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Two months to Christmas let’s begin the countdown! Obsessed with nails, baking and dogs right now!

25 Oct

Dear readers

I popped into the local garden center a few days ago and I was shocked when Christmas trees, Christmas decorations and lights were in display, how does the time go? I can’t believe we are only two months away, maybe the mild temperatures we are experiencing at the moment don’t struck me like Jingle Bells and Feliz Navidad songs just yet!

Since the last trip away I am all about cooking, as usual, diligently going to the gym twice a week (rather strange for me!) and despite I was never that bothered before since my birthday I have become obsessed with nails and since I started to have my manicure done with Shellac, oh my a new world opened for me and my nails say thanks a lot!

I have been biting my nails on an off basically all my life and to find an nail polish that lasts and makes my nail stronger, it was a revelation!!

I am still cooking and baking a lot, experimenting and sometimes I even follow recipes fully, which is quite a novelty for me, I do like add my own taste to things! And can you believe that in less than a month Coco is going to be 2 years old? She is still a crazy dog, eating everything she finds around (a few days ago was my usb key, business cards, lip balm…and of course plastic bottles ), I must say it is a joy to have her around that she makes my day always happy!

Have a great weekend everybody

xxx

My latest nails

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Shellac cake pop on my at the time messed up nails

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Shellac in romantiqueannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (11)Some flowers to bright up the house

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And a long dog walk up on the Downsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (15)

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Fulking village close to Brightonannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (17)

Coco and her duck obsessionannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (10)

Some cuddlesannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (9)

Coco does recycling

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Baking time my favourite coconut and banana loaf perfect for afternoon tea

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White chocolate and cardamom cookies my new discovery

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Loving my new lipstick colour Hunter bootsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (7)

We found a new Italian restaurant close by, pizza Etna, not for nothing they are from Sicily!

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My version of tuna ceviche, it didn’t taste like Miami but not far off!

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Thursday is onion focaccia dayannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (18)

And going through our wedding picture I found this funny one to put in this gorgeous frame given to me by my best friendsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (19)

Halloween is not far off and I am ready with my pumpkin!

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From which I made a big pumpkin soup and pumpkin seed pesto…talking about making the most of it!

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The fabulous world of cupcakes, one of the latest baking obsession

2 Dec

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From the latest Flic Magazine Issue, page 96 from the Anna in her wonderland column

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Keep calm and have a cupcake

The first time I heard the word cupcake was a few years back from my favourite tv series Sex and the city when Carrie and Miranda met up at the now super famous Magnolia Bakery in New York for a really sweet snack with a coffee, what’s not to love about?  Cupcakes were “invented” in the States to make one normal size cake more manageable to fit into a cup…on the go, everywhere, and to be loved, democratically by anybody. Thanks to the worldwide obsession for reality tv show from the British bake off, Masterchef, The Cake boss, The cupcake wars and so on cupcakes are now so popular everywhere and for everyone, they have become especially in England the perfect afternoon tea snack, just to break the tradition of the classic scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, or even instead than a traditional wedding cake…tasty, gorgeously presented and decorated, I am absolutely obsessed with it. I have tried different cupcakes from different places, from Angel food and bakery in Brighton, to Lola’s cupcakes in London’s swanky shopping center Harrods and Selfridges, but to me the best cupcakes ever come from a tiny cute shop on the south east coast of England in the pretty seafront town of Whitstable (close to Canterbury), the cute as button shop is called What’s up cupcakes and it was open by Sarah Young 4 years ago after discovering cupcakes in Dubai, at the time Sarah was looking for business ideas and she thought, “if something like cupcakes sell so well in The Emirates, well it will go everywhere” and in June 2009 What’s up cupcakes opened its cute light green doors to the public and everyone has fallen in love for it. Freshly baked cupcakes from Thursday to Sunday with the freshest ingredients available, Sarah and her cupcakes helpers (mum Sue, Aunty Hillary and cousin Claire) delivered every week the best cupcakes around, flood of tourists invaded the shop at weekends and the orders for weddings and parties were growing day by day, I even used to drive myself for 140km just to get some of my favourite cupcakes, Lady Charlotte, raspberry icing topping on a vanilla sponge with white chocolate, divine! Now Mrs Young got married and retired to family life and the cute shop has been taken over by Tracey, after months of training with the Cupcake Boss Sarah, now Tracey carries on the What’s up cupcakes Empire and the shop is still flying high thanks to her passion for the job and for her love of baking, fresh cupcakes are still delivered every week from Thursday to Sunday and you can see the cupcakes creations by follow What’s up cupcakes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and of course why not to visit the shop if you are planning a day out somewhere in the South Coast of England? Head to Whitstable!! Best of luck to Tracey and her cupcakes team for the future.

