Friday, 23 November 2012

Boots Star Buy Nov 23rd

Hello lovelies & happy Friday!!

Here is the Boots Star Buy this week:

Champney Spa Complete Home Spa

Champneys Spa Complete Home Spa – just £26.95 delivered  

This fab set includes:
  • Citrus Blush Body Scrub (200g),
  • Citrus Blush Shower Gel (200ml),
  • Citrus Blush Body Lotion (200ml),
  • Skin Comforting Shower Cream (200ml),
  • Skin Comforting Bathing Milk (300ml),
  • Skin Comforting Body Butter (175ml),
  • Body Polisher,
  • Drawstring Bag
Better than half price offer Was €65 Now €30

Will you be running out the door to grab one for someone special, or yourself???
Có x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Woof Woof - For all the dog lovers!

I spotted this on yesterday and just had to share it with you..

But firstly, let me introduce you to the light of my life, Jess!! We have Jess for 6/7 years now, she is a 90% border collie and the rest of her is a labrador!!! She loves to chase sheep in the curragh, not so fond of the big scarey horses!! She begs for marmalade and toast every morning, actually she just begs for all food particles!!

"Bedtime storey please?"

So here are 10 things your dog would say if he/she could talk:

1. My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me—it is crucial to my wellbeing.
"i won't scratch the floor, promise!"

4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.

6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice.
"Please can I have a treat"

7. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.
8. Remember before you hit me that I have sharp teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.

9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.

10. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old. Accompany me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there—even my death.
Breaking the law!! :o
I do <3 my jess dog!!

Black Friday - 30% Off @ The Body Shop

Any Body Shop lovers out there?????

If you are, then get your purses/wallets at the ready, warm up those credit cards and get yourselves to your nearest Body Shop tomorrow for a mahoosive 30% off everything, yes everything, for one day only, Friday 23rd Nov.

This is a great opportunity to pick up one of their gift sets for someone special at Christmas, or even just to give yourself a wee treat!!

Happy Shopping!! 

Có x

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Semi - Charmed Life...

This came on the radio and it filled me with memories and I jumped around like a bit of lunatic in the kitchen on my own...

Feeling a bit nostalgic???? Turn of the radio and sing your flipping hearts out, air guitar and drums are optional!!

Happy weekend :)

Friday, 16 November 2012

Homemade Minestrone Soup

I failed at coming up with ‘good’ food for lunch this week AGAIN, however I was out sick monday and Tuesday, so I really only failed on two days because for todays lunch I have me some minestrone soup! Smells amazing, cant wait till half one!!

I got the recipe off a colleague, but as always I tweaked it a wee bit! 

The smells that surround the kitchen whilst cooking this one are mouthwatering!

You could always have this as a easy dinner too!

What you will need:
2 vegetable stock cubes
1 courgette
2 tomatoes
1 can of chopped tomatoes
2 tblsp mixed Italian herbs
½ swede
2 carrots
2 small onions or 1 large
850ml water
1 can cannellini beans
3 oz (one cup) of macaroni pasta or any small pasta
1 tblsp olive oil
Salt & pepper
Large pot

Before you start:
Chop all the veggies in to bit size proportions
Peel and chop the tomatoes (trick for peeling them, leave them in boiling water for a few mins and skin comes away a lot easier)
Mix your water and veggie stock
Drain the beans
Measure out your pasta

Get started:
Heat the oil in the pan and gently sautee the veggies for 2-3 mins
Add the water & vegetable stock mix
Add the can of tomatoes
Add the 2 tblsp of mixed herbs
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 mins
Add the beans, pasta and tomatoes.
Allow to gently simmer for a further 15 mins (or until pasta is soft)
Add salt and pepper to your taste

Et voila!

Serve and enjoy!!! Or pop into your lunch box and bring to work!!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Yummy for my tummy: Peanut Chicken Curry

Again this recipe was swiped off pinterest so BRAVO BRAVO to the cook/chef that came up with it as its flipping amazing!

I'm not one for blowing my own trumpet, but my days this was the real deal, and I think my good friend @scarf1982, brother and mam will agree.

As we are big veggie loves in my house I tweaked the original recipe to suit our pallets.

What you will need:

3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
4 tablespoons thai red curry paste
1 can coconut milk
3/4 can (use the coconut milk one) warm water
1 chicken stock cube
4 chicken breasts
1/2 pepper (colour of your choice)
mushrooms (amt of your choice)
1 tablespoon olive oil
rice of your choice

What I would add the next time:

2 onions
baby corn

Before you start:

chop up all the veg and chicken breasts
chop the garlic into fine slices
shake shake shake the coconut milk to avoid lumps in the curry

Get started:

brown the chicken in a frying pan or wok
add the mixed vegetables for a couple of minutes
remove from the heat
in the pan fry the garlic for a few minutes and add the crushed ginger
return the chicken and vegetables to the pan
add the peanut butter and allow to melt for a minute
add the soy sauce and fish sauce
add the thai red curry paste
add the coconut milk
mix the warm water and chicken stock in the coconut milk can then add to the pan
stir together slowly to ensure that all ingredients mix
gently simmer for 15-20 minutes
while this is all simmering away put on the rice and it should be done approximately the same time

Ready to Serve!!!!

Let me know what you think of this if you try it... My mouth is watering thinking about it again.... Defo one that will be coming a regular feature in this household.

Bon appetite!

