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Wedding invite HQ

…or should that be wedding invite madness?!

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We have been extremely busy and getting crafty in order to get our wedding invitations posted out tomorrow.  Ribbon, adhesive stickers, printing envelopes, ticking people off our guest list pretty much sums up our weekend.

Despite all of the hard work that was involved we are very pleased with the end results.  We are totally in love with our invitations and they are definitely the epitome of vintage glamour. We ordered them from Strawberry Sorbet and not only do they make beautiful letterpress invitations but their customer service is impeccable too.

Of course there was lots of delicious food consumed whilst sealing lots of envelopes, and by the way why does the gum paste on envelopes taste so gross, yuck!

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Tomato, spinach, onion and cheese omelet with a toasted wholemeal bagel with vegan spread.

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Rice cakes topped with Justin’s peanut butter with honey.

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Super refreshing honey dew melon slices and green tea for a light breakfast.

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Salad beast of romaine lettuce, rocket, tomatoes, butternut squash, cucumber, celery and a green pesto dressing.

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Using my boyfriend’s words, today’s breakfast was an epic kind of beautiful!  A vanilla and cinnamon wholemeal pancake topped with super sweet strawberries, blueberries and a raw chocolate sauce.

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Steamed broccoli with ordered in aromatic tofu and tao woo tord tofu (I don’t know what it means but it tasted darn good!)

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Barabara’s Bakery vanilla snack animals.

Surprisingly I haven’t had a smoothies this weekend, shock horror!  I think it was down to being lazy and not wanting to clean out the blender.  After all of the work that the invitations have involved I did everything that I could to keep the washing up as minimal as possible.

I just had some of the leftover tofu for dinner with more steamed veggies, yum!  Now I think I can hear my Raw Chocolate and Salted Caramel Hearts calling me from  the freezer.

What have you been up to this weekend? Are you into arts and crafts? Do you like to do a lot of DIY craft projects?

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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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Decisions Decisions…

WOW!  The weather has been absolutely stunning in my part of the UK today.  It’s just rounded off a really fab weekend!! What has it been like where you are?

It’s shame that I have to get back into PhD mode tomorrow as I decided to take a long weekend (Thursday to Sunday) after my trip to sort a few things out around the house and generally just to recharge my batteries and get back into the old routine. 

The day after getting back from Florence it was quite obvious that I had to do a major grocery shop because as expected there wasn’t a vegetable insight in my house, bar the frozen edamame beans in the freezer. 

Organic pink lady apples, bananas, galia melon,  a mango, an avocado, plums, organic pears, organic spinach, reduced rhubarb, grapes, aubergine, courgettes, pompadino tomatoes, tender stemmed broccoli, chestnut mushrooms, red peppers, garlic bulbs, reduced British oyster mushrooms, a red onion, organic white onions, red peppers, a living basil plant, a selection of living lettuce, spouted beans and lentils, mori-nu silken tofu, Alpro caramel puddings, agave nectar, white chocolate chip cookies, white cobs, cooked ham, a gammon shank from the rotisserie counter, beef and chilli pizza, organic passata, scotch eggs, organic cocoa powder, sabra garden herb hummus, xanthan gum, black olives and sun blushed tomatoes from the deli counter, organic peanut butter, organic kidney beans and cannellini beans.

Can you tell what is for me and what is for Alfie? I guess that is kinda obvious to you all by now…

Alfie is an avid meat eater, but scarily isn’t bothered where his meat comes from and would much prefer that I didn’t spend money on expensive cuts of meat for him.  I’m slowly going to turn him around to my way of thinking.  Although it is more expensive I think organically farmed meat is so much better as the animals have been cared for and have not been injected with awful substances. 

I on the other hand whilst away have made the conscious decision to not to eat meat.  This came about when a waitress served one of my meals with chicken on it in Italy.  I called her back and told her that I didn’t eat meat, so she swapped it for more roasted aubergine. Since Christmas my relationship with meat has totally changed and I was eating it very irregularly or not at all.  I can’t actually remember the last time that I actually ate meat and to be honest I don’t enjoy eating it anymore and so would much prefer spending my time eating food that I do enjoy.  However, I do still enjoy eating fish every now and then, so if you feel it necessary to give me a label then I guess that I am now a pescatarian. 

