Hasn’t it started to feel so much more wintery this week? I for one am happy that I can wear my fleecy PJ’s without Jordan rolling his eyes at me, and have all our spare blankets on the bed.
Last week wore me out a bit and I felt like I might be coming down with something, or suffering from some lingering pollen, but like every other week, I powered through!
1. A Taste Of Porto
Last month, I was challenged by Monarch to create a recipe with the drink Port to celebrate their new flight route to Porto. A lot of the recipes were desserts ones, and even though I have the ultimate sweet tooth, I decided to go for a sauce. I really enjoyed researching the recipe and putting my own spin on it, and it was lovely to have something different for dinner. You can read the full post here.
As it’s my friend’s wedding this weekend coming up, I decided to get my nails done for the occasion. I went for a nude brown colour, as I still haven’t 100% sorted my outfit, so I thought this would be a good compromise as it will go with most colours.
3. Sausage Dog Cuddles
If you know me well, you’ll know that I am quite a big dog person (who owns two cats…) and on Thursday I went for a couple of drinks after work with a colleague, who brought her sausage dog, Bruce along. Although he was quite temperamental with the rain, he was so adorable and even sat on my knee for cuddles.
4. Work Birthday
On Thursday lunchtime, and Friday we celebrated one of our team’s birthdays. There was a spread of cakes and treats, and we went to the pub at lunchtime, which is always a nice way to break up the day. I’m a bit fan of anything that means I can graze of sugary snacks through the day!
5. Move In Weekend
I’m not sure how many of you know who I work for, but the brand I work on is a student accommodation provider. On Saturday morning, I made my way into Manchester to help out with moving the students into their new accommodation. Before the day, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and although it was a long day, it was actually really fun – plus the gin and tonics we had afterwards were quite the reward!
6. Surprise Party
After working on Saturday, I went over to Home Sweet Home at the Great Northern for my friend’s surprise 30th. I got there a bit early to help decorate the room, which was behind a fake vending machine (sorry if anyone reading was planning a surprise party!) We had about an hour before she turned up, and I genuinely think she was surprised!
7. House Party
Because my Saturday wasn’t busy enough, I went from the surprise party to my friend Sophie’s house for a house party. Hannah and a few of her friends came too, and because it was her birthday on the Sunday, we celebrated it there with a caterpillar cake. I love a good house party, and these ones never disappoint!
8. Booking Italy
Over the course of the week, Hannah and I managed to finalise where we will be staying when we go to Italy next week. For some reason we’d left it quite last minute, but now it is all sorted, and it’s time to start getting excited!
On Sunday, Jordan and I went to Bock Biere in Manchester for their roast dinner fondue – yep, you heard that right. Bock is a Belgium bar, and once we walked in, I felt as though we were back in Bruges. I won’t give too much away as I want to do a full review soon, so keep an eye out for that.
After we’d finished at Bock, we went to meet Hannah and a couple of others at Northern Soul to spread the birthday cheer. Because we had had quite a lot of savoury food, I quite fancied something sweet, so we popped into Home Sweet Home in the Northern Quarter to shelter from the rain and went for a Nutella and toasted marshmallow milkshake, which was divine.