Có xx

Friday, 9 November 2012

Wedding gifts from outside the box...

I was recently a bridesmaid for my best friend and it was my mission to have a few nice things for her the night before the wedding to calm her down and also to give the newly weds an ‘unusual’ present that they would have forever as such instead of giving them money. I felt this to be especially important as I was a bridesmaid and so I got my thinking cap on.

As with all things now a days most of our ideas stem from something we have seen online, with a bit of Don’t tell the bride thrown in to the mix. I have said it before and I will say it again, pinterest is the bee knee’s for ideas for basically everything in life, and to say a website can inspire you may sound ridiculous to those of you who have not been pinning, but you will understand when you get on the bandwagon.
(if you need an invite to join pinterest leave your email below and I’ll send you one)

If you are a creative personality you will prob have 100’s of ideas of what are the best wedding gifts, but for now if you were like me and need help/inspiration here are a few of the bits I picked up!

FYI – I wont be telling you the prices of the things in case the bride is watching, but if you PM me on my twitter @coco_oscarwells, or email me I will gladly tell you!

‘I DO’ – diamante shoe stickers.
You can get these in a variety of places online. They simply peel off a sheet and straight on to the bottom of the shoe. I wasn’t too sure how they would go down but she really loved the novelty of them.  Plus they are new and blue – two birds one stone! If you wanted to get the groom ones too there are ones out there that have ‘HELP ME’ as the caption!! 

New perfume.
I read/was told that a new bottle of perfume for the wedding day is a good luck charm so needless to say I bought in to this and got the bride a new bottle of her fave perfume. I decided to go with the smaller size so that she could carry it for the day in someones bag if needs be. Alternatively you can get the travelo’s and pre-fil it with her perfume!

‘Just Married’ Flip Flops
As the newly weds were going on a sun honeymoon I new I had to get these ‘just married’ flip flops. They will (supposed to) leave imprints in the sand as you walk in marital bliss along the beach!! I think these got more use at the wedding reception than the honeymoon!!

Personalised Photobook.
Rather than getting a card, I decided a photo book would be a more personal touch and I could still say what I wanted in it. This was a DIY job that can be tailored. I basically got loads of photos of me and the bride, me and the groom, them together, their lil un, and stuck random things like bunting, doves, bells, champagne on the pages of a blank spiral note pad!! So easy yet so personal!! I love things like this, scrap booking etc so it was loads of fun!

Now for the piece de resistance, drum roll please….  (dunno what to really call this actually)
Personalised Framed Puzzle.
I saw a similar idea on pinterest and tailored it to suit my personality and the newly weds of course. I got two blank puzzles, alternatively you could buy one bigger one. The master plan was to get their nearest and dearest to write something on a piece on the wedding day and to give it to the bride and groom for them to piece it together, almost like a memory/guest book but more randomly put together. I didn’t really know what to put them so decided on a glass jar which I wrote different things on with a glass marker.

I also printed a poem which was to go in between the two puzzles in the frame, unfortunately I couldn’t find a frame big enough but I still rolled the poem up in to a scroll and popped it in the jar with the puzzle pieces. Instead of having the jigsaws laid out on a blank white page I set some nice textured paper on the inside to make it look a bit more ‘vintage’ I suppose. Opps before I forget, I kept two blank pieces for them to write their very own message on. I had the puzzle piece all ready to stick with double sided tape so all they had to do was piece them together and stick them down in the frame, easy peasy!!

This is probably the most thoughtful present I have given anyone and was so delighted that they both LOVED it. You can have your own take on this completely and as with anything you could tailor it to your personality! Alternatively if you are a bride/groom you could lay this out in the reception and use a blank puzzle instead of a guest book.

I hope I have inspired you a little bit with this post, I have zillions of other idea's floating around in my head that I will share with you in a follow up post.

Let me know if what amazing gifts you have given to your friends for their weddings..

Có x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Lunch time ideas - Chunky vegetable soup.

Lunches are another thing that I’m pretty useless at thinking up, so with the help of pinterest and nosing at other people’s lunches, I’m going to start eating more than ham and cheese sambo’s!!!

Last night I had my first attempt at a Chunky Vegetable Soup, and I must say on first taste it was delish.

This ‘recipe’ will feed three adults. You can simply add more or less to suit yourself.

P.S there are millions of different soup recipes out there so I shall be exploring in to unknown territory, but lets keep it safe this time around!

What you need:
1 x onion
2 x carrots
2 x parsnips
1 x swede (turnip)
1 x leak
3 x potatoes
3 x vegetable stock cubes
Chopped tomatoes (I used about 10 cherry tomatoes, can use a can instead)
Salt & pepper
1 x pint of water
Large pot

Before you start:
Chop all vegetables up into small chunks.

Get started:
  • Saute the chopped onions in the pan until soft.
  • Add the water and mix in the vegetable stock.
  • Add salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  • When boiling, add all the chopped vegetable (leaving out the tomatoes)
  • Allow to gently boil/simmer for 30 mins.
  • After 30mins add the chopped tomatoes and a little more salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for a further 15 mins.
  • Depending on how ‘chunky’ you like your soup you may want to use a hand blender for a few seconds.
  • Ready to serve/throw in the lunch box/thermos flask! 

Bon appetite!!

Let me know if you have any delish soup recipes I can try!!!

Next on my list is a butternut squash and apple soup as recommended by @raragiggles!! Yummy!!!