Happy New Year From The Weekend Edition

This is just a little post to say Happy New Year! We won't be posting anything else this weekend, but we'll be back with lots of posts on January's self-improvement theme next weekend.

Even though we probably won't be nursing massive hangovers, because we're pretty sensible, y'know? We're going to take the weekend off from publishing any posts, to give ourselves a little break, so we can come back all refreshed and full of shiny new ideas for January. We've also got a new little idea in the pipeline, which we're very excited about - All will be revealed soon!

We've had a great couple of months sharing all of our recipes with you, our life tips, and even some speed dating disasters. Another little highlight was our trip up to the lovely Scarthin Books.

Thank you for supporting us, and reading our posts for the past couple of months - It keeps us going to see your kind comments! Here's to 2017 being full of exciting new content!

Happy new year!

Katie, Lou & Amy.

P.S. As we're entering a new year, we'd be delighted to welcome some new writers on board. If you think you'd like to join us, click here!

Make: Spicy Parsnip Soup (Christmas Leftover Recipe!)

Looking for something to make with your leftover vegetables from Christmas dinner? We've got your back with this tasty parsnip soup recipe by Katie's Dad.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us at The Weekend Edition!

We hope you have a wonderful day! And we'd just like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading over the past few weeks. It wouldn't be worth doing without your support.

Things are going to be slightly different this weekend, as I'm sure you'll understand. So, instead of popping another post up tomorrow, we'll be back on Monday instead.

See you on Boxing Day with a little recipe that you can make with your leftovers! (So, make sure you don't eat everything!)

Merry Christmas lovely readers! Have a good one!

Katie, Lou and Amy

A Love Affair With... Books

Ahh books. They're not cool, are they? At school, if you liked them, enjoyed reading and, heaven forbid, took occasional trips to the school library at lunchtime, you were a square. Pure and simple. Nowadays, it's not as unfairly tarnished with negative connotations. You're not a square for sticking your nose in a book. You're socially accepted, even if you do like reading. (Thank. Goodness.)

Now, we've got a winter theme going on over The Weekend Edition this month, and curling up with a good book is one of our favourite pastimes on those chilly winter nights. So, we thought we'd share some of our favourite reads with you! Read on to find out what they are.

Katie's Favourite Books:

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This is probably my favourite ever book. I've read it several times in a pretty short duration, as it was only released last year. Haig's from the East Midlands, like us, and this book details his struggle with depression and anxiety. It completely documents his journey back to better mental health, and beyond.

Reasons To Stay Alive isn't laid out like a traditional book, as it's got really short, snappy chapters that are only a few pages each. (Which makes it great if you've got a short attention span, or if don't have a lot of time to read.) The book truly offers hope to those who've been in the same situation, and offers enlightenment for those who haven't. If you don't already own a copy, I'd definitely recommend picking one up!

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

A firm favourite from my from childhood, I remember reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and re-reading it countless times. It seemed utterly magic to my 6-year-old self. A few months ago, I stumbled across the original copy I had as a child, and couldn't resist flicking through it again. It brought back so many memories! I'm sure I'm not the only one who was enthralled by Dahl's works as a child. (If so, let us know in the comments what your favourite Roald Dahl book is!)

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

An oldie, but a goodie! I've read this book several times, which is all about a thirty-something in London who's torn between the slightly pompous lawyer Mark Darcy or her smarmy boss Daniel Cleaver (I'm on #TeamDarcy in case you were wondering.) 

Anyway, I'm sure you don't need me to recap the plot of this popular book, do you? To me, the first book's the best out of the three. Despite the fact it was written in the nineties, some aspects are still pretty relevant to women today. Again, if you haven't read it, or have only seen the film, treat yourself to a copy!

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

I only read this gem at the start of the year. It's quite niche, for beauty lovers only. Pretty Honest is full of so much fantastic advice and information about skincare, makeup, and beauty in general. I take every thing that Sali Hughes has to say about beauty as gospel, because she really knows what she's talking about! Her most recent book, Pretty Iconic, is one that's currently on my to-read pile!

This book's definitely worth buying, whether you're a fellow makeup maven, or if you're a novice looking to gain more knowledge. Buy it, you won't regret it!

