Did you watch the Royal wedding? We absolutely loved Will and Kate’s nuptials! William and Harry were so cute, Kate was stunning, vows and hymns were perfect, it was indeed wonderful to watch. It made us both super homesick and wanting to be home to celebrate with our friends, family and whole country. Love to all xxx
Archive for April, 2011
Tonight I decided to whip up a batch of English Scones just in time for the Royal Wedding. I’m sure nothing at 3am is going to seem appetizing so I may have to wait until normal hours to taste them, but let me tell you they smell delicious!
2 Cups of Self Raising Flour
1/2 cup of Sugar
1/2 cup of Butter (room temp)
1/4 cup of Lard (room temp)
1 cup of Dried Fruit (optional)
Mix flour and sugar together, then add the fats and blend with fingertips until all the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Then make a well and add the eggs, blending in the dry mixture gradually. The dough should hold together nicely and shouldn’t be sticky. Flour flat surface and rolling pin and roll out the dough until it’s about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into circles using a cutter or a glass (dipped in flour). If desired brush on a milky egg-wash on the tops, and dust with fine sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool on rack. Serve sliced in half with butter and jam, or jam and whipped cream. Enjoy!
Five items to bring on a day trip:
No. 1 Comfy Shoes: There’s been many times I’ve made the mistake and gone away with just a pair of ballet flats, those these are great at home and running errands, but it’s a completely different story when out walking around ALL day. A well broken in pair matched with great socks, will keep you going long after the museums are closed!
No.2 Big Bag: Big enough to carry camera, water bottle, snacks and souvenirs. Too many bags can lead to an early mental breakdown while you’re hoping around the city, relieve the mental stress and keep everything in one place.
No. 3 Hand Sanitizer: Quickly bobbing around the city can soon leave you feeling more than gross, it’s amazing how having clean hands can make you feel so much better.
No. 4 Scarf: You already know how much we love these, but while on a day trip they are essential. They’re light to carry and keep you snug as the evening draws in, or any sudden weather change.
No.5 Umbrella: There’s nothing you can’t see in the rain than in sunshine, and in London it’s more likely to rain, even a small one you can easily fit in your purse is worlds better than getting drenched and cutting your day short.
Five places you must see visit:
No.1 Westminster: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street and Westminster Abbey are all found in within this small area. The architecture of these buildings alongside the Thames makes the view absolutely breathtaking. You simply cannot go to London without having your picture taken by Big Ben and peeking down Downing Street on the off chance of seeing the Prime Minister. If you have time we would highly recommend sitting in on the houses of commons for a taste of British politics. Also, right across the river you can hop onto the London eye, to see views of all of London.
No.2 Tower of London: This destination is easily one most fascinating places in London, it’s packed with history and chilling tails of darker days. It’s home of the crown jewels, royal armor of several past Kings, and the famous ravens. The only problem is there might be too much to see and you could easily spend the whole day here (which we highly recommend), but if you don’t have time you at least have to go see the surrounding walls and get your photo infront of Tower Bridge. Tickets are £19.80 per adult, but can be purchased cheaper online HERE, or if you’re traveling into the city by train you could qualify for 2 for 1 admission read more HERE.
No.3 Buckingham Place: If you go to London you’d better go visit the queen, or at least go see the Changing of the Guards. It’s extremely royal and extremely free so it’s a must! See HERE for schedule.
No. 4 St. Pauls Cathedral & Area: Again it’s just a beautiful place to visit, and it’s packed with history. It’s been on the site since 604 AD. They welcome visitors for daily services, which I like to do to relax and soak up to the atmosphere, info HERE.
Across the way there is Millennium Bridge which is worth a walk across. The bridge was built as part of the city’s millennium celebration and you may recognize it from the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Once across you’ll see Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, we’re yet to see a play, but the standing tickets start at only 5 pounds quite a deal, see HERE.
No. 5 Harrods and Liberty: Harrods is as famous as a store possibly can get. This store has it all. It is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and gifts for home. Make sure to check out their food courts, which are out of this world. Also, the children’s toy department is pretty hard to beat. Liberty of London is one of favorite store in London. It is famous for it’s fabrics and unique designs. Liberty’s current location is on Regent Street in an old Tudor building built from two ships in 1924. It is definitely worth visiting and is not known to many tourists, so is usually a nice, quieter place to shop.
London has many hop-on/hop-off tour buses that we would highly recommend to see lots of things in a limited amount of time. It is well worth the money to get an audio tour of history while seeing the sights, and beats wasting time traveling from place to place using the underground.
We may be slightly biased, but this is our favorite city in the world! We hope this post will make your London experience comfortable and easy, and help you fall in love with this fabulous city.
