Drinking Up the Sunshine #1

My New Favourite Summer Drink #1

Iced Tea

Ingredients:

Lemon and Green Tea teabag (I use Twinings)

Lemon and lime squash

Ice cubes

Cold water

Sugar

Glass or mug (I used a pint glass)

Instructions:

Boil the kettle

Put a teabag into a glass/ mug, and add sugar. I used 1 and a half teaspoons of sugar (I usually have 1 in a cuppa)

Add enough boiling water to cover the teabag and leave to mash for about 2 minutes

Take teabag out and stir to dissolve sugar

Add a dash of squash (about the normal amount for a fairly weak glass of squash)

Add a whole tray of ice cubes and stir to get rid of heat

Top up with cold water (the colder the better)

Enjoy!

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I think it would work really well with a sprig of fresh mint, or some lemonade if- unlike me- you can stomach fizzy drinks!

Let me know how you get on! And if you have any other recipes for summer drinks, please leave a link in the comments 🙂

Love,

Sami x

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Hello, Lovely Weekend…

Hello all.

Hope you all had fab weekends.

What did I get up to?!

Well, it all started with a pampering session on Friday at The Art Team Bath, where I got my hair done. I went there as I’d signed up for an offer, and i’m so glad I did- I got a cup of tea on a little tray with a flower, a head massage, and the (lovely) hairdresser curled it beautifully for me at the end. So happy with how it turned out…Image

After a few weekends of extreme laziness, which included pyjamas, blankets, Netflix, tea and eating, me and The Boy decided to make the most of the Spring sunshine on Saturday, so we headed over to Bath after a lie-in (you need a smidgen of laziness on a Saturday!). We went for food at The Globe first, which was yummy. Then, we went into town to visit a vintage fair i’d heard about on Facebook.

It was really lovely; jam-packed with loads of vintage/ vintage-inspired clothes, jewellery, accessories and homeware. I was fairly restrained (I coulda spent a fortune!) and only bought some pretty little Taunton Vale ceramic jars with the most adorable blue and yellow pattern. Had to buy all three (otherwise i’d feel like I had split up siblings!), and they look great on top of my wardrobe. This is my new favourite place to (temporarily) put all the pretty things I like to look at but aren’t sensible Boy Things! I bought the dartboard from a charity shop a few weeks back, and the Cath Kidston sewing house was a present from my parents:

ImageOh, aren’t they adorable!!!!! And they were £18. I think that’s a bargain. 😀

We topped off the afternoon with afternoon tea and a visit to the car wash. Glamorous!!

ImageWith Sunday came more cake (this time homemade Rhubarb and Lemon Cake):

ImageIt’s yummy.

Hopefully you’ll comment to say how your weekend was (one word will do if you’re not a writer!), or send me a link to your blog (it gets lonely here by myself :P)

Have a good week!

 

Love,

Sami x

Car Danger, Dawlish and a Scrumptious Cornish (Cream Tea)…

To escape the chaos of house-renting, car-buying and decision-making, I went to see my angels, who I see every 3 months. (You might remember Bath in March and Bournemouth in June) and it was Princess Helen’s turn to host this time, in Dawlish.

I now think that Dawlish is lovely, but my first impression was a bit odd… I got on the train in light, dry weather. I got off in dark, stormy weather, with the sea crashing over the barrier about 3 metres away from the train tracks. I was a bit befuddled! But that was the only bad bit of the weekend. My angels always cheer me up, and we had such a lovely time, eating chips on the beach and cream tea; falling in love with Helen’s cats and her lovely house, and catching up on all of the gossip. Oh, and a teeny bit of shopping (be rude not to).

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There was a small car incident (which I promised I would tell you about in my last post). On our way back from shopping, we nearly all melted in the car when the heaters were blasting out really hot air when on the cold mode. Gem suggested that the engine might be overheating, and I asked Helen about coolant (NEW CAR KNOWLEDGE ALERT). She had never heard of coolant, didn’t know what it did, and was seriously low on the stuff. We double checked with my dad and had a not-so-reassuring chat with a lady in a petrol station, about the time her car radiator blew up on the motorway. Then Helen tried to sort out the problem like a pro. I feel very proud that I read my manual and have a small amount of Car Knowledge to- hopefully- keep Yohan the Yaris out of trouble. We’ll see. *note* It was actually a problem with the heater and Helen had to pay lots of money, but at least we tried.

Anyway, I was sad to leave the angels and Dawlish, but we’ll be meeting up again in January/ February so I’ll let you know about our latest adventures then.

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Love,

Sami x

Yummy Yummy in my Tummy…

Now, I don’t usually post pictures of what I eat (the main reason being that I eat school dinners at work most days!) However, today I went on a First Aid course so I had to do some proper cooking this evening. And, boy, was I proud of my last-minute, made-up recipe:

ImageYummy pasta with pesto, green beans and cherry tomatoes. Mmm mmm mmmmmmmm….

It went down pretty well:

ImageHere’s a vague and probably useless recipe:

Cook beans and pasta.

Fry beans and halved tomatoes in oil, lemon juice and garlic.

Add 2tbsps of pesto.

Stir in pasta.

Top with cheese and black pepper.

 

So, today I made up a new dinner AND learnt how to do abdominal thrusts should someone choke on said dinner…

Win win, I say.

Love,

Sami x

 

Scrambled Eggs and Tea Loaf

Went to see The Boy this weekend, for a lovely lazy weekend of cuddles and eating (for those of you who don’t know, I’m in a long-distance relationship with The Boy and see him once a fortnight). On the train home, I found a magazine and started flicking through the articles. I came across one that was so heart-breakingly beautiful; the full article is here, but here’s an extract:

“Sara would never have believed it. After more than 50 years of trying very hard to prove I could do no more than scramble a couple of eggs – and then doing it in the most unorthodox way possible – I am learning to cook. More than that, I’m giving dinner parties for which I have done all the cooking, for the first time in my life. And I’m 78 years old.

Frankly, I can’t believe it myself. Sara used to say she didn’t mind giving dinner parties if I helped. So I promised to lay the table. We stopped having dinner parties.

This is part of another fact I can’t believe. For the past year, I have been alone. After 52 years of marriage, there is no Sara to say I am useless in the kitchen. No way for me to tell her that at last I have done the seemingly impossible. In fact, no Sara at all. She died in May last year and life is not only different, it is horrifically changed. Learning to cook started as a means of keeping away from the scrambled eggs, too much bread, and fish and chips from the place over the road. It was my children’s idea. They have been suffering, too. But my own void is wider and more terrible than it is within my power to explain.”

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It goes on to describe an ordinary but wonderful relationship between Michael and Sara, and how Sara’s death has prompted Michael to learn to cook.

I nearly cried.

When I got home, I decided to cook. Well, bake; I hardly need another meal after the weekend of eating that I’ve just had. So I picked a tea loaf recipe from the Internet which is described as nearly fat free. The Boy doesn’t drink tea so I always arrive home a little tea-deprived (the first time I went to visit, I had to buy my own mug).

So, the tea loaf is in the oven and should be ready to share with my housemates when they get home; perfect comfort food to take my mind off missing The Boy. Fingers crossed that our relationship can be as wonderfully ordinary as Michael and Sara’s in the future. For now, there’s tea and cake… and that will do just fine.

Love,

Sami x