Monthly Archives: July 2013

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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everyone needs a good cupcake with pink sparkles!

It was our annual summer picnic in the estate yesterday and I decided our contributions would be some cupcakes – well, my contribution anyway, the better half stays well away from baking cakes – he decided to pack some crisps as his contribution hahaha :).  I’ve been really really tired lately, in-between recovering from the lack of sleep when the GLS was here and hauling my lazy bum back to work, I have been falling asleep everywhere and anywhere, from the dinner table, to the couch to the floor!

We woke up on Saturday morning at a respectable 9am – after all, we had to take the doggies out for a walk in the park before I could get onto my cupcake baking mission. We reached home at about 12noon and so were (as usual) late for the party that began at 12 – thank God that the picnic was just outside out house on the communal garden! Because of the time (tick tock tick tock Kim!) I could only manage to make 12 cupcakes – last year I made 36! Urghh – I’m getting old and slow I think! 🙁

And so, here is my recipe – its quick, simple and quite tasty.  I used a vanilla buttercream frosting for the topping. The recipe for that is quite forgiving, you add more icing sugar if its too runny, and more vanilla extract if you think its not as tasty (or are a vanilla fiend like me!!) 🙂


What you need:

  • 200 grams self raising flour
  • 150 castor sugar
  • 125 grams unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 60ml milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 grams chocolate chips (more or less if you want!)

For the vanilla buttercream icing:

  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 175 grams icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk (I used whole milk)
  • pinch of salt (optional)


Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.

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Sift flour into a bowl. Add butter, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, beat mixture on low for 1 minute or until combined. Increase speed to medium.

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Beat for 2 minutes or until pale and smooth.

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Fold in choc-chips.

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Spoon into prepared muffin holes.

I filled the cupcake cases 2/3 full, as I didn’t want it to rise too much. I couldn’t risk my cupcakes looking like little mountains – with the icing on, it’ll look like mini alps! hahahaha. :). Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in centre of 1 cupcake comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto on a wire rack to cool.

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Meanwhile, make icing Using an electric mixer, beat butter, icing sugar and milk. Beat until combined, adding extra milk if needed. Add the vanilla extract and pinch of salt (optional).  If you find the frosting too runny, add a little more icing sugar – be careful not too add too much though! 🙂 I used a teaspoon to add to the mixture as mine was a little runny.






Decorate how you like – I used pink sparkle dust!

These cupcakes are so very easy to make and tasted yummy. Have you got a cupcake recipe that you love?

Happy baking lovelies!




Howdy folks! My name is Buzz and I am a 4-year old, very handsome Jack Russell Terrier (evidence of me in all my handsome glory above!).  I currently reside at the famous and fabulous Battersea Dogs and Cats home, where the staff and volunteers do an amazing job of looking after me.  I have so many great friends here, but I feel I am now ready to go to my forever home with my new owners.

I have a confession, I am quite worried by the big, wide world – after all, it’s so big that there is a lot of it to worry about wouldn’t you agree!  I am normally nervous to begin with, but once I’ve settled and my confidence grows, well then, my cheeky terrier personality emerges and I am a non-stop bundle of fun!

I am looking for a calm, adult household with people who absolutely love and adore the terrier breed. They must be able to handle both the nervous side to my temperament and of course the more challenging, feisty terrier part of me. In return for some time and patience, you will be rewarded with a fun and entertaining little addition to the household! I kid you not – once you have me in your life, it’ll never be the same again! It will be an adventure of a lifetime for sure.  I promise to make an excellent pet for a terrier enthusiast and no day will ever be dull with me around!

If you feel you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime and are the right owner for me, have your people get in touch with my people at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on 0843 509 4444 for more information – one of the lovely people here will guide you through the initial process before arranging a meeting with the fabulous me! Don’t forget to quote my reference number 091256 when you call through.

See you real soon!