Academy Award winner, The King’s Speech is based on the true story of King George VI. I loved the acting (Helena Bonham Carter was AMAZING), and the plot line, but mostly how well the film gave me an insight to London in the 1930’s. It just became available at Redbox.
Another Academy Award winner, The Young Victoria is a must see. I absolutely loved this story portraying Queen Victoria’s first years as queen and her romance with Prince Albert.
Helen Mirren plays an excellent Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. The movie is a drama about the royal family’s reaction to the death of Princess Diana within the family, as well as with the Prime Minister and the people of the UK.
There’s only a few days to get your royal movie fix before the big day! What are your royal movie faves?
We’re getting excited for the Royal Wedding around here, and to celebrate we have a week of British goodness to share. First off, my patriotic guest-room:
This room has been on my radar to decorate for some time, but I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep it my guest-room so for now I’m holding back on the paint rollers and simply giving it a burst of life. Em came over one afternoon, and this is what we came up with:
I’m happy with the results, and even more pleased that it cost under $10 using things I already had.
I’m partially liking the new look of my lamps, originally bought for our first home with a green palette, we simply switched out the shades to get two new lamps. The two posters on the wall are wrapping paper mounted on plywood, and the union jack pillow was made out of a sweater I had accidently shrunk years ago. The cheers pillow is part of our Twine & Twig collection, this week we have it on sale for $27 with insert. Please contact: mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com if you’re interested.
Now I’m all ready for our Royal Wedding sleepover, I hope you guys all have fun plans too!
I love the smell of hot cross buns fresh from the oven, and the taste is even better especially with a healthy dose of melting butter. Yum! Today being Good Friday it was only appropriate to whip up a batch, and enjoy them with a hot drink.
Did you know that old English folklore is that these yummy buns can help the heal sick? With just one bite they can help a person recover. Another folklore is that they ensure good friendship the coming year when shared with a friend…these little buns sure are filled with lots of interesting history.
This recipe was from a Williams – Sonoma book, which was quite lengthy…but delicious.
The recipe found HERE seems easier, especially for a first attempt.
Although it seems as though the summer sun is still far, far away, hopefully it will be here very soon. The best way to prep for those strong summer rays: this Neutrogena sunscreen. I have never worn sunscreen as I rarely burn, enjoy a sun-kissed face, and have worried about sunscreen clogging my pores.
After a scary visit to the Dermatologist last year, I was ordered to wear sunscreen EVERY DAY, RAIN OR SHINE. A friend recommended this sunscreen (thanks Annie), I tried it, and have never looked back. Not only am I getting the protection I need, but my face feels fresh and full of moisture. I apply it every morning before putting on my makeup and is my number one best beauty tip for you! I hope you enjoy this protecting, anti-aging, moisture locking sunscreen as much as I do!
PS. This sunscreen is on sale right now for $8.94 at Target.
Today on our Target visit we fell in love with this adorable new line of stationery by Green Inspired.
A couple of these little beauties would really help spice up a dull work area, with their fun designs and bold colours. The prices are great also, for example the list pads (pictured above in the bowl) are 3 for $4.99…matched with a cute pen or pencil they would be a lovely addition for any Easter basket.
This gift seems especially adorable and useful for spring, I can’t wait to pick mine up tomorrow. For more tips on shopping Clinique see our post HERE.
It seems this deal is in it’s final week, so hurry on over to get yours asapy!
This week Sarah and I popped into Payless to see if they had any new arrivals that caught our eye. We were pleasantly surprised to find more than one pair of shoes (usually we always want the same pair) that has left us eagarly awaiting the next BOGO (Buy One Get One half off) sale.
This ‘junior mid heel pump’ is my number one pick. I have been looking for a stacked heel for a while now to wear with pencil skirts on Sunday and skinny jeans for a night out. I found a similar pair at Nordies, but I like the look, feel and price tag ($24.99) of this one a little better.
Sarah ‘fell in love’ with the ‘in love flower pump.’ I swear she has at least 10 pairs of this shoe in slightly different hues, which she denies. But hey, they make her legs look even more fantastic, so the more the merrier! Only $27.99.
The Eden Ballet flat is very deceiving. It doesn’t look like anything special but is very flattering, and amazingly comfortable. So comfortable that if I owned this shoe I would probably wear it every day. I saw it in black, navy, red and white. I was favoring the navy to match my skinny jeans, but this is a shoe you would never regret buying more than one pair. $11 right now in stores (usually $14.99).
The Chelsea flat is flattering to the foot with it’s low cut shape. It would make any outfit a little nicer and is a good basic for any closet. $16.99.
