New winter coats, gingerbread and kale smoothies


Happy Sunday everyone, hope you are having a great weekend so far! I’ve had a lovely weekend, which was extra nice after the meh one last week! On Friday I was in Newcastle for a client meeting so took the opportunity to hit the monthly farmers market again:


I used that kale to make the green smoothie pictured above. Just frozen banana, kale and almond milk. It reminded me why I love green smoothies so much! I also got some bones from the butcher and have some bone broth in the slow cooker right now. It’s been ages since I’ve made some bone broth and I’ve felt a strange craving for it to add to soups and stews. While I was in town I also had a sneaky look in the sales and found this gorgeous dress from Oasis:


It was just £15 and looks hot on me even if I say so myself! The gathering on the sides is good for skimming over my bumpy bits! I also got a new coat:


I had been after a Warehouse one, but when I tried it on I wasn’t sure how well it would work with the rest of my wardrobe. This is from Sainsburys, was much cheaper than the Warehouse one and had 25% off. They only had it in a UK 14 so it’s a little bit big, but should be handy for wearing thick jumpers underneath!

When we woke up yesterday I was surprised at how cold it was, there was even a frost on the ground! I made some oats without the oats – just my usual pumpkin scramble with an egg and egg whites but with added almond milk to make it more creamy:


I topped it with peanut butter and dried cranberries, delicious! I also decided to bake some of my healthy gingerbread cake:


This has to be one of my fave recipes on the blog, it is so perfectly moist and gingery! I had a square with some apple, yoghurt and home made raw salted caramel sauce:


The raw salted caramel sauce is amazing! I’ll have to post the recipe soon. I’ve also been eating yummy salads:


I’m loving beetroot at the moment, this also included mackerel, olives, jalapeños and balsamic. For dinner I made fabulous beef burgers with roast kabocha and roast cauliflower and brussels:


Then last nights dinner was my Harissa chickpeas and courgettes with lemon tahini sauce:


Simple but yummy! 

Other than a bit of baking and cooking I’ve been cracking on with work and cleaning the flat. My Mam and Dad called round as well which was lovely :-) To relax last night I had treated myself to some magazines to read:


There are some great recipe ideas in the Jamie magazine, it got me all excited for Christmas food!

How has your weekend been so far? Are you planning on buying a new winter coat?

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  • Cat

    Yum! I have such a craving for gingerbread now…
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    • Laura

      Gingerbread is always good!

  • Jessie

    I could so go for a slice of that gingerbread cake. it sounds delicious. Going to check the recipe out now =)
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    • Laura

      Thanks Jessie, it is so simple to make and tastes fab!

  • sonja@vesenmork

    wow, that scramble surely looks like a bowl of oats. Lovely dress and coat, but I thought you just got a new one? that beautiful grey one. Oh well, you gotta love variety ;)
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    • Laura

      Oh yep, haha I almost forgot about that coat! The grey one is a woollen one, more like a cardigan really, so would not be warm enough in the proper winter. Plus I just like buying lots of clothes ;-P

  • Maria @ runningcupcake

    Yum that gingerbread cake looks so good :)
    I bought a new coat last year so I probably won’t get another one this year. I am on the lookout for some boots for work, as the pair I wear most days are coming to the end of their life- I think they have lasted about 4 years though so not bad!
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    • Laura

      4 years isn’t bad at all! That has made me wonder what the oldest item of clothing I own is. I’m sure it must be shoes of some kind!

  • LilyLipstick

    I need to try the oats without the oats! Love the new coat you bought too. x
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    • Laura

      I was actually quite surprised by how good it was, it really does have a similar texture to oats!

  • Claire @ Flake and Cake

    That dress is so pretty, bet it does look lovely on you! Glad to hear everything picked up :) I’ve been buying lots of magazines recently for some recipe inspiration, so fun around Christmas time! And please post that raw salted caramel, it sounds insanely good!
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    • Laura

      Thanks Claire! I think you’ll like the sound of the raw salted caramel!

  • Lauren (@PoweredbyPB)

    I need to get a new winter coat this year, I’ve had mine for a few years and it’s still fine but I think a new one would be nice. Hope you had a good weekend!
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    • Laura

      You can get them so reasonably priced now I think it’s not too bad to treat yourself to a new one!

  • Christina

    Everything looks SO YUMMY! And I love the dress you found in Oasis – such a bargain!
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    • Laura

      Thanks Christina, it’s a lovely dress, just need the occasion to wear it!

  • Tamzin

    I desperately need a winter coat but just can’t find the right one, the mission continues!

    This post reminds me I need to make a ginger cake sooner rather then later!
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