Is it the weekend yet?

I had an extremely long and tiring day today so the thought of my home made Victoria sponge and tea was very appealing when the clock struck HOME TIME! I must say it’s one of the best Victoria sponge cakes I’ve made! It was so moist, the sponge was well risen so was nice and thick. I used extra thick (real) cream which was kind of like clotted cream, I didn’t need to whip it. When I served up I added a spoonful or two of extra cream.

Another reason I rushed home from work was to meet the women who home-check us when we were adopting Ziggy from the rescue centre. She’s a lovely lady, she gave use cat toys, cat bed, cat carrier and cat book when we adopted Ziggy. She dropped off the stuff the day after we got him. So we bought her some tulips from the florist to say thank you for being so kind.

I made a head-piece for the Swing Ball I’m attending next week:

I’m not sure how I’ll have my hair though. I know it was common to have a bob in the 1920s/30s but I have long hair. I might just keep it really straight as I will only have a few hours to get ready for it. What do you guys think? Any suggestions appreciated!

I am happy today

I woke up to lovely weather which has put me in a good mood. I was able to put the washing out on the line, I’ve been wanting to do that for a while now but since the weather has not been warm enough I wasn’t able to. I hate drying my clothes in doors. There is just not enough from in the airing cupboard.

Whilst my clothes were in the machine I decided to walk down to the shops as I needed a new washing line. The current one snapped but I was able to put it up temporarily by tying it to my apple tree branch! Anyway I wasn’t able to get the washing line I wanted so I popped into the local charity shops for a wander. I do this every so often when I’m in the village and I never really come away with much. However today I bought a book and some unworn plimsolls!The plimsolls will come in handy for Lindy Hop. I wear my white Keds for Lindy Hop and have been wanting a black pair to match what I wear when I go to social dances. These aren’t Keds (they are from primark) but I’m sure they will fine.

I received my friend’s invite for her wedding today, isn’t it cute! 🙂

This is what I wore today, I didn’t even have to wear a jacket!

But I did wear tights!

Q&A

Peacock Lane tagged me:

8 TV shows I watch… (or watched but not on anymore)
1: Mad Men
2: Grey’s Anatomy
3: Malcolm in the middle
4: The Family (Indian family)
5: Grey’s Anatomy
6: Cooking programmes
7: Gardeners World
8: Something for the weekend

8 Favourite places to eat… (in no particular order)
1: Local Indian Restaurant
2. Byron Burger, Wardour Street
3: Japanese Centre in Piccadilly
4: Chinatown, London
5: Hare & Tortoise in Ealing
6: Japanese take-away food place on Argyle St, Covent Garden
7. Best Mangal in West Kengsington
8. Blue Jade Thai Restaurant in Victoria

8 Things I look forward to…
1: Weekends
2: Long breaks from work
3: Hot weather
4: Lie-ins & naps
5: Watching Grey’s Anatomy tucked up in bed
6: Lindy Hop
7: Returning home from work to be greeted by Mr GHF and a cuppa tea, oh and Ziggy
8: Christmas

8 Things that happened yesterday…
1: Gave Lindy Hop a miss and stayed in instead
2: Counted the money we raised for comic relief
3: Made beef, mushrooms, spring onions, chili, coriander and ginger burgers
4: Bought 4 Easter eggs
5: Watched Grey’s Anatomy in bed
6: Looked at a few blogs
7: Had vanilla cheesecake with fresh blueberries but managed not to eat all mine!
8: Got fed up of job

8 Things I love about winter…
1: Using the fireplace
2: Snow (& snow days!)
3: Making mulled wine
4: Wrapping gifts
5: Wearing comfy warm jumpers
6: Wearing my Joules wellies
7: Eating hearty comfort foods
8: Christmas

8 Things on my wish list…
1: Someone completing all our home DIY tasks
2: Ziggy getting more confidence
3: Slimmer and toned bod!
4: Improve my Lindy Hop dancing
5: Have enough money for wedding and honeymoon
6: Own cake business
7: Have a better garden that looks pretty
8: New car, ideally a Nissan Figaro or Fiat 500

