Friday, 3 July 2015

Friday Smile :)

Hi Honeys
I've decided to take some time each week, here on this blog, to dedicate to something that makes me smile :) Today that happens to be daisies.....
Friday Smile - Daisies
Why daisies? Well, why not daisies?  I've said before on this blog that I love daisies and I do :) I adore them :) They are the sunniest, happiest flower and I can't ever see them without smiling :)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni Made Easy!

Hello Honeys
I'm so sorry I haven't been around recently.  I'm just not coping with this heat wave at all well.  The sun I love but the humidity.... well maybe not.  I have "wonky" lungs and the humidity makes it difficult to breathe.  I'm so scared to go anywhere without my inhalers and just can't sleep at night.

I hope everyone is being really careful in this heat.  Wherever you are honeys, stay out of the sun as much as you can, drink lots of water and keep inhalers close at hand if you use them.

I was determined to make something yummy for Hubby's dinner last night, bless him he's working in this heat in a shirt & tie in a too warm office.  I decided on a healthy version of one of his favourite dinners, cannelloni.  There was still the humidity to deal with though, so how to make a delicious cannelloni without fainting clean away in the kitchen?

The result was to use a few shortcuts that not only made the cannelloni so easy to make, it took no time at all to make too! So here is the result honeys, what do you think? 
Easiest, Yummiest Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni
I love to cook. I adore trying out new recipes, using ingredients I haven't used before and even finding new ways to make old favourites.  We've always loved cannelloni, the difference being that I used to always make it with beef mince and finely chopped onions as filling but this has been passed over for our new favourite, healthier version using spinach and delicious creamy ricotta cheese :)

As I said though, because of the heat I wanted to spend as little time at the stove as I could. 

One of the short cuts was to use a package of cannelloni tubes instead of rolling the filling inside strips cut from fresh pasta sheets.  It was just as delicious and it certainly cut down the preparation time yesterday. 

I also raided our pantry & freezer for a jar of lasagne sauce, a carton of chopped tomatoes, and one of my favourite products, a cube of frozen garlic.  I so love this! Each cube of garlic is equal to a single clove of garlic and because they're in the freezer ready to use, they're so convenient too.  Along with grated cheese and a lovely tub of ricotta cheese from the fridge I was ready to make something wonderful :)     

Shall we get started honeys?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What Makes You Happy?

Hi honeys
I hope you're having a great week and seeing lots of sunshine.  On Friday I talked about pet peeves or annoyances and today I thought, just to address the balance, we should talk about happiness :)
What makes you happy?

Everyone wants to be happy and everyone seems to have different ideas of what happiness actually is, or what's needed to achieve it.  Obviously I can't speak for anyone but myself but for what it's worth honeys here is what makes me happy, how many do you agree with?

Friday, 19 June 2015

What's your pet peeve?

Hi honeys
Is there something that bugs you?  We all have something that can spoil an otherwise perfect day and sometimes it's incredibly difficult to just shrug it off as we should.  OK today we need to feel better, stop smiling through gritted teeth and get it off our chest.

What's your pet peeve? What annoys or bugs you?
Mine is without a doubt plain old "don't care about anyone else" rudeness.  There, I said it.  I'm not saying we should all walk around on eggshells all day long, fearful of causing the slightest offence.  I dislike all forms of political correctness, surely there should only be correctness?  Treat others as you'd like to be treated yourself? Be kind, just because you can?

What I mean here is people who just seem to exist (or so it feels) for the sole purpose of spoiling someone else's day.  I've experienced a few examples of this recently myself and I've seen lovely people being treated badly.  Oddly enough I find it so much easier to stand up for others than for myself.  I often wonder if the people guilty of such selfishness, because that's surely what it is,  are even aware of how their behaviour is affecting others. 

I know everyone has "off days" where we don't feel like Mr/Ms sunshine & being sociable is just not going to happen but that's no excuse for being downright rude, especially when the people you're being rude to have no choice but to accept & put up with it.

I was chatting to a taxi driver recently and he was telling me about a customer who'd been incredibly rude to him.  He said that working in the service industry he was used to tolerating behaviour during his work day, such as being sworn at or other verbal abuse, that he simply wouldn't tolerate in his time off. Unfortunately, as we chatted I recognised completely his point having experienced it myself many times.
I know we can't completely control our environments, things happening throughout our day, but we can control how we react to them.  I smile. A lot. Seriously, even on bad days when I'm in pain, or finding it difficult to cope for whatever reason, I smile. A really lot.  Especially when someone is being outrageously rude to me because 1. I won't allow someone to take away my good day that easily & 2. I don't know what struggles that person is facing.

So, there it is honeys, my pet peeve is people who treat others badly just because they can.  There really is no excuse for it.  The fabulous thing about smiling a lot is that it's infectious, people smile back :)  What's your pet peeve?  What creams your corn? What sets your teeth on edge?

