23 things I’ve learned in 23 years!

Hey guys! Since it was my birthday recently, I wanted to make to make it a little more positive and share with you some of the most important things I’ve learned so far during my life. I hope you enjoy this post! Let me know in the comments one of the best life lessons you’ve ever learned that you think I need to know!!


1. You can never be over educated. Listen. Respect your elders. Explore other cultures- Ignorance can be cured but stupidity cannot.

2. Pay close attention to the people who don’t clap when you win. If they don’t celebrate your achievements and respond with jealousy or put you down, ditch them, they’re toxic.

3. Everyone’s path is different, life is not a race.

4. Never change who you are on the inside to please someone else.

5. It’s ok not to be ok.

6. Real Love is/should be easy, but maintaining relationships takes work on both sides.

7. Trust once broken is a thousand times more difficult to repair than to maintain

8. The people who are meant to be in your life will be. Don’t waste your energy chasing or trying to force fake friends to stay.

9. No matter how kind your intentions, some people will hate you for speaking the truth. Save your advice for people who deserve it.

10. Self-care is vital. Poor mental health can have detrimental effects physically as well as mentally, so it’s important to look after yourself in all aspects.

11. No amount of wealth or material gain can make you richer than someone with an abundance of wonderful memories. Don’t waste your life.

12. People grow and change. You should never apologise for evolving positively or leaving people behind who don’t appreciate your journey

13. Family is chosen through loyalty and love. Blood ties mean nothing.

14. Never trust people who don’t believe in magic at least to some degree!! (The worst kind of muggles)

15. The more you try to oppress your true self the more miserable your life will become. Fitting in is overrated sometimes!

16. Soulmates are definitely more than just lovers or romantic partners. Sometimes people come into your life for a reason, be it a chapter or a lifetime, and that’s ok. We learn lessons from them.

17. “We accept the love we think we deserve”. Until you learn your true value and stand up for what you’re worth it will be hard for people to treat you as such. You deserve to be treated the way you are in your wildest dreams.

18. Trust your gut instincts, but know how to distinguish them from anxiety. I truly believe that all beings are born with a sixth sense to some degree that is knocked out of them by society. If something feels wrong, it probably is- but don’t let your anxiety imitate this power.

19. A simple compliment can make someone’s whole day better. There’s so much power in that. If you can make someone happy, always do so. (The greatest NYE Resolution I ever made)

20. White, Black, Asian, fat, thin, ugly, pretty. We all look the same when we are skeletons in the ground. Always do your best not to judge people by their exterior.

21. Try new cultures. When travelling, immerse yourself into something new. Don’t just go to a foreign country to dine on burgers and chips, or to enter nightclubs that are exactly the same as the ones back home. There are so many interesting stories and things to learn about new people and places. Give it a chance.

22. No matter how much you want something, it won’t come to you unless you work for it.

23. There is always hope.



I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, or at least found something that resonates with you a little!

See you next time!

Love From Frankii x

100 Questions Tag!

ITS MY BIRTHDAY! I thought since today is basically international Francesca day, I’d do this tag to let you guys get to know me a little more- thanks to Ashleigh for tagging me!


1.What’s your name?

Francesca Denney

  1. Any nicknames or aliases?


  1. Your gender?


  1. Your star sign?


  1. How old are you? 

  2. Your relationship status? 

  3. Any children?

None, I like the sound of silence for now thanks.

  1. Any pets?

I have a cat, but I often visit my Grandma to see her and the dog that she got when I was living with her.

9. Any tattoo’s or piercings?

I have 2 tattoos, my lobes pierced twice, A scaffold bar, a nose piercing and my belly button.

  1. What do you like about yourself?

I like my brain, my creativity, and my sense of altruism.

  1. What do you dislike about yourself?

I have this awful naivety in that I often forget that not everybody is kind or honest. I also dislike my anxiety and that it can sometimes make me irritable.

  1. Righty or lefty?



  1. The last thing you drank?


  1. The last thing you ate?

Salmon and Broccoli

  1. Your last phone call?

My Grandma

  1. Your last text message?

“Much Excite” to Austin, re. food he was bringing home from base, lol!

  1. Your last email?

I sent a few links to IGN to Austin’s Papa last night because he couldn’t get past a level on Lara Croft! Lol!!

  1. The last song you listened to?

“Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” – Frank Sinatra

  1. The last book you read?

A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin.

  1. The last time you cried?

Last month after an argument

  1. The last blog you read?


  1. The last person you spoke to?

My Husband

  1. The last place you visited?

My Grandma’s lastnight

  1. Your last holiday abroad?

France, two years ago! Way too long ago!!


Have you ever?

