Friday, 10 March 2017

-Lifestyle- I'm Back!

Hi Guys!

I suppose your wondering where I have been the past 8 months? (Really!?)

Well towards the end of summer we had been redecorating our place.
We bought a new sofa, ripped old pelmets down and put fresh new curtains up, new furniture!
All that took us to literally just before Christmas where we were just waiting for our new table and chairs ready for Christmas!

First Christmas at ours was just great, we had dinner all prepped and ready to go.
Had Michael's parents and grandparents round and it was a really lovely day.

So the new year is in! We've been on our holiday for the 2 weeks we have to be out of our place and it was just perfect.
We didn't want to come home!
Considering it was February we had glorious weather and came back with a lovelllyy tan (come back I miss it already!)

 Now were back from holiday it is now time to start thinking about the wedding and other bits we want to sort out during the year!

I also had great pleasure in doing my close friends baby shower cakes!
I baked a 3 tiered victoria sponge and 2 lemon drizzle cakes.. safe to say all the cake went! Not even a crumb left!

 It was such a lovely day, all we did was eat, play games and just socialize.
I was just so pleased everyone loved the cake!

That's all I have to catch up on for now!
Got a couple of bits happening in the next week so stay tuned!


Thursday, 28 July 2016

-Lifestyle- Welcome Home

Hello Everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram amyroseeeblog you may of seen that myself and the mister have extended our little household.. and have 2 beautiful kittens!

When we first moved out I always said to my other half that I wanted a cat. I remember having a cat when I was little briefly but unfortunately she ran away to the neighbours down the road. So I have only been brought up with a dog.
We tried fish and they kept dieing! So we now know we are not very good at keeping fishies!

I started looking on different animal websites for example RSPCA and other rescue companies. All the cats on there were really lovely but they were just a bit too old for our liking. We wanted kittens so we can bring them up how we would like them to live and get them into a nice routine.
So I actually looked on Gumtree locally for advertisements.

I found these 2 beautiful boys..
There both brothers and were the only 2 there cat had given birth too.
Michael just looked at me and said "should we just get them both"
I jumped up and down like a child..

We went and visited the kittens and they were literally the size of my hand, they were tiny. But I fell in love with them instantly and could NOT leave knowing they weren't going to come home with us. I could not separate them.

Just over a month had gone past.. they were ready to be picked up. Flead, wormed and litter trained and not relying on there mum anymore. Eating and drinking well, I couldn't wait to bring them home..

Now look at them!

There personality is ever growing.. yes they can be naughty and scratch your legs and pluck your net curtains. At the end of the day they are just kittens, they are babies. They will be all over you and meow at night to let them into your bedroom.
We wouldn't have it any other way.
Monday we took them to the vets to get checked over and have there first set of jabbies. Michael had to be Dad and hold them while they were having them done as I was in Mumma mode and didn't wanna see them in pain!
But they dealt with them fine, no crying no meowing no going mental. The vet said they were very healthy and everything is all good and he just wouldn't leave them alone!
He said they were just beautiful.

So welcome home Tiger and Bagheera our little bundles of fluff!


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

-Lifestyle- Norwich Bloggers Event!

Hello Everyone!
On Sunday the 10th I had a really good day travelling to Norwich for my first ever bloggers event!
The girls at @NorwichBloggers organized an event for bloggers to meet up with each other to promote collaborating with companies and with each other and get to spread your blog out for people to read.
I have always wanted to go to a bloggers event to see what it is all about and socialize with new people. I don't really ever have time to socialize so I wanted to make time and get to experience this event.
When I got to Norwich I found the venue that it was being held at, then had around an hour to kill until it started so I tweeted and asked if anyone who was going to the event was free and wanted to meet up. Just so I can break the ice a little and just get to know a couple of people.
I met up with the lovely Anna Mcfarlane at Farewell May and Hannah from The Life Of Pye before the event and they are such lovely girls and appreciated the time I had with them.

Lisa Angel

The jewellery here is absolutely beautiful. Theres so many different varieties and I really found it hard to choose which one to have! I may have to go online and buy something because I cannot stop wearing my earings I chose! (The ones in the middle in the photo)

Milk and Moss

Considering these cupcakes were gluten free and vegan they tasted pretty amazing. The flowers give it such a lovely touch and I did eat it, because I knew they were edible but others seemed unsure! I tried the salted caramel and it was scrummmmyyy.

