If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I absolutely love my Leek, Bacon and Potato bake. In fact, I love it so much that I make it on a weekly basis so today I thought I’d share the recipe with you – it’s so simple to make and absolutely delicious and it won’t break the bank. It is a syn free recipe on Slimming World using the cheese as your healthy extra and the recipe is for three portions (I make it for two of us and then have one portion left for my lunch the next day).

Leek, Bacon and Potato Bake

INGREDIENTS

  • 600g Potatoes (I use desiree)
  • 2 Bacon Medallions Per Person (all fat removed)
  • 2 Large Leeks
  • 4 Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 90g Red Leicester (healthy extra or 6 syns)
  • Frylight

METHOD

  1. Firstly preheat your oven to 200°
  2. Then, chop up your ingredients (I always peel my potatoes as well) and whisk the eggs in a bowl adding in a little salt and pepper
  3. Pop your potatoes into a pan of cold water and leave them to start boiling. Meanwhile, take your cut up bacon and add to a pan with some frylight and cook until crispy
  4. Once they have started to boil, leave them for about 10 minutes so they get a little soft. Then cut up your leeks and add them in for a few minutes to soften slightly.
  5. Once the vegetables are ready, drain them off and add to an ovenproof dish adding in your bacon and whisked up eggs  and mix together. Then, take your red leicester cheese and add to the top.
  6. Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and then serve.

Catch UpI thought it was about time I did an update, it is the new year after all. I can’t believe the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over for yet another year. I had a slightly hectic December and was working my redundancy notice at my old job on the run up to Christmas which is something I haven’t really touched on this blog but I suppose now you can tell that things have been hectic.

I spent the holidays in Scotland with my parents, dog and boyfriend which was lovely as always. We enjoyed a lot of nice walks, Mum and I spent a bit of time baking our usual festive goodies and spending time together as a family. And now we’re in the first week of January and I have been really lucky to start a new job in a lovely company with a team that have already made me feel really welcome.

So, a new year… a new me? Well, kind of, I suppose. I always like to start the new year off with some goals in mind so I thought I’d share them with you all today. I’m aware I’m probably late on the bandwagon with this as most bloggers did their posts a good week or so ago but we’ll roll with it. I have made some goals which are more personal and others that relate to this blog.

Blogging Goals

When I started a new chapter in July last year and did a bit of a rebrand, I promised myself that I wouldn’t post for the sake of posting and that’s what I want to stick to in 2017. When I moved to Worpdress I spent a good few weeks tidying my old posts up, getting rid of posts that made no sense and removing images from my server and that was tedious at the time so I don’t want to then have to do that again.

I’m not forcing myself to do a posting schedule but I would like to post once a week and sometimes if I can, maybe more. I want to love blogging and make sure it doesn’t become a chore. I’d also like to include YouTube in my goals too – did you know I have a channel? It has been somewhat neglected recently but I want to start using it again for a new series I want to start.

Personal

I need to make sure I look after myself more in 2017 as I find that sometimes I just neglect myself and end up really tired and feeling fed up with the world. I want to make more time to take a bath, give myself a pamper, go for a spa day with a friend and maybe even get a manicure.

I’d like to read more, I have a few books that I didn’t manage to read last year so I’d like to get them read this year and then start more. I treated myself to a sparkly new iPad Pro recently so I fully intend on using the Kindle app on there too.

To keep continuing to reduce my fizzy drink intake as I feel like this has helped me a lot over the past year. This year I hope to be able to do the Race For Life again as I haven’t done it in a couple of years and hope to rope my Mum into doing it with me again (she doesn’t know this yet, although she will once she reads this!).

I want to use my Instagram more and use it to document anything I’m up to daily as well as my food for the day which brings me on to my next and final goal.

I want to make sure I hit my Slimming World target within the first 5 or 6 months of this year and I want to buy different summer clothes for my holiday this year. I feel like I’ve been on this journey for a long, long time and I’m kind of at the point where I’m just frustrated. I know it can be done and I know sometimes I can get a bit complacent so enough’s enough now. Target 2017 here I come!

Slimming World's Curry Club I have to preface this post by saying that I’ve always found it tough to make a good curry – in my experience even though I have a large selection of spices, my curries either turn out far too spicy or extremely bland. The only one I could make well was my Keema Mince so, when I found out that Slimming World had a new book called Curry Club, I was extremely excited. I knew it would have a mixture of everything and that the recipes would be easy and really easy at the same time and I was right.

This book did not disappoint and for the usual £4.95 price I honestly can’t recommend it enough. The Curry Club book features more than 60 wonderful recipes which each have a handy heat guide so you know if you may need to add more or less spice depending on your preference. For me, I always like a medium heat, nothing too spicy or plain. There are four main sections within the book featuring starters, curries and sides and the recipes make me feel hungry just thinking about them.

Slimming World's Curry Club

Spice Bites which feature delicious starters. My favourite picks have to be the carrot and onion bhaji’s, tandoori chicken tikka kebab, turkey samosas and lamb seekh kebabs.