  1. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

Ew no

  1. Have you ever been cheated on?

Yeah, more times than I care to count

  1. Have you ever cheated on someone?

No. Cheaters are trash.

  1. Have you ever lost anyone special to you?


  1. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

A handful of times at uni, yes.

  1. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?


  1. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

Yeah. I believe in soulmates, I think a lot of people come into your life to change it for good or bad, they’re still lessons.

  1. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your true friends were?

Several times, most recently marrying young showed me a lot of people only cared about me because I was single and there.

  1. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?


  1. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

When haven’t I? The small town mentality where I live is WILD.

  1. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?


  1. Have you ever kissed a stranger?


  1. Have you ever had your heart broken?

At the time I probably thought I had, but I hadn’t

  1. Have you ever had sex on the first date?


  1. Have you ever been arrested?


  1. Have you ever been attracted to someone who isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

I can appreciate beauty in the whole gender spectrum, but I wouldn’t necessarily say I’ve been “attracted” to a woman, no.

  1. Have you ever done something you regret?

At the time, yes, but I try to look back on everything as a learning experience.

  1. Have you ever had a threesome?


  1. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

All the time!

  1. Have you ever misjudged someone?

Not really, actually. I’m a very good judge of character, and the times I’ve told myself off for being too judgemental in advance I’ve always been proven right a few months down the line.

Your Beliefs and Opinions

  1. Do you believe in God?

Yes and no. I believe there’s something, but I think there’s too much suffering in the world for it to be an all-benevolent “God”.

  1. Do you believe in yourself?

Yes, I’m working through my anxiety and self doubt.

  1. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Of course!! Only big Scrooges don’t! 😉

  1. Do you believe in ghosts?


  1. Do you believe in aliens?

Yes, the universe is so vast there must be other intelligent life out there somewhere

  1. Do you believe in miracles?

Not really

  1. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Yes and no

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight?

I do since I met my husband

  1. Can money make you happy?

I love that saying “I’d rather be crying in a Mercedes than on the bus”. I definitely think money can help, but nothing can ever come close to happiness caused by love and human kindness.

  1. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?


  1. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

Pro-choice. I don’t care what religion you are you should never enforce it on another human being when there is no scientific evidence to prove that “life” begins at contraception. Not only that, but I don’t think the term pro-life is correct, as it’s often more like pro-birth. It means that unwanted children are brought into the world and often find themselves being bounced around adoption centres/and or bad foster homes for their whole lives. My mum works in a care home for teenagers which is full of such children, many victims of abuse by their foster parents. Unless you are ready to adopt an unwanted child I don’t believe you can call yourself “pro-life”. Sorry.

  1. Do you have strong political beliefs?

I do indeed, I love politics.

  1. Do you have strong religious beliefs?


  1. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child?

Unconditional love and a stable home-life.

Right Now

  1. Are you eating anything right now?

Nope, I’m waiting for Austin

  1. Are you drinking anything right now?


  1. What are you listening to right now?

I’m watching KUWTK on Hayu

  1. What are you thinking about right now?

This blog post and the Charley’s Austin is bringing home!!

  1. What are you waiting for right now?

Again, the Charley’s Austin is bringing home!!

  1. What are you most excited about right now?

Definitely Christmas, I always get so excited to give people the gifts I got them!

  1. What’s your pet hate?

Closed mindedness, and people who have no manners or social awareness. It makes me cringe and I just don’t get how you can’t tell when you’re being rude making other people uncomfortable. (obviously special needs and mental health is an exception)

  1. What’s your favourite thing right now?

Reading blogs in the bath has become an odd little routine for me, I love having that “me” time.

  1. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Probably in the bath with my some secret Santa gifts that arrived this morning!


  1. Your first best friend?

A little girl called Melissa, I believe.

  1. Your first kiss?

Year 9, it was sloppy and gross and I avoided him for 2 weeks after until he dumped me. LOL.

  1. Your first celebrity crush?

Enrique Iglesias. (sorry mum.)

  1. Your first holiday?

Disneyland Florida? Possibly?

  1. Your first pet?

Matty, a Polish Lowland Sheepdog.

  1. Your first regret?

Probably one of the many morons I dated when I was younger…

  1. Your first job?

I worked for a while as a stable hand when I was about 13.

  1. Your first childhood memory?

Being pulled through the mud by Matty as a toddler because he was barking at something.


Which one?

  1. Love or money?


  1. Twitter or Facebook?


  1. Hook up or relationship?


  1. Dogs or cats?

Dogs 100%

  1. Coffee or tea?


  1. Beer or wine?

At a push, wine? Provided it wasn’t too dry. Or Mexican beer like Desperdos.

  1. Sweet or savoury?

Depends on my mood really.

