Friday 12 April 2024

What I have loved this week! Week 15. #FridayFavourites

Hello there and happy Friday! Another week has flown over. I have enjoyed just being at home catching up on jobs and some blogging. I am linking up with Erika and Andrea and share some of my favourites from this past week. 

What I have loved this week

Wrestlemania!
I have been a Wrestling fan for the last 20 or so years and went off it in the late 2000's but recently I have been watching again and it has been pretty amazing, especially over the weekend. If you're not a wrestling fan Wrestlemania is the big show of the year, they go all out and they're always special but this time felt extra special with some special returns and big matches. I couldn't stay up and watch it live as it didn't start until about 1am here so watched it the next days, after I had read the spoilers of course because I couldn't wait. I was walking through the house shouting The Undertaker is back, The Undertaker is back! I didn't expect that! hehehe

There have only been a handful of times when I have cried at wrestling shows and that was when they were tributes to people who died but over the past week I have cried another handful of times. Seeing Cody Rhodes win the title and have his family and other wrestlers in the ring celebrating, video's of his journey, mentions of his dad and seeing Roman Reigns crying after losing the title. It was a special and amazing weekend for wrestling and it feels like a new era has begun. I think I will be tuning in and watching their weekly shows again instead of the just odd Pay Per View! 

Ice cream! 

Ice cream in a cone

The ice cream man is back, doing his rounds every evening in his van and we are loving it! I have had 2 over the past week. The first one a single cone and then I went a bit crazy and got a double cone which I won't be doing again. It was amazing but my mouth was numb from the ice cream being so cold, I will stick with the single cones in future. lol I do expect to eat many more over the summer months!

Heroes!
I am rewatching Heroes! It was first shown on TV in the late 2000's, I forgot all about it until I saw it on the ITVX app and I read yesterday that it could be coming back with a new season after 14 years. 

People all over the the world start to realise they have special abilities, like telekinesis, healing abilities, flying powers, time travel and invisibility. Their world and lives are turned upside down as a serial killer named Sylar tries to hunt them all and make sure no one becomes as powerful as him. In order to protect themselves from him, these people must help one another before Sylar can destroy them all while they each deal with problems of their own. It has been so long since I watched it that I don't remember the whole story, just bits so it's like a new show to me. 

More gardening!
After doing the front garden last week I moved onto the back garden over the weekend. All I had to do was weed and dig all the soil which seemed like a lot of hard work but thankfully it had rained the night before which made my job a lot easier.

Garden before and after
The garden before and after

Also during the week I have planted a ton of seeds. Sweetcorn, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, pumpkins and some others that I can't think of at the moment. I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything grows. Last year I did really well especially with the sweetcorn and then we went away for almost a week, at the hottest time of the year and everything died off. Hmmf. This year we are home all summer so I have big hopes for my plants.

Spring roll wraps!
Our favourite meal over the past week has been the pork spring roll wraps with sweet chilli sauce from Gousto! I would have never have thought of making something like this if it wasn't for the Gousto box. They were easy to make and so good. 

Warmer temperatures!
I was going to say warmer days but the nights have been pretty warm too. I have stopped wearing fleecy pyjamas and I'm back in my thinner one's with t-shirts. I have found myself going out with just a cardigan instead of a coat or jacket. It got up to 19C here over the weekend, it would have been an amazing day but it was still overcast and very windy.

A bath bomb!

Lush bath bomb

When I was in town last Friday I thought ahead, I knew I would be gardening over the weekend and would want a soak in the bath so treated myself to a nice bath bomb from Lush! I got the Peachy one and it smelled amazing, left me feeling relaxed and my skin so soft and the biggest bonus was that I wasn't aching after doing all of the digging.

Spending time with my youngest!
Ellie has been off college, enjoying the rest of her Easter break and it has been nice to spend time with her when we haven't had to be anywhere or do anything in particular. We did have had a good clear our of her bedroom, how can one girl collect so much junk! Her room is tiny so she doesn't really the room for rubbish and things she doesn't need, it is a lot more organised now.

