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6 June 2017

Weekly Wanderings #3 | Beer Festivals, Warwick trip & Garden Projects

This weeks Weekly Wandering post starts randomly on Thursday. There's method to my madness, I forced my husband out on a walk after finishing work as I wanted to get out in that lovely sunshine, little did we know we would stumble on a beer festival! So I thought I had to include that in my weekly wandering post.

We enjoyed drinking various ciders and ales in the sunshine surrounded by some gorgeous scenery. One of my favourites was the Rhubarb cider, which is so tasty and refreshing after a long walk!
We'd enjoyed ourselves that much that we decided to go back again Friday, this time for a cheeky pizza too!

It was amazing to be able to sit outside with no jacket! We plonked ourselves on the grass and chatted away for a while, munching our pizzas and stopping for more cider. Once the sun had gone we headed inside the barn to listen to the band play until it was time to go home. One of my favourite things about summer is the long warm nights spent outside in good company.

I spent the weekend working, but me and my husband both had bank holiday Monday off and decided to treat ourselves with a trip to Warwick for the day. The weather, as all bank holidays, was wet. Never the less we made the most of it!

Warwick is such a beautiful place, every corner we turned there were gorgeous houses, pretty flowers and plenty of history. I marvelled at the floral clad houses, with bright coloured doors. We spent some time marvelling at it's sheer beauty before heading into a tea room (surprise, surprise) called Thomas Oken's.

We managed to snag a window seat so we could watch the world go by below. Mr H decided to go for salmon and scrambled egg on toast, whereas I decided to go for a classic scone. We both opted for a delicious cold lemonade, as despite the rain it was actually quite warm!

Once we'd finished our food we decided to head over to Warwick Castle to explore. Mr H loves history so he was particularly looking forward to this, especially after I'd forced him to wander the streets looking at pretty houses!

I didn't snap too many pictures, 1. due to the rain and 2. not wanting to spoil anything for future visitors. There is a lot to see and do inside Warwick Castle. We went into the dungeons, watched a birds of prey display, marvelled at some jousting, and took a trip back in time to see how Warwick castle became what it is today. All of it was fascinating, and there were so many families around that we said we would love to come back again when we have children. It's the perfect place to visit for people of all ages.

Tuesday came around and I had brunch with my lovely friends, its nice when we can get together and catch up as it can be very difficult to organise! I had some 'Posh Porridge' which was absolutely divine, but extremely filling.

The rest of the week was spent working as usual, which brings us to the weekend, everyone's favourite part of the week. Unfortunately this weekend summer seems to be having a break, and we have had some very wet weather. Being us, we decided it would be a good time to make a start on part one of our garden makeover. Madness I know!

After numerous trips to B&Q, B&M and The Range, we are starting to see some progress! I'm toying with the idea of doing a complete blog post on our garden, from what our future plans are, what we are doing in part one of our project, my beginners gardening efforts etc. so if that's something you might like then please let me know!

We spent most of Saturday painting the fence and I had bought some wooden planters that I've painted a gorgeous pale green to match our gate that I've also painted! My husband probably shudders every time I buy something and say I'm going to paint it!

 Sunday saw us buying our plants and some other decorative accessories to try and make the space more homely and inviting.

We bought an arch that I am dreaming of growing pretty entwined flowers up, but my days, it was the hardest thing to build! We wiled away the hours before ending the weekend with pizza and a catch up with my family.

What have you been up to this week?

26 May 2017

New Dessert Menu at Griddle & Shake, Nottingham*

I was recently invited to Griddle & Shake in Nottingham, to try out their brand new Dessert Menu, and anyone who knows me, knows I love a good dessert. I've never been to Griddle & Shake before, so thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see what they have to offer.

We made our way over to Fletcher Gate and were warmly greeted when we arrived at Griddle & Shake. We were told to pick where we wanted to sit, which was really nice as you can choose the best table!

I adore the décor, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know I have my heart in the countryside. I love everything about it, and the décor in Griddle & shake is a modern take on that.

