Tuesday, 30 June 2015

6 Recipes I Remake

At the weekend, I made spaghetti bolognese for dinner and then yesterday morning I whipped up a jar of my latest green smoothie recipe for breakfast, and it got me thinking that I should share with you recipes that I've posted that I actually make on a regular basis.

Don't get me wrong, I love creating new recipes for you guys, and I have a delicious cake recipe I'm hoping to share later this week, but some recipes are worth making time and time again.

So here are six recipe that I like to remake. 

Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti Bolognese | The Road to Less Cake

On a weekend I often whip up a batch of this rich spaghetti bolognese. It is great to pop a couple of portions in the freezer to take out and defrost for busy days,

Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata | The Road to Less Cake

This is actually on the menu for tonight. 

Moroccan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers | The Road to Less Cake

I make these stuffed peppers at least once a month. They're my favourite weeknight veggie meal. 

4-Ingredient Sticky Chicken Thighs | The Road to Less Cake

These chicken thighs are a winner with everyone. I've made them for friends, family and guests for dinner. My Mum has even made them for her and my Dad. 

5. Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup | The Road to Less Cake

This is my current go-to soup recipe. It's so easy to make but is silky, creamy and flavourful.

Creamy Tropical Green Smoothie | The Road to Less Cake

This is my favourite green smoothie right now. It is filling, fresh and tastes like Summer!

What recipes do you like to remake?
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Friday, 26 June 2015

Calendar Girl

Spitfire Girls Calendar

Happy Friday, loves! I've got a bit of a different post for you today. Recently I've been involved in something fun...a calendar!

Where I live in Montrose, there is a museum on the site of a former British air station, in fact it happens to be Britain's first military air base, and one of the local photographers, Neil Werninck, who I know through work, was putting together a calendar to put the air station on the map and also raise some cash for the museum, and I just happened to get involved.

It was loads of fun, I got all glammed up, had my hair done and make-up (which the girls from the hairdressers did an amazing job of!), slapped on some red lippy before I got dressed up in 1940s gear before having my photo taken next to a replica Spitfire.

I had no idea that women flew warplanes in World War Two and it was amazing to be part of something that shows the glamorous and strong women and hopefully help their story to be hold more often.

The calendar is 2016 one and I'm 'Miss June', which is perfect because my birthday is June, and I get married in June next year! The top photo is my calendar shot but here are some of the others that Neil took.

Spitfire Girls Calendar
Spitfire Girls Calendar
Spitfire Girls Calendar
Spitfire Girls Calendar
Spitfire Girls Calendar

 To launch the calendar myself and some of the other Spitfire Girls, as we're now known, got glammed up again, this time in gorgeous evening gowns, for the official launch.

I tell you what it felt so weird being the other side of a camera at a press event, I'm used to being behind it with a notepad, jotting things down.

Spitfire Girls Calendar
Spitfire Girls Calendar
Spitfire Girls Calendar
Spitfire Girls Calendar

I'm so happy to be sharing this with you now! It's something that I've loved being part of. If you want to check out the calendar you can here.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Charity Cycle

Charity Cycle

On Sunday James and I couldn't spend Father's Day with our Dads because we're in Scotland and one is in Yorkshire and the other all the way in Cornwall and we just couldn't get our schedules to marry up.

So, James and I decided to do something for a good cause instead and saddled up for a charity cycle to raise money for Prostate Cancer. We were asked to take part and thought it was a good way for us to get in some exercise together and raise some cash for charity.

There were two routes - one of 6km and one of 20km - and I wasn't sure which one to do because I'm not a cyclist by any means. James is quite a keen cyclist and had already decided he was doing the 20km route, so I decided to push myself and join him.

I have never cycle hills like that before, I thought the bike ride we did together not long after we moved to Scotland had challenging hills, and I've bought a new bike since then, but they were nothing on these ones. Scotland has big hills!

To make it even harder, the floodgates had opened as we set off and it poured it with rain. We were absolutely drenched. But we kept going.

I was really proud of myself for cycling up the first big hill, which was only about 5 to 10 minutes into the ride. I thought this was the biggest hill of the route but oh my word was I wrong. When we were coming down the hill towards the half way point I realised as I was speeding down it that I was going to have to cycle up it on the way back.

That was difficult!

But I did it!

We completed the cycle and James very kindly stayed with me, although he could have very easily gone faster on certain parts.  It took us 40 minutes on the way there and 50 on the way back.

I'm really proud of myself for pushing myself out of my comfort zone and raising some money for charity.

I can tell you the Epsom salt bath I had afterwards was the best bath ever!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Our Engagement Story

Engagement Story | The Road to Less Cake

One year from now I'll be walking down the aisle to say 'I do'. When I worked out that today was one year until our wedding I had a little freak out because we're having our wedding on a Saturday and for a moment I thought we'd booked the wedding on the wrong day. But next year is a leap year. Phew!

As today was approaching, I realised I never shared our engagement story with you, so today I'm going to share some of our engagement photos that I didn't post last time and the story of how we got engaged.

Engagement Story | The Road to Less Cake

James had this lovely, big plan to propose to me in the gardens next to York Minster where we had 'made it official' 8 years ago, but the weather had other plans. True British weather style, it was teaming it down with rain.

So instead the day before when I got home from a late night at work he had made me dinner, put on a nice shirt, lit candles all over the living room and bought me flowers.

I knew something was up but I genuinely didn't think he was going to propose. We'd spoke about marriage but I didn't think he was going to pop the question so soon after us living together. We moved in together in September 2013 and James asked me to marry him last January.

Engagement Story | The Road to Less Cake

We sat down for the nice meal he'd made, I think there may have even been a glass of wine each too.

After eating, James cleared the plates away and we chatted for a couple of minutes and then he said 'I've got something to ask you.'

He got up and reached behind the TV and pulled out a small box.

He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

I burst into tears and said yes, of course!

Engagement Story | The Road to Less Cake

After I'd stopped crying (tears of happiness!), I rang my Mum and Dad to tell them the news. But they already knew as James had been very traditional and asked my parents for 'my hand in marriage'.

The next day James had arranged for us to go from Scotland down to Yorkshire to celebrate with our friends and family.

The night we got in we went out for a meal with my parents and his parents at our favourite restaurant to toast our engagement.

And the night after we had a few people over at my parents house for a little engagement party.

Engagement Story | The Road to Less Cake

I'm so excited to be getting married and as I said on Tuesday's post we're currently working on our Save The Dates. I know I haven't shared too much wedding planning with you but as we're only a year away we'll be stepping up our planning and I'll be sharing more with you.
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