  1. Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert 100%.

  1. Vampires or werewolves?


  1. Seaside or countryside?

The seaside!

  1. Summer or winter?

Both for different reasons. I hate being too hot but Summer always seems more exciting with more going on. If I had to pick, winter, because its so beautiful and full of love, especially around Christmas time.

  1. Books or movies?

Movies, but only since I graduated, I haven’t really been able to focus on reading like I used to for awhile because I’ve grown so accustomed to being forced to read stuff I didn’t want to.

  1. Horror or comedy?

Comedy, I find Horror films boring and cringe for the most part.


A Few Questions to Finish

  1. Do you wish you could change your past?

I wish I’d done certain things a bit differently just to make my life easier, but everything happens for a reason.

  1. What’s your dream job?

CEO of a Makeup Brand. (Dream big or go home I guess?) But for now I’d love a little something in digital marketing.

  1. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Nutella from the Jar, using the bath to hide from my husband and his guitar when I miss silence… I have several!

  1. What are you afraid of?

Failure, not achieving anything in my lifetime, dying alone.

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A vet

  1. If you had any super power, what would it be?


  1. If you could change anything about your life, what would it be?

I often wonder if I’d done university differently, If I’d taken a more specific subject, or moved to the USA with Austin for a few years before he extended his tour in the UK… but I try not to dwell because I hope I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

  1. Would you want immortality?

Only if it included my loved ones, so most probably not.

  1. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would it be?

Madeleine McCann.

  1. Would you say you are happy?

Yes… mostly.

  1. What one piece of advice would you give yourself at age eighteen?

Boys are trash, focus on you and your education and stop binge eating.

  1. Where would you like to be in five years?

I’d like to be working from home, for myself, and possibly with our first child on the way.

Birthdays suck…

Every year I dread my Birthday. I always see people with big extravagant parties, gifts and surrounded by family and friends. As an introvert, and as someone who suffers with anxiety, my friendship circle has always been small. I struggle making new friends, because I’m always weary of new people who might judge me or misunderstand my self-care/hibernation periods. I spent far too much of my young adult life trying to please and impress people who never cared a smidge about me- so nowadays I’d rather have no friends than I would fake friends. I’ve made peace with that, and I love my small collection of remaining friends.

Previously, where I may have tried to organise a big meal or event with “friends”, in recent years for the most part I’ve given up. Sometimes I find life a little tough as I always feel a bit on the outside. Like I’m always a friend but never a “best-friend”.

As it happens, since January 3rd is such an awkward date, I’ve always found that people will produce a multitude of excuses and flake. “I have no money”, “I’m still hungover from NYE”, “I’m back at work that day”, “I’m with family”. While these are all valid excuses, I became exhausted by getting my hopes up every year that one year would be different and that someone would remember and give me an amazing surprise- or at the very least, make the day less depressing.

In essence, nothing about 23 is an exciting age, and at this stage I’m fairly certain I will be spending it alone with my cat. All I ever really hope for are memories. I just wish that my birthdays didn’t always seem to merge into one constant dreary January. This year I had my best friends over and a visitor for Austin over for New Year, so I suppose that today after dropping them off at the train station anything would feel slightly anticlimactic- but my husband and my mum this year both couldn’t take it off work. Of course, this isn’t their fault, but it does add substantially to the feeling of disappointment. I’m quite family oriented and I live for the moments that involve the whole family together spending some quality time just laughing.

Furthermore, now I’m past 21, I struggle to get excited about hitting age milestones. It makes me feel a little frightened at the speed my life is going, and generally just more aware of my own mortality. My birthday always serves as a reminder I’m probably almost a quarter of a way through my life, and that I’ve barely achieved anything in that time. Not only that, but it actually seems to serve as a cute little reminder of how lonely and isolated I’ve become. All in all, I will probably spend tomorrow in bed, napping, and playing the PS4… and I’m ok with that.

The intent of this post isn’t to sound whiny, selfish and entitled, but I really want to make a point of sharing both the good and the bad parts of mental health. This time of year is never a great one for me, but alas, there’s always next year. Wish me happy gaming!