Easy Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

Easy Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

Easy Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

This dish was made after taking inspiration from a colleague of mine P, who one day came bouncing to the office with the offer of homemade dumplings – and who was I to turn them down of course!. They were tasty – and hearty, so I thought to myself, why not I make it up and do it too? After all, it might be fun and can either go disastrously wrong, or beautifully right – 50/50% chance  is good enough for me!  And so, this dish of Easy Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings was born. I kid you not – It will take you 15 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to steam – above all, it’s so healthy (of course this is dependent on how much light soya sauce you use too!!) and easy to make, making this an all-round tasty, healthy snack. You can also choose to add meat to it, making it a proper dinner (with rice and soup if you like)

And so, off we went to the local Chinese grocer – alas, Waitrose does not stock bamboo strips! Here is what we bought;

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  • 1 can bamboo strips
  • 1 can water chestnuts (provided a lovely crunch!)
  • Bunch of red chillies (give it that real extra kick!)
  • Spring onion
  • Parsley
  • I bag of bean sprouts
  • Some light soya sauce
  • I packet of dumpling skins (and a small bowl of water handy to seal the skin together afterwards)


Now depending on how many dumplings you anticipate to make, measure out the appropriate ingredient quantities, adding more if you fancy one ingredient more than the other. 🙂  Chop the chillies and chestnuts into smaller pieces.  You might want to chop the bamboo strips in half too – as we found this to be too long when we were eating the dumplings!

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Throw all the ingredients in the pan – add some soya sauce to taste.  Fry for about 10 minutes – the ingredients should ‘shrink’ a little, this will make it more manageable for when you have to put them into the dumpling skins for later! 🙂

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Put the cooked ingredients to one side.  Separate the dumpling skins out on a dry surface

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Using a teaspoon, spoon a little of the cooked ingredients into the middle of the dumpling skin, be careful that you don’t put too much as you don’t want to risk breaking the dumpling skin when you steam it

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my pitiful attempt at folding the dumpling

Urghh – look at my sad attempt at the art of dumpling folding above – so embarrassing! 🙁

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the better half’s perfect attempt 1st time. Urghh – he is so annoying good at things!

one perfect dumpling

one perfect dumpling

For this, I has to enlist the help of the better half, as I have terrible fat fingers and no sense of neatness when it comes to technical stuff like this.  Hahahaha  – check out my attempt above, then look at the better half’s attempt. Hang your head in shame woman – my mum would say!  After you have filled the dumplings, in the middle, fold in half and press the sides together with the help of a little water, the water helps it stick together to seal it all in place 🙂

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After you finish filling the lovely little parcels, slowly transport them onto the steamer – careful not to break the skins as they are very delicate. Steam for about 10 minutes

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Serve up with chili sauce of your choice – we bought this gorgeous Vietnamese dipping sauce from Waitrose – perfect!

The verdict? This is actually *gasp* not a bad snack at all – we made fifteen – and had loads of filing leftover (no guesses on what we will be having for a snack today then eh!) ). The chilli gave it that extra kick and the saltiness from the soya sauce balanced it out so you didn’t  burn your insides. The addition of the chestnuts and bamboo shoots gave it that extra crunch and the parsley and spring onions work surprisingly well together to give it that ‘clean’ taste.  All in all, a great, quick, healthy snack – what’s not to love!   For next time, we will be trying it with minced chicken/beef and buying larger dumpling skins, as I felt these were too small to hold a hearty amount of filling (ok yes, we are just being greedy and want more filling in our parcels – I won’t lie hahaha!!) . Look out for that post soon! 🙂 🙂

Happy cooking lovelies!


Olay 3 Point Super Serum

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Name: Olay 3 Point Super Serum

Cost: £29.99 *now on offer at boots for £19.99 at the time of writing this post*

Where: Boots or online here

Start date of test: 20 June 2013

Testing in: Morning and Evening (morning under make-up)


Read the original post here.

Well Well Well.  It’s been 4 weeks since I read that article in the Daily Mail about how this serum with ‘Matrixyl’ (a common ingredient apparently) was clinically proven to decrease wrinkles, sending women into a crazy frenzy and rushing to their nearest Boots to grab one of Olay’s 3-Point Serum (me included of course) to help with these pesky wrinkle lines that plague us no end.

