Salade Parisienne

After a long hard day absorbing the culture of this beautiful city I felt the need of a pre dinner munch (in my defence dinner was going to be late…)

A rummage in the fridge and this was the delightful result.

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Ripped lettuce, one chopped tomato, quarter of a avocado. Dressed with juice of a blood orange (or other sweet citrus fruit), a pinch of salt and some good quality olive oil!

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Mix in some croutons and this would be a real meal not just a greedy persons extra meal!

Paris

I have such a hard life. I can’t even describe how hard it is having to go to Paris. Practically torture darling.

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But seriously it is an amazing city full of beautiful architecture and fascinating heritage. I’m so blessed. Since the previous times I have visited Paris I have done ‘off the beaten track’ I thought I should hit up some of the big tourist sights.

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First, of course the Louvre. Everyone says it’s big but whowa it’s huge! So much amazing art and history but I decided to start with Napoleons apartments.

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Stunning right!

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I also toured the medieval foundation’s, ancient Egypt, the sculpture gallery (which was my favourite) and finally a obligatory glimpse of the galleries most famous (and personally I think over rated) resident, the Mona Lisa.

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True story.

After all this walking I was exhausted and my feet were painfully despite my sensible shoe choice.

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So my single biggest piece of advice I could give anyone would be comfy shoes and a bottle of water!!!

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Also the Louvre is free entry for residents of the EU under the age of 25 so even if you just go in for one painting it’s worth it!

Baked apple and honey doughnuts

Doughnuts are delicious, doughnuts are a huge blogger obsession I can really get down with. However large vats of boiling oil scare me, quite a lot and I don’t own one of those fancy doughnut pans (going on the Christmas list foe sure!)

So what is a red blooded desert devouring doughnuts for breakfast kind of girl meant to do!

Abandon the shape silly! Sure they have no hole but they do still taste scrummy and a lot like their living on the edge fried cousins.

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I used this yummy recipe for honey and apple doughnuts because we have an excess of last years honey (still) and it’s September so apples are abounding. The only slight tweak I made was not making the beurre noisette and just melting my butter instead which, was out of pure pig idleness.

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They were still delicious. I would recommend them with a cold glass of milk piping hot out of the oven.

Brian agrees with my recommendation but let’s not bother too much about him, he will be getting a full introduction next week. So keep your eyes peeled for the petit coral dinosaur.

Mmmm doughnuts.

Back to uni gift

My brother is starting his first semester at uni in a week’s time and although he has been away in Japan for a year going to uni is still a huge change. So I was thinking, what does someone just moving into halls need more than anything?

Tea.

Well we are British after all.

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I started by buying him a mug, male friendly mugs are hard to come by but this one was a steal at 90p in Wilkinsons.

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Next I decided that personalised teabags would be fun, well personalised teabag sachets.

I used this image two to a page and printed it onto graph paper to give it that collegiate look.

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Cut out, folded along dotted lines and glued into small envelopes before adding my natty big sister sentiments.

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Hangover tea, all-nighter tea good night tea in handwriting on the front. Add a teabag and seal up with a few dabs of glue.

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I unceremoniously packaged them in his cup and added the all important packet of chocolate chip cookies. What else could you need for your first day in halls, well except a kettle… 

Gambling gems DIY

This really doesn’t deserve to be called a DIY it’s more of a good idea that uses some of the clutter I already had. So we can also call this decluttering, right?

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I should start at the beginning. As a family we have always played cards, after dinner on holiday, festive occasions. And some cars games really do require you to gamble so we used tokens right, communal 1p and 2p, buttons, matchstick you know the kind of thing.

Well rummaging through a bag of junk that had been kindly donated to me look what I found……

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Shiney right! And I thought blow me down they would be so cool to play gamble with.

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I painted the lids of the jars using a Wilkinson paint tester pot (2 coats) then freehanded a gem ontop using a gold paint pen. Fill with gems and they are ready to bring out for your next family friendly game night! 

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Charm friendship bracelet

I have called this a friendship bracelet but for me it’s more of a inspiration bracelet.

Using the silver charm from the carboot and some embroidery floss I made myself a little arm inspiration, everyone needs to be reminded that they are loved.

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First I had to deal with the charm, using a pair of nail clippers I snipped the loop off and filed the rough edges with a emery board. Nail care to the rescue.

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Next cut the thread, I went three times around my wrist with a little excess then cut that in half.

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I looped each piece around opposite sides of the charm and put teeny knots in the ends to stop it fraying.

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I was going to use sliding knots but things went awry so it’s permanently on my wrist but I’m ok with that and it’s holding up. Just use normal knots to tie it onto your wrist and prepare to feel inspired and uplifted!

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And switching up the string couldn’t be easier! 

Shoe box heaven

I have a lot of junk and this continues right into my closet. This theme continues into my closet and no amount of ‘thinning out’ seems to make it any better. There was nothing for it but to get organised starting at the bottom, shoes. ImageI took the box route since I had shelves and boxes at my disposal and decided to box on up. Then comes the issue of how to label? I decided to go down the photography route which involved setting up a sort of mini studio on my desk by the window. ImageSexy behind the scenes shot right! Basically a A3 sheet of paper taped down at one end propped on a curtain the other with a good natural light source gives you…ImageWhich i then cropped to give…Image

I printed (6 per A4 sheet), cut out and glued onto the front of all the boxes before plomping them onto my shelves and feeling satisfied with a quick and easy job done and leaving me with much more closet floor space.

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