Warming Root soup

When winter comes by I love nothing more than hearty soups and crusty bread rolls, they are super warming, comforting and just the ticket for chilly days.  Honestly, they are so quick and easy to do, you can make a huge batch to keep in the fridge as easy lunches for the week ahead.

This soup is so easy it doesn't really have a set in stone recipe as such!  How I start is by washing and cutting fresh beetroot, carrots, sweet potatoes and parsnips (sometimes I add in butternut squash if I'm making a huge batch) roast all the veg in the oven with a good grate of fresh nutmeg, black pepper and rock salt. Roast until soft, tender and caramalised, which is roughly around 45 minutes give or take and depending on your oven. Now mix up a pint of vegetable stock (once again depending on how thick you like your soup you can use more if needed).

Once your vegetables are soft and well cooked you will blend your vegetables with the stock in a food processor to your perfect consistency.  Add the soup to the pan and put in a good teaspoon of garam masala, crushed garlic and a pinch of cinnamon. Heat up and give the spices a chance to cook through. Serve with plenty of coriander, drizzle of chilli oil and a hot fresh roll. Yum! and enjoy.

I know this is all very vague for a recipe but that's part of the fun, you can't really get it wrong and you can tweak it to what you like, try adding in other vegetables, beans or pulses. And honestly with all the yummy ingredients used you just know what ever you do it's going to taste delicious. 

The beauty in the broken.

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How beautiful are these?!  I have such a love for old Polaroid photos,  you really can find beauty in the broken.

Getting ready for the holidays

How are we storming through November already?  I feel like I have blinked and it's time to prepare for Christmas again. Not that I'm complaining!

I love nothing more than getting my home ready for the holiday season, while I don't fully decorate my home until December 1st, I start to filter out the autumn decor and bring in the winter stuff throughout November.

A great way to get in the Christmas spirit is by lighting some gorgeous winter inspired candles, I am a huge lover of candles and it's the first thing I add to my home to get me in the festive spirit. Currently I'm between two scents, which are cinnamon chai and the other is fresh pine. They smell soooo good.

I get so much of my Christmas decor from Homesence, we have a great one in Newcastle which I pop into on route home from my yoga training (probably more than I should admit). 

I got all our stockings from Homesence and almost all of our decor, apart from some pieces that have been handed down from family. It's a great one stop shop for unique, quality items plus they offer something for everyones taste and style. I love the place!

When it comes to decorating I have a few things on my check lists that are a must:

- A pretty wreath for my front door.
- Seasonal fragrances candles everywhere.
- A new decoration to add to the collection.
- Festive mugs for hot chocolate and spiced chai. Yum!

This year I am after a few extras to add to my Christmas home decor, I really fancy a garland to go across the arch in my kitchen, some festive hand towels and a little tree for the kids room. I have to admit I'm feeling extremely Christmasy this year!  

How do you decorate and prepare your home for the holidays?

in association with HomeSense 

Hello Monday

Happy Monday!  Let be honest most of the time Mondays get pretty bad press, so here are a few idea that will make your day just peachy.  What do you do to make your Monday a little sweeter?

Saluting Magpies or Knocking on wood.

As today is Halloween I thought it would be fun to share some superstitions and folklore, I have always loved hearing what peoples superstitious are or what little lore rituals they do. Whether you believe them or not I have never meet anyone who doesn't have a little something they say or do.  I have a couple like saluting magpies, salt over the shoulder and knock on wood, it totaly just habbit now and I cant even remember starting them!  I would love to hear any you do and why you started, or is it something you have always done?  Below are a few I have heard of and some I haven't.

-Peel an apple skin in one, long strip and toss it over your left shoulder. The letter it forms is the initial of your future Love's Christian name.

-A pinch of salt under the chair of an unwelcome guest Will get them to leave quickly .

-When you ring a bell on Halloween, all the scary, evil spirits will fly away.

-Snails were used to predict the first initial of your sweetheart. Basically, catch a snail and lock it in a flat dish, then check in the morning for what initial the snail's slime has made.

-If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.

-Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.

-Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.

-If an eyelash falls out, put it on the back of the hand, make a wish and throw it over your shoulder. If it flies off the hand the wish will be granted.

-To drop a fork means a man is coming to visit.

-If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.

-Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder.

- spying a single magpie is considered an omen of bad fortune and saluting it is a way of showing the proper respect in hope that the magpie won't pass on some of the misfortune that follows it.

Do you have any lores or superstitions?

A little bit of boho

Today I'm over on the Laura Ashley Blog and I'm excited to share with you a few tips on creating a bohemian vibe with in your home, head on over and take a peek inside my living room. Come back and tell me your favourite way to add a hint of boho to your space I would love to hear!

My yoga teacher training

I took my first official yoga class at 16, I had dabbled with a few poses thanks to the help of an old 1970's book that I found in my grans loft (which was my mums from back in the day) but my journey really started  just after leaving school.

I took a local class with a teacher called Peter, he lit incense, played hypnotic sitar music and chimed bells at the start of each vinyasa flow. I LOVED it!

Right there and then I knew at some point I would teach yoga. I started college, then went to uni, adventured with my then boyfriend now husbands band, joined and toured with a band as a drummer and had my babies. I never found the timing to be right. But the ride was a blast so i wasn't to worried.

Only now everything has fallen in to place and I have began my yoga teaching adventure. I'm crazy excited about the journey and look forward to this new chapter. I look forward to documenting and sharing my experience here.

Wallpaper adventures

When I was at university my degree was in textiles and surface design, It was so much fun!  I got to create designs for interiors, fashion and gift.  So as you can imagine I have a big love for prints and pattern.

This week is national wallpaper week and it runs from the 5th-11th October. When the opportunity arose to team up with Graham & Brown to celebrate of course I said yes. They are a company I have used with in my home over the years and studied designs during my uni years.

I decided to use my hallway as the space to makeover. So often they are a place that isn't made to feel special and are just the room to get from one place to another. I wanted to change this.  As its the first place you see when you enter the house, I wanted to use this place to set the scene for the rest of my home. I decided I wanted a calm and inviting look.

As you read my blog I'm pretty sure you know what my style is like and the kind of things I love. The word I am using to start my hall concept is calm. I'm going to share my progress with you to see how this project evolves.

To me calm is natural earthy tones with colours that are relaxing and soothing. The paper I picked out as my base is this one Kells Ikat Wallpaper but this one was a close second. Amazing or what?! Check out more about national wallpaper week here 

So watch this space for my update and find out how I got on playing decorator. Whats your thoughts on wallpaper, love it or hate it? Have you ever DIY decorated?

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