My Friday Feeling Tea!!

Hi Everyone!

After a couple of weeks of looking after stressed out brides and bridesmaids my Sunday Reading post will be the second in my Hen Party Series and will be about how to plan a stress free hen party. Everyone talks about Wedding Season but these last few weeks I think I have experienced my very own Hen Party Season!

I wouldn’t have it any other way, I just love the feeling I get when I have helped someone with an important part of their special day.

My other passion is cooking and I thought I would fit a quick recipe post in between Party Planning!

I have had a super busy day packing orders, responding to emails and continuing with various stages of wedding planning so when my lovely man told me he fancied a nice home cooked meal, as opposed to our usual quickie Fish Friday at Wetherspoons it was the last thing on my mind…..But my man works so hard (in a very physical job) and is so brilliant to me. He works his own job then comes home and works with me on our business without question and never moans. The least I can do is make sure he has a home cooked meal after a hard days work.

My passion for cooking came from meeting Mr Seaside, before that I was strictly a cocktails and pizza girl but that would never work in this relationship and now I am a career girl/housewife!! The man changed my life and I love him!!

Anyway I digress I just wanted to share the yummy recipe I whipped up because it really was just delicious!

Friday is our fish theme so I popped down to our local market and treated us to tuna steaks from the fish counter. I am also Budget Girl so this really was a treat. i then used the rest of our local shops to buy the veg, salad and of course the wine! I believe in using local businesses and supporting them.

Anyway here is the recipe for my marinated tuna steak!

INGREDIENTS

2 tuna steaks (if you are on a budget Iceland do them for a good price frozen)

Oil

For Marinade

60mls orange juice

60mls soy sauce

2 tbsp parsley

1/2 tsp oregano

1 tbsp lemon juice

Black pepper to taste

METHOD

Mix all the marinade ingredients and place in large dish. Add tuna and turn a couple of times to coat. Place in fridge for at least 30 mins.

While this is in the fridge I like to prepare a salad with a vinaigrette dressing. Here’s how I do it.

Cut up finely any salad items you want to add and then mix the following for the dressing;

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp dijon mustard (add more according to taste)

1tsp honey (again add more to taste)

salt and pepper

Mix together in a bottle or use whisk and drizzle over salad.

Once tuna is ready add a little oil to a frying pan and add tuna, fry for 3-5 minutes depending on taste. Turn over and baste with the marinade and fry for a further 3-5 mins.

Your meal  is now ready!! Serve with new potatoes and salad. To make it extra tasty add salt and butter to your potatoes…..YUMMY!

The lovely Mr Seaside more than approved and so did our cat!! Gourmet meal for Beau. I also made too many potatoes much to our chickens delight, seems to be their favourite food!!

Oh and don’t forget to serve with a lovely cold white wine!

This post is without pictures as I forgot I took the pic with my camera phone! Dizzy Blonde! I am off out so I will post the picture with my next post on Sunday x

Happy Reading and hopefully Happy Experimenting xx

 

 

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The Hen Party Series Part 1

Hi all, I’m back at last!! I have been wanting to for ages but now I have been forced into it I thought I should get right back in it!

I fell off the side of a kerb, in true blonde style as my mother says, and badly injured my back. I literally haven’t been able to move for three days. I’m just starting to go stir crazy so today I have been adding new products to my website and eagerly getting through my enquiries for new brides.

I am going to share one of my new products with you today but first I thought I would share a lovely cocktail recipe which is easy to make and can be made whilst all you  girls are getting ready for a fab hen night.

The Raspberry Daiquiri

There is a tartness and sweetness that fuse together just so to make this a beautiful, tasty cocktail.

Ingredients

50 ml light rum

25ml lime juice

2 spoons caster sugar

6 raspberries

Method

Add 5 raspberries, saving one for garnish, along with the caster sugar into a mixing glass and muddle into a paste.

This means to press the ingredients against the glass until it breaks down into a paste therefore releasing the flavours so they mix with the alcohol better. If you don’t have a muddler the end of a wooden spoon will be OK as will the end of a heavy butter knife.

