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Oops kinda forgot to blog today! Why? Well the hangover, I blame my hangover, the unsuspecting little thing that arrived this morning . . . It wasn’t even a crazy night! So to combat the hangover I have eaten rubbish and headed out on a big walk along the coast with the wife and Alan.

Such a good day, I even managed to get some sun . . . Part of my tan will actually be naturally mine! ūüėģ check out my other random but pretty pics . . .

We actually tired him out! This NEVER happens lol.

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Oh and how could I forget the hairy caterpillar aka the walking eyebrow haha

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Tonight I’m chilling with the bestie and her hubby watching a movie and having an Indian!

Have a good night guys!!
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May’s Instagram Roundup

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Crazy that May is already over and as usual so many photos to show for it all! I’m excited for what June will hold and if there is anything you would like featured, reviewed or to see just comment below or email me!

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Foodies!

So today was the final day of my course, held over 3 weeks.¬† Every Thursday I have been at the Ramada Encore in Belfast for training.¬† As well as loving the training, learning new techniques and meeting fellow colleagues in the field the bonus of training is a day out of the office and of course the good food you get.¬† However the bonus of good food in the hotel didn’t happen! ūüė¶

Each time the hotel (which advertises it’s AA Rosette winning SQ Bar & Grill) served soup and sandwiches.¬† The first week the soup was tomato and red pepper (under seasoned and very acidic) with a selection of sandwiches (not a great selection, only chicken or fish).¬† Week two we had the choice of red pepper and tomato (again very acidic, but this time extremely spicy) or cream of vegetable (close your eyes and you had no idea what you were eating, very bland and more like slop). This time however there was a larger selection of sandwiches, (however the sandwiches were different at each table rather than having a selection on each table, so you had to move around the restaurant area we were in to select your lunch).

Now I know we were only in for training and the food was being provided for us and maybe not by those in the bar and grill but in my opinion if you try something nice, regardless of where and when you would be back.  From talking to some of the others on my course, the poor lunch has definitely put them off the Ramada Encore, rather than going their again and eating in there AA Rosette winning SQ Bar & Grill.

So finally for the third week my friend and I went out for food, in our opinion, two strikes and you are out!

Today we were very good and arrived that little bit earlier to treat ourselves to a coffee.  We decided to try out Chopin Grande Café and were greeted by the very friendly and welcoming owners.  The smells were also fantastic, freshly baked scones and coffee!

My lovely friend treated me to one of the mixed berry (raspberry and blueberry) scones and a decaf cappuccino.

The owner was lovely enough to butter and jam it for me as we were taking it away and I have to say it was gorgeous, so fresh and the fruit in it was lovely and refreshing.

The food was so good and staff so welcoming we decided straight away we would be back for lunch!

This was the lunch menu, my friend went for the ‘Mediterranean Vegetable, Brie and Pesto’ sandwich on white bread, and I went for the same but with chicken and on a poppy bagel.

This was sooo good! Straight away you could hear the ummm’s coming from the both of us.¬† We had a delicious lunch and a lot of the others were very jealous, especially when they seen this picture!¬† Without fail we will be back at Chopin Grande Caf√©, we look forward to having a meal in it.

Here are some pictures from inside . . .

We would 100% recommend you try this place out! It is in St Anne’s Square, opposite the MAC theatre.

Chopin Grand Cafe
Unit 5, 18 Talbot Street
St Anne’s Square
Belfast
County Antrim
BT1 2NF

websitehttp://chopingrandcafe.weebly.com/index.html

facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ChopinGrandCafe

twitterhttps://twitter.com/ChopinJo

Check out their website and like and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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Chicken, sundried tomato and pepper orzo

This flavour combination was originally¬†one I had cooked¬†before¬†as a risotto, but as much as I love risotto it just takes¬†far too long to cook with¬†a lot of attention.¬† So with orzo I find you get the¬†same sort of texture as risotto¬†so decided to try it this way, here’s how I did it . . .

1. On a low heat cook the peppers in a pan/wok with frylight and garlic.

2. About half way through add your sundried tomatoes ( I drained mine from the oil and made sure to pat off any excess).

3. Remove the peppers and tomatoes from the pan while you cook the pieces of chicken.  These can then be returned to the pan once the chicken has browned.

4. Add your dry orzo pasta and mix with the chicken, peppers and tomatoes.

Like this so your orzo is coated in all the juices from the pan.

 5. Add frozen peas and boiling hot water, stir and bring to the boil, then reduce the temperature and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Stirring occasionally and adding more hot water if needed.

6. Once the water has completely reduced and the orzo is cooked stir in some parmesan cheese, season and serve.

So yummy, filling and syn free for you slimming worlders out there.

I know I am bad with not giving you actual measurements but I just judge it by eye.

Hope you enjoy this!

Wardrobe of the week

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This week is a 4 day week for me, was off yesterday for the second May Day bank holiday, which is why this blog is up today.¬† Once again the weather is up the left, but it is always so hot in the office and when I am running about so hopefully if I just put a waterproof over these I will be ok.¬† Let’s get to it, let me show you my wardrobe for this week . . .

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Tuesday’s outfit – black leggings (TU for Sainsbury’s), a black vest top (Primark), lime top (F&F for Tesco), statement necklace (Accessorize), denim shirt (Primark) and my Havaianas flip flops.

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Wednesday’s outfit – black leggings (TU for Sainsbury’s), flamingo top (TU for Sainsbury’s), denim shirt (Dorothy Perkins) and pink sandals (Primark).

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Thursday’s outfit ¬†– navy jodhpurs (Gok Wan for¬†Sainsbury’s), white vest top (Primark), stripped top (Zara), statement necklace (Penny’s) and blue sandals (Penny’s).

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Friday’s outfit – patterned trousers (Primark), cream vest top (Primark), festival print top (Miso) and brown sandals (Primark).

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Hope I have inspired you to plan ahead with your own wardrobe for that extra 5 mins in bed in the morning! Here are the links for the shops I have featured in today’s post.

Primark      Accessorize    Zara

Sainsbury’s     Tesco     Dorothy Perkins

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Bank holiday weekend

This weekend I’ve been so lazy with my blogging, a full day working on Saturday and a Sunday spent prepping for my first night out with the girls in a VERY long time!¬† I had a total ball though, we headed out to a new club in town, Villa.¬† It was a really good atmosphere, good music, really friendly and helpful staff, cheap drinks and I loved the d√©cor.

My look I would describe as not very me, but as my bestie told me, “No, it is the new you!”¬† Usually on a night out I woud wear my massive fake eyelashes, have my hair down and a less covered up dress.¬† But this time I went for a more natural and summery look.

My dress is a total bargain from F&F at Tesco, only ¬£22! I teamed it with my cream and gold heels from River Island (I don’t think I’ve any pictures with them in it), my cream clutch from Primark and my neon collar and yellow statement earrings from Next.

And like I said very natural makeup.

I had a great night with my girlies and even met an up and coming international cricketer, who was lovely and bless him got tortured with questions from my wife!

Really enjoyed myself at Villa and will definitely be back to try it out on a Saturday night.

P.S. this was my OOTD for today, a summer dress and sandals from Primark and sunglasses from River Island.  I will show you all my usual wardrobe of the week tomorrow.

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