I’ve also decided to opt for good quality fruit and veg when my food budget allows.  I already have an organic veggie box every few weeks delivered to my house, which I find to be well priced.  The supermarket organic fresh produce seems to be much more expensive, but I do pick it up if it’s reduced or on some sort of offer.  This also extends to my store cupboard ingredients too.  🙂

My iHerb order also arrived the day after I arrived home.  I ordered double crunch fudge protein powder, guar gum and white chocolate wonderful.  I totally screwed up the order for the PB.  I was adamant that I clicked cinnamon raisin swirl- obviously not!  DOH!  Oh well, I love white chocolate wonderful and my stock is rather low, so may be it was just supposed to be. 🙂

Since my trip I have been craving green smoothies, salads and just fresh produce in general.  They just don’t pile it up abroad like they do at home!!!  I’ve picked out a couple of favourites to share with you:

Smoothie in a jar: frozen blueberries, spinach, maca powder, mesquite, maple syrup, hemp protein powder, xanthan gum, water, ice cubes, vanilla rice milk all topped off with some vanilla agave and almond flavoured granola and lots of crumbled artisana raw coconut butter…yum!  This made for a very simple but delicious smoothie- my first after returning home. 🙂

Smoothie in a bowl: a banana, spinach, strawberries, lucuma powder, mesquite, maca powder, ground flax, water, rice milk, ice cubes, xanthan and guar gum, hemp protein powder, agave nectar.  Toppings included a peanut flour sauce, pecan and treacle granola, raw coconut and cacao nibs. 

A hummus topped salad: living lettuce, sprouted beans and lentils, pompadino tomatoes, raw carrots basil tofu with some amazing sabra garden herb hummus.  I had to get some of this after reading about it on both Emma and Laura’s blogs and it didn’t disappoint.  It is probably the best shop bought hummus that I have ever tried.  It’s just so thick, creamy and full of flavour.

A Mediterranean inspired salad: living lettuce leaves, pompadino tomatoes, marinated red peppers and courgette slivers, basil tofu, black olives, red onion, basil leaves and a crumbled raw carrot.

This salad was amazing and was the first time that I had actually tried to marinate my veggies.  To make the marinade I used canola oil, balsamic vinegar, mixed dried herbs, black pepper and let them sit for 20 minutes before cooking them until tender.

The other night I was craving aubergine, as you do!  I had eaten it roasted whilst in Florence and it tasted beautiful and wanted to recreate something similar in my own kitchen:

I simply roasted off the aubergine along with courgettes, red peppers and red onion and roasted them in a sauce using organic passata, black olives, sun blushed tomatoes and garlic.  Steamed tender stemmed broccoli with new ingredient roasted edamame beans made the dish.  I loved this!!! 🙂

I’ve been enjoying double fudge crunch protein ice creams and I’ve also enjoyed some of the great Lindt chocolate that I picked up whilst away for dessert…

 

Well this has just been the best weekend.  Yesterday I was in Leeds for Alfie’s brother’s wedding which was really nice.  Also today the time had come to run my 10K for Race for Life in the beautiful sun.  It was a great race and I managed a new PB of 1 hour 1 second.  Yep I was 1 second away from my target of 10K in 60 minutes, but I will explain more about the 10K in my race recap tomorrow.  I’m still buzzing about my PB!!! 

Well I’m off to watch Harry Potter as my reward for today.  I’m so sad that it is the last one, but cannot wait to watch it!!!  🙂

How was your weekend?  What did you get up too?

Have you made any conscious decisions about your eating habits lately?

What is the best thing that you ate this week?

Don’t forget that my giveaway ends at the end of today!!!

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Decisions Decisions…

WOW!  The weather has been absolutely stunning in my part of the UK today.  It’s just rounded off a really fab weekend!! What has it been like where you are?

It’s shame that I have to get back into PhD mode tomorrow as I decided to take a long weekend (Thursday to Sunday) after my trip to sort a few things out around the house and generally just to recharge my batteries and get back into the old routine. 

The day after getting back from Florence it was quite obvious that I had to do a major grocery shop because as expected there wasn’t a vegetable insight in my house, bar the frozen edamame beans in the freezer. 

Organic pink lady apples, bananas, galia melon,  a mango, an avocado, plums, organic pears, organic spinach, reduced rhubarb, grapes, aubergine, courgettes, pompadino tomatoes, tender stemmed broccoli, chestnut mushrooms, red peppers, garlic bulbs, reduced British oyster mushrooms, a red onion, organic white onions, red peppers, a living basil plant, a selection of living lettuce, spouted beans and lentils, mori-nu silken tofu, Alpro caramel puddings, agave nectar, white chocolate chip cookies, white cobs, cooked ham, a gammon shank from the rotisserie counter, beef and chilli pizza, organic passata, scotch eggs, organic cocoa powder, sabra garden herb hummus, xanthan gum, black olives and sun blushed tomatoes from the deli counter, organic peanut butter, organic kidney beans and cannellini beans.

