My Long Birthday Weekend

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Hi all!

My birthday week is now over, and must say it’s been a good one although I wasn’t too keen to celebrate it. As I still had a couple of holidays left at work I decided to take Friday off and finally book an appointment to the hairdressers. After a two-hour session I was very blond again and felt like a new person.

Finnish Foods I Miss

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Every now and then I get really frustrated when I can’t buy certain Finnish food items in the supermarkets here. Even more so now when I’m pregnant for some reason. I also think the fact that my last visit to Finland (before our holiday last August) was as long as 8 months ago made me crave these foods even more than usual. So I made sure I stuffed my face during my visit, resulting in me missing them even more having just come back…:/ Hope it’ll pass soon!

Homemade Grapefruit Face Mask

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I’ve always thought it would be nice to try a homemade face mask but never really gotten around to it until I saw this really simple recipe in a magazine the other week. I think it was the anti-ageing effect of the grapefruit in the recipe that caught my attention…:)

Chocolate Orange Shots

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As everyone who knows me know, I have a serious sweet tooth (although not as bad as when I was younger). This means that I always have a very big craving for something sweet after my meals, especially dinner. It doesn’t have to be anything big, something like a piece of dark chocolate or peanut butter toast will suffice – I just need something. Sometimes we (Matthew) might go across the street to buy a chocolate bar, which is obviously not what you want to (or should) have every night…So we decided to try making our own mini desserts, and came across this recipe by michelin chef Nick Nairn.

Anniversary Dinner @ The Atelier

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Last weekend we celebrated our 2-year anniversary with an excellent meal at The Atelier Restaurant. Matthew came across this little restaurant on Tripadvisor, where it is ranked the second best place to eat in Edinburgh. There were a whole lot of 5 star reviews, but we found it a little bit hard to believe that a place within that price range could be as good as all the reviews claimed. However, our expectations were exceeded, and all the great reviews were absolutely spot on!

How To Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

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It’s sprouting time!

Some of you might remember my first (and only) sprouting experience last summer, that actually went quite well. I really enjoyed watching the sprouts grow (not literally), so I thought I’d give it another go – this time with tiny alfalfa seeds. Two attempts later I think I’ve got it. If you want to grow your own little chlorophyll wonders, here’s a short guide to how to do it. 

Supereasy Bread Recipe

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Just a quick post about bread. I think homemade bread is fantastic, but always thought it to be quite complicated to make and for it to require all sorts of equipment. Well, had I bothered googling how to make bread (and stopped making excuses) I would’ve been baking my own bread for a long time now.

The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

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The Canny Mans Pub Edinburgh

As Matthew was ill on New Year’s Eve we decided to have our own little celebration once back in the Burgh in January. First we went to the extremely cosy Canny Mans Pub in the posh Morningside area. The pub was established in 1871 and passed down through generations of the Kerr family, and it looks like not much has changed since then!