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Silent Sunday - 31/5/15

Pizza Rolls

You know I'm a Pinterest-aholic ... Its a great way to share ideas, makes and tips ... as well as recipes.

Being busy with college has left me a little overwhelmed when it comes to the kitchen but now that i am finished all my assessments, i can concentrate more on being creative (I hope).

Dinners have been very basic recently. It needed to be quick which meant we usually have the same things over and over ... Boring!

So a quick look on my savoury pinterest board threw up a few new ideas ... Including Pizza Rolls :)

They are really easy to make and can be made ahead of time and popped in the fridge which i like ... Saves time later on :)

You'll Need
Ready rolled Pizza Dough (or you could make your own if you have time)
Grated Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese Ball (cut into cubes or slices)
Tomato Puree
Selection of Fillings (I used Smoked Sausage)

To Make
Take the pizza dough out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you need to start as it makes it more pliable.

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and oil a big(ish) dish

Unwrap the dough so it lies flat on the work surface.

Spread a layer of the tomato puree over the dough (use as little or as much as you like).

Sprinkle over your toppings. Try to leave about 3cm at the top so there is plenty of room to wrap it.

Top with the grated cheese and mozzarella ... season with a little salt and pepper

Tuck the corner into itself and start to wrap the dough. Keep it tight and roll to the end. It will look like a giant swiss roll.

Next cut the dough into slices. It will look like pizza sushi :)

Place the rolls into the oiled dish and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes till its slightly browned and the cheese has melted.

I served mine with chips and salad but you can have them with whatever you like :)

For more recipes check out my savoury board

Follow Sarah-Jane's board Scrumptious Savoury on Pinterest.

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Silent Sunday - 24/5/15

Gratitude #21 - Mea Culpa

It's been a strange couple of weeks.

I don't know why but I'm not my usual chirpy self at the moment. I've been really run down this last wee while and as a result I've not really had a chance to blog much.

The last 2 weeks have been a mad rush of appointments, obligations, assessments, arguments, activities and a fair bit of stress.

Whoever said that depression is a metal illness clearly forgot to mention all the physical effects too. Being so stressed out has left me feeling tired all the time. Some nights I've been going to bed when Agent M does at 7pm and still being knackered when i get up the following morning at 6.15am. Others I'm tossing and turning all night frustrated that my mind wont just shut the f*ck up. Coupled with the headaches and feeling teary/irritated all the time, I'm not alot of fun to be around at the moment.

It was difficult at first to keep looking on the positive side but this last week I've noticed I'm trying that little bit harder. Not having to fake that smile quite as hard. Not having to pretend that I'm OK as much.

The last 3 days have been better in that i haven't felt like a total screw up. I have been able to have a giggle and enjoy my own company a little more. Here's hoping that the good days keep mounting up and i slip back into my chirpy little self.

This week I've been grateful for ...

  • Agent M - My smiley wee boy picked up in a heart beat that mama wasn't quite right though he couldn't put his finger on what exactly. He's not daft that kid. I think that's why he's been trying to help out with things. Clearing the table and walking the dog etc. He's been asking if he can do more which i seriously appreciate. His parents night was this week too and I'm pleased that he's doing well. The bulling has stopped and he's alot more content now. He's a clever wee dude! I'm so unbelievably proud of him :)
  • Agent D - He's been noticing my slump too. In fact he's the only one I've felt comfortable to break down in front of. God love him its not the easiest thing in the world loving someone who just retreats into herself buy bless him, he's doing it. He received a special award from his apprenticeship this week so we went along to the park hotel for the prize giving. I was so proud watching him up on that stage (and i managed not to have a panic attack at being is such a crowded room ... bonus!)
  • I've passed my last assessment - I have officially completed my course and my paperwork. All i have left to do for Level 5 is wait for my certificate and put it on the wall :) I am so relieved that i have finished everything as now my place next year is secure. I still have to go in on my college days so I'm using them to keep my skills fresh. A colour here and a cut there ... It makes the day go in quicker and i love seeing the clients really happy with their hair afterwards. I'm really looking forward to next year now. The crazy colours and the avant garde hairstyles. Its gonna be amazing!
I'm trying to keep my positive head on and i am genuinely sorry to all you peoples who have felt like i have dropped off the face of the earth. I appreciate the private messages i received from 2 of you asking if i was OK. 

