Tea.

30.8.11

The Saturday before last Jonathan and I went out for some tea in the centre of Sheffield, and as we couldn't get a booking anywhere that did Spanish food/tapas/paella (the food we fancied) we settled on some Indian grub and headed to the Saffron Club in Sheffield. It has rave reviews on Trip Advisor which is always a good sign!

I wore a blue shift dress from River Island with a cream lace trim, black leggings, and these pumps from Sarenza.


The service was brilliant - when we asked the waiter what he would recommend he didn't just point out the most expensive thing on the menu. He asked us what we fancied, and what we usually have, and whether we wanted to stick to the same kind of thing or try something new.

We got a starter to share which included 2 samosas, 2 onion bhajis, 2 bits of salmon and 2 pieces of chicken tikka which were all yummy. The salmon and onion bhajis were particularly tasty.


I can't remember the name of my main but it was yummy! It was a chicken dish with a yoghurt based sauce, and it had a really unique taste to it. It wasn't too spicy either, as I'm not keen on anything that sets my mouth on fire. Jonathan had one of the specials, lamb shank, and he was very impressed. We shared some garlic naan and some rice, and it left us feeling stuffed but ever so satisfied!

Definitely worth a visit if you live nearby and are partial to Indian food.

Road trip part 3: Tintagel.

29.8.11

I almost forgot to share our last full day from our road trip, which I'll do in two parts as we spent the morning in Tintagel and the afternoon in Boscastle. I have uploaded all of our Tintagel photos to my Facebook page just incase you would like to see a few more than the ones below.


We headed up to Tintagel Castle where it was wild and windy, and the amount of stairs knocked the sails out of us, but it was worth it for the views. Stunning! We spent a good while up there taking photos and taking in the scenery, not to mention I almost fell off the edge of a cliff at one point. Oops!


Not ideal if you don't like heights but otherwise well worth a morning or an afternoon of wandering and photo taking.

We also had a stroll through the village where I found a bead shop (where I bought the shell pendants for my necklaces), the cutest Post Office ever, and a delightful pub where we had a beer and rested our weary legs. The pub was great and had the friendliest barman behind the bar.

We spotted a shop on our drive in that had a display of the most fabulous home things and furniture, but when we walked back up to it for a browse it was closed! :(

Have you been here? Do any of my photos look familiar?

Hand-knitted scarves now available in my shop.

28.8.11

I have been busy recently knitting a scarf for Sam, one of my favourite bloggers. Sam's blog is my favourite type - a diary of what she gets up to, what she eats, and a little bit of clothes and makeup too. Sam has just announced that she is pregnant which is wonderful news, and I really hope the scarf I made for her keeps her  and the bump warm through the colder months ahead!

If you like the look of Sam's scarf and would like your own it's your lucky day! They're available in my shop priced at £20 for a regular length scarf and £25 for a super long scarf like Sam's which can be wrapped round a couple of times or wrapped round once to leave super long dangly bits! Depends on your preference :)

The wool is my favourite colour - mustard yellow - and is really chunky. This bad boy will keep you warm through the cold Winter that awaits us.


I am also selling grey scarves which are unisex. As you will see the one I made for Jonathan suits him perfectly. I wish I could have shared some of his catalogue poses with you :) This scarf was made using a 'moss' stitch to give the bobbled effect, and again you can buy this in a regular/traditional length or extra long for maximum comfort.

All scarves will be sent by Recorded mail ensuring their safe arrival, and due to their handmade nature please allow 3 weeks for yours to arrive. I have to fit knitting around a full time job, a boyfriend and 2 Pugs but I will do my very best to keep well within the 3 week period.

Have a peek and see what you think! If you would prefer to email me about your order or if you have any questions drop me a line at pinkbubbles123 (at) yahoo.co.uk

Review: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism (Jillian Michaels).

25.8.11

You all know I love a bit of Jillian Michaels and I'm into keeping fit at home. No gym membership over here! I thought it may be of use to some of you fitness newbies and experts alike to review the dvds that I own and use regularly, to give you some ideas for your own workouts.

The first dvd I'll share with you is Banish Fat Boost Metabolism. First of all it's £5.99 with free delivery on Amazon so it's not exactly going to break the bank. Secondly, it is brilliant!

Banish Fat Boost Metabolism is my all time favourite workout dvd and at the moment I try to do this one 3 times a week. But boy is it tough. Even after several months of using it a few times a week I still find it a challenge, but this is a good thing! I like the challenge and being able to work up to doing it all the way through without pressing 'pause'. I did manage this once, just the once!


