Friday, 23 December 2011

Accent Vlog

Hi Guys,

This is my first ever vlog post! For the past few months loads of vlogs have been going round the blogging community so people can hear their accents. It's totally random and just a bit of fun. I'll post the words and questions below so you can have a go. Please post below if you think I have an accent or say any of the words in a funny way! Also if you do a vlog please link to yours :)

Ps my webcam isn't that great and doesn't sync well! Slightly annoying!

video



Say the following words:
Aunt, route, wash, oil, theatre, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught

Answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that curls into a ball when you touch it?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Christmas Preparations and Yorkshire pud

1 week until Christmas!! So excited.



Most of my Christmas shopping has been done and wrapped, just a couple of little bits to get this week. Have you all done yours?

I've not had a lot of time to prepare this Christmas, with the day job, cake business, family stuff and my longer commute but I'm happy that I've done enough. Next year with me working for myself I'll be able to do a lot more planning :)

All my veggies for xmas dinner have been prepared, blanched and put in freezer bags ready to be finished off xmas day. This saves loads of time.

I've been planning our xmas meal plans and still in the process of doing them. I've not decided 100% on the main event for Christmas dinner. I have a few contenders but tonight I'll decided! Any ideas? 'll do a post with some of the things I'm planing to do. We are having all the normal trimmings (vegan), brussels, stuffing, bread sauce, maple roasted carrots and pasrnips and yorkshire puds.

And this brings me on to...

Vegan Yorkshire Puds


Makes 12 mini yorkshires


Oil for cooking
115g self raising flour
pinch of salt
280 ml soya milk
55g whole egg replacer (I use Ener-G)

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.

2. Put 1 tsp of oil in each muffin hole and place into oven to heat.

3. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix the egg replacer into a smooth paste with 50 ml of water. Mix this in with the milk in a jug.

4. Add half of the wet to the dry mix. Mix it into a smooth batter then add the remaining liquid. It should be like cream, if it’s too thick add more liquid.

5. Transfer the batter to a jug and fill each compartment to the top. It should sizzle as it goes in. Do this as quickly as possible before the heat gets out. Cook for 15-20 mins.

When these were done they didn't look like normal yorkshires- they don't tend to sink in the middle. I was worried. But they were great! Even Phil loved them. He preferred them to normal yorkshire pud. Win!

Right I'm off to make some dessert, do some more menu planning and relax on the sofa with my man!

Jess
xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

2012 Planning

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a planner. And as off December 23rd I'm leaving my day job to take the plunge into full time self employment. This will give me the time to focus on myself and create new opportunities. I've always wanted to work towards working for myself and never fully made the jump. I've asked for signs etc to help me make the decision and now I have. This is the 4th time I have been made redundant. The first 3 times were really hard, and financially we've struggled but this time I thought what if these redundancies were signs for me to make the move!!! Someone up there must be shouting "Hey girl you asked for signs, we've given you 4 redundancies sort it out"!

Sort of reminds me of this!


A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says "get in, get in!" The religous man replies, " no I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle."

Later the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He responds that he has faith in god and god will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again cause "God will grant him a miracle."

With the water at chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help for the faith of God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I thought God would grand me a miracle and I have been let down." St. Peter chuckles and responds, "I don't know what you're complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter."





So there will be a few posts on my plans and of course I'll have time to blog more- especially on the craft and home side!


For now I wanted to get a few things down:


1. Focus on my businesses




My first is as most of you know Jessica's Cupcakes. There will be more class dates including a weekday one. New products coming: baked gift boxes, romantic picnic hampers, china hire, tea party packages, cake pops, cookies, cupcakes in jars and more.


The second business is Pink Chilli Virtual Assistant. If you look at my web page it should tell you a bit about it. The reason I decided to set this up is firstly I already have 2 clients on board which made it possible to leave my day job. I was made redundant due to relocation. For the past 5 months I have been doing the long commute but it isn't possible long term so I took redundancy. Also as much as I love my cake business, I have spent years building up my career and skill set that I didn't want to lose my "business" side. I love that too. So this way I get to do both :)


2. Create my 2012 inspiration board




I haven't got a pic of my last one so here is the one before- it wasn't completely finished but you get the idea. I'll be working on my 2012 one over the festive period. I'll do a proper post on it once I have finished and explain some of the things on there. Do you do an inspiration board?


