki will celebrate her's with Mick & Min whilst on holiday.
In between birthdays I caught up with friends for belated birthday wishes, which was lovely.
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you all.
As always my cards were themed... Brad's is a skaterboy!, Jack's is a Game boy and Nicki's is a chatterbox! ( she does love the telephone!)....

Friday, 13 August 2010

Friday 5 ~ Dear Santa....

This year I would like.....
This weeks Friday 5 is Christmas Wish List.... it may seem strange talking about Christmas in august, but for someone who works in the recently awarded "Best Department Store in the World" Christmas has already arrived!
this was a little challenging for me, due to recent birthday but I have pulled together 5 wishes, although I don't think I can wait until Santa brings them!!

In no particular order: This year I would like.....
Christian Louboutin Boots, who doesn't covet a pair of red soled shoes... heaven!
Books.. I am a book girl, never disappointed with books, My wish list on amazon grows daily!, however Kirsties Homemade home is a must for me this year.
Smeg Cream fridge/freezer ... I would love this fridge, (however for a singleton I can't justify £1000 on a fridge to hold a pint of milk & M&S ready meals!) I have longed for this ever since I bought my house... one day perhaps!
Sex & the City 2... released at the end of November.. don't think this can wait for Santa, a romp from start to finish!
Tiffany Shoe charm... Shoes & Tiffany blue will look lovely hanging off my wrist!
I am hoping that with posting early Santa won't get as muddled as he did last year, (too much brandy!)
I have posted some pics of the Christmas room... how cute are the cupcake decorations... they will be my tree additions for this year.... what's on your list?
Check out the other Friday 5 girls.. (links on the sidebar)

Birthday Wishes Mum

Today is my mums birthday, so Happy Birthday Mum hope that you have a lovely day....(especially as it's Friday the 13th!)
she is quite difficult to buy for, but when I clapped eyes on the new Cath Kidston collection I knew I had found a couple of treats for her!..
This of course started a theme, as I like cards & wrap etc to compliment each other, she goes to Social club on a friday and had requested some cupcakes for her friends!.... here's her goodies, Enjoy, xxx

Monday, 9 August 2010

When in Rome......

do as the Romans do!.....
Coffee, Culture, Siesta, Pasta.....
I had a beautiful time in Rome, thankyou all for the Tips & birthday wishes. The weather was glorious and the city was stunning.
I stayed in a little hotel on the Via Sistina at the top of the Spanish Steps, which not only provided some stunning views of St Peter's basillica & Rome but also walked off a couple of calories when hiking to the top in 30' heat!... obviously a Gelatari was much needed on arrival at the top!


It's difficult to pick out one single thing in Rome which is a favourite as each turn of a corner springs another surprise on you... I was however blown away by the Pantheon, which was not only an amazing feat of engineering but truly stunning.
The storm that blew in on the Friday evening was also spectacular, the lightening forking over the Vatican was like something out of Angels & Demons!

During my four day tour I walked the cobbled stones of Rome at length from the Colosseum, to the Pantheon taking in a stroll through the Campo De' Fiori fruit market, along the river Tevere and to the amazing Vatican City. Evenings were spent strolling the lanes and Piazza's. I was also lucky enough to be treated to an hours opera at the bottom of the Spanish Steps each evening which was magical.
My trip to Rome couldn't be complete with tossing three coins in the Trevi!... obviously completed on the evening of my birthday, well it beats making a wish blowing out the candles!

One of my friends arranged for a celebratory drink to be sent to my room on my birthday, which was a lovely surprise...and as you can see a trip to Italy couldn't be complete without a Pizza, I aws good and eat lots of fruit & salads too! ( sometimes accompanied by some more of their Gelatari ~ my fav being Pink Grapefruit sorbet!)
Tonight The fantastic 24 hours in a City by Griff Rhys Jones was repeated on TV.... this gives a fantastic flavour of Rome... here is the beginning to wet your appetite!

Friday, 6 August 2010

40 Birthday Wishes

to my very fab friend.....
Today is my friend Justines 40th Birthday. We have been friends just under 30 years and met in the 1st year of senior school. She is a friend in a million and never fails to make me laugh. I often refer to her on my blog as my train buddy as we meet on the train on our commute into London which often reminds us of when we used to meet and walk to school together.
Saturday I'm off down to hers for afternoon tea with her & her family, which will be great fun. When ever there is a family occasion I am always included as the extra addition to her family.It gives her great delight to be a year younger than me on the 6 days between our birthdays!... ha ha you've now caught back up!
J hope that you have a fab day.. here's to another 40, fab fun filled years!
Tx

Friday 5 ~ 80's films

I couldn't miss this Friday 5, I am known by my friends as a bit of an 80's girl!....Ohh lots of flicks to choose from, but after much deliberation here are my 5 complete with trailer clips!


