Thursday, March 23, 2017

Food Spotlight: Barry Norman Premium Pickled Onions

British film critic, writer and media personality Barry Norman is celebrating a great milestone. He's celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of his range of Premium Hot & Spicy Pickled Onions.

Barry's pickled onions are made from a 130 year old family recipe that has been handed down through the generations. The onions are gently cooked with malt vinegar, brown sugar, salt and a secret blend of spices to create crisp, luscious, sweet and spicy onions.

I love eating pickled onions and my husband does too. We eat them often. However, we had never tried Barry's delicious onions before. We tried them recently and we were delighted! These sweet, spicy, crunchy onions can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. My husband and I usually have them with cheese, olives and crackers or cheese and bread rolls.

Pickled onions are so versatile, therefore they can be easily chopped up and sprinkled into spaghetti or added to salads. There are so many ways to enjoy them. These fantastic spicy pickled onions are a new fave for sure. I love spicy foods, so these are right up my alley.

Barry Norman Premium Hot & Spicy Pickled Onions are available at Waitrose, Tesco or Ocado (RSP £2.40 - 280g) and are easy to spot - just look for the clapper-board on the jar!

Disclosure: I was sent a jar of onions for review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Photos From a Weekend

Today I thought that I'd share a couple of slightly fuzzy photos from the past few days that I've shared on Instagram. I took both last weekend. The top one was from when I was out and about having a short Sunday morning walk. The bottom one was taken from the passenger seat in our car as we headed out to do an errand.

As I mentioned on Instagram, the top one reminds me that spring is on its way in little ways that we can notice here and there. The bottom photo just reminded me how much I love the countryside, even with slightly broken fences :) Both remind me of the beauty of nature.

I hope that you have a great weekend wherever you are! :)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

International Women's Day 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

On this day especially, I think of my mother, my sisters, my grandmothers, aunts, cousins, and all of the women who have lighted my way and/or paved the way on my journey as a woman. I am grateful for my journey every single day, but I love that women and their contributions are highlighted on this day. As we celebrate the contributions of women, we must also shine a light upon the injustices which women and girls experience daily around the globe. There is so much work still to be done.

I find encouragement on my journey quite often through quotes and this is one of my favorites. 

"I got my start
 by giving myself a start."

~ Madam C.J. Walker
Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist


Saturday, March 04, 2017

My 9th Blog Anniversary

Today is the 9th anniversary of the day that I started this blog. Who'd a thunk it? :) I can't believe that it's been so long, but then it seems like the last nine to ten years have gone by in a blur anyway. I started out on March 4th and I've always liked this day because it feels for me like it sounds...I march forth! :) When the month of March comes, even though it's still chilly, the mind turns to thoughts of spring and summer. It's like we get to shake off the chill of winter and go forward into the renewal that spring brings.

On the first of March, I shared a quote on Instagram that I thought was very appropriate for this month. It's a quote from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and I thought that it sums up March perfectly.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 

I hope that I can bring some renewal and new energy here as I go forward with my I march forth and onward towards my 10th blog anniversary. I'm planning to share more photography as always, but I also would love to dive a little deeper and share inspiring things. I hope you'll join me :)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017