101 in 1001, 1 year on.

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So I am one year into my 101 goals in 1001 days. Meaning I have 636 days left. I have managed to complete 27 goals! Am working on various others, most noteably I have read 28 of the 100 books.

Some personal highlights:

  • Giving Blood I have now donated 4 times.

    give-blood

  • Made a special cake which my Grandma still talks about, I now have to make a cake for my parent’s silver wedding and my Grandad’s 80th!

    Fairy Castle Cake

  • Made Thai Jungle Curry paste which smells and tastes amazing.

    Thai Jungle Curry Paste

  • Went for afternoon tea in Edinburgh and I still want to learn to make scones!

    Afternoon tea in Edinburgh

  • Framed my posters which instantly put my stamp on my flat.

    Framed Handbags

  • Make-Up Brush Wash

    Make-Up Brush Wash

    Over the years I have slowly but surely invested in makeup brushes and spent time learning how to use each brush, so it’s fit for purpose. However, I have properly washed my brushes a sum total of about three times in all the years I have had them. Which is shocking! Another 101 goal was to get into a better routine of taking care of them. I bought Bobbi Brown’s Brush Cleaning Spray and Bobbi Brown’s Conditioning Brush Cleanser ). I started by using the cleaning spray on the powder brushes to lift the excess powder, then rinsed all the brushes under warm water with the brush cleanser and some Johnson’s baby shampoo. After 30 minutes my brushes were back to clean!

    Make-Up Brush Wash

    Make-Up Brush Wash

    Make-Up Brush Wash

    Make-Up Brush Wash

    Make-Up Brush Wash

    What is your make-up brush wash routine?

    Gran’s Shortbread.

    Gran's Shortbread

    Baking is something very close to my heart. Both my late Gran and Grandma have taught me how to bake over the years and I have fond memories of learning the secrets of the trade. This is my Gran’s tried and tested shortbread recipe. It’s 2 years this week since she passed and I like to remember her by wearing her pearls which I got as an heirloom and baking some shortbread. It takes about 15 minutes to make, 30 minutes in the oven and another 15 to cool. So if someone says they are coming over last minute, you can easily whip this up. Shortbread is so easy and making it fresh is so worth the taste.

    Gran's Shortbread

    You will need 8oz butter (room temperature), 4oz caster sugar, 8oz plain flour, 4oz cornflour.

    Gran's Shortbread

    Start by creaming the butter and sugar together. Add the flour and cornflour and knead until smooth, I always do this by hand as you can really cream the butter with your fingers.

    Gran's Shortbread

    Gran's Shortbread

    Place in a tin and pat down using the palm of your hand or a spatula. Once smooth, prick with a fork to give the shortbread room to breathe, then cut into slices. Place in an oven at 180C for 30 minutes until golden brown.

    Gran's Shortbread

    Cover in caster sugar when it is straight out of the oven, re-cut and allow to cool in the tin.

    Gran's Shortbread

    Gran's Shortbread

    Gran's Shortbread

    Currently Reading | Sleep Tight.

    Sleep Tight

    This was a sit up all night and get to the end of book, just to figure out what actually happened in the house. I love books that you literally cannot put down, Rachel Abbott wrote a fascinating tale about Olivia and her run-ins with the police to report her boyfriend as missing, then laterally her husband and children. A terrific tale, which kept me guessing until the end. I will definitely be reading more books by Rachel.

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    I have finally made Ina Garten’s Cream of Tomato Soup which I first saw years ago on Cupcakes and Cashmere. The weather in Glasgow has been dreich (Scottish for miserable), sleeting, freezing temperatures finally resulting in snow on Friday. I made this soup over the weekend, so for next week I have soup ready to heat me up as soon as I get home! I love the simplicity of this recipe, chop vegetables, fry, add more vegetables and stock, bring to the boil and blend. It also makes the flat smell really warm and cosy!

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

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