  • Dirty Dancing ~ it had to be there didn't it!... this film took you to a bygone era, made watermelon a popular fruit and took on a whole new meaning of baby in a corner!.... and how can we forget Patrick Swayze's moves.... mmm
  • An Officer & a Gentleman ~ what girl didn't want to be swept off her feet by a marine!.... Richard Gere in Navy whites....
  • When Harry met Sally ~ can a girl be friends with a guy?...still a debatable question and who can forget the scene in the diner!
  • Working Girl ~ this film screams 80's, glamour and started by complete love affair with New York... sailing across from Staten Island on the orange ferry to Manhatten.
  • Top Gun ~ Oooooh, this film need no explanation... and launched the glamour of  ray ban sunglasses,  alongside many future stars; Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards ( Mark Greene ER)...
There were many others that could have made my list and could easily had another 5!.... Fatal Attraction,  Rain Man, About Last Night, Flashdance and ET!

Monday, 30 August 2010

Birthday treats to Keep & Eat!

as it feels like my birthday has been spread across the last month, I have delayed posting all my goodies until I had caught up with everyone. I have posted them into four categories:
Things to keep, Things to Eat , Birthday Treats & Sweets.
and When in Rome....
here are my things to keep & eat;~
Things to Keep ...
include a Pandora bracelet & birthday charm,
Giorgio Armani earrings,
a Links Killer heel charm,
 a Fossil watch and a Heart diamond necklace....
Things to Eat are made up of some fantastic food things to do over the next few months, toasted off with a fabulous city traveller Veurve Clicquot champagne bag.
My brother & sister-in-law bought me an amazing day cooking with a Michelin star chef in a kitchen in London, and you get to eat the 3 course meal!.. I'm so looking forward to that.
Brad & Libs bought me a cupcakes & cocktails day  at The Cocoa box in Hampstead.
I also got a tastings treat for somewhere in the UK.
Thank you all for the lovely wishes and gorgeous goodies. xxx
.... part 2 to follow later in week!



Sunday, 29 August 2010

Lazy Days & Bake days...

after being sent home twice from work this week ill , I've been put on strict instructions this weekend to rest .... so with the weather not great, what better way to spend a sunday than by devouring the latest cook books and a little baking! especially when the daily mail is featuring 13 recipes from the not yet released Nigella's Recipes from the Heart of the Home (link here)
My four favs featured are twists on some classics and some of my favourite comfort foods:

I don't think I can wait for this book, even though it's on my christmas wish list, birthday money may be spent! as this is obviously going to be followed up with a TV series!...
I've also caught up with Great British Bake Off, which I am enjoying, not just for the recipes but the history of some of our classic bakes.
I did pick the accompanying book up half price this week, and having flicked through it, it is a feast.. mmm lots of classics and history and some scrummy photos.
I am also liking by colourful cupcake cases, courtesy of sainsbuy's!....
I'm off to bake now... have a lovely sunday Tx

Sunday, 22 August 2010

A Trio of Birthday's..

apologies for lack of blogging, i've been busy with birthday's and catching up with family & friends.
Last week saw my godson's brother turn 7, my nephew turn 12 and my sister-in-law hit her last birthday in her 30's!
Jack was on holiday in France for his, so I caught up with him & family on Friday. Bradley had a birthday the day before he flew to Florida and Nicki will celebrate her's with Mick & Min whilst on holiday.
In between birthdays I caught up with friends for belated birthday wishes, which was lovely.
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you all.
As always my cards were themed... Brad's is a skaterboy!, Jack's is a Game boy and Nicki's is a chatterbox! ( she does love the telephone!)....

Friday, 13 August 2010

Friday 5 ~ Dear Santa....

This year I would like.....
This weeks Friday 5 is Christmas Wish List.... it may seem strange talking about Christmas in august, but for someone who works in the recently awarded "Best Department Store in the World" Christmas has already arrived!
this was a little challenging for me, due to recent birthday but I have pulled together 5 wishes, although I don't think I can wait until Santa brings them!!

