Tuesday, January 30

5 Things That Annoy Me More Than They Should

Tile Style Keyfinder*
Few things annoy me when out walking is when people stop in the middle of crossings or box junction meaning when I see the green man. It's just so inconsiderate. 

Another things that annoys me when driving is when people don't use their indicators. Not only is it dangerous you end up waiting at roundabouts because you don't know where people are going. Drivers also get annoyed when I cross a junction in front of them when they didn't indicate... explain that?

Phrases like 'best day ever' and 'horrific' really annoy me. Especially on social media where they are well over used and it simply isn't true. Just don't exaggerate around me. 

I believe there is a place in hell for students who sit at the end of a row in lecture theatres meaning you have to ask them to move just to find a seat. If your there first just go to the middle of a row.

I've always been 'careless' and I've been getting better but I still constantly losing things! That's where the Tile Style* comes in, available from Maplin, it attaches to everyday items and allows you to track them via the app. Currently mine is on my keys but I think I'll move it to something more valuable like my handbag or camera. 

The app is really easy to use and you can see exactly where your tile is then make it ring so you can find it. You can also make your phone ring with a double press on the tile itself which is the feature I find most useful!  

What annoys you more than it should? Let me know in the comments.

Check out a similar post - 5 Things My Boyfriend and I Will Never Agree On

Sunday, January 28

My week in pictures #254

(from top left) After months of chasing from my mum I finally got round to getting my flu jag on Monday afternoon. I finished watching Sabrina The Teenage Witch and although season 7 wasn't my favourite it was good to rewatch them all. At home with my boys on Monday night. I made peanut soup for a blog post - did you see it? I made Bokkeumbap this week which was delicious. I also made some delicious banana muffins to use up some old bananas we had. 
It was a busy start to the week with a trip home after my lecture on Monday to get my flu jag. I stopped off at home for the night and made the most of my time - chatting to my parents, taking some outfit pictures and making use of their food processor. 

Just over 24 hours later I was back on the train to Aberdeen. Wednesday was busy and annoyingly I pulled a muscle in my shoulder and thinking nothing of it I went to Zumba and made soup in the afternoon which only seemed to make it worse. Followed by a breakdown when a tin of coconut milk ended up on the kitchen floor I'm lucky my boyfriend was around to pick up the pieces.

The rest of my week passed pretty uneventfully with more uni and no gym trips (ouch my shoulder is still sore) I did tidy out a kitchen cupboard and it was warm enough to open the windows in the flat so little wins. 

I've spent Sunday so far in bed reading some blogs (and leaving lots of comments) and working on this blog post. Scott will be over soon and I'm hoping he will take me to Costco before we get the ingredients to make haggis burgers for tea.  

I hope everyone else has had a good week and a lazy weekend!

This week on G is for Gingers: A Blush Pink Blouse for a Grey January | Peanut Soup with Ginger and Lemongrass 

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Thursday, January 25

Peanut Soup with Ginger and Lemongrass | Mick Élysée's Not Guilty

Chef Mick Élysée | Not Guilty*

Chef Mick Élysée had both a Congolese and French upbringing which inspires all his recipes. I was sent a copy of his first book 'Not Guilty' to try out some of his recipes. You can read more about Chef Mick's background here and give him a follow on Twitter and Instagram.

While some are maybe to complex for me, I don't know where I would find caterpillars or crocodile in Aberdeen, others are perfect healthy meals to cook for friends and family.

This peanut soup recipe caught my eye straight away. I love peanut butter and the fresh flavours of ginger and lemongrass and I can report that it is delicious!

You will need:

3 carrot                                                         4 onions
3 garlic cloves                                              4 tomatoes
8 stems of lemongrass                               3 heads of ginger
2 tablespoons of tomato paste                 coconut oil
6 tablespoons of peanut butter                1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 litre of chicken stock                               125ml of coconut milk
1 chilli

Firstly peel and chop the carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes, lemongrass and ginger. I didn't do this too finely because it is all going in the blender at the end.

Put the vegetables in a large pan along with coconut oil and saute for about 2 minutes. Then add the tomato paste, peanut butter and turmeric making sure you mix it well.

Finally add the stock and coconut milk and cook on a low heat for about 45 minutes. Add the chilli, remove from the heat and blend until smooth.

Want to give this recipe a go and many more delicious recipes? Then pick up Chef Mick's book here.

Tuesday, January 23

A Blush Pink Blouse for a Grey January

Blouse: Primark (similar) | Jeans: Next | Boots: Fat Face (similar)
Hallelujah for a pair of well fitting jeans! After months of searching I picked up this pair in Next for only £24. They are fitted but aren't too tight, they don't have rips or other unnecessary embellishments and the size 12 long are a great length for me too. I won't be overlooking next in the future when I need a good basic again.

