Bucket list – where next?

In no particular order, these are some of the places I really, really would like to visit over the coming years...just need to save up now! Maybe some of it I could do in one trip to save on more airfare costs from multiple trips? Join in the Holi festival in India (and to eat … Continue reading Bucket list – where next?

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Baked Bean Buns

So my lovely friend is into making some…interesting things…and baked bean cakes are a recent addition. Watch this space for spinach cake next!

Buildings & Baking

Bear with me. I promise.

Through this recipe, if you’re anything like me, you’ll go through the following stages of “whaaaat am I doing?”, “whose silly idea was this?”, “woah this tastes kinda beany” but, I promise, you’ll end up wondering why you ever doubted your culinary creation!

Stick with it!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 200 g raisins12212486_10153062987095683_523255492_n
  • 240 ml boiling water
  • 1 can of baked beans (with tomato sauce)
  • 3 eggs
  • 240 ml vegetable oil
  • 225 g granulated sugar
  • 450 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 115 g pecan nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 50 g butter/margarine
  • 110 g icing sugar
  • 1 cap full of milk (literally the lid of the milk carton filled with milk)
  • A splash of vanilla extract

Method:

For the cake:

  • Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees…

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Planning a trip ✈️🇺🇸🗽

There is some great advice in this blog.
When I went travelling, beforehand I spent ages questioning how much to plan. And I pretty much ended up doing everything on this list (except booking stuff beforehand).

To add to this a little – read travel blogs like this one, look on YouTube, Instagram, Periscope – all of those great visual social tools – they are great when researching an attraction or place as you can see what it actually looks like, rather than seeing glossy photos on a travel website 🙂

Take your list of ‘must do’ trips with you (or keep it in your phone) and make sure that you ask people when you get there how they found it and what recommendations they have (eg should you do the 5-day option for Angkor Wat or the 3 day).

And if it’s a ‘must do’ – make sure you DO it! I got sidetracked in India and never got around to doing the Taj Mahal – and I regret that I didn’t!

So, have a read, and happy planning! 😀

Triple B blog

I’m not saying its totally necessary to plan every trip you’re taking in great detail, but its definitely handy to have a look at things you might want to see & do, not only will it help you in exploring your destination but also provide a guideline for budgeting.
In May myself and some friends are taking a trip to America to celebrate the end of my degree & my 21st birthday, we fly to New York for 4 nights, San Diego for 3 nights, LA for 4 nights, Vegas for 5 nights before heading back to LA for our final 2 nights before flying back to the UK. Ideally, I’d have liked to have gone for longer & visited more places however work commitments mean this trip is just under 3 weeks in total.

We booked this trip in advance, partly because it was so cheap & partly to…

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Thoughts on being firmly within the ‘late 20’s’ age bracket

Differences between my early to mid-20's and my current life as 27 year old... The social life ain't what it was - spontaneity is like a forgotten relative I rarely see, replaced with weeks of planning, just for a trip to Alton Towers or a night out in a city I don't actually live in People … Continue reading Thoughts on being firmly within the ‘late 20’s’ age bracket

Using Estate Agents in Costa del Sol, Spain

My Mum has set up her own blog here on WordPress and is writing about her experiences in buying a property and living in Spain – its a very new blog and she’s getting used to it, but if you’re interested in living abroad, the processes of buying a house, or generally in Spain or travel, go and give it a read from time to time. Here’s a great post she wrote about dealing with estate agents in Spain – a little different to how we do it here in the UK haha!

Casa Goodwin

Using Estate Agents in Costa del Sol, Spain

I have spent the last few months planning to buy a place in Spain, this blog covers some thoughts about using estate agents in Spain and especially the Costa del Sol, which anyone looking to buy a place in Spain may find useful.

We started to look online and visit estate agents. Estate agents work differently in Spain compared to what I had experienced as a property owner for the last 30 years in the UK.  Agents in Spain all have access to the same properties once they are promoted online. As a consequence, many do not want to promote properties online so they can keep them uniquely available to themselves.

Also, we found that many properties promoted online were actually not available – having been sold months before. It appears that estate agents try to keep as many properties on their portfolio…

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On being a bit of an ‘ideas person’

So this is something I struggle with. Mostly from a work perspective, I just can't help myself. But I guess it comes hand in hand with being a marketing professional. Maybe. If the boyfriend is talking about his work and I see an opportunity where his company can maximise on something he's told me. Can … Continue reading On being a bit of an ‘ideas person’

Dear Diary…The Hill Valley Fair and Dance!

Dear Diary, so I might've told you about the dreamy Henry Kowalczyk askin' me to be his date for the Hill Valley Fair and the Enchantment Under The Sea dance after!? It's this Saturday, and I hear it's being organised by a company called Secret Cinema (I never heard of them before, I wonder if they got … Continue reading Dear Diary…The Hill Valley Fair and Dance!

Lyn Armitage Art

Fine Art from Lyn Armitage

For the last few weeks I have been working with Lyn Armitage, a local Leicestershire artist with a talent for watercolour painting and for teaching art. I've spent some time working on content for her website, improving her on-site SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and looking at how she can develop her online presence to get more … Continue reading Fine Art from Lyn Armitage

Me and Lena Headey - Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones

So I met Cersei Lannister…London Film Comic Con 2014

I went to Comic Con yesterday in London and it was my first ever Comic Con and it was so cool! From the moment we got there, cosplay guessing became the name of the game - although the boyfriend might've been a liiiittle better than me at guessing a lot! The first we saw were … Continue reading So I met Cersei Lannister…London Film Comic Con 2014

Headline News: Dumbledore’s Army reunite for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final!

In the last couple of days you might've seen a smidge of non-sport related news about the 2014 Quidditch World Cup (and if you don't know what quidditch is, then you really are a muggle...) Well naturally this excited a fair few fans like myself who have heard hide nor hair from Harry Potter and … Continue reading Headline News: Dumbledore’s Army reunite for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final!