In no particular order: This year I would like.....
Christian Louboutin Boots, who doesn't covet a pair of red soled shoes... heaven!
Books.. I am a book girl, never disappointed with books, My wish list on amazon grows daily!, however Kirsties Homemade home is a must for me this year.
Smeg Cream fridge/freezer ... I would love this fridge, (however for a singleton I can't justify £1000 on a fridge to hold a pint of milk & M&S ready meals!) I have longed for this ever since I bought my house... one day perhaps!
Sex & the City 2... released at the end of November.. don't think this can wait for Santa, a romp from start to finish!
Tiffany Shoe charm... Shoes & Tiffany blue will look lovely hanging off my wrist!
I am hoping that with posting early Santa won't get as muddled as he did last year, (too much brandy!)
I have posted some pics of the Christmas room... how cute are the cupcake decorations... they will be my tree additions for this year.... what's on your list?
Check out the other Friday 5 girls.. (links on the sidebar)

Birthday Wishes Mum

Today is my mums birthday, so Happy Birthday Mum hope that you have a lovely day....(especially as it's Friday the 13th!)
she is quite difficult to buy for, but when I clapped eyes on the new Cath Kidston collection I knew I had found a couple of treats for her!..
This of course started a theme, as I like cards & wrap etc to compliment each other, she goes to Social club on a friday and had requested some cupcakes for her friends!.... here's her goodies, Enjoy, xxx

Monday, 9 August 2010

When in Rome......

do as the Romans do!.....
Coffee, Culture, Siesta, Pasta.....
I had a beautiful time in Rome, thankyou all for the Tips & birthday wishes. The weather was glorious and the city was stunning.
I stayed in a little hotel on the Via Sistina at the top of the Spanish Steps, which not only provided some stunning views of St Peter's basillica & Rome but also walked off a couple of calories when hiking to the top in 30' heat!... obviously a Gelatari was much needed on arrival at the top!


It's difficult to pick out one single thing in Rome which is a favourite as each turn of a corner springs another surprise on you... I was however blown away by the Pantheon, which was not only an amazing feat of engineering but truly stunning.
The storm that blew in on the Friday evening was also spectacular, the lightening forking over the Vatican was like something out of Angels & Demons!

During my four day tour I walked the cobbled stones of Rome at length from the Colosseum, to the Pantheon taking in a stroll through the Campo De' Fiori fruit market, along the river Tevere and to the amazing Vatican City. Evenings were spent strolling the lanes and Piazza's. I was also lucky enough to be treated to an hours opera at the bottom of the Spanish Steps each evening which was magical.
My trip to Rome couldn't be complete with tossing three coins in the Trevi!... obviously completed on the evening of my birthday, well it beats making a wish blowing out the candles!

One of my friends arranged for a celebratory drink to be sent to my room on my birthday, which was a lovely surprise...and as you can see a trip to Italy couldn't be complete without a Pizza, I aws good and eat lots of fruit & salads too! ( sometimes accompanied by some more of their Gelatari ~ my fav being Pink Grapefruit sorbet!)
Tonight The fantastic 24 hours in a City by Griff Rhys Jones was repeated on TV.... this gives a fantastic flavour of Rome... here is the beginning to wet your appetite!

Friday, 6 August 2010

40 Birthday Wishes

to my very fab friend.....
Today is my friend Justines 40th Birthday. We have been friends just under 30 years and met in the 1st year of senior school. She is a friend in a million and never fails to make me laugh. I often refer to her on my blog as my train buddy as we meet on the train on our commute into London which often reminds us of when we used to meet and walk to school together.
Saturday I'm off down to hers for afternoon tea with her & her family, which will be great fun. When ever there is a family occasion I am always included as the extra addition to her family.It gives her great delight to be a year younger than me on the 6 days between our birthdays!... ha ha you've now caught back up!
J hope that you have a fab day.. here's to another 40, fab fun filled years!
Tx

Friday 5 ~ 80's films

I couldn't miss this Friday 5, I am known by my friends as a bit of an 80's girl!....Ohh lots of flicks to choose from, but after much deliberation here are my 5 complete with trailer clips!


  • Dirty Dancing ~ it had to be there didn't it!... this film took you to a bygone era, made watermelon a popular fruit and took on a whole new meaning of baby in a corner!.... and how can we forget Patrick Swayze's moves.... mmm
  • An Officer & a Gentleman ~ what girl didn't want to be swept off her feet by a marine!.... Richard Gere in Navy whites....
  • When Harry met Sally ~ can a girl be friends with a guy?...still a debatable question and who can forget the scene in the diner!
  • Working Girl ~ this film screams 80's, glamour and started by complete love affair with New York... sailing across from Staten Island on the orange ferry to Manhatten.
  • Top Gun ~ Oooooh, this film need no explanation... and launched the glamour of  ray ban sunglasses,  alongside many future stars; Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards ( Mark Greene ER)...
There were many others that could have made my list and could easily had another 5!.... Fatal Attraction,  Rain Man, About Last Night, Flashdance and ET!