Mum’s Pear and Chocolate Crumble

I thought I’d share this recipe on here as a few people asked me about it after I commented on a Twitter thread about people’s favourite foods. This is a dessert that will immediately transport me into our old house, in the winter, sat at a small dining table under the stairs, holding the bowl to warm my hands.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the queen of cooking without measuring ingredients, but I’ve tried to explain my process as best I could. The recipe my mother used was originally this one by Waitrose (click the link here if you’d like to see the original), but I’ve made some adaptations that I think improve the dish, while also making it more cost effective. Winner, right? Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard and you have a winner all winter long- or in my case, all year round…


  • Preparation time:20 minutes
  • Cooking time:30 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes 

Serves: 8


  • 8 pears, peeled, cored and cubed
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 100g your favourite chocolate
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon

For the crumble

  • 175g butter, chilled and diced
  • 200g plain flour
  • 50g Roasted Hazelnuts
  • 50g Porridge Oats
  • 125g Demerara sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 Tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
  2. Chop your Pears into cubes, sizing of your preference, but remember, the bigger you chop them the longer they will need in the pan.
  3. Place the pears, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and 100ml of Ginger Beer in a large pan and heat gently for 10 minutes or so until the pears are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  5. Stir through the hazelnuts, oats, spices, and sugar. If you want to chop and speed this process up again, I like to pop mine in a blender and pulse it until I have the desired consistency.
  6. Spoon the pear with a little juice into an ovenproof dish. (not too much, else it will bubble over, which isn’t terrible, but for special events it looks unsightly). Scatter over the chocolate, then the crumble mixture, making sure it is relatively flat and evenly distributed.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Frankii’s tips

More often than not, I frankly don’t have the time or patience to make my own crumble topping. Yes, for special occasions it adds a little something extra, but if you want to cut down on time don’t feel guilty for grabbing a bag of Aunt Bessie’s. Makro also do huge bags- sometimes Grandma will get a large one and we will split it and keep it in Kilner jar’s for freshness.

The New Years Resolution that changed my life…

What’s up guys? Now Christmas is over, It’s safe to say that New Years Day is officially creeping up on us, and so I’m sure many of you are thinking about setting a New Years Resolution, or if you’re anything like me, just bracing yourself for the tsunami of inspiring “new year new me” status updates from those Facebook friends you just haven’t got round to un-friending yet.

In my adult life I never really believed in New Years Resolutions, and Quite Franklii (😉 she said it!!!) Every year without fail I would become increasingly tired of everyone indulging in some new ridiculous fad diet, and of middle aged women exclaiming how “naughty” they’ve been for eating all the mince pies. (Just so you know, every time you punish yourself for indulging in a tasty treat you deserve at Christmas, a piece of Santa’s soul wilts.) But, if you’re looking to try something realistic, meaningful and achievable this year, put down that Gym Membership you’ll use once this year and keep on reading to find out the one New Years Resolution that actually did change my life.



You reap what you sow…

Growing up, I was always a confident child. Then I got bullied, had abusive relationships and shitty/toxic friends. As an INFP, my thoughts have always been fairly altruistic and kind, so I struggled a great deal growing up and realising this was not inside everyone. I found myself listening to girls tearing each other down and speaking behind each other’s backs, often saying things I would never even think, let alone say. Though these experiences didn’t necessarily affect my thought patterns- they definitely did impact the way in which I viewed the world, I became more cynical and much much more ‘shy’ and ‘reserved’ with my opinions- mostly for fear of standing out, looking odd or weird.

In 2015, a friend made an innocent comment that really stuck with me. He said “I love it when you give compliments, because it happens so rarely I know when you approve of something you really mean it.” At the time, I was in a major depressive episode, and was on a really serious spiritual journey to find out more about who I really was. Naturally, this involved a great deal of self-reflection.

I’d always known I wasn’t the most demonstrative person, I’ve always been a little reserved, and consequently accused of being “cold-hearted” and detached. As I mentioned previously, though I would laugh and play into that stereotype, this was never because I didn’t have love to give, more that I was very guarded and careful with who I shared it with. (Now, actually, this is a trait that I’ve accepted and actually like about myself, as it provides an extra ‘security check’- My empathetic nature often means that people will take advantage of me and drain my energy.)

But- I didn’t realise I was withholding admiration for those closest to me.

This really got me thinking, when was the last time I complimented my mother? My grandmother? My closest friends? A stranger? The truth was, I’d become so paranoid about coming across as creepy, or weird, that I had begun to come across as cynical and cold.

Now, I don’t necessarily totally believe in ‘the law of attraction’, but I definitely do believe in karma. I try hard nowadays to be as kind as possible to people, because regardless of how much someone dislikes me, I never want people to be able to say that I was unkind. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” if you will. Thinking about this, It was then, that I made my New Years Resolution.

If you have nice thoughts, be kind and give compliments freely, (and the hard part) even if your anxiety tells you it makes you look weird.
This is about reconditioning your mind, and reminding yourself that no matter what your anxiety or your insecurities say, it doesn’t. By reaching out to say something kind, what is the worst that can happen? Perhaps the recipient does think you’re a little odd, or a little creepy- but at least you’ve maybe made them feel good and boosted their ego even the slightest bit.

