Monday, July 9

5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week #2

I've now been living with my boyfriend for a whole two weeks and I'm pretty darn happy about that. Time has been passing so quickly but that probably has something to do with the sunshine.

1. An Ikea Trip with my Boyfriend

My boyfriend took Monday off work so we jumped in the car and headed to Edinburgh for a much needed Ikea trip. I've not been in ages and just really fancied a browse but it also meant we could pick up some essentials including two chairs and a table for the garden.

2. Christening our New Garden Furniture

Following on from my first point we got to christen our new dinning set by having tea in the garden. It's very rare in Scotland that it is still warm enough in the evening but our garden is quite sheltered so it was such a treat.  

3. Being able to Spent Time Outside Reading 

I feel like I missed out on a lot being away for the whole of the summer in 2017 but a little thing I missed the most was being able to take my book into the garden and read it in the sunshine. So that is basically how I spent the whole of Tuesday. 

4. Spending Time with my Little Cousin at the Park

I got a message out of the blue on Saturday asking if I was around because my cousins were heading through to our town. I didn't have a lot of free time but I was able to go and meet them at the park then go for a milkshake which was lovely. 

5. The New Home Bargain in our Town

A little bit sad maybe but I love Home Bargain and I'm excited to have a huge one within walking distance of our house. I did get a chance to go in on Sunday but my boyfriend was with me so I didn't get to have a proper browse... 

A final moment that made me smile this week - when we were out with my boyfriends parents on Saturday his mum got a text from her friend who actually lives upstairs from us. The message contained a picture of her dog looking sad with the caption 'when you realise your favourite neighbours aren't in the garden'. Bless her!

This week on G is for Gingers: New Summer Sandals from Lunar

Wednesday, July 4

New Summer Sandals from Lunar

I bought this dress from New Look before going to Vietnam at the end of May and I've been meaning to share it here ever since. I saw it on the lovely Eilidh's instagram and wanted one for myself and I love the relaxed styled and how much it suits the weather we are having at the moment. It is now in the New Look sale so you might still be able to pick it up if your quick. 

Dress: New Look | Sandals: Lunar* | Necklace: Jewellery Box 
I can't remember the last time it was this warm in Scotland for so many days. Everyday I'm looking for summer dresses or shorts to wear outdoors. Even my converse have been cast aside in favour of sandals - that's were Lunar come in.

They sent me a pair of sandals to try out and I've managed to get plenty wear out of them already. The most important thing for me in sandals is comfort because I do a lot of walking but that doesn't mean I want to compromise on style. 

I chose the Bijou Flower Sandal in orange and they have just the right amount of sparkle that you can wear them to the beach and something a little more formal too. The padded insole and supportive wedge heel make them really comfortable. I wore them on a trip to Ikea at the start of the week and my feet didn't hurt once. 

Your definitely getting a quality shoe with these ones and I'm sure I'll be wearing mine for summers to come. They even have a range of colours online if the orange isn't for you. My only problem with them is I have to size up and that never happens for me. Once the size 6 arrived they fitted like a dream though. 

Friday, June 29

Cranachan with Scottish Raspberries

Cranachan with Scottish Raspberries

My boyfriend turned twenty five on Tuesday and because I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment I thought I would make him something nice for when he got home from work. A birthday cake would have been an obvious choice but I remember him mentioning how much he loves the Scottish dessert cranachan. 

Since Scottish raspberries are in the shops now I thought I would attempt to make it for the first time. The only change I made was to use spiced rum instead of whisky because neither of us like it and we have plenty rum in the cupboard. Alternatively you could just leave out the alcohol altogether but where is the fun in that?

You will need:

100g of rolled oats                                75g of hazelnuts chopped
50g of muscovado sugar                88g of dark chocolate grated
42g of milk chocolate grated                  300ml of double cream
250ml of creme fraiche                          75ml of rum (or whisky)
225g of local raspberries                                                                   

The first step is to spread the oats out on a baking sheet and brown under the grill for about 4 minutes. Keep an eye on them and move them around every 30 seconds because they are easy to burn.

Once the oats are very hot transfer into a bowl and mix with the hazelnuts, chocolate and sugar. The heat will melt the chocolate but once it starts to harden break up any clumps that have formed. 

In another bowl whip up the double cream until it is thick (but not too stiff) then fold in the creme fraiche and alcohol. That all you have to do apart from layer up the cranachans.

Starting with a layer of the oat mixture, top with cream then strawberries. I managed to do this twice in little glasses which made the perfect individual portions. Overall the mixture made 5 cranachans but this will depend on your glasses. 
Cranachan with Scottish Raspberries

These were delicious and very summery - they will be best made with local berries at this time of year. They were quite boozy though so if that isn't your thing so easier on the alcohol. My boyfriend loved them too so that was a bonus. 

Check out my last recipe: Fluffy Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday