A Saturday well spent 🌸

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We’ve had such a lovely weekend so far, last night my darling wife took me for dinner at one of our favourite places, Marco Pierre Whites steakhouse in Windsor. If you haven’t been you should really pay it a visit, from the decor to the food, everything is amazing and the steak of course is the best! 💗

This morning we had a pretty slow start to the day, caught up on laundry and housework, the snow began to clear up so we decided to go for a nice walk along the riverside. We really are blessed with where we live, it’s so pretty.

And, it’s never too cold for a cocktail is it?!

I’ve been playing around with some new edits on my photos, and I’m particularly loving this preset called “The White One” by littlepaperswan on Instagram! If you’re into editing your photos, definitely check out her page for some inspiration! 🌸

Our plans this evening are to just chill, make some dinner and catch up on a few things on Netflix. We really want to see the Ted Bundy Tapes & also Abducted in plain sight so I’ll update you with my thoughts once we’ve watched them! What are your must see’s on Netflix at the moment? Anything true crime, please do let me know your recommendations.

I hope everyone’s having a peaceful Saturday!

With love, always

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Weekend plans

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I’m so sorry I haven’t blogged in a couple of days, life’s got in the way and we have been so busy I’ve barely had time to pick up my phone. I guess this post is just a little update really, we are currently packing as we are going away for the weekend this weekend. It’s my Christmas present to Tazmyn so she’s really excited, as am I. Expect lots of photos. Foodie pics and hotel related posts too! I’ll probably do a full blog post on the actual hotel once we are back Monday lunchtime because the hotel we are going to is actually the oldest inn in the country. We have been lucky enough to have stayed there 3 times already and this will be our fourth. It’s Tazmyns most favourite place to stay & it’s what she wanted for Christmas so I’m super happy I could surprise her with this. We absolutely love our weekends away and after having the most busiest of weeks, this is just what we need.

I think this morning we’re going to have a mooch around Waitrose and pick up some snacks (something we always do before we go away anywhere!) and then maybe get some lunch somewhere too!

What are your weekend plans? Have you had snow? We haven’t but it’s definitely been freezing.

Sending love,

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Lil life update

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My skin is horrendous, contemplated doing a blog post about it but who in their right mind would want to read about how the doctor recently told me at the grand old age of 28 the reason for my acne breakout is stress related. I know I wouldn’t. I’d scroll all the way past that bitch, but yeah, my skin has never been so bad, and while I tell myself daily I don’t entertain any form of stress, I quite obviously do, I just like to pretend I don’t. I’m on medication from the doctor that clearly states not to be taken with milk. Ew, I don’t even drink milk anyway! But how random, milk? Who even knew that could be potentially harmful. Not me. Our Saturday routine of going to Marks and Spencer’s cafe for hot chocolate and cake was kinda ruined by the fact I’m on my period and fancied a toastie instead but they happened to be all out of toasties so I settled for a sausage muffin at 3:30pm in the afternoon when I think my heart still kinda wanted the hot chocolate, looking back I should have got both, but the girl who was serving me seemed put out enough when I asked her to heat the sausage muffin up, so if I said I wanted a hot chocolate as well she may have had a bitch fit. There ya go, that was my act of kindness for the day, I spared the 18 year old girl who served me in M&S the hassle of having to make me a hot chocolate with cream and marshmelllows. I’ve been in a moany naggy mood all day, half of me wants Diet Coke and loads of it, the half wants to fall asleep in Tazmyns arms with a hot water bottle on my belly. So obviously I’m going to do both. My mum offered to cook dinner for us tonight, like we needed convincing, her gambas pil pil is our favourite meal of all time (apart Tazmyns roast beef dinner for me) but it’s so good.

It didn’t disappoint. Prawns, garlic and all the chilli, with looads of crusty bread. Tazmyn has said all night how it’s her favourite meal ever.

We FaceTimed the inlaws like we do most Saturdays, we watched Strictly and Xfactor.. I hope to god those snakes Katya and Sean(n) get booted off as a matter of urgency and I am outraged that they were even allowed to perform again after breaking both of their real life partners hearts. What kind of example are they setting really? I certainly don’t want to see them on my TV screens that’s for sure. I’m struggling to get into XFactor if I’m honest, it just doesn’t feel the same this year. I love Louis Tomlinson and I like judges houses, but I think I’ll wait until live shows to say who my favourites are. Right now I don’t have any.

We’re off to Bournemouth tomorrow for a couple of days, a wedding present from my mum. She knows us so well, we love our nights away. We have been to Bournemouth quite a few times, so really looking forward to it. We also have a free meal at wildwood restaurants to look forward to, after they reached out to me and invited us to review them, so that’s exciting! Everything’s good, and I’m grateful for everything and everyone in my life right now.

Hope everyone’s having a fab weekend 💗

Beef Bourguignon Saturday.