I think so often in this world of social media, it can be so tempting to just give stuff a “like” and move on with your day. But what makes this Resolution so achievable is that you can even ease into it by exercising it on social media. Instead of just leaving a like- tell someone you love the way they do their makeup, their writing style, their work ethic.

The more you do this, the more you will be encouraged to continue doing it. It’s honestly so rewarding. 9 times out of 10, people will generally be so grateful, especially for the more thought out kind gestures, that it will really boost your confidence, ease your anxiety and actually make you feel good yourself.

So, if you don’t have a Resolution yet, you never usually stick to them, you don’t believe in them, or you think they’re all meaningless- think again, and maybe consider making a simple vow to work on yourself and try to give compliments and give love freely. You’ll be surprised by how instantly your own life will become more positive and light.

really hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that perhaps it’s inspired you to give kindness a little more freely in 2018. With the amount of hatred and the global political climate we’ve been left with after 2017, it’s more apparent than ever that there can never be too much love and kindness in the world. Pick up the phone and tell someone they are awesome today.

Happy New Year everyone!

Love from,

Frankii. X

My Perfect Roast Turkey & Christmas Day Recipes!

Hi guys! Another quick little recipe selection for you all today, here is my Christmas day agenda, including how I make the perfect (not-as-dry-as-ghandi’s-flipflop) roasted turkey! 


(Did you know that the traditional British Christmas bird was goose?)

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees C. Oil a deep roasting tin.
  1. Remove the neck, giblets, and packet near the front shoulders, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Place the turkey in the tin and loosely stuff the cavity loosely. Brush it with oil and insert the meat thermometer into the thigh, making sure not to touch bone as this gives and inaccurate reading. Salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Make a foil tent for the turkey, leaving about an inch of space to allow heat to circulate. Crimp the tent to the sides of the pan.
  1. Roast the turkey until the thermometer reads 180 degrees C. For turkeys from Tesco (UK), it usually has a calculated time on the bag based on the weight. We got a large – 5.3-6.9 kgs or 11.6-15.2 lbs. This would typically take between 3 hrs 15 mins – 3 hrs 50 mins, with an additional 30 mins for the stuffing. To ensure browning and perfect crispy stuffing, remove the foil tent after an hour or so of roasting.

Roasted veg:

Carrots, parsnips, squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Cut into similar shapes and sizes, peel and half the roots. Toss in a ½ cup of sage, a ½ cup of thyme, and several sprigs of rosemary (fresh is best!) and one whole bulb of garlic. (My family- especially my sister! love to eat it roasted by just squeezing the garlic out of the clove… though I don’t recommend this if you are planning any mistletoe related activities later on!!) Salt and pepper to taste. Chuck them in around the turkey about an hour before pulling the turkey out. I usually separate half of my veg because my mum is vegetarian/pescatarian  –  and cook separately.


My famous gravy is always made in the bottom of the meat dish (with separate gravy granules and water mix for my veggie mum). I usually make it by pouring a majority of the loose oil out, leaving a few tablespoons worth. I then mix cornflour and water in a small glass and whisk the slurry into the hot oil until no excess oil remains. This should thicken, and the slurry substance should mix with the meat juices and become a brown, thick-ish substance. Pour boiling water and pop a stock cube in, then whisk to the desired volume and thickness. Pop in chopped onions and gravy granules/herbs of your choice for extra flavour (if you desire) and boil adding water until desired quality.

Brie and Cranberry Puff Pastry Snowflake

My next recipe I wanted to share with you lovely lot is one that I created myself during a phase where I was obsessed with puff pastry and its versatility, and concocted some experiments with the left over cranberry sauce I had from last Thanksgiving- (I made too much and I hate wasting delicious food). I loved it so much, and it’s so festive and easy to make that that this year I made it as an an appetiser… and my friends loved it. One so much that she actually asked for this recipe so that she could recreate it- so Ellie, this one’s for you kid! If you do decide to recreate this, or any variation of it, do make sure you show me your pictures, you can find me on basically any social media @quitefranklii!


