Book Review ~ Eat Like a Gilmore by Kristi Carlson

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With the recent revival, all things Gilmore Girls have been very much en vogue recently, and so when I spotted the Eat Like a Gilmore cookbook, I was rather intriuged!

There’s no denying that when you think of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, one of the first things that springs to mind is just how much food they eat. They manage to stay fabulously slim, but between Friday Night Dinners, meals at the diner, eating Sookie’s incredible food, and the various takeaways that they partake in on a regular basis, they eat a LOT of food.

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This cookbook takes inspiration from all of those places, with Sookie’s Kitchen, Luke’s Diner, Emily’s House and Town Favourites all being given as categories for the different recipes.

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Fans will spot favourites such as The Birthday Girl (a cocktail created for Rory’s 21st birthday – ‘it’s very pink’), the Candy Cane hot chocolate that Lorelai doesn’t actually get to have in the Season 7 episode ‘Santa’s Secret Stuff’, and plenty more.

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Of course, as well as being a gimmick to tie in with the return of the television series, this is also an actual cookbook, so there’s plenty of inspiration for meals and snacks and drinks. I’d just venture a word of caution: real-life calories are not the same as television calories – if you eat like those Gilmore girls, you will probably die.

It’s an unofficial companion piece, sure, but this is a fun book for any fan of the series, and I’m looking forward to making some things out of it!

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Eat Like a Gilmore by Kristi Carlson
First published: October 2016
ISBN: 9781510717343
Sky Pony Press
Provided by publisher

Birthday Club

Having done a couple of Secret Santas this year, I came up with the idea that it might be nice to do a similar sort of thing for birthdays. I know people’s birthdays are a little more spread throughout the year, but I think it could still work!

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I think the easiest way to make this work is to ask people to sign up, and to partner them with another person. You buy a small selection of gifts for that person (based on some information they give you about themselves), and post them off, ready to open on their birthday. I would say that a reasonable amount to spend is £10-£12, before postage.

So, if you would like to join in, please email me with the following information:

  • Full name and address
  • Birthday (including year if you are happy to disclose your age!)
  • Likes and dislikes (including allergies)
  • If you’re willing to post outside of the UK (we may not have any international participants, but it’s open to anyone who wants to join in!)

I will then pair people up and let you know who you are buying for! I’m going to put a closing date on this of 30th December, in the hope that nobody who signs up has a birthday in the first couple of days of January. If you do, but you’d still like to play, you may have to accept a slightly belated present!

I will also endeavour to send a little reminder a couple of weeks before the birthday of the person you are buying for, just in case anyone is as disorganised as I usually am!

Photo an Hour #40 ~ November 2016

You see how organised I can be sometimes? I’m catching up with November’s Photo an Hour already! I just have December’s to go after this!

November’s date fell on Saturday 19th, when I had made plans to meet my sister for lunch.

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8am ~ Awake fairly early, reading in bed. i loved this book, one that I picked up at the library on a whim (I wrote a full review here).

9am ~ I bought a waterproof bluetooth speaker for the shower, and it’s proving very handy!

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10am ~ Getting myself ready to head into town to meet Kim.

11am ~ On the bus. (Thriling morning so far!)

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12pm ~ I cannot deny that I am one of those people who gets drawn into the hype of wanting a Christmas cup from coffee shops. I try not to be that person, but I just am. And these cups are pretty, and the toasted marshmallow hot chocolate tastes good.

1pm ~ After a quick look around the shops, Kim and I went into the Slug and Lettuce for some lunch.

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2pm ~ After lunch we did some more shopping, and these glasses in Fenwicks caught my eye.

3pm ~ There’s only so much shopping you can do in Colchester, so we headed into a cafe for a cup of tea, and sat there for a couple of hours chatting.

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5pm ~ I missed the 4 o’clock photo because of the aforementioned chatting, so I took the next one when I was getting ready to head home on the bus.

6pm ~ Checking out my purchases – I picked up a couple of tops in H&M; the checked shirt was for my Luke Danes costume for our Gilmore Girls party, and the stripy top is one of my current faves. Also, I don’t tend to buy DVDs anymore, especially new ones, but the likes of Meet Me in St Louis and Calamity Jane are never, ever on such things as Netflix, so I want to have them on hand to watch if the mood takes me. Of course Calamity Jane was on the television a mere week or so after I bought it.