Add the rum and the lime and fill the glass with ice.

Pour into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with raspberry  and any other decoration you wish!

Enjoy them with some canapes before you leave on your big night out or if you are enjoying a girls night in.

There are lots of simple recipes on the internet. When I made my cocktails I tried the following recipe from a blog called Wrapped Up In Rainbows and they are just so simple and tasty.

http://wrappedupinrainbows.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/easy-canapes-tomato-basil-and-goats.html

You can enjoy these treats while dressing the bride up and playing silly games from our fabulous new Hen Party Bags. They are great value for money and lots of fun.

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Fabulous filled party bags full of treats for a great night out.

Each bag comes with 15 fun items to help get your night of to a brilliant start. 

 Standard Items include:

Tiara, name tag, scratch a dare cards, truth and dare cards, sweets and lollies,willy straw, a sparkly wand, mini touchable bubbles, neon shot glass, small willy whistle, balloons, badge with funny slogans.

These are the items in the standard bag but items can be changed at our discretion. Just contact us using the contact form and we will rovide a list of alternative items.

BONUS

The Bride To Be’s bag will contain a cute dress up pack and selfie stick prop pack

When ten bags or more are purchased the bride will receive a relaxing pamper basket containing handmade natural soaps, moisturising shea butters, bath bombs, bath melts, foot soak,candles and more!

*****The contents of this basket is worth at least £20****

http://www.littlemisseventplanner.com/apps/webstore/products/show/6790260

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This first Hen Party blog was an introduction to my series and our new line of products.

My next post will be all about picking a theme for your Hen do whether you are planning a full blown weekend away or you are working to a budget there will be plenty of ideas and hints and tips.

Stayed tuned if you are planning your hen party or you are the maid of honour who has been given this daunting task!

Believe me, speaking from experience it is very hard to please all the girls attending. There will always be someone not happy I can assure you!

Happy blogging and wedding planning and see you all soon!

A Recipe for Potstickers

I had often wondered what potstickers were, turns out they are just Chinese dumplings and are, in fact really easy to make!

Don’t be daunted by the long list of ingredients, once you have all the ingredients in front of you its super easy.

For the filling

1/2lb minced pork (about 225gm)

Finely chopped spring onions ( I usually use a whole bunch)

2tbs finely chopped red pepper

1 egg

1tsp mustard

2tsp ketchup

2tsp Worcestershire sauce

1tsp brown sugar

1 1/2tsp salt

1/2tsp black pepper

1/4tsp cayenne pepper

3/4tsp oil

250mls chicken stock

For the dough

285g all purpose flour

150-170mls boiled water

1tsp salt

To make the dough

Mix the flour and salt together and create a well in the middle.

Add 150ml of the water slowly, mixing with a wooden spoon, you can always add more water if the mix is too dry or more flour if its too sticky.

Knead into a ball and then carry in kneading well for two minutes.

Wrap in clingfilm and allow to rest for 1 hour. I always mix the filling here.

Roll out the dough as thinly as possible. I out it through my pasta machine but rolling it out thinly works too!

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For The Filling and making the dumpling

Basically just mix all the ingredients apart from the oil and chicken stock. Season well.

Take a dumpling round and brush the edges with water and add half a teaspoon of the mixture to the centre.

DSC00913Fold over and seal at the edges. Repeat until all the dough and mixture has been used, covering the completed dumplings with a damp towel.

Put the oven on at 95 degrees, this is a cool oven and make your chicken stock up. You will use this in three lots so use about 83mls at a time.

Heat a frying pan and add your oil. Place around 8-10 dumplings in the pan, leaving the rest under the towel. Heat for 2 minutes without touching them! Its good to use a good non stick pan. My first attempt with a bad pan was terrible!

After 2 minutes add a third of the stock and cover them. Leave for 2 minutes.

Remove and place on a baking tray and place inn the oven to keep warm.