Yesterday I wore my new jeans with this blush pink blouse I bought in Primark pre-christmas. It was only £3 and I really like the colour so I picked it up. Denim jeans and a nice blouse is one of my go-to looks for everyday. These Fat Face boots were bought on ebay for my Christmas and they are so cosy for this cold spell we've been having recently.  

Monday, January 22

My week in pictures #253

(from top left) Burgers at The Bobbin to celebrate handing in my dissertation on Monday. Adulting on Tuesday when I finally got round to clearing out my cupboards. New books to read during the rest of January from the library. We watched 'Big Little Lies' this week and I really enjoyed it despite not realising it was based on the Liane Moriarty book I've already read. Another recipe for Jamie Oliver's Five Things book - flaky pesto pesto chicken. A cheeky Papa John's to finish off the week.  
My week started with a McDonald's breakfast while I did a final read over of my dissertation. I finally handed it in after getting in bound in the afternoon and it was such a relief to have it finished. I was so tired in the evening we decided to go and get tea at our local pub before coming home to crash into bed early.

The rest of the week was spent catching up on all the little jobs I meant to do before the Christmas holidays but didn't feel well enough for/did have time to do. I also made it to the gym on Thursday and fate rewarded me with the whole Aberdeen FC team to watch while I was running. 

Classes haven't started back fully but I know it is going to be a busy semester so I will happily take the time to be lazy. On Wednesday I treated myself to an afternoon of shopping and on Saturday I went with my flatmate to see 'The Greatest Showman' in the cinema. It was such a good feel good film and I'd 100% recommend it. 

On Saturday evening and Sunday morning I got hooked working on a little blog refresh for it's fifth birthday. What do you think? There are some small changes I would like to make but I'm really happy with how the banner turned out in the end. The rest of Sunday was spent with my boyfriend - we had a wander round the shops then ordered a Papa Johns for tea and catch up on Silent Witness. 

This is going to be a busy week ahead but I'm really looking forward to it.  

This week on G is for Gingers: A Postcard from Budapest

Thursday, January 18

A Postcard from Budapest

At the end of December, after Christmas and before dissertation stress, my boyfriend and I jetted off to Budapest for new year. We flew from Aberdeen to London then onto Budapest. Despite long delays in London we arrived late Friday night ready to get up and explore on Saturday morning. 

I had downloaded Lonely Planet Budapest for my ipad before we left so had a pretty clear idea of everything I would like to see. On the first day alone we visited the 'Great Market Hall' and had a walk across the river to Budapest castle and Fishermans Bastillon for the views over the city. 

In the evening we almost failed at finding somewhere for tea because it didn't occur to us we might have to book, a lot of steps later and some tense words we found an italian on the main street that was delicious. 

On our second day, New Years Eve, we headed north from our hotel walking through the Jewish Quarter to the 'Szechenyi Thermal Bath' and even though we didn't go in the entrance was impressive enough. We then stumbled upon Heroes Square as the sun was setting. By that point we'd we'll passed our steps target and got a taxi back to the hotel for a power nap.

In the evening we pre-booked Jamie's Pizzeria in this really cool part of town with lots of restaurants. It was one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten out so I'd definitely recommend that. Afterwards we found a pub for a few drinks before heading to a square to bring in the new year surround my people are fireworks. Afterwards we walked back to the hotel via the river which was beautiful - the best new year I've ever had. 

On our final day I was determined to see the parliament building but apart from that it was pretty chilled. We had breakfast at 'Astor Food Room' and just did some general exploring trying to take as much of this awesome city in as possible. 

In the evening we booked 'Trófea Grill Restaurant' which was an all you can eat (and drink) buffet style restaurant with lots of Hungarian food. Perfect if you want to try things without commiting and the deserts were amazing... it didn't stop me from having a Hungarian chimney cake on the way back to the hotel though. 

Honestly Budapest is probably the best city I've ever been too. I can't quite put my finger on it but there was so much to see and the atmosphere on the freezing cold days was lovely. I'd recommend it to anyone!

Now where would you recommend for next new year?

Tuesday, January 16

My week in pictures #252

(from top left) Early last week I finished the fair copy map for my dissertation which was one weight off my mind. On Wednesday my boyfriend and I made a delicious chicken and veggie dish from his hellofresh box. Mum and I took advantage of the late night shopping in Dundee on Thursday to spend some quality time together. Our little new year tradition of some inexpensive treats in the Accessorize sale (plus a diary from Tiger). 
Last week would have been work work work if I hadn't also been insured to drive the car. With just one week left I really felt the pressure working on my dissertation. Thank goodness for my dad who is always around to help with formatting and layout of posters and my mum who is an ace proofreader - definitely couldn't have done it without them. 

