Monday, 14 April 2014


After waking up this morning from a dream about depression it's really been on my mind. I've pinned a few quotes today which have been quite explanatory. One of which being this one....


Oh gosh my chest is going to burst or cave in today.

Stupid dream.

Then I found this one.....

Good eh?

Take action! This is sometimes not the easiest thing to do. When one feels strong enough move forward. Get a list.

I found this last pin very motivating.

Thank you Hannah for posting these quotes.


Friday, 4 April 2014


This week I've been Instagraming what I've been wearing. I love looking back on these little snippets of style information, if you look on my camera roll there are quite a few. I like to Imagin in 20 years time (I will be 55, yikes!) I will look through those pictures and think ' oh my gosh!'

First one is this combo.

I picked up this top from a bootsale for 50p, I do love a bootsale! I think neutrals or browns would be an obvious choice but I teamed it with peach and pink.

Second one is my lovely chunky knit cardi which I have worn to death! It's looking very sad now. I love to wear it with a vest and a big statement pendant, teamed with my new £3 pumps!

Third outfit I'm sharing this week is my new Mother's Day jumper from Miss Woo

It's a perfect lightweight jumper for the spring time. I'm wearing it with a pair of black shine leggings and my wellie boots of course!

OSo what are you wearing today?


Monday, 24 March 2014

Chilli Con Carne - fine tuning...

Lately I've been trying to fine tune recipes which I've cooked forever.

Chilli con Carne is something my dad used to cook when we were young. I'm not sure if this was normal in the 80's or not.

So forever my chilli has gone like this - onion, garlic, mince beef, beef oxo, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, dried mixed herbs and chilli powder, that order in the pot.


My tweaking lately has brought me to add a bit of sugar to my chilli. I've also swapped chilli powder for chilli flakes. Out has gone the mixed herbs, I don't think they were needed, and in has come cumin powder and cinnamon powder.

Tonight I read a Jamie Oliver recipe which included a bit of balsamic vinegar so I decided to give it a whirl.

Now you might notice that I have baked beans in there, this is something I like to do from time to time. If you do there is no need to add sugar as baked beans are loaded with them.

Rice is the way forward with chilli, oh and sour cream.

Chocolate is the only thing I haven't tried yet, I've heard this is good!

Well my dinner was yum, what did you have?


Friday, 31 January 2014

Bye bye 2013, Hello 2014

My last month of 2013 went something like this.....

And this...
Then a good dose of Christmas!
2014 started with my little sister getting married!

It was an amazing day full of little quirks!

My sister had been collecting broaches to make her bouquet for over a year. It even contained some of our Nanna's broaches and even our great Nanna's. We had them in our bridesmaid bouquets too.

Please note my amazing shoes...

We had to wear gold shoes of which I did not own so I had to treat myself to a pair! Irregular Choice do some amazing if not a little mental shoes! Loooook at how beautiful they are.

Love and bugs

Nina x


Thursday, 28 November 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I've had my first mince pie of the season, which means Christmas is coming!!!

Then I had another one....

With an amazing chocolate orange latte. I love it when Costa & Starbucks start doing their red cups, that's the start of Christmas too.
I've also started making my Christmas cards.

This year I've decided to stamp and paint all my cards using Paperartsy products. I'm so in love with their paint. The colours are so up to date so you don't have to mix them. I'm loving Blood Orange, Pumpkin Soup and Hey Pesto..

The stamps I'm using are by Jofy. They are so easy to work with and stamp beautifully.

I best get writing them now! -

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Lamb Coconut Curry

I love food. I also love cooking. This week I tried out a most yummy curry which I plan to cook for a couple of lovely people. It was delish! I was asked to share the recipe so here goes.....
This recipe serves 6. I halved it.
1kg lamb leg steaks, cut into chunks
3 hot red chillies - stalks removed
8 garlic cloves, peeled
4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
Zest and juice of 4 limes
3 tbsp groundnut oil
4 onions, peeled and finely sliced
600ml coconut milk
450g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
350g green beans ( I always have frozen ones in the freezer)
3 tbsp Thai fish sauce

Right, I know the ingredients list is long but it's worth it!
Place the lamb in a bowl. Blend the chillies, garlic, coriander, ginger, rosemary, lime zest and juice in a blender until it makes a fine paste. Add to the lamb and mix well. I like to use my hands for this. Cover and leave to marinade for an hour minimum.
Hear the oil in a large pan and fry the onions until golden. Add the meat a handful at a time, browning on all sides.

Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Add just enough water to cover the meat. Simmer for an hour.
Add the sweet potato and cook for about 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender. Add the beans and fish sauce and cook for 5 more minutes.
Serve with basmati rice

Enjoy! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad - Bug Pad

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Animal trouble

Well what an eventful weekend. Saturday, whilst at work I get a call from Kev. Arty had gotten into Callum's room, raided his bin and eaten a mouldy sandwich (foil and all). I know the drill. He has done this before. At first you notice a tremor, then they start shaking uncontrollably. It's the poison setting in. This time he was having seizures. Kev said that it wasn't looking good. He was transferred to the over night vet, . They were amazing. Sunday we got the call to say that he was wagging his tail and eating. It was a miracle. We picked him up and he had been very randomly shaved! Poor boy. He looks very silly. I carried him out to the car and showed him Nessie in the boot. He put his paw up to the window, it was the sweetest thing ever.

He has been very worn out since.

THEN...... Pepper went lame. Elli had a riding lesson and Pepper started acting strange. Poor Pepper. Walking to the field was a struggle. Later that night I went back to check on her... In my pjs

And wellies.
She felt so sorry for herself. We had a nice long cuddle

Thankfully she is a little brighter today. Please no more animal trouble!!! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad - Bug Pad