Have a fabulous weekend dear ones, till next time, sending heaps of hugs xx     

The Sheer Joy Of Books

Disclaimer: I have not been paid, or given products to promote any bookstore.  I am a life long book worm and just wanted to share my latest purchases.  Books make me smile :)

Hi honeys
Picture this.  Early last Saturday morning there was a tremendous din at our front door, seriously honeys, someone banged not knocked our door so hard it sounded like the door would come in.  Hubby opens the front door to see a rapidly leaving delivery driver, and a brown cardboard box which had been left on our doorstep :)  Er, thank you delivery driver, you have a good day too :)

A mystery!  Well, as it turns out not such a mystery after all :) it was a delivery from my latest happy place (sorry Ikea, don't feel jealous, I still adore you too!) Years ago, while at college, I used to just about haunt a shop called "Bargain Books" It was a fabulous place where there was just no telling what you'd find.  I spent many a happy hour there, and in lots of little second hand book shops around campus.  I digress, as is usual for me :)

The very heavy brown box contained an order I'd placed with a shop called "The Works."  Much like Bargain Books, The Works is a discount book store.  They don't just sell books though, they sell arts & crafts supplies, CDs & DVDs too and all at a great discount.
Well, it turns out they have an online store now and since I don't go anywhere near the city centre, too busy, too far away, too noisy, too scary, well it's as if I can still wander in and browse around and they'll even deliver!  Even if it is a very scary delivery person who just about breaks the door down and then runs away :)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

OMG!! I Found Something Wonderful!

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to write this post, I just found Yummly through a pin on Pinterest while looking for ideas on what to make for dinner and got so excited I wanted to share :)

Hi Honeys
I'm very excited! OK, as you know I love to cook :) When I'm not cooking, I'm reading recipe books or pinning recipes or thinking about recipes... You get the idea :)
I Just Discovered Yummly

Well I just discovered a great site called Yummly! Why haven't I been here already?  Why has the Universe been hiding it from me? This fabulous site is packed, and I do mean packed honeys, with so, so many incredible recipes!

I've been trying to cook a little healthier, cutting out (unhealthy) fats & cutting down on the meat we (Hubby that is, I'm so NOT a red meat girl) eat each week.  I'm the one who decides "what's for dinner, honey?" around here so I really do try to make each meal as healthy as I can. 

Buttercup, Pretty Buttercup & A Pretty Printable.

Hi honeys,
There was a surprise waiting for me in the garden and it so made me smile, so I wanted to share :-)

Buttercup pretty buttercup
There she was, hidden among the Peonies.........
Buttercup among the Peonies
Tiny and all on her own, this tiny buttercup is every bit as beautiful as the Peonies she's keeping company :)

Tiny Buttercup behind a Peony
I'm so glad I noticed this tiny buttercup, not only because she made me smile, but also because it gave me an excuse (not that one was needed) to snap another few photos of the Peonies. I so adore them :)  

Beautiful Peonies
Their colour is just breath taking this year.  Every time I open our kitchen door they smile at me :) Now though they have a teeny tiny friend who is making me smile too :)

Peonies and a tiny Buttercup
Isn't she beautiful? Beauty really is all around us honeys, we only have to look for it. Fluffy clouds, daisies peeking out of the grass to say hello, and teeny tiny buttercups :)

Beautiful Buttercup
I wanted to share this wee smile so I've uploaded a large version of this image for you honeys. You can download a copy of the photo above here and I so hope it makes you smile as much as I did.  I hope you're having a fabulous week dear ones, till next time, hugs always xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Organizing A Stationery Cupboard & Why You Should Have One...

Hi honeys
I hope you're well and having a great week.  I thought I'd share our latest organizing project, which is far from finished, but I'm actually rather excited about it :)
Organizing a stationery cupboard
If you look around your room right now you'll probably see pens? notebooks? A stray pair of scissors that normally live in the kitchen drawer because... well, where else would they go?

What about a designated stationery cupboard? Or a cubby or shelf or box, whatever suits your needs honeys, but somewhere to keep pens, paper, craft supplies and all of those bits and pieces that sit on surfaces around your home causing clutter.  

Friday, 12 June 2015

Rosie's Kitchen Cabinet Hack & Re-Organization

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, just sharing our latest project and how we've accomplished it :) Also, this is a long post, better to fetch a cuppa & maybe a biscuit :) hugs xx

Hi  honeys
Yay! Summer has finally arrived! Sunny days! Laundry! Lovely, warm, sunny days with temperatures in the low 20s! Fun with our furbaby Jade in the garden (even though I can't throw her ball for her for taffy :) downside though.... haven't been able to breathe properly for the past couple of nights because the house has been so humid even with the windows open.  Counting blessings here though honeys, doesn't matter, we've waited too long to not enjoy it, so yay Summer :)

Do you remember our budget kitchen makeover a few months ago? There are no words for how differently (and better) our kitchen works now, or for how much I adore that new unit Hubby fitted :)
Rosies Fun Kitchen Cabinet Hack & Re-Organization
Wonderful as it is though, I knew it could work better.  In particular, the newly fitted double cabinet Hubby had fitted under the new worktop.  I'll explain.