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Letter to October

Dear October,

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I saw you last. I’d forgotten the feeling you give me but I’m so glad I remember now after you brought with you shorter days and shook the colourful leaves from their trees.

Even though I welcomed your presence, your chill still stuns me as I walk to my car in the early AM. So cold yet so warm; the feeling of festivities in the air.

Your chill brings a smile to my face as I picture myself snuggled up on the sofa with a hot drink whilst your long nights wrapping my days up tight. You give me something that summer just can’t make me feel; I feeling I’d almost forgotten as you guide me into my favourite season…

But again October, why did you leave so soon? Did you make this affair short this time because you knew my heart belongs in months yet to come?

Another year October, I look forward to seeing you again.

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Vegan Halloween Treats

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Skeleton cookies and witches fingers! They look disgusting right?! Well what could be more perfect for a Halloween party or to bake and munch on whilst watching scary films! These two make the perfect Halloween treat! These moorish cinnamon cookies and coconutty biscuits that look like gross fingers are super simple to make and vegan! Which means no real witch fingers (or any other body parts from an creature) where used in the making of these! Quick and easy to bake on your own or like I did, you could grab a lil’ monster to help you and I hope you have the spookiest Halloween!

Skeleton Cinnamon Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
3/4 cup melted vegan margarine
1/2 cup golden syrup

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a big baking tray with baking paper.

Add all ingredients to a bowl and knead until combined into a ball of dough.

Lightly flour a surface.

Roll the dough out onto the floured surface and use cookie cutters to make your desired skeleton shapes.

Place the cookies on to the baking trays and bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Make up the icing by mixing the icing sugar and water. Then pop into a piping bag and snip the tiniest hole at the end.
Allow to cool and pipe on your little skeletons as desired! You can get super creative with these using different coloured icing and creating loads of different scary characters, go crazy!

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Witches Fingers!

Ingredients:
Makes: 30 biscuits
200g dairy free butter
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
250g plain flour
75g desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons almond milk                   Almonds                                                                                      Jam

Method:
In a mixing bowl beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, coconut, baking powder and salt.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating continually until well blended.

Add the first tablespoon of almond milk making sure it is entirely absorbed before you add the second one. Dough will compact together but will be quite sticky.

Put the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

When you are ready to start baking, pre-heat the oven to 160 C

Take a small amount of the dough and roll between your hands into a sausage shape and place on a baking sheet line with baking paper.

Using your finger, lightly press down on the dough 1/4 of the way down and 2/4 of the way down

On the sections that you didn’t press down on, using a knife make a few scores in the dough to look like knuckles

Then take an almond and press it into the end of the finger. Repeat until you use up all the dough or I added green food colouring half way through to create some green fingers!

bake for 15minutes and leave to cool slightly before removed the almonds and sticking them back on using a bit of jam to look like blood!

Serve and ENJOY!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Pumpkin Picking

Autumn is by far my favourite season, I love the woolly jumpers, crisp mornings and cosy evenings. I love the colours and the seasonal vegetables that autumn brings and I love that Halloween gives us an excuse to binge watch scary movies, dress up and eat so many sweets and toffee apples that we come to dread our next trip to the dentist! But you can not have Halloween without pumpkins! And having only ever bought pumpkins from shops before I thought it would be a good idea to take my little brothers to a pumpkin patch and go pick our own!

I took the little monsters to a pumpkin patch the is pretty local to me called Sharnfold farm in Polgate. As we arrived we were greeted by the vibrant glow from all the pumpkins that had grown there and had been set out on display ready for people to come and choose their perfect pumpkin (easier said then done!). This means we couldn’t go round the pumpkin patch a cut them straight from the vine but we weren’t too fussed as we walked around amused by all the different shapes and sizes of the pumpkins! My favourite were the white ones but I could not get over how ginormous some of them were! I mean look  at this beauty… Imagine driving that home (if you have enough strong humans with you to more it more than a foot to begin with!)…

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Oh and F.Y.I pumpkins are way heavier than they look! I mean this fact seems pretty obvious now I’m typing it but when you’re in the mist of the pumpkin excitement it’s easy to forget as you find the perfect pumpkin which you insist on grabbing as fast as you can meanwhile forgetting there are pumpkins everywhere who seem to become jealous that they aren’t the chosen ones and continue to trip you over… see how I ever so gracefully style it out in this picture! LOL. Clearly awkwardly laughing whilst fellow pumpkin pickers stare at me tripping over whilst my little brother snaps away on my huge DSLR… nothing to see here!

The Perfect Pumpkin

Once you’ve found the perfect pumpkin it is now a matter of lugging it around (preferably in a wheel barrow) or you could just stand and take pictures showing off how strong you think you are…

But I don’t think there really is such thing as a perfect pumpkin… OK maybe there is BUT the weirder looking the better right?! I seemed to fall in love with the wonky ones with lumps and bumps, the tiny ones and the miss coloured, misshaped ones! Is it Halloween after all the stranger the better right?!

