Thursday, 31 July 2014

DIY HEALTHY CHOCOLATE MUESLI

Hello folks hope you are having a great week and enjoying the summer sun. 

I enjoy having eggs for breakfast but every now and then, I get a hankering for some good ol cereal and attack Matt's box of Chocolate Alpen. I recently read the ingredients(better late than never) and discovered that it contained a ridiculously high amount of sugar. Alpen Muesli is marketed as a healthy alternative to sugary cereals and I understand that the chocolate increases the sugar content  but not to the extent of having 23.5grams of sugar per 100grams.

Anyhoo decided to trying making my own version and having a blind taste test with 'Le Husband' with interesting results.


DIY HEALTHY DARK CHOCOLATE MUESLI:

2 cup of unsweetened muesli ( w/ or w/o raisins)
2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons of unsalted chopped nuts (optional)
100grams of sugarfree dark or milk chocolate chopped
2 tablespoons of Protein Powder or powdered milk
4 Tablespoons of raisins or sultans
A sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg

Directions: 
Pre heat oven to 200c and toast the unsweetened muesli for around 10 minutes or till crispy- check at 5minute intervals

Toast chopped nuts and coconut flakes slightly for 2 minutes and leave to cool

Combine all ingredients, make sure the toasted nuts and muesli at room temperature before combining to avoid melting the chocolate.


Taste test results



                                                             Le Husband's comments
  1. Homemade version was crunchier than boxed version.
  2. Boxed version was a lot sweeter.
  3. Homemade version tastes better without raw nuts than roasted nuts.
  4. Really enjoyed the homemade version.

I was really happy with the results knowing that it is sugar free, high protein and guilt free.

Hope this inspires you to

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

CRAFTY LIVING - DIY MINI FLOWER VASES

Hello everyone hope your week is going well. I saw these mini tumblers in Poundland the other day and could not resist, 6 in a box for a £1 bargain! 

For the mini vases, I bought some acrylic metallic paint in gold, painted the vases inside and and left the vases to dry overnight. The next morning though the vases were dried but when I put some water in, I could see the paint running-next time I will just paint the outside. Here are the results




I used these mini vases for a girlie dinner with pink Hydrangeas in them, they are also great at tealight holders.

Hope this inspires you to get crafty
Love
N x

Monday, 28 July 2014

CATCH UP MONDAYS- SLUMBER PARTY, ZOOLANDER AND CAKES

Hello everyone hope you had a wonderful weekend. Matt was away working this weekend and  I decided, what better way to spend the weekend than to throw a slumber party. I rang up a couple of friends and invited them over for some girly fun.



 I was tempted have the usual slumber party snacks of marshmallow,chocolates, crisps and alcohol  but opted for a healthier option of crudités, sweet potato crisps, hummus, pitta bread, ham, cheese and grilled chicken on skewers. They loved it phew!!

Grilled Chicken on Skewers

Apple and crunchy peanut butter

Crudités


After dinner, we did some baking with Shakira and Beyonce blasting in the background . One of my friend got this apple cake recipe of the internet and WE made a mistake of adding too much baking soda and you can guess what happened-

Friday, 25 July 2014

FRIDAY FIVES- DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!

Hello lovelies, hope you have had a wonderful week. I got into a few deep conversations this week and realised that every now and then most people need a bit of encouragement. 
I want to use the blog as a platform to encourage someone today. 

We all have dreams or goals we want achieve and at some point in this journey of life, we go through seasons when everything around us makes doubt if we will ever accomplish those dreams. If you are going through one of those seasons, this post is for you. 

I have gone through a few of those season and here are 5 things that helped me.



1. Read success stories: Reading about real life success stories some how gave me hope during those seasons, there is something about a rags to riches story that made me believe that if it happened for them it could happen for me. Etsy.com has a series on their blog called "I quit my day job" about people that left full time employment to follow their dreams, they talk about the good, bad and everything in-between- worth reading.


2. Review your progress:  Seeing your progress tends to be quite hard for people as they are so focused on their goals and why it is taking so long. Sometimes looking how far you have come will make you realise that you have come too far to quit, you can never win the race if you give up.


3. Refresh your goals: Perhaps you need a little positive re-enforcement why not refresh your goals by breaking them into little chunks and rewarding yourself after completing each stage.