Can you tell what is for me and what is for Alfie? I guess that is kinda obvious to you all by now…

Alfie is an avid meat eater, but scarily isn’t bothered where his meat comes from and would much prefer that I didn’t spend money on expensive cuts of meat for him.  I’m slowly going to turn him around to my way of thinking.  Although it is more expensive I think organically farmed meat is so much better as the animals have been cared for and have not been injected with awful substances. 

I on the other hand whilst away have made the conscious decision to not to eat meat.  This came about when a waitress served one of my meals with chicken on it in Italy.  I called her back and told her that I didn’t eat meat, so she swapped it for more roasted aubergine. Since Christmas my relationship with meat has totally changed and I was eating it very irregularly or not at all.  I can’t actually remember the last time that I actually ate meat and to be honest I don’t enjoy eating it anymore and so would much prefer spending my time eating food that I do enjoy.  However, I do still enjoy eating fish every now and then, so if you feel it necessary to give me a label then I guess that I am now a pescatarian. 

I’ve also decided to opt for good quality fruit and veg when my food budget allows.  I already have an organic veggie box every few weeks delivered to my house, which I find to be well priced.  The supermarket organic fresh produce seems to be much more expensive, but I do pick it up if it’s reduced or on some sort of offer.  This also extends to my store cupboard ingredients too.  🙂

My iHerb order also arrived the day after I arrived home.  I ordered double crunch fudge protein powder, guar gum and white chocolate wonderful.  I totally screwed up the order for the PB.  I was adamant that I clicked cinnamon raisin swirl- obviously not!  DOH!  Oh well, I love white chocolate wonderful and my stock is rather low, so may be it was just supposed to be. 🙂

Since my trip I have been craving green smoothies, salads and just fresh produce in general.  They just don’t pile it up abroad like they do at home!!!  I’ve picked out a couple of favourites to share with you:

Smoothie in a jar: frozen blueberries, spinach, maca powder, mesquite, maple syrup, hemp protein powder, xanthan gum, water, ice cubes, vanilla rice milk all topped off with some vanilla agave and almond flavoured granola and lots of crumbled artisana raw coconut butter…yum!  This made for a very simple but delicious smoothie- my first after returning home. 🙂

Smoothie in a bowl: a banana, spinach, strawberries, lucuma powder, mesquite, maca powder, ground flax, water, rice milk, ice cubes, xanthan and guar gum, hemp protein powder, agave nectar.  Toppings included a peanut flour sauce, pecan and treacle granola, raw coconut and cacao nibs. 

A hummus topped salad: living lettuce, sprouted beans and lentils, pompadino tomatoes, raw carrots basil tofu with some amazing sabra garden herb hummus.  I had to get some of this after reading about it on both Emma and Laura’s blogs and it didn’t disappoint.  It is probably the best shop bought hummus that I have ever tried.  It’s just so thick, creamy and full of flavour.

A Mediterranean inspired salad: living lettuce leaves, pompadino tomatoes, marinated red peppers and courgette slivers, basil tofu, black olives, red onion, basil leaves and a crumbled raw carrot.

This salad was amazing and was the first time that I had actually tried to marinate my veggies.  To make the marinade I used canola oil, balsamic vinegar, mixed dried herbs, black pepper and let them sit for 20 minutes before cooking them until tender.

The other night I was craving aubergine, as you do!  I had eaten it roasted whilst in Florence and it tasted beautiful and wanted to recreate something similar in my own kitchen:

I simply roasted off the aubergine along with courgettes, red peppers and red onion and roasted them in a sauce using organic passata, black olives, sun blushed tomatoes and garlic.  Steamed tender stemmed broccoli with new ingredient roasted edamame beans made the dish.  I loved this!!! 🙂

I’ve been enjoying double fudge crunch protein ice creams and I’ve also enjoyed some of the great Lindt chocolate that I picked up whilst away for dessert…

 

Well this has just been the best weekend.  Yesterday I was in Leeds for Alfie’s brother’s wedding which was really nice.  Also today the time had come to run my 10K for Race for Life in the beautiful sun.  It was a great race and I managed a new PB of 1 hour 1 second.  Yep I was 1 second away from my target of 10K in 60 minutes, but I will explain more about the 10K in my race recap tomorrow.  I’m still buzzing about my PB!!! 

Well I’m off to watch Harry Potter as my reward for today.  I’m so sad that it is the last one, but cannot wait to watch it!!!  🙂

How was your weekend?  What did you get up too?