On Wednesday evening I drove to Scott's and we made tea together. It was nice to spend the evening getting away from uni work and starting the new series of Silent Witness. I was back home early Thursday though to keep working. By Friday evening though I had my poster printed and I made chicken tagine with dates and orzo from nadiya hussain’s cookbook.

Then by Saturday evening I was more or less done with the report too so after tea mum and I settled down to watch the second part of the miniaturist. I must admit to being a little disappointed by the ending... I felt like it was lacking a little bit when the first half was so good.

Sunday morning was spent proof reading and adding some final figures into my report. Then I packed my bag and went to spend the right at my boyfriends because he was giving my a lift to Aberdeen early monday morning. In plenty time for my first lecture of the semester and handing in my dissertation.

This week on G is for Gingers: Casual Winter Styling

Wednesday, January 10

Casual Winter Styling

Shirt: TOBI* | Skirt: New Look | Boots: Clark's
This is my final look featuring an item from TOBI and this time I'm back with something more casual. I think checked shirts should be a staple in everyone's wardrobes. They come in so many colours and are so versatile for autumn/winter. This one is a much lighter fabric than others I own and is cropped which is different too. 

I've tucked it in at the back so it doesn't look too oversized with this skirt but I can imagine it would look great with some black high waisted skinny jeans or under dungarees. You've seen this skirt before because I wear it all the time but the boots are new. 

I featured them first in my 'New Term Wish List' then in my 'What I got for Christmas' post too. My grandma bought them for me at my request and they've been a hit already, they are so comfy, I can drive it them and they look great with the black tights I wear 75% of the time. Here to wearing them until they don't have any soles left!

See the last time I styled this skirt - Styling Red Stripes and a Black Suede Skirt    

Monday, January 8

My week in pictures #251

(from top left) Bundi sitting proudly in front of the Christmas tree. Europe by night while we were flying to Budapest for New Year. In Hero's square in Budapest on the last day of January. Pizza at Jamie's Pizzeria on New Years Eve - they were delicious. Christmas decorations were beautiful in Hungary. On Sunday night we made the first dish from Rick Stein's Mexico - the meatballs were so tasty.     
Christmas at home with my family was lovely and spending the last few days of the year exploring a new city with my best friend was more that I could have asked for this time last year. 

It's not surprising then that most of my photos are from Budapest but I don't want to go into too much detail about our trip now. I'm saving the rest of my photos for a post later this week. 

Once I got back it was full steam ahead with my dissertation. It is doable but I still feel like I have a lot of work to do before the deadline. I've spent most of the past week working towards that but on Friday mum insured me on the car so I got to do a little driving. 

On Saturday afternoon I went up to Scotts - we just chilled in the evening, took down the Christmas tree then ordered a Dominos. 

Sunday was another lazy day and because it was so cold we only left the house to go to Lidl. I have this terrible habit of going to Scott's on Saturday night with the promise of going home on Sunday then I don't want to leave... oops!

Next week is going to be more of the same until my dissertation deadline. Wish me luck! 

This week on G is for Gingers: A Tartan Dress from TOBI | 2017 in Outfits | My Year in Pictures 2017 | What I Got For Christmas 2017

Thursday, January 4

What I Got For Christmas 2017

Another Christmas is over already so I thought it was about time I showed you some of the things I was given. I've not been around much over the past week because I scheduled a lot of my content while I was away in Budapest for New Year.

We always spend Christmas at home with my aunt and uncle and this year one of my brothers friends joined us too. On boxing day my boyfriend came over for a second Christmas dinner which always feels really special to me.

I got some lovely things this year - some were surprizes and others I gave a hand in picking. I'm sure I don't need to point this out but this post is just for those of you who are interested (I'm not bragging!)

My mum picked these Fat Face boots up for me on eBay because I was in desperate need of something warm for my feet. I'd been looking at similar things for a while so I knew they were right for me.

To open on Christmas day they gave me this fun polar bear ice cube tray. They actually have one too so I had been hinting. I love giraffes so mum got my these earring from a market stall that benefits people in Africa. 

The presents from my boyfriend were a complete surprise because I knew he was buying them last minute. The candy cane lane Yankee Candle is my favourite Christmas scent and I'm partial to a hot chocolate (and a doughnut) so these were lovely.

I love Nadiya on Bake Off but never considered her book before - flicking through it though I know it is something I'll use a lot. Paella is one of our favourite things to make but we've never had a proper dish before now. I can't wait to start using it and get really good at making them. 

