Afternoon Tea at The Spiced Pear

One of my amazing birthday presents from my parents was afternoon tea at the Spiced Pear in Hepworth near Huddersfield. Walking in it felt like a modern restaurant but the cups and plates were very ‘cottage-y’ which I liked a lot. There were three types of afternoon tea, the traditional one with sandwiches, scones and cake, the champagne one which was the same as before but with a glass of champagne and the gentleman’s afternoon tea which had a selection of savoury treats instead of the sandwiches. I had the gentleman’s afternoon with a glass of champagne and it was amazing!
So, the first thing I delved into was the scotch egg with balsamic onions. The two went perfectly together and as this was my first scotch egg experience I have to say it has set the bar high for future scotch egg endeavours! The meat was tasty and the egg wasn’t overpowering, I liked it a lot. Next up was the pork pie with piccalilli. I’m a massive pork pie fan and I wasn’t disappointed! As with the scotch egg, the meat was tasty and the pastry was the perfect thickness. I’ve never tried piccalilli before and I don’t think I still know what it is but it was delicious and went really nicely with the pie. Bread and dripping was next up and yet another thing I’ve never tried. I think this is going to be one of my new guilty pleasures because it was so good! Basically it was bread with meat fat spread on it and it just tastes like delicious meat juices. It’s probably very love it or hate it. Last but not least is the cream of the crop, a yorkshire pudding with beef, gravy and horseradish. Think of the most delicious roast and then put that into one single yorkshire pudding. Yeah, it was that good. The pudding was crunchy on the top and soft on the bottom, how it should be, the beef was tender and tasty and the gravy was thick and perfect. Amazing!
Next up are scones. They’re pretty self explanatory. Soft and sweet with clotted cream and jam, what could be better. Also, let me know if you do cream first or jam first. I used to be jam but then I moved to cream because I find it easier to spread. Wow we are asking the important questions today! Moving onto the final layer of cakes. I had to take most of my cakes home with me because after the bottom layer my stomach could take no more! I started off with the strawberry mousse. Lovely and light it was very fluffy and creamy so a lovely palette cleanser before the hard core cakes! The passion fruit cheesecake was my favourite of the lot! The biscuit base was the perfect amount of buttery and crumbly and the main bit was super creamy with a delicious passion fruit jelly on top. I didn’t eat all of my carrot cake but the bit that I had of it was very nice. It was like a standard carrot cake and was very delicious. The same for the Victoria sponge. Light and fluffy and amazing. Last but not least is a chocolate explosion. I don’t know how to describe this but I’d say it was a bit of a chocolate tart with the same biscuit base as the cheesecake. The chocolate flavour was just the right intensity and the texture was a cross between a tart and a brownie, sounds weird but trust me it was delicious.
Another afternoon tea post will be coming soon as my amazing friends took me for another one the day I’m writing this post so stay tuned for that!

What I Got For My 21st Birthday

The past few weeks have just been birthday crazy, and I’m not complaining! I thought I’d do a little ‘what I got for my birthday’ so in a few years I can look back and see what I got. Disclaimer: not all of my presents will be mentioned so if you are someone that got me something don’t be offended it your gift isn’t mentioned. I have the worst memory so I’ve most likely forgotten some but don’t worry I have appreciated all gists (especially the alcoholic ones, even though the outcome wasn’t great).

I’ll start with one of the most useful presents which was a black clutch bag. For my three years at university I’ve had a small leather clutch bag which I use on every night out. It’s okay but it’s literally the size of a largish purse and I needed something bigger so I’m really excited to take this out and be able to bring the kitchen sink out with me! Something to add to my ever expanding footwear collection was some fluffy Mickey Mouse slipper socks with bobbly ears, so cute! One of the most emotional presents I got was from my cousin, and when I say emotional lots of tears were shed. She got me a bracelet from Disney Couture and it’s a silver bangle with ‘Only an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart’ on it which is a quote from Frozen. I couldn’t hold myself together, it’s just so thoughtful and cute! In terms of fluffy creatures I got a grey dog who’s soft and squishy and I’ve called him Rough (Rough? Ruff? I’ve never had to spell it before so it could be either!). One thing I’m really excited to try out is my new cake pop making kit. I got a stand with it as well so it’ll be easy to decorate them. Sticking with the baking theme I got a £20 voucher for Lakeland which I’m so excited to spend. I got many things from my mum and dad but the two ‘main’ ones, if that’s what I’m going to call them, were afternoon tea (a post about that will be coming tomorrow) and a weekend away to a place of my choosing so any suggestions would be much appreciated because I’m useless at thinking of things like this! My brother got me an amazing disney game called Pictopia which I would really recommend. Once you get your head around the kind of random rules it’s a great game to play!