Benefit Cosmetics

This passport holder is so awesome! My last passport holder got broken in the airport when the woman broke it :( so this is ideal for when I'm next on my travels which will be February next year!
The Lolli Tint is absolutely ideal for me. I cant stand putting lipstick on and having to put it on constantly during the day as it keeps coming off. This lip tint is such a lovely colour and is perfect for everyday use. I'm tempted to buy the bigger version!

There were other businesses there but I didn't find that they interested me as much as my blog doesn't appeal to that type of genre if that makes sense. But everyone was so lovely and I'm so happy I went. I cannot wait for the next event!


Sunday, 12 June 2016

-Lifestyle- Our First Month..

 Hello Everyone!

What a month it has been!
If you wasn't aware, myself and the Mister have moved out of our parents and bought our lovely little caravan next to the coast.
After being in it for a month I thought I would do a little update as to how we are getting on!

Well we have had a mixture of weather during this past month. We have had gorgeous sunshine, wind, rain all sorts so its been a bit bizzare but helpful as to know what its like for all seasons!

When we had some bad weather we had thunder and rain as well as wind. The caravan was great, it stayed warm.. we didn't need the heating on just some throws on us if we were watching T.V, but because we have trees surrounding us there is a few that are hanging over the caravan.
That's when it isn't so enjoyable.
The sound of the trees knocking onto our ceiling kept me up a lot. But thankfully it didn't last very long and we got some marvelous sunshine!

While we have had some sunshine we thought we would give the outside swimming pool a go..
I thought it was going to be absolutely freezing with it being british and everything. But honestly it was glorious, felt like we were abroad!
We feel so luxurious being here and were so happy.
Safe to say no arguments or disagreements as of yet!

Keep a look out soon for a blog post where I have been nominated for a "Liebster Award" by the lovely Anna from @heart_bowl (check out her blog here) which I'm really looking forward to do!

Hope you all have a lovely week and the sun decides to come back!


Friday, 6 May 2016

-Lifestyle- Were Moving Out!

Hello Everyone!
Sorry we have been absent for a little while, but we have been busy bee's with birthdays and going away for a week to Chester and Blackpool to see family.
Over these few weeks.. actually thinking about it like 6 months we have been in the process of buying our home!
BUT! Because we always like to be different from everyone else.. we like to shake things up a little bit. It is rather fun, and it also has loads of other great benefits which I have decided to share with you all.
Our first little home isn't something were renting.. its not a big house..
Some of you may think we are nuts, but I promise you it works for us perfectly and it may work for you too!
So we have been looking into moving out for quite a while now, we were at first thinking of buying a property. While researching for what seems like forever and looking at the market there was just nothing for us in our budget that suits our needs, plus were only still young. We don't want to commit to a really big mortgage and decide we wanted to move somewhere else and struggle to sell our property.
When it comes to buying a property you have so many things to think about and so much money to pay. For example solicitors fees, your deposit! Which could range from 5-15% and depending on the price your willing to pay for a property that can be a lot of money to try save in the first place!
So we ruled that out, it just doesn't sit well with us at the moment.
Now.. Renting! I personally have been in rental properties my whole life. I know all the ins and outs like the back of my hand (Mama taught me well). And honestly, it can be really depressing..
When renting a property, all your doing is paying someone else's mortgage.. its dead money. Your paying (for a decent house in the current market) an excess of £500-£550 a month for somewhere to eat and rest your head every night, its not going to be yours at the end of it. I'm not saying I am against it because it can work for families depending on their situation etc.. and that's perfectly okay.
Again.. it just doesn't sit well with us.
We wanted somewhere to live that's affordable, still be able to put money away for a rainy day and the best part.. be ours at the end of it.
We started looking into caravans over 6 months ago when the idea arose when the Mister used to live in a caravan with his family for 3-4 years. When they moved over to Spain they had a caravan waiting in the UK for them to stay in for when they came home to visit.
When they came back to the UK permanently they were able to live in their caravan for 12 months of the year as it was a residential caravan park.
Rules have changed since then on a lot of parks.. some parks say their 12 months which is great! But they do not wish you to live in the caravan on a permanent basis. This is where we struggled a bit..
Luckily for us we found a holiday park that are 11 1/2 months of the year, and DO ALLOW you to stay on there for the full term. You have to be off the park for 2 weeks.. which is perfect for us as that's an excuse to go on holiday!
These are the benefits of buying a Static Lodge:
Don't have to buy furniture - We have everything from fridge freezer, beds, cooker, hob,  settees etc all ready for us, so that saves us a few pennies!
The upkeep of the caravan is very easy and very cheap!
You have onsite maintenance so if you did have any issues there always on call
On site entertainment - We have an outside swimming pool, park, amusements, evening shows and we get invited to "Owners Parties" You can also eat as there is a restaurant!
Caravans don't lose too much of there value when you wish to sell.. or you can even exchange with the park if you wanted to upgrade!
With the caravan site, if you didn't want to do a cash purchase you can apply for finance.. but please check the APR! We actually struggled to borrow any money because of our credit history being next to none.
I would recommend doing some research on your own bank or other banks on what loans they can offer you.. the lower the APR, the better!
What we can also do with our Static Lodge, is that in the future if we do wish to move out and actually buy a property for our family as we will be more settled, we can rent our caravan out for holiday makers which is a massive investment!
We could not be any happier, we have our little home and hoping to get the keys in a couple of weeks!
We are really really excited and cannot wait for what the future can bring for us in our little home.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

