Saturday, 30 June 2012

Yesterday is but today's memory...

Used, discarded,unloved. It has served its purpose and been forgotten about. And there it hangs. No-one even cares enough to take it down. What was once bright and new is now sun bleached, rain washed and windblown. Time marches swiftly on and it is no longer relevant.

Bunting from the diamond jubilee.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Liar liar pants on fire!

Yesterday I spotted something which struck me as odd: the menu from El Camino (which I wrote about the other day) said el Camion. After some googling I realised that the latter is in fact the correct name of the restaurant. I fired off a text to my sister, the one who introduced me to this culinary gem, and she replied saying she knew this but always called it El Camino anyway because it used to be called that before it changed its name.

What?! I have been deceived!

I feel dirty. I feel betrayed. I feel... I don't know how I feel...

Ok, bit of an exaggeration. It's a funny story though. I'm going to take a leaf out of my sister's book and keep calling it El Camino. Because that's what it's called in my head. Also because, as anyone who knows me can attest to, I'm never wrong!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Life through a lens

The other day me and sis walked past a bush in full bloom. There were different flowers around it, all of them in pink hues. Immediately we both stopped and pulled out our cameras. 



As bloggers, we don't stop and smell the roses. We photograph them!

Breakfast of champions


Boiled eggs with creme fraiche/mayonnaise/cream mixture and some chives. Yum.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Lazy days

Yesterday was spent with my two favourite people:  my gorgeous sister and her equally gorgeous daughter.

favourite people

After I babysat my niece, while my sister went to the gym, we all went for Mexican food.

el Camino restaurant
El Camino is a lovely little place close to where my sister lives. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is great. Not to mention the charming decor!

el Camino decoration

My sister is obsessed with Cholula hot sauce and was a bit disappointed to only find the chipotle version.
I, on the other hand, was overjoyed as chipotle is one of my all time favourite foodstuffs!

I love hanging out with my girls!


All change

I have mixed feelings about my life at the moment.
I'm happy and relieved that I've finished college (with acceptable grades) and survived the nine months of working and studying. At the same time it feels sad to think that I'm never going back there again. I did have fun and I met so many wonderful people and while I know for a fact that I will stay in touch with many of them, many others are going to unis in other parts of the country and others are not the kind of friends I hang out with outside of school but spent a lot of time with in college and whom I will miss.
I'm happy to have some actual free time now, and I get so bored with all this time on my hands.
I'm so excited about going to university in September and my knees turn to jelly when I think of this big step. Will it meet my expectations? Will I make friends? Will I be the old fart surrounded by bright eyed 18 year olds?
I'm looking forward to finally getting on and moving forward with my life, and I'm reduced to tears when I think of leaving the children I have looked after for so many years and whom I have seen grow up.
I can't wait to have my own home and no longer be a live-in nanny, but I worry about how I will manage financially.


My head is spinning. I know it will be fine. I am constantly freaking out.

Monday, 18 June 2012


I am only wearing white, grey and black today (yes even socks and underwear). This greyscale look was not a conscious decision, probably more of a reflection on the predominant colours in my wardrobe.

Today is the last time my class is together at college. A bit sad, if I'm honest. I've brought a cake to celebrate the fact that we've survived and to mark the fact that we are now on our way to even bigger and better things!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Take two for uploading photo!

Low carb chocolate muffins

Today, while my sister was at the gym and I was babysitting my favourite Una, I decided to experiment further with oopsies. We had been talking about making them as chocolate muffins so I thought I'd surprise her, ambitious I know! Even though Una woke up I managed to pull it off. I followed the recipe for basic oopsies and chucked in some extra stuff. I don't have an exact recipe as it was very much a case of tasting and adding more but these are the broad strokes:

2 egg whites

2 egg yolks

60ish grams plain cream cheese

2 tsp honey

1-2 tbsp cocoa powder

1-2 tbsp ground almonds

Dark chocolate

Beat egg whites stiff as if making meringue. In a separate bowl mix all the other ingredients, tasting as you go. Fold a spoonful of the egg whites into the mixture then fold the mixture into the eggwhites. Dollop into a muffin pan, mine made nine, and finely grate some dark chocolate over the top.

Bake for about 30 mins on gas mark 2/150 degrees then turn the oven off and leave the muffins to cool in the oven with the door propped up.

I served mine with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh berries. Delicious!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Last night

My sis' friend is here and last night we went for a little night out. First stop Mexican food, second stop hula bar, third stop home. It was short but sweet!