Sweet & sticky cinnamon buns.

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It’s half term and as well as it being freezing cold outside, i’ve been struck with a cold. So the fun days out I had planned whilst the girls are off have been limited. Mischa loves to bake and not really wanting to leave the house for supplies, I had a good root around and realised I had everything stocked to make up these lovely sticky sweet buns. An activity to occupy the kids for a while and a delicious treat for us all afterwards, win-win.

Making Cinnamon buns is quick & easy, however proving time needs to be given, around an hour & a half all together not including the prep or cooking time. So if you want these as a traditional breakfast treat, you’ll need to make these up the day before. If like me, you’re not fussed when you eat them as long as its soon… well, you can make them whenever you fancy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the buns. 

250ml of  warm milk.

2 eggs. 

150g  butter, 75g melted, the other half left softened. 

500g  bread flour (plain will work just as well.)

100g  caster sugar

1 sachet (7.5g roughly) of quick yeast

225g  brown soft sugar (light or dark works fine)

2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

 

For the icing.

2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
100g  icing sugar
2  1/2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

And here’s what you’ll need to do.

 

First warm up your milk, 40 seconds in the microwave should do the trick. You dont want it bubbling hot, just warm. So if you’ve heated it up too much just leave it to cool a bit. Next, add your yeast to the warm milk, stir & set aside.

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In a mixing bowl pour in your melted butter, eggs, sugar and flour, give it a quick stir before pouring in your milk/yeast. Using a dough hook attachment give it all a good mix until it’s sticky and stretchy.

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Now its time to prove your dough. The best way to do this (I think it is anyway) is to put your oven at 90 C (gas mark 1/4) leave it for five minutes to heat up.  Whilst your waiting, pop your dough into a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with a damp tea towel. Turn the oven off  completely & put  your bowl inside closing the door quickly. Leave it for an hour, it’ll rise perfectly every time.

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Once your dough has risen, tip it onto a lightly floured surface, give it a good knead before rolling out into a rectangle (or a shape similar) it needs to be at least 1/4″ thick.

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Once you’ve rolled out your dough, its time to make the cinnamon filling. There are two ways to do this. You can either mix your sugar and cinnamon, spread your butter over the dough first and then sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar. Or you can combine the three and spread the sugar/cinamon butter straight over. I’ve gone with the latter.

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Now its time to roll. If its easier, you can pop your dough on a piece of baking paper or cling film and use that to get it rolled up nice and tight.

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Once rolled, its time to slice. I’m using a bit of lightly oiled thread (dental floss works just as well) simply hook around your dough, cross the thread ends and pull tight. This will give you perfect, un-squished slices.

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Next butter your baking tray and pop your sliced cinnamon buns into the tray, leaving a little room around each one. Cover with a tea towel or cloth and using the same method as before leave to prove again for half an hour.

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Once your second prove has finished, your buns should look like this. Lovely big fluffy cinnamon rolls ready for the oven.

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Pop them in the oven at 180 C on a high shelf for 20/25 minutes.

Whilst your buns are baking, you can whip up the icing. Combine butter, milk, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl and give it a good mix. If you like, you can pop a bit of cream cheese in, this is how the americans do it. I prefer it this way though.

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When your Cinamon buns are baked, take them out of the oven and tip them out of the tray straight away, the longer they’re left to sit, the more likely they are to stick to your tray.

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Whilst they’re still warm, drizzle your icing all over them. Don’t be afraid to really slather them up.

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Make a cuppa’, pull off one of those delicious brunch treats and enjoy.

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Your cinnamon buns will stay fresh in the fridge for about 4/5 days (if they aren’t all eaten before then!). To reheat just pop in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.

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Enjoy!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

 

Hazelnut & Chocolate Shortbread sandwich.

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Its Valentines day on Sunday -just in case you forgot!- And nothing says Valentine’s day like chocolate, or these mouthwateringly good hazelnut and chocolate love heart biscuits to be more exact. Silky melted chocolate sandwiched between buttery, hazelnut shortbread biscuits, topped with..  yep, you guessed it. More chocolate. There is no lovelier present to give to someone who holds your heart.

If you fancy whipping these little bites of deliciousness up, here’s what you’ll need:

200g plain flour,

200g butter (unsalted)

75g light brown sugar,

100g hazelnuts – 80g ground, 20g chopped.

200g milk chocolate.

Cookie cutter – I’ve gone with heart shaped, you can use any shape you like.

Grease proof paper.