 

At this point we’d been an hour choosing pumpkins and I’d slightly given up and seemed to have spent so long with the little orange lumps that I felt the need to sit amongst them whilst trying to get some arty shots that I was some how expecting my 11 year old brother to capture… I mean he didn’t do a bad job right? Haha!

Well we had fun and if you decide to go pumpkin picking this Halloween I hope you have a lovely time and find your (maybe not so) perfect pumpkin!

Don’t forget the veg!

It is peak time for those seasonal veg that you can roast, make into a soup or serve with your Sunday dinner on a chilly afternoon. So when you are picking your pumpkins don’t forget about the other wonderful vegetables that this time of year has to offer! One of my absolute favourites being butternut squash! Throw that into a soup with the caucus of your pumpkin after you’ve scrapped out the insides and craved a spooky face into and you got yourself something pretty special!

RECIPE FOR PUMPKIN AND SQUASH SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 1 small squash)
  • 3 cups peeled and cubed pumpkin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a onion, diced
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Cut the pumpkin and butternut squash into quarters and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Brush or spray the flesh of the pumpkin and squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place on the foil lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a knife can easily be inserted into the flesh.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool slightly then peel of the skin and cut into cubes.
  6. Add the 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium high heat.
  7. When the oil is hot add in the diced onion and garlic and sauté for several minutes until the onion softens.
  8. Add in the roasted butternut squash and pumpkin and stir to combine.
  9. Add in the nutmeg, coriander, salt and pepper and stir together.
  10. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  11. Once the soup comes to a boil use an immersion stick blender or regular blender to purée the soup until it’s smooth.
  12. Taste and add more seasoning if needed.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Letter to September

September…

Where did you go?

You pulled me from August by the hand and threw me into Autumn. You know how much I love this season so I guess you knew I’d love you again for that.

But September, your visit went so quickly that you gave me no time to unscramble my mind after the month you took me from.

You’ve left, leaving me with new oppotunities but time is what you have made me realise I want most along with many other things I’ve discovered I want. You’ve thrown me into autumn like the time that seems to fly as I get older and here I am, lying in bed with October hoping he’ll have patience unlike you.

Hello October. X

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The Winter Coat

 

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It’s October already!? That’s crazy right?

Well welcome back to my blog and hello if you’re new! I hadn’t shot an outfit post in way too long and was lacking in style inspo until the season changed and A/W clothing was back in shops! 

I’m one of those who has a different coat for each day of the week and more… but every year I feel the need to get  new one after dusting of old coats that perhaps aren’t exactly fitting in with my style anymore. Although I’m not sure what my style is anymore but that’s a whole different blog post!

This autumn I’ve fallen in love with quite a few coats on the high street all ranging between £50 – £100 that I’m still fawning over and I’m sure as it gets colder I’ll probs give in to the Topshop beauty I’ve been eyeing up but as I mooched around good ole’ Primark last week I found this beauty and kind of fell in love. I’ve not seen anyone wearing this coat yet and I’m surprised! At only £25, it is super cosy and warm and feels such good quality! So I’m feeling like this will be this years go to coat, it’s a whole outfit in itself with no effort required; that being another reason I seem to hoard coats, I mean in the winter when all your wearing is coats in England you need a bit of variety right?!

Coat – Primark

Jumper – H&M

Jeans – Topshop

Boots – New Look

How amazing are the plants outside this house? Let’s be honest, I was kind of in love with this cactus, it was begging to be photographed!

OH LOOK! ANOTHER PINK WALL…

Can you tell I’m awful at narrowing down photos?! If you made it all this way staring at my face then thank you! I hope you’ve had a lovely day 🙂 See you soon xo

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Letter to August

Dear August,

What can I say? You held my heart in your hands and moulded it into every emotion you know. Every single one so fiercely that I’m exhausted. I’ve found September unable to greet him with excitement but with open arms still as I know he will hold me more gentle than you did.

I hope September brings peace to my scrambled mind. Don’t get me wrong August, I wouldn’t take it back for the world. It was wonderful. But you’ve been a friend who I’m not too sad to say goodbye to for now.

Thank you August.

Take my hand September.

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Hi there!

Thank you for reading, I’ve recently really gotten into writing, especially poetry, but for the past couple of months I’ve been writing to the month just gone as if it were a person to jot down my feelings I guess. I want to post these letters monthly along with a picture that relates to my letter which sometimes only I’ll understand (like this one). 

I’m not sure if anyone will enjoy these letters but I like having somewhere to put them and if you did then I’ll be posting ‘Letters to September’ in a few days so feel free to pop back and have a peek at that!

Bye for now 🙂 x

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Eating Vegan at Disneyland Paris


So you’re going to Disneyland Paris and you’re so exciting but you’re vegan and the panic sets in once you read everything online telling you that you’re going to practically starve. Well don’t panic, I’ve got your back.

Hello, my name’s Georgia and I’m a fellow vegan. I’ve been vegan for 7 months now and it’s the best decision I ever made and I’ll tell you now you can find vegan friendly food anywhere.


