Tuesday, November 13

Porridge Recipes To See You Through the Winter

Since I discovered I love porridge a few years ago I have it most mornings in the colder months. It makes me fell cosy inside and keeps me full until lunch time. This week, with the help of my friends at Aldi, I challenged myself to make five difference toppings. Some are a little more involved than others which you can just throw on top.

I normally make my basin porridge recipe in the microwave with 40g of oats and 160ml of milk. I cook it for two minutes stirring half way through.

Vanilla Almond Milk Porridge With Honey Roasted Pear
For this first recipe I halved my pear, spread over some honey and cinnamon then baked it in the oven for 20 minutes. In with my porridge I added half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, which I've never done before and is delicious, then served topped with almond and a little more cinnamon. 

Banana and Peanut Butter Porridge
 Banana and peanut butter is a classic combination and I really love peanut butter. There is no cooking involved with this topping - I just arranged my peanut butter and bananas on top of my porridge as well as I could. 

Carrot Cake Porridge
This recipe involves cooking your porridge in a pot but I still used the same measurements. I followed the recipe links in terms of amount of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger but just used normal oats. I really tastes like carrot cake so if your a fan I'm sure you'll love this recipe.

Raspberry, Coconut and Chocolate Porridge
This is a combination of flavours I hoped would work well and it really did. I choose frozen raspberries from Aldi so there wasn't any food waste and I could make this again in a few weeks. There are no quantities here just judge it by eye. The chocolate chips when deliciously melted in the warm porridge too.

Plum and Almond Porridge
This was the recipe I spotted in the Tesco magazine that inspired this post. It just looked so yummy in the photos. Slightly similar to the pear recipe it involved baking the fruit but this time with maple syrup, cinnamon and orange juice. I topped it with whole almonds and I love how autumnal the colours of the fruit and sauce are. 

Well there you have it. Five porridge recipes to see you through the next few months. I'm so happy with how these photos turned out and my vision was realised. I'd love to know your favourite porridge toppings so leave me a comment. 

I was kindly gifted vouchers to buy my ingredients 
from Aldi but love of porridge and 
saving money in Aldi is all mine. 

Thursday, November 8

My Orlando 2018 Bucket List

Last time we visited Orlando, Florida in 2016 I kind of missed out on being excited. I was nervous about my first long haul flight and theme parks seemed like quite an overwhelming place. Fast forward over two years and my attitude has totally changed.

I know what to expect and even though we won't be going to any theme parks this time (why are they so expensive!?) I am very very excited. I've also only had to wait two weeks because it was a last minute booking. Here are some reasons I am excited to go back to the Sunshine State:

1. Having dinner at Olive Garden again

We had our first and last meal of the holiday at Olive Garden last time and have been talking about it ever since. It's not exaggeration to say if there was one in Scotland we would be there all the time...

2. Browsing Bath & Body Works for hours

Another place I can't visit in Scotland (heartbroken) so I will be in Bath & Body Works multiple times deciding on which candles to bring home in my limited luggage. I'm also pretty excited to go back to Target and visit an American Costco but Bath & Body Works is at the top of my list.

3. Going to IHOP for pancakes for breakfast

We visited IHOP for breakfast once on our last trip but I want to go back more than once this trip. I love American breakfast with pancakes and waffles (basically everything unhealthy). 

4. Doing some Christmas shopping at the outlets

My boyfriend might say it is too early but I think it is the perfect time to pick up some Christmas gifts. Hopefully I'll get through my little in the Disney store and limit what I pick up for myself. 

5. See some Manatees in the wild

As well as visiting more of Florida (because we have a car) I really really want to see the Manatees. I missed out last time because time was limited but this year I'm making it a priority. 

We'll that's my list of things I'm aiming to do when I'm in Orlando but I would love any recommendations anyone else has. Where to eat or interesting places to visit would be amazing. 

There will be lots of posts when I'm back but in the meantime you can check out my posts from Orlando 2016.

Tuesday, November 6

Pieces from BoConcept Scotland I'd Love to Own

Basel Side Table 

I’ve not been in the position, so far, to buy big pieces of furniture for my home but I have a very clear idea of what I like when the time comes. So, when BoConcept Scotland got in touch asking if I’d like to pick out some pieces from there designer furniture collection I didn’t find it difficult at all.

Initially, this side table caught my eye. Woodland walks and taking photos of trees is one of my favourite things so it would be nice to bring a little nature into my home. A good side table is also a really versatile piece to add to your living room.

Graphic Plaid

I love a big throw in my living room for those chilly nights we have at the moment. The pattern is a lot more grown up than the one I have currently but I have high hopes it would be just as snuggly.
Bordeaux Wall System

These shelves caught my eye because of how they were styled in the product photos on the website. I like the ladder shape and the minimalist clean lines all ready for you to inject your personality into. I can see mine being styled with candles, cookbooks and lots and lots of cacti.
Adelaide Living Chair

I’ve dreamt of having a stylish and comfy arm chair that I could read a book in or work on blog posts and this one fits the bill exactly. Plus, the bright yellow colour would look awesome in any room and make everything fell warmer.
Sydney Trolley

I love the idea of having a bar cart, maybe it is a ‘typical blogger’ thing but I like how they can be styled to suit your style as well as being a statement and practical piece in the room. Hopefully one day I’ll have room for one – it would a modern stylish one like this I would go for.

You should check out their furniture stores in Glasgow.

This blog post is in collaboration with 
BoConcept Scotland but love of my home 
and furniture is all my own!