 

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And here’s what you’ll need to do:

First up, pour flour, butter, light brown sugar and ground hazelnuts into a bowl and combine. I like to use my freestanding mixer, but you can use a handheld, or even just your hands.

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Once combined, tip out your biscut dough onto a piece of cling film, wrap and place in the fridge for at least half an hour.

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When your dough has chilled, roll it out on a floured surface, you want it to be about 1/2 an inch thick.

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Now you can use your cookie cutter, cutting out as many biscuits as you can manage. You can re-ball, roll out and use the remaining dough as many times as you like. I’ve ended up with 14 biscuits (28 heart shapes) fifteen if you count the one that broke and accidentaly ended up in my mouth. So good!

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When you’ve cut out all of your biscuits, place on a grease proof paper lined tray and place in the oven, on a high shelf, 180 degrees (160 fan/ gas mark 4) for 10-15 minutes. Or until golden brown.

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Once cooked, pop your biscuits to the side and leave to cool. They dont take long to cool down, so whilst your waiting you can be chopping your left over hazelnuts and melting down 150g of your chocolate.

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When your biscuits are completely cooled and firm. Use teaspoon to spread melted chocolate over the back side of a biscuit. Lay it biscuit side down on a piece of baking paper, before grabbing another and doing the same again. Pop your second chocolated biscuit on top of the first (chocolate side down), pressing gently. You dont want to push all of the chocolate out from between the biscuits. Repeat this over until you’ve paired up all your biscuits.

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Now, melt down your remaining 50g of chocolate, and using either a spoon or piping bag, drizzle chocolate over the top of the biscuits.

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Finally, give a sprinkle of chopped Hazelnuts, before popping all your biscuits on a  tray and into the fridge until fully set.

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And thats it. Your melt in the mouth Valentine’s hazelnut and chocolate biscuits are done. You could pop them in a pretty box if you’re gifting, or just make a cuppa’ and enjoy as a little treat to yourself (I highly recommend the latter!).

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There are a couple of alternatives you could try with this recipe. Instead of sandwiching the biscuits, you could keep them plain, using them to simply dip in a chocolate fountain. Or you could mix it up by switching the hazelnut & milk chocolate, for macadamia nuts and white chocolate instead. Delicious.

Happy Valentines day!

Robyn Swain.

Blog-aversary.

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Happy Blog-Birthday to me! Its been an entire year since I published my first post! During the past twelve months I’ve published 82 posts. 14 Sewing tutorials, 22 delicious recipes, 11 interior projects, 8 peeks into our family life and from that tally that leaves 27 random rambles . I’m quite impressed,  I spend most of my life rambling- to myself mainly- I expected SO much more.

I can’t believe I’ve hit the year point and I’m still so buzzed by it all. Anyone who knows me, knows how quickly I fizzle out, but blogging is so much fun! Of course it helps that I’ve not pocketed myself into one certain subject. I like prettiness, making things pretty, looking at things that already pretty. When you love what you do, its not hard to just keep on going.

Of course I wouldn’t have lasted this long if it wasn’t for you lovelies that come and read, every Instagram like, Facebook comment, every hit on my blog views. Its that, which stops me from giving it up when i’m lacking in inspiration.

I’m not completely mental in thinking that its a big deal, in the entire world of internetting. My little corner is just that, little. So little it almost doesn’t exist. But that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I could have one view a day and It would be enough to keep me going.

The thing about this blog is, its not here for me to pretend I’m this super organised, perfectly crafty person that just exists to gloat about how together my life is. My life isn’t together, I spent last week having twice daily meetings with Mischa’s teacher to discuss her disruptive behaviour. I use microwave rice, because I JUST. CANT. COOK. RICE! I haven’t worn make-up in nearly a fortnight and my anxiety has been so bad these past few months I had pretty much stopped leaving my house.

For me, the blog is here as a distraction almost. Amongst the crappiness that just has to come with life, I still always have this place, and these projects. Sewing, baking, projects for around the house, these are all things i’ve always done when I need a break. Blogging about them, just gives me a little extra something to focus on and hopefully some ideas on ways to give yourself a break should you need it too.

 

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Here’s to another DIY packed year.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

Home life project – February’s edition (2016)

Its that time of month again, time for the Home life project. This month I’ve chosen Sunday again. I took a ton of photo’s over the weekend, but so many just didn’t make the cut, Sunday was the only day I had time to really have a proper go. Its still cold and quite dark out (the joys of winter!) So rather than trying to get lots of light and airy photos, I thought I would embrace the dark tones. They aren’t the most exciting of photographs, it wasn’t the most exciting of days, but I thoroughly appreciate that The home life project isn’t about staged photographs, but a selection of shots from our normal family life.