Clean the pan and repeat the process until all the potstickers/ dumplings are done.

Serve immediately.

potsticker172You can make a dipping sauce using 1tbs chilli oil, 1tbs of soy sauce and 1tsp rice vinegar. Just mix together and adjust to suit your taste.

They are great little snacks for family or friends.

Its worth noting that you can make the dough one day ahead and refrigerate if entertaining, in fact I normally make both the dough and the mix a day ahead then the actual cooking time is minimal. I have more time to enjoy a cocktail or two with my friends!

I’m going to have a practice with more Chinese style dishes and host a little dinner party to review my new cooking skills!

A Shameless Plug for My Business!!

After a lovely weekend celebrating my lovely partners birthday (I don’t think he would like me sharing his age at this point!) and a sore head yesterday after an extra late night which involved lots of country music and lots of wine, I am making the effort to get motivated again!!

I would put a picture here of the lovely brunch I made for him but technology has beat me and I cant get it off my blinking phone!!

I am planning a big launch party for my new product Party In A Box and I am just getting my books back so I can send off my promotional boxes to my lovely reviewers (finally!!) I haven’t forgotten you all, it just took longer than expected to get my book printed!

In the meantime I want to try and get this product off the ground and sell as many Halloween and Christmas Boxes as I can! The Christmas box will be spectacular with lots of handcrafted decorations, but more about that later 🙂

For now I will share the contents of my Halloween Party In a Box!

You can choose between Kid friendly or a more scary adult theme, or you can even go fir the Mexican themed Day of The Dead decorations.

Each box contains the following items:

Tableware for up to 16 people (state the number of guests when ordering) including plates, cups, napkins, knives and forks, tablecloth

Room Decorating Kit to include hanging decorations, window and door coverings, hanging decorations, cut outs, balloons and table centrepieces

Halloween Games

Recipe cards and party Planning guide

This Box costs £15.00

or you can upgrade to include 10 filled party bags and a pumpkin piñata kit full of toys and sweets for £34

party bags include a large bag of sweets and a lollipop, monster notebook, pencil and eraser, a monster pop up toy, 2 x Halloween toy and game, stickers and an activity sheet.

These can be ordered and paid for via STRIPE or bank transfer or if you live in the Lancashire or Manchester area we can deliver to your door and you can pay on delivery.

Boxes can also be custom made after a phone call or email conversation.

With only ten days to go before the scariest night of the year now is the perfect time to try out Party In A Box!!

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Sorry for the shameless plug but I thought I would give it try in this new scary world of social media I have decided to join! I’m off to try some more Halloween recipes so look out for a foody post in the next day or so 🙂

 

Fun At Work!!

I’ve been doing my photo shoot and recipe testing today for my Halloween Party In a Box and I have had so much fun!!

I thought I would share my photos and my fave recipe with you all as I was rather surprised at how good it turned out!

This recipe is for “Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers

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INGREDIENTS

6 Orange peppers

1lb of lean minced beef

1 onion, diced

6 mushrooms, diced (optional)

1 Jar of passata

Worcestershire sauce

Paprika

Chilli powder (optional)

Salt and pepper

Rice

( I bought a packet of spicy rice and it tasted yummy)

a handful of grated cheese (optional)

METHOD

Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet

Preheat the oven to gas mark 9 and hollow out the peppers, carving out jack o lanterns faces in each one.

Heat some oil in a pan and season the mince with salt and pepper, brown in the pan and add the onions and mushrooms

Add the passata, paprika, worcestershire sauce and chilli powder ( add according to taste) and simmer for 20 minutes

Mix the rice and beef together and spoon equally into each pepper, top with grated cheese if wanted

Replace the lids and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the peppers are soft

TIP: you can even out the bottom of each pepper by slicing them slightly to stand straight.

ENJOY!!!

After I made these I decorated my back room with all my fabulous Halloween decorations to take my photos and here are the results

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I am so excited to launch my Party In A Box and I hope everyone else is, I have so much fun planning it and getting it all together.