One Day by David Nicholls

I can't be the only one who loves this book, surely? One Day follows Emma and Dexter for 20 years on every St. Swithuns Day after they meet at their graduation. It's certainly relatable content for recent graduates when both their lives don't turn out how they expected over the course of the book. You might need some tissues towards the end though, that's all I'm saying. Just after they finally realise that they should be together, a horrible twist tears them apart. Oh, that twist - it's heartbreaking. 

(I won't give you any more spoilers though. Promise.)

Amy's Favourites:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I didn't read this children's book until I was 15, but it quickly became one of my most beloved books. The book follows the story of Sophie Hatter, a girl born the eldest of three in the magical world of Ingary. Sophie believes that because she was born eldest of three, she's destined to fail first and worst in life. As a result, she has poor self-esteem and resigns herself to the fate of inheriting her father's hat shop. All this changes one day when she meets the Witch of the Waste who curses Sophie.

Determined to make the best of her situation, Sophie decides to seek the help of the Wizard Howl.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

We all know this one, don't we? This is the tale of a small group of rabbits who leave their warren due to the visions of death beheld by their smallest member. Watership Down follows them through their trials and tribulations to find and protect their new home.  The story of their companionship and bravery is one I love to read over and over again!

Mossflower by Brian Jacques

One of my favourite childhood book series is the Redwall series by Jacques. This series follows the anthropomorphized animals living in the titular Redwall Abbey. In this series Mossflower is my favourite, which tells the story of how the Abbey came to be. It follows the heroic mouse, Martin the Warrior, as he helps the animals over throw the evil wildcat warlord, Tsarina.

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

One of the first high fantasy books I ever read, and part of a favourite series for many fantasy readers. With the popularity of the films and books I'm sure I don't need to tell you what it is about! I've read and enjoyed the entire trilogy, but my firm favourite is definitely the first book.

Blind Beauty by KM Peyton

When I was a pre-teen, I was obsessed with horses, so mum brought me a lot of horse-themed books. Out of all those books the one I still enjoy reading is the story of an abused girl and her love for an 'ugly' horse. Set with the back drop of the horse racing scene this book is an emotional and at times bitter-sweet story that shows how love for an animal can save a person emotionally.

What are your favourites? 

Winter Warmer: Broccoli and Potato Soup

You can't beat a good old soup to warm you up on a cold day, can you? Through December, we promised to show you some of our very favourite winter warmer recipes, and here's my fave! Behold, because this is pretty much what I consider my signature dish.

Amy's Easy, Cheesy Carbonara Recipe

Wonderfully cheesy and filled with crisp tasty bacon pieces, what's not to love about this simple pasta recipe? If you love cheese and bacon then carbonara's a must-try meal for you. This is one of my favourite pasta dishes!

In the colder weather carbonara is definitely my go-to meal when I've had a really bad day. It's easy and simple to make with plenty of room for inventive extras. You could add mushrooms like they do in Italian restaurants or add other vegetables. I personally enjoy adding some spinach to the meal occasionally. If you love cheese then I am sure you will enjoy this carbonara recipe. Read on to find out how to make it!

Bake: Chocolate Chip Muffins (With A Twist!)

Hands up, who loves chocolate chip muffins? This recipe for muffins is a creation that I stumbled across by accident. (My chocolate chips were out of date so I desperately had to improvise.)

Continue reading to find out what I used instead!

Monthly Theme: December

Happy Friday! Here at The Weekend Edition we've decided to focus all our posts throughout December on the theme of Christmas and Winter! So expect to see lots of winter warmer recipes and things to see and do this month!

For starters, coming up this weekend, we've got comfort food for you with two lovely recipes! We're really going all out with lot of these over the next month! So, expect to see seasonal winter warmer food, Christmassy places to explore and visit - like several Christmas Market posts - and even things we're loving and want to share with you all this Christmas.

To Summarise, Here's What To Expect This Month:

  • Festive recipes,
  • Winter warmer recipes,
  • Christmas Market posts,
  • What's inspiring us this December!

In January, we're going to be focussing on self-improvement, so let us know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see us cover!


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