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OMG how is it August already?!?!

It’s not even funny anymore how fast this year is going. I’m a little guilty of wishing away the first half of the year as I couldn’t wait to be done with Uni, but I’ve already been finished for 2 months, I graduate next month!! :O

I’ve ordered my robes and had my dress bought and in the wardrobe for a while, all set! The only thing I do need is some control underwear. Taste testing all the things I make has given me a slight paunch which does not look good in my figure fit dress!

Any of you guys have any recommendations for control underwear?

In other news, I got myself a part time job as a freelance Interior Designer! It just sort of happened, my OH’s work need someone to do CAD drawings for them and help move people around, so I’m going to be doing the CAD drawings, I have my first meeting on Monday and I’m feeling nervous and excited!

Since it’s freelance, apart from client meetings, I get to work from home, meaning I can still develop recipes and blog. I wouldn’t have taken the job if I thought I would have to stop doing what I love! It’s not going to be a regular job, I may have this job and then nothing for a few months unless I find clients elsewhere. But hopefully I’ll get some more work in the future, it’s nice to know I’ll be having some money coming in again :)

However, I’m now in panic mode as I have no shoes and I’m not entirely sure I have any clothes to wear. I mean I have a black pencil skirt and some tops which I could tuck in, so guess that’s fine, but I really have no shoes which are appropriate, going shopping tomorrow to try and sort that out! Everything I’ve seen online is either too high or not in my size. I don’t want towering heels, I’m 5ft 11 haha!

Health wise, I’ve been feeling a lot more like myself! I am SO happy about this, I was getting more and more upset about constantly feeling so bad, but a change of medication seems to have settled things a bit. Not 100%, but it’s an improvement!


Here’s what else I’ve been up to:


I saw an advert for Starbucks’ new yoghurt Frappucino’s and just knew I had to go try one. I had the Red Berry one and loved it! Now I’m craving more!



A Biltong Direct shop opened near us recently. It sells South African food and I have fallen in love with Boerewors and Droewors! However, these Koeksisters caught my eye last week. They’re fried dough sticks which have been soaked in lemon syrup. They’re ready cooked and frozen so you can either eat them frozen a bit like an ice cream or let them defrost and enjoy them chilled from the fridge.

They are delicious!!! Sweet and soft, but with a slight crisp on the outside. I tried them frozen and chilled and both ways are yummy! It was lovely to have a frozen one on a baking hot day, I’ll definitely be buying some more!



I also tried these Super Sour Jelly Beans. Sometimes I’m a little funny about jelly beans as I don’t like all the flavours and find it difficult to distinguish between them. However, they’re are 9 fruit flavours in these and being a lover of sour sweets, they’re amazing. Really quite sour, but the more sour the better for me!



Strange picture, but I’ll explain. My OH left this in his pocket and I found it later on in the tumble dryer. Needless to say it had been washed and dried, so was incredibly clean!

I much prefer it when I find £1 coins in the washing machine… amazingly we put it in the laptop last night and it still works!!! :D



It’s been another busy week in the kitchen! I guess it’s the same for all blogger’s – sometimes you just don’t “feel it” when photographing. For my Cherry Cheesecake Smoothies I was really happy with the styling and resulting photographs. However, I found the Blueberry Granola Bars much harder to get right. I’m not 100% happy with the photos, but I spent hours trying to get my set up right and I just couldn’t.

Makes me frustrated as I always want to be the best that I can be at everything I do! But I have to realise that I’m not going to get every shot 100% perfect, every time I shoot it’s a work in progress and I learn something new.

Any tips for good food styling?


Here’s what I made this week:

Skinny Cherry Cheesecake Smoothies


  Nut Free Blueberry Granola Bars

Blueberry Granola Bars | Annie's Noms

That’s it for this week, hope you all have a great weekend!

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These granola bars are packed with juicy dried blueberries and sweetened with honey, perfect for breakfast on the go! Easy to make and super satisfying, you’ll never buy granola from the store again! 

Blueberry Granola Bars | Annie's Noms

I contemplated calling these “Back to Basics Granola Bars”. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know I’ve started a mini series focusing on base recipes which then allow you to develop them into loads of different things.

It’s just that Granola is soooooo versatile! You can add seeds, fruit, chocolate chips, nuts… The flavour combinations are endless!

Another brilliant thing about this recipe? It’s nut free! I love granola, but in the supermarkets all granola cereals and bars seem to have nuts and since I’m allergic, that’s not cool! Continue reading

Craving cheesecake, but still want to get your skinny jeans on? Then you will love my Skinny Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie! Sweet cherries, light cream cheese and biscuit crumbs; this smoothie might be low on calories, but it definitely doesn’t scrimp on flavour!


Man, oh man, you do not want to miss out on today’s recipe!

Shut the front door. You can have cheesecake for breakfast.

And it won’t be detrimental to those bikini bodies we’ve all been working so hard on. ;) Continue reading


Good afternoon lovely readers!

Today, I’m sharing this delicious no-churn Peach and Raspberry Ice Cream on Reasons To Skip The Housework!

With some double cream and condensed milk, you too could have soft, sweet, creamy ice cream with no mixer, with vanilla, peaches and raspberries what could be more delicious on a hot Summer’s day!?

Head on over to get the recipe!

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A delicious Italian salad with homemade croutons, slow roasted tomatoes and diced prosciutto. A little extra work with the homemade croutons and tomatoes really finishes this salad off, the Italian version of the favourite BLT!

Italian BLT Salad

A slight change in my normal posting schedule this week because it’s time for the Secret Recipe Club reveal day!

This month, my assignment was Christina’s blog, Mele Cotte. I headed straight to the “Scoop” and learned that even though her own culinary adventure didn’t start until her twenties, she has always been surrounded by good, Italian food!

Christina also says that she finds baking a good stress reliever, which I totally agree with! If there’s a lot going on, then you can bet anything I’ll be in the kitchen baking something up!

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Happy Friday friends!

It’s been a pretty hard week for me, health wise, which has meant it’s been pretty quiet. I’ve just been plodding round the house, baking and writing recipes. I’ve had more bad days than good this week and I’m trying really hard to stay positive, but it’s so hard when every day I feel ill and am in pain :(

I like to think I’m a pretty positive person, but being ill all the time is definitely draining. I could possibly be at the start of a really long journey to find out what’s wrong with my tummy, I need to find the strength to keep going on. I want answers quickly, but I’m just not sure they’ll be that easy to find. Continue reading