For 4 weeks, I have been religious (even more so than going to church!) about putting two pumps of this super serum on in the morning and two pumps in the evening.  Even when I’ve fallen asleep on the sofa – I’ve had the better half drag me up (yes – waking me up from my sleep that I don’t get enough of in the first place is mad!!)  just so I could put this cream on, after all – it is meant to be scientifically proven by the Daily Mail’s reporter who tested it out for 4 weeks – just like I did. I will say though – that after a month of 4 pumps a day, I still have a little left over whereas I thought that I would have had to but another tube.

And so, on the 19 of June I hot footed down to get a scan of my face from the Visia imagery machine – just to make sure you could see it on paper (or screenshot in this matter!) and today, about 1 month and a bit after – I’ve gone back to get my face scanned again and get the results from my 4-week test. I was excited – I mean, this was going to show results – no lying – the machine doesn’t lie, its very honest, just like the wicked queen’s mirror mirror on the wall, only this time I wouldn’t be asking who was the fairest of them all (certainly not me – I’ve been in the scorching sun all week!! 🙂 ) I would be asking the magical machine – did my wrinkles decrease as promised? And so, it told me. Boy did it tell me.

The result? An epic FAIL :(. In fact – my wrinkles increased! I went from 91% to 83% – the closer you are to 100% the better. My spot-count got worse too – from 83% to 73% but I am always going to expect that with my horrendous skin.

So – it doesn’t work when it comes to helping wrinkles and don’t take my word for it if you don’t believe me – but I have scientific evidence as proof, and that my lovelies – you cannot ignore.  Such a shame though, I was sure I could see my wrinkle lines decreasing! I guess it just goes to show how we ‘make’ things happen with our minds when we want to so desperately believe that it does work, we somehow manage to convince ourselves! 🙁

Won’t be buying again – doesn’t work unfortunately! 🙁

Read the Daily Mail report here.

Visis Results

Visia Results for 19.06.2013

visia results 22.06.13

visia results 22.06.13


Lake District Part 7


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BG1 didn’t want to go and so I had to pick him up naughty puppy!


Alas – our last day at the Lakes! We packed out bags with a heavy heart and drove up to stickle tarn in the hopes to conquer her! Little did we know – it would take at least 2 hours in the blazing hot sun!

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We arrived about 35 minutes later – to be honest, we didn’t get to see much of the surrounding areas (having said that, everywhere looks pretty much the same – pretty beautiful, mountainous and green).  Stickle Tarn is located in Langdale Pikes.

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The first things that greeted us were these sheep.  Now – the babies are not used to seeing sheep in the city and I’m sure the sheep would not appreciate being chased around by one fast little dog and a slower more pudgy dog with floppy ears.  We had them on the leads the whole time – while I am 100% positive they just wanted to make friends, they better half said that all he could see was lamb dinner in their eyes. 🙂 Yikes!

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And so we began our walking – two doggies and one GLS in tow. 🙂

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Quite early on, we saw this beautiful mini waterfall – now forgive me, but I’ve never seen a real waterfall before – my country is so small that we don’t get waterfalls, we have a man-made one though, but nothing compares to the real deal.

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We stopped for a while to let the babies have a drink of the water – I tried some too and it tasted of….. water! Surprise!

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Then we sat down and took it all in. We needed the rest – I didn’t know how bloody long we had to climb up after!

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And so we climbed……..

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and we climbed some more… some parts were really steep and the poor babies legs were so little so we carried them. 🙂

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and we climbed even more …. when was it going to end!!!! It was blazing hot too! 🙁

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Along the way, BG2 got side tracked by this cute little sheep. Ok, maybe she did want to eat it, but I would rather think my babies are nice and friendly and just wanted to say hello, how you doing sort of thing – yes, see how I’ve got her on a tight lead there! 🙂 I trust her one billion-jillion-fillion percent.

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And the we reached the top and look at this beautiful scene before you! The water – crystal clean, the view, just beautiful. Worth the 2 hours? I think so! Yes – along we way we lost the GLS – she was too lazy to walk up the whole way, so we left her down below with this little guy;

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GLS’s new friend – Mr Sheep

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Then I decided to jump into the Tarn with the babies – hey I climbed this thing for 2 hours, the least I could do was dip my feet into it!

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The view from the tarn – from another angle.

