Introducing Falmouth- Swanpool Beach & Cafe

 

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And so it begins! I have decided to start this series with a place very near my house. Swanpool is my favourite place to go when I just need to get away from it all. Swanpool itself is a beautiful lake full of ducks and swans. Right next to the lake is a mini golf course which is always fun. Across the road from that is Swanpool Beach. It’s not massive and is a bit pebbly meaning it tends to be quiet, especially on a grey day like today.

At the top of the beach sits Swanpool Beach Cafe. During the day they serve lots of yummy things to nibble on including delirious ciabattas, filled jacket potatoes and home made cakes. I love having a cheesy garlic ciabatta and a Belgium hot chocolate followed by one of their amazing quirky ice creams. They are so massive and so good! You get two scoops of Cornish ice cream topped with clotted cream and the topping of your choice from the list. I love “Monkey Business” and “Caribbean Kiss”, on nom nom! You can choose to eat your food up on the decking under a huge parasol or out in the open on one of the many benches on the sand.

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dsc05839dsc05842dsc05845dsc05861dsc05869dsc05874 And lets end on a silly selfie because life is about having fun!

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Toodles!

Things I Love Thursday

Another week has been and gone and I have eaten way too many burritos! Oli is actually on his way to buy some now.

Fotor01016204243 <3 Wearing Crown and Glory everywhere! I wore my little devil horns to be the “clean demon” while cleaning the kitchen.

<3 Finally having my lovely colourful hair back! Yay! I feel like myself again.

<3 Burritos FOREVER.

<3 Reading lovely blog posts.

<3 Doing the food shop, I don’t know why but I really love it.

<3 Going for a lovely walk along the beaches with Oli on Saturday, We hung out with the ducks for quite a while which always makes me happy.

<3 Getting some new wool from Deramores to knit Christmas presents, so organised this year.

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<3 Chatting with Taylor and Saskia on Google Hangouts, makes me miss them a wee bit less. Saskia (circled) got stuck on my screen with this expression for ages, it was soooo funny!

<3 Getting back into using Twitter, I’m @emempinkypie

Right I need to go and do some last minute work before tomorrows seminars so I will talk to you guys soon! I am planning to get out and take some photos for my “Introducing Falmouth” feature over the weekend so watch this space.

Toodles.

 

 

Introducing Falmouth

I feel a new blog feature coming on! After being inspired by Emily Fisher over at Mermaid Gossip I have decided to start a series of posts about the awesomeness of Falmouth! I will be including my favourite shops, restaurants, bars, places to go, things to do… well anything I love about Falmouth really.

For any of you who don’t know, Falmouth is a town in Cornwall, England. The town has a rich history, Pendennis Castle has been protecting the River Fal since 1545, it still stands today and is amazing to look around. It was not only used in Tudor times but was also a barracks during both world wars.  Falmouth was a packet station from 1688- 1851 meaning mail from around the world came into England though here, so it was pretty important! It is also home to the worlds third largest natural harbour and the UK’s largest ship repairers! Falmouth University helps inject a youthful, artistic vibe to the town. It’s also a godsend for locals like me who don’t want to move far away for University.

I have lived here my whole life and am very proud of my town. It is a truly beautiful place with lots to offer but not enough people know about it. I’m going to try to bring you guys a new post about Falmouth every week, including photos and maybe even mini interviews with shop owners!

I thought I would kick it off with some photos I have taken over the years around the town.

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Now this last shot is a bit of a throw back. I had to include this because it is of my absolute favourite place in Falmouth- Swanpool. I like to come and stand in this spot when I am stressed or upset because something about the calmness of the water just makes everything feel much better. I love hanging out with the ducks too, they make me super happy! You can’t really tell but this was way back when my hair was super short and I lived in my combat boots. DSCF0101

 

I hope you like my photos and are excited for my upcoming Falmouth series! I’m not sure what day of the week they will be going up yet but hopefully I will be able to keep it regular.

Toodles!

Things I Love Thursday

I have had a busy but good week full of uni, partying and yummy food! Annoyingly I am once again ill. Damn you freshers flu, you are only meant to hit once! However I have a lot to be grateful for so here goes.

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<3 Yummy cocktails on Oli’s birthday outing

<3 Dressing up like a kitty

<3 Soy caramel macchiatos- heaven

<3 Baking brownies

<3 Blogging my little heart out

<3 Finally getting around to bleaching my roots (I will be re-pinking it at the weekend)

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<3 Feeling like a flower fairy

<3 Playing around with photo collages

<3 Selfies to the max

<3 Oli liking his birthday presents, so glad he had a nice day

<3 Oli going into town to buy me a burrito this evening because I felt too poopy to cook

<3 My October Glitterati box arriving and being freaking awesome

<3 Getting all snuggled up in layers to combat the cold

<3 Warm morning showers

This really had been a great week! Now onwards with positivity- illness will not get the better of me!

