This week is a bit of a hectic week for me right now, and I might not get the chance to blog at all...as I AM GETTING MARRIED!!! The countdown is truly on now....with just 5 days to go and still lots to sort out.
So I just wanted to say I hope you all have a lovely week...and hopefully I will be back in blogging mode after the wedding....
What is the best thing to do on a cold winter's day? Drink a huge mug of hot chocolate, that's what! It's one of my favourite treats to have, especially in the run up to Christmas. So this week's Friday Fancies has been inspired by just that - a warm, comforting mug of homemade hot choc.
This might be my last Wedding Wednesday as a single lady! With my wedding date fast approaching in just 10 days I'm getting more and more excited to finally be finished with all the stress of planning.
We've also booked a little mini moon, which I'm secretly most excited about! We were unable to have a big 2 week honeymoon straight after the wedding for a number of reason, so a mini moon was the best solution for us.
On a rainy, grey day like today there is nothing better than making some comforting soup from scratch. I've got some lentils to use up, so when I stumbled upon this recipe below from Good Food I knew I needed to make it. In fact, this is what I'm making tonight!
Lentil and Bacon Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 x 70g packs pancetta cubes
1 carrot (about 120g), finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp turmeric
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 chilli, sliced
2 low-salt stock cubes
250g red lentils, rinsed
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, 1 pack of pancetta and the carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft.
Add the cumin, turmeric, garlic and chilli and cook for a further 1 - 2 minutes
Pour in 1.25 litres of boiling water, crumble in the stock cubes and add the lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally to ensure the lentils aren't sticking.
Meanwhile, fry the remaining lardons in a small frying pan for about 10 minutes until crispy.
Serve the soup with a sprinkle of crispy lardons on top
It is normally traditional here in the UK to give out thank you gifts to the parents, bridesmaids, best man and ushers during the groom's speech. Some brides also give out their gifts to the bridesmaids during the morning of the wedding (which is an option I prefer) as it adds to the excitment of getting ready.
I'm currently on the lookout for the perfect gifts for my girls, and found a few little gems on Etsy!
~ This box is perfect for a bridesmaid gift, as you can personalise the ceramic tile. This is avaible from Susabellas shop..very cute!
~ a gorgeous infinity pearl bracelet from Mosnos would make another lovely gift for bridesmaids
~ I love this unique idea - personalised hangers for each bridesmaid and mother of the bride from Clouds and Currents. You can also change the ribbon colour to suit your colour theme!
~ another fun idea from Unique and Trendy, where you can have personalised 'team bride' tote bags.
If you are already married, what gifts did you buy for your bridesmaids?
Now there's nothing I like better than wearing a comfy, warm jumper during cold days. This purple and pink ombre knitted number is perfect for me - I adore long baggy jumpers paired up with skinny jeans. I thought the biker boots also gives the outfit a bit of an edge.
Take a wander over to Friday Fancies for more amazing inspirational jumper outfit ideas!
With just 3 weeks until my wedding, I'm in full final planning mode. I have my final dress fitting tomorrow (can't wait to see my dress again!), also trying to sort out bridesmaids fittings...meeting the photographer...making the table plan and table numbers....and many many other things....phew!