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7pm ~ Back home, and the fire is on, because of course it is.

8pm ~ Jen came round for the evening to watch some Fast and Furious films, which I joined in with because I can’t deny enjoying them, especially the later ones.

I haven’t done a round up of people who joined in for ages, as I am usually so far behind that it’s not very easy! But as this is only a month ago, I’m able to do it!

I think I got everyone, but if you remember taking part in November’s Photo an Hour and would like me to add you to the list, just leave me a comment!

December’s Photo an Hour took place this weekend, so I’ll be rounding up those photos in a post soon, and January’s will take place on a date soon to be decided. If you’d like a reminder as to when it will be taking place, please leave your email address here, and I’ll send you a reminder a couple of days in advance.

Album of the Week 004 ~ We Are King by King

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Album : We are King by King

Release Date : February 2016

My Favourite Tracks : Supernatural, Hey

Album Notes
Another album that has appeared on many ‘Best of 2016’ lists, making it perfect for my ‘Listen to an album a week’ goal that is part of my 35 Before 35. It’s variously described as ‘dream-pop’, ‘atmospheric’, ‘ambient’, among other such adjectives, and it’s just that. It’s floaty, and hazy, and listening to it in the week before Christmas is probably not the best time to appreciate it.

I like it, but in all honesty it’s not entirely my cup of tea. At least, not a whole album of these songs; I tend to prefer something a little more upbeat. Supernatural is far and away my favourite track from the album, but the rest of it just doesn’t rock my socks. Maybe I’ll go back to it in the height of summer and see if I feel any differently about it.

Photo an Hour #39 ~ October 2016

Remember my plan to get all up to date with Photo an Hour? Well that didn’t happen. We’ve reached another Photo an Hour date (tomorrow), and I’m still behind. Maybe I should stop making such bold claims…

October’s Photo an Hour fell on 29th October, right at the end of the busiest month of my life (I’ve gone on about this a fair amount), and it happened to be the day after the last of the social engagements that had made the month so busy.

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10am ~ A fairly late start, as it was the morning after a night out! I had some tummy time with this little one, my great-niece who I love so much. Look at that bottom lip!

11am ~ Time for some breakfast with my niece – it was her wedding party that I was at the night before, as they’d been married in Spain and wanted to celebrate with the people who hadn’t been able to get there.

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12pm ~ I headed to the shops with my sister, who either used dropping me home as an excuse to go to the shops, or used going to the shops as an excuse to drop me home. Either way, I was very grateful to her and my brother-in-law, as I got a lift home, and I got to spend the day with them.

1pm ~ Shopping! This was full of birthday presents for a lovely friend of mine.

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2pm ~ Still shopping, and way back at the end of October, it was a bit more of a novelty to find the Christmas bits in the shops. Now we’re a week away from the big day and it’s everywhere. Everywhere I tell you.

3pm ~ Just checking out the book post I’d received earlier that day – I am yet to read this one though it’s on my very, very long to-read list.

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4pm ~ Home from the shops by this point, but out again because I’m constantly walking to the co-op in the village. And wearing my lovely new wrap that I’d bought earlier in the day which gave me all the autumnal vibes.

5pm ~ Out again (I think we’d been home and back out to the village again), for the fireworks. The fact that there was a fireworks display on the 29th October was odd, because the following Saturday was actually the 5th November, so no real need for an early display. But there you have it, we sat on bench outside the school, and at 5pm we were still waiting, so I took this photo (that I later forgot to upload onto Instagram!).

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6pm ~ I’m usually dead against photos of fireworks (honestly, what’s the point in pointing your camera at the sky for the entirety of the display – you’re never going to look at the resulting photos/videos ever again!), but I’m willing to be a hypocrite on occasion. I liked the way the lit up sky looked against the dark trees.

7pm ~ Back home, with the fire on, and the Halloween Strictly on the telly. How long ago does this feel – it’s the final tomorrow night!

So that’s October! It all feels a long time ago now, but then so does November’s Photo an Hour! If you want to join in with December, it’s taking place tomorrow, and it’s easy to join in! Just take a photo every hour, and either upload them using #photoanhour, or gather them together and add them to a post (or do both!).

You can find more details here, or you can add your email to this form and I’ll endeavour to send you a reminder a couple of days in advance (of January’s date!).

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