3. Look after me






I went Vegan at the start of 2011 and it was the best decision I've made. I feel so much better for it. But the past 5 months with the commute, working a day job and running my own business meant I have seriously neglected myself. I'm not fueling my body properly- not having time to plan meals, taking the easy route and grabbing something less nutritious. Exercise pretty much stopped and I was so enjoying it and just taking time to relax- meditate, long baths etc. 


I'm looking forward to reclaiming my life back. Planning and cooking nutritious meals, exercising 4 times a week- cannot wait to get back on the Turbo Fire wagon and having time to unwind. I'll be doing more specific posts on my health goals


Don't know what Turbo Fire is? It's the best exercise programme I've ever done. Watch this video







Those are just some of things I'll be focusing on- more posts to follow.


Let me know what your plans are.


Bedtime Reading
Personal Goal Setting


Jess
xx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Christmas Gift Guide

The holidays are coming! I'm so excited about Christmas. I can't wait to have some time off and spend it relaxing  with friends and family.

Christmas shopping however is sometimes not fun. We went to Milton Keynes on Saturday and I only got two things, each shop was so busy that it was pointless. Luckily I have done most of mine online- thank god for the internet. I thought I'd put a little gift guide together, some of these things I already have and some would definitely be on my list!

1. Sony reader EBook. I have one of these and it's fab. I love reading and don't get me wrong nothing beats reading from a "real" book but these are so handy to just load up and take wherever you are going- holiday, business trip, commute on the train etc. I suppose the Kindle should be included in this as they essentially serve the same purpose but only having the Ebook myself I can only really recommend that one!

2. Kitchen Aid- I have wanted one for ages! Not only would it be of great benefit running my own cake business but it is pure kitchen porn.

3. Michael Bublè Christmas album- I've had this a week and I love it. It really makes me feel all christmassy and there is nothing better than sitting by the fire with a glass of wine whilst Mr Bublè sings some great classics. EDIT: after careful consideration I have also decided the "porn" comment also applies here :)

4. Estee Lauder Double wear foundation- I've tried many foundations in my time and this is in my opinion the best, great coverage and stays put all day. Bit more pricey around the £26 mark but worth every penny.


5. Peas and Thank You Cookbook- When I went Vegan Sarah Matheny's blog Peas and Thank You really helped me transition to great, yummy healthy vegan meals that were super easy to do. I still read her blog everyday and she has some fantastic recipes on there but as soon as her book came out I ordered it. I use the recipes at least 2-3 times per week. Some of my favourites are "Meaty" Green Bean Casserole, Black bean burgers, Anytime cookies, Mac and Cheeze and German Chocolate cake :)


So there are a couple of things to have a think about as gifts for your loved ones or to maybe add to your own list!!!!

Jess




xx

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sophie Housley Handmade

Hi guys, hope everyone is having a good weekend.

I wanted to let you know about Sophie Housley Handmade. I went to school with Sophie so was really chuffed to hear she had set up her own little business. Her stuff is amazing and I couldn't wait to get my hands of one of her cowls. I've included one of her own pictures as I've decided to give mine to a lucky person for Christmas and don't want them to see it yet! She has a massive selection of yarns and buttons for you to choose from.



Please check out Sophie's Page. Lots of brilliant ideas for Christmas presents :)

Best of Luck Sophie on your new venture

Jess
xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Treasured finds

Hi everyone, have you been enjoying the Indian summer!? I can't believe they are forecasting snow in a few weeks!

One of my favourite past times is going to our local antique cellar. And I wanted to share a few things I have bought recently :)

Laundry sign for...well the Laundry room


Salt and Pepper set


 Some more bits to add to the Vintage China Hire collection


Soap dish and cute candle holder


Some birthday cards that I put in some cheap £2 frames from Tesco and put them up with my new cook sign- shown in 2nd picture :)


A good shopping spree!

