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Working Girl

Hello everyone!  I hope you have all had a great weekend. 🙂

My weekend has been pretty standard, but I’ve really enjoyed it even though I haven’t been up to anything exciting.  It’s just been really relaxing and involved lots of baking in the kitchen.  I cannot wait to share some of the tasty recipes that I have been cooking up.

Yesterday I had to go back to work…BOOOOOOO!  Actually it wasn’t so bad as after 2 weeks off I felt pretty chilled out and refreshed so ready to tackle the onslaught of the early Christmas shoppers.  I even got to leave an hour early to take my complementary Christmas shopping time too. Happy Days! 😛

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Working girl OOTD: Black broiderie anglais dress, H&M, cardigan, Primark, thick black tights, House of Fraser, red suede shoe boots, Office.

As I work on a fashion floor we have to look relatively “on trend” or “with it” as my lovely Mum would say.  Considering that the uniform is strictly black it is quite a difficult feat, but we are allowed to accesorise with colour.  With that in mind I just had to bust out my bright red shoe boots.  The remind me a little bit like shoes that an elf would wear as they don’t quite reach up to the ankle.

A long day in retail means a good hearty breakfast is required to set me up for the day.  I decided to make a simple but very large and delicious bowl of banana and cinnamon oats with water topped with crunchy PB and strawberry jam.

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For lunch I made one of my favourite salad of all time after bagging a great deal on figs at the market.  I got 8 figs for a £1!!! I love a bargain and I certainly love figs in my salads.

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I just love adding nuts and dried fruit to my salad for sweetness, but my favourite is sweet with a  salty vibe.  So this sweet and salty loveliness really hit the spot and helped me through the afternoon at work.  

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To see me through the afternoon I snacked on a huge pink lady apple (yum!) and a Nakd Cocoa Delight bar.

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Since I got home earlier than usual it meant that I got to go all experimental in the kitchen.  I’ve been wanting make some tofu meatballs for ages and thought it would be ideal to cook some up with the bargain pack of tofu that I picked up earlier this week.  They tasted great, but I will be sharing the recipe later this week so you will have to wait that little bit longer.

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For dessert I made up a yummy snack plate of 2 pink lady apples dusted with cinnamon with Booja-Booja ginger stemmed truffles.  Oh my!  These truffles are so light and fluffy inside.  Booja-Booja are by far my favourite chocolate brand and I’m not even vegan!

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Later in the evening I decided to get my snack face on and raided the gingerbread men and had some more dark chocolate.  This morning I did feel a little off balance and sickly so quickly made a huge green smoothie and did an awesome yoga session to feel all zen like and more like myself again.

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Before I love you and leave you I have to announce the winner of my Linwoods giveaway…

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The lucky winner of those huge bags of flax seeds is…Lucy!  Congratulations! 🙂 Could you please email me your delivery details asap to celeryandcupcakes@gmai.com please so that I can send out your prize this week.

I will be back tomorrow with a very tasty recipe from this weekends cook up session.  Enjoy the rest of your weekends lovelies! 😛

What kind of foods do like to pack for your working day?

Do you have to wear a uniform to work?  Love it or hate it?

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Vita Coco and Nakd Giveaway winners

Evening all!  I hope you are all having a great start to your week.  As promised it’s time to announce the winner’s of this months blog sponsor giveaway.  Vita Coco and Nakd have put on some great offerings for you to win.

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The winner of the Vita Coco main prize is Nicola

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There was also runner’s up prizes up for grabs for 10 lucky people:

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I’ve recently tried the Tangy Lime flavour infused raisins and they are incredible.  Super sweet just like…well sweets! 🙂  They are so sweet in fact that I actually forgot that I as eating raisins and did end up reading the back of the packet to check.  It crazy to think that these candy like raisins are so healthy.  I love them! 🙂

The lucky 10 to win 2 packs of the new Nakd Tangy Lime and Crazy Cola infused raisins are:

Jenny

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 Nada

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Marikje

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Rachel

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Jana

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My Rumbling Tummy

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Maria

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Katy

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Carolyn M.

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Laura

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Congratulations!!! Could all of you lovely ladies please send me you delivery addresses to celeryandcupcakes@gmail.com.  🙂

I will be back tomorrow for the weekly WIAW link up party!

Have a great evening everyone!

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Vita Coco and Nakd Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday everyone! :)

I hope you have all had a great start to the week.  To get your weeks off to an even better start I have a lovely treat for you.

At the beginning of the month I was happy to announce that Vita Coco and Nakd were sponsoring my blog and as a result I have some lovely items to giveaway.  I recently had the opportunity to review a selection of their products and you can read my Vita Coco revie here, Nakd product review pending.  I really enjoyed road testing an amazing haul of coconut water and infused raisins, but now it’s your turn!

One lucky winner will get the chance to try the full range of Vita Coco coconut water including the pineapple, peach and mango, acai and pomegranate and the 100% pure coconut water.

The 10 runners up, YES that is 10 will win 2 packets of the new Nakd Crazy Cola and Tangy Lime infused raisins each!

 

To get your hands on one of these super tasty prizes simply…

  •  leave a comment on this post stating why you want to get your hands on these lovely products.
  • follow me on twitter
  • tweet about this giveaway ensuring that @celery_cupcakes is in the tweet!
  • Like my Celery and Cupcakes Facebook page
  • link back to this giveaway in your blog post.

Each action counts as a separate entry and please leave a comment for each one as I wouldn’t want to miss one out when I count them all up.  The giveaway will end on Monday 17th October 12pm GMT with the winner to be announced next Tuesday.

 *Sorry but this giveaway is open to UK residents only– huge apologies to my international friends!

