Nesting: Favourites This Week

By now, no one is really interested in my observations about whether it’s nearly autumn, or actually autumn, so I’ll move onto my current obsession: nesting and getting myself slightly organised for the upcoming festive period – we got birthdays, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year to come in the space of just three months!

Part of getting organised means getting myself stocked up on some time-saving, super delicious meals. I got sent some Good Hemp Pure Protein Powder, C/O www.goodhempfood.com, and it’s so handy in the mornings for a quick, healthy breakfast. It’s 117 calories a scoop, and it’s vegan too. (Plus gluten-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, soya-free, whey-free, and kosher!) You can add it to your usual smoothie for a protein boost (it contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce ourselves), or build a simple vanilla shake by adding some vanilla essence in along with water. My favourite way to drink it at the moment is as a chocolate banana shake – one scoop of Good Hemp, a frozen banana, a cup of milk, and a teaspoon of cocoa powder, blended. It tastes so bad for you, but it’s not – my favourite kind of breakfast!

I’ve also been trying to use up my Spicery BBQ kits, cooking an insane amount of food while I can still use my Weber. Well, I can use it all year round, but my friends aren’t so tolerant of sitting in a freezing cold garden while I hunch over some ribs. I can’t recommend The Spicery enough – everyone who has tried their kits thinks they’re amazing. Head to http://www.thespicery.com/ for their ranges. These guys are good.

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All year round, I like to make lists – recipes, shopping lists, places to go, things to try, stuff to pack… I bought this Kate Spade notebook and am gradually filling it up! And all this note taking is thirsty work, so my Nespresso machine is going full-tilt. Is it wrong to admit my favourite is the caramel flavour? I know, I’m not a real coffee snob…

I’ve also become obsessed with making pom-poms, and turning them into wreaths. Here’s my snowball-themed Christmas one! I’m working on a black and orange Halloween themed one now… I just need to figure out how to actually attach them to my front door. And, because I’m crazy, I’m seriously wondering if I should buy a new front door just so I can hammer a nail into it…

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