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Start as you mean to go on : Do what makes you happy

Good morning friends, and Happy Sunday!

With such a busy 2019, especially December, I’ve decided to have a more relaxed January. We decided to spend the first weekend of January relaxing but being productive.

Saturday morning I woke up after a lie in, I definitely needed to catch up on a few hours of sleep!

After rolling out of bed and doing my yoga, I made myself a big omelette.

Omlette:

3 eggs, handful of spinach leaves, 2 mushrooms, sprinkle of salt, pepper and paprika.

After glamming for the day, my boyfriend and I packed up 2 more bags of clothing and books, and dropped them to the charity shop.

We strolled into town to run a few errands and then met some friends at a local Cafe in Newport, ‘Cafe Isola’.

Cafe Isola is a great meeting spot for large groups, and families. With a fantastic variety of hot and cold food and drinks, and desserts, a decent space between tables for prams and buggies, and so you dobt feel like you’re sitting on the person next to yours laps.

I ordered a Pot of earl grey tea, which was presented nicely, but was accompanied by an egg timer.

I was intrigued about the egg timer, and asked the server what it was for. She told me that it has different times for you to brew your tea.

I don’t mean to sound rude but, A little too pretentious and hipster for me to use … my teas done when it’s done. I’ve managed to make a brew for 29 years without any issue, sure I can manage without.

Did make for a nice photo though!

Our friends arrived with their gorgeous kids, including their 1 week old baby, who I had cuddles with, I turned to mush!

We each dug into a bit of lunch before exchanging late christmas presents.

Chicken, pepper, onion pizza

The other 3 in the group recieved alcohol, but my present really stood out. I got a awesome wooden ‘Bat-Duck’. Have you been anything like him? How incredible! He shall sit proud on our book shelf

After a good free hours of chatting, my boyfriend and I decided to visit my late grandad. My Grandads birthday was yesterday, so we visited his grave and planted a Cyclamen. I have never heard of this plant before, but it looked pretty, good for the winter months, and I know he’d appreciate that more than a bunch of flowers.

Plans had changed, so we now had a free evening. Sun had set so we decided to settle in for the night.

Whilst my love cooked us dinner, I did my insanity work out. Shaun T totally kicked my ass, I was dripping with sweat!

After my shower I entered the kitchen to the most amazing smell, he made me lamb chops. Now my man can cook! The just fell of the bone!

We’d normally have a tipple on a Saturday night, My love had a few beers but I stuck to squash as I’m taking part in Dry january.

The rest of the evening was extremly chilled. We watched the first episode of ‘The masked singer’, my boyfriend was not into it! Oh well.

Only a few days ago I watched a clip of the US version, and thought it looked hilarious.

On the judges panel for the UK version were Jonathon Ross, Ken John Davina Macall, and Rita Ora.

I wasnt sure what I’d make of it but it was great! The costumes are wild, and it completely draws you in, i didnt have a clue. What a fantastic concept for a tv show! I’m seriously impressed that anyone could sing and dance in that get up!

For the rest of the evening I threw on a face mask and played a few hours of the Sims whilst he played Batman.

We fell into bed about 11, so I snuggled down and I read a couple of pages of my book for this month.

What did you do with your first Saturday of the year?

Kaya •

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The best soft and crunchy triple chocolate cookies

Good morning friends, and Happy Saturday!

This morning I’d like to share the most scrumptious triple chocolate cooks recipe! These cookies are so easy to make; they’re crunchy around the edges and perfectly soft throughouthe middle. Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Active Time20 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time – *29 minutes

*plus a minimum of 1 hour Chilling,

(I completey scrolled past this and then was shocked when I had to wait a hour!)

Servings *20 cookies (I made at least 30)

INGREDIENTS

  • 200 g unsalted butter soft at room temperature
  • 90 g soft dark brown sugar you can also use light brown or muscovado sugar
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 260 g plain flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • tsp salt
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 50 g dark chocolate chunks
  • 200 g white chocolate chunks

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Melt the milk chocolate (100g). This can either be done in short bursts in the microwave (no more than 20 seconds each time, stirring in between), over a bain-marie, or in a saucepan over a VERY low heat. Once melted set aside to cool.
  • Beat together the butter (200g) and sugars (90g soft dark brown sugar, 110g caster sugar) until fully combined and lighter in colour (this should take 2-3 minutes with an electric mixer).
  • Add the egg (1 whole large egg + 1 yolk) and the vanilla extract (1 tbsp) and beat until fully combined.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients (260g plain flour, 40g cocoa powder, 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, ⅛tsp salt) and mix until fully combined.
  • Add the melted milk chocolate and fold into the mixture until it’s combined.
  • Finally mix in the chocolate chunks (200g white chocolate, 50g dark chocolate) until they are evenly distributed in the mixture.

