Saturday summary 15

I only seem capable of posting once a week at the moment. I leave the house at 6.30am and get back at 7.30pm plus I am working in a tiny seaside town, there ain’t much to blog about unless you count pasties…..

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Here is another Weymouth sunrise

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Healthy desk breakfast!

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Embracing autumn in a very cosy knit yep way too hot!

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Chocolate and raspberry cheesecake

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Amazing winter wonderland duvet set from Primark I cannot wait to put this on the bed!

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Discovering Thomas Sabo now does rose gold jewellery, I want it all!

Saturday summary 14

Yeah so I missed a week. New job, commute….blah blah blah. Anyway I’ve had a weeks holiday this week and this is how it looked!

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For lack of a wolf suit…. Where the wild things are t shirt

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Reunited with my boys

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Attempt at chevron nails, almost a Pinterest fail.

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Trip to Brownsea Island.

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Lotta tapas and wine

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Carrot cake and chocolate

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New shoes!

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And a little flashback to 5 years ago…..shall I go back to brunette?

Saturday summary no. 12

Well this week I’ve mainly been….

Detoxing

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(Ignore James non detox lunch on the left)
I followed the Nikki Sharp of Stay Sharp and Be Strong
5 day detox programme which costs about £5….if you are considering doing it…just do it, I’ve loved it!

Also running…a lot….now sat with an ice pack on my foot again….

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Also admiring the scenery around my mums house

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Also clearing my desk after 4 years in the same job….

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Yes my locker was full of food!

Also spending time with these little guys….

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Saturday summary no 11

This week has actually had a few more highlights than last week….cue collective sigh of relief!

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Alcoholic dandelion and burdock

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Naughty dinner in my favourite chilled bar

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Monday night mojitos and brownies

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Beach run

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Country run

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Lunch by the river

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Lovely leaving present

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Pug jumper, mac purchases and a lovely print. I didn’t buy the picture or the jumper.

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Pretty bed at my mums.

Spicy butternut squash and red pepper soup

I’ve got into a really bad habit of buying my lunch everyday which is bad for both my waistline and my purse!

To combat this last Sunday I made a batch of my favourite healthy, cheap soup. This recipe is not only fat free but budget friendly too. It makes around 8 portions and costs a mere £2ish!

I give you Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup. Eat your heart out New Covent Garden Soup Company! I think it is originally adapted from a weight watchers recipe but I have added my own tweaks.

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You need….

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One Butternut squash
2 red peppers (you can use yellow but red makes in more orange)
2 stock cubes or stock pots or 2 spoons bouillon powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tsps smoked paprika
1 onion (obviously I felt he wasn’t photogenic enough)

Turn your oven on to about 200 degrees
Whack your squash into a baking tray and put it into the over whole. It will need about 40 mins or so to roast and will look like this when it is cooked through.

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Poke him with a sharp knife and if it sinks in easily it’s cooked.

You can make this with unroasted squash but frankly if you have ever peeled and chopped a raw squash you will realised what a total mare that is…. Roasting makes the whole process much easier.
Once the squash is cooked leave it to cool for a bit unless you are a masochist like me and like juggling a burning hot kilo of veg.

Chop your onion and peppers into chunks. Boil the kettle. Get a BIG pan on the hob.
Throw in your veg along with around 2 litres of stock. As well as some salt and your spices

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Bring to the boil and simmer until the peppers and onion are tender.

Now wrestle your squash out of his skin and deseed it. Chop the squash flesh roughly.

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Chuck that into the pan and leave on a low heat for about 20 mins until its all merged together.

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Allow to cool slightly then blend up with a stick blender until it is smooth.

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A portion of this contains around 100kcals if you wanted to make it less virtuous you could serve with sour cream or Creme Fraiche but I love it’s spicy kick. This version is quite hot so you may want to adjust the seasonings to your taste.

Let me know if you make it and like it!

Soft neutral make up

Yesterday I had a rubbish day and accidentally may have treated myself to a little bit of mac for the first time in ages.

Enter MSF in ‘adored’ and lipstick in ‘angel’

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Angel is a classic soft peachy nude and adored is a gorgeous coral and gold shimmer.

Today we went out for lunch so I obviously had to have a play with both of my new toys….

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Here is the finished product and the items used to create it.

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No 7 tinted moisturiser.
Bourjois bronzing primer
Look blush in Flirt
Mac MSF in Adored
Mac Paint Pot in Vintage Selection
MUA pallette in Undress me
L’oreal Superliner in Carbon Black
Maybelline Falsies Flares
Mac Lipstick in Angel
Mac Lipgloss in Glamoursun

And the Instagrammed after shot of me in my glasses…. Not a hipster just blind…

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I loved this look and it almost survived the gym….
Do you own Adored or Angel? What are your Mac must haves?