Saturday, 31 August 2013

Recipe: Frankie & Benny's Style Sticky Chicken Pasta


Hello everyone! I was a massive fan of Frankie and Benny's sticky chicken pasta. In fact, most members of my family order it if we ever go out for dinner. And guess what they've done? Changed the menu. Guess what's not on it anymore? Sticky chicken pasta. Me and my mum searched for a recipe and have managed to adapt it to our personal tastes. It tastes just like the real deal, if not better, and the sauce only has 3 ingredients. This is super quick and super easy. 

Disclaimer: It was my mum that made this, I'm just sharing the recipe.


Ingredients:
Pasta
Chicken breast, cubed
Sliced veg(pepper and red onion works best)
1 cup of pasata 
1 cup of honey
1 cup of soy sauce

Method:
1. Cook some pasta in a pot and whilst doing so fry your chicken and veg.
2. Mix together the soy sauce, honey and pasata in a separate pot and bring to the boil. This makes enough sauce for 2 people so alter the quantities as you need.
3. Once the sauce has thickened considerably stir in the rest of your ingredients.
4. Enjoy!

This is such a simple thing to make and it tastes amazing. Screw you Frankie and Benny's, I don't need you(well actually I do really like your waffles)!

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Review: Lush Yuzu & Cocoa Bubbleroon


Hello everyone. Today I'm going to be talking about my new Lush love. The bubbleroons. These are quite aptly named as they look like little macaroons and create a lot of bubbles. There are three different types available and I went for yuzu and cocoa. I'd always avoided this as I'm not a fan on chocolate scented products but upon smelling this in the store, I knew I wanted this. It actually doesn't smell like chocolate at all but it is a very sweet and soothing scent.

Like the bubble bars, the bubbleroons are crumbled under the running taps. The bubbleroons are really easy to split so I only used half of the bubbleroon and got more than enough bubbles. I have pretty poor water pressure so I can never really get a lot of bubbles but I got more than enough. If you have good water pressure then I can imagine you'd get loads. I didn't really like the colour of this if I'm honest. It was so faded and barely coloured the water. I like something a little bit more vibrant. It was also very moisturising, probably because it contains cocoa butter, so I didn't feel like I needed to apply a body lotion afterwards. In the end I really liked this and thought £3.25 was a really good price.


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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Things That Make Me Happy #46

1. Pomegranate is one of my favourite fruits. Why not incorporate it into a bundt cake?


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2. This nail art is so cute.

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3. What a cool light.

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4. I want to go to Greece!

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5. Great autumnal fashion.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. Fanciest caramel apples I have ever seen.

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8. I love decorated ceilings.

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9. Agreed.

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10. I tried to dye my hair blue once and it was horrible but this looks amazing.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

August Wishlist

August Wishlist

Dress : Topshop / Jacket : ASOS / Boots : Newlook/ Bag : ASOS


1. I'm really getting excited for a/w clothing and I thought that this beautiful tea dress from Topshop would be a great transition piece. The colours scream autumn but the floral print makes it a bit summery.

2. The main thing I love about winter is coats. I really love a nice, well fitting coat. I normally opt for a black one but I absolutely love this camel coloured one from Asos, it's also knee length which is pretty brave.

3. I also love ankle boots. A/w clothes are just my think. I always go to New Look for boots as they always fit really well and last right through the winter. I love this pair and they're slip on which is great if you're lazy like me.

4. I really need a small bag for taking with me to parties etc. At the moment I only have big bags. I really want a small bag that I can just put my phone, some money and a lipstick in and be good to go. I love this little one from Asos.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Stationery Haul

I've been back at school now for a week but I though I'd show you some of the stationery that I bought in preparation. I know that the majority of bloggers freak out over nice stationary so I thought I'd share with you what I bought. I did have a big trip to Edinburgh planned with my friend Sarah to visit Paperchase but in the end I was so tired and still a little bit poor after buying my new camera, we ended up in our local shopping centre. Sorry Sarah! 


If you have ever been to a Tiger store then you'll know that they always have lots of really cute things. When Sarah and I saw these little Japanese doll pens we couldn't leave them behind. I went for black and Sarah went for blue, but there was also a pink and yellow available. Very adorable.


I also couldn't leave behind this periodic table notepad. I'm doing advanced higher chemistry this year and whilst I'll be taking notes in a folder and not a notepad, I had to buy this. It was also from Tiger.


Now onto WH Smith. I bought this lovely little pencil case. For the last year I'd been using just a plain plastic one(you know the ones you can take into exams) but I wanted something a little bit cuter. I loved this owl pattern and it's also got three sections so I have enough space for all my things. It also fits a scientific calculator.


And then a cute little ring binder for keeping some notes in it. Bright pink isn't my usual colour but I'm going to use this for my physics class and what better way to emphasize that I'm the only girl in the class with a bright pink folder?

I also bought some plain pens and stuff but didn't think that they were exciting enough to be shown. Where is your favourite place to buy stationery?

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy

Hello everyone. As you all probably know I work in an aquarium and it means that this really dries out my hands. I've been on a mission to find a great hand cream and I think I've found it. My hands are literally so dry that they crack and sometimes bleed. Which is really gross and you probably didn't want to know that but I want you to understand just how dry my hands really are.


When I was having a look around in the Crabtree & Evelyn store I decided I would try a 25g tube for £5 before investing in the 100g tube for £14 if I really liked it. And I can tell now that I will definitely be investing in the larger size. They also do 'hand scubs' which the sales advisor let me try out. AMAZING. Afterwards I was walking around Glasgow with Charlotte literally gushing about how my hands were so soft and she was laughing at me. But after having a feel she 100% agreed. I will also be buying that.