8 Things I’m passionate about…
1: Eating
2: Making things
3: Family & Mr GHF & Ziggy
4: Summer
5: Photography
6: Vintage
7: Lindy hop
8: Friends

8 Words or phrases I use a lot…
1: Really!
2: Wow
3: Yum
4: I’m hungry
5: I need a nap
6: Good boy Ziggy
7:
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8 Things I’ve learnt from the past
1: You can only rely on yourself
2: Spend more time with parents
3: Don’t leave things to the last minute!
4: Trust your instincts, it’s usually right.
5: Learn to let go of people who don’t put in the same amount of effort in your friendship
6: Don’t give up, keep trying
7: Have integrity, don’t sit on the wall
8: Stay away from really negative people, they will zap out all your positivity!

8 Places I would love to visit…
1: Japan (Want to go there for our foodie honeymoon)
2:  New York (I’ve been before as a teenager but would like to go again to eat bagels and pancakes!)
3:  Portland (for the vintage)
4:  Taiwan (for the night markets and to visit a friend)
5:  South of France (for the warm weather and French food)
6: Sweden (for the fashion, design and architecture)
7: Canada (for the laid-back atmosphere and friendly people)
8:  Iceland (for the steam baths and northern lights)

8 Things I want or need…
1: Eyebrow pencil
2: New bra
3: A holiday
4: Vintage clothing
5: Garden bench
6: A pug
7: More plants
8: New kitchen

Bread and butter

I made bread and butter pudding last night to eat after dinner. I served it with custard and boy was it filling!! As it was cooking my kitchen was filled with the aroma of cinnamon, I love cinnamon. I used a BBC recipe but tweaked it a bit by using more cream and omitted the nutmeg because Mr GHF is not too keen on it. It an easy and tasty dish to make, I highly recommend it if you’re in a rush and have nothing in.

Please get warmer

I’m not well. I have a terrible cold which is my 3rd since Xmas, I can’t believe my immune system is not very strong at the moment. I have been a little stressed and have been trying to make difficult decisions which I’ve still not made yet, but I do have a few weeks to do it.

On Tuesday I came home shattered after a night of lindy hopping. Although it was tiring I really enjoyed it. I was able to practice some Charleston moves which included the famous 1920 classic steps:

Mr GHF has finally trained Ziggy to use the proper cat bed. Ziggy usually curls up into it snuggly but sometimes he enjoys sticking out one leg! He is so cute! You may notice the floor is a bit ugly with paint marks on the wooden boards, this is what we discovered when we pulled up the carpet when we moved in. We are yet to paint the floor white! I’m not looking forward to this as I’m sure this will disrupt Ziggy and possibly stress him out. I wonder what pet owners do with their pets when they redecorate their homes? Any tips?

Sushi

I made sushi maki for dinner the other night and it was incredibly filling! I love Japanese food. I want to go there for our honeymoon, we’ll do a foodie and shopping honeymoon! Talking about Japan, I was told this morning at work about the tsunami in Tokyo! I saw a clip and it looked terrifying, there are too many weather related disasters at the moment. I really hope they get enough help.

Nostalgia

A few weekends ago we went into town for a wonder and discovered a new cafe . The cafe was a HK style bubble tea place which is a rarity where I live. I was happy to see that it had a few customers which included 2 British kids! They were buying some milkshakes I think. I’d be impressed if they tried the bubble tea! I had my first Bubble Tea in 1999 when I was in HK on vacation.

Bubble tea if you are unfamiliar is a popular drink that originated in Taiwan, it was then brought over to many other South Asian countries like HK and Singapore etc. The drink consists of tapioca balls (often black in colour, though you can get white ones), syrup and milky tea. This is the basic bubble tea, there are many variations. I ended up ordering the Hokkaido Milk Bubble Tea, though I quite like the taro version too.

Do you remember this? I loved this when I was younger!