Busy week this week with quite a few cupcake orders to get through.

I'll leave you with some Cupcakes I did for a Wedding at the weekend.

Jess xx




Monday, 19 September 2011

Cupcakes, Goals and Bowling

Hi guys, how is everyone?

Been busy over here. Doing the fulltime job with the commute and running the cake business is exhausting but my final day of my day job is 23rd December so I can work for myself fulltime J

Last week me and Phil had a date night bowling! It was 70’s/80’s bowling. It was only £2 a game and was great to get out and spend time together away from the house. I won the 1st game and Phil won the last 2 L but I did win Mario Kart J


I’ve been doing Chalene Johnsons’ 30 Day challenge. I’m loving it. I’m on day 19 at the moment. It’s making me much more organised.

It talks about identifying your priorities and push goal. And building up small tasks to get to your push goal. I’ll share some info with you once I have it all sorted! But it’s free to do so check it out.

At the weekend I had a cake class which went well. Here are some pics.


Phil cooked dinner Saturday night. Vegetable fritters to start and Black bean burgers with butternut squash fries for main. It was so good. The black bean burger recipe was from the Peas and Thank you cookbook. My favourite recipe book at the moment.


I’m looking forward to the weekend already. On Sunday evening me and Phil are off to see Lee Evans live at the NIA! Can’t wait J

I’ll be back with another post!

Jess xx

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Recipe Post- Cake Pops

Cake pops are massive right now and  a lot more portable than a cupcake. This version isn't Vegan because I used candy melts but the cake and buttercream part you can use this Vegan cupcake recipe. So to make it totally vegan just use dairy free chocolate instead of the candy melts. You can use any cake recipe you want at all.

Cake Pops


Materials
Lolly pop sticks
Styrofoam block or florist foam
Variety of sprinkles

Ingredients
1 batch of cupcakes/cake. Any will do. If you have any cake trimmings keep them in the freezer to take out when making cake pops.
1/2 cup butter cream
1 bag of candy melts or 2 blocks of chocolate

Method


1. Place your cake into a large bowl or mixer and crumble into bread/cake crumbs.


2. Add the butter cream and mix until it forms a dough mixture.

3. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet or baking paper. Place into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.


4. Place candy melts/chocolate into a double boiler and gently heat until it has all melted.


5. Dip the lolly pop sticks into the chocolate and push into the balls gently. Place into the fridge for 20 minutes.

6. Carefully dip the cake balls into the melted chocolate and tap very gently to remove excess chocolate. Then place some sprinkles on top. Stick the cake pops into your styrofoam block so they can dry. See example here (I forgot to take a picture!)

7. Once dry you can place them in a jar or jug to display and also wrap in lolly pop wrappers :-)



Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Do you set goals?

I'm a list person. I have lists for everything. I have lists for lists. Some people may say I'm a control freak, and yeah I suppose am a little. But lists help me first of all think of the things I need/want to get done. The actual writing of the list jogs my memory. I have daily lists which has a few things I want/need to get done that day. I have a weekly list a weekend list and then a master to do list! I also have lists for the home, garden, my business, my day job and my personal health/happiness. Ok now I've written that out I sound a lot like a control freak!


Anyway this brings me onto my point. Over at The Fitnessista Gina was talking about her monthly goals which has now got me inspired to do mine. So each month I'm going to have 3 goals and at the end of that month review if I have done them. So here are my first ones:

September 2011 Goals



  • Plan and hold a dinner party. For a couple of reasons. I love socialising with friends and sometimes we get so bogged down with to do lists  life that so much time can go by without spending quality time with loved ones. I also want to share the fact that Vegan food can be delicious. Some people think I'm losing out by being Vegan. I don't see it that way at all so I want to try and get that message across.

  • Go Swimming. When I was younger I swam competitively. At one point I was going to make a career out of it but then I decided that wasn't what I wanted. But I love swimming so want to get back in the pool to experience that again- and of course it will mean more exercise.

  • Meditate. When i take the time to meditate I feel so much better. As a lot of people I'm always on the go, there is always something to do and come the weekend I'm totally exhausted mentally and physically. I'm not going to put that I'm going to meditate every day but I want to commit to at least twice every week.
So those are my goals for September. Are you making any? Please let me know via the comments if you are :-)


I'll leave you with this page I found Via Stumble Upon.

