This weekend has been spot on! I’ve done so many enjoyable things it’s been awesome, starting on Friday morning with the farmers market and massive grocery shop, getting caught up on my IIN studies and then on Friday night me and James went out to a gig.

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We went to see Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six at the Cumberland Arms in Byker just out of Newcastle. We saw them when we were at Kendal Calling and they are just mental! Not quite the kind of music I usually listen to, but absolutely the kind of music I love to watch live. The support act were pretty good as well and I loved the quirky, tiny venue. Imagine someone’s front room with an open fire, a bar and a group of guys playing the fiddle in the corner. Awesome :-)

Yesterday I started my cookathon and over the course of the weekend I have made:

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I also invented a new recipe, which I will be sharing soon:

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All I can say is yum!

I’ve visited my parents who were looking after my nephews, my amazing Grandma and my fantastic best friend. It was so good to see my best friend Charlie, she has a 4 year old little girl and a new baby and I very much enjoyed baby cuddles. It was just so good to be able to have a proper catch up with her, I’m so lucky to have her in my life, we are more like family than friends :-) Plus she had baked a chocolate cake and I got to have a slice!

As well as that chocolate cake I’ve had some more healthier fare, including green juices made with farmers market organic cucumber, celery, parsley, ginger and lemon:

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This delicious bowl of porridge:

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Vanilla chai spiced oats with pear and raw cacao brazilnut bliss – I just cooked the oats in some vanilla chai tea! Speaking of chai, I’ve been loving this Black Masala Chai tea with unsweetened almond milk:

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I’ve been digging more figs with goats cheese again:

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With lettuce, cavolo nero kale and balsamic vinegar. I’ve had a Buddha bowl too:

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Steamed broccoli with roasted butternut, beetroot and chickpeas topped with green goddess dressing.

This morning, after Kettlecise at the gym, I made a really good smoothie in a bowl:

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I blended beet greens, chard, a pear, Life’s Basics Unsweetened Vanilla Protein Powder, unsweetened almond milk, a little bit of ice, vanilla stevia and some water then topped with bee pollen and cacao nibs. It was divine!

The weather has been of my favourite kind this weekend – bright but with that autumnal chill. We went on a nice walk to enjoy it:

Photo 06-10-2012 09 47 51Army style jacket: c/o Next, denim shift dress: Mango, scarf: Dorothy Perkins

This morning I also did my first nutrition exam and passed! After all of that I’m feeling pretty well prepared for the week ahead, my fridge, freezer and cupboards are filled with healthy choices that are grab and go, and I’ve dented my to do list considerably.

Do you ever have a cookathon like that?

Is your live music taste different from your listening music taste? We have just bought tickets for the Great Escape Festival in Brighton next year, oh and congrats to all that managed to get Glasto tickets today!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week ahead!