Recipe: Bacon & Pea Penne

Pea & Bacon Penne

I’ve been enjoying bringing you some of the easy and delicious meals I’ve been preparing over the last few weeks for myself and the Mr. and here’s another one for you today, which is as easy and delicious as all the rest. Although I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, when I get home from a long day at work, I prefer meals that can be whipped up in less than half an hour, and this is as quick and filling as they come. This recipe, from an Asda magazine, serves 3 or 4 depending on portion size.

Ingredients

  • 325g penne
  • 4 rashers of smoked bacon
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 325g frozen peas
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  1. Add the penne to a pan of boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions, which is usually around 10 minutes. When you drain the pasta, reserve 150ml of the cooking water.
  2. While the penne is cooking, fry the bacon in half of the oil, until it crisps up. Put on a plate covered in kitchen towel.
  3. Add the rest of the oil to another pan and fry the onion until soft. Add the pasta liquid, peas and herbs. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove two thirds of the peas from the pan and add to the pasta. Add the rest of the mixture to a blender and blitz until liquified.
  5. Season and stir into the pasta. Cut up and sprinkle the bacon on top as you serve.

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Holiday Photos: Tulum

As I mentioned in my recent post announcing my engagement, my new fiance and I visited Mexico on our summer holiday this year and while we were there we took in some of the nearby sights, and that included the Tulum ruins. I love to spend time on the beach while I’m away, but I always like to take in some of the culture of the country, especially when you’re traveling that far. It was intriguing to read all about the history of the area and made for some really interesting photos that I wanted to share.

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All photos by Hana.

Re-Useable Wedding Items

Reuseable Wedding Items

You don’t need me to tell you that weddings are expensive, everybody knows that and once all the little things start adding up, it’s easy to see how things can get a bit out of hand. For this very reason, I’m trying to make every wedding purchase count, finding as many items as I can that I can re-use once the big day has come and gone. This will include everything from the festoon lighting, which will be used in our garden, to succulents and candles, which will decorate our home long after our celebrations have ended. When Getting Personal offered to send me some items to use at our wedding I was delighted to see just how many products can become treasured reminders of such a special day.

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We’ve got a ton of wooden stuff for the wedding already, so this large crate will fit in wonderfully. We’ll fill it with florals, or with cards from our guests on the big day and then afterwards we’re going to fill it with flowers in put it in our garden and a beautiful reminder of our wedding day.

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These champagne flutes will be used for our first toast as a married couple and I’m really looking forward to keeping them in our home and using them on special occasions when we might drink sparkling wine or champagne. This is the first thing I own that bares my married name, which is pretty exciting, and I can’t wait to have it on our table at the wedding.

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These stunning dessert forks are just perfect for our wedding day, and I know that we’ll eat many a slice of cake using them long after our wedding cake has been cut and polished off. I’m trying to have as many little items around the table setting of me and the Mr. that I’ll be able to take home with us and this is just one of those things that I can’t wait to pack away and bring home with us.

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This post was written in collaboration with Getting Personal. All words and opinions are my own.

We Got Engaged!

Engagement

My boyfriend and I have recently returned from our holiday in Mexico and I’m very happy to announce that while we were away he proposed! We’re planning on getting married in 2016 so I’m planning on posting lots more about it over the coming months. I’ll also be updating you with some holiday snaps to show you just how lovely Mexico is.

Bare Minerals Collection

Bare Minerals Collection

I’m not one to pass on a bargain, especially when it comes to a brand I like. So, when I saw a voucher code that was allowing me to get 65% off a Bare Minerals 7-piece collection, I couldn’t resist the urge and I just had to splash out. In terms of the brand, I’ve only tried a couple of their products, but I adore them and have been considering going for a couple more of things online whenever I’m looking for make-up pieces. One thing I always worry about when it comes to purchasing collections of items is that usually I don’t love and use all of the products, which is why I’ve never really bought anything like this before, but I can honestly say that I will definitely be using every single one of the 7 items. Because of the fact that I’ve not used most of these products before, I think I’ll come back and write a full review on a couple of bits, just to give you guys more of an idea of what I thought, but here are just a few photos and details to start off.

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This collection comes with the following:

  • Original SPF 15 Foundation
  • Clear Radiance All-Over Face Colour
  • Stroke of Light Eye Brightener
  • Flawless Definition Mascara (Black)
  • Frame & Define Brow Styler (Universal Taupe)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss (Go Getter)
  • Flawless Application Face Brush

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The Perks of Wedding Planning

I have to say, I’m really getting used to this wedding planning business. This week we were lucky enough to arrive home from work to some cake samples to try, and we really got stuck into them! I feel like we’ve really got it right with how we’ve tackled everything wedding-related, giving ourselves time to make each decision individually, after thinking things through properly. Yes, to some, 22 and a half months seems like a long engagement, but it’s been just right for us and we haven’t felt an ounce of stress throughout the whole thing. We don’t have a lot left to accomplish, and we’re still 9 months away from the big day, so we’re really enjoying it and looking forward to each step.

Wedding Cake Sampling

The cake samples pictured here, Madagascan Vanilla Sponge, Lemon Sponge and Chocolate Truffle, will comprise a tier each on our finished cake and each was as delicious as it looks here. I’ll show you more of our plans for the cake as the months go by, but for now you can be left with the fact that it will have ruffles and a gorgeous wooden cake topper! :)