 Now go get entering!

 **All original sources are available by clicking on each individual picture.

 

 

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I *Heart* September

WOW!  Where did this month go??!

To be fair September has been the best month for me as it’s had it’s ups and downs for one reason or another.  Although it can be hard sometimes I’m never been one to focus on the negatives and find it much more healthier to focus on the positives, which is one of the main reasons I like to do these “I *HEART*…” posts at the end of each month.  There is supposed to be a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow and rather than focusing on all of the bad stuff I’ve been found some nuggets of gold speckled throughout the month:

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I started to reassess my grocery spending and decided to go back to basics with some Budget Busting Meals.

*High Protein Three Bean Chilli*

*Chickpea and Red Lentil Curry*

Lil’ old C&C made it to ONE whole year old marked by a Blogiversary giveaway!

I’ve been in love with the recent Indian summer in the UK.  It’s now Autumn and I have a tan, you just cannot beat British weather.

My blog was also shortlisted for the Cosmo Blog Awards 2011

…Ahhhhhh!  This has to be the pinnacle of my September.  🙂 I still can’t believe it and words will never express how grateful I am to everyone that nominated.

I’ve also been making headway with my thesis and almost re-edited my first chapter, kept up with my regular workouts, sold lots of old clothes on eBay to make some extra cash and also maintained eating healthy but balanced food.

For October I hope to:

  • continue to make progress with my thesis
  • concentrate on strength training based on the NRoL workout
  • focus on reigning in my food budget
  • construct a professional CV targeted at a career in research science
  • listen to and be kind to my body (a post coming up on this soon!)

This month I’m excited to announce and say a big thank you to my new blog sponsors Vita Coco.

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I love their products and had the opportunity to review them last month.

Another new sponsor is the amazing Viva Pure who are offering 7% discount off your order with discount code vp7:VP_logo_tag-_NEW Current sponsors Pulsin and the lovely Gina a fashion blogger over at The Seventh Letter are continuing to sponsor the blog this month.  And I’m also really happy to announce the return of Nakd this month too.  I have a great blog sponsor giveaway coming your way this month so watch out for that.

If you are interested in promoting your blog or business on Celery and Cupcakes then you can read more on my sponsorship page and contact me at celeryandcupcakes@gmail.com.

How was September for you?

Do you have anything exciting coming up for October?

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WIAW…The Apple Factor!

Well it’s that time of the week again people!  You all know what I’m talking about, eh? 

Need a hint…

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It’s time to go to the best party in blog land of course- lets do this! :)

For this weeks link up party I’m going to share with you yesterday’s eats as I think they were pretty tasty by my reckoning.  It all kicked off with an energising and mood boosting green smoothie. 

I was in thesis stress mode yesterday morning and this simple bowl of green deliciousness really helped.  It included kale, curly lettuce, 2 plums, New Zealand honey, strawberry hemp protein powder, xanthan gum and guar gum.  I topped it with a Guilt-Free Ginger Bread Cookie, dried cranberries, homemade almond butter and sunflower seeds…yum!

Throughout the morning I was snacking on a load of cherries, practically the bowl disappeared in seconds!

For lunch I made a enormous Budha Bowl that was inspired by gorgeous salad that I love in Marks and Spencer’s for a fraction of the cost. I made a wholewheat cous cous salad adding in steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes, edamame beans, red peppers, cucumber and sunflower seeds on top of some romaine lettuce leaves.

Whilst the cous cous salad was still warm I mixed in my dressing that I made from sweet chilli sauce, rice vinegar, lemon juice and cumin which soaked right into every grain.  This really was the perfect lunch ate outside in the sunshine.  Don’t you just love British weather? The leaves are falling off the trees like it’s Autumn, yet we have cloudless skies and warm temperatures like it’s the height of summer.  The weathers unpredictability is all part of Britain’s charm I’m sure. 🙂

And because I made up such a huge batch I have plenty of leftovers too-BONUS! 😀

My afternoon pick-me-up was a braeburn apple and a much coveted banana bread Nakd bar, which was amazing by the way.  The braeburn apple on the other hand was rather blah!  I thought I would mix up my apple varieties a little and look for cheaper alternatives but still nothing comes close…sigh!

For me pink lady apples are the best all the way.  They just have it all: the sweetness factor and that all important crunchabilty factor, everything that I look for in an apple. I’m sure if Simon Cowell was scouring the country for the most perfect apple he would be totally bowled over by pink lady’s too.

In the afternoon I headed to the gym for a 10 minute interval warm up on the treadmill and my Body Pump class.  I don’t know what it was but yesterday’s session was awesome, totally loved it!  I’m feeling the effects of it today though: it DOMS central over here!  Next week we are doing the new release and I’m super excited.  My instructor has been teasing us with it for weeks.  In fact she has had it for a while but didn’t want to share it with us until all the students are back on campus.  I cannot wait!

Dinner last night was super speedy and didn’t require much cooking.  I dug a Squash Bean Burger from the freezer and made some cheesy steamed kale using nutritional yeast flakes and served it with some parsnip chips made using New Zealand Honey.

Served with ketchup on the side of course.  This tasted lovely!  Rather than frying the burger I baked it in the oven, but I think I prefer the crispy outside edges that are created when they are fried.

After dinner I ate this:

A chopped peach with plain soya yoghurt mixed with some strawberry protein powder, almonds, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds.  A great way to end this weeks WIAW!

Which apple variety gets your vote? Do you have any particular features that you look for when choosing apples?

Has anyone tried the new Body Pump release yet?

What is the best thing that you ate this WIAW?

And don’t forget to enter my Blogiversary international giveaway!!!

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