Each box will include the following for 18 people

Plates, cups, napkins and tablecloths

Plastic cutlery and serving trays

Table centrepieces with confetti

Garlands and banners

Room decorating Kit

Spider web decorations

Party Planning book with hints, tips and recipes

All this for £27.99

Get in touch if you want this box delivering to you ready for your Halloween extravaganza!!

This week I will  be trying spider cookies and eyeball pasta!!


Lets Have A Party!

My blog today is being written from the rooftop terrace of Wetherspoons promenade pub as I am enjoying the last few days of sunshine before I swap my colourful summertime outfits for my wooly winter wardrobe!

I have had a little gap since starting this blog, partly due illness and partly to do with starting the launch of my new product which will go alongside my wedding and event planning company.

I will come back to my New York diary as I am having lots of fun writing it but for now I am concentrating on my new venture!

I am always trying to come up with new ideas to keep my business fresh and exciting and this time I took my inspiration from a New York party planner who offers a full party planning service in a box, she provides everything you need to plan and host the perfect party.

After a LOT of research and a little injection of my personality and expertise I am now ready to launch my own take on Party In A Box here in the UK.

Each box will contain everything you could possibly need to plan host a wonderful party, including décor, tableware and serving equipment.

The list of themes is endless and can cater to any child or adult theme.

I am currently playing around with wedding themes (well it is my forte!) I’ve got a Wedding Planner in A Box, Hen Party in A Box and Stag Do in a Box!!

Each box will contain a party planning guide, written and published by me with photos and illustrations from some lovely guys I came across on that wonderful thing we call the World Wide Web! You will meet them sometime in the near future.

I have included lots of hints and tips on planning the perfect party (in the USA they call it a Party Blueprint!) along with lots of recipes and cost saving tips. My aim is to prove it doesn’t have to cost the earth to throw a good party.

I will be having a launch party in November  (just in time for all those Christmas and new year party boxes!) where they will be lots of free drink and food whilst I unashamedly promote my business!

I am almost ready to send out my prototypes for review to some fabulous ladies.

Through the magic of Twitter I found some lovely fellow bloggers who will shortly be receiving Party In A Box in the form of “Cocktails and Canapes” and “Afternoon Tea at The Ritz”

I must say I am really enjoying this new Twitter/Blogging world I have joined, I love how friendly and appreciative people are and now I’ve got my mojo back I will definitely become more involved in this world.

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When planning my new venture I looked into many different ways of getting a cash injection to invest into putting together the prototypes and publishing my book.

Whilst trawling the internet I came across a site called http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk.

I looked into it with a bit of scepticism but I actually found it to be a really good concept so I’ve ended up giving it a go.

Absolutely anyone can use it from charities to community projects, individuals to new or established businesses.

You basically tell your story, pitching your idea and if people like it they will pledge money towards your project.

In return for a pledge you can offer rewards, which vary from a Thank you across social media to a sample of a product from the project.

My rewards range from a £10 voucher to redeem against a box right up to a full wedding and event package for 100 people.

Its a very interesting site as there are some very bespoke businesses and projects and for a small pledge you could end up with a new and interesting project not found in your average high street shop.

I urge you all to take a look and even if you don’t pledge on my project you might just have your head turned by a small up and coming business or a worthy community project worth supporting.

If you take a look and you like my project anyone who makes a pledge after reading this blog will not only receive a £20 voucher but also a full Halloween in a Box worth at least £35 as well as an invite to our launch night where you will receive a discount off the Christmas and new year boxes.

Just put Blog2015 in the comments box when you pledge and I will do the rest!

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/party-in-a-box/

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I’m looking forward to building my business through social media, but I am also looking forward to getting to know everyone in the blogging world. There seems to be a lot of really lovely people out there who not only support each other but have lots of fun!

I often get distracted checking on my Twitter feed and clicking on all the blog updates! More self control is needed…..having said that I’ve just ordered a cold white wine to celebrate this glorious September weather so I will say Bye for now and speak to all soon!!