There are so many different styles of tables, from intimate tables for two to long tables perfect for parties. I loved the little hut tables which would make dining feel more private. Another favourite of mine is the relaxing area with the large chesterfield style sofa and tractor table, it's such a cute design concept! A key thing about the whole layout is how spacious it is, you don't feel like you're packed in and there's room for pushchairs to get in and out with ease.

After marvelling at the décor, we returned to our seats to make our choices, the menu is easy to follow and I couldn't believe how affordable it is, £9.50 for a burger, fries and drink! The menu is inclusive of all tastes, you can literally build your perfect burger. You get to choose the style of bun you like with choices of Pretzel, Brioche, Gluten Free and Seeded, then comes the cheese! You have the choice of American, Halloumi, Stilton and Mature Cheddar. Once you've chosen your bun and cheese, now comes the star of the show, the patty itself. There's a classic Beef, Pulled Pork, Chicken or Tempeh as the Vegetarian option. Fun fact, Griddle & Shake is the first place in the UK to offer a Tempeh Burger! Finally you can choose your toppings, as many as you like. Yup, you heard me!

After some deliberation I opted for a Tempeh Burger with American cheese, Griddled Onion and a Pretzel Bun. I took along my husband who chose a Beef Burger with Halloumi cheese, pickle, red onion lettuce and tomato all on a Brioche Bun. We also ordered two portions of fries, one sweet potato and one skin on fries with rosemary and garlic oil.

We went up to the counter and placed our order, and within minutes it was brought over to our table, super quick service.

The burger was delicious, it's the first time I've ever tasted Tempeh and I can definitely say I will be going back for more! The bun was dense and soft, which was lovely against the gooey cheese. Also, the skin on fries with the rosemary and garlic oil were a match made in taste bud heaven. The meal was full of flavour, made with high quality ingredients, and was some really good comfort food. It hit the spot perfectly.

We had the opportunity to talk to the manager all about the concept behind Griddle & Shake and what they stand for which gave us the chance to know more about them and how they work. They're all about being inclusive for everyone, with their gluten free buns and dairy free shakes. The deconstructed style of ordering takes the stress out of dining out for those with allergies, and gives you the most out of your meal. The way you dine is also something that impressed me, they have termed it as being 'quick and casual' and it's just that. It's a very relaxed, yet you still get high quality service and food brought to your table. I can imagine it being the perfect place for a working lunch as the service is quick and also, FREE WIFI, say no more.

Now I take you on to the main event, and the reason I had been invited down to Griddle & Shake, The brand new Dessert Menu! It's set out in exactly the same way as the main menu, you get to choose your main pudding, ice cream flavour and sauce. There was a selection of waffles, chocolate fudge brownie, raspberry and white chocolate blondie and salted caramel and peanut fudge brownie. Being a dessert lover it was a tough choice, but in the end the blondie won over for me, the hubby went for a waffle.

If you thought that decision was tough, the choice of ice cream flavours is astounding! There were so many mouth watering flavours from; lemon meringue to raspberry pavlova, honeycomb delight and more. I took my time and think I went for a winning combination of Raspberry and White chocolate blondie, lemon meringue ice cream and raspberry sauce. Stephen chose the Waffle with raspberry pavlova ice cream and maple syrup which also looked incredible.

The blondie oozed flavour with the mix of rich creamy white chocolate and zingy raspberries. The lemon meringue ice cream had both the lovely tanginess of the lemon with the crunchy sweetness of the meringue pieces. It was moist, rich and delicious.

Although I didn't taste the waffle, I did have a cheeky taste of the raspberry pavlova ice cream and can confirm it is scrumptious.

They also do dairy free milkshakes but we were too full to try these!

If you love good quality food and fast service I would highly recommend paying Griddle & Shake a visit, and if you prefer staying in with your jim jams on they deliver with both Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Burgers and Brownies? Sounds like the perfect night to me!

Have you tried Griddle & Shake?

