6 Weeks of Autumn

I’ve been busy apparently, suffering from a cold at least twice, going to work, hurting my foot, feeling sorry for myself and taking an accidental mini break away from my blog.

I wanted to write but just didn’t know what to say exactly.

I didn’t worry about promoting content or think about stats.

But, over the past 6 weeks I’ve still been taking photos knowing that at some point I wanted to share where I’ve been/what I’ve been up to.

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I left the house at 8am to visit my doctors and left the appointment feeling just as frustrated. On the plus side, the walk was beautiful!

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Just a couple days later I returned to the doctors and my issue was resolved thanks to a lovely course of antibiotics and a very helpful nurse.

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I visited my mum and walked our/her two old timers Coco and Herbie.

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I sat on a bench opposite my old work and watched the ongoing building works. Once this complex is complete it’ll be an extension of our shopping center Drake Circus and hold a cinema, lots of parking and at least 14 new restaurants.

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I visited Nandos with a close friend (her choice not mine but I enjoyed it.) I still don’t understand the obsession with the chain at all but I know what I like and can handle spice wise so I was still able to enjoy a nice lunch. For anyone wondering, I ordered the sunset burger with piri fries.

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I bought two books that I’ve wanted to read for a long time but still somehow haven’t managed to start. I can’t help but want to know as much as I possibly can about this subject.

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I admired my beautiful bedroom window and thought about buying more houseplants and candles.

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I baked unattractive chocolate and coffee cupcakes but my work friends loved them.

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I drank good coffee and walked around Royal William Yard with my family.

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Me and my partner stopped for petrol before travelling to a farm shop and returned with duck pie!

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I walked down a street I used to live on purposely to admire these incredible red Autumn leaves.

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I caught up with a friend and went for an evening walk with her dog to the Barbican.

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I made smoked basa fish cakes from scratch with curried mayo and spring greens.

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I whipped up an easy peasy pasta recipe using just garlic, olive oil, chilli and prawns.

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I bought a pair of yellow socks from H&M and sat in bed admiring them for hours. These are my favourite thing now.

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I went food shopping and wore my prescription glasses for the first time in forever.

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I ate more halloumi whilst binge watching Shameless on Netflix.

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In the same day I made steak and mushroom stroganoff.

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I waited in the cold for my mum who is never usually late before grabbing lunch at Starbucks.

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I spent lots of time trying to enjoy my everyday. Going for walks, being in my own company and looking after myself during my favourite season.

What have you been up to this October?

 

Lemon Drizzle

Considering my blog title you’d think I’d love to bake more than I actually do.

The truth is I just love eating cake.

I’ve baked a few good cupcakes in the past and adore butter cream but, baking is an art I’m yet to master.

However, today I thought I’d give baking another go with a little help from Boutique Bake and their lemon drizzle mix.

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The recipe was so easy peasy.

All I needed was 3 eggs, 150g of butter and 1 lemon/lemon juice, whisking the mixture together until light and fluffy before spooning into a cake tin.

The cake didn’t rise as much as I’d hoped for but, to be honest, I didn’t have the appropriate sized tin and didn’t realise that until I read the box.

I could have bought another I suppose but I’m full of cold and feeling extra lazy this Thursday afternoon.

The rise didn’t impact the taste at all though I’m pleased to say and I can’t wait to bring this cake to work on Friday morning.

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If you fancy making a lemon drizzle to dazzle your friends with I’d highly recommend giving Boutique Bake a go!