It is very energetic and includes a mixture of cardio moves (for example star jumps, knee ups, burpies) along with squats, kick boxing and ab moves. The variety and fast paced nature of the workout keeps it interesting and moving along nicely. 

I find some of the moves really good fun, and others slightly challenging (I don't think I'll ever master doing burpies at the same speed as this!) but all in all there's nothing massively impossible here. Plus the dvd is broken up into sections so if you want to skip a section that you particularly dislike then you can.

The workout itself is about 40/45 minutes plus a warm up of 5 minutes or so, so it's not a quick blast like the 30 Day Shred, but if you want to feel and look better in a short space of time then this is the workout for you.

It sounds odd but I like a workout to leave me knackered and feeling like I have actually done something. This is 'that' all over. 

Do let me know if you have this one or if you get it based on my recommendation keep me posted :)

White chocolate & cranberry cookies.

21.8.11

Last weekend I decided it had been a while since any baking had occurred in our house, so I borrowed a couple of baking recipe books from my friend, Katy. One of those books was Cake Days by The Hummingbird Bakery and I can safely say I want to make 99% of the treats in there. 

We opted to make the white chocolate and cranberry cookies for a change, as we're always making cupcakes and a girl can only eat so many cupcakes!

We already had the majority of the ingredients in our baking cupboard, but had to pop out for dried cranberries, white chocolate and light brown sugar.


You will need:

130g unsalted butter
80g caster sugar
80g soft light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
190g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (the boyfriend doesn't like cinnamon so we didn't use this)
1/2 tsp biscarbonate of soda
100g dried cranberries
60g white chocolate chips (we broke a white chocolate bar into pieces instead of using chips)

What to do:

Preheat oven to 170C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Using a whisk (or whatever mixing device you have) cream together the butter and both types of sugar, then break in the egg, add the vanilla essence and mix well.

Sieve together the flour, salt, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda then add to the mixture in two batches until a dough forms. Lastly, stir in the cranberries and chocolate.

At this point you will have something that resembles this:


Break off pieces of the dough (about 2 tbsp in size), roll them into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Allow 5 or 6 cookies per tray making sure to space them apart from each other (about 3 inches).

Bake for 20 minutes then leave for 10 minutes to cool.


These cookies definitely tasted better a day after they were ready, which I find is the case with all baked things. We had one the same day and they were okay, but the day after we were like "WOW" - completely yummy, nice and soft in the middle, and a nice contrast of chocolate with the sweet cranberries.

The recipe says 60g of white chocolate - we easily doubled this. You can never have too much white chocolate in my opinion!

Have you made these or anything from the Cake Days book? Do share!

Rustic Carvings Etsy store.

18.8.11

I found the Rustic Carvings store kind of by accident but boy am I glad I did. My Sister has an Etsy store and I was on her page a few weeks ago when I spotted a shop that she had added to her 'favourites'. When I saw the hand carved, personalised coasters I was all over them in a jiffy! I know how popular scrabble piece jewellery is and I loved the idea of having some scrabble coasters!

Naturally I got a V for me, a J for Jonathan and two Ls for the Pugs. Jonathan was delighted to see that his letter has the most points (oh what a boy thing to say!)


Not only is Christine (the lady behind the shop) super friendly and pleasant to deal with, but she kept me informed of each stage of the process so I was never left wondering "oh I wonder where my coasters are!" So many times I order things and the communication is poor, so this was a really nice treat.

I utterly love them and I'm definitely going back for more! The only thing is, they're so nice I want to keep them for show and not to plonk my cup of tea on.

What do you think? Do you like them?

P.S. This is not a sponsored post in any way, shape or form. I am just utterly impressed with the customer service and quality , so much so that I wanted to share it with you lovely lot.

Road trip part 2: Padstow.

16.8.11

If you missed part 1 you can catch up by clicking here. Day two of our trip involved heading to Padstow and we were both really looking forward to spending some time here. Jonathan has been before but it was the first time for me. However I had heard and seen lots of good things about it mainly from other bloggers, and Jonathan of course, so I was really excited about our visit.

As per usual I took loads of photos so if you'd like to see more of Padstow you can have a nosy at them on my Facebook page.


