Dinner with Barefoot Bubbly

19 February 2014

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When it comes to alcohol, I'm not the sort of girl who likes to get totally trashed (although I am conveniently forgetting my 12 hour toilet bowl sesh after New Year just gone..it was an accident I swear). I'm the sorta girl who loves to savour alcohol, get to know it, learn about it, and enjoy it with family and friends. Drinking during the weekday doesn't happen for me either - it's purely a Friday and Saturday night thang for when I'm seeing friends and family or when Jonathan is home. A nice bottle of Chablis or Prosecco and I'm yours.

Recently, a bottle of Pink Moscato by Barefoot Bubbly was delivered to my door. This tasty sparkling wine is derived from muscat grapes which are a particularly sweet type of grape usually found in South America or California, where Barefoot Wines are based. If you like sweet drinks, then this will be a winner for you - if anyone likes Martini Asti then you will know the sort of sweet I'm talking about. It's almost like liquid sugar and runs sweet down your throat as you drink it. I adore sparkling wine and think there's nothing nicer than a glass of bubbles. Jonathan and I decided to have this as an appetizer to one of our meals at the weekend which was a king prawn stir fry, although this would have been lovely to drink with our dessert too. I know that you can make some fun cocktails with Pink Moscato too this could be a great drink to have at a girls night. What's even better, is that the price is under a tenner from most good supermarkets - £9.49. Pretty damn good for a bottle of bubbles. Something else I love is that the company, Barefoot Wines have won lots of great wine awards which is definitely reassuring when it comes to wine I feel. Not only this, but the company supports tons of charities which is a big thumbs up in my opinion.

I can see this being my perfect 'girls night in' drink in the future!

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Pina Colada Breakfast Smoothie

7 February 2014

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When I'm on the run and busy in the mornings before work, breakfast isn't a priority. It should be, but it isn't. To combat this, I try and make smoothies so I can take them on the go when I go into work, or if I'm walking Max in the morning. Not only are they delicious, but there are so many varieties that you can make - I think there is literally a smoothie for everyone. Many of you will have seen my standard 7am Lazy Smoothie recipe which I use a lot, and today I'm talking about a variation on that. It's still very much a 7am Lazy Smoothie, but more of a 'lets pretend I'm on a beach with sun, sea and sand' smoothie. It's my Pina Colada Breakfast smoothie and boy is it a good'un.

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Unfortunately, this is a breakfast smoothie so it is sans alcohol - I need to be able to walk in a straight line when I get into work, although you can definitely make this with alcohol for a bbq or party. As always, I like my smoothies to be quick. Less preparation is better at 7am and I don't need any faffing around slicing and dicing fruit. No no no. I always chop up my fruit in advance and chuck it in a tupperware box to go in the freezer. That way, you just get out whatever fruit you want when you need it, and it also means you don't need ice. Double bubble. Obviously, the fruit you need is pineapple and coconut for it to be bonafide Pina Colada material. You can buy the fruit and slice it all yourself, or you can go the extra lazy step and buy tinned fruit. I know in Tesco you can buy tinned 'Pina Colada' which is a pineapple and coconut mix in juice which is perfect for this recipe. The next ingredient is Koko Dairy Free milk. I try to drink dairy free milk as much as possible because the health benefits are great and it's generally lower in calories, and Koko is based on coconut milk - even more perfect for this recipe. I know you can buy it from Tesco and Waitrose. Whack both into a blender and blend until it's the consistency you like.

This is more of a health concious smoothie, but you can of course make it a little more luxurious by adding some ice cream, yoghurt or coconut cream. It's like drinking a little cup of sunshine in the morning and definitely gives me a spring in my step - with the bad weather and flooding we've been having, it is totally needed! Simple, quick, and undeniably tasty. If only I could be sipping it out of a coconut on a beach...

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Friends Old & New

2 February 2014

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1524883_10153682612795570_939820323_n Everyone says I was born with a megaphone for a mouth because I'm that loud, and my friends are used to the way I am. If I walk somewhere, I usually dance. If I say something, then I'll probably sing it, and if I'm not doing either of those, them I'm usually head thrown back and cackling like a hyena. Think Ed from The Lion King and that is kinda like me. Last week, I was at a ball with work and I literally had one of the best nights of my life. I was genuinely having the best time, and after reflecting on this, I realised it was down to the people I was sharing the night with.

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When I relocated for my job in June last year, it was a total gamble. I knew it was the right thing for me to do, but it was still a gamble. Not only are you starting a new job, but you have the whole saga of being 'the new person' again and not knowing anyone at all. It can be really daunting, even for a confident person like myself, but it is something we all have to go through. I never thought that in a short space of time I'd meet colleagues who would become some of the greatest friends I've ever had. It didn't take them long to realise the type of person that I was - bubbly, dramatic, a total worrier, 100% naive to everything, and someone who just wants to laugh. I feel so fortunate to have found friends who know me so well in such a short space of time.

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On the flip side of new friends, I also have old friends who will always be by my side - the type of friends you genuinely can't imagine not ever knowing, because they've made such an impact on your life in the time they've been there, the type of friends who you can sit and do nothing with, or cry to, or laugh with at reruns of You've Been Framed. For Christmas, I came to the conclusion that my friends know me ridiculously well - nearly every present was Disney or something that they knew would make me squeal like a child. It's not the present itself that makes you so happy - it's the fact that they knew it would make you happy.

I am so lucky.

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