Life Beyond the Kitchen

Good afternoon! It’s high time for another Life Beyond the Kitchen post! I apologise for being a bit lax the last couple of weeks, but I haven’t really been up to much apart from work!

Of course… I did graduate, but that was a few weeks back now and honestly? I’ve kind of forgotten about it. I wasn’t really up for it anyway, I’ve blanked the whole Uni thing as it was so bad in the last few weeks. It feels bizarre that I was basically in a bubble for the first 5 months of this year and I was wishing my life away, when normally I enjoy each and every day!

The only thing I was looking forward to at graduation was having a catch up with my friends! And I guess it’s kind of cool to say I’m actually qualified in something!

There is one picture from graduation that I just HAD to share! It about sums me up and how much of a klutz I am! :D Continue reading


This lightened up homemade pumpkin coffee syrup is so simple to make, yet packs a real flavour punch. It’s the perfect syrup to make your very own pumpkin spice lattes at home!

Pumpkin Coffee Syrup | Annie's Noms - This lightened up homemade pumpkin coffee syrup is so simple to make, yet packs a real flavour punch. It's the perfect syrup to make your very own pumpkin spice lattes at home!

You guys, how have I seriously NEVER made coffee syrup before?!

It’s literally life changing.

And the best thing about this coffee syrup?

It isn’t full of sugar, so we can drink pumpkin spice lattes all Autumn long and not rot our teeth – win, win I’m sure you’ll agree ;) Continue reading


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Newsletters are something I’ve wanted to set up for a while now, but as my computer skills are pretty limited, I had to wait for my personal IT Consultant (the other half) to have the time to sit and help me through the process!

I had researched into many different ways, some simple, some highly complex, but on the day we found that MailChimp was the best and easiest way to create and send emails.

I want to better interact with you, my readers, and I know you all lead incredibly busy lives and don’t have time to stalk my blog 24/7; so I thought that creating something where you get the week’s recipes in one place would work better for some of you!

I’m not going to spam you, I promise! It will be one email, on a Friday afternoon with the week’s recipes and my Life Beyond the Kitchen post, if I’ve done one. Continue reading


This is no normal guacamole! This mind-blowing homemade guacamole has roasted garlic, bacon and fried onions in! Served with tortilla chips, this will be one appetizer you won’t want to share! 

Bacon and Roasted Garlic Guacamole | Annie's Noms - This is no normal guacamole! This mind-blowing homemade guacamole has roasted garlic, bacon and fried onions in! Served with tortilla chips, this will be one appetizer you won't want to share!

How are we half way through September already?!

However, there is one good thing about it being the third week of the month – it’s Secret Recipe Club reveal day!

This month I was assigned Desiree’s blog Steak N Potatoes Kinda Gurl.

Heading straight on over to her About me page I found that Desiree is currently studying for her Master’s degree in community counselling. A Master’s?! Congrats! I take my hat off to you – I only managed a normal degree and that was bad enough – I missed my kitchen too much!

She’s also engaged to her high school sweetheart, PJ – I’m a sucker for a cute love story and have been lucky enough to find my one and only first time round just after I left school, so I love when I hear about other people who have been together since then – kind of gives you faith in mankind!

Anyways, food. Continue reading


These Caramel Apple bars are so easy to make, yet beautifully satisfying! A crumbly oat mixture is layered with spiced apples before being baked and drizzled with caramel sauce. All of our favourite Fall flavours in one bar.

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Bars | Annie's Noms - These Caramel Apple bars are so easy to make, yet beautifully satisfying! A crumble oat mixture is layered with spiced apples before being baked and drizzled with caramel sauce. All of our favourite Fall flavours in one bar.

 Man, do I have a recipe for you today!!

These are literally like eating a combination of apple pie and apple crumble, but in bar form – meaning you can have this Autumn deliciousness on the go!

Obviously being a baker is pretty cool and you get plenty of perks, like trying what you make…

Whenever I make something, I always get a spoon and just try a corner. Or I’m supposed to. With these, I literally kept going in with my spoon and ended up eating 2 slices worth. :O Continue reading


These Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Blondies are chewy and fudgey, packed with pumpkin spices and white chocolate chips – the best bit? They’re not cakey in the slightest!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Blondies | Annie's Noms

I could hold off no longer!

I cracked open the pumpkin yesterday and now I don’t know how to stop…. Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Blondies for every one!

Seriously, I want to use all the pumpkin – there are just so many possibilities! Total food blogger’s dream to sit and have a wave of creativity – sometimes I just sit and write ingredients or flavour combination I want to use – I have hundreds of pages of random notes.

I mean, one day I’m sure I’ll get through that list… but then again there are new things I want to make every day! I mean, life is only so long – so let’s just hope I live forever and get to make everything on my “baking bucket list”. Continue reading


These brightly coloured Chocolate and Blackberry Shortbread Bars are made by marrying a crisp chocolate shortbread with pureed blackberries and condensed milk to create a rich and chocolate-y treat with a soft and gooey topping.

Chocolate and Blackberry Shortbread Bars | Annie's Noms

By the time you read this, I’ll be stood outside a cathedral waiting for my graduation ceremony to begin!! So looking forward to getting it all done as it will 100% mean I’ve finished!

And let me tell you, after my hideous experience, I am done with education.

Now, let’s talk food. Continue reading


These apple crisps are literally the simplest, most tasty things to make ever! Fresh, crunchy apples are sliced thinly and baked until crisp and that’s it! You can sprinkle cinnamon, sugar or any number of things on these super versatile crisps. The perfect snack to have to hand to curb your sweet cravings!

Apple Crisps | Annie's Noms

I thought we I needed a break from the cakes and cookies today.

I have a graduation dress to fit into on Thursday people!

I am stressing so much. I’m absolutely terrified that I won’t fit into my dress even though I haven’t done anything differently recently. Or that if I fit in my dress, I’ll have a food baby belly because let’s be honest I’m a carb lover and I just can’t give them up :(

Is this how I will feel when I get married, but x1000 ?!

I’ve been soooooooo much more relaxed recently, allowing myself to have treats and be healthy rather than just skinny, but I am feeling the pressure this week. Desperately trying not to get into a negative mindset and start a spiral down to being really ill again because I have so many things going on, I cannot afford to get ill.

So, this week I’m trying to focus on work in the hope I don’t have the time to worry! Continue reading