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That’s a picture of us looking down – in total, we had climbed up 1500 feet. Everest – HERE WE COME! 🙂

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down we go

Then it was time to see if the GLS and her new friend Mr Sheep were getting on.  The journey back down was much quicker – we did it in about half an hour. I also had two mini sleigh dogs pulling me so perhaps that helped a lot! Handy things those two little babies – not just good-lookers eh!

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Can you spot the GLS clambering along to get down – yup, the goon went and used a skirt to climb the tarn! What a muppet! Hahahahaha. 🙂

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There were not many people going down with us, so we had a free run down.

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Then BG2 decided she was too hot and decided to camouflage herself in the long grass. Spot the doggy!

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And that was it – our time in the Lake District came to an end – this was the last picture we too. I felt sad we were leaving, but then I realised – we could always come back, anytime. The lakes would have us back for sure.  So, till next time I guess – thanks for the great memories!

Kimmy, The better-half, GLS, BG1 and BG2X




Lake District Part 6

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we saw this shop as soon as we got into Hawkshead

And so, after our day at Ambleside-Keswick-Derwent Water, we made our way back to our hotel, did a quick clothes change and we were outta there like a bat out of hell. OK – I’m sorry for that reference, but Meatloaf is playing in my head at the moment. 🙂

We were off to Hawkshead – another town in the Lake District steeped in history. I was muchos excited. Why? Not only were we going to visit another part of this lovely part of the world, but we were going to take the car atop a ferry to take us there! OK – I know this  might sound silly – but coming from Asia, we are such a tiny country that there isn’t a ferry to take us and our car anywhere!

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It was not that pricey to hitch a ride on the Mallard considering there were 3 of us and a car!

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There is a history behind this ferry but the words from the picture are so tiny – you might need to either be an ant or have a magnifying glass handy to read it – and so, I’ll type it out!

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About the Windermere Ferry

The Windermere Ferry has been operating for more than 500 years. The original craft were rowed across the lake, later ferries were steam driven and the most recent ones have had diesel engines. The current ferry ‘Mallard’ is the largest so far; a modern craft which carries up to 18 cars and over 100 passengers.

The ferry takes people, vehicles, horses and cycles across the lake, reducing traffic on the surrounding narrow roads and easing congestion and pollution. It also links the busy eastern shore of the lake and the peaceful countryside between Windermere and Coniston on the west, where there are many attractions and facilities for walking, riding and cycling.

In the summer months there is a minibus service between Ferry House and Hawkshead, calling at Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop House. The ferry offers the opportunity to leave the car behind, cross the lake on foot and catch the bus, relaxing all the while and enjoying the scenery while someone else does all the work.

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A view from the boat – as the sun was going down. We got off the ferry and then drove into Hawkshead!

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I tried to zoom in as much as I could from the ferry so you could see Hawkshead – if you squint a little you might be able to see it! 🙂 🙂

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So we arrived at Hawkshead after driving for about 15 minutes – now bearing in mind we had no idea where to eat, nor where exactly we were, this was going to be a very interesting evening.

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Saw this while walking aimlessly looking for a place to have dinner – reminded me of a hobbits house in Lord of The Rings and also our house back home – we have tons of ivy growing on the sides of our house and in our garden on our trellises  – I don’t like it as it looks a little ‘jungle’ly’, but the better half says it gives our house that extra ‘Je ne sais quoi’.

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Hawkshead is a very pretty little town with lovely houses adorned with all sorts of colourful flowers.  It reminds me of Rome a little – small roads, little nooks and crannies and delightful little shops making selling various produce.

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Loved these hanging baskets – reminds me of ours back home. Flowers just make everything look that much prettier and makes everyone happy!

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After walking around for a while we settled on this quaint little country pub – The Queens Head.

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I love country pubs like these – they are so informal and serve the best food, with the more charming people.  In the winter, they normally have a log fire going. Most of these pubs also double up as a bed and breakfast.

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GLS had scallops and risotto for dinner – which was the special of the day. I really like scallops and its so hard to cook them right – we’ve tried it one and still have yet to get the hang of it. To be honest, I preferred her dinner to mine. 🙁

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I had the lamb on a bed of mash potatoes. The lamb was cooked well-done and rather crispy and hard on the outside unfortunately.  I did however, love the bed of mash potatoes – seasoned and creamed perfectly. I also had some leek which was brilliant – love a bit of leek!