*Items in this post have been gifted to me, all opinions are my own

21 May 2017

Weekly Wanderings #2 | Office Plans, Breakfast Platters & Exploring

Another week over, and my second weekly wandering post! This week started off with plenty of organising. We've put a lot of boxes in the 3rd bedroom, and said they'd stay there until we had more storage and furniture..well they're still there! I've spent most of this week emptying all of the boxes, sorting out what we need and what we can get rid of. I'm not sure how it all fit into that room, as it seemed to expand when I took it out!

The thing that kept me ploughing on through though is the fact that this is going to be my little office space. I have a desk already, that I asked for from my mum and dad for Christmas. It's just been sat in the corridor waiting to be built. Hence, I thought it was high time to get going with it. I've spent a while pinning some office inspiration, which you can check out here on my Pinterest.

I'm still not quite decided on what I want the room to look like just yet, but I've picked up a few accessories already that I can't wait to use! I'm definitely going to be doing an office tour once it's all complete so keep your eyes peeled for that.

The weather was terrible on Monday and Tuesday, so most of the time that wasn't spent organising, was spent huddled under a blanket with a nice hot cup of tea. I treated myself to some gorgeous blooms to cheer me up during the miserable weather, where's spring gone?!

 I've been looking into trying a flower arranging class, but I'm yet to find one near to me. I'd also like to do a photography class. I love photography and I'm always striving to get better at it, so would love to attend a one day class to pick up some tips. It's one of my favourite parts about blogging, capturing moments perfectly. So I spent some of my time re-searching those too, but I'm still looking so any recommendations would be welcome!

Saturday soon came round and was a busy one, we sorted out a few tasks that had been on our list a while and I also had my cousins baby shower in the afternoon, which was really lovely.

 The day flew by, and before we knew it the evening had arrived! I had been invited to Griddle and Shake to review their new Dessert Menu, which I was so excited about. If you know me, you know I love a good dessert. I'll be writing up my review in a separate blog post, but couldn't write this post without sharing some photos, I adored the country style décor!

After scoffing our scrumptious food we decided to treat ourselves to a few cheeky cocktails. I'd really wanted to go to the Oriental Garden at Hockley Arts Club, so that's where we headed.

The room was absolutely gorgeous, set out with pink blossom, twinkly fairy lights and butterflies. It was too pretty not to take a couple of pictures! I opted for a Jade Warrior cocktail, which was lovely and fruity, with a dash of herbal taste to it. We spent the rest of our night sipping our cocktails and chatting before retiring home to bed.

We had booked a Summer Breakfast platter at Hackwood Farm bright and early Sunday morning, so didn't want to stay out too late. I've seen Hackwood on a few social media accounts and immediately added it to my list of must visit places. It is a little drive from us, but definitely worth it.

We eventually made it, late as always (I blame the sat nav!) and were shown to our table. The service was incredible and we didn't have to wait long at all before our breakfast platter was brought to us.

The board came full of delicious, sticky pastries, croissants, little pots of yogurt and granola, and plenty of fresh fruit. We were completely spoilt for choice, not knowing where to start eating first! Everything was scrumptious and packed full of flavour. We both had coffee and orange juice to accompany our glorious breakfast board, which helped wash it down nicely.
After all that food we thought that it would be a good idea to get in some exercise. The rain had actually stopped today and the sun was making a mischievous appearance, so we decided to do the Country Walk that was on Hackwood's website. 


Our walk started in Hackwood Farm itself and we had a quick nosey at all their lovely animals, before heading off through the fields.

We quickly learnt that our talents do not lie in following instructions, with us feeling lost quite a few times on the walk! It took us a few hours to complete, but it was thoroughly enjoyed. There's nothing better than stretching your legs in the sunshine and getting some fresh air in your lungs. The walks a long circular route, which leads you over styles and through fields, eventually leading you back to Hackwood Farm.

We finished off our day with a quick lemonade back at the farm before heading home.

I'm typing this up from my cosy corner of the sofa, with a cup of tea and a belly full of roast dinner. It's certainly been a good week, now I'm going to settle down for the night and get ready for another week ahead.

I hope you've all had a wonderful week, Happy Sunday!
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