Blooming El



Ever since I joined the lovely Wonderful Wednesday crew, the weeks just seem to fly by! By the time I've finished writing one WW post, it's Wednesday again and time to put together another list of lovely. So here we go...



I love that word. Mooching. Me and G did exactly that on Saturday. He finally had a weekend day off, hurrah! It's so difficult for us to get a day off together because whilst I have the weekends off, G works in retail and well, not working the weekend in retail is like office workers not working on a Monday!

It took us the whole morning to decide what to do with our day but I quite enjoyed just laying in bed, trying to come up with a plan for the day. We settled on visiting Hertford, it's a beautiful little town and we've never really explored it together. We had a little mooch (tehe) in the charity shops, walked by the castle and ate some scrummy pub grub by the river. The weather was wet and miserable but we made the most of our day together!

Back to Work

I went back to work on Monday and believe it or not, I was soooo ready. We had quite a long break (well longer than most) and I think it really helped us all to reboot ourselves. I'm excited for what we have planned and am feeling confident that we'll do well in 2017.

New Year Lunches

I'm not sure if there's an actual term for this so I'm just going to label it 'new year lunches'. You might have seen them in the office, or perhaps you're indulging in them yourself? It's the healthy option, the salad, the low-fat, low-sugar, fruit and vegetable filled lunch box that you find at the beginning of a new year and guess what? I am LOVING it. I bought the cutest lunchbox from Tesco (other supermarkets are available) which has four different sections, four! Taking the spotlight in the biggest section is my salad, I've been munching on bistro salads, with tomatoes, cucumber and cooked-the-night-before chicken breast. The smaller sections have been home to a handful of grapes, two satsumas and a little portion of salt and vinegar crackers.

I'm not sure how long it will last but with four sections to fill, the healthy possibilities are endless! Feel free to send your lunch suggestions my way...

Confident Cooking

I'm not the most confident when it comes to cooking but one of my goals this year is to experiment more in the kitchen, so that's what I did! I popped to my local supermarket, picked up a sweet potato, a carrot, broccoli and some chicken breasts. Meat is a big confidence wrecker for me, especially when it comes to slimy chicken breasts but I did it. I actually cooked a piece of chicken that wasn't frozen AND I made my own little sweet potato wedges with roasted carrots. It may be a small step in your eyes but it's a big one for me!

Unexpected Plans

On Sunday, I was sitting happily in my bedroom, trying (and failing) to finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when I received a little message from my friend Christine. She was on her way back from town and wanted to pop in. I loved her little visit and I think more people should just drop in on their friends out of the blue. I then received another text from my friend Georgie who asked if I wanted to see La La Land at some point. 'OH MY GOD YES' was my reply I think. I'd told G about it the day before but he didn't seem that bothered, so I had settled on the idea that I may be watching it months later on DVD. Oh how I was wrong! 

That's a wrap! How has your week been so far? What wonderful moments have had your heart a'flutter, share them with myself and the rest of the gang* on Twitter! Don't forget to use the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday. 

SallyMichelleKateJoHelenCatSamLauraMimmiMartinaIsabelle, and Kerri.


  1. Oooh what a lovely jam packed week full of lovelness you had!

    I can completely relate to you on not having many weekends off with your better half, he works 9-5 as a plumber and I used to work weekends in evenings in the catering industry. The days off at the weekends we got together, we really did treasure! xx

  2. Mooching is a magnificent word. And thing to do! I need to get me one of those lunch boxes, I've been all about the soup but it gets old pretty quickly.
    Well done on the cooking too, I used to be a very unsure cook but practice definitely makes perfect!
    Have a brilliant rest of the week, with lots of impromptu plans
    M x

  3. I love a little mooch in a charity shop, especially looking for old books! Also I am a proud owner of 2 varieties of compartmentalised lunchbox, they are great xx

  4. Wonderfullest of Wednesdays to you! Oh yes the New Year lunch, I'm seeing a LOT of that in our offices too, even partaking myself... but not just the New Year lunches, the new year tALKING about NY lunches, and diets, and exercise routines... hehe. But YES, one cannot possibly consider a change to one's lunch habits without the presence of a new lunchbox. I do love a good lunchbox! x

  5. Sounds like a lovely week! I'm all for the new year lunches as well - it's quite nice to finally be eating all the fruit and vege which I should be!!

  6. Mooching is an excellent word. Sweet potato wedge with roasted carrots sounds delicious. Experimenting is the way to go to get confident in the kitchen.

  7. Mooching is a good way to spend the weekend whether it's mooching on the sofa with a book, or mooching on a hike (I'm quite liberal with my mooching haha!), it's all in the name of enjoying yourself.

    Have you ever thought, since you're not so confident in cooking meat, to go for veggies meals instead? There's so many great meals you can make without meat that I might be a fun adventure for you, and without the risk of food poisoning from badly cooked meat.


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