Toodles

Beardy Brownie Recipe- Vegan Jack Daniels and Cherry Brownie

It was my boyfriend’s birthday on Sunday and because I am a wonderful girlfriend I wanted to make him a cake. I wanted to make it special for him and he loves Jack Daniels so I knew I wanted to incorporate that. I also wanted to make the cake vegan so my vegan house mate could have a slice. From this The Beardy Brownie was born. I know, kinda odd name. I have named it The Beardy Brownie in honour of my boyfriends wonderful beard:

1959858_10205029212238704_711619379134828201_nYou could just call it a Vegan JD and Cherry Brownie, but where’s the fun in that?! Right on to the recipe:

Ingredients 

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<3 250g Plain Flour

<3 350g Sugar

<3 65g Plain Cocoa Powder

<3 1tsp Baking Powder

<3 1tsp Salt

<3 300ml Water

<3 50ml Jack Daniels (any whiskey will do, or you could leave out the alcohol all together                                        and substitute it for 50ml water)

<3 150ml Vegetable Oil

<3 1tsp Vanilla Extract

<3 100g Glacé Cherries (optional but yummy!)

Method  

1- Pre heat your oven to 180 c / gas mark 4.

2- Weigh all of your dry ingredients.

3- Wash the glacé cherries to remove all of the syrup. Next dry them thoroughly before chopping them into quarters. Toss the quarters in a teaspoon taken from your weighed out flour.

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4- Stir all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt) together in a large bowl.

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5- Measure out all of your wet ingredients (water, jack daniels, oil and vanilla extract) and add them to the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir the mixture together. You should get a lovely glossy batter. You could use either an electric whisk of a wooden spoon- both work equally well.

6- Fold in the quartered cherries.

7- Pour the batter into a lined tin. The cherries may come out in a bit of a clump, if this happens just redistribute them with a spoon.

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8- Cooking time depends of the depth of the tin. Check the brownie after 20 minutes by sticking a knife into the centre. If it comes out clean then the brownie is done. If not leave it in for 5 or 10 minutes longer. It should take 30 minutes maximum but all ovens vary.

9- Let the brownie cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.

10- Once cool (if you can wait that long!) slice into squares and enjoy!

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This brownie is just so rich and yummy! The Jack Daniels adds a real depth and the cherries bring some sweetness in. This would be delicious served with some coconut cream or vegan custard. The birthday boy really liked it, as did everyone else and I hope you guys do too!

Toodles.

 

 

 

Internetty Bits and Bobs

Sorry this is a wee bit late guys! I have been a busy bee so haven’t had a chance to sit down and compile this list. But yay, I now have the time so I hope you find something you enjoy as much as I did.

<3 Spending forever creating the perfect family and house on the Sims used to be one of my favourite ways to waste a day. I dread to think how long this superfan spent recreating these sets from Friends

<3 As you will know by now I am a massive Crown and Glory fan. Earlier this month Rock n Roll Bride once again collaborated with them to bring out the Bridesmaid Collection. There are some lovely pieces in there- my fave has to be either the pink Liberace ears or the Liberace hearts.

<3 Are you in need of a cute animal pick-me-up? If so this link is for you!

<3 I go to the wonderful Falmouth University in Cornwall, England and we had some fabulous news recently- Dawn French is our new chancellor! How freaking awesome is that?!

<3 Space fascinates me so when I saw this nebular bracelet I fell in love.

<3 Who knew Duct Tape could make such beautiful clothes?

<3 I you love Buffy The Vampire Slayer then you will love this.

<3 One of the common things tattooed women hear is “what about when you get married?”, we will look awesome, that’s what! 

<3 I love a good science joke.

<3 Chihuahua+bubbles=adorable! 

<3 Ever wondered what Single Ladies would sound like as a dramatic monologue? Well wonder no more.

<3 One for the Harry Potter fans.

<3 This song speaks to me on a spiritual level.

<3 These guys take popular songs and make them a million times more awesome. This is my particular favourite.

I hope you enjoyed the bits I have rounded up this month. Now to start collecting again…

Toodles.

 

October Glitterati Unboxing!

After waiting patiently for a few days my Glitterati box arrived on Saturday! I was so excited to see what was inside because I knew it had a bit of a Halloween theme and it’s no secret that I freaking love Halloween. I will admit I had a sneaky peek at some people’s photos on Facebook so I had a bit of an idea of what I would be getting but it was still a wonderful surprise to see what was in my box.

I also ordered myself a little treat which I got delivered with my box. So here is my unboxing video:

I know it’s a little bit all over the place but I tried! Hopefully next month I will be a wee bit more prepared.

Links to the products available online:

<3 The Glitterati 

<3 Mermaid Huge Glitter Bow (this usually comes on a stretchy elastic hair band but if you would prefer it on a metal band like mine just add a note at the checkout and you can have it done at no extra charge)

<3 Glitter Devil Horns Headband

<3 Glitter Bat Clips (these are just black ones)

<3 Feather Bobby Pins

<3 Ebony Lotta Rosie Headband (I called it the Whole Lotta Rosie in the video which is also on the website but is a wee bit bigger than the Lotta Rosie)

I love my box so much and am already itching to see what’s in store for next month. I think my favourite piece from this months box has to be the Lotta Rosie Headband. I have wanted one of these for ages and am so happy I got the black one. It will work with so many different looks and it hides my terrible roots beautifully! Thank you so much Sophie for being such a babe and thank you to the lovely Glitterati girls for always being fab.

Toodles!