Here are the ones that did make the cut:

 

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Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

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January – Photo a day.

During the last days of December, I found fellow blogger xameliax  had started up a little project for Instagram. Eager to practice my photography and interact with other bloggers I thought I’d join in during January 2016. This was the list of subjects for each day.

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I didn’t do too badly, completing 23 out of 31 days. Of course doing it all would have been better. But some days I have been incredibly hectic (My lack of Instagram activity in general will show you this) and some days I just completely forgot. But its been so much fun and something I’m looking forward to playing again when I find another one. At last checking (7pm on 31st) this  little linky has had over 4,500 entries, its such a lovely way to look back through other peoples January.

Here are mine: 

 

 

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Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

Apple & Blackberry Rice pudding.

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Why is it STILL Winter?! It feels like its been years since we’ve had clear blue skies, days where we don’t need jackets, long warm afternoons filled with beach trips and endless ice creams. *Sigh* Anyway, seen as its colder than ever and we have yet another storm apparently on its way to freeze the land, i’ve cooked up an ultimate Winter warmer. Real, homemade – drool inducing- Rice pudding. Homemade Rice pudding is so simple to make and seen as we all have rice, sugar and milk in, its not hard to make if you do get snowed in over the coming weeks. Of course, fancy pants that I am, I have added a few other ingredients to make up this version, but it is so worth picking these up on your next shopping trip. Tangy Blackberry sauce and soft, sweet – buttery sauced apples drizzled over the ultimate childhood favourite. Delicious!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 140g White rice.
  • 100g caster sugar – Plus a couple of tablespoons extra.
  • 1 Litre full fat milk.
  • 200ml condensed milk
  • Couple of knobs of butter.
  • 4 apples (I’ve used granny smith)
  • 120g Blackberries. Frozen or fresh, it really doesn’t matter.
  • Drop of vanilla essence or vanilla paste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

 

And here’s what you’ll need to do:

First, pop your milk and condensed milk into a pan and bring to simmering point.

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Now pour in the rice and 100g of your sugar, leaving the heat on for 1/2 minutes.

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Pop your oven on 140/gas mark 2 and pour your rice/milk/sugar mixture in an ovenproof dish before popping in a knob of butter, nutmeg and vanilla essence. Give it all a good stir.

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Place in the oven, middle shelf for two/ two and a half hours. Pull out half way through and give it a stir before putting it back in.

Now there’re a couple of different ways to do the next step. Peel, core and slice your apples into chunks. You can either do this before your last step and add the apples in your rice pudding too cook through (which is what I wanted to do, but Sam doesn’t like Apples *Wierdo* So I used the next method) Or you can cook down the apples separate and spoon your cooked apples (see next step) over your pudding when its time to serve.

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To do this, just pop your apple chunks in a saucepan with a small knob of butter and roughly a tablespoon of caster sugar. Put the lid on and leave to simmer for 20 minutes or so – or until soft.

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Regardless of how you decide to serve your Apples, its now time to cook down your blackberries. Put them in a saucepan with a heaped tablespoon of caster sugar, place it on a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and combined with the blackberrys to make a lovely juice. If you want, you can cook it all down completely, crushing them with a fork and sieving to have a smooth sauce. I decided I wanted whole juicy blackberries in, so I only cooked for 6/7 minutes or so and kept the crushing to a minimum.

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Once your sauces are done, you can pop them in the fridge. I like the cold tangy bite against the warm creamy rice pudding so I prepared these early on and popped them in the fridge until needed. If you want your accompaniments warm, you can follow the last steps about half an hour before you take your rice pudding out.

So now its time to take your pudding out of the oven. All of the rice should have swelled, sucking up most of the creamy milk. If it’s a little too thick for your liking you can add a bit more milk, stirring in until you have it just how you want it.

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Bowl up some of that creamy pudding and top with a generous spooning of those beautiful Apple & blackberry sauces.

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Homemade perfection.

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Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

Raspberry & White chocolate loaf cake.

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Today it’s Izzy’s birthday! My baby turns three (how the hell did that happen?!) But I prepared this cake yesterday for her to take into nursery this morning and I just knew it was something to share with you all. Its completely un-seasonal, really its a recipe post to be shared in the summer, what with it containing raspberries. But I couldn’t wait that long to share it with you all!

So, seen as though i’ve got a spare five minutes before the celebrating can begin, I’m going to show you just how to do it.