In truth i am OK. I've just had a wee stumble but I'm brushing myself off as we speak :)

Gratitude #19

Hey folk, Hows you?

Are your as relieved as i am that all this General Election stuff is over? I'm not going to ask if your happy or disappointed with the results. I'm not even going to ask if you voted as its none of my business. I'm just glad its all over and the aggressive "conversations" between friends can stop and all those flyers can stop getting posted through my letter box. I know that its a great thing being able to vote but the abusive things I've heard between people over their political views is shocking ... and we're all friends here :)

This week has been a good one for me at college. I have completed my long hair section and after having a near panic attack at not getting enough cuts, I got 3 this week and passed my cutting section too. I had the best sleep I've had in a long time on Friday night and i can only think it has to be because i know I'm gonna pass the course now. I don't have to freak out anymore. And I'm seriously grateful for that!

My final hair up :)

This week I'm grateful for ...

  • Having enough clients to cover my assessments - I have my lovely wee granny booked in this week and a friend booked in the following and (providing i pass both those sets) I will have completed my Level 5 Hairdressing :) I will them be able to just breath and take any clients that we have in excess ... as there are always extras we're stressing out about covering. I will still be looking for more cuts though as practice does make perfect but i wont lose sleep if i don't get any extras in.
  • Not long till were going on holiday - I get a kick out of having a count down on my phone telling me how long we have till we go on holiday and I'm looking forward to it so much! I'm grateful that Agent D is gonna get to see his Nan Pat after she has been in and out of hospital with Breast Cancer. It makes me realise how lucky i am that i still have 3 living grandparents when i think about how he only has Nan Pat left. She's such a lovely woman that i just wanna go down and give her a big hug. We're spending the week in Bristol so we have been looking at the different days out we can have - Zoo, Aquarium, Museums, Science Centre and go to the beach. I'm not bothered what we do to be honest as I'll just be happy to have time to spend (stress free) with my two boys :) The Following week we will be spending with my Mum and G which I'm giddy for as I miss them so much and i get to see my sister and her partner which will be brilliant. I love seeing my family :)
  • Spending time with Agent D - My dad took Agent M overnight this week and Agent D and i got to spend some time together which was lovely. Every Saturday he usually has things he has to do up at his dads so he's away pretty much all day but this week he didn't have to go so we went out for Breakfast and a look around town. Its only when i get to spend time with him that i realise just how much i miss him. Working all week and being away half the weekend doesn't leave much couple time. Its nice getting time as a couple, even if its only for a couple of hours :)

Silent Sunday - 10/5/15

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

We've had wee Shabba here for over a week now and I've been looking at alot of different treats that you can buy for dogs. Most of them contain meat in some form and loads of preservative stuffs (i assume this is what keeps them from going off). I know its OK to give your dog these kinds of treats once and a while but i wanted to give homemade (and healthy) a try ... If nothing else it might work out cheaper (and smell alot better).

The first recipe that stood out was Sweet Potato chews ... The recipe only uses 3 ingredients and its all natural :)

You'll Need
1 large sweet potato
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Cinnamon (to taste)

To Make
Preheat oven to 150°C.

Slice sweet potatoes into long strips about 1cm thick using a sharp knife.

Toss sweet potato slices in a large bowl with olive oil and coat thoroughly.

Place on a baking tray, lined with grease proof paper or foil.

Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for about an hour (till they start to brown around the edges).

*I got stuck on the phone while i was baking mine so they are a little darker than i wanted but they were still edible *

Allow to cool before giving to your furry friend :)

DIY Wax Melts

I love Yankee Candles!