  • 1 wheel of brie of camembert if you prefer
  • 2 pre rolled sheets puff pastry
  • about a cup of cranberry sauce
  • 1 sachet of bacon lardons
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • Approx 1 tbsp fresh rosemary + one whole sprig
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg whisked
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (The pastry I use comes rolled in its own)
  2. Pop your cheese wheel In the centre, (I like to put mine in a ramekin so that it doesn’t ooze out all over). Break up the sprig of rosemary into a few bits and stab it through the cheese. Push the garlic cloves in in a similar manner- you don’t have to be neat with this!
  3. In a pan, on a medium to high heat, pop in a bit of olive oil, about one clove of garlic, and remaining herbs to fry off your bacon lardons. If you want your bacon crispier, make sure to add your garlic and herbs later so that it doesn’t burn.
  4. When this is done, add in the cranberry sauce, and turn the heat down to low. Stir for a minute or so while it cools just to combine the flavours
  5. Cut each sheet of pastry into about six even, vertical strips.
  6. With a spoon, spoon on the cranberry mix, and with the back of the spoon try to evenly distribute the mixture across all twelve of your strips. (But don’t overload them, as this can make the pastry soggy.)
  7. Simply twist your strips, then bend them in half so they form little triangles. Arrange them around the cheese as per my image so that it creates a kind of “snowflake”
  8. Brush pastry with egg wash. Make slits in the cheese and then drizzle cheese with olive oil and season both cheese and pastry with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Pull it out when the pastry is risen and golden, but sometimes the cheese needs a little longer to get the gooey, dipping consistency that is desired for this meal- so (with your oven gloves on!) feel free to grab it in the ramekin and pop it back in for 10 more minutes.
  9. Tear off your strips, dip, and enjoy!!


Super Easy Christmas Stuffing Recipe

Hey guys, I know I promised some festive recipes that I love a while back, so here’s one of my staples that I also use throughout the year when I do big roast dinners, I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

I’m a much better chef than I am a baker, because I’m never one to really measure my flavourings. I’m one of those people who can never create a recipe twice! But it’s been suggested to me by my friends a few times that I should try and write down some basic guides, so I’ve really tried to record some.

Serves: 10 

  • About 200-250g of cubed bread, as rough as you like. Sometimes I just tear mine. I usually do about a 2:3 ratio of White to Wholemeal, but thats my preference.
  • One tube of sausage meat, or a few sausages with the skin removed. (if you are vegetarian, at the first blender stage I would add a couple of slices of bread and an egg. This makes a sticky breadcrumb mix that tastes great and will hold its shape in a similar way.)
  • 1 medium onion
  • a generous helping (about 3 Teaspoons or more depending on preference) of dried sage
  • a generous helping of dried rosemary
  • a generous helping of dried thyme
  • a generous helping of parsley, fresh is best but dry is fine too!
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • a handful of dried cranberries, I’ve also used a Cranberry jelly before when in a pinch.
  • Lazy Garlic, 1 teaspoon.
  • 1 Stock cube
  • 50g (2 oz) unsalted butter, melted



  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
  2. What I like to do next may be a little naughty, but there’s always room to cheat at this stressful time of year! What I do, is simply bung the apple. the onion, the herbs, a stock cube, and the cranberry’s into my Nutribullet (any blender/processor would work). That wicked little device isn’t just for smoothies you know! I only really pulse it until it is a rough paste, but if you prefer finer flavours then go ahead and let it go a little longer.
  3. Pop in a little bit of water, perhaps about a cup- to activate your stock cube, along with a teaspoon of lazy garlic and your melted butter (I do this in the microwave) and pulse it again until you have a peculiar slurry.
  4. Lightly toast your bread cubes, this can be done by popping them on a baking tray for 5 or so minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, mix in your paste/slurry mix with the sausage meat and bread cubes, (Disclaimer: some people like to cook their sausage meat before hand, however I’ve never found that I needed to, I’ll leave this down to you. If you choose to do so, I would imagine you could knock off a significant amount of cooking time. Say, 30 or so minutes. I prefer to leave mine to cook inside the bird or a baking tray so that it comes out at a similar time.)
  6. Spoon into turkey to loosely fill and cook along with your bird. (if you pack it too tightly, it may cause your turkey and stuffing to cook slightly unevenly, as it will prevent air from circulating.) Or of course, if you prefer or have left overs, pop it into a greased baking tray or pyrex dish for about 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

The Christmas Tag

Hey guys! Again, apologies for my inconsistencies but you know how life gets at this time of year! However, when I received this tag from Naomi over at FatFashionBlogs I knew It would make a wonderful way for me to transition back into the world of blogging! I hope you all enjoy it!

Q1 – What is a Christmas tradition you do every year without fail?

Bizarrely, considering how much I love Christmas, my family never really were super into the festive season- I feel like they get a bit caught up in the stress as a pose to the magic. For this reason, we don’t really have too many traditions, but every year the whole (close) family will wake up super early, and we will always wait for a call from Grandma (our Matriarch and queen!!) and then we will all make our way there to open presents and lounge in front of the TV while xmas dinner cooks.

However, since getting married and having my own little house with my husband we are super excited to start picking up some traditions of our own!

Q2 – What is a Christmas tradition you do every year other people might find strange?

