Lifestyle: January Favourites

The first month of 2015 is over, and I can’t quite believe it. Everything is just going so quickly at the moment, and I’d quite like to just jump on a table and politely ask life to pause for a moment.

 photo eb40b8e5-a2d6-42b0-8267-db2acd21c6a8_zpswybbw2id.jpgThis month hasn’t exactly been the greatest. I’ve struggled with sleep (to the point of lying awake until the early hours, knowing getting up for work at 7am would be horrendous), been busy at the office, and had longer gaps between seeing my boyfriend. Coupled with desperately trying to gain some sort of summer internship, I’m stressed. But I’ve also picked up a few new favourites along the way…

 photo 2015-01-10 20.10.13_zpsn6lc6hz5.jpgCheaper frying steaks. Not quite as meltingly tender or naughty-feeling, but a third of the price and still gives you the meaty hit. And they taste wonderful made healthy too! Just yum! You can have a read of my Asian Steak Salad recipe here.

 photo b716743c-cad5-4cba-a1b6-bf6e6fbdfa5b_zpsly37bekn.jpgTaking time out from a computer screen is something I’ve been meaning to do, but it never quite works out. So much to do, so little time and all that! This Line A Day diary is the perfect balance, and I’ve really enjoyed making a few moments to reflect on my day.

 photo 2015-01-03 18.15.52_zpsuvxpdbwi.jpg photo 0e8030b5-8a53-48a2-ab83-6d01cff116e3_zpsraivyjla.jpgBaking! I posted about some Hot Toddy Cupcakes I made recently, and by the response you all liked the sound of them. I’m now developing a banana, coconut and rum variant for summer months!

In other baking news, Ruby (2013’s GBBO finalist) has written a book, and I received it for Christmas. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been raved about, as it is stunning. Admittedly I haven’t actually baked anything from it yet, but its the perfect balance of simple recipes, beautiful photographs and the science behind baking. I’ve read it cover to cover. Twice.

 photo 7fb48ce4-fa55-44df-a78a-a5dbd35c6cd7_zpsca9unzrz.jpgAnd whilst reading and reflecting, what better accompaniment that a good cuppa?! My parents bought me a Brown Betty teapot for my 21st, and it’s just the right size to get out two perfect cups. Not great when I’m trying to cut down on tea, but I’m limiting myself to one pot in the morning, and one in the evening.

 photo 2015-01-24 13.32.46_zpstxdndjnd.jpgWhilst I’ve been missing W like crazy, it’s been nice to have a weekend or two to myself. I’ve treated myself to yummy breakfasts played with a sous-vide attachment to my slow cooker, and generally chilled out. Blueberry pancakes made an appearance, and they were delicious!

 photo 6cce6b8c-21c4-4194-a96b-4a22023d9a22_zpsl8dt2cvw.jpgI’ve also been intent on improving my health and fitness this month. Green tea has been making an appearance, though I am infusing it with extra lemon and a little honey to make it palatable! I’ve also been doing and enjoying some of the 30-Day challenges. The squat one is my ‘favourite’ although I seem to be struggling with the jump from 80 to 100 – my legs keep giving up in the nineties. The lunge and tricep dips are also being done, and once I get a mat I’ll be throwing myself into some of the ab ones too! Just need to find some enjoyable cardio (without aggravating the foot injury) now and I’m there…any idea?!

How has your January been? Any new favourites been discovered?

  • Joanne

    That diary sounds gorgeous! And it looks really beautiful too. Ahh, the cupcakes look SO tempting haha! And I’ve also been going with the health and fitness (I’m using 30-day challenges too!) (clean eating is still a bit of a struggle for me, though!) but I’m still optimistic!

    And for cardios that aren’t so tough on the legs, have you tried ballet workouts? They’re really the new trend and it’s actually so calming. Worth a try! Xxx

    Thoughts in Tiffany Blue

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m definitely going to have a look at ballet workouts, thanks for the suggestion! x

  • Kassie Barker Jones

    I love this! I completely agree with it not being a great month – me too! This whole post made me so hungry – I need the meal at the top mmm. Hope the next few months are better for you 🙂

    Kassie http://www.styledevoured.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks – you too! x

  • Ali

    Hot toddy cupcakes and blueberry pancakes..Can I come over for breakfast lunch and dinner please? Those all look amazing, I have the sudden urge to bake. I’ve been drinking green tea plain for a few years now, but I am with you, sometimes it just needs..something. I like to put honey in mine, as well!
    Thank you for linking me to your blog, you have some great posts! I am going to go look for more delicious food photos because I can’t get enough.
    http://www.oheartsan.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      Of course you can, aha! I try to post a recipe every week so keep checking back! x

  • I found that January went by so fast too – and I still haven’t accepted that we’re well into the first week of February. (uggh) Sounds like even though you had a tough month, you’ve made the most of it. Here’s hoping February passes at a bit of a slower clip and is filled with good things!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • ninegrandstudent

      It’s gone scarily quickly! Have a good February! x

  • Those cupcakes look yum! I didn’t realise Ruby had a book out – I’ll definitely have to get a copy as she was by far my favourite on GBBO, still can’t believe she didn’t win!

    • ninegrandstudent

      It’s a great book – I really like it. It goes into the science of baking quite deeply so makes an interesting read too! x