Hi and welcome back.
I hope you have had a lovely week and enjoying the run up to Easter. I love Easter and the start of Spring, to me it is the feelings of new beginnings. I look forward to the times when I am driving to and from work and its light, I don’t have to wear a coat every time I leave the house and new life is taking their first steps in this world. Our world is in turmoil at the moment, but seeing baby deer and fresh flowers sprouting around me, makes me feel there is some hope in this world. Or maybe that is just me? I thought it was time to start a new mini-series on my blog, and if you have read any of my blogs you will have learnt I am a massive fan of organising my posts into mini-series. Other mini-series include: what i eat in a day, no-spend challenge or my How to Make gluten free recipes. Please follow the links for blog posts on these topics. This time, I am creating a new mini-series: My Monthly Favourites. I love reading blogs about what people have been enjoying this month; it gets me inspired to try new recipes, visit new places or just pick up a new book that I can spend a Sunday afternoon getting lost in. If you have any recommendations please let me know but for today, here are the top 4 things I have been loving this month. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
Now you should know me well enough to realise that the first thing I am always going to mention is a food favourite I have been obsessed with. There are so many recipes I have enjoyed this past month: from my Pea and Broccoli soup when the nights are still cold and gross, to my Easy Tomato Sauce that I use at least once a week. Last night, I used my tomato sauce when cooking my parents meatballs and pasta and they loved it! However, I wanted to share something a little different with you this time. It is by no means a new discovery, but something I have re-discovered this last month; gluten free angel cake slices from Asda. I have happily, and with no guilt, polished off at least 3 boxes this month to myself and this obsession shows no sign of letting off. The cakes are light, indulgent and perfect for a sweet treat after dinner, with a cup of tea or just when I want to indulge. Promise me you will pick up a box next time you visit Asda, I promise you won’t regret it.
I never used to watch much TV until last month. Part of the reason is I couldn’t find a show or series that interested me, and partly because I could always find better uses of my time. Over the last few months, we have started our process to move down south and be closer to family so I find myself spending more time with family watching TV and catching up. I have 2 recommendations in this section; DIY SOS which I watch with my mum every Thursday evening and never fails to make us cry happy tears at the end when you see the transformation to a family’s life. The other is Midsomer Murders which I have started to watch with my mother in law whenever we get the time. I find my attitude towards TV has changed; it is no longer something to put on and distract from the conversation but a great bonding experience that doesn’t involve spending and can be enjoyed curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea, or something stronger, and a good box of chocolate biscuits (or a slice of Angel cake!)
I am a self-confessed total bookworm and loving nothing more than curling up on my lunch breaks at work with a good book. My new work colleagues are constantly baffled at the rate I can get through a book. I start Monday off with a fresh book and by Wednesday, I am on to a new one. I just love escaping into the pages of a story and I find it gives me the perfect time to relax. I have a Kindle and I find this gives me the luxury of having access to multiple books without having to find the place to store them. Fiction or non-fiction, I find there is always something to learn from a good book. Having said that, my book of the month (well year actually) has to be An Edited Life by Anna Newton. I must have read this book at least 10 times since I treated myself to it as a reward for completing my no-spend challenge and each time I read through, I learn new ways to edit my life to make it work for me. So far, I have implemented the diary section and finally got a handle on my budget too. If you want a good read that makes you laugh and teaches you life skills too, I would strongly recommend this book.
Now, I couldn’t not mention travel in this first Monthly Favourites mini-series blog. I came back from my honeymoon cruise at the beginning of the month and links to my blog posts are here. But I am not just talking about international or abroad travel when I mention this monthly favourites, I am referring to all travel. From visiting family to spending time in a gorgeous National Trust site to just taking a road trip at the weekend, all these mean travel to me. I would strongly urge you to explore your local area and visit friends and family; the weather is warming up in the UK (well on most days anyway) and there is nothing more relaxing than wandering round a National Trust site and seeing baby deer before heading to the cafe for a gluten free snack. Check out my blog post on the National Trust food options here.
And there you go! My Monthly Favourites for March. I hope you enjoyed this blog and new mini-series. If you have anything you have loved, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to get new recommendations or just see what you have been up to. Newsletter is now live! Don’t forget to subscribe so you do not miss out on any future blog posts. New blog post in my How To Make: mini-series coming next Thursday so stay tuned.