Autumnal Baking

I absolutely LOVE autumn! So I thought I’d share my favourite things to bake during this cold colourful season!

1. Baked Apple – stuffed with raisins, topped with brown sugar and water and zap in the microwave for a few mins

2. Banana Bread

3. Warm Apple Turnovers with ice cream

4. Rhubarb or Apple Crumble- topped with oats for a nicer texture!

5. Cinnamon Swirls

Mother’s Day 2018

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope everyone’s mums enjoyed their Mother’s Day on Sunday. (UK)

Sunday was a day well spent for us 3. We very rarely manage to have a sit down meal together with everyone’s busy days and overlapping shifts at work.

My mum made us the best Lamb Roast I’ve ever had. It was so gorgeous, it may as well of been an all you can eat Roast. 10 out of 10.

We had the most gorgeous sparkling wine from Aldi with it.

I had been extremely busy all week making mother’s day cupcakes I hadn’t even had time to make my own mother some!

We spent the afternoon with the rest of the family eating cake and sipping cups of tea.

I treated my mum and grandma to a trip to the theatre in a couple of weeks to see “My Fair Lady”

They’re both excited to watch it!

With Love, V x

Hen Do – 1st March 2018

Hey guys!

So I planned a hen do for my friend before she gets married soon! I’ve got to say event planning is so stressful yet I completely LOVE it!

We went out for a meal, so everyone could get to know each other without feeling under pressure and brought out the games etc later on when the pub was dying down a bit.

I set the table up with a ‘Bride to Be’ sign (amazon), which came with a sash and bought a personalised balloon with the date on from a local shop.

I created another personal touch that Imogen could keep. I used an empty prosecco bottle. Yes, I drank the whole thing first.

I stuck some gold text on it which I bought from Hobby Craft. And I wrote underneath the date. I added in some lights for an even better touch and everyone signed the bottle after.

I made some personalised cupcakes, another perfect gesture. These were given out to all the people who came.

Hen do selfie sticks (amazon) are also such a perfect idea to get everyone to mingle with each other.

We had plenty of games, which we all enjoyed! Had such a laugh and a great night!

Thanks for reading!

With Love, V x

CHEESE FEST

@cheesefestuk held a festival for cheese lovers like myself in Liverpool this weekend.

This was such a great idea to get myself out the house to do something different.

I took my mum with me and we really enjoyed the time spent.

VIP PASS – £22

We could get ourselves some free halloumi fries or mozzarella sticks each. We got both!

We also got ourselves a free drink from the bar; prosecco and wine.

There were different stalls around selling cheese from different countries. Crazy cheese and unique cheese.

We tried many different cheeses as we wandered around. My favourite was the chilli and lime pictured below.

I’ve also never seen so many coloured cheeses.. Do any of these put you off?

There were stalls for nachos, burgers, grilled sandwiches, mac and cheese and pasta. My favourite is the melted cheese wheel where they pour it on your food.

There was even cheesecake! I had to try a piece of the mango one. Yummy!

The most Instagrammable cheese were these cheese bombs! Created as a gift originally for a friend who moved to Australia. All of the varieties she makes are amazing!

We had a great day out together, very rare that we have time to go out.

Thanks for reading guys!

Comment below your favourite cheese!

With Love, V x

SURPRISE 50TH

I decided to plan my work colleague a surprise birthday meal for her 50th birthday.

I spent the past 5 weeks planning and organising the night. This included planning a cake and running round getting decorations.

Keeping it a secret was such a hard task, especially when she was moaning about wanting cake on her actual birthday!

I provided a decoy on her birthday with these cupcakes, she didn’t moan!

I booked a table of 11 at a restaurant close to us, The Boatyard. Its a fairly new restaurant, but exceeded expectations.

Lovely homemade food!

Everyone was so excited to see the cake I had made. When they brought it out her face was a picture!

We all had a lovely night! And I’m so glad it went to plan!!

Hope you enjoyed the read! Thanks for reading!

With Love, V x

My Christmas Wishlist

Is everyone excited for christmas?!

I thought I’d share with you all my Christmas Wishlist for 2017.

* Co-ordinate print of where we got engaged in Mexico

* Urban Decay Heat Eyeshadow Pallette

* Kurt Geiger Maze 2 Trainers

* Any Nutella gifts (yes that makes me happy) haha

* Charlotte Tilbury 6 Shades of Love – Love Glow

* Tanya Burr’s – Tanya’s Christmas Book

* Pyjamas

What’s on everyone else’s Christmas List?