Curries of India – This is the largest curry section in the book and as the name suggests this features the curries from India with many of my firm favourites such as lamb bhuna, lamb and chickpea balti, pork rogan josh and chicken tikka masala. You can swap the meats if you have a different preference but the lamb bhuna is definitely next on my list. Yum!

Curries of Asia – When I think of this, I automatically think of Wagamama’s and how I can make a Slimming World friendly dish at home. My top picks from this smaller curry section in the book are the  massaman lamb curry and chicken katsu curry. The katsu will be my next fakeaway choice!

Spice On The Side – Last but not least are the delicious side dishes one of which I have tried at my local Slimming World taster session – the bombay potatoes which are phenomenal and I could eat them over and over again. Another two picks for me are the fresh mango chutney and easy peasy pilau rice.

This is one of my favourite books to date and that says a lot as my collection is quite large. You can easily make a feast for yourself, family and friends which is totally on plan and would probably feel more indulgent and there’s something in there for everyone. If you can get your hands on this book or know anyone that goes to a Slimming World group, I would highly recommend picking it up.

What is your favourite curry?

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

The new Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette is essentially my idea of a dream come true when it comes to eyeshadows. I’ve never made it a secret that I adore every eyeshadow palette Urban Decay has released so when I heard that they were making an all matte Naked Palette, I knew I had to have it in my ever-growing collection.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

The Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette features a new selection of twelve matte, neutral eyeshadows perfect for many different day or night-time looks. The packaging is probably my favourite design of the palettes so far as it arrives in the most stunning, square-shaped and travel friendly plastic rose gold compact. It has the most beautiful burst design that displays the Urban Decay logo and is raised to give it some texture. Inside there is a really decent sized, high quality mirror along with a double-ended brush that can be used for application along with the twelve beautiful eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

  • Blow (Light Nude Demi-Matte)
  • Nude (Soft Pink Nude Matte)
  • Commando (Light Taupe Brown Matte)
  • Tempted (Pale Brown Matte)
  • Instinct (Medium Pink Taupe Matte)
  • Lethal (Reddish Brown Matte)
  • Pre-Game (Pale Yellow Matte)
  • Extra Bitter (Burnt Orange Matte)
  • Faith (Medium Warm Brown Matte)
  • Lockout (Rich Neutral Brown Matte)
  • Magnet (Smoky Gray Matte)
  • Blackjack (Warm Black Matte)

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

This palette is the only one I have reached for in the last couple of weeks which says it all really as I usually go for a different eyeshadow look daily. Personally, I think that it is wonderful for a day or night look and as it contains a beautiful selection of warm and cooler neutrals, it is perfect for everyone especially if you are a fan of neutrals.

The eyeshadows are quite tense colours and are packed together in a way that they apply without much fallout (always a pet hate of mine!), they are wonderful quality as always and blend like a dream. I just love them! My favourite combination so far are using a mixture of Commando, Tempted and Faith – they create a beautiful eye look especially with my blue eyes.

Like all of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows, this palette doesn’t disappoint and is something I would definitely recommend you add to your Christmas list if you haven’t already – hopefully Santa will be good to you this year. It’s available now for £38.50 and if you ask me, worth every penny.

What are your favourite eyeshadows?

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.

Luxury Christmas Flowers From OK Bouquet   Luxury Christmas Flowers From OK Bouquet Luxury Christmas Flowers From OK BouquetWith it being nearly Christmas, having a nice bouquet of flowers delivered as a gift is a wonderful present for friends or family. When I was contacted by OK Bouquet to review one of their beautiful bouquets I jumped at the chance. I went on their website I was instantly impressed by all the beautiful luxury flowers and bouquets they had to offer at really reasonable prices.

It was a tough choice but I finally opted for the Frosty Bouquet which is a beautiful selection of seasonal flowers. The bouquet comes with beautiful Red Naomi Roses (some of which have a little diamanté inside), White Lilies, Red Hypericum, Anastasia Green Chrysanthemums and Frosty Oak Leaf.

Having never used OK Bouquet before I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was overwhelmed by the package that was received. After choosing which bouquet I would like I received an email to say they would arrive a couple of days later. Once I had the dispatch email they arrived safely in a huge cardboard box and packaged well, tied together and ready for the customer to arrange into vases.

The bouquet is available in two sizes – large or deluxe and will contain the best seasonal flowers and foliage available at the time. I opted for the deluxe bouquet which costs £45 and I can tell you that the value for money is phenomenal. As you can see from the photos, the flowers that arrived in this deluxe bouquet had to be split  and arranged between two large vases.

I am happy to report that over two weeks later my flowers are still going strong, the majority of the Lilies have come out fully and the roses still look as good as the day I got them.

I have been really impressed by the service and flowers I received from OK Bouquet and would say that they are better value than some of the other companies out there. I will definitely be a returning customer in the future.

Do you like flowers as gifts? What are your favourite flowers?

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.