I booked to go to Disneyland Paris for my 21st birthday this month. I haven’t been to Disney since I was 4! And being I huge Disney fan, it’s an understatement to say I was excited but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about eating as a vegan so of course I did my research everywhere and anywhere; google, YouTube, Instagram, blogs… but everything was sounding a bit pathetic and not very promising. Even Disneyland Paris’ website has no reference to vegan options, but I already knew that the French were a bit behind with the times and have barely grasped the idea of what a vegetarian is let alone a vegan and being the only herbivore out of the 4 of us that went, I think it’s safe to say I was a girl on a mission.


And to my surprise I could eat SO MUCH FOOD. We had half board which I definitely recommend as it gives you free buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner everyday. So lets start with breakfast…

Breakfast

I sadly didn’t get a picture of breakfast as I used every spare moment to keep my phone on charge in the room! But breakfast was just your standard continental buffet breakfast, we stayed at Disney’s hotel Santa Fe; there were croissants, pain u chocolat, meats and cheese, none of which I could eat but don’t panic! There was plenty of bread for toast with jam, fresh fruit and cereals and if you ask for soya milk they’ll gladly give you some for your cereal and tea/coffee.

Lunch

Our plan for food on our trip was to stuff our faces at breakfast then have an early dinner so that we wouldn’t waste money and time having lunch but most days we got chips, every food place does vegan friendly chips but my favourite by far were the fries from Hakuna Matata…

Places I know you can get a quick service lunch are Earl of Sandwich in the Disney Village which offer an Avocado and salad sandwich with loads of breads and baguettes and dressings to choose from. Aso Belle Notte have a tomato pasta and at a few restaurants you’ll find a veggie burger bagel! Just ask for it without the cheese and mayo.

Snacks

Snacks! Now snacks are essential for long days in the Disney parks, we were doing at least 20,000 steps a day being in the park at 8am with our extra magic hours and staying until the illuminations ended at 11pm! So I made sure to take my own energy bars and crisps as well as bananas taken from breakfast! But when I felt like treating myself to something naughty to my surprise I was not short of options! Vegan snacks in the parks include: slushies, popcorn, candyfloss, toffee apples, sweets and sorbets! This cloud of candy floss left on a crazy sugar high and I was slightly obsessed when I found these raspberry and lemon sorbets, the perfect thing to cool down in the heat whilst watching the parade!

Dinner

Lets talk dinner. So I said we had dinner at buffet restaurants and first of the three we ate at was  Billy Bob’s which is found in the Disney Village, very apprehensive I had a wonder around the food and to my surprise there was so much choice; olives, nachos & salsa, tortillas, lentil salads, veggie chilli, loads of veg, rice and pasta! Knowing I wouldn’t have any option for dessert except fruit I demolished two plates of food, but on the way out we spotted some ice lolly that were vegan so I grabbed one of those to eat as we waddled back to go on more rides!

Our second night we ended up having to eat at our hotel Santa Fe as there were no available tables any where for the time we wanted, so if you can, I’d definitely advise making all your dining reservations in advanced. Although Billy Bob’s was so surprisingly vegan friendly I still really wasn’t excepting anything but again to my surprise there was more than enough for my to eat, not that it was much different from last nights options, but after walking all day around Disney you really work up an appetite so any food is good food! This night I had rice with ratatouille which was delicious! I may have had some tomato pasta as well but sshhh… ready to sit there watching my friends stuff there faces with cakes, pastries, ice cream and chocolate as I ate my fruit, they point out that the chocolate fountain tasted like dark chocolate…..! Could it be vegan? Surely not. I ask a man working there if it was dark chocolate and if it had any milk in it and he said it didn’t! I didn’t believe him as his English wasn’t great so I told him I had a milk allergy and if I eat it I could be ill so he calls out the chefs and the came out and confirmed that it had no milk in it at all! I hadn’t read anywhere else that anyone had found this so I may be the first to make this vegan discovery! Shortly after, I devoured two bananas dipped in the bowl of this dark chocolate fountain… a major eyes bigger than my stomach moment but no regrets and all that!

The final Disney restaurant we ate at and the one I’d heard lots about and was excited for was Agrabah Cafe.

‘Passing through the Moorish inspired archways at the entrance of Adventure land leads into the Arabian Bazaar, home to Restaurant Agrabah Café. Taking its theme from Disney’s classic movie Aladdin, Restaurant Agrabah Cafe is a buffet style restaurant, which features an ever-changing menu of Mediterranean style cuisine.’
Within the dining area the eastern theming is conveyed through a series of interconnecting rooms decorated in deep rich colours and completed with an eclectic selection of bric-a-brac stacked deep on shelves. My eyes wide as I take in the beautiful food on offer, I loaded my plate with couscous, lentils, olives, houmous (and some blooming great houmous at that), pitta, chickpeas and spiced pota. This was the best meal by far, incredible flavours and variety as well as 70% of the food being vegan friendly. This meal was so satisfying and I highly recommend checking out Agrabah Café vegan or not , the food was beautiful. Oh and dessert was the sweetest dates which were the perfect end to the meal.

Thank you for reading!

And if you are off to Disneyland Paris I hope you have the most magical time!

Remember to be kind we’re all just earthlings put on the same planet together no species any superior to another.

xoxo