Monday, 27 March 2017

What I've Been Up To: Week 12

This week was a mixture of crazy weather and amazing fabrics from start to finish.

From scorching sun one day to full on snow the next, it was clear that Ireland was a little all over the place this week, and by the end of the week, both myself and Shane weren't feeling too much better.

Still, we managed to fit in some house shopping, renovation time and even chocolate cake into the mix so it wasn't really a bad week as weeks go!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Makeover: Home Office

One of the big selling points for us when we bought this house originally was the fact that there was a designated office space inside the house. I had gotten into the really bad habit of staying way later in work than I needed to be there because I was so aware that there was no space to do extra week if it was needed in the space that we were renting. To be able to have a space just for that was exactly what we were looking for - and before you think I'm being very mean by not sharing this space with Shane - he gets the shed, which is bigger than the house!

Monday, 20 March 2017

What I've Been Up To: Week #11

Today is the officially the first day of Spring, but the start of last week definitely felt more like it than today does.

Blue skies, pink blossoms, even warmer weather - it really felt like Spring had fully arrived... until the Irish weather remembered what it was supposed to be up to, and pelted down rain for the second half of the week.

I made the most out of both parts of the week - I enjoyed the sun outside for the first half, and got on with a few projects indoors for the wetter weather.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Makeover: Ikea Table Hack

When we first moved into the house, we did as most young couples do and took a day out one weekend and made our way up to our local Ikea store in order to pick up a few things that would tide us over in the house while we were still trying to figure out our style.
One of the things that we picked up was the Lack Table, which comes in at an absolute bargainous 6 euro. We picked up a few of them to substitute as bedside tables, but obviously as time went on, and our style became more obvious to us, I knew we wouldn't need them any more and so I passed them on to our local charity shop so that someone else would be able to get some use out of them.
I did keep one however at the time, and although I wasn't sure what exactly I was keeping it for, we soon found a need for it in our new sitting room.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Makeover: Floating Shelves

If you've been reading up on my daily updates, you'll know that we recently were able to move back into our sitting room, and start using it again. This didn't mean that the room was finished - just that it was habitable again. We still have a few things that we want to do to the room, including building a shelving unit at the back of the room with both hidden and open storage, but we're discussing whether we want to attempt it ourselves or pay a carpenter to build it for us.

In the meantime, in order to be able to put some personal touches into the room, Shane put up these floating shelves over the weekend, and it's so nice to be able to put some "stuff" back into the room again.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Recipe: Nigella's Nutella Brownies

When I originally spotted this recipe, my first thought was NUTELLA. 

I love nutella, and it's something that doesn't last in our house too long, which is why I don't buy it as much anymore - anything that you can consume that easily with a spoon is always an issue with me!

There was also so few ingredients needed in the recipe, so I thought I'd give it a go. 

Most people will have these ingredients in their house on a daily basis, although hopefully you're able to ration your nutella much better than we are.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

What I've Been Up To: Week #10

This week saw the return of blue skies, and not just blue skies, but warm weather blue skies. It was so warm out that I went to work on one of the days in a dress - with no tights! I haven't been able to do that since last Summer. Hopefully, this is just the start of it now - roll on Spring, Summer and all that lark.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Recipe: Bacon & Brie Jacket Potatoes

I first found this recipe in one of my Slimming World magazines that came with a handy recipe tip booklet. I was stuck for an idea for taster night one night, where everyone brings something for everyone to try, in order to get ideas for some new meals. I try to make something that I haven't done before, as it means that even if it doesn't work out, it's not going to go completely to waste, and someone else might like the idea.
I added in smokey bacon pieces instead of normal bacon pieces, and I think this really gives an extra bit of flavour to the meal.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

What I've Been Up To: Week #9

Happy Sunday! I can't believe I'm nearly in the double digits of these posts. I've really been enjoying writing them over the last two months, as it's really made me have to really recap what I've been doing with my weeks. It's been nice to have an almost picture diary to be able to check back over the things we've been getting up to. It's also made me want to do more things, in order to have something to write - which I think is always a good thing, gets the motivation to do something going.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Recipe: Tanya's Chocolate Chips Cookies

I've been collecting cookbooks for a little over a year now, and my collection is definitely getting bigger all the time. It started because a book club which comes to our work around once a month normally has cookbooks in their bundle of the month and retail at a much lower price than you'd find in your local bookstore. A book that I often refer back to is one I quite willingly paid full price for last year. Tanya Burr, a youtuber, brought out a cookbook with various easy to follow recipes, but it's her section on cookies and biscuits that keeps me going back for more with.

You can't go wrong with a good chocolate chip cookie recipe, I think - and this one works every time!