  • Roll the dough into a sausage shape about 5cm in diameter (I find it easiest to split the dough into two and make two sausages) and wrap in cling film. You may find it easier to use the clingfilm to help you get an even sausage shape as the dough will be a little sticky. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to 5 days).

  • When you’re ready to bake your cookies, preheat your oven to 190°C/170°C fan. Remove your cookie dough from the fridge and using a sharp knife slice into round cookies about 1½cm thick. Place them on a baking sheet (lined with greaseproof paper or a non-stick baking sheet). Leave space between each one as they’ll double in size as they cook. Cook for 8-9 minutes until crisp around the edges but still soft in the middle.

  • Once cooked, remove them from the oven. Leave them to cool for a few minutes on the tray before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

A cuppa tea is strongly adviced, as these are perfect dunking biscuits!

Let me know if you use this recipe and what yout think of these cookies?

Kaya •

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Last weekend in London Part 2

My apologies for the delay in posts, but the last 10 days have been hectic… In the best way!

But here we are, so let’s get straight back to it!

The morning after the Hanson gig, my boyfriend and I had a mooch around London, we had a few hours to kill before we headed back down south, so thought we’d explore.

There was however one place I wanted to visit. The night before our trip, I looked on Instagram for the #london fashion as although I looked on a weather app I wanted to see what others were wearing.

Genius right? Since we were only staying for the night, I didn’t want to carry around a heavy over night bag so I packed light.

Anywho as I scrolled on Instagram I saw a sea of pink, with dozens of pictures with beautiful girly/floral backgrounds.
Where was this pretty pink place?
I immediately clicked the location, and hey presto, there was my answer.

I found that the pictures were taken in one of the ‘Elan’ cafes in London. I hadn’t heard of this cafe before, but after seeing the pictures, knew we would have to visit.

Thankfully, my boyfriend is so laid back and chilled that he didn’t mind visiting the cafe, for picture purpose’s only, obviously! (let’s be real… I didn’t go just for the latte did I?)

When we arrived at the cafe, although it was beautiful with soft pastel pinks everywhere, gold trim and grey marble, I knew it wasn’t what I was looking for, so we headed on down stairs. Then I saw it.

The beautiful pink floral booths that had caught my eye on Instagram.
Unfortunately, there was already a couple sitting there. Darn. We sat ourselves down at a very well presented table… But this isn’t what I wanted. Whilst we ordered our drinks, another couple sat down next to us. As I looked over at them and smiled, I noticed that the couple in the booth we’re getting ready to pack up. Of course, the lady next to me, realised this too.

Now, this is not a time to be shy or polite, I kindly asked the waiter if we could have our drinks in the booth, and quickly but casually dashed to the booth. Why not hey?

Of course, I spend the next 20 minutes taking selfies and photos of the beautiful surroundings. I couldn’t care less if people stared, if never see them again, and.of they’d been say there, they do the same!

When our drinks arrived we we’re told that we were aloud a maximum of 40minutes at the booth, as they wanted it to be a fair experience for all customers, since they did not take booking either. I must say, I ordered a mint hot chocolate. They said they did not offer cream as an extra which was a shame, also I couldn’t taste the mint, and the drink was warm not hot. All together disappointing, but the experience was lovely. Oh and in case you’re wondering, no, none of the colours in my photos are edited…it was that PINK!

After a dozen selfies, we continued to stroll around the streets, and ended up at the Tate Britain Art Museum. It is such a joy to be able to spend hours wondering around an art gallery without a care. Although I wish I did, I do not remember what the exhibitions were called that we saw. I didn’t take many pictures, as I was taking it all in, and didn’t feel the need to have my phone out.

I did have a quick google and I believe one of the exhibitions we saw (which was my favorite), was The Edward Burn Jones Exhibition. His painting were spectacular. I especially enjoyed the detail of the beautiful dresses the ladies were wearing. There was no doubt which fabric he was painting, it looked so real that you could touch it. Such beautiful work, I was mesmerized.

After the museum we took a leisurely stroll back to Victoria Station. It was a perfectly warm and sunny day. Although we’ve been to London countless amounts of time, this was the first time that we’d ever had a free day to just explore. I definitely need another.

Kaya •