 

Here’s what you need:

175g self raising flour,

175g butter – softened.

175g caster sugar,

4 eggs,

teaspoon of vanilla paste/extract.

150g raspberries fresh/frozen.

200g white chocolate. (150g broken into chunks, the other 50g melted down later)

*Red food colouring is completely optional.

 

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And here’s what you need to do:

 

First preheat the oven to 170 degrees/ gas mark 3

Next whisk up the butter and sugar, before adding in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Now add the flour and whisk for a good five minutes. The extra whisking time is a pain if you only have a hand whisker, but it really is needed for a light and fluffily cake.

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Once those steps are finished you can add the best part of the cake. First tip in your raspberries, then your white chocolate chunks. Don’t whisk, instead folding lightly with a spoon or spatula.

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Pour your cake mixture into a lined and buttered loaf tin and set in the over, middle shelf for about an hour, or until golden brown and firm in the middle. Mine takes exactly 1 hour 15 minutes.  *You can check its completely cooked by popping a skewer into the middle, raspberries will bring your skewer up with juice, but it shouldn’t have any raw cake mix on it.

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Once you’re cake is baked, set aside for ten minutes, before turning out and leaving to cool.

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Once your cake is cooled you can melt down the remainder of your white chocolate. I do this in a microwave (unless i’ve got a large amount of chocolate to melt down, then I use the traditional bowl over hot water method.) 30 seconds on a high power, stir, then in ten second intervals before its fully melted.

If you like you can pop in a little red food colouring to make the chocolate pink, this is completely optional. I just liked the look of it. Anyway, once your chocolate is melted you can drizzle over the top of your loaf cake.

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Slice.

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And enjoy.

I’m now off to spend the day celebrating the birthday of my beautiful, sweet little three year old.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

The great January Box set binge.

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Its January. January is kind of a miserable month. Its  quiet compared to the festiveness of December and way too cold to go out. Right now, new years resolutions lie broken, its so far from the weekend and quite frankly, all a bit grim.

So i’ve compiled the best box sets to binge on list, because how else do you spend a cold January evening?  I’ve watched a lot of box sets, I don’t watch actual TV all that much, instead preferring the ability to watch 8 solid hours of the same programme…. What a way to spend free time eh?!

So anyway, I’m forever seeing posts up on my Facebook asking for Netflix/Boxset recommendations. So I thought I would share my very own. Time to prepare the snacks and get your Netflix ‘n chill on.

 

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The walking dead : 

“The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse.”

I’ve started with my favourite TV series of ALL time. As much as I want to tell you all the amazing things that happen. I can’t… I won’t spoil it for you. I will say, watch it and be prepared to have your mind blown. Also, it is kind of gory, be prepared for that if you don’t like blood & guts and stuff. I’m not a zombie lover, but the  characters, the relationships, the emotions, the ‘What on earth would you do if you was in that situation?’ keeps me coming back every single series. Valentines day 2016 has been officially renamed : The day the walking dead series 6 starts.

 

 

 

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“The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary.”

The Office. I’m not a big fan of the English version. The American version however is hilarious! The Jim & Pam – Why won’t you two just get together and live happily ever after?! and Dwight Schrute the beet farmer, who is just amazing! I’ve seen them all a trillion times and it just doesn’t stop being funny. FYI- Netflix recently took this off (I’m still fuming!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Set in Seattle, Washington, this season follows the investigation into the murder of local teenager Rosie Larsen. The first season covers the first two weeks of the investigation and has three main storylines: the police investigation into Rosie’s murder, the attempts of her family to deal with their grief, and the fluctuating electoral fortunes of a political campaign that becomes embroiled in the case.”

This is a kind of heavy series, but its also incredible. From the get go I was hooked, the first episode having me in tears by the end. If you want something cheery – this is not the series for you. Its gripping, addictive and completely heartbreaking.

 

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Rome. 

“In this British historical drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families.”

I know the synopsis doesn’t sound amazing, but trust me. It is. Also, it has Ray Stevenson playing Titus Pullo (If you don’t know who he is, google him *Swoon*). I love the insight into Cleopatra and Marc Anthony’s relationship. Its kind of gruesome at times, but all in all an fascinating and super entertaining watch.

 

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Modern Family. 

“When the Pritchett, Delgado and Dunphy families agree to be interviewed by a documentary crew, they have no idea just how much they’re about to reveal about themselves.  This engaging new comedy offers a mockumentary view into the complicated, messy, loving life of three unique families. “

Such an easy watch! And if you’re married (or even live with a significant other) You’ll laugh out loud at those little things that happen with Clare and Phil, that happen in your house too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Luther. 