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The better half had duck – which was average.  I’m not a big fan of duck unless its crispy duck with plum sauce – I just feel that chunks of duck tastes odd. He said the duck was a little dry and a little overcooked and after trying some myself agreed with him. Duck always has to be a little pink on the inside and this time it wasn’t unfortunately. 🙁

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After dinner, it was still light and we noticed this sign at the corner of the road that led up to a secret wishing well. MY FAVOURITE!

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Yes – I made 3 wishes. Hopefully they come true! 🙂

Ok – I’m off to watch TV now – there is an old-school vampire movie on and I’m a sucker for those no matter how bad they are hahaha :).  I will write about our last day in Lake District tomorrow, where we climbed Stickle Ghyll, past Dungeon Ghyll Forced Waterfall up to Stickle Tarn – whew! Mouthful or what?!

Bye for now lovelies!


Lake District Part 5

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Day three of our Lake District hoo-haa holiday saw us go to back to Ambleside to visit the famous house on a bridge.  Yes – really. There is a house built atop a bridge.

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House on a bridge?!

Then we drove along the coast and stopped for ice cream – we then saw this gorgeous little pap who was poorly 🙁 she was so brave though! Her ears were a little droopy due to her liver not being right and the medication she was on. 🙁 We hope she gets better soon!

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And then we hopped into the car en-route to Keswick! Along the way, we passed a few lakes and of course, jumped out of the car to take some happy snaps.  The first lake we came across was Grasmere Lake.

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trying to peer into the house across the lake?! Haha.

Then we hopped into the car (this was becoming a habit!!) and continued our journey onto Keswick – not before stopping at Thirlmere Lake. Once again – the views – just breathtakingly gorgeous. I run the risk of sounding ignorant, but I didn’t know England had such beautiful places (note to self – perhaps getting off your fat bum and visiting somewhere other than London might help!?)

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We saw the ruins of what looked to be a medieval castle along the way too – no idea what the name was though – there was no place to stop along the road and we didn’t fancy being road kill. 🙂

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Alas – here we were! Keswick that is. Its a lovely little town with small off roads and markets lining the street.  We managed to buy a real sheepskin rug for not very much money.

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And a picture of the market where we bought our goods. They had everything, from finger puppets, to flowers, to food and life sized bear replicas. Yes – you heard me right – life sized bear replicas. I don’t know why – but they did. 🙂

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The REAL reason we were in Keswick was actually for the better half.  He had read somewhere that there was a brilliant tourist attraction in the form of a ‘place’. Not just any ‘place’ though. A puzzling one. That’s right – the Puzzling Place located in the heart of Keswick.  Only he could find something like that exciting. Hahaha. 🙂

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It costs £3.75 for an adult ticket and £2.90 for a child.  They also do family prices – Family (2+2) costs £11.75 and children under 5 enter free! I initially thought this was going to be more for children and so I did not expect too much of the place.  As you enter, the top floor is a shop that’s free of charge and here you can buy various puzzle bits for you to try out.

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Yet MORE evidence that the GLS inherited all the legs in the family. Grrrrrrr *angry face ON*. So , once you get into the main puzzling place, there were tons of other puzzles we took our hand at trying – we were having so much fun – we didn’t take too many snaps unfortunately – oh well, you will just have to pay Keswick a visit! 🙂

That was Keswick – we hopped into the car and then off we went to Derwent Water for a walk along the coast!

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This is starting to get repetitive guys – but the scenery. Oh wow. There isn’t much I can describe in words that would give it the justification it deserves. Words have not been invented for how beautiful this place is yet.

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Why not hitch a ride atop the better half express eh! For some reason I thought I would be able to see ‘more’ this way.  Then for fun’s sake, I hitched a ride on the GLS’s back too. When in the Lake District eh!

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The we walked along the coast – there was some green – but not too much. It was quiet and serene.  Think beautiful and peaceful, then times by a million-jillion-fillion. 🙂

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More beautiful pictures of the lake below.