What have you loved over the past week?

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Thursday 11 April 2024

Things that I collect which I don't really need.

 A little while ago I saw a post from Jennifer over at Jennifer's Little World about the things that she collects but doesn't need. Those sort of things that we just can't help collecting and keeping and it got me thinking about those things too.

Candles, wires, bubble bath

These are the things that I collect which I don't really need.

Wires and Cables.
Every time we throw away anything electrical and it has a spare wire or cable I keep it. Charging wires, extension cables, cables for the TV and random wires from game consoles. We have a bag of them and I have no idea what most of them are for but I daren't throw them away in case we need them in the future.

Kitchen Gadgets.
The vegetable chopper seemed like a brilliant idea at the time but it is useless. I have a box full of cookie cutters that I've not used in years, tons of skewers, ice cream scoops which I've never used and a salad spinner. A garlic press which is a faff and a cheese grater that cuts my hand every time I use it. They are just taking up space in the cupboard but I might use them one day.

Cards.
Birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day and all sorts of other cards get kept. Some of them are really special, from people who are no longer here but then others I could throw out but at the same time they hold special memories too.

Candles.
I have more candles than I could ever use. I have my favourites which do get used all of the time and then the one's that are just pretty to look at without burning them and then those which I just haven't got around to using yet and goodness knows when I will.

Excess Paperwork
Receipts, old bills, hospital letters and general paperwork from years ago. I'm not talking about from the last few years I am talking about 10+ years. I did have a good clear of it a little while ago but there are some things that I kept just in case that I need them again. I probably won't but you never know.

Paint covered clothes.
I have a set of clothes for when I am doing any painting but then I have some jumpers, t-shirts and leggings that are covered in paint too but I refuse to throw them out in case I am decorating in the future and it takes more than one set of clothes. 

Mugs.
We have so many in the kitchen cupboard but I refuse to throw any of them out. They are all special to me or my family in certain ways. Some were bought or received as gifts, some were mementoes of special events and some are just our favourites.

Ornaments.
I have a problem, I have too many ornaments in the living room but I refuse to part with any and now and again I will buy more. They are a chore when it comes to dusting, I don't need as many as I do but they make me happy.

Bottles of bubble bath.
I have so many in the bathroom and people keep buying me more on special occasions. Some of them are in fancy bottles which are now just decorative as I am sure they are well past their use by dates. They are just one more thing in the house which I have to dust. lol

Odd socks.
I seem to be collecting odd socks. They were obviously a pair once but I have thrown the other out if it had a hole in or the other has just got lost somehow. I don't mind wearing odd socks, over the winter I have been wearing boots most days so people don't see my socks. Now when I wear a matching pair my family always seem surprised. 

What do you collect which you don't really need?

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Chicken & Leek Pie - Recipe!

My family love a good pie, along with mashed potato and lots of gravy. I have this Chicken & Leek Pie recipe to share with you which is a fantastic idea for a family dinner! Topped with a quick short crust pastry this recipe can be adapted to suit whatever veg you have on hand and is made with only 5 pieces of kitchen equipment making it ideal for a warming mid week meal. 

Chicken and leek pie

Makes 1 pie - serves 2 adults and 2 children.
Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 40 minutes.

For the pastry:

200g of plain flour.
100g of unsalted butter.
2 tablespoons of cold water.

For the filling:

500g of chicken thigh, cut into chunks.
2 leeks, peeled, halved and sliced.
500ml of milk.
1 tablespoon of dried tarragon.
1 teaspoon of salt.
1/2 a teaspoon of pepper.
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
2 tablespoons of flour.
 1 egg yolk, beaten, for egg washing.

Equipment:

A large mixing bowl 
A large pan 
A rolling Pin
A chopping board 
A 24x18cm Pie Dish 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan).

