This is a recipe that really has become such a fall back dinner for us - I nearly always have chicken in the freezer which can be defrosted for use, and it works well with nearly any sort of vegetable you might have lying around the fridge / freezer. I also happen to have a real soft spot for roasted veggies - I think that roasting them just makes them taste so much nicer than if you were simply boiling them. I think it's the charred edges to them that makes this meal so much nicer than what you would expect it to be.
Despite Storm Doris hitting us late Thursday night, there were still plenty of signs of spring around the place. I love this time of year, when flowers are shooting up and the blossoms are on the trees. It makes me want to attack our own garden, but all in it's own good time - we've the whole house to concentrate on first.
This week started out lovely and calm, and then quickly took a turn for the worse, before coming full circle and being lovely all over again. If you thought last week's post was short and sweet, this one is definitely going to beat it in the lack of photos taken stakes!
I mentioned briefly in one of my posts how recently I had gone with a friend, and walked the route up to Millennium Cross in Portroe, Co. Tipperary. I had shared two or three pictures as I didn't want to overload the post, but I had so many great ones that I could have used that I decided to do a post just on the walk itself to show you just how beautiful it is.
Unfortunately, last week, I've been a little bit under the weather. We've been so busy renovating at the moment, and with work, the house, badminton, trying to have a small bit of a social life and our recent trip to Amsterdam (which you can catch up with here), I think I just managed to tire myself out a but too much. Burning the candle at both ends so to speak.
I ended up, after two fairly shaky days, going to my doctor on Wednesday where he told me I had both conjunctivitis and a chest infection - never let it be said that I do things by halves! Needless to say, taking photos of my week went to the back of my mind, and realistically there wasn't much I was up to as a result, so this post will be short and sweet.
This year, we've decided to up the ante and try to visit as many places as we can - whether it's in Ireland or further afield. When friends of ours were visiting us recently, we started talking about places we'd like to visit this year, and Amsterdam popped into the conversation. Rusty and Emma had never been, and although myself and Shane had visited before, it was about three years ago and we will excited about returning there, to see if it would differ from our first time there.
The guys were flying in late from Sweden on the Thursday night, and we were flying in early on the Friday morning so it gave us a good two and a half days to discover and rediscover as much as we could about Amsterdam.
The biggest difference this time round was that I was going back 11 and a half stone lighter, so I wondered if my experience would differ from this.
These brownies are the ultimate treat for those with a sweet tooth. I found this recipe in Mary Berry's Baking Bible, and seeing as I had all the ingredients in the house one weekend, I said I'd give them a go. The twist mentioned in the title is that although the recipe only calls for dark chocolate chips, I rather enjoyed throwing in the white chocolate chips too. Can there ever be such a thing as too much chocolate, after all?!
What a week! Obviously, this post is going up a day or so later than I'd like to have had it up, but with the busy weekend we've just had, there was no way I was going to have it up on the Sunday!
I knew starting off the week that it was going to be a manic one as we were heading off early on the Friday morning on our little break away to Amsterdam.
Work wise, I spent most of the week trying to stay on top of everything as I knew I'd be out on the Friday, but with badminton matches in the evening as well, running three times a week, and getting rooms prepared for renovating, it felt a little bit like I was burning the candle at both ends this week.
Picked up some bright flowers to keep me going, I feel like there's something so spring time about daffodils, and they're such a cheap and easy way to bring a bit of colour in to our darker rooms.
Following on from my post last week, where I showed how we updated the splashback in our kitchen by painting our tiles (which you can find here) once we had upcycled the tiles, we had to continue with the rest of the kitchen as it now looked even more jaded than before next to the upgraded tiles.
I've seen plenty of people online who have completed a kitchen upcycle like this themselves, and although we were advised by family members to leave it to professional painters, we said we'd give it a try ourselves (mainly as if it didn't work out, we could always get the professionals in then)!
Similar to the last kitchen post, I'll go through a variety of before, during and after pictures. The only people who have really seen our kitchen are people who have actually been inside our house, and although it pained me to take these pictures, I knew that it's be good to have them to look back on to see the improvements we've made to the room.
We are fortunate enough to live within driving distance to one of the nicest Irish houses in the midlands. We often make the trip over to Emo in Co. Laois to walk the grounds of Emo Court, and it really is one of the most picturesque walking trails you'll find - at any point of the year.
I had bought these boots from Joules that I'd been eyeing up over the Winter months, and when I saw that they had been reduced in the January sales I had to snap them up. I figured what better way to break them in by getting in a walk with them on.
I've decided to try and show the beauty of Emo Court over the different seasons, so here's the first one of the year - Emo Court in Winter.