Warning! This post features a picture of fish!
Ah the Summer Holidays! Everyone has an opinion on them. Mine is that they are pretty great. That might be because I get six weeks off though...
As the holidays are coming to the end I decided to share some pictures from my phone showing the things I've been up to.
Clearing out my classroom. I'm in the same classroom next year but it has been refitted over the summer. New furniture etc. I'm excited because the new furniture is moveable and so my layout can be more flexible. The bad news was that I had to move everything out of the room and now it needs to be moved back in! I tried to go in yesterday but the caretaker told me it wasn't ready- slightly stressful with only 3 working days left before the start of term. Never mind, it will all be worth it in the end.
Getting my first Hello Fresh box. Hello Fresh are a great company who send the exact ingredients to make three meals for two people. This means there are no left overs hanging around in your fridge. They release the recipes for the following week before they take your money so you can choose whether to have the box or not that week. It's £39 for three meals for two people. I have had it twice so far and will probably continue to have it as a treat maybe once a month. The produce is good quality, the meals are easy to prepare and delicious. My favourite so far has been butterflied chicken with sweet potato.
Eating Go Ahead snacks with BzzAgent. I've been part of a few campaigns with BzzAgent recently. The Go Ahead one has been one of my favourites as I discovered Chocolate Orange thins! These are such a great snack if you are feeling like a treat. I will be picking some of these up to have on my break at school.
I'd really recommend signing up to BzzAgent if you enjoy discovering new products too.
Settling into the new flat. Edd and I are now homeowners! The flat still isn't quite as we want it but we are certainly settled in. I was excited when Halifax sent us a little new mortgage gift pack containing chocolates, wine and a handy tool kit. How thoughtful!
Feeding the ducks. If you live in or around Birmingham you may have experienced the joy of Cannon Hill Park. It's got a lovely arts centre, tennis courts etc etc. My friend and I spent a lovely sunny afternoon feeding the ducks!
Baking. I haven't done as much baking as intended this summer but I did make Gin and Tonic cupcakes from this lovely blog. Using tonic water in sponge is a revelation.
Mini golf. I'm a pretty big mini golf fan. This is also at Cannon Hill Park and it's a lot of fun. You can do 18 or 36 holes. Believe me, 36 holes takes some time! You've got to love a mini golf course that includes waterfalls.
Birmingham's best food? Birmingham's most recent Michelin starred restaurant is also number one on Trip Advisor at the moment. Edd and I had the 5 course tasting menu last summer (before it got a star, we're cool) and returned this summer, basically instead of going on holiday. It's not cheap but it is incredible. My favourites were the brown shrimps, the wood pigeon and the dark chocolate.
Le Monde. Another foodie treat this summer was at new fish restaurant Le Monde in Brindley Place. I believe there is also one in Cardiff. They specialise in fish but also have a great selection of meat and vegetarian options. I had scallop and prawn skewers to start and then this beast of a fish. You can have it deboned and filleted but I was feeling badass. We both left with huge smiles on our faces so it was pretty darn good.