Jess xx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Recipe Post- Healthier Cake Batter Smoothie (Vegan)

There are loads of cake batter smoothie recipes. This is just my version- the beauty of smoothies is you can have fun mixing and matching ingredients. I'm a bit smoothie obsessed at the moment so be prepared for lots of smoothie recipes!!! I've purchased a screw top beaker so I can mix up a smoothie to take to work :-)

Cake Batter Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie

Ingredients

2 tbsp Porridge oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 small frozen banana *
1 handful baby spinach
200 ml/1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp nut butter (use either peanut, cashew, sunflower or almond)
1 scoop protein power (optional)
1 tsp Xanthan gum (optional but gives it a thicker consistency like ice cream. Most supermarkets do it in the baking section)

Method

1. Put everything into a blender and blend until everything has combined
2. Serve either in a glass or in a bowl with a spoon and if you like put some sprinkles on top!

* I always have frozen bananas in the freezer. Just cut them into chunks and pace them into a freezer bag or box. Great to always have some on hand for smoothies or vegan ice cream!




Monday, 29 August 2011

A Vegan Eating out

Not living in a city and being Vegan can be hard. Eating out I have often ended up with a bowl of chips or a bowl of plain veg. Most restaurants will have 1 or 2 veggie options but 9 times out of 10 they aren't Vegan and will have eggs, cheese, milk, cream etc in them.

I decided that this bank holiday I would find somewhere not too far away where I could have more choice. I found Veggie World. Only a 45 minute drive from where we live we decided to spend the day in Milton Keynes shopping then head on to the restaurant.

The location was not great- kind of stuck in the 90's and the restaurant wasn't snazzy decor but I wasn't looking for that. When we were given the menu I was pretty taken aback that I could choose 98% of the menu! I've not had that since I went Vegan. The restaurant is Chinese cuisine which was fine by me as that was one of my favourite pre-vegan. You can see the menu here.

We ordered the mixed starter first of all which consisted of crispy seaweed, veggie spare ribs, veggie "chicken" satay, wontons and veggie spring rolls. All brilliant!!!!


Next we shared the Veggie crispy "duck". Now when I went vegan Crispy duck was one of the things I knew I would miss a lot. Not now!!! This stuff was amazing, it had all the flavour and all the crisp! 10 out of 10.


I had Satay "prawn" with rice for my main. Now I knew it wasn't prawn but it really hit the spot. It's hard to explain really. But I really enjoyed it.


Phil had Crispy Chilli "beef" with rice. No joke this tasted exactly like real crispy chilli beef. Seriously.




I'm so glad we decided to go there. I now know there is somewhere i can go without feelling awkward, having to explain to ignorant waiters what Vegan is, feeling people are judging me for the way I want to eat. I can't tell you how happy it made me. The best thing is that Phil (meat eater through and through) loved it. I think it blew his mind a little. I know deep down he expected it to be substandard. I'm so glad we both could go out and have a great meal together. it cost about £30 for both of us with a couple of drinks. I can't wait to go back :-)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Recipe Post- Vegan Pancakes

For vegans and non vegans these pancakes are delish! They are nice and fluffy and go with pretty much anything. Here I have done them with bananas and a peanut butter and maple sauce but try them with a blueberry sauce, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce- anything!

As with a few of the recipes these are measured in cups- I find it a lot easier than weighing everything out. Weekends are for relaxing! Most cookshops sell cup measurements now.

Vegan Pancakes
Makes about 8 pancakes


Ingredients
1 Cup plain flour (I use half white plain flour and half wholewheat pastry flour)
1 tsp Baking/bicarb soda
1tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup soy milk
1tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 large banana sliced

Method
1. In a jug place the milk and apple cider vinegar and leave to curdle for 5 mins then add the oil. Place peanut butter and maple syrup into a heatproof bowl and heat in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until mixture is of a sauce consistency.
2. In a bowl sift and mix all dry ingredients.
3. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
4. Heat a non stick pan and spoon some mixture into the pan. Cook for 30 secs to 1 min then flip over. Once cooked place onto a plate and spoon over the peanut butter maple sauce and add slices of banana. Continue this step until you have 3 pancakes piled on top of each other.
5. Enjoy!