I went for the citron, honey and coriander scent because it was my favourite out of the range. The lemon scent is the most prominent but you can definitely smell the honey and coriander which gives it a really unique kick. This hand cream is really thick and a little goes a long way. I only really apply this twice a day(three or four times if it's a work day) and I find that it's really helped moisturise and improve the condition of my hands. It sinks in very quickly as well and doesn't leave you with greasy hands. This is a must for me with hand creams! The only really critique I have for this is that the lid on the bottle is a bit fiddly and sometimes hard to get back on. I would much prefer a hinged cap that you could just pop open and closed. Yes, this is and expensive product but I feel like it's 100% worth the money if you have really try hands. They also have a range specifically aimed at gardeners which I think I'll treat my granny to at Christmas.

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Week In Photos #48

Alaskan Malamute puppy / Massive Strawberry / My Sammy boy

Hello everyone. I feel like week in photos posts have been taking the back seat lately. The battery in my phone has gone a bit off now and is only holding charge for about 3 hours and even just turning 3G on drains it completely. Which means that I've not been taking a lot of photos when I've been out and about. I would try and get it replaced but my contract runs out at the end of September and then I'll probably get an upgrade. I quite fancy an iPhone. If you have an iPhone do you think an 8GB one is enough or would you recommend a 16GB? I won't be putting any music or movies on it and I'm not a crazy app person. I don't want to get the smaller one and regret it but the 16GB is considerably more.

Not much has been really going on lately because I've been back at school. I didn't get the job at Lush either. They said they didn't want me to quit my job which is a permanent position as this was only a job that lasted up until the end of the Christmas season. I'm not really that gutted because I don't feel like it wasn't because I wasn't good enough or anything. Plus my friend Rachel got one of the places so woo go Rachel.

As for school I'm still doing 3 advanced highers: maths, chemistry and physics. Since returning to school I've found out that all of my As were band 1s which has made me happy. I still can't believe I'm starting my last year of high school! Where did it all go? This week I've been showing the new first years around the school, it makes me feel so old.

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Edinburgh Festival


Hello everyone. As you know there's a massive festival in Edinburgh every summer and I thought I'd show you some photos I took there this year. My boyfriend and I took a day trip in to wander around the town and visit the National Museum Of Scotland to which the admission is free!

Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket area


Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Grassmarket area

Look at those beautiful Great Danes

Stuart is so camera shy that I only ever get photos whilst sneaking





I weigh the same as a giant anteater

Together Stuart and I weigh the same as an ostrich
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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Things That Make Me Happy #45

1. I could totally go for a big stack of pancakes. I always say 'I'm going to make pancakes' and then I never do!

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2. I love these light bulb plant pots, what a cool idea.

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3. Lovely decor.

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4. I love woodland walks.

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5. I love this hair style.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. Best Halloween costume ever.

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8. I don't even like cheeseburgers but this looks amazing.

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9. Felt coasters. So cute.

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10. I love this photo!

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

OOTD: Exam Results Dinner ft My Sister

Hello everyone. I went out to dinner with my family for an exam results celebration meal. We went to the Chinese Manor House which is in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh. I'd probably say that it's my favourite restaurant ever. It's quite expensive and far away so we don't go that often but when we do we like to dress up and gorge ourselves on Chinese food. The meal was amazing. I had chilli duck for starter, crispy shredded chicken for a main course and then a banana fritter for dessert. I was so full at the end but I regret nothing. I also managed to eat the whole meal apart from desert with chopsticks. Are you proud? Be proud.


I was going pretty much straight from work(well I had an hour to get ready) so I just decided to put my hair in a high pony tail. Not the most glamorous but my hair definitely isn't in a state to be worn down after a shift at work and I wanted to show off the cut out back on this shirt. My lipstick is Brick O La by Mac, my new favourite. 



I really love the back of this top, it definitely makes it look a bit more fancy.


Earrings/Necklace - F21 | Top - Dorothy Perkins | Jeans - Topshop | Shoes - New Look


I thought you might want to see what my sister wore as well. Recognise that dress? Yes because it's the dress I wore for my birthday party! My sister has gotten to that age where she wants to borrow all of my things. Though I'd let her seeing as it was a special occasion.



 Dress - Topshop | Shoes - Peacocks


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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Share The Love #1


I used to mention a few blogs I really liked at the end of my monthly favourites posts but I've been lacking the mojo to write those posts for the past few months. I've  decided I'm going to start a new series on my blog where at least once a month I give a little shout out to some of my favourite bloggers. For the moment I'm going to start with 3 per post but I might increase the number over time, I got a whole lotta lovin'.


First up is Of Corgis & Cocktails. This lifestyle blog is written by the lovely Katherine. It includes many outfit and travel posts as well as other exciting things like recipes. Nothing wins me over like cake. And as you can tell from the blog title, there are often lots of doggy photos. I would quite happily steal Katherine's dogs if it wasn't for that big old Atlantic ocean in the middle. I guess they're safe for now. But please head over to her blog and show it some lovin'.



A new favourite of mine is Rush & Teal. I would say that Allie writes a good mixture of posts but mainly fashion, lifestyle and beauty. Her photography is really nice and you can tell that she puts a lot of effort into her posts. She also makes YouTube videos so has something to suit for everyone's personal taste. I think it's that sort of versatility in a blog that will make you go far. So please drop by Allie's blog and say hi!


And last but not least is The Weekender Trender. This blog is written by the lovely Georgina, a fellow teen blogger. As you can probably tell from the blog title, it's a fashion orientated blog. Georigna has absolutely amazing fashion sense, I struggle to believe that she's the same age as I am! She also always manages to find the most lovely locations for outfit photos, a real gem. I've also been loving the photo a day series she's been running recently, it's lovely to get to know a bit more about the person behind a blog. So please go and have a little look at Georgina's blog, I'm sure you'll find something you like.

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