I hope everyone gets what they wish for & has a wonderful Christmas with their loved ones.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

With Love, V x

Date Night – Engagement Celebration

A month after our engagement, we decided to try somewhere new for date night. We chose somewhere slightly more special than our average curry date, even if curries are the best!

We chose to go Cheshire Grill, Lach Dennis.

I thought it was so lovely of the staff to write us an engagement card and put a balloon on our table.

We received two free glasses of champagne with our meal, Jay actually liked it! But it was gorgeous.

I found the decor stunning, done up as a woodland theme with stag heads and pale tartan wallpaper. LOVE.

We both chose burgers for our main, well done with chunky beef dripped chips and a side of onion rings.

Absolutely gorgeous food!

Skipped the dessert entirely, but had a lovely evening with my now fiancé.

💗

With Love, V x

BIRTHDAY GIRL

10th September, 2017

I’m another year older! Can the world please stop so I can get off?

Time is flying by far too quickly for me, I’ve been trying to spend every year making the most of it and i just can’t keep up!

On Thursday 7th, I celebrated with the work girls. We all had a lovely meal at Pesto’s. Lots of laughs and being surrounded by the people who have made such an impact on my life. I have such a strong friendship with them and I’m so grateful for them all.

On Friday 8th, the work girls suprised me with a little party in the afternoon. Good 90’s tunes and lots of cakes!

On Saturday, my boyfriend took me to Manchester for a night away. I couldn’t tell you how much I needed to get away!

We arrived at the train station and decided to get a bite to eat and of course, a pint of beer and a glass of wine!

The heavens had opened so we waited a little while before heading to the hotel.

We stayed at Malmaison, which is absolutely gorgeous!

They decorated the room for my birthday which i thought was lovely of them and I received 2 free drinks in the bar.

The city centre is literally 5 minutes walk, so we did a bit of shopping for our holiday next week.

I was wined and dined at Bella Italia by my boyfriend. With it being my birthday I also received a free bottle of prosecco!!

For the starters, I had Pizza Spirales. Which is just mozzarella stuffed inside bread with a dipping sauce. Jay had the meatballs, which were really yummy.

For our mains we had, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne and a Meatball Calzone. Both meals are very big and filling. We ordered fries with it but for me it was just too much food.

I didn’t take a picture of our desserts but we only had ice cream.

On my birthday morning, I woke up to all my presents layed out on the side.

I had the best birthday ever to date!

Thank you all for reading. I hope you enjoyed my post.

Have a great day!

With Love, V x

Uptown Funk

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely evening.

I went to Chester on Saturday so my other half could do his theory test. I thought I would do some holiday shopping whilst I was there.

The only part-successful shop I did was in Primark. I say part-successful because, I didnt actually buy anything holiday related. Not a single item.

I prefer the Primark in Liverpool and Warrington to Chester by miles as there is way more to choose from!

So, in Primark, I literally RAIDED the Harry Potter section.

I put quite a few bits back and just chose 2 sets of pyjamas and a top.

This is honestly, the BEST thing Primark have ever done.

I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!

There was so much to chose from. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, go and raid the stores!

I met back up with Jay with the good news that he passed his theory test and we headed for some food.

We came across this funky shop. Gino’s Gelato. You could not walk passed that without taking a double glance.

There’s nothing I love more than fresh, self made food. Especially, when the presentation is as good as this!

I had Gino’s Special Crepe – Strawberries, Bananas and Nutella.

How cool is it?!

We drove back home for me to get busy baking a GIANT jaffa cake. My Mother-in-law requested it for her birthday.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading what I was up to at the weekend.

If anyone would enjoy reading cake recipes please comment below and I will share my recipe for the Jaffa Cake above.

With Love, V x

American Afternoon Tea

Recently I went to a local restaurant for afternoon tea with my friend. We were celebrating her 21st birthday so we thought we’d go for something a bit diffefent.

The Afternoon Tea included:

  • Dirty Fries
  • Mini Bbq Ribs
  • Fried Chicken
  • Cajun Corn on the Cob
  • Milkshake
  • Donuts
  • Waffles
  • Prosecco

This was £29.95 for the two of us. I was definitely stuffed, far too much meat for me to eat in one go.

I left the fries – thought it would be bacon and cheese, instead it was pulled pork and cheese. Pulled pork is a no go for me!

Im not one for eating off the bone, but the ribs were perfect! The meat just fell off the bone.

I had such a lovely saturday afternoon with my friend. She definitely had a great birthday!

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you’re all having a great bank holiday weekend so far!

With Love, V x