-Bake- Hot Cross Buns

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I have been rather quiet this past couple of weeks. Myself and the Mister had a week off for his birthday and went away which I will be doing another blog post about that!
These hot cross buns I made over Easter.
If your having some Easter withdrawals and craving some sugary treats why not try making these lovely bundles of doughiness!

These were a massive hit with my family and didn't last very long!

Here's the recipe!

For the Bun

300ml/10fl oz whole milk
500g/1lb 2oz strong white flour
75g/2½oz caster sugar
1 tsp salt
7g sachet fast-action yeast
50g/1¾oz butter
1 free-range egg, beaten
150g/5oz sultanas
80g/3oz mixed peel
1 apple, cored and chopped
2 oranges, zest only
2 tsp ground cinnamon
sunflower oil, for greasing the bowl

 For the Cross

75g/2½oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting


Bring the milk to the boil and then remove from the heat and leave to cool until it reaches hand temperature

Mix the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter and egg together in a bowl, then slowly add the warmed milk until it forms a soft, sticky dough.

Add the sultanas, mixed peel, chopped apple, orange zest and cinnamon, then tip out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough by holding the dough with one hand and stretching it with the heal of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for five minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise for approximately one hour, or until doubled in size.

Divide the dough into 12 even pieces, and roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured surface. Arrange the buns on a baking tray lined with parchment, leaving enough space so that the buns just touch when they rise and expand. Set aside to prove for another hour.
Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
For the cross, mix the flour with about five tablespoons of water in small bowl, adding the water one tablespoon at a time, so that you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses.

Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven, or until golden-brown.
Gently heat the apricot jam to melt, then sieve to get rid of any chunks. While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool. Gently rip the buns apart to serve, revealing temptingly soft edges

These were to dieeeee for, cannot wait to make them again!


Sunday, 10 April 2016

-Bake- Treacle Tart

Hello Everyone!
This week I have made this delicious Treacle Tart which I thought would make a nice change from sponge and cupcakes!
The hint of lemon in this really lifts it and cuts through the sweetness.
I really hope you enjoy!
Here's to the recipe!
For the pastry
250g Plain Flour
130g Butter
3 tbsp. Cold Water
For the filling
400g Golden Syrup
150g Fine Fresh White Breadcrumbs
2 Lemons, zest and Juice
First make the short crust pastry 
Measure the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs (alternatively, this can be done in a food processor). Add about three tablespoons of cold water and mix to a firm dough, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and put a heavy baking tray in the oven to heat up. Grease a deep 18cm/7in loose-bottomed fluted flan tin with butter.
(I actually used a lot bigger tin but the pastry is still enough to cover)
Roll the pastry out thinly on a lightly floured work surface and line the prepared flan tin with the pastry. Prick the base with a fork, to stop the base rising up during baking.
To make the filling, heat the syrup gently in a large pan but do not boil.
Once melted, add the breadcrumbs, lemon juice and zest to the syrup. (You can add less lemon if you would prefer less citrus taste.) If the mixture looks runny, add a few more breadcrumbs. Pour the syrup mixture into the lined tin and level the surface
Bake on the pre-heated baking tray in the hot oven for about 10 minutes until the pastry has started to colour, and then reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas 4. If at this stage the lattice seems to be getting too dark brown, cover the tart with tin foil.
Bake for a further 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden-brown and the filling set.
Remove the tart from the oven and leave to firm up in the tin. Serve warm or cold.

This tart was just pure heaven, with a touch of cream while its still warm from the oven. Made such a lovely change to bake something different.