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I’m typing this at 5:29pm on Saturday, 1st September, I always tend to publish my post the following morning so it’s a day behind if that makes sense? Probably not but anyways, it’s the 1st of September today, which means Autumn is just weeks away (it’s seriously bugging me that everyone on social media is saying autumn starts today, it actually doesn’t until September 23rd!) but anyways, to mark the start of my favourite ever season being just around the corner, and the start of the X Factor tonight, Tazmyn has made Beef Bourguignon and it literally smells so good. She started prepping it at like 10 this morning and it’s been slowly cooking away in the slow cooker all day. I’m going to share the recipe below for those of you that want to try it, it’s one of my favourite meals ever, and a real hearty meal for this time of year too!

We’re looking forward to the X Factor as we usually are at this time of the year, although can I just say, what the hell is with this years judges? Robbie Williams wife? If I hadn’t accidentally caught glimpses of Loose Women episodes, I’d never know who she was! I still don’t really know who she is. The only judge I’m kinda okay with is Louis Tomlinson because I feel like he’s actually relevant to the show, like he was part of One Direction so he’s been there and done it, and will probably be a pretty good mentor to the contestants in his category but Jesus, Robbie Williams wife? 🤦🏻‍♀️

We’ve had a pretty lazy Saturday today, I usually do my housework in the mornings, but today I decided to sit in the kitchen with a cup of tea whilst the wife prepped our dinner instead, this afternoon I took a bath and caught up with 3 episodes of teen mom 2. Oh my lord, I think that might have to be for a whole other blog post entirely – but Kailyn, are you okay girl? Like do you need to see a doctor? Because that behaviour at the reunion and behind the scenes episodes is something else. Brianna too, but the difference is with Bri, she’s actually funny and it suits her. Ain’t nobody want to see Kail pretend she’s something she’s not. The whole thing, like most shows these days is becoming far too scripted, anything to get the ratings up I guess. But while I’m on the subject of Teen Mom, Chelsea Houska recently just had her third baby girl and I am obsessed with her name. Layne Ettie DeBoer Layne as in country lane. I love it! Not as much as my favourite girls name in the entire world, but it’s close. At like 4pm i got my lazy butt into control and went crazy with the shake n vac, then the hoover, followed by my carpet fresh spray, followed by method spray citrus fresh all wiped across the surfaces and side boards and tables and then air freshener all up in this bitch. The house smells like fresh linen now mixed with red wine coming from the slow cooker in the kitchen, and I’m here for it. It’s amazing. If Saturdays had a smell, this would be it.

I suppose I should get back to the topic of this post which of course is the amazing Beef Bourguignon recipe! My wife followed Antony Worral Thompsons method, he’s literally my favourite TV chef of all time, there’s something about the way he speaks and cooks I just love. So yeah, you can either just google his recipe or read it here which makes more sense..

So, you will need:

600g of braising steak

1 pack of carrots

1 onion finely diced

1 pack of mushrooms

1 pack of smoked bacon lardons

2 beef stock cubes

1 pack of shallots

3/4 of a bottle of red wine

1 handful of fresh thyme

1 bouquet garni

4 cloves of garlic

 

Method:

Coat your beef chunks in flour and season with salt and pepper, fry until browned. Then fry your onions, smoked bacon lardons and some crushed garlic until all softened. Mix up your two beef stock cubes with 300ml water and add this along with your wine and pour into your frying pan. Give this a stir and then transfer it all into your slow cooker, add your shallots, mushrooms, and carrots, pop your slow cooker onto a low heat, and once stirred add in your thyme and bouquet garni. Because this is a slow cooker dish, pop your lid on and leave this cooking for the rest of the day. We left ours cooking for a good 7/8 hours, it takes that long for it to become rich and thicker in texture.

About an hour before we were ready fo eat, we whacked the slow cooker up to a high heat just to thicken it up even more, and then served our Beef Bourguignon with sugar snap peas and crusty bread. You can serve yours with whatever you like, creamy mash potato, rice, steamed vegetables, or just have it in a bowl with bread, always a winner! 😍

Let me know if you give this recipe a try and what you thought of it! 🙂

Life

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I spoke about you today, you being this blog of course. I spoke about you to somebody who doesn’t have the foggiest about technology and blogs and this sort of thing. They smiled and nodded, and probably don’t really understand why something that seems so tiny to them, is actually so big to me. I’ve always been a sharer, sometimes I’ve shared too much, and it’s got me into all kinds of trouble, maybe because I come with no filter and I have an opinion on most things that go on in the world, but sharing is good for the most part. I’ve always been a let it out kind of girl opposed to the keep it in type. So yeah, you’re a pretty big deal to me right now. You are a little space where I’m going to capture so many memories that go on over the course of the next year, and you’re a challenge too, because I give up with most things I set out to do, not for lack of trying, but because I get bored easily and lose interest, but you’re the challenge that I’m ready for, to post once a day for 365 days, even on the days I don’t feel like washing my hair, I’ll be writing to you, you’re going to hear it all, the good, the bad, the boring and the very best memories that come from the first year of married life.

