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31 August 2015

Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothie

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I was introduced to the concept of peanut butter and jelly (or jam) sandwiches by my lovely American flatmates when I was at university in St Andrews. It seems to be a real love/hate thing, like Marmite - but I absolutely adore it. 

This smoothie gives you the taste of the peanut butter and jam but without the sugar filled white bread and processed ingredients. Purists out there will argue that these are the whole point of PB & J, but this is perfect as a healthier alternative.

Serves 1 (large glass)

- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
- 2 Medjool dates
- 2 handfuls frozen berries
- 1 tbsp good quality peanut butter 

Add all of the above to your blender and mix away until smooth - the frozen berries should cool it down enough, but you could add a small amount of ice if necessary, or alternatively - try freezing the banana in chunks as well before you use it. 
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28 August 2015

Pay Day Wishlist - Autumn/Winter Preparation

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You guys, I can't believe it is basically September already. I'm really feeling like it was only Christmas and New Year's Eve a month or so ago, how have 8 whole months slipped past? It's like being a kid with the summer holidays slipping through your fingers all over again. 

On the plus side, Autumn is coming. I feel like I've barely experienced a summer of any kind this year anyway so I'm more than happy to look forward to knitted scarfs and hot chocolates again. I've put together a little wishlist of what I've been lusting over this month, although given that I've just splashed out on a new camera I'm not sure I should actually go ahead and buy any of it!

1. Tu Stripe and Floral Tea Dress - Tu at Sainsbury's is now available (finally) to buy online and there's some real beauties going at the moment. I love the combination of prints on this tea dress and it's perfect for teaming with thick black tights and a pair of ankle boots. Also, check out the pyjama section whilst you're at it - there are bargains to be had!

2. Simply Be Fur Collar Suede Coat - Oh! This coat, it is the coat of dreams. Suede with a fluffy faux fur collar and a flattering tie belt, I can't begin to explain how sad I am that this is not already in my wardrobe.

3. Oasis V & A Shirt Dress - I love the V & A collection at Oasis, the prints are too stunning for words. I've developed a bit of a thing for shirt dresses recently as they are so versatile, so this is my pick of the bunch.

4. Ted and Muffy Merida Loafers - Duo Boots have recently rebranded as Ted and Muffy and I would highly recommend checking out the new website, as it's totally dreamy. I'm desperate for a pair of good quality leopard print flats as I think they go with pretty much anything, so these jumped right out at me.

5. Oliver Bonas Pastel Multi Photo Frame - Another laurenella wishlist, another Oliver Bonas item. This time it's this cute multi photo frame...who needs a DIY gallery wall when you can just fill one of these bad boys up with pictures. 

6. Sweetpea & Willow Balham Mirrored Tray -  I discovered this gorgeous brand when they followed me on Instagram this month and since then I've built up quite the wishlist. This mirrored tray is my ultimate fave, I think it would look amazing displaying my collection of perfumes. 
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27 August 2015

Parma Ham, Feta and Orange Salad

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This is my current favourite salad - though I tend to have to save it for nights on my own or for a lovely light lunch, as Sean gets frustrated by the lack of carbs! It's beautifully summery and looks gorgeous and colourful so it's perfect to impress friends without having to slave over the oven beforehand. 

Serves 2 for lunch or a light dinner

- Approximately two large handfuls of spinach 
- Approximately two large handfuls of rocket
- 1/3 cucumber cut into small pieces
- 1 orange, peeled and cut into segments (keep an eye out for those pesky pips!)
- 4 slices of parma ham, roughly cut/pulled into pieces
- 3/4 sliced spring onions (depending on size) 
- Approximately matchbox sized piece of feta, crumbled
- Small handful of sunflower seeds
- Top with a scattering of good quality black pepper

The sweet orange, salty parma ham and feta cheese and peppery rocket combine perfectly and the sunflower seeds add a much needed crunch - who needs croutons when you have these babies? This is so easy and quick to throw together that I really recommend it if you're feeling a bit uninspired with your midday sandwich at work - I promise, your colleagues will all be super jealous!
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