Date Night

Although we don’t live together at the moment I spend most of my time at my boyfriends house or him at mine. We used to be house mates with two other friends but in December we both moved back to our parent’s houses, the biggest reason being that we wanted to start saving up so that we could buy a place together and that is near impossible with the price of rent! Because we are both saving as much as we can we don’t always get the opportunity for a night out, just the two of us. We always seem to have something on, even if it’s just going down to the pub at the weekend, but that’s not the same. This month we have got a lot going on, most importantly Glastonbury (not long now!!) but we also both had our MOTs (booo!). Somehow, however, both our cars managed to pass their MOTs with very little work needed so we decided we are allowed a treat. So we when out for a meal and then headed to the cinema to see X-Men. We headed to Ashford Eureka Park because that is the best place to go locally for a meal and a film, and there are just enough restaurants there so that we don’t just end up going to McDonald’s every time. This time we went to Chiquito, the Mexican restaurant, I’ve been there before a few times and I really like it in there, although it is a bit over priced for what it is.

Chiquito Food

Chiquito Food

Our waitress (I think her name was Chloe?) was brilliant and noticed when the kitchen forgot to give Adam his extra bit of chicken and she sorted it out straight away. The food was yummy too, and in hindsight we definitely did not need that many nachos for a starter, even though they were really tasty. One thing I love about Chiquito is that when you are looking at the menu they always bring over a small snack, just to keep you going, and the popcorn we had was perfect for this. I had the chicken and pulled pork tex mex dish and Adam had the same but as a burger, how adventurous are we?!

After completely stuffing our faces we still had a while to go until the film started so we went for a walk.

There isn’t really anywhere to walk near the cinema so we went and stood on the bridge oven the motorway. Not the most glamorous of walks but it was interesting to watch the traffic.

We headed back to the cinema and sat in the best seats and watches the film. If you get a chance to go and see xmen I really recommend it.

Now I’m off to Glastonbury now so I’ll let you know what I get up to this year!

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Drowning in Cake

Coffee and Pecan Cake

Coffee and Pecan Cake

Last week it was my Dad’s birthday, the big 60.

And, as his doting youngest daughter, I made him a birthday cake, which was super tasty (even if I say so myself!)

It was meant to be coffee and walnut but I used pecans instead, which are just as tasty, although I think they might not be as healthy as walnuts, but if you can’t over indulge on a birthday, when can you?

Now this was just the tip of the iceberg.
One cake is easy, nothing to complain about, especially when you have a Kenwood Chef (he is my baby!). My mission however was to make cupcakes for my Dad’s birthday party, about 100 cupcakes, and about the same amount of mini pizzas.
Not as easy as making one cake.

Still, I love a baking challenge, I just pretend I’m on The Great British Bake Off. So, with my copy of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible at hand I set to work. To be fair, the recipe I chose was Mary Berry’s all in one cupcake recipe so it wasn’t as taxing as it could have been and it still makes yummy cupcakes.

After baking on Thursday night, Friday night and icing them all on Saturday (while also making mini pizzas) my mission was complete.
Cupcakes = 95
Mini pizzas = about 70 (some were lost in action!)

I will leave you with pictures of my cupcake journey!

Mary Berry's Baking Bible

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
aka
Awesome book!

Cake Ingredients

Cake Time!

Cupcake cases

Crap cupcake cases from Sainsbury’s

Double Yolker

Double Yolker, I had about 4 of these, what are the chances!

First lot ready

First lot ready

First cupcakes cooked

First cupcakes cooked

95 Cupcakes cooked

95 Cupcakes cooked!

Cupcakes iced and waiting to be eaten

Cupcakes iced and waiting to be eaten – it looks like it says ‘160’, my Dad isn’t that old!

Hopefully I won’t have to do this again for a while, it’s hard work making cakes, but it is fun eating them!

Sunshine!

The sun has been out, oh happy days!

Saturday, I dug out the sunglasses, put my dress on (with tights of course, I’m not insane) left my coat at home and set off into the sunshine. Well kind of, I went to Sainsbury’s, then drove for 40 mins to a house party. But still, I was kind of outside, well the sun was shining through my windscreen and the car was hot.

The party was awesome, I drank loads and ate some amazing food, had my back clicked and hardly slept. Then I had to wake up early to drive the BF back home because he wanted to watch the F1, but with a quick stop off in McDonald’s to grab some perfect hangover food and hopefully win on the Monopoly, all we got was a sodding drink no car or phone 😦

Then I spent the rest of the day chilling out and shopping with my mum. I got some beautiful draws from The Merchant Chandler then reorganised my dressing table, it’s a glamorous life I lead.

It’s my dad’s birthday on Tuesday and his party on the 27th. I’ve been tasked on making about 70 cupcakes and 70 mini pizzas, I’m going to be stressed, and fat!

S’laters!

Welcome!

Hi, I’m Alice!

Alice

In wonderland

You might have guessed with the name of the blog, but then again, you never know!

I would like to welcome you to my crazy ramblings, which I will try to keep updated (promise)! I don’t have a plan to talk about anything specific but I’ll do my best to keep it interesting, to be honest I expect I’ll just start talking about food, it is after all the best thing in the world!

I’d love to hear from anyone reading my blog so comment away, don’t be shy.

Alice 😀