I don’t really know if it counts as “strange”, but most of my family don’t really drink- with the exception of Bucks Fizz on Christmas day. I know a lot of people who get a bit tipsy on Christmas day, but that has never really happened in my lifetime. We do however, almost always seem to end up watching March of the Penguins!

Q3- What is your favourite Christmas movie and song?

My favourite Christmas movie is actually probably the Grinch- I love watching it now as an adult even more so, as I actually find it hilarious how much I now relate to the Grinch himself!!

Q4 – What is the best and worst present you’ve every received?

I think possibly the best present I ever received was my DSLR camera when I was about 17, because back then I never anticipated how it would change my life and inspire a lifelong interest in media and photography/film.

I wouldn’t say I’ve ever really received a “bad” present, but the one we still joke about to this day was the one year mum went “off-list” and bought me an at home laser hair removal kit! While it’s super practical, I still always joke about how it was a hint about my tash! (lol)

Q5 – What is one beauty product you are excited about using this year for Christmas looks?

One!? Oh, its so hard to choose.. lately I’ve been loving the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara I received as a PR from John Lewis through Influenster a while back- It really helps to finish a look even if you don’t want to use lashes. However, every Christmas I always get much more experimental with my lipsticks, and I love the way Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lip in shade “crocodile tears” gives me festive Slytherin glam vibes. As far as drug store goes, I’m actually loving the ___ palette from Sleek at the moment!! Though it does have a little bit of fallout, I am obsessed with the metallic sheen you can achieve with such an affordable palette!!

Q6 – What is your go to Christmas Party Dress this year?

Oh gosh, can I say my birthday suit? I don’t actually have that many close friends who live near me anymore- especially since I got married, I feel like my single friends think I don’t really go out anymore by choice. (It isn’t!) so it’s rare that I get invited to things. (boo!) Nevertheless, I was never a GREAT lover of dresses anyway, as I’m quite tall AND large breasted, so I find most dresses come up much much shorter than they ought to. My go to Christmas outfit is definitely the PJs you get on Christmas Eve! How could it be anything else!?

Q7 – What are you most looking forward to this Christmas time?

This Christmas I am most looking forward to sharing my second Christmas with my husband and watching my family open the gifts I got them. My genuine favourite part about Christmas is buying/making gifts for my loved ones, I just think it’s the most rewarding feeling ever! (and the food, of course.)

I Tag






My thanksgiving to-do list!

Hey Guys!
Believe it or not I am one of the few bloggers out there with the worst organisation skills ever. Therefore, as promised this morning, I thought I would share with you the to-do list I created to assist me with the lead up to Thanksgiving! Let me know in the comments if I’ve forgotten anything or if you’d like to see any recipes from my menu! I really hope you enjoy!! 

My To-Do List Includes:

3-4 Weeks Before:

Write a guest list

Invite family and friends you are genuinely thankful for. In my case this involves missing out toxic individuals, or those who I know or suspect would disrespect the house and the beautiful environment I’m working hard to put together (especially if there is alcohol involved). After all, this is my home.
Don’t feel pressured to invite people who you or other guests may not feel comfortable around. Drama free evening please!! (I divided my thanksgiving in two, not to prevent drama, but because my family isn’t very social, and I don’t want to force them into an uncomfortable situation with strangers- a.k.a. my potentially very drunk friends.)

Purchase an outfit

If you’re planning on wearing something a bit special, like a new dress or possibly something a bit Autumnal, think about ordering this a few weeks in advance in order to avoid heartbreak and paying next-day delivery.

Read magazines/browse for inspiration

Find recipes and decor ideas either online or in magazines. Even in the UK magazines this is possible, because most places will already have released Christmas magazines that probably contain a lot of recipes that can translate for Thanksgiving as well. This year I loved reading the Tesco 2017 Christmas mag because it had some amazing recipes and visual stimuli. As usual, for decor, I was obsessed with Pintrest. I spend way too much of my life on Pintrest.

Order decor/other

Order or craft any decor you’ve seen on Pintrest that you just ‘need’. Also, consider whether you need extra cutlery or plastic cups. For example, I ordered an ash-tray to put outside, and a drinks dispenser for the punch.  

