HAPPY FRIDAY!

Can you believe this is the last Friday in January? 

In some ways I feel like this month has flown by, but just this week I’ve been feeling like it’s such a long month and it’s just dragging on! Although… I don’t really like February as it’s too short!! 

Ugh, we’re forecast 4 inches of snow in the UK in the next few days. No doubt the whole country will grind to a halt. The news really ramp up the panic factor and suddenly we can’t cope. It’s kind of ridiculous because I know the US has been having storms this week with 15-25 inches of snow.

So… I’ll be staying indoors so I don’t have to deal with all the traffic caused by people who can’t drive in snow meaning I can spend longer going through all your link-ups! 

Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to, happy linking!

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The first in my new series “Photography SOS” – everyone needs a really simple guide to using their camera!

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Hello friends and welcome to the first in a new photography series on Annie’s Noms!

Thinking about making the step into dSLR photography? Or, have you just become the proud owner of one, but are now driving yourself crazy trying to understand all the buttons?

If so, then read on!

Now, I am no expert. 2 years ago I could barely switch a dSLR on myself, let alone shoot in Manual mode and take RAW images, but it is possible to learn and once you get the hang of it, it’s really pretty simple.

Well, I say simple, but that does depend on what you read because I have read some articles/how-to’s and been left feeling more confused than when I started. Not great, when you’re a novice photographer.

But, I understand that, because I was there, so if I can help one person get started on their dSLR journey, then it will be job well done as far as I’m concerned!

Today’s post probably won’t be for everyone. When I do something, I do it thoroughly, so I’m starting at the very beginning for people who, like me, have/had no clue about cameras. Next week I’ll be going into different modes on your camera and starting to go over shooting photos!

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This Mango, Grapefruit and Banana Smoothie marries the strong, tart flavours of grapefruit with the soft, creamy taste of banana and tropical, sweet mango. Filling, fruity and just perfect to inject some sunshine into your day!

This Mango, Grapefruit and Banana Smoothie marries the strong, tart flavours of grapefruit with the soft, creamy taste of banana and tropical, sweet mango. Filling, fruity and just perfect to inject some sunshine into your day!

Let’s talk about mango.

I know this recipe has mango in, but embarrassingly, it’s the first time I’ve actually used fresh mango.

Yes, you read that right…

You see, I thought I didn’t like it… But I liked dried mango, mango purée and mango juice drinks. So, I finally thought “Heck, I should just try fresh mango again”

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25 of my favourite Super Fruity Smoothies from blogger’s all over the web – full of flavour, freshness and amazing colour – you need to add all of these smoothies to your “to make” list!

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So, today I thought I’d share something different with you because I am having a major love-fest with SMOOTHIES! 

I decided on Super Fruity Smoothies, some of which have vegetables in there too because 1) I LOVE fruit and 2) I don’t really like vegetables and need to eat more!

Smoothies are the perfect way to get more veggies in if you’re like me and a bit of a vegetable-phobe – with all the fruit, things like Spinach add a ton of good stuff to your smoothie, but you can’t really taste it – perfection in my eyes! :)

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been experimenting with different flavour combinations almost every day to make my own fruity smoothies – as with any experimenting in the kitchen some have been great, others… not so much.

I still can’t stomach beetroot. Even in a smoothie… :(

In fact, tomorrow I’m sharing a recipe for a Mango, Grapefruit and Banana Smoothie which was a definite hit!

But, as a recipe developer, I am always looking for inspiration for my next make, so this round-up includes a wide variety of smoothies; I spent a long time trawling the internet for the most delicious smoothies and these are my favourite! Some of them I’ve already made, others I am planning to make soon, but all look utterly divine and should be added to your smoothie list!



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HAPPY FRIDAY!

Welcome to another edition of the Pretty Pintastic Party! Since Valentine’s day is right around the corner, I’m hoping you’ll give me some ideas for what to make my sweetie!

Are you big on Valentine’s Day? I don’t like buying things as I feel like it’s over-commercialised nowadays, however I like spending time with OH, just us – we do try and have some time when we’re just hanging out together every week as life is so busy, I think it’s important to have some time which is phone and internet free, but that doesn’t always happen – we both work long hours!

What do you like to do for Valentine’s Day?

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 Welcome, Welcome!!  We are so glad you are joining us for our party!

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With their delicate not-quite-chocolate, not-quite-vanilla flavour and their big hit of red colour, these Red Velvet Doughnuts are an old favourite that your sweetie will love this Valentine’s Day!

With their delicate not-quite-chocolate, not-quite-vanilla flavour and their big hit of red colour, these Red Velvet Doughnuts are an old favourite that your sweetie will love this Valentine's Day!

Are you big on Valentine’s Day?

I love the idea, but I don’t like the over-commercialism there is now. And I do kind of feel like I tell OH I love him every day, so I shouldn’t really need one day to specifically tell him. Although it can be quite nice to have a day which (in theory anyway) is for you to show your feelings and do something together.

I know I can’t be the only one who, although saying “I love you” every day, gets bogged down with every day life and sometimes fails to take half an hour to sit and do something together; be it hugging, hand holding or just talking.

However, something I do LOVE – all the desserts!

Who doesn’t love red velvet? And rich chocolate cakes? Basically all the red and pink things ;)

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My “Skinny” Raspberry Cheesecake Cups don’t taste skinny at all! Packed with the flavours of fresh raspberries, cream cheese and agave nectar – these will become your new favourite treat – and your skinny jeans will love you too!

My "Skinny" Raspberry Cheesecake Cups don't taste skinny at all! Packed with the flavours of fresh raspberries, cream cheese and agave nectar - these will become your new favourite treat

Let’s talk about strange allergies.

What are you allergic to that just makes you go “really?!?!”

I used to think I was allergic to tomato ketchup, which would have been a tragedy, but it seems that I’m actually allergic to a herb in some ketchup recipes – still haven’t figured out which one.

Sometimes I think it’s coriander, other times I think it’s oregano, all I know is I go as red and blotchy as a tomato when I have it!

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Soft, lemon muffins made with yoghurt and filled with gorgeous pockets of oozing lemon curd in the centre.

Soft, lemon muffins made with yoghurt and filled with gorgeous pockets of oozing lemon curd in the centre.

Good Morning!

Today, it’s time for Group C’s Secret Recipe Club reveal!

This month, I was assigned Nicole’s blog, PicNic, and to begin with I headed straight to her about me page!

Nicole is from New Zealand and currently studying for her PhD in Biochemistry/Neuroscience – WOW! I thought my degree was intense, but I can’t even imagine how much work a PhD in science is!

She has also realised that she would love to make food blogging her career though – as someone who is currently in the process of changing from a hobby blogger to a professional one, I say go for it, but be prepared to work your butt off!

60+ hour weeks? Always having washing up to do? Finding flour in every nook and cranny of your house? Feeling like you never want to see Twitter again after scheduling for 6 hours? CHECK! Haha, but genuinely it is the best decision I ever made and even though it’s a lot of work, it’s worth it, so you go girl! Continue reading