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A day out in London town and the snow in March, what an unexpected and unpleasant surprise! Back to winter wonderland? Looks like it!

12 Mar

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Hello readers

As you can see sometimes I come back to update my blog, last week it was the first week at home after the Miami vacation and I had to sort myself out with the time zone and I had to get back into the puppy routine once again, which it was pleasant but hard as well!

Yesterday some snow fell and I took some pictures with Coco in the garden, but by 6pm last night the south west of England (mostly Brighton area) was completely covered in snow, my poor husband had to drive 5 miles to come home, it took him 2 hours and 10 minutes, can you believe it? I woke up to probably 10 cm of snow in the garden…oh my!!! Snow in March does not seem right to me, probably because I hate snow at any time of the year anyway!  I am going to show you some pictures from the past few days, a fun day in London with good Italian friends, some baking….plus some snaps of Coco Chanel…she is growing so much!!!

xxx

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Walking out the Spa in flip flops because the pedicure done when is zero degree C (or 32 F)…priceless! For all the rest there’s mastercard…pampering day!

3 Feb

So last night I left the post saying about my cake I had baked yesterday when I went back home…it was edible, I’m still alive, so is my husband…and as soon he arrived at home last night he wanted to taste it, and he liked it!! Am I turning into a domestic goddess? Not really!!!!

I don’t know what’s up with me, I’m kind of getting obsessed with food, looking for new recipes all the time, trying to mix up the ingredients I have in the fridge…well luckily I started to work out or with the amount of food I eat I will be so fat soon!

So the menu last night was chicken breast with crème fraiche cheese wrapped up in Parma ham and as side we had asparagus wrapped up in Parma ham…well I had to finish it anyway so the ham had a good use! I’m really proud of my improving in cooking, it always lovely to hear Kim going “MMMMMM” so do I!

Friday, freezing cold but nice and sunny again, did a short workout at the gym, had pedicure and eyebrows done, it’s so nice and warm in the spa that I thought: I will be fine, I cannot ruin the pedicure just done so I’ll go home in flip flops…wauuu…100 metres to arrive to the car and I was frozen!!!

What’s the best thing to do to warm yourself up when you get home? A nice cup of tea, and a piece of my cake…luckily I work out!!!

Have a good weekend everyone, enjoy!

xxx

I feel beaten up…by the Jacuzzi! Second time lucky at the gym…the boring adventures of Anna in Her housewife wonderland!

2 Feb

I started to think that I’m getting quite boring at the moment, I’m not sure if it because a temporary “lack of creativity” due to the fact that I spend a lot of time at home or what…maybe I just need to hit the town more, go to London more often but still…I’m not sure this is going to be the solution.

Well…if anyone is interested on my day today I did my second session at the gym, it was good but I’m taking it so easily and slowly…10 minutes on the crossramp …making me feel my bum getting bigger instead than smaller! 12 minutes on the bike…3km after my heartbeat was nearly 200 but it felt good and I finished off with 10 minutes on the rowing machine…well to be the second time in my life I go to the gym it wasn’t bad! Trouble is after that I relaxed too much in the Jacuzzi…but it was so good!!! I’m taking the exercise seriously, I’m going back tomorrow as well…(because I have pedicure and eyebrow shape booked at the spa…but I will work out as well!)

Back home, back from the supermarket, baked a cake…planned a nice dinner…I think I need an holiday!!

Haven’t tasted the cake yet, if I survive to my own baking or not I’ll let you know tomorrow!

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