Monday, 15 August 2011

Rest in Peace Muffin


Whoa almost a month since my last post- sorry sorry.

It’s been a bit of a hectic time. Last week I started the extra commute for my job so I’m losing 3 hours a day at the moment. So finding it hard to adapt the routine at the moment. With Jessica’s Cupcakes, 2 blogs, admin work for my dad and a house to run I’ve got a bit snowed under. Also 2 weeks ago one of my little house rabbits died L It hit me hard as he’s been around the past 9 years. Now my other house rabbit was very lonely after he went so we had to get another rescue rabbit to bond her with (rabbits are better in pairs). So we got the gorgeous Trigger. First of all they were fine with each other but then fights started. And with me not being at home a lot I was getting a bit stressed out so decided to send them to Fat Fluffs in Solihull to be bonded properly. We took them last Thursday but Poppy has an open wound (from a fight) so we had to pick them back up Friday take her to the vet and now wait for her to heal before we try and bond them again. Hoping we will get there in the end!!!

As you can imagine craft wise not a lot has been going on. But I’m determined to get in some time to get a few things done.

Some of the top things I want to get done:

  1. Patchwork Tablecloth
  2. Other than cupcake orders I’ve not done much baking so I want to get a few things in the oven!
  3. Catch up on some of my fave blogs and find some new ones. Here is a new one I’ve just found and looking forward to having a peek
  4. Make plans to expand the Cake business and blog more!
I'll leave you with a picture of my gorgeous house bunny Muffin Feb 2003-Aug 2011. Rest in Peace baby xxx





Sunday, 17 July 2011

Weekend almost over again

Hi guys, the weekends seem to just go by too quickly. I never seem to get everything I want to done!

I'm trying to wizz through things I want to get done. And also set aside some time to focus on the things I love doing like sewing and drawing.

Here are some of the things I want to get done:

* Research wedding cake classes. At the moment with Jessica's Cupcakes I do cupcakes and top cutting cakes. I want to branch out into big wedding cakes but want to do a course somewhere.

*Sort out our finances and monthly budgets

*Start  planning for Xmas (I love Xmas!!)

*Have a look at photoshop courses/books. This is something I want to use more to bring in some extra money into the business.

*Finish the veg patch Phil has started

*Collect more china for the Vintage China hire part of the business and properly launch the tea party packages

*Make some more sewing crafts for the home. I never seem to have time at the moment but I need to make sure I set aside some time as it's something I enjoy.

*Do a sort out and ebay/car-boot to make room and make a few extra pennies.

There are a million other things I could put on here but I won't bore you!

I made some Oreo Balls from How Sweet it is yesterday. Phil loved them! And yes they have all gone, and yes he wants me to make more tomorrow. Try them out!

Here is our meal plan for this week (It can change but we stick to it as best we can)

Mon- Spaghetti Bolagnase for Phil and Meatless Meatballs and Spaghetti for me
Tues- Veg pasta bake
Wed- Pesto Pasta
Thurs- Garlic chicken, Veg and potatoes (Phil) Tofu Udon stirfry (me)
Fri- Satay Tofu
Sat- Homemade pizza
Sun- Sweet and Sour Pork (Phil) and Sweet and Sour Tofu (me)

Right bed time!

Jess
xx

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Recipe Post- Frushi

This weekend I wanted to try a new recipe out of The Vegan Table by Coleen Patrick Goudreau. And as I had some strawberries I decided on Frushi. It was so yummy, kind of like rice pudding with jam on. Great idea to serve at a dinner party.

Here is the recipe. I just used strawberries and didn't use the sesame seeds and they were still great.