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just so beautiful

And then the better half was tired from walking, so he decided to sleep. On a rock. As you do of course. Me and the GLS were pulling silly faces at the camera but I wont be posting them on there – I look like a goon and the GLS looks like a clown (no change there then mum!) hahahaha. 🙂

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We walked back toward the car and made our way back to the hotel – where we would rest, feed the babies, then do a quick change around and off to Hawkshead for dinner!

Speak soon and happy Saturday lovelies!




Hi everyone! My name is Solan and I am a beautiful 2-3 year old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier (staffie) girl.  I currently stay in the lovely Battersea Dogs and Cats home – I love it here and I have loads of friend but I am now looking for my forever home!

I haven’t had the best start in life unfortunately and I’m quite a sensitive lass with a sensitive soul.  I am now looking for new owners who are prepared to give me plenty of love and time to settle into my new life. I need to have owners who have experience of my breed and have dealt with sensitive dogs in the past. I am very eager to find a new home somewhere outside the city so I can enjoy a calm life – something about the country air makes me all :happy, I mean, farm air, farm animals endless walks through fields, what’s not to like!! 🙂 🙂

Once I have settled into my new home I will be a wonderful pet and a true friend forever – trust me, you wont be disappointed!

If you can give me a second chance, please get your people to call my people at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on 0843 509 4444 for more information.  Don’t forget to quote my reference number13/00889.

See you real soon!


Chanel Perfection Lumiere

Chanel Perfection Lumiere

Chanel Perfection Lumiere

Name: Chanel Perfection Lumiere

How much: £36.00

Coverage: medium to full buildable

Where: Boots counters, Chanel counters, Online

Taking a break from my Lake District updates – today I decided to do a review about my new foundation which I acquired while shopping at boots with the GLS on Tuesday – an impulse buy I hear you ask? Most definitely! This impulse buy however – I have no regrets about (PLUS – I got double points on my boots card AND had the special deal where you get £7.50 put on your card on top of that!)

The truth is – we were walking around boots looking for something for an aunt back home and the lovey lady at the Chanel counter dragged me to the Chanel hot seat and insisted I do a colour match for their foundation. Who was I to turn this magnificent offer down!? I knew however that if I liked it enough, I would buy it and that I did. *cosmetic addition ON* 🙂

Chanel Perfection Lumiere

Chanel Perfection Lumiere

This foundation has got to be the nicest smelling one I have – I don’t know if its intentionally perfumed but it sure does smell good. Its infused with SPF 10 too, and in this crazy heat wave that London is experiencing – we need all the protection we can get.  Its a matt finish and is so easy to put on – not runny nor too thick.  It is a long wear foundation and 11 hours later – my skin is non-oily (just 1 blot sheet used see below) and virtually flawless and still well covered.  Cover is medium to full buildable – but I didn’t use too much and still achieved full coverage pretty quickly – I didn’t even need concealer! *gasp* 🙂

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blot test

One of the great things about this foundation is that it does not oxidise on you (making your skin appear darker than what it really is) after wearing it.

The only drawback is the cost – as with all Chanel offerings, this is no different and comes with a hefty price tag – £36.00.  Still not as expensive as the Dior Capture Total (which is not very good at all).

If you had the dosh to splash on just one foundation this summer that was high end – I would recommend this.  If not, check out Make-Up Forever HD’s foundation – its sort of high end, brilliant to use and comes in slightly cheaper than this baby.

Get it here online  if you can’t pop by a counter.

Speak soon!


Lake District Part 4

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After reaching back from Kendal to our hotel – we had a quick change and headed out to Ambleside to a Thai restaurant called Jintana – according to Trip Advisor, its ranked #7th out of 72 restaurants in Ambleside, which is not bad at all.  Read the various reviews here on Trip Advisor.

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They had lovely Thai statues that greeted you when you walked in.

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We got this special seat where your feet dangle down into a hidden hole that’s beneath the table! I like quirky things like this!

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We were given this as a pre-starter and, though we had no clue what we were eating – it tasted lovely. We asked them what it was and the chef said it was rice noodles mixed with tamarind paste (among other ‘secret’ ingredients) It was a lovely crunchy ball of sweet mess that for some reason all gelled together beautifully when it shouldn’t have.

