After a long blog hiatus I can finally say I am home! The long awaited spouse visa I was applying for was approved and I am officially residing in the United Kingdom with my husband. It feels amazing to be able to be home where I belong and I look forward to bringing you all more of Bridport and Dorset as well as any other places we might travel to along the way.
It’s been a grey and rather dreary day, I am a bit sick with the lurghy, as my husband would say, at the moment but thankfully not too sick to blog or do other things. I hope to soon be bringing you more lifestyle posts, recipes and other interesting posts. I really hope to take this blog to the next level and basically give you a peek into my life as an American expat in Bridport.
That being said, I leave you for now and look forward to sharing more with you all soon! Enjoy the earlier view from our window! It’s great to be back!
My lovely friend Kiki over at Kiki Nakita is hosting weekly link-up parties and this week’s is a Throwback Thursday one in a Back to School theme! I know it’s not Thursday today but here’s a pic from my high school years just the same! Time has really flown by! What was high school like for you?
Join the fun and post your Back To School Throwbacks too!
Kiki Nakita Throwback Thursday #1
I think it was only a matter of time until I jumped on the planner band-wagon! If you remember, a few posts ago I was working on re-vamping an old mini planner which I am still working on. Hoping to use it for blog/business planning but for 2016 I wanted something new, something pretty and girly and when I saw the Kate Spade New York planner depicted above I knew I’d found the one. Mine is a medium sized agenda with lovely gold dots adorning the outside cover, spanning 17 months starting from the very end of July 2015 to December 2016. There is a large version of this same agenda but I really liked the size of this one. I am not your typical planner, nor am I the best at keeping diaries filled so I thought the large one would be too much for me. This is more compact and I can do enough with it and its classic design is perfect for my more logical and concise brain in that regard. Even so, I am a creative being and I did have to customise this lovely agenda by adding some embellishments and think that each Sunday I will thoughtfully plan out the week and embellish it with what I have.
This month is a month of new things for me. I have some goals in mind, such as: blogging daily (or at least Monday-Friday), drawing or doodling daily to build up inventory for my business currently on hiatus, shop less and use more of what I already have, read more and make time for me more. Being that it is my birthday month (in just 10 days I’ll be 34–still feel like 24 though) I thought I’d focus a bit more on my self care. I had a rough few months and really need to lift my spirits and remind myself that I am human, I make mistakes but I can rise above them and lead a good life. Working on this agenda helps to pretty up my daily life so I am excited about this project. I took some photos of what I have done so far for you all to see.
Some of the items I used to customise the planner inside.
I added washi tape in gold polka dots, stripes and plain gold to the first folder slip.
I also placed wonky letters on the folder to store “bits”, i.e. stickers and such on that side.
On the reverse side I also embellished with some washi tapes, masking tapes and even Kate Spade paper tapes as well as printing some Kate Spade quotes onto Avery Full Sheet Self-Adhesive Label Paper and cutting them out.
For the cover pages preceding the August calendar pages I did a small image collage of myself and things I love as well as quotes and stickers.
The main calendar page with some birthdays and and other events hi-lighted.
I have found a wealth of free printables for planner use and am dying to print some of those out as well as continue embellishing each week. What are your planner loves? I’d love to know if there are any links I must absolutely check out. What do you think of my pages so far?
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Many of you know that I am a snail mailer and make my own stationery but what you might not know is that I have a few other friends who do the same and while my shop is on a temporary hiatus I thought I would hi-light some of the things my other snail mailing friends have to offer. A year ago when I created Walks in Beauty’s Instagram and Etsy shop I had the opportunity to befriend the lovely Amanda Sinisi who not only purchased some papers from me but also became a regular fan of my work. It is not surprising that with her background in fashion design and super cute and kitsch baked goods she would eventually venture into making stationery, that most coveted stuff that we snail mailers crave. Amanda’s designs are cute and quirky, girly with a hint of darkness and just beautiful.
Let me just show you a few of my favourites from her Storenvy shop:
Woodland Fox Stationery Set
Fancy Floral Postcard Set
Pastel Floral Stationery Set
Each stationery set comes with 12 sheets, 6 envelopes and 6 matching seals and are professionally printed on high quality paper. The designs are beautifully hand-drawn and then digitized and are quite unique to the artist. Amanda is also putting her designs on other things besides paper products these days as evidenced in her blog, Cupcakes and Corsets. Also available in the Storenvy shop are sticker sets, gift wrap and tags which are all very pretty and cute! These would make great unique Christmas gifts for the snail mailer in your life!