“John Luther is a Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) working for the Serious Crime Unit.  A dedicated police officer, Luther is obsessive, possessed, and sometimes violent. However, Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. For Luther, the job always comes first.”

Oh, John Luther. You miserable yet brilliant man. No one solves a case like Luther – Apart from Dr. Gregory house, but i’ll get to that later-. Its gripping, its dark, its entertainment in its finest form. Series one episode four, is a particularly amazing one, Nicola Walker gives the most incredible performance, to the point you don’t even want to blink incase you miss something she does. Btw, i’m totally on board with this whole Idris for Bond thing.

 

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Fringe: 

“The FBI teams up with a formerly-institutionalized scientist – who was performing experiments on the fringe of real science – and his son to investigate weird crimes that are seemingly part of a larger pattern, and may be connected with a global company called Massive Dynamic.”

I’m not really a Sci-fi lover at all, I wasn’t actually that interested in watching this, Sam put it on regardless after hearing great reviews and I carried on doing whatever I was doing… Until I caught a bit of the opening scene. I physically couldn’t stop watching it until we had watched them ALL – Yep, all 100 episodes-. Its all kind of a bit mad, but in a completely believable way. John Noble who plays Dr. Walter Bishop is fantastic from start to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood. The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power.”

I won’t lie, the first time I tried watching this I was so bored. BUT… I tried again and I loved it! Kevin Spacey is fantastic, he’s ruthless as Frank underwood, and Robin Wright as Claire his equally crazy  wife. Its all a bit grown up, but honestly a must watch.

 

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Mr. Robot.

“The series follows Elliot Alderson, a young man living in New York City.Constantly struggling with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, Elliot’s thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion. He connects to people by hacking them, which often leads him to act as a cyber-vigilante. He is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known as “Mr. Robot”, and joins his team of hacktivists known as “fsociety”. One of their missions is to cancel all debts by taking down one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp. “

Mr. Robot was one of Sams choices, I hadn’t even heard of it. As much as I wanted to see how the whole ‘cancelling all of the worlds debts’ would pan out, really I wanted to give Elliot a hug, make him a cup of tea and tell him to stop doing stupid things with his friends. He’s a messed up guy, and that just follows on through the series. I’m really looking forward to seeing it hopefully all work out for him in the next series.  *Note: Yes, I get very emotionally attached to TV people*

 

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House.

“The series follows a team of diagnosticians at “Princeton Plainsboro teaching hospital” led by misanthrope medical genius, Greg House, MD. Dealing with drug addiction and poor people skills House is tasked with diagnosing the undiagnosable.”

Dr. Gregory house. One of my top TV people EVER! I loved the show so much, I avoided watching the last half of the final series for three years. I literally couldn’t let go. Last year I finally did it, finally watched it and it was SO GOOD!! Try it and I promise, you’ll love it.

 

 

 

 

I could go on for longer, add another five or so to the list, but I think ten is enough for today. It probably seems like all I do is watch TV,  you’d be right. Once the children are in bed and I’ve completed all of my tasks for the day, I make a cup of tea (Or glass of wine if it’s a weekend) and settle down for an evening of box sets. Its winter, its cold out and really… what better way to relax than by throwing yourself into the fictional world of random people?!

Let me know what you think if you do try any on the list.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

Home life project, January edition (2016)

A few days ago, I found my friend Clare over at Maybush studios has decided to start running a new linky – for non- blogging folk/ and bloggers like me that just don’t have a clue- This is a blog post link up, a subject is decided on by the host and at a chosen date bloggers can link up their posts, and everyone can go round seeing how others have interpritated this subject.

Clare’s is the Home life project. This is a photography based link up, on the first weekend of every month you can pick up your camera and spend the day taking photo’s of family life. This is the very first link up i’ve joined and the words ‘People who want to grow their photography’ was what got me so excited to join in. I am so far from a professional, but its something I really want to work on. Meaning, no matter if I think my photo’s are a bit rubbish, I’ll be able to document my progress as the months go on… I could do this without a link, but pushing myself into linking up my posts, knowing others ARE going to be looking… well that just makes me try a little bit harder to get some good shots.

Anyway i’ve rambled on enough now, so i’ll just get my photographs up.

Sunday 3rd January 2016 – A typically lazy sunday in our household.

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The last one isn’t particularly blog-esque… but it is completely honest. This is how I end most of my days! Right now we’re re-watching Luther.