4. Restore your faith in yourself: Re-program your thinking and remember all the great things about yourself. Everyone has strengths and weakness; focus on your strengths and learn how to manage your weakness, ask for help if necessary.

5. Persevere: Ok this does not start with an 'R' but I could not leave it out! Perseverance is key when trying to achieve a goal, as results do not come overnight. From my experience results always seem to come after a bit of patience, endurance and persistence - so hang in there!


Hope this encourages someone today
Love 
Nemi xx



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

THE PERFECT SUMMER SALAD

Hello lovelies hope you have had a good start to the week. Last week Matt and I went to a 'bring and share'(potluck) barbecue social and of course I was excited about another excuse to cook yay! I made some bbq flavoured drumsticks, fried rice and a salad. Guess what people could not get enough of? The salad and I was surprised as people kept asking me how I made it.


You are in luck as I am sharing the recipe for my popular 'Carrot, Apple and Courgette salad'.

Here is what you'll need

 For the salad




1 large carrot
1 Medium Courgette
1 Apple

For the dressing


1/2 an orange

1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
a pinch of sea salt



Shred the carrot and courgette with a Julienne slicer. You can buy them here.

For the apples I made sliced them into thin strips

Mixed them all together  and stir in the dressing and voila!


Love 
Nemi x


Monday, 21 July 2014

MY WEEKEND- GEEs, TRANSFORMERS, NANDOS and a WEDDING


Hello lovelies hope you had a wonderful weekend. I generally enjoy doing nothing and recuperating on the weekends but this weekend was quite busy and fun.

On Friday evening, we went for a lovely meal at Gee's restaurant in Oxford, it was my first time there and the food was amazing. Matt ordered a good ol' rib eye steak while I went for a whole sea bass and went all Naija on the fish eating eye. Wish they made a bit more effort with the side salad though. I love salads and hate when restaurants just throw a few leaves in a plate and call it a salad (#rantover).





We then went to see the new Tranfomers age of extinction and loved it, I am a huge fan of Mark Wahlberg and Matt and I placed a bet on how many minutes into the movie before he takes he shirt off, I said 10 and Matt 20mins. Well people it took exactly 32minutes and 7 secs and it was impressive :). I am a huge fan of action blockbusters and the movie delivered, I was appalled however by the blatant and shameless product placement throughout. I mean huge bus with VICTORIA SECRET on the side in the centre of Hong Kong or a transformer crashing into a car and Light Budweiser exploding everywhere and Marky Mark being thirsty at exactly that moment, or the protein powder they got from the shops cos they could not buy food ....really people really?

Friday, 18 July 2014

FRIDAY FIVES- TIPS TO CHOOSING THE PERFECT DRESS FOR A WEDDING

Hello lovelies you made it to FRIDAY! Hope you had a good week, I had a pretty fun week and an even better weekend planned so colour me excited; Its date night tonight and off to a wedding tomorrow :).

Today's Friday fives is on wedding guest dresses, choosing the perfect dress to wear to a wedding is quite simple if you follow these tips.

  1. Find out what style of wedding you are attending  - You can tell from the invites, the location and the personality of the couple.
  2. Be stylish yet comfortable- Its quite boring to attend a wedding and not be able to dance cos your dress or shoes are too tight.
  3. Accessorise- The right accessories can take a casual dress to 'wedding worthy' if paired with fab accessories. Experiment and find out what works for you.

Here are some of my favourite dresses for different wedding types.



Perfect for Casual Garden Wedding
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Perfect for the 'Posh' Wedding


Perfect for the Classy wedding

Perfect for all weddings

Perfect for Outdoors Casual wedding

Have a lovely weekend.

Love
Nems x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

DIET TIP- HOW TO DISCOVER THE PERFECT BREAKFAST FOR YOUR BODY

Morning lovelies, wanted to share a quick diet tip with you. For many years I have been trying to find the perfect breakfast that will keep me energised and satisfied till my next refuel(lunch). I tried different combinations of yoghurt, fruit, cereal, smoothie, toast, oats but nothing works for my body as great as good ol' eggs does.

My diet advice for you today is love your body and take the time to find out what your body likes and what gives you the most energy especially for breakfast cos if you get your breakfast right you will get your day right.

So how do you go about finding this out?