2014 {A Review}

So, it’s been a while…..

I wasn’t sure how to write my first post of 2015, after all, it has been a while since I last updated my blog(!)

I decided the best way to ease myself back into the blogosphere and update you all on the last 5 months, was to post a (photo) review! Ever so slightly indulgent, but, I’m excited!

2014 was filled with so much love, my little heart could burst! We experienced 3 amazing adventures; Budapest, Israel and New York (!), Dave proposed ❤ (I said, yes!), we bought our first ever home together (yes, the search finally ended!), I was reunited with my uni girls after 14 months apart, we celebrated the births of our friend’s babies and attended 3 utterly perfect weddings! I know it’s uncouth to brag, but…..wow, what a year.

I promise, promise, promise, that you will get a recipe tomorrow!

For now, I hope you enjoy our little 2014 photo college below ❤ they are in no particular order – I think it’s more fun that way!

P.s……spot the Ghostbuster!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful 2015 ❤

Love,

S xx

 

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Budapest Photo Album – April 2014

IMG_6214A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to take a lovely little holiday to Budapest!

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city. Budapest has so much to offer its residents and visitors; Museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and historic buildings, baths and pools – all packaged up neatly in this beautiful city with its stunning mix of architecture.

Buda, on the West side of the river is hilly and semi-suburban. It has winding, narrow streets working their way up into the hills where you can find Buda castle and the beautiful Fisherman’s Bastion!

Pest is the urban centre of the city, on the East side of the river.  Parliament, the Basilica, the Synagogue, the Opera House and the Central Market Hall are all here and within walking distance of each other.

Buda provides great views of Pest, and vice versa.  Between the two cities at the northern end, in the middle of the river, lies Margaret Island, a gorgeous park with lots going on – we loved it there! Really beautiful park and lovely, relaxed atmosphere!

Whilst in Budapest, some of our favourite delights included; Langos (google it!!), authentic goulash, hungarian ballet – Romeo & Juliet, both the Gellert & Szechenyi baths, the architecture, the Fisherman’s Bastion and yummy ice cream!

We spent 5 amazing nights in this beautiful city and loved every minute of it!

Apologies for some of the dodgy photos – spent too much time having fun instead of making sure they were all perfect 😉

Love S xx

Our Engagement!

Just wanted to stop by and share the news with you all!

Dave popped the question on Saturday and I said YES! 🙂 It was all very romantic and took place in Roundhay park! We drank champagne in the rain and unbeknown to me, our lovely friend Matt was taking pictures of our happy little occasion! Haven’t seen them yet but they should be interesting! ha! 🙂

Very very excited! 🙂

Engagement

A beautiful walk to work: Spring…

I am lucky enough to be able to walk to work….and I love it 🙂

I walk to work most days, it takes about an hour each way and with it being around a 7 mile round trip door to door, it does wonders for my health and fitness!

More than just the physical benefits of walking 2 hours a day, I really appreciate the less obvious ones, such as having time to clear my head and be with myself, listen to my music or my audio books, the bonus of so much fresh air and the fact that it is much less stressful than getting the bus or driving…! I count myself lucky to be able to work off calories in such an enjoyable way! 😉

Recently I realised that as often as I walk to work, I don’t always look at whats around me. I know its there, its just sometimes I don’t fully appreciate it…that’s when I had the idea to share my walk with all of you and to keep a little photo journal of my walk for each season!

Today is Spring and it’s one of my favourites (they all are for different reasons!). Spring is amazing time for my walk; from all of the flowers that pop up on a daily basis to the cold, crisp but insanely sunny mornings that never fail to make me smile! 🙂

The photos are in order of my journey from the front door of our little flat to the very gorgeous James Graham Building at the Leeds Metropolitan University campus!

I have never worked anywhere so beautiful……

Dinner at Morston Hall and meeting Richard Bainbridge!

IMG_3459It’s been a very exciting week……!

So, as some of you know, I disappeared for a few days this week and slipped off down to Norfolk with The boy, my mum and Papa G – It was wonderful!

Considering it was February the weather was perfect, cold but super sunny! ☀

Mum & G visit Norfolk around 5 times a year (It’s love ♡) and every time they book in a visit to Morston Hall for Sunday dinner – Morston Hall is ‘an intimate country house hotel with its origin in the 17th century. It is located 2 miles from Blakeney on the North Norfolk coast’ and it, like the food, is GORGEOUS!

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Owner and chef patron is Galton Blackiston who opened Morston Hall in 1992, and was awarded a coveted Michelin Star in 1999, one of only 2 establishments in Norfolk to hold the prestigious award.

Head chef is Richard Bainbridge…Richard has entered the Great British Menu 3 times, coming tantalising close to the finals in season 8, he was awarded a top score of 10 from culinary genius, Marcus Wareing. (Marcus is credited for earning the Savoy’s first ever Michelin star in it’s 115 year history in 2004)!

After an incredible meal (details and photos below) I was lucky enough to meet Richard (thanks mum for introducing us!! ♡) – I was super giddy and trying to act cool, which obviously meant that I was most certainly not acting cool! Richard was very down to earth and happily chatted to us about Moston and his time on the GBM. It was so nice to be able to meet the Chef that cooked us such an amazing meal 🙂

See below for the delicious menu that was served on the day:

Morston Hall menu Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Butternut Squash Soup
with Pickled Mushrooms
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Locally Caught Wild Sea Bass
with Roasted Salsify & Raspberry Vinegar Jus
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Leg of Norfolk Horn Lamb
with Buttery Mashed Potato, Jerusalem Artichoke, Purple Carrot & Rapeseed Oil Lamb Jus
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Caramelised Apple
with Yogurt & Honey Ice Cream
*
Or
Classic Lemon Tart
Basil Sorbet

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Or
Selection of cheeses with homemade biscuits, quince jelly and spelt bring
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Coffee and Petit Fours
Naturally we ordered all 3 desserts (2 of the cheese boards) and shared them between us! Sharing is caring! 😉

It was Papa G’s birthday this week so Robert, the very lovely sommelier, arranged for a little birthday treat for Papa G in the form of honeycomb chocolate and marshmallow & white chocolate nibbles! Devine! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA G!

Family <3

To accompany dinner we drank a lovely bottle of Fleurie (from the Beaujolais wine region) and to finish we shared some amazing port, a bottle of 1998 Burmester Colheita – the best port I’ve ever had!

So to sum it all up – an amazing meal! I highly recommend Morston Hall and if you ever get the chance to visit, let me know what you think! 🙂 If you are lucky enough, you might get to meet Richard too 🙂
Love Steph ♡