Monday, 30 June 2014

20 random facts about me!

20 Random Facts Tag.. a while ago I was tagged in a “20 Random Facts” post by someone else so thought as a way of getting to know me, below are a list of things you don’t really need to know and may make you think I’m a bit bizarre..

1)I have 3 guinea pigs
2)I passed out having my ears pierced
3)I have 4 tattoos
4)My favourite food is cottage pie
5)I’ve recently moved from Nottingham to Shrewsbury … (more to come later)
6)It took me 9 attempts to pass my driving test … (don’t get me started!)
7)I don’t like cheese or bacon and rarely eat chocolate
8)I can watch Bridget Jones and quote the whole thing as I go along… (the reason why my Mum refuses to watch it with me)
9)I get obsessed over new TV programmes that I find… (the latest is Grey’s Anatomy and I watched the first 9 seasons in 4 weeks.)
10) My second home is the gym
11) I know the name and order of every service station from Nottingham to London on the M1 and the majority of the ones from Nottingham to Blackpool
12) I have a black Nokia Lumia 1020
13) The best way to know if I’m stressed is if I’ve picked off my nail polish
14) I’ve never not got nail polish on
15) The first bloggers I ever followed/found was Fleur De Force, Laura from BellesBoutique and ViviannaDoesMakeUp
16) I’m allergic to wasp and bee stings as well as mosquito bites
17) I have a fear of Microsoft Excel and Spreadsheets… like a genuine fear!
18)I drive a Silver Ford Fiesta Zetec with a personalised reg plate that my Dad’s family clubbed together for on my 21st Birthday
19) I love walking on my own around a Nature Reserve or somewhere with big fields in the out doors
20) My next post is about my summer suitcase and the key items I have ready to go on holiday!

I tag everyone to do this post or just Tweet me a random fact about yourself so I know you’ve read this blog ;)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

(Belated) Food Friday: Herby Chicken & Veg!

Hashtag Food Friday… well, Tuesday as I ended up having an unexpected Friday night!
A couple of weeks ago I Instagram’d a photo of a meal that I’d cooked after saying I was trying to eat healthier and a few people said how nice it looked and what I used to make it so I thought I’d kick off the blog talking about something we all love… food food food.

For those of you that know me, you’ll (more than likely) know that I’m going on holiday in a couple of weeks… not that I’ve been counting down or anything… but I desperately need to shift that last bit of weight before I hit the beach which means I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier and trying to find new ways to introduce fruit and veg to my day!

We had some chicken in the fridge that was due to go out of date in a few days and some left over veg that I had from a stir fry the night before so this seemed like the way to go and ended up producing a rather tasty dish of Herby Chicken with mashed potato and mixed veg…..

- In a frying pan, put in a drop of oil and a large pinch of basic mixed herbs
- Once sizzling, put in a chopped red onion, a handful of halved green beans and some chopped up baby corn on the cob and cook until the onions are soft (make sure the herby oil is covering all the veg!)
- Cut 2 chicken breasts into chunks of 3 or 4, depending on size, cover all sides in herbs to your liking and then place them in the middle of the frying pan (move the veg to around the edge)
- Turn the chicken over after a few minutes and repeat until cooked all the way through.
- Boil 3 or 4 big potatoes and mash with Greek yoghurt or low fat butter – sweet potatoes make amazing mash too, and it’s healthier. If you fancy, you can also add grated cheese for a bit of extra flavoring.
- Once everything is cooked, place all parts on a plate making sure you drain as much oil from the veg and chicken as possible and all that’s left is to enjoy!

It takes no more than half hour (depending how quick you are at peeling potatoes) and is super healthy as long as you don’t go OTT on the oil in the pan or butter/milk in the potatoes! Be sure to Tweet me pictures if you give this a go!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Here we go again..

I've blogged before and given up as I was juggling two jobs and didn't have the time, I then started a blog about dating ( and landed myself a boyfriend so it came to a close but here we go again... third time lucky? 

Now I have a lot more time on my hands after moving nearly 100 miles away from home where I have no friends and have lots of time to kill, I'm gonna give it another go to stop myself getting bored/homesick/fat! It's gonna be a bit of a mix bag but hey, that's my life all over. 

Now I've moved to a new city and taking on a totally new job,  I'm doing lots of exploring, lots of new things and trying different things to keep myself busy while the fella works most nights so I'll give you a little insight into how to keep yourself ticking over and stopping yourself going crazy - gym, cooking, seeing the sights, fashion, beauty... maybe a cocktail or two ;) Let's see what happens! 

I love writing blogs but get bored so easily but hopefully I'll find the inspiration to keep this one going for once - a few ideas include my favourite chicken recipe, new places that I've found in my new hometown of Shrewsbury, gym diary, new clothing ready for my summer staple wardrobe and or just ideas from when I'm bored stuck in traffic driving up and down the motorway everyday!  

Please please let me know what you think, what you wanna hear and don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @MsSarahJack on both! (: