With my 30th birthday just around the corner I have become obsessed with healthy eating, so at the weekend I made a few soups and froze them for a quick healthy lunch option here are my two favorite.
Potato, carrot and leek soup.
1 leek, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 potato, peeled and chopped
600-700ml water or chicken/vegetable stock
1 tsp parsley, chopped
a pinch of salt
1. In a pot or saucepan, put in chopped leek, carrot, and potato.
2. Add in water. Put on the lid and simmer until vegetables are soft.
3. Season the soup and serve in soup bowls.
4. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Chicken carcase placed into the pan
Yummy soup, just had to take the bones out and there was enough to make 6 bowls worth.
This is so easy just throw all your left over veggies into a pan cover in chicken stock and add the carcass of your left over chicken and simmer til meat falls off the bones, I left my for about two hours.
So last Friday while getting ready for a full day of appointments and meeting I got a phone call from my hairdressers seeing if I was free for one of the girls to practice an up do on and like any good girl I obviously said I was free and quickly changed my day around.
Starting with curls is always good.
Super pretty from the back.
I love my hairdressers starting to think I need to go to them every week so I don’t have to deal with my hair.
It was Ben’s grandmothers birthday a couple of weeks ago and when it comes to presents for grandparents me and Ben take them out for lunch instead of giving them something they don’t really want or need. So we took his grandparents out at the weekend for lunch which I can safely say was one of the best meals I have had in a while.
We went to The Stamford bridge near Chester.
Inside is decorated like a good old fashioned pub, I bagged the sit next to this lovely coal fire.
I trying to lose some of my cake weight for summer so went for the healthiest thing on the menu, which was red pepper & butternut squash risotto which was lush and super filling.
Frieda had the Beef lasagne
David had the fish pie.
And finally Ben had a cheese platter which could have fed the whole table.
Of course us girls had to have pudding, ~Frieda had Eton mess which looked amazing.
And although not on the menu I asked the waiter if I could have some fruit ( being really good ) and he bought me this out.
The meal was lovely and the service was above and beyond, by far the best service I have had for a while.
Earlier in the week I went prop shopping for the recipe book I am putting together, I had a good idea of what I wanted unfortunately when I got to Dagfields I went a bit crazy and fell in love with the oddest of objects.
Hello ugly looking animals!
Mice heart cheese.
Thankfully I didn’t buy all of these, but I have a far few ugly animals looking forward to photography them though.
I actually wanted this for my house but knew Ben won’t let me put him up think hes already at breaking point with all the candles and cushions I have.
Look out next week for some of the photographs from my shoot.
When I had my hair coloured last week my hairdresser was telling me that one of the girls needed someone to practice some styling on, never one to pass up on a free hair do I quickly volunteered myself.
Here is what Jordanna created as I enjoyed a gossip and cup of tea.
This plait was super cute.
This is my favorite style of the morning.
I had a wash and blow dry to finish and I can safely say I love nothing more then a morning at the hairdressers.
I love Valentines day unfortunately Ben doesn’t so like any good couple we meet in the middle and instead of going out and spending too much money on a present for the sake of a present we cook a nice meal and stay in. As for the present we limit ourselves to £10 each. And I was thinking this year I will make him something cute so here are some of my favorite ideas from pinterest.
How cute are these arrows?
Strawberry chocolate hearts, these would make a cute after dinner treat.
Heart snow globe.
This card likes easy to do.
Heart shaped pancakes a lovely way to start the day.
Heart shaped pictured made from jewellery pieces.
Heart shaped crisps treat, this is one to sneak into his lunch box.
Im not going to lie Ben would love this a heart shaped candy box filled with mini whiskeys.
Heart bunting <3
This is pretty and would work in my house all year round.
Days like Saturday are why I love my little town, as I spent my afternoon watching a re-enactment of the 1644 battle of Nantwich . The battle took place between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians. Ok so thats about as much as I actually know about the battle and I had every intention of paying more attention but I was totally absorbed with the actual fighting and the canons. In fact I was like a kid in a candy store.
A women making stew as they did in 1644.
The afternoon started with a parade of the troops.
The weather took as nasty turn in the shape of a thunder storm so we ducked into a local pub before the actual fighting started.