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For starters, we all shared the Jintana Platter, which to me was perfect as you get a little bit of each of the starters they had on the menu. This way – you get to taste everything! Included are; Spring Rolls, King Prawn Blankets, Pork Sesame Toast and Sweet Corn Fritters.  Point to note, the Pork Sesame Toast is AMAZING. I know everyone likes the normal Prawn Sesame Toast, but the twist of Pork added to this makes for a truly extra scrumptious piece of prawn toast! Way to go on making a normally bland piece of prawn toast taste awesome! Who said you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks eh?! 🙂 🙂

Served with this platter is also a sweet chilli dip and a sweet and sour plum sauce.

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The better half is a fan of Spicy Green Papaya Salad. I’m not too fussed about it – I could have it or not. I wouldn’t normally order it if I’m not with him, so it came as no surprise when he ordered this for the table. The taste was surprisingly tangy and zingy (more so than the ones we have had at other Thai restaurants) – with a hit of chilli that made my mouth burn – possibly one of the hottest papaya salads I’ve had!  If you’re a hot salad fan – I would recommend this. GLS liked it too (odd for her as she is a salad dodger!)

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I’m pretty boring when it comes to choosing my meal at any Thai restaurant – ok maybe boring is not the right word I’m looking for, more inquisitive.  We make thai green curry a lot at home and so I like to try thai green curries if I’m at a Thai restaurant (in fact, as I’m writing this post, I am eating thai green curry left-overs!) This particular dish was not as spicy as I would have liked it to be and a tad too creamy.  They get extra points for putting in a very generous amount of chicken and one thing I definitely will be taking away from this dish is the inclusion of bamboo to it – it really did make the dish taste sweeter and a whole lot crunchier!

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For my rice accompaniment, I had Thai Jasmine Rice steamed delicately with coconut milk.  The coconut milk just added a tiny amount of sweetness to the rice and gave it the most wonderful smell – it also taste’s divine.  I don’t know if I can replicate this at home – but I certainly will try.  Highly recommended dish!

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For his main, the better half had Thai Jungle Curry. As the name implies – its meant to be hot hot hot. This dish is made with no coconut milk so if you like hot dishes that’s not creamy – this is your winner.  The better half said it was not as spicy as he would have liked it to be (anyone wonders if we have odd taste buds?!), but again, generous amounts of chicken given.

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For his rice accompaniment, he had Thai Sticky Rice served in a traditional bamboo basket.  Be warned – it is a very very very sticky rice!

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The GLS had Pork Pad Thai, which is pork  served on rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts (she asked for this to be excluded – told you she was a salad dodger!!) tofu and cashew nuts, all stir fried in their special Pad Thai sauce.  I am not normally a fan of Pad Thai – its just noodles with vegetables and meat, but the sauce they used really made this dish interesting.  A must try if you are a noodle fan for sure.

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And finally dessert. I am a HUGE fan of this (mostly desserts in general but this has got to be my favourite IF made properly).  Fresh Thai mango served with vanilla ice cream and Pandan (tropical plant often used in south-east Asian cooking) sticky rice, with poured over coconut milk.  Now, the ones I have had were never this complicated – I’m used to just mango with sticky rice and coconut milk  – and that is divine.  In my opinion, they took a gorgeous simple Thai dessert and made it too complicated.  The ice cream felt like it had no place and was fighting for your taste buds to muscle out the coconut milk, the Pandan sticky rice was overly sweet and the inclusion of the strawberry just proved too much for me personally. I really wanted to like this dish as this is my favourite dessert – but alas, it was not to be.  Where they came out on top for giving a twist on the traditional Prawn Toast starter, they did not manage to come out on top for trying to give this simple mango dessert a twist with their added ingredients. Sad times folks 🙁

All in all – a really lovely restaurant that is a must to visit – if we ever came back here, there is no doubt in my mind we will return to this restaurant (yes, even though I think I might have to choose a different dessert!).  Service was fast and the staff very friendly.  Not expensive too and really tasty food.

Check out the restaurants website here.

Right – I am off for a shower.  The GLS has left and is homebound now, so I’m feeling a little sad and sorry for myself. To perk myself up – I shall treat myself to a whole bar of Kendal mint cake. 🙂

Speak soon my lovelies!