30th birthday lockdown celebrations

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Saturday morning started with a nice long walk. We found some snow and it was so lovely and peaceful. The silence was needed.

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Got back from a chilly walk and Gran had made a birthday breakfast.

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Spent Friday evening getting the living room ready for Josh's 30th birthday meal. It's not perfect but it was really cosy.

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Made this delicious crispy chilli beef and salt and pepper chips. It's Josh's favourite thing to order from the Chinese takeaway and we don't have one nearby, so I thought I'd give it a go. The taste was amazing and you can find the recipe here if you fancy giving it a try yourself! I actually made the sauce ready first then fried the beef when we were ready to eat.

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I did scallops and black pudding on a pea and mint puree. I was planning to do this for everyone on Christmas Day but we had a prawn cocktail instead, to make life easier. These jumbo scallops are from a local firm and they are amazing! I just fried the black pudding and scallops in a little olive oil and made the pea and mint puree before hand. I didn't whiz the peas in a blender because I didn't have one, so instead I used a pestle and mortar to crush the pea and finely chopped mint leaves. It worked out ok but it would be nicer as a puree. You can find the recipe I used for the puree here.

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After tea, we played 'who's most likely' with Josh's friends over zoom. He didn't know about any of this, so it was all a real surprise for him. Then we sat in front of the fire (which needs a good brush down), with a glass or red and stuck a film on the projector.

Hello lovelies, how has your weekend been? It's been a really lovely weekend for us, just what we needed I think. We got to enjoy our house finally, with heating, a roaring fire, a 3 course meal and of course some red wine. Josh turned 30 yesterday, so I wanted to make it a little more special for him, seeing as we couldn't go for a long weekend break away or out for a meal. I think I pulled it off pretty well and I would be lying if I said I wasn't chuffed with myself. He's got a lot to live up to when my birthday comes around in 10 months time, haha!

The house seems to have come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks. We actually have the majority of our en suite bathroom stuff here, which we hope to get installed as soon as possible. I would have loved to have gone for brushed gold fittings but they were hard to come by for the systems we had fitted, so we did end up going for chrome. It's not what I envisioned but it will still be lovely nonetheless! We've also sourced some engineered oak flooring for the master bedroom which we should get down soon too. I did think that the master bedroom would be a room that kind of just sat there doing nothing for a while, whilst we got comfortable in the spare room but that's not going to be the case!

Anyway, with all this rambling and looking at what I've eaten over the weekend, I'm feeling peckish. Time for a roast beef dinner to finish the weekend off. Speak soon, L.

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