Next month, I want to try & get some more of the girls, its such a struggle too keep them both in the same place, so LOTS of practice needed! This whole thing has been so much fun!

If you want a bit more information on the Link up, you can find it all on the Maybush Studio blog page  HERE

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

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Resolution list: For those who can’t keep resolutions.

There’s an ongoing joke between Sam and I… apparently the only thing i’ve ever been able to commit to is our marriage – He’s not lying… although as of next month, i’ve been blogging for a whole year, so in your face Mr S! Anyway, it’s true.. at first i’m all ‘THIS IS AMAZING – I WAS BORN TO DO THIS -‘ Then, within a week i’m more like ‘ God this is boring/difficult/time consuming’ I don’t know what it is, and its the reason I never pursued higher education. What I want to be when i’m a *grown up* today, will most probably not be what I want to dedicate my life to in three months. I know it really isn’t the best of traits to have, and being 24 , I know i’m now a *grown up*  but honestly, its just the way I am, and the reason I have like 3000 hobbies, I switch between them before the boredom has a chance to set in.

So, for all you resolution commitment-phones. I’ve compiled a list of new years goals that would fit our fussy personality more than the usual  & ridiculous – Start training for a marathon/learn the lost art of hand balancing. – ones.

  • Switch of the TV and read a book. Any book, something to flex that imaginative part of your brain. I’m a box set lover, netflix has been a monthly bill of mine for like 5 years. But sometimes its really is to sit in the quite, just reading, letting your imagination build the picture of what happening. My current obsession is re-reading the entire harry potter box set again… Just as magical the hundredth time.

 

  • Forget the hardcore excersise plan & aim for a couple of YouTube yoga sessions a week. I’m not a yoga fanatic, but when i’ve been out of the game a while, this is the best way to get back into exercising. YouTube has a bunch of beginners videos. Mangy ingber is one of my favourites, – She’s jennifer anistons instructor y’know.

 

  • Compile a Pinterest board soley for uplifting quotes. When you’ve had a bad day – because the *New year, new  me* feeling only lasts a few days/weeks. This might make you feel a little more positive.

 

  • Do the same with your iTUNES. Remember that song you used to listen to 45672 times a day when you where 15, the one that just made you feel so happy. Stick that and as many others as you can remember on there. No matter how cringeworthy. Music provoking happy memories WILL make you feel better.

 

  • Do something new, at least once a week. Go all out and book a parachute jump  (rather you than me!) Or keep it a little less crazy and  visit somewhere local you’ve not been before. The world is your oyster!

 

  • Drink water. Simple, but I know so many people that just don’t drink water! I’m not here to preach, but it’s kind of important, 90% of the time, these headaches and other annoying little things that stop you being cheerful are because of dehydration. My rule is… If i’m thirsty, drink water first before reaching for anything fizzy/juice. If I’m still craving that tingle of fizzy pop I just have some. Balance & all that. Also when it comes to Alcohol, I don’t go to bed after having a few until I’ve drank at least a litre. Your body will thank you for it in the morning.

 

  • Do something crafty. I hear so many people saying they just aren’t the crafty type. I think EVERYONE is the crafty type. You’ve just got to find your niche. It doesn’t have to be expensive, or time consuming. Pinterest is full of ideas, wether its sewing, crocheting, drawing, painting, candle making, baking, or any thing that requires nothing but to tap into that inner creativity. Its therapeutic, its rewarding and you just might discover a passion.

 

  • Write a letter, a proper handwritten letter. I had to write the Christmas cards this year, I was shocked to discover I had literally forgotten how to write! So used to tapping the keys on my laptop, an actual pen felt foreign in my hand. Also, how rubbish is it to get nothing but bills through the post?!

 

  • Daytime naps, whenever you can. Why does this have to stop after childhood?!

 

  • Re-decorate an area of your house. NOT in a fashionable way, not because you want to imitate a perfectly put together Instagram room. But fill it with what YOU like, photos, ornaments, colours – or not- Until I had my sewing room, I never realised how lacking in personality my home was, there wasn’t an area of our home that told our story, or even resembled our personalities. That’s changing daily and I love the little personalised bits that make it truly homely.

 

These are all completely random, also a reflection of what my brains been mulling over now we’ve reached a new year – It is my blog after all- I’m not saying do them all, but maybe pick one, see how it goes, these are all pretty commitment free… My kind of resolution list, If I truly like it, I’ll do it again… not because some stupid rule says I have to stick to it.

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.