RECIPE: Carrot cake tray bake

As those who know me on Facebook and Instagram will be aware, I am leaving my job after almost 14 years. I have worked in a number of different roles for the same company but it finally feels like it is time to move on and try something new. So in a month from now I will be starting over. Yikes! When I announced to my team a few weeks ago that I was leaving, their biggest concern seemed to be who was going to feed them. I bake a lot for work. To make them feel better I agreed to bring something in weekly… and to take requests. I have been delving into my old faithful recipes but someone requested a carrot cake recently. I do have a carrot cake recipe but it’s a layer cake and transporting a layer cake across multiple train journeys at rush hour is not easy. Instead I decided to go for a tray bake. It was very popular and I will definitely be making it again.

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What I wore to work this week #11

Only three outfits this week as I was only in the office for three days. It was a bit of a week of two halves. Monday was freezing after the weekend of snow and then it progressively warmed up during the week. I wasn’t really expecting to be wearing Uggs in March and I can’t even put them away yet as it’s supposed to snow again next weekend. Like my final picture says, I dream of wearing an outfit with no tights!

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BOOK REVIEW: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

It probably feels like an absolute eternity since I did a book review and in fairness it has been. I have been reading the book I am about to review for three months. Before you judge me harshly, I think I need to point out that it’s over a thousand pages long and I only really get to read on the train because of small human interference and general exhaustion.

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What I wore to work this week #10

Over the weekend I watched an episode of America’s Next Top Model where Tyra Banks gave some tips on how to take better mirror selfies. One of her suggestions was to drop your phone down when you want to show the whole outfit from the side. I decided to give it a go this week… and I am not sure about the results. My Instagram followers weren’t sure either and I got mixed reviews. What do you guys think?

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TV Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Season 3

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a really unusual premise for a show, combining comedy, mental health and fantasy musical elements into one intense package. I have to admit that if I read the description of the show it probably wouldn’t appeal to me at all but somehow the combination really works and I have been hooked since the first season.

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Universal Yums February 2018 box: France

I wasn’t massively excited when I found out February’s box was going to be France. I reckoned it would be a bit boring but I was totally wrong. Pretty much everything in the box was delicious and quite a few bits were things I had never eaten before. The flavours weren’t crazy or anything but they were still great. The French are, of course, known for their cuisine so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that they pulled it out of the box (see what I did there).

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What I wore to work this week #9

There was no “What I wore to work” post last week because I never actually physically made it into the office. I spent the first two days of the week in our Dusseldorf office (which was nice because they have an in-house barista and unlimited coffee). Then it snowed like the end of days and I wasn’t actually able to travel to work for the rest of the week and spent my time in front of my laptop in sweatpants #sorrynotsorry. This week, however, the freeze has lifted, the sun is out and I am back at my desk… although somewhat grumpy about the fact that my fringe has grown like a weed and I look like a shaggy dog. Read more…

TV REVIEW: Gavin & Stacey – Season 3

The final season of Gavin & Stacey kicks off with Gavin (Mathew Horne) starting his new job in Cardiff, having moved to Barry to be closer Stacey (Joanna Page). Nessa (Ruth Jones) is now living with her fiance, Dave (Steffan Rhodri) and Neil, the baby, in Dave’s caravan, while Smithy (James Corden) remains in Essex.

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What I wore to work this week #8

This week had been miserable and pretty cold again. I am normally a winter fan, but even I am looking forward to when the weather is a bit warmer and I can actually wear a dress or skirt without tights. In the meantime though I am still trying to balance fashion with not freezing my arse off.

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TV REVIEW: The Crown – Season 2

For some reason many people are fascinated with royalty. Maybe it’s the idea of some kind of mystical divine right to power from days of yore or maybe it’s because we are pumped full of fairy tales about princes and princesses from when we are children. Whatever it is, the modern royal that seems to draw the most interest is the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, so it is no surprise that Netflix saw an opportunity in creating a series about her life. The question is, is it any good?

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What I wore to work this week #7

This week was absolutely freezing at the beginning so I was extremely grateful for the new boots I bought last week. My knee-high boots broke at the zip and they were on their last legs so I was lucky to bag a bargain in the sales. Happy days! Read more…

TV REVIEW: Gavin & Stacey – Season 2

Season two of Gavin & Stacey begins with the happy couple returning from their honeymoon and moving in with Gavin’s parents (Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman) in Essex. At the same time the bomb has dropped that Nessa (Ruth Jones) is pregnant and Smithy (James Corden) is the father. Read more…

What I wore to work this week #6

This week I actually went into my normal office for four days in a row for the first time in six weeks, which seems mad. So this time there are four outfits. It was freezing during the week so I had to try and balance out style and warmth. I am not sure I succeeded!

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TV REVIEW: Gavin & Stacey – Season 1

The O household has felt a bit plaguey of late. All three O’s have been struck down with varying levels of flu, which has left us a bit flat. It’s also meant that concentration levels have been low and we’ve been looking for some comforting, low energy viewing for the brief hour or so we’ve managed to stay awake past dinner. This lead us to revisiting one of our favourite late noughties sitcoms, Gavin & Stacey. Read more…

TV REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Season 3

Season 3 of Peaky Blinders picks up two years after the end of season 2 with Tommy (Cillian Murphy) and Grace’s (Annabelle Wallis) wedding. With the legtimate side of the Shelby business booming, Grace achieving her philanthropic goals and their young son thriving it seems Tommy will finally have what he has always wanted. Unfortunately things are never as simple as they seem. Read more…

What I wore to work this week #5

This week there are only two outfits because I was in Havant again but this time for two days. This is also why my blog is a bit sparse at the moment but I am hoping not to have to go down again any time soon and to get back into my normal routine a bit. Read more…

What I wore to work this week #4

I made another trip to Havant this week Wednesday so I am once again missing an outfit picture for the week. It wouldn’t have been a very happy picture though since there were horrible train delays and the weather was vile. You’ve missed out on nothing!

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