Tazmyn has been accepting of my extreme cleaning obsession. It is extreme, ever since discovering Mrs Hinch on instagram, my small routine of cleaning the kitchen has broadened hugely to suddenly loving hoovering. I used to hate hoovering! I’ve had messages asking me to start up a cleaning Instagram page and share cleaning hacks etc, but I’d just feel silly because they’re not my own, I’ve literally got them all from inspirational accounts on Instagram, mainly Mrs Hinch. She introduced carpet fresh into my life, and now I’m hooked. It’s a spray for the carpets! In all different scents! When you spray it on it’s actually like snow, but it dissolves in seconds and it’s amazing. I got through one bottle in two days, so it’s just as well I discovered them in pound stretcher today for £1.50 a bottle! (They’re £2.80 in Sainsbury’s, I know! 🙄) and Duck toilet cleaner in the pine scent! Oh my gosh, don’t even get my started on that – £1 a bottle from just about anywhere, and I’m quite literally pouring it down my toilet like you wouldn’t believe.

Tess Holliday recently made the front cover of Cosmopolitan and I’m so fiercely proud of that. A plus size model on the front cover of a magazine I have grown up reading, she’s going to change lives. It’s about time young girls have someone real to look up to and know that it’s ok to be who you are, that you don’t have to change to fit into any criteria that is deemed as “normal” there’s no such thing. I wish Tess Holliday was on the front cover of a magazine when I was a little girl, maybe it would have changed a lot of my thought process over the years growing up.

We shared a pizza tonight, Tazmyn’s got me into sweetcorn, how did this even happen? We watched eastenders, I hate Honey for leaving Billy, nobody loves her like he loves her. They will find there way back though. We fed the cats Tuna, my god it stinks but they polished the bowls off and have full bellies now. 43 minutes until our body shop order is getting delivered – yeah we made friends with a body shop consultant in our area, still not sure how sensible that was. She has extremely tempting deals every single day, so I’m almost certain that between this, my cleaning obsession and my wife’s cooking, we’re going to be in trouble. On the plus side, our skin is glowing and the house has never looked better.

I’m rambling, I’ll save the rest until tomorrow.

The wife’s Five Guys burgers

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For anyone that knows my darling wife, they’ll know her HUGE love for burgers. Wherever we go, chances are she’ll order a burger off the menu. One of the perks of living where we do, we’re super close to Five Guys. If you haven’t heard of Five Guys, it’s fast food chain that originated in Virginia, America in 1986, and by 2016, the chain had become worldwide. In the UK, I know they’re dotted about in various places, and living so close to one ourselves, I can say with ease, it’s definitely the best place myself and my wife have ever been for a burger. Five Guys pride themselves on the ever growing list of toppings you can choose from to go on your burger or hot dog, as well as the array of drinks available too, ranging from milkshakes to raspberry coke!!

So, since Tazmyn loves to cook! (If she hadn’t gone into law, she should have become a chef!) and my insta stories voted 100% for a weekly recipe on my blog from her, this is how she created the most amazing Five Guys burgers from home, with our favourite toppings (if you’re following this recipe, you can have whatever you want! The choices are endless!)

Ingredients:

This recipe makes 12 burgers.

12 Jacobs Cream Crackers

500g steak mince

2 teaspoons of mustard

2 teaspoons of garlic salt

1 onion (half for topping, half for burger mix)

1 teaspoon of crushed chillies

2 teaspoons of Italian herbs

250g mushrooms (for burger topping)

1 cheese slice per portion

Gherkins (for topping)

Chilli Jam (for topping, available from Sainsbury’s – mines from a farm shop!)

1 egg to bind the burger mix together.

Method:

Okay so go ahead and wash your mushrooms and get them sliced, same for the onion!

Then add the following into a large mixing bowl:

Steak mince

Half of the chopped onion

12 crushed Jacobs cream crackers

2 teaspoons of Italian herbs

2 teaspoons of garlic salt

1 teaspoon of crushed chillies

1 good pinch of sea salt

1 good pinch of crushed black pepper

2 teaspoons of mustard

1 large egg

You’ll then need to bind the mix together using your hands and create burger patties. Like I say this mix makes 12 burgers, so perfect for BBQ’s or freezing as you’re using fresh mince.

Pop the burger patties into the fridge for about half an hour so they can firm up, and then go ahead and fry them for about 3-4 minutes each side until brown, I like my burgers well done but it’s down to preference. While these are cooking, also fry your mushrooms and onions for the burger toppings too!

& voila! Homemade five guys burgers, in the comfort of your own home! My wife did good 😍

Bon appétit!