Have you made any conscious decisions about your eating habits lately?

What is the best thing that you ate this week?

Don’t forget that my giveaway ends at the end of today!!!

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Summer in Winter

It was such a beautiful day on campus today.  The sun was shining.  There was a cloudless sky.  It almost looked like a summers day…

…ignoring the bare trees of course!

I seriously cannot wait for the weather to warm up and summer to arrive.  Nothing beats being outdoors with the sun shining bright.  This morning was great as it’s much lighter in the mornings now, meaning rather than dragging myself out of bed I leap!

Now for some eats!

Yesterday I woke up bright and early to fit in my usual toning work out.  I’m currently looking of ways to change up my strength routine, but for now I did an additional tricep dips x 17, walking lunges x 15 on each leg and push ups x 15 for a more challenging workout.  For breakfast I had a lovely bowl of Dorset Tasty High Fibre Cereal with warm hazelnut and almond rice milk, topped with blueberries and strawberries.

Lunch was a simple salad consisting of rocket, watercress and spinach leaves, olives, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and organic Taifun Rosso tofu.

I do love a yummy salad bowl and this was delicious.  The sliced kiwi and gala melon on the side was just as good! 🙂

For dinner I made a stuffed roasted pepper with a quinoa mix with watercress, spinach and rocket and olives…

This roasted pepper was immense.  In the quinoa mix I added mushrooms, corgette, sundried tomatoes, a spring onion, garlic, pistachio nuts, feta, spinach, lemon juice, cumin, and a splash of red wine vinegar,.  I roasted the pepper first and made the stuffing in a pan.  Before the pepper was almost ready I added the stuffing and returned it to the oven for a further 10 minutes to allow all of the flavours to mingle and talk to each other.

For dessert I finally got stuck into my stash of Yeo Valley Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt.

This was so creamy and light.  The strawberry flavour wasn’t too heavy either, which I always find with fruit flavoured ice creams or frozen yoghurts.  Although that is probably due to all of the artificial flavourings and sweeteners.  This frozen yoghurt is less than 4% fat and around 140 calories per 100g.  Not bad eh?

Today was again an early start to get to my spinning class.  I was super hungry before my class so I chowed down a whole wheat wrap filled with a chopped banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter and some pear and apricot fruit spread.

My usual instructor, Haley,  is currently away sunning herself on a beach somewhere.  Our replacement instructor wasn’t as fun as Haley.  She was very stern and determined and didn’t have any spinisms.  Now you all know that I love my spinisms :P.  Her music wasn’t doing it for me either.  I prefer big tunes with a heavy beat when I’m working out doing cardio.  Our replacement instructor’s choice of music was more mellow, a little bit of indie and the Light House Family.  Moan over…and Haley is back next week!!!

My workout finished with 15 minutes on the step machine, 15 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes on the cross trainer with some ab work.  I needed to refuel after that cardio session so I had a lovely Cocoa Berry Nakd Bar and an apple.  When lunch came around I was starving so I ate bowl of Goan Spiced Lentil Soup with some fruit.

I also had a slice of the Ginger Bread that I baked on Sunday…

Dinner tonight was a quick vegetable stir fry.  I used hispi cabbage leaves, brussel sprouts, edamame leaves, carrots, garlic, spring onions, bean sprouts and savoy cabbage leaves.  The soy sauce, Chinese 5 spice, black rice vinegar made a lovely sauce.  I also added noodles for a more substantial meal and mixed seeds for crunch.

Look what arrived on my door step today…

Finally it has arrived.  It’s full of so many yummy recipes that I cannot wait to try.  I’m going to have a good look at it this weekend and I’ve already decided to bake a red velvet cake this weekend too.  I’ve been wanting to try and bake one for ages and after seeing it on Baking Made Easy I’m determined to give it a go.  I’m loving this show at the moment.  I wish they showed more cooking shows, I think I have seen all of the repeats on the Good Food Channel and Food Network.  Yes, I am addicted to cooking shows…what can I say!

I will be drawing and announcing the winner of my Booja Booja giveaway tomorrow so keep a look out for that one.  Thank you so much for those who have entered.  I’ve really enjoyed all of your reasons as to why you are the biggest chocolate fanatic in the whole entire universe.  But who really needs a reason to eat chocolate.  I’m off for some dessert.  I cannot decided between a baked apple, warm fruit compote or some raw chocolate…hmmmmmmm!

What cooking shows are you watching at the mo?  Do you have any favourites?

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