I think this ‘Every jewel flat’ would be ideal for Easter Sunday or a summer wedding. So cute. $19.99
The ‘Bonnie big bow flat’ is classy, shiny and pretty. What more does a girl need? $19.99.
We’ll keep you posted when we hear of the next BOGO sale!
This ‘English Rose’ Cath Kidston umbrella would fit in my handbag perfectly and is super cute.
These Old Navy umbrellas are a little more fun, bright and on clearance for $6.99!
Have you seen any cute brollies recently? My wavy is hair is in need!
I’ve always been a sucker for packaging, therefore all three of these adorable items have made there way into my life. I’m happy to report that they not only look good but smell delicious and clean fantastic:
NO.1 Method sprays are wonderful, I love their modern look and mean cleaning power, I always feel all the germies have been killed after a couple of sprays of this.
This week at Target select items from the antibacterial range are on sale from $2.99 to $2.50, in addition print off a 50 cents off coupon HERE, to make them $2.00 whoot whoot!! But wait it gets better, I’ve seen in some stores they have peely stickers ON some of the items for an additional 75 cents off making them $1.25…holler!
At Target this item is priced at $3.99, again keep your eye out on because I’ve seen $1 off peely coupons ON the items, making them $2.99 with out an additional sale.
No.3 Mrs. Myres, these products bring be back to a simpler time…that I don’t remember! They take inspiration from the garden, and leave my home spotless and chemical free.
This week at Target you get a $5 gift card when you purchase 4 items. Once again, I’ve seen $1 off coupons ON the products, or you can print a $1 off coupon HERE. With the coupon and in store sale your paying just under $2.00 per item that is usually $3.99…yippee!!!
It’s sad I get so excited about these deals + cleaning right?
Anyhow, go take advantage of some of these deals to fall in love with these products yourself.
HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!
It’s always fun to dress up a table setting for a special dinner, and Easter is no exception. Of course with all the attention on the meal preparation, it’s nice to have something easy on hand that doesn’t take much time or effort.
We found these adorable little nests for 55 cents at our local craft store; we filled with our favorite treats and then simply framed it with a doily and coffee filter, add a name tag, and done…
easy peasy lemon sqeezy!
Today I bought my first bulk of strawberries of the season.
I was very excited to use my new ceramic punnet that I got at Crate & Barrel for only $5 while we were in Cali.
I also found this ceramic egg crate at a Ross in California for only $2.49:
My fridge just got a whole lot cuter and ready for Spring!
Recently we had a very sad day…we found out that Emily could no longer eat at Cafe Rio due to her wheat allergy :0(
The good news is that she CAN eat almost anything at Costa Vida, so that’s where you’ll find us at Tuseday lunch times! We wanted to write and report how much we’ve been enjoying their daily deals.
Each day they offer a different special and a drink for only $5.99, and if you have a student ID you can choose from any of the specials regardless of what day it is. To sweeten this deal further, more often than not there’s a survey option on your receipt, once the survey is completed online, they’ll reward you with FREE chips + salsa, or a dessert.
Our faves are the Mango Chicken Salad, and the Key Lime Pie…YUM!
At this time of year it can be tricky to find nice decorations, as the stores are filled with bunnies and fake greenery. Natural elements like fresh flowers and blossoms can wilt fast, and for those of us who are still waiting for spring to arrive, we need something that can last longer to help cheer on the season.
Today I put together a couple of really simple displays around my house:
First, the beloved Cadbury Mini Eggs. These are seriously something I look forward to every year, they scream spring. One taste can instantly bring me back to my childhood, and the excitement I felt on Easter morning. By separating the colours they not only serve a snackable purpose, but match my yellow theme perfectly.
I look forward to the first blossoms each year, but paper ones keep my happy till the real ones arrive. Martha Stewart instructs how HERE.
I find that by choosing a colour theme and gathering things I already have, I only have to add a simple project to get the festive results I want.
With any deal be sure to read the fine print, like you have to spend the whole $15 in one transaction.
These are some of the best treats around…enjoy!
While in California, Sarah requested a stop at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Newport Beach. I happily obliged, and was enjoying the decor and overall chicness of the place while Sarah put in her order for a luscious, gluten loaded cupcake.
Sar happened to ask if they had any gluten-free cupcakes when picking up her order, and surprised me with a red velvet and cream cheese frosting gluten-free cupcake!! I was over the moon that Sprinkles offered a gluten-free cupcake and even more thrilled to discover that it was absolutely delicious!
These cupcakes are seriously scrumptious!
Sprinkles is dedicated to charitable giving and being as earth friendly as possible.
With these great causes, and a majorly delicious gluten-free cupcake, it is going to make it very hard to resist this place.
Thanks Sarah and Sprinkles for my yummy treat!