Follow Amanda on Instagram: @ladyfancy13
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Most of you know how much I love to cook and share recipes when I can and here I have decided to share at least one recipe a week with you. Not sure yet if I want to feature it always on a Sunday (might do it more for a weekly Monday post) but for this week I shall be posting this one today. This recipe is adapted from a recipe found on the back of an A1 steak sauce bottle. Anyone in my family knows how much I love steak sauce and here in the US A1 is my favourite brand. However, for the sake of making it easier on anyone reading this blog, your favourite brand of steak/brown sauce will do well to substitute if you can’t find A1 in your local supermarket or grocer’s. So, feel free to use Heinz or HP sauce to substitute. The recipe in its original form is rather simple but I like to add a little more to such things so I will share with you my own take on this simple but delicious dish.
CHEDDAR POTATO PIE
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 onion, choopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- fresh or dried oregano
- splash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 cups hot mashed potatoes
- 1 cup shredded red cheddar cheese
- Heat oven to 350ºF .
- Saute mushrooms, onion and garlic over low to medium heat and add meat and season with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Once onion is slightly translucent in large skillet; drain. Add steak sauce and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Spoon into 1 1/2 qt. baking dish and spread evenly.
- Spoon prepared mashed potatoes on top and spread evenly over meat mixture.
- Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and sprinkle mixed dried herbs over the cheese.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through (165ºF).
It’s really quite an easy recipe to follow and a quick meal to prepare. Just a few notes on my personal preparation; for the hot mashed potatoes I used some nice red potatoes and made my mash from scratch. I dislike packaged potatoes but if you’re pressed for time or don’t like to make your own mashed potatoes you can always use the package variety. I don’t recommend it at all as fresh ingredients are always the healthier option and more flavourful. Regarding the herbs I also used fresh herbs in the meat mixture. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, perhaps a nice vegan meat substitute (vegan mince) would work very nicely for this pie and as for the cheese I would use the Daiya brand over others but any other cheese alternative would probably work as well. If you’re not a fan of ground beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork would be other alternatives for this simple style pie.
I’d love to see what you do differently if you decide to adapt this recipe yourself or if you use it as is please share a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #wlksinbeautyrecipes. I’d love to see who’s making food they find here.
I served this with a nice summer vegetable medley and had a glass of cranberry-raspberry juice with it.
Photography by: Nadia M. Perez Bugler
Recipe adapted from: A1 Sauce Bottle
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I know I said I was going to keep up to date with the ICAD posts but life has been just hectic and I’ve not had the chance to post them weekly here. I have, however, posted most of them on my personal Instagram account and you are more than welcome to have a look at the rest there. ☺ Here I am sharing cards 32-38, dated 2nd July through 8th July 2015. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with different techniques and for those dates did mostly doodles. Other cards have included painting, mixed media, collage and more. I used Letraset ProMarkers and Tria Markers for these along with Pitt Pens and Micron pens for the drawing aspect. So, without further ado, here they are!
ICAD 2015, Card 32: Bubbles
ICAD 2015, Card 33: Sleepy Cheeks
ICAD 2015, Card 34: Rose Ambition
ICAD 2015, Card 35: Texture Study
ICAD 2015, Card 36: Metallic Waves
ICAD 2015, Card 37: Chalkboard Style
ICAD 2015, Card 38: Summer Berries, Strawberries
Tennessee Volunteers Index Cards
Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens in black
Sakura PIGMA MICRON Pens in black
LETRASET Promarkers (Pastels)
LETRASET Tria Markers (Brights)
CRAYOLA CRAYONS in Yellow Green
ALL ART WORK was hand-drawn and coloured by me, Nadia M. Perez Bugler. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 2015
Yesterday evening I had the opportunity of going out to dinner with my mom and her friend from France who also came with her mother. We had a lovely time out on Anna Maria Island and used the 45 minute wait for a table at the Waterfront Restaurant to wander along the pier and take some stunning photos of the evening. I’d like to share a few with you all now.
Linked up to: Fawns & Fables’ Wonderland Link Up for photography. ☺