3 Happy Things This Week #6

Happy Monday! I really wanted to get my head down and brainstorm some blogging ideas this week as I’ve been really slack with it, but this week has been super busy so looking forward to catching up with some blogging today! This week has also also been pretty great though, and I have plenty of reasons to be happy but here are my Top 3…

1. My Friend’s Wedding

This started off a little stressful for me this week, as plans shifted and I was pretty nervous to travel quite far on my own to attend my friend’s Wedding as i’m a pretty new driver but i’m so glad I did as it was amazing. I’ve had so many Weddings this year, and i’m loving every single one of them. From watching the nervous Groom, to the Bride’s entrance, the vows, the speeches, the first dance etc – i’m a complete Wedding addict and if I could go to one every day I would! I’ve been friends with this lady a few years, and it was just amazing to see her, her partner and their beautiful daughter to incredibly happy. Gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling all week, and made me really excited to get planning ours


2. Cousin’s Birthday

This week marked my Cousin’s 21st Birthday, which was so important for our family. He has had a really tough year, and has overcome things I don’t think I ever could and i’m in awe of his strength. He’s still not 100%, but being out with all the family and his friends having a laugh and enjoying himself was so lovely to see and has been the thing that’s made me happiest this week!

3. Quality Me Time

Everybody who knows me knows that i’m an advocate for ‘Me Time’ and I always make sure I have some alone time planned to just relax and get my mind together. Recently things have been really chaotic, and I’ve found myself struggling more than ever with anxiousness and constant migraines, as well as feeling so run down but this week I had an unexpected gap in my schedule and it was just what I needed. I’ve managed to take myself to the cinema alone, catch up on reading, have a nice relaxing bath and get some early nights- it’s been just what my body and mind needed!


Hope you’ve all had a lovely week- what do you do to relax when you get some free time to yourself?

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Easy Vegan Burritos

I LOVE burritos/wraps/bowls- whatever you want to call them or however you want to have them, they’re delicious! This is one of my staple meals that I make probably every week as it’s delicious, filling, healthy & usually flows into the next days Lunch too- winner!

What Will I Need?

– Quorn Chicken Pieces
– Cumin
– Paprika
– Oil
– Red Onion
– Fresh Chilli
– Corriander
– Tomatoes
– Peppers
– Lettuce
– Cucumber
– Wholemeal wrap (optional)
– Salsa/Guac (optional)

What Do I Do?

If you’re sceptical about Quorn, I hear ya! When I first became vegetarian I hated the thought of eating something that was trying to be meat as I really don’t like the texture and thought it would freak me out. I avoided Quorn for a long time, but then I discovered these lovely chicken pieces when I was away with my family and my Brother cooked it- and I LOVED it. I don’t like the chicken breasts/steaks etc but the pieces are perfect for salads/wraps/curries as they don’t have a chewy texture, but it makes your meat free meal a lot more substantial

OK so, first of all I spray some fry light oil into a wok and chuck in my Quorn chicken pieces- I use a couple of handfuls as I usually have it for my Dinner and Lunch the following day. Once the ‘quicken’ (as I like to call it) is in the pan, I add some paprika and cumin (amount depends on your preference) and leave this to cook for 10-15 minutes on a low heat as I get everything else prepared


Next I chopp my wrap ingredients – a handful of lettuce, half a red onion, large handful of coriander, 1 tomato, half a pepper and half a red chilli. I recommend really finely dicing these ingredients (especially onion and coriander) as it makes the ingredients all mix together a lot smoother


Now I add these ingredients to my wrap! You don’t have to have a wrap of course- I usually do for my Dinner to make it more filling, but for Lunch I tend to have it it as a burrito bowl/salad to keep it lighter

After adding my salad ingredients, I then add the ‘Quicken’ pieces, followed by my chosen sauces. Mine of course was my homemade salsa and guac!

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This probably takes me 20 minutes to make max and it’s so delicious and filling! Whats one of your staple mid-week meals?

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5 Favourite’s About Italy

So I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks, as I’ve been in Italy for a 2 week holiday with my Family & watching my lovely big Brother get married!! On a Monday I usually round up a few things that have made me happy that week, but today i’m going to round up my favorite things about Italy over the past couple of weeks. In no particular order..

1. Seeing my Brother get married!

OK so maybe this one is in a particular order and absolutely has to be number 1 because this is the reason we went to Italy in the first place, and my goodness was it beautiful! It surpassed all already extremely high expectations, and was one of the best days ever. Not only was it beautiful from start to finish, but it was completely and totally emotional watching my big Brother marry the love of his life and my lovely Sister in Law Catherine after a decade (!!) of being together. I wish I could re-live the day again!


2. Wine Tasting

I’ve never been wine tasting before, but I have certainly tasted a lot of wine. I am in no way cultured with wine and I am one of those girls that buys the bottle that should have been the most expensive but is on offer – I’m clearly an expert. We set off up the mountains of Lucca to the most incredible Vineyard and Oil Farm. If you’re ever in that area, the Colleverde Estate is a must visit. We were shown how Olive Oil is made, how wine is made, and then we sat out overlooking the most incredible view and tasted 6 amazing wines. It was the perfect start to our holiday!


3. Riomaggiore 

We had a day trip to Riomaggiore as it is THE ‘Pinterest picture’ and we were not disappointed. As soon as we came out of the tunnel on the train the views of the sea were incredible. Once we were off the train we spotted an amazing bar with a terrace overlooking it all which we spent a couple of hours in taking in the view (and plenty of Wine)


4. Edoardo Vegan Ice Cream (or any Gelato in Italy)

I’ve been to Italy before so I know that as well as the usual 3 meals a day, there’s also a minimum of 1 Gelato a day too. Not only because it’s super hot and refreshing, but because it’s also INCREDIBLE and i’m already craving an Italian ice cream. When we went to Florence last year, my Sister in Law got an ice cream from Edoardo’s as Beyonce had been there before (and she is obsessed). I decided not to bother because of the que, but decided to give it a go when we went on a day trip this year. The good thing about Edoardo’s is that it also specialises in VEGAN ice cream too – something I have never tried. As I said, i’m a huge ice cream fan so it was a risk in my mind for my Gelato a day to try something new but i’m so glad I did – it was so freakin delicious. I opted for Summer Fruits and after a large meal it was light & refreshing and just what I needed – also super creamy for a dairy free sweet treat so definitely pay a visit if you’re ever in Florence


5. Rome

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to visit Rome, so when we planned to spend 2 weeks in Italy I knew it had to be on the list. Both my boyfriend and I LOVE history and architecture and anything that has an interesting story behind it, so we knew straight away that we were going to love it – but we didn’t realise just how much. Only a 3 hour train ride away from where we were in Lucca we hopped on for a 3 night visit and it was amazing. I’m going to do a post in a bit more detail but from food to the wine to the buildings and the history it was all just amazing- and a fab stay in a beautiful hotel with a central location definitely helped. If you get an opportunity for a few days here then go for it – you won’t be disappointed!


Aside from all these lovely things, it was just amazing to spend so much time with my family. I mean, we spend quite a lot of time together anyway because we’re a bit strange like that but being abroad and spending quality time together was just amazing

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