After a slow stroll and a nosy at the boats we negotiated our way down some rocks to the beach. I wasn't brave enough to take the plunge into the sea but I did dip my toes in just to say I had tried! Jonathan was a little braver than me. I was missing Lily and Lola a little bit that day due to the volume of small, cute dogs there (L&L were staying with my Mum and Dad for a few days) but as you can see from Jonathan's nifty artwork they were there in spirit! Also, how big are my effing feet?!


The views from the rocks above the beach were spectacular and Jonathan had hours minutes of fun playing with the panoramic setting on my camera to get some really good shots. It was a fairly nice day which made it easier to get some nice photos.


The photo below is one of my favourites. I mean, could this be any prettier?! We spent a fair bit of time walking up and down the little streets and browsing in each shop. We picked up some fudge for my parents (compensation for having the two terrors) and saw a million and one things that we wanted for our house. Somehow I don't think we would have got an outdoor wooden table with two amazing benches in the boot of my Smart car.. but we wanted to try!


Have you been to Padstow? Recognise any of my photos?

New bracelets in my shop.

14.8.11

My shop has been up and running for a week now and some of you are already proud owners (hopefully!) of one of my little bracelets. You can now choose from red, black or turquoise cotton complete with a peace charm, a wishbone charm, or an initial of your choice (stock permitting of course).


I will post to anywhere in the World and all orders are wrapped up securely within a jiffy bag to make sure they arrive safe and sound. I have kept P&P costs low as if there's one thing I hate it is overpriced P&P charges.

If you like what you see but you fancy 2 initials on one bracelet for example, just drop me an email at the address in the sidebar and we can work something out. If you'd like a slightly longer length of cotton that is fine too, just ask.


The bracelets can be worn on their own or stacked up with other friendship bracelets. I have been wearing a couple of peace charms and a letter 'V' charm for a few weeks now. The cotton is 1mm thick so it looks dainty even on tiny wrists like mine. But it is really hard wearing and will last you a fair while. I have tied my bracelets on with a knot and trimmed the loose ends so that I can wear them permanently, but you could also tie them on with a bow to be able to remove them for bed, the shower, etc.

If you have already purchased a bracelet from my shop - "thank you!" and I hope you like it. Some of you have tweeted me to say you like yours so that is fab. If you haven't visited my shop then do go and have a browse and see what you think. I'll be adding some knitted items very soon too!

Untitled.

10.8.11

Just a short post to give my love to those people that read this who have been affected by the riots in London and around the UK. It is truly terrible to see this happening but I have been fortunate that where I live hasn't been affected. But I know so many of you will have seen it happening first hand. Stay safe everyone! x

Road trip part 1: Bath.

7.8.11

Last Friday Jonathan and I headed off in my little car on a trip from South Yorkshire all the way down to Bath. We wanted to spend the day there before we moved on to Cornwall for a few days as we have both wanted to visit for quite some time now.

I loved Bath. What a wonderful place. If you live there you're very lucky indeed.

I couldn't possibly include all of our photos in this post as it would end up a million miles long, but do go on over to my Facebook page where you can see a few more of the photos we took.


When we first arrived we had a slow wander round and took in the sights. The park was very pretty and had some lovely flower arrangements and people relaxing on deckchairs. We watched a couple of newlyweds have their wedding photos taken (from afar) and agreed that it was a lovely setting for wedding pictures.

We gawped at Bath Abbey and then paid a visit to the Roman Baths and spent a while in there soaking up the history of the place. The admission was a little pricey but if you're in Bath you've got to see the Roman Baths right!? We took a million photos of this place, we loved it. It was fairly busy with tourist groups but not too bad. We managed to have a good nosy round and see everything. We took a tonne of photos in here.


I was absolutely blown away by the Royal Crescent. I turned a corner into the park and wham! A row of magnificent houses. The photos don't reflect just how magnificent they are. Imagine living here with your own private lawn to keep the pesky normal folk away :)

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of small boutique/vintage/one off shops and spent quite a while perusing clothes and trinkets and jewellery.

We wanted to have an early-ish tea as we were tired and a bit weary after lots of walking, so I used my Trip Advisor app to find somewhere to eat. A few different options came up but one that really caught our eye was Yak Yeti Yak. Not only had we spotted it earlier in the day but it has received rave reviews on Trip Advisor so tea was sorted! It's a good job we got there early otherwise we wouldn't have got a table. It was empty when we arrived but judging by the bookings sheet it was going to be a full house! Wow, what a delicious dinner and a really unique place. I am so sad we will never get to eat here again (unless we visit Bath again obviously!) Delicious food, amazing brass plates and dishes, friendly owners, and a great end to our visit to Bath.