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Wonderful wintry weekend recap, plus recipe preview

January 16, 2012

Hello! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. We are in the midst of a cold snap in England, and I love it! I don’t necessarily love the cold, but I love the crisp feeling in the air, and the (sometimes) blue skies and sunshine which accompany the cold weather. For me, it definitely beats gray and rainy.

Ben and I made the most of our weekend and the cold weather. On Friday evening, we made chicken pot pie, but thanks to a suggestion from a friend who reads my blog, I combined and modified two of my recipes to create one chicken pot pie recipe which is out of this world. The old recipe was good, but this one is ten times better. We had it for dinner Friday night and lunch Saturday, and I have been craving it ever since. We will definitely be making this again very soon. And I will give you an updated recipe in the next few days. Here is a preview in the meantime.

We also had a glass (or two) of bubbly, which was a nice treat, and made it feel like a bit of an occasion.

On Saturday, we got up had breakfast, and then for the first time ever, I made up completely my own muffin recipe. And it actually worked! The muffins were delicious (and healthy), if I do say so myself.

After that, Ben and I went for a quick run, showered, and then went to visit some friends. It was lovely catching up with them, and seeing their adorable baby boy, who is about 3 months old now.

Since we were out and about, we decided to go out for dinner. I didn’t bring my camera with me, but we went to a little Thai restaurant and it was delicious. I had my usual – tofu thai red curry with sticky rice. I have perfected an easy tofu thai red curry which we make at home, but I have never attempted sticky rice. Maybe one day…

Sunday we went to explore the Peak District, which is a gorgeous, hilly (as the name suggests) region which lies between Manchester and Sheffield, and most of it is a national park. Since my new job is based in Sheffield and Ben’s job will most likely be based in Manchester, we thought it would be fun to explore some of the small villages in between. We scraped off the car and headed out on our journey…

The countryside is beautiful and the villages are very quaint. Both Ben and I love the Peak District, but I haven’t quite decided yet whether I would like to live somewhere quite so rural.

However, the particular village we visited has a nice little train station.

It had two British telephone booths – I think this would be enough even if all of the residents of the town needed the phone at once. 🙂

There were quite a few horses and ponies in the surrounding fields, which is always a major bonus for me.

And since it was such a nice day, the town was overflowing with people who were out hiking in the hills.

I don’t think this town is an ideal option for us as a place to live immediately, but it would be fun to try at some point.

As we carried on with our drive, we had lots of beautiful views, and it was just as the sun was starting to set. I try not to complain about the weather in England too much, but one of the things I miss the most about the area I’m from is the beautiful sunsets. It is usually too cloudy here to see very much of the sunset, but on Sunday evening, the sky was absolutely gorgeous. I had to stop (i.e., make Ben stop) so I could take some pictures.

I loved the way the light was coming through the windows in this church…

And the sunset was spectacular over the green fields.

Feeling brave from my muffin success on Saturday, I attempted to develop another new recipe on Sunday evening for mushroom risotto.

It was quite good, but I want to make a few adjustments and try it again before I post the recipe for anyone else to try.

However, the muffins didn’t need any adjusting. By Sunday afternoon, all of the muffins I had made the day before had been eaten, so I actually made another batch last night when we got home.

They are now almost gone as well…

I hope all of you also had a wonderful weekend!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sharon Goodacre permalink
    January 16, 2012 10:16 pm

    Love the blog. Your having way to much fun, keep it coming. I enjoy hearing all about your adventure.

  2. January 17, 2012 3:45 am

    You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country! Many of my ancestors come from England, so we went this summer to check it out. We spent 4 days in the Cottswolds exploring the countryside. Totally fell in love. Thanks for posting these pictures!

    • January 17, 2012 10:53 am

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for your comment! I am really glad you enjoyed your visit in England (and the pictures). It really is a gorgeous country, and I love the Cotswolds! I’m glad you were able to spend some time exploring that area.

      ~Emily~

  3. January 19, 2012 1:55 pm

    Such a romantic evening! You captured it wonderful!!!

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