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Life in London

I’ve had a great week in London. It ended on a high with a fantastic day at work on Friday followed by celebratory drinks, a Saturday afternoon catching up with good friends in London, a quiet Saturday night playing cards at home and a Sunday spent south of the river in Bermondsey (really regretting not visiting Pizarro again now!).

It feels so good to get out and about in the city again, just in time for summer. I may have overdone it a little this week as my leg really aches, but I couldn’t help myself. I have so much to catch up on. I’ll take it easy this week but when I was sofa-bound I promised myself that I’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes my way – and I’m not forgetting that promise in a hurry.

Here are a few photos from my week:

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Loving my five year journal – I’ve been filling it in religiously on a daily basis; tackling the make-up drawer and having a good clear out. The first eyeshadow I ever bought? Bye bye.

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Can you miss a station? Because I really missed Blackfriars and the view from the Northbank entrance; the cutest bag for Father’s Day.

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Lazy afternoon drinking Pimms with friends; tackling an epic list of stuff to do at work and drinking far too much coffee from my favourite mug (although it’s impossible to keep calm when you’re a Spurs fan).

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Playing Kalooki on Saturday night (this hand even produced my first ever Kalooki!); getting up to no good in a gallery on Sunday.

Have a great week, Carla

Humans of New York blog

Every so often you come across a blog that grabs you. You inevitably find it at 11pm and before you know it it’s two in the morning and you’re greedily reading every post they’ve ever published.

The Humans of New York blog is one of those blogs. It’s a simple concept executed to perfection. Uplifting, inspiring, thought-provoking… all those adjectives that don’t come close to describing how you really feel.

I love it when a small piece of a New Yorker’s life appears in my blog reader during the day. Sometimes it’s just the distraction I need to focus.

Humans of New York blog

“I was never once afraid to fight. I was a brawler. A bull. I even fought in Madison Square Garden. But it knocked me out for a whole year when my mom died.”

Humans of New York blog

“Saddest moment? How am I supposed to choose between losing my parents and seeing my friends die in Vietnam? I don’t categorize those things. Listen, a person is like a rubber band ball. We’ve all got a lot of bad rubber bands, and a lot of good rubber bands, and they’re all wrapped up together. And you’ve got to have both types of bands or your rubber band ball ain’t gonna bounce. And no use trying to untangle them. You know what I’m saying?”

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“A mom.”
“What’s going to be the hardest part about being a mom?”
“Bath time.”

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“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
“Be kind and thoughtful.”
“What’s your greatest struggle right now?”
“Being kind and thoughtful. Because I’ve got some friends that are driving me freaking nuts.”

All images from Humans of New York – http://www.humansofnewyork.com

Free postcards and postage equals snail mail time!

Until the end of August you can send postcards with Touchnote for free. Just upload your own image or use one of their Olympic themed pictures, write your message, enter an address and away you go!

The postcards and postage is totally free for a month so no excuse for slacking on the snail mail. Everyone loves to receive post in the mail so spread the joy today!

(I think the postcards probably arrive with the Samsung logo on them. I believe they are sponsoring this initiative so presumably there will be some corporate branding.)

homemade apple pie

Homemade apple pies… in an apple

Who loves apple pie? I love apple pie! (to the tune of Kel’s who loves orange soda, obviously).

Now who loves apple pie without the arduous task of washing up the pie dish? That might just be me again. Plus how freaking awesome do these look? I got the idea from Pinterest a while ago and took a stab at making my own.

I can’t remember how. Which is pretty lame. But if you want the recipe enough leave me a comment and I will scramble through my recipe book (sheets and sheets of loose paper and napkins) to find it for you. I just got too excited seeing this snap again to hold off posting :)

homemade apple pie

homemade frappuccino alternative

Why spend a fortune on a Starbucks Frappuccino when you can make your own for pennies?

The best bit? You can add as much whipped cream as you want!

Firstly, this is technically not a Frappuccino. So I’m going to go right ahead and name it a Carlaccino. Whoever gets this to cotton on and trend on twitter will get unlimited Carlaccinos for life.

homemade frappuccino alternative

Why a Carlaccino? Well, I’m not great at following recipes. I take a look at them and think ‘bah, who needs to add that? I’m going to add some turmeric instead of vanilla essence and get this partaaay started’. Some of my culinary experiences have not turned out well, but every so often there is a gem of creation which makes experimentation worthwhile.

Today was one of those days. I took a walk into my hometown, and passing a Starbucks I fancied a frappuccino. However I really didn’t want to spend £3 on a drink I don’t even like that much. I find them watery, I don’t like the lumps of ice and the coffee is not strong enough for my liking. Plus, the amount of whipped cream on top is pitiful by my standards.

Feeling adventurous I toddled off home and decided to throw caution to the wind and pull out everything in the fridge or in the cupboards that appealed. This included:

  • A long tall latte glass that came in a Christmas gift set that never, ever gets used
  • A skanky straw from the back of an unused drawer
  • Whipped cream
  • Powdered milk creamer
  • Instant coffee (hey, I was feeling lazy)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Sugar
  • Splenda
  • Vanilla essence
  • Semi-skimmed milk
  • Soy milk

Firstly I boiled the kettle. Then in a mug I mixed together 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, a tablespoon of splenda, a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of milk creamer. I filled the mug halfway with boiling water and stirred obsessively until the coffee granules disappeared. I filled the rest of the mug with cold water, gave it a stir and popped it in the fridge.

I then pulled out the blender, added 9 ice cubes, a drop of vanilla essence, about 100ml each of soy milk and semi-skimmed milk and the slightly less hot coffee mix. I then carefully pushed the pulse button on the blender a few times, and *ta-da* I had a silky smooth jug of Carlaccino goodness.

I carefully poured the mixture into my tall glass, reached for the whipped cream and piled it as high as it could go before toppling. I sprinkled on some cocoa powder, stuck in the straw and sighed with happiness.

5 minutes later it was gone and all I was left with was a whipped cream moustache.

For me, the secret ingredient was the soy milk. I can’t stand it in my tea but as it has a slight sweetness it went perfectly with the coffee. This was total trial and error and I’m sure you can make some variations on the above, cutting the ingredients considerably. Next time I will try it with proper coffee, soy milk, vanilla essence, ice and whipped cream alone.

Let me know if you have any tips or variations!