My 21st Birthday Makeup

I can safely say that I’ve had the best birthday weekend ever and what excites me most is that it’s not over yet, I still have a week to go! I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do a ‘here’s what I wore on my face on my birthday’ post so I thought that I’d do the same. It’s pretty obvious how I applied these products onto my face so I’ll just leave you with a list. The big 2 1, now I have to actually be responsible!
Makeup Forever Mattifying Primer
Rimmel Lasting Perfection Primer
L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation // 00 Porcelain
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer // Light
L’Oreal True Match La Touche Magique Concealer // Ivory Beige
Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder // Vanilla
Soap and Glory Brow Archery // Hot Chocolate
Maybelline Brow Drama // Medium Brown
Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot // Painterly
Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette // Dolce Vita
Rimmel Kohl Kajal // Jet Black
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara
Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blusher // Tipsy
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick // Sexy Sienna

21 Things for 21 Years

As my birthday is tomorrow (the big 2 1, woo!) I thought I’d share 21 of my most favourite memories from the past 21 years. So, in no particular order, here we go!

1. My 20th birthday meal at La Tasca- It was such a great night and a really lovely way to spend my birthday. It was me sharing tapas with my friends and it was so nice that it is one of my favourite birthday memories.

2. Florida holiday- If you’ve been reading my blog for a fair few months then you’ll know that I went to Disneyworld Florida on holiday last year. It was such an amazing three weeks and a holiday that I won’t forget in a hurry.

3. Watching Anne of Green Gables at my grandma and grandad’s- I still enjoy doing this a lot. It’s nothing too exciting, just nice cuddles on the settee for four hours with tea and biscuits. Snuggly times!

4. Just being at my other grandma and grandad’s house- I used to love going round to my grandma and grandad’s house. Have lunch, breakfast and lunch if it was the holidays and we went all day, make tents out of a clothes horse and chairs and just have an amazing time!

5. Refreshers week in second year- What a week. Go out, have a great time, come back, go to sleep, wander round town, come back and nap, go out again. Sorted!

6. Family parties- My favourite way to celebrate any family event. Food and fun board games are a winning combination.

7. Ocean Wednesdays- Who doesn’t love dressing up as a unicorn or a robber or whatever and parade the streets of Nottingham like an idiot. It’s my favourite night out of the week.

8. Trip to Las Vegas- My grandma and grandad took me to Vegas for my 18th birthday and it was seriously insane! It was the weirdest place but I loved every second of it and I definitely want to go back again some day.

9. Watching Nativity for the first time ever- I watched this for the first time with my friend Kelly and it was just a really funny night. Lots of random things happened, we watching the film, learnt the lyrics to the soundtrack and tweeted one of the people in it and got a reply!

10. High school sleepovers- Throughout secondary school we used to spend a fair few weekends sleeping over at my friend Hollies house. Fun times were had by all. We went to the park, played Band Hero and went into town the day after. Good memories!

11. Lanzarote holidays- I’ve been to Lanzarote 18 times. It’s one of my favourite places and I can’t wait to go again this summer. We eat at the same two restaurants, basically do the same things all the time and I absolutely love it.

12. Year three school trip- I once went on a school trip to an Anglo Saxon day and it remains to be my favourite school trip that I ever went on. It was an experience day where we lived like Anglo Saxons and we got to do so much that it has still stuck with me until this day.

13. Going to Barmouth- My year 5 residential trip to Barmouth in Wales holds some good memories. The main one being that the three of us that shared a room together got to stay in what we called the Penthouse Suite. Everyone else had normal rooms but we were on the top floor with two singles and a double bed with an ensuite.

14. Midnight feasts in the Lake District- The year after Barmouth we went on another residential to Buttermere in the Lake District. It was a really good trip but the best part was that we had multiple midnight feasts and one night all of the girls came up to our room. I don’t remember what we did but I just remember that everyone was there!

15. Saturday teas- Saturday teas in my household are just really nice meals that we have on a weekend. One of my favourites is chicken with a mushroom sauce and a potato rosti.

16. Watching Pretty Little Liars- One of my main achievements in life is watching five seasons of Pretty Little Liars in two weeks. I know, my life is sad.

17. Dancing Shows- From the age of four right until I was 18 I danced and the best part of the year was doing dancing shows!

18. Going to Beth’s house- The only thing I’m going to say is that fun things always went on at Beth’s house!

19. Tour- Going on tour with university to Spain was such an amazing experience. A weird, blurry experience that I will never forget!

20. London Trip- In either 20111/12 me, my mum, dad and brother went on a trip to London. We saw all the sites, rode up and down the Thames in a speed boat and wandered around a food market. Such a lovely weekend!

21. The cruises- We have been on a few cruises in the last few years and each one have been amazing.