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Photo A Day- March 2013

Hello my dear readers,

This post is almost ONE WHOLE YEAR late, but as they say: it’s better late than never.  In March 2013, I decided to do a photo challenge – Please see the post here. I adapted the challenge and admittedly, some photo’s aren’t from that exact day, but all the themes have been covered.  xoxo

March Photo a Day

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Hello World… Is that you??? It’s me, Tayla!

I’m surprised that an error message didn’t pop up to say that WordPress has deleted my account for a lack of love. Fear not followers… I am back… for good!!

My last post was a brief Christmas message, now looky here- it’s almost Christmas time again!! So what’s been happening since then…. ?


1. Tom and I are expecting 🙂 We are sooooooooo excited!!!!


Our little NEPHEW is due in June 🙂 Hahahahahaha- Got Ya!  My sister and her lovely Dan are having a little baba- we were told on Christmas Day, thus making it the BEST Christmas EVERRRRRR!!!!! He is 23 weeks old and is a very healthy little womb hi-jacker. XoXoX

2. Only 18 weeks to go until my sister, Jen, and her other half, James, come to visit us in the UK :)!!! 

3. I was nominated for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD 🙂 Details to follow, but I am so delighted- Thank you.

4. I got a sexy little Mini One as I am now a DRIVER!! Yeah, that’s right… a DRIVER!! 

Mini One

5.  Tom and I are moving out our dingy flat next month and hope to save enough money to buy a house together. (OoOoOoOoh!!!)


THAT’S ALL FOR NOW… But in the words of Sir Arnold….



Come Dine With Me (Part 2 of 4)

The only thing that I’ve ever made right in any kitchen… is a mess. Up until a week ago, I didn’t think that I could cook anything else except French Toast (aka Eggy Bread). But once I knew that I had people to impress, I put my game face on and braved the god-awful Sainsburys to shop for my evening of oh-so-fine dining 🙂

Round 2 of our COME DINE WITH ME saga and I was under the spotlight as, like Morkalfish, I had never cooked for 2 members of the party, nor have I cooked a “proper” meal for my Tom (how sad is that?).

Nevertheless, my guests were excited about my menu:

Impressive right??!! For me at least.

Surprisingly, I remained cool and calm throughout the day. I’m sure that every item in my kitchen was used, without a doubt. Everything went to plan (more or less) and the evening was most enjoyable. I sweetened the deal with my home made shortbread stars  and once again,  I’m looking forward to the next feast!


Come Dine With Me (Part 1 of 4)

For those of you who know me, know that I freak out in the kitchen while I’m cooking when suddenly everything is ready all at once. One thing’s boiling over, one thing’s smoking the kitchen out and all while the other thing is burning the pan. That’s the point when I call Tom over to rescue the situation. That’s why it may seem as a shock when I suggested that a few of us do a COME DINE WITH ME event.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the TV show, here are some guide lines of what it’s all about:


These dinner dates will take place over a number of days/weeks at each participant’s home.

The host needs to sort out a three course meal menu and send this to the other contestants.

If you commit to this, then you will have to make sure that you can go to all of the nights.

At the end of each night, the participants score the host out of 10 (We have judged on the food, presentation, entertainment and hosting skills) where the winner is revealed on the last night and wins a prize.

The rules:
-No ready meals or shop bought desserts
-No help from other people
-Once your menu has been sent then you can’t change it
-You must attend every dinner party
-No sniffing for information on what people do or don’t like- just cook what you know.
-If everyone has any allergies or dietary requirements (no fussy eaters) then please let the host know.


Last weekend was the first of 4 nights, hosted by Morkalfish (Mark). The menu was as follows:

Going first adds more pressure and seeing as thought this was the first time that Mark has cooked for me, I was very impressed indeed. The starters looked and smelled amazing! The main was very tasty and satisfying and then dessert was… interesting 🙂 It wasn’t the best course according to us all, but points for the originality. He did sweeten us up with tea and chocolate afterwards.

Mark was a great host, making sure that we always had a drink in hand and a smile on our face. I can’t reveal the scores yet, but on a whole, it was a lovely evening and I am looking forward to the rest.

I host my night on August 11th- I only have my dessert planned, so any suggestions are welcome 🙂