Pasta Dishes Finally Something I Enjoy

I’ve never been a huge fan of pasta dishes, but recently that changed after a distant cousin of mine flew over from Italy with some fabulous recipes up his sleeve.

They were unbelievable although he brought over some of his home made pasta which is what I think actually made the dish as good as it was. I don’t think supermarket pasta would have made the grade, and personally think the dishes would have been a lot less tasty without the homemade pasta from him!

I got the bug!

Once he left and headed back to Italy I found myself really missing his pasta dishes and decided to purchase one for myself on the internet. I found one!

I got my very first pasta machine from a cool online shop called AMOS who sell a wide variety of trendy electronics, gadgets and other good stuff. It’s a very high quality machine and I can’t stop using it. It’s just brilliant.

My friends are loving it too because I’m now constantly inviting them around for food and a movie which saves all of us money, wohoo!

3 tasty dishes!

It’s easy to assume that there are very limited dishes that can be made with this homemade pasta, but you’d be wrong. Very wrong, in fact.

My cousin left 3 different recipes with me, all of which used this great homemade pasta which is just cooked slightly differently for each different dish – slightly undercooked, cooked right and overcooked. Kinda strange, right?

All of the dishes use tasty sauces and meatballs, as you’d expect.

If you’re more daring than me, I’d highly recommend getting a pasta machine and just playing around with different heats and cooking times to get pasta that resonates perfectly with your own created dishes. You will probably surprise yourself and come out with something that tastes better than any fine restaurant.

Good luck – let me know how you get on!


Just Moved Into a New House, Stress Levels are Extremely High

Anybody who has had both the pleasure and displeasure of moving home will know the kind of stress I’ve been under for the past few weeks. You see my boyfriend and I have finally moved into our first place together and I have to be honest, I really don’t want to move again. It’s more stressful than you’d ever realise!

We had been looking for a few months and then finally decided to commit once we found a house that we both fell in love with, and now we’re looking forward to making it a home as the stress clouds slowly lift to reveal the sunshine.

My boyfriend dealt with it better than me, us women eh… Ha!

Moving – Things to Remember

This move may have been about as stressful as I can probably handle but it has been good in that I have learnt what to do and what not to do the next time a move comes around (hopefully not soon) which I can now share with you.

Here are some things I learnt:

Furniture is a Nightmare

There’s only one thing that’s worse to move than fragile items such as plates, glasses and vases. Can you guess what I mean? That’s right, the bloody furniture.

I own a high quality leather sofa which I purchased from Halo Living a couple of years back when I was living at home with my parents. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture but a complete and utter nightmare to move as I discovered.

Not only the furniture from Halo but I also had some solid pine sideboards from Hillcrest and, again, a nightmare to move. Couldn’t leave them!

Despite my struggles, or should I say the struggles I watched my boyfriend and father have with them, they did end up arriving at our new home in one piece and without too much damage being done to them or the walls that were ground down as they brushed past numerous times before fitting through our doors.

TIP: Get as much help as you can with furniture and, if possible, break the pieces down as much as you can – every little helps, trust me on that one.

Cleaning with End You

If a move wasn’t hard enough with all of the careful packaging of your belongings, and then moving them, but then there’s preparing the new home for them.

This is something that I seriously underestimated. I thought we’d clean as we moved things into our new place but nope, it doesn’t work that way. The new place was rotten and needed a real deep clean before anything could be put into place and so we had huge stacks of our belongings in the living room for a week or so.

It’s easy for a potential new home to look sparkling to you when you fall for it, but once you’ve descended from cloud nine reality can often be much different as was the case for us. This was more tiring than moving our furniture – crazy!

TIP: Always plan for a deep clean before preparing and moving your belongings and, if possible, get help from friends and family. It’ll be a huge help.

Arguments will Happen

Moving into a new home with a partner should be the most exciting time of your life, right? Wrong. Stress ignites stress and arguments will happen. A lot.

My boyfriend and I probably argued more during our move into our new house than we have during the entirety of our relationship. That’s not an exaggeration either, by the way, we fought like cat and mouse the whole time because we both reacted differently to the stresses of moving as well as how things would be packed, moved and positioned in the new place. He left me in control in the end (hehe).

TIP: Try to stay as calm as you can and discuss certain arrangements before any action is taken. This will save a lot of arguing for you.

A Birthday to Remember

So it was my 18th birthday on Friday and I decided to spend it with a bunch of my girlfriends – we went out, ate good food and partied until 4am.

It was a super cool evening which involved heavy drinking, piggish eating and mountains of retro sweets from my favourite online sweet shop, Retro Sweet Corner, it’s fabulous. Only second to American Soda like.

I’m going to divulge more of the details from my amazing birthday weekend below, but before I do, please be warned that there’s nothing girly about it.

I drink like a fish, look like a man and act like a circus act… Go figure!

Friday Night Birthday

So my birthday was on a Friday which was great for 2 reasons:

1) It’s the start of the weekend which means that I didn’t need to get up for work the following day – always a positive when you go as hard as me and my girls do.

2) It’s the best night to go out on the weekend. The bars and clubs expect you and cater to you as well as they can with great prices on drinks.

Anyway, here’s what went down:

Good Food at F&B’s

Our first stop of the evening was at our local Frankie and & Bennies restaurant in Aintree – I love that place, the food is so good and the service is always top notch. I ordered the BBQ Ribs with fries and a side salad (made me feel better) and a glass of Red Wine.

The food was cooked to perfection and me and the girls really had a great laugh. We did order dessert, too, which again was very delicious.

I got the Banana Cheesecake which is basically Vanilla with Banana on top. It’s probably the best Dessert you’ll ever taste – I have to tell you to try or it or I’ll regret it. It’s really, really good and the price isn’t over the top compared with other local restaurants of this quality.

Definitely going again soon!

Drinks (lots) at the Clubs

Once our good food and warm-up drinks had gone down, we got our rags on and went for a bar and club crawl which didn’t end until 4AM.

If that’s not a successful night on the town, I don’t know what is.

It was a good night and there was only one negative incident during the entire evening which is quite unusual in Liverpool. A guy was hitting on me and decided he could grab my ass but I quickly made him realise otherwise by slapping him silly.

Cheeky sod!

Safe to say that I don’t remember much after the first couple of hours but I do know that I went to one of my girlies houses afterwards to stay the night and sleep off my messy behaviour. Of course we had to wrap up with a dirty McDonald’s breakfast early in the morning – went down a treat that did.

My Birthday Gifts

Okay so enough about my filthy behaviour, more about the gifts.

I got an e cigarette from my lovely boyfriend because he knows that I have been trying to stop smoking for years and failed badly every time. Hopefully this new electronic cigarette will be just what I need to finally kick that dirty habit.

He also got me a few bottles of menthol e liquid to smoke with it. This is a premium hangsen e-liquid from the E-Liquid UK Store. It’s SO GOOD!

My parents got me lots of the usual girly birthday stuff including some nice new pyjamas that I can wear down the ASDA (no shame) – all in all it was a fantastic day and I am so grateful to everyone who got me a present and made my day even more special. Also need to mention my little brother or he’ll shout at me – thanks for my new straighteners, Tommy, I love you loads. Will give you a big hug soon!

Until next time girls! :) x