Write your menu

 Of course, this is the most important one of all! and needs to be done ahead of time so you don’t waste money on food that won’t be used, or forget to order certain items.
Consider any guests with dietary requirements or allergies; for example, my mother is what I like to call a sh*tatarian. She is technically a pescatarian, meaning that the only meat she eats is fish- but she can be very fussy with vegetarian options. I worry about her nutrition often, as she has a tendency to cook for her omni family and forget about herself. Normally with a roast we would cook a bit of salmon, but for this occasion I bought her a Linda McCartney pie, because even as a meat eater I think they are absolutely delicious. Mine includes:
Frozen Hors d’oeuvres (cheating I know),
Bacon and Cranberry Puff Pastry Snowflake, with Melted Brie
Roast Turkey,
Roast Pork,
One Linda McCartney vegetarian pie,
Green Bean Casserole,
Cranberry Sauce (both smooth and whole berry),
Roast Veg with Seasonal Roots,
Asparagus Tips,
Pigs in Blankets,
Mashed Potatoes,
Carrot and Swede Mash,
Roasted Sprouts with Bacon,
Broccoli & Cauliflower,
Cauliflower Cheese,
Homemade Yorkshire Puddings (Just try serving a bunch of Brits a roast with no Yorkshires, & their faces contort in disgust!),
Stuffing (meat inside and vegetarian outside the bird),
Meat Gravy (Plus vegetarian one separate)
Sweet Potato Pie,
Chocolate Tart,
Pear and Chocolate Crumble with ice cream.
‘Apple Pie’ Punch
“Open Bar”


1-2 Weeks Before:

Write a shopping list & Order Non Perishables

Make a list based on your menu, then divide into 2 by frozen/non perishables, and food you need/want to order fresh. Order frozen and non perishables such as alcohol, then put your other list somewhere for safekeeping. That way, later on you can grab fresh food such as veggies + add any thing you forgot onto the new list.

Think about a punch that would be widely enjoyed– for example I held off on the Malibu as I know many people dislike/have allergies to coconuts. I love to watch Tipsy Bartender on YouTube- even though I rarely drink outside of big events/Christmas nowadays.

Think about areas where it may be possible to cheat! It doesn’t make you a bad person to cut corners in some places. For example, I realized my life would be made substantially easier if I purchased a pre-made shortcrust pastry for my sweet potato pie. No- it’s not that difficult to make- but it saves time and energy later on when I will be rushed off my feet.

Make Placeholders

This is especially useful if there are attendees who don’t get always along. In my case, Due to being extremely picky with my invites, I hope they will just serve as whimsical keepsakes.

1-2 Days Before:

Clean/tidy house

This may seem obvious, but make sure your home is guest ready. For me, I had to make  a list including chores I would normally put off- for example things such as bleaching skirting board and treating my bathroom for limescale. (Norfolk is an area that has very hard water, which causes a frequent build up). Austin and I also had a small domestic regarding whose duty it was to catch the unwanted guest in the bathroom… he is terrified of spiders! Make sure all your dishes are clean, or else you might find yourself scrambling on the day looking for something that is in the dishwasher!


Bring your speakers downstairs, make a playlist. Consider games/activities for when it gets quiet. Cards against humanity is a must- but as massive nerds we actually are planning to introduce D&D to our friends for the first time. Not to mention probably some drinking games later on. My favourite is the nomination game!

Pamper yourself

 Pick an outfit, do your nails, shave, pamper yourself for the long day ahead. Speaking from the experience of last year, you won’t have much time to do this on the day- even despite the precautions you have taken. It is probable that you will still be standing in the kitchen until the very last minute!

Prepare your veg

Clean, peel, chop and vacuum pack vegetables so all you have to do is cook them the day after.
To do this, place your vegetables into a ziplock bag, and pop a straw into the outside corner. Do the zip up all the way to the edge of the straw, then use it to suck out all the excess air. Seal the bag, and pop in the fridge!

Cook the desserts

Hot ones such as crumble that can be refrigerated and then warmed up on the day. The day before Thanksgiving I’m setting some allocated time to make all three of the desserts on the menu. Luckily, the crumble is a fairly easy one, as the temperature required doesn’t necessarily matter-  so it can go in at the same time!

Put up decorations

Set and lay the table, as well as placing any center pieces and pretty bits where you would like them to go. I added an autumnal wreath, some themed balloons and candles for ambiance.

On the Big Day:

Consider roping off areas

Yes, they are guests, and you shouldn’t make the night feel too artificial by enforcing a 2 page list of rules. However, they should respect your boundaries, especially if there is alcohol and or children involved. Don’t feel bad for roping off a certain area of your house if you think it may cause issues or unwanted mess.


Obvious, I know (as though you need to be reminded). Cook the foods you have planned out in your menu. This should be much easier with your squeaky clean kitchen and ready-to-go vegetables. However, if you find yourself extremely stressed or short of time be sure not to push yourself too hard. There will almost definitely be enough food regardless of whether or not you miss out or forget one or two dishes, as it’s the custom for guests to bring something along.

Get Ready!

Lay out all the beautiful food on the table, get yourself dressed and ready and have a glass of wine while you wait for your guests to arrive! You’ve earned it!