Sunday, 4 March 2018

The February Edit

If I go fully by what Twitter has to say, February has been a super quick month for everyone. And I mean, that's true. It's the shortest month though, are any of us surprised? February has been, for the most part, a really good month for me. I spent a lot of time with my friends, ate some good food and had a little holiday. What more can I ask for?


What I've been up to...

February has been a really busy month, which means that it's gone by really fast. Not that I'm complaining!

At the beginning of the month, I headed up to the University of Connecticut to spend the weekend there with my friends who are there on a year abroad. We went to go see their men's basketball team play against Cincinnati. They lost, but it was fun to watch nonetheless. I also got introduced to proper dorms for the first time and dining hall food. Oh.... and I ate tater tots, a classic American dish, for the first time.

The weekend after that, those same friends came to visit me in Stamford. We had a slow morning, went to the mall and watched The Post at the cinema. It was a good movie but very slow. Then my friends made mac and cheese for dinner and we drank wine and watched movies.

I still haven't gotten around to writing a big post about it, but Jess and I spent Presidents' Day weekend in Charleston and took a day trip to Savannah. Meaning I've ticked off another two states and grabbed some winter sun whilst I was at it. I have a lot of photos to get through but there will be posts soon I promise!

I'm writing this on the last weekend of February and I am planning to just relax this weekend. I'm heading to Chicago next weekend to start off March with a bang and I am excited!

What I've been cooking/baking...

You ever buy something with good intentions and then never end up using it? I've been trying to use up those items out of my cupboard so I've been getting inventive. I had a huge tin of crushed pineapple in the cupboard so decided to make it into a crumble. I drained off the juice, put a crumble topping on the top with oats and coconut. It was delicious. And I didn't put a lot of sugar in the crumble so I had it for a few breakfasts too. A little self-indulgent but hey, worth it. 

Millie sent me this bolognese sauce recipe which she claimed was the ultimate bolognese. I tried it out, making it one Friday night for my friend and I as we drank wine and watched Buzzfeed Unsolved. And let me tell you, it was definitely worth the wait. I'm not great at cooking meat and mince in particular but it was so easy and really delicious. I loved the addition of shredded carrots. I have enough servings in the freezer to last me a while now. But I'll be returning to this recipe again.

I also got into making banana bread again this month after I got a bit overzealous with how many bananas I expected to eat one week (honestly, does anyone ever eat all the bananas they buy before they get too soft?).  Banana bread is the ultimate comfort food for me. I just love the way it makes the house smell when it's in the oven. Amazing. 

Oh and em, my sourdough starter died. So that didn't happen. 

What I've been reading...

I didn't get a huge amount of reading done in February but I did enjoy the books that I read. You can check out what I thought of them in my February Reading Wrap Up. I'm a bit gutted to have read all of Mohsin Hamid's books now because they are fantastic. 

I've really been wanting to read Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh as everyone is raving about it but it's $24 for a copy here in the US so I think I'll wait until I'm back in the UK. But please, let me know what  you think of it! 

On the blogging side of things I read and enjoyed the following posts:

Leda's Lidl meal planning post was great.  Lidl is my go to store back in Edinburgh and I love how creative at cooking Leda is. I really want to try those meatballs out for myself!

I was drooling over Amanda's sourdough but my starter only went and fecking died didn't it. One day I will make an amazing sourdough. I just think the inside of my condo is unfortunately too cold at the moment to grow a starter from scratch. 

Millie's post about shit dates was a good laugh. And a reminder that you sometimes have to kiss a lot of frogs.

I also started reading Katie's blog. She's a fellow Scot living in the American Northeast and I really love her travel content. 

What I've been watching...

Normally, I'm a tv show over movies kinda gal but this month, I watched a lot more movies than I usually would. 

 I rewatched all of the Bridget Jones movies which I will never not enjoy. If I start to dislike them... please shoot me. 

I also finally got around to watching Schindler's List and it was so heartbreaking and so beautiful. I can totally understand why people describe it as being one of the greatest movies of all time and I have a new found appreciation of Liam Neeson now. 

The documentary called Accidental Courtesy about a man who befriends KKK members in an attempt to make them see a different side to things was also extremely interesting and another that I'd really recommend.

In terms of shows, I've just been carrying on with The Bachelor and The Blacklist. I'm excited for the final of The Bachelor, I have a feeling Becca K is going to win it! I've lost interest in The Blacklist but I don't have a lot of it left to watch so I might as well finish it.

What have you been up to this month?

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