Prepare your pastry by rubbing the flour and butter together in a bowl between your fingertips until a sandy texture is achieved. Add in the water and bring together to form dough.

Tip the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge.

To make the filling, place the chicken thigh chunks, sliced leeks, tarragon, salt and pepper into a pan and pour over the milk.

Place over a medium heat and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, combine your butter and flour in a bowl to make a thick paste.

Once the chicken is cooked, drop in nuggets of the combined flour and butter, stirring constantly until thoroughly incorporated and the filling has thickened.

Transfer the filling to your pie dish and set to one side.

Remove your pastry from the fridge, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until about 5mm in thickness, then drape over the pie dish, trim the edges and crimp with your fingers or a fork.

Cut two slits in the centre of the pie lid, then brush with the beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with flaked salt.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and serve with chunky chips and peas.

Feel free to switch out leeks in the pie filling for peas or whatever veg you have available and if you want to make a vegetarian version of this pie switch out the chicken for a veggie meat alternative.  

This recipe from the Easy Peasy Baking campaign, launched by UK Flour Millers, making baking simple. You can find more Easy Peasy Baking recipes and information on the campaign over on the Fab Flour website.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Share our Lives - Favourite Make up and Hair products.

I am not massively into make up and hair products and did think about skipping this month's Share Our Lives link up. It's not because I don't use make up and hair products but because mine are pretty basic and I don't spend a lot on them! There's nothing fancy here!

Assorted make up brushes

Dry shampoo!
I am not fussed about the brand but I do like to have some in the house for those days between washes when my hair needs a bit of a boost! I didn't use dry shampoo for years because I didn't think you could on coloured hair, I feel silly now. Dry shampoo has to be better for my hair than washing it an extra time in the week.

Willy Wonka Wonka Bar Eyeshadow Palette!
I got the Sheglam Willy Wonka Wonka Bar Eyeshadow Palette off Shein for my birthday late last year and I love the colours! They are all chocolate coloured and are chocolate scented too! They are my sort of colour.

PS. Vitamin Enriched Moisturising Primer - Primark - £4.50.


I have only just started using primer thanks to my youngest raving about it. This vitamin enriched primer does wonders for my skin with the help of vitamins E, C, and Niacinamide. Formulated to ensure my skin's moisture barrier is protected before I put make up on. It's key ingredients include oat oil and shea butter to ensure essential hydration is maintained all day long!

Eyebrow pencils.
When I was a teenager I overplucked my eyebrows and fashion and looks change and the pencil line thin eyebrow is not fashionable anymore and my poor eyebrows did suffer. They've never grown back properly and are thin in places and need filling in. I think I got my last one from the supermarket along with the food shop. 

I always used to be really bad at removing make up at the end of the day and struggled to get my eye make up off especially until I discovered this product. It is great for getting waterproof mascara off!

Directions Hair Colour!

Directions Hair Colour

I have blogged about Directions Hair Colour in the past, I do love their hair dyes. They have some amazing colours which really last and when applying don't stain your skin! My favourite colours are Pillarbox Red and Flamingo Pink. How my hair turns out is always a surprise, I do think it depends on how much of the old colour is left. 

Elvive Colour Protect shampoo and Conditioner.
With dying my hair I need a shampoo and conditioner to protect it and keep the colour from fading and at the moment this one is my favourite. I leaves my hair so soft and keeps the frizz to a minimum.

Lipstick.
I do love a bright lipstick which usually matches my hair so I have a lot of pink and red one's and most of those have came from the pound shops. With lipsticks costing just £1 I have never expected much but some of them really last well and don't leave my lips feeling dry!

What are your favourite beauty products?

Share our lives linky

I am linking up with:

 Adrienne from Mom Life with Adrienne.
Dara from Not In Jersey.
Joanne from Slices of Life.
Sarah from Toronto Sam.