Sleepless nights and early mornings

In Family, Health, Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

Morning. The time is 6.30 am and quite frankly I have been tossing and turning all night. I am a worrier and last night all I could think about was today. Today I am going to be having a Nuclear Medicine Scan. I don’t really know what it entails. If I don’t blog anymore today it is possibly because I …

A Spring Wedding at Brocket Hall

In Beauty, DanielSandlerCosmetics, Lifestyle, Weddings by A Phoenix from the Ashes

For those that have researched a bit about me they will know that as well as being a Mum, Wife and Blogger I am a Professional Makeup Artist. As well as doing a lot of fashion, a bit of film, TV and Theatre, I do a lot of Wedding Makeup (which I LOVE) I always come away feeling privileged to …

Introducing my beautiful new nephew

In Family, Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

I am so excited to announce the arrival of my latest beautiful Nephew James. He was born on Friday 30th March 2012 at 23:08 weighing a tiny 6lb 7oz. He is absolutely gorgeous and I am a very proud Auntie! Congratulations to Joanne and Richard!!!!   Susan x

An old family recipe for basic fairy cakes..

In Family, Food, Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

This is such a simple recipe that was probably the first thing that my Mum taught me as a child. It makes just simple Victoria Sponge fairy cakes. A recipe that I remember as 6,6,6 & 3 You will need: 6oz of Self Raising Flour Sifted 6oz of Soft Margarine or Soft Butter 6oz of Caster Sugar 3 Eggs (Preferably …

Mothers Day 2012

In Entertainment, Food, Health, Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

I would like to say that my Mothers Day was relaxing and tranquil… It wasn’t.  However, it was full of fun, family and laughter.  So yes, even though I crashed on the sofa at 10pm from sheer exhaustion, I did have a wonderful day.  For that I would like to thank every person that shared it with me.  Especially my …

Morning Coffee with a View….

In Family, Food, Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

It is freezing in Hertfordshire today, so I was really happy to go for a coffee this morning with my brother to our local Farm Shop, Pearce’s. Pearce’s Farm Shop has opened the doors to its new café which is absolutely beautiful. It backs onto open fields, really spacious, clean with friendly staff and great food. I for one was …

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Yorkshire Pudding? Love them..Cook them…eat them!

In Family, Food, Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

Hello, This is a tried and tested recipe for you all of Yorkshire Puddings.  I am very happy to hold my hands up and admit this is not my recipe.  It comes from one of my favourite recipe books… Jamie’s MINISTRY OF FOOD,  of course by the wonderful Jamie Oliver!  (Yes I do have most of his books).  For more …

The power of positivity.

In Books, Food, Health, Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

Thursday 23rd February 2012… Too often we spend time and energy talking about things we didn’t do, things that we wished we had done, or things we should have done. I have decided that today I would talk about something a little more positive. Today I have…… Completed writing my morning pages Had a Migraine Had a deep Bubble Bath …

Self Study: Watercolour Painting. Flower Power

In Lifestyle by A Phoenix from the Ashes

I am going to be discussing the ‘Flower Power’ a lot over the spring. Why? Well I want to know what it means to people. I LOVE FLOWERS. So to start my little project off I have had another go at painting, again using the medium of Watercolour. These flowers are purely in my imagination and not copied. In fact …

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Self Study: Watercolour Painting

In Lifestyle, Makeup, New Skills by A Phoenix from the Ashes

Once Upon a Time there was a young girl who totally mucked up her GCSE options at school… (ME) I had to choose a language between French and German.  Well obviously I went for German as I really didn’t like the French Teacher… Now I had selected German as my core language; it meant that the only Arty subject that …