Monday, 29 April 2013

Monday Delights ♥ Episode Seventeen ♥ Winter is Coming

I don't know where this is but I want to be there. The photo and design is just so entrancing. //source
Can this please be my kitchen? So much natural light and such a beautiful design. //source
I am hopeless at packing light. I plan on using this guide for my upcoming holidays //source
I can't imagine how anybody can become bored of salads if you followed these simple steps //source
Game of Thrones has a special place in my heart - This shirt is basically the coolest thing I have ever laid eyes on //source
Well... the weekend is over - another long week at work. However, I can't complain too much, I have a few exciting things coming up in my life though. I start a new job in the next few weeks and I am expecting a new car to arrive tomorrow which I am being super impatient about.

Is anyone else a Pinterest addict? If you are let's be friends!

Friday, 26 April 2013

My 24th Birthday Breakfast

Happy Birthday to me! Yesterday I turned the ripe old age of 24. I kept the celebrations relatively simple. My only stipulation was that I get a good latte and breakfast at one of my favourite cafes. Park House Cafe has a lovely atmosphere and we were also surprised to see an updated Autumn menu which I am super excited to try over the next few months

I am also lucky enough to have my folks visiting so it has been good to catch up with them. The rest of the day was pretty quiet. My mum helped me pick photos for our wedding album while Josh and my dad did boy stuff outside. Then mum and I made lasagne and lemon meringue pie for dinner which happen to be two of my favourite dishes - the lighting was a tad dark for pictures though!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

WIAW - your average kinda day

Good day lovely readers! I am a bit of a slacko... I will post for a bunch of days and then I am a bum and become really boring and just work, eat, sleep and ignore my pretty little blog. Sorry about that!

I am back today to share my WIAW culinary delights (and I am a day late..) You should check out Jen over at Peas and Crayons, join WIAW (it's a blast) and congratulate her on finding out that she is expecting a little girl! So excited for her!

Breakfast was kinda amazing - I had a leftover thai turkey burger with a fried egg atop. Salad stuff is a given since I feel like a bit of a loser if I don't include some green in my food.

Lunch was pretty simple. Scrambled Eggs + egg whites with tomato, lettuce and mayo. Yum!

Dinner was a hearty and delicious Tomato-Basil & Spinach Risotto. I added bacon for the boy because he just can't function without meat.

My favourite dessert lately has been a big scoopful of cottage cheese with almond butter, chocolate syrup and a crumbled cookie. Kinda naughty and seriously delicious.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Jamie's Sausage Gnocchi with Warm Kale and Bean Salad

After swooning over Jamie Oliver latest TV show (and oogling over Jamie - ahh I love a man that can cook). I quickly jumped online and bought his accompanying recipe book Jamie's 15 Minute Meals.

The selling point of the book and the show is that you can make healthy, wholesome and delicious meals in 15 minutes. Let's be honest, unless your a expert chef with the perfect kitchen then there is no way that you are going to get this done in 15 minutes. I would leave about 30-40 minutes to get the food on the plate.

Tonight I recreated the Spicy Sausage Gnocchi with Warm Kale and Bean Salad and it was delightful!

Pillowy gnocchi, spicy sausage and tender broccoli in a rich tomato sauce. I forgot the yoghurt but I can see how that would have cut through the sauce and made it creamier. Even without the yoghurt it was still yummy, the perfect meal for a cold winter evening.

The warm kale and bean salad was amazing! I have never tried kale before as it is very difficult to find it where I live but I am so glad I found it for this meal. 
The kale and beans were quickly cooked in boiling water and then served with maple glazed hazelnuts and bacon. I kept going back for more of this salad, the hazelnuts were the crunchy and sweet and all together it was just mmmm. 

Josh and I thoroughly enjoyed this meal and have plenty of leftovers to contend over :) The recipes states 4 servings but I would suggest you could serve 6 people with the amount of food we have left over.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Reception ~ Our Wedding

Our reception went without a hitch - the food was delectable, everything looked exactly how I planned it to look, the speeches were amazing (I was either laughing or crying the entire time) and everyone seemed to have a great time.

We used banquet style tables because they look gorgeous and it made seating planning much easier.

Our centerpieces were recycled beer bottles and a combination of baby's breath, roses & carnations.

The wedding favours were sugared almonds in brown paper bags with a doily & chalkboard heart.

Our cake was a simple two tiered cake with rustic white butter icing & sugared flowers on top.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Photos at the Park ~ Our Wedding

After the ceremony and pictures with our family and friends, we headed over to my favourite park and got some fun photos with the bridal party and some special ones of Josh and I.

As you might be able to see it rained for the majority of our time here.
We all got fairly wet, by the time we left to head to the reception the bottom of my dress was absolutely filthy and soaked with water. However, it didn't really matter because we were having such a fun time.
I knew there was no point stressing over the weather and as it turned out my absolutely favourite photo is the one of Josh and I under the umbrella while it was pouring :)


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