The week leading up to Christmas I went to meet my Grandma for lunch and we went shopping afterwards. She bought me this scarf in M&S because I loved the colour (and I wore it everyday while we were away). 

I've been lusting after these boots for months so when I saw Clarks had a sale I popped in and Grandma offered to buy them for me. I know I'm going to wear them to death because they are so comfy.

My boyfriends Mum works in the dentist so the toothpaste was a jokey present. There are 50 mini tubes in there though and it is my favourite brand so I was happy. 

I've already started to fill the money pot with coins and the Yankee Candles will be burned over the new few months too. I still have the Galaxy but it is quickly disappearing... 

It's hit or miss if I get a Christmas present from my brother but this year was a huge hit. These slipper socks come all the way up to my knees so are super warm. He bought them for the Mexican shop we like in Stockbridge, Edinburgh if anyone is interested. 

Last but definitely not least I got some gift vouchers from my extended family. TK Maxx is a shop I'm in alot but I'm going to save these for something I really need/want later in the year. Especially as the Love2Shop vouchers can be used there too.

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone all the best for 2018.

Tuesday, January 2

My Year in Pictures 2017

  • At the start of the year my flatmate visited me for a few days - it was nice to show her round my home.
  • La La Land remains one of the best films I've seen this year. 
  • To try and be healthier this year I started making 'energy bites' to snack on during the day and after the gym. 
  • In March Scott and I went to Nick Nairn's Cookery School and learnt to make beef wellington - something we've yet to recreate at home. 
  • Scott took me on a little birthday getaway to Pitlochry and we climbed Ben Vrackie.
  • I had my birthday dinner with my friends at the Boozy Cow in Aberdeen.
  • For easter I made my first simnel cake which went down well (even if I did forget to take it away with me). 
  • One of my not so little cousins joined us at our annual family holiday in Aviemore this year.
  • In April Scott and I had a few days in Glasgow to recharge.
  • Aberdeen was filled with street art this year for a special festival.
  • I voted for the first time at a polling station for the Scottish council elections.
  • Ahead of a busy summer of uniwork I treated myself to an iPad mini (best purchase ever!)

  • Our bees swarmed at the start of summer and I found the along the road from our house in a hedge - that was lucky.
  • I went with my boyfriend and his parents to the Scottish cup final in Glasgow - it's a shame Aberdeen didn't win.
  • Ten days in Tenerife in May was just what the doctor ordered.
  • I then spent 10 days in Torridon as part of my geology degree. 
  • Seven weeks of my summer was spent mapping Durness and Faraid Head for my geology dissertation. 
  • To keep me sane I got really addicted to 'My Dad Wrote a Prono' - it's hilarious and if you haven't listen already you should!
  • My much loved moto G didn't survive mapping so I became and iPhone user this summer.
  • Of course I missed my own dogs while I was away but it was nice to have Bernie around for company.
  • As a treat for surviving mapping Scott took me to Poland for a few days at the end of August.
  • Happy to be reunited with my boyfriend we went to a wedding together in September.
  • A new term addition to my bedroom - I love this grid with memories from the past year.
  • In October I went on my final residential field trip to Caithness

  • After handing in my mapping project in September I got it back just a month later with positive feedback. 
  • I got invited to the opening night of Lane 7 in Aberdeen - an awesome new bowling place in the center. 
  • I finally went to see Grease with my flatmate and her family - dream come true.
  • I finished reading 'The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden' which was one of my favourite books of the year. 
  • Home for Christmas with our lovely big tree (extra bright with LED lights this year).
  • We flew to Budapest for New Year (I'm hoping I can say it was amazing but I'm writing this post in advance so you'll just have to wait).

This time last year I was facing a scary year - nervous for seven weeks away from my family and boyfriend but I survived and it has been a pretty special year. I've been to Tenerife, Poland and by the time your reading this Budapest too. I've also spent time in Pitlochry, Aviemore, Glasgow, Torridon, Durness and Thurso which is a lot of Scotland in one year. 

I've done some pretty great things inbetween too. The highlights include going to Nick Nairns Cookery School, the Scottish cup final and handing in my mapping project. I'm spending New Year in Budapest too which is crazy.

Arguable 2018 is going to be even more scary and I've no idea what life will be like this time next year. I'll be handing in my dissertation in January (which makes me feel sick) and hopefully graduating in June. I'll stop being a student which will come with big changes (hopefully a good job) and a change of home too when fingers crossed I move into my boyfriends flat. 

Until then it will be a lot of hard work... I'm going to need some luck!