Ingredients
1-2 T sugar
pinch salt
3 ripe peaches
¼ C fruit preserves (I used strawberry jam and heated it in the microwave for 10 seconds)
1 pint strawberries
½ pint raspberries or blueberries
mint leaves
2 T black sesame seeds

for reduction sauce
2 C diced strawberries
½ t black pepper
2 t orange juice
½ C water
1 T balsamic vinegar

Method


1.Cook rice in water and coconut milk. After rice has cooled, fluff and stir in sugar and pinch salt.

2.Combine all sauce ingredients and cook down over medium heat until a syrup, strain out fruit particles.

3.Blanch and peel peaches, then slice into small half moons.

4.Form rice into small oblong shapes and place on plate. Spread thin layer of preserves on rice shapes. Top with slice of peach, slice of strawberry and a raspberry. Drizzle with sauce then garnish with black sesame seeds.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

What was your dream when you were younger?

After searching through some old boxes of paper work I found a letter I wrote when I was 12. It was a letter I had written to a magazine competition and I had to put down what my dream was.

What is interesting is that my dream has stayed the same- not the vet part but the running of an animal sanctuary. It is still my dream today.

Here is the letter- sorry if it's hard to read! You might need to click it to enlarge it.










































Question: What was your dream when you were younger and what is your dream now? Has it changed?

Jess xx

Some recent cakes from Jessica's Cupcakes Kitchen

Hi guys,

Just wanted to share some of the recent things that have come out of the Jessica's Cupcakes Kitchen.

I've been super busy with orders the past month which is one of the reasons I've been a bit slack with the blog.

These ladybug garden cupcakes were for a special little girl called Scarlet who turned 1. Happy Birthday Scarlet :-)


Top Cutting cake for a cupcake tower


Floral Cupcakes


Monday, 13 June 2011

Hot Cookie Dough Dessert

Right this is a new thing for me and I can't understand how I've gotten so far through life without having this! I was inspired after a trip to Pizza hut by one of their desserts on the menu- Hot Cookie Dough Dessert!

It is totally amazing!

Now I'll give you a vegan version but you could do this recipe non vegan as well if you wish.

Vegan Hot Cookie Dough Dessert
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • Batch of vegan cookies. You can use this recipe here  or for non vegan you can by those ready mixed cookie boxes.
  • Dairy free ice cream enough for 2 scoops each. You can buy this or I have a recipe here. Or for non vegans just use regular ice cream
  • Some dairy free chocolate melted to drizzle over the top. For non vegans use regular chocolate sauce.
Method

  • Make up the cookies to the box/recipe instructions but don't cook them all the way through. Take about 3 minutes off the cooking time
  • Stack cookies in the bowl
  • Add ice cream scoops and drizzle chocolate sauce
  • ENJOY!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Back from Holiday and lots to do!

Last week we had a family holiday in Tintagel Cornwall for my Dad's 50th. He booked out a B&B for all of us and it was fab. So great to spend time with all the family. It went by far too quickly though!! Tintagel is a wonderful place, beautiful scenery and great beaches.


I also love getting wrapped up in the romance of the King Arthur legend!




While I was on holiday I read a book a friend lent me called Room. All I will say is you have to read it. I read the entire book in one sitting. I was gripped. I love it when I come across a book that you just cannot put down or forget and this is one of the few. Just read it...seriously.

Ok so this week a few things have progressed in the garden.Under the willow tree is now cleared and ready to plant some flowers once the time is right. I've planted some more veg including courgettes, chilli's and radish. Next to do is romaine lettuce and rhubarb! My sweet peas are also blooming! They are one of my favourite flowers and scent. They are also the flower of my birth month so I'm putting them all around the garden! While these little beauties are in flower there will be jam jars filled with sweet peas all around the house!


A few crafts I did over the weekend were to make some more fabric hanging hearts- I need to go steady on these as they could take over the whole house! A decorative patchwork cushion and a Pyjama bag. I'll be posting tutorials on these soon :-)

This week I need to get a hold on my to do list and seriously prioritise, there are things that have been nagging at me for ages but I've just left them. So it's my mission to get as many of these things out the way as possible!!!


I've had some bad news on the job front as my office is relocating so I'm back on the job search. I was hoping 2011 would be a year we could start fresh but it seems not just yet. However I believe everything happens for a reason so I'm remaining positive.

Jess
xx