The smell amazing, even when they aren't lit, they give off a subtle aroma. They are my favourite candle make by far but they are kinda expensive

Because of this, i want to make sure i get the most out of each jar.

With most candles in jars, you always have the little bit of wax left at the bottom with no wick. I know that some people just toss them in the bin at this point but I've found a great alternative.

Making your own Wax Melts

I don't know why it never clicked before, Its just like the wax tarts you can get from Yankee only a bit smaller (or even the same size depending on the mould you use).

The jars are also great from a storage point of view as you can keep little bits and pieces in them.

Getting the wax out is easier than you may think.

One way is to CAREFULLY place the jar in a pot of boiling water till the wax melts ... This method is quite quick but you have to be really careful as your placing a glass jar in boiling water. You will need to use an oven glove to lift the jar out and our the wax. Its faster to do this in stages as opposed to waiting for the whole clump of wax to melt ...

Or you can pour the boiling water directly in the jar. The wax should gradually melt and float to the top. Once the water has cooled the wax will go solid and can be pulled straight out of the water. This method takes a while and i had to keep topping up with the boiling water as it cooled before all the wax melted.

*Both methods you are still working with boiling water though so be careful!

I chose to do the jar in the water method though as i wanted the wax melts to be all pretty as opposed to broken bits (which will work just as good).

Once the wax had melted i used an oven glove to lift the jar and pout the wax directly into a mould to set. You can use any type of mould but i find the silicon ones easier to work with.

Felt Coaster

When i was looking up Needle Felting i found some gorgeous things made from felt balls. Things like bags, rugs and coasters.

So in true Crafty Mama fashion, i just had to try it :) Starting with Felt Coasters 

Now, I normally try to keep my crafts as frugal as possible but this was under no circumstances a cheap craft. A single bag of these felt balls cost £10 for 100 balls. 
You can make 2 coasters from 1 bag but if you want a set of say 6? ... Its gonna cost you.

*This craft for me was more about getting to try it rather than making a complete set. I will one day make more, but when i have a bit more money to spare*

Making the coasters was really easy.

Thread a sharp needle with any kind of thread ... I used strong G├╝termann thread from my sewing box.

Start by making a knot in the thread then start piercing the needle through the balls.
You don't need to make a it in a particular pattern if you don't want to and your colour scheme is your choice. I used a rainbow colour scheme so all my colours are random.

Keep threading till you have 50 balls on the thread then double back on a couple of balls to secure the thread.
Next you'll need to wind the balls into a swirl. 

There are a few ways you can secure them ... either by stitching them in place or by gluing them together with PVA or craft glue.

I glued mine in place by coating the side of each ball in glue then pressing it onto the adjacent ball in the swirl.

Gratitude #18

So its May ... We're 5 months into 2015 and 18 weeks into my Gratitude challenge.

So far so good *With the exception of a wee hiccup a month or so back* and I'm seeing the positives of looking on the bright side. Perhaps that has been why i was able to get my anti-depressants reduced a few weeks back ... perhaps i am able to see things more positively as I'm getting better ... Who knows. Either way for the first time in a long time i have felt alot better about life in general. Its been a while since Winter was here and long may the Summer continue.

This week I'm grateful for ...

  • I received a place for College next year - That's right ladies and gents ... I'm going back to level 6 after the summer and I'm so bloody excited! Its all dependent on me passing this year of course but I'm on track to pass so WOOHOO!
  • I passed more assessments this week - I was looking through my folio and made a check list of the assessments i need to cover. After the Long grad cut i passed on this week i reckon i can complete the list in 5 clients ... And i have 3 already booked in :) I'm so close i can almost taste it! Here's hoping the hair gods are on my side :)

  • Its almost Summer - While I'm enjoying college, i cant wait for it to finish as i will have a week left till we go on holiday. I'm looking forward to seeing Agent D's family and the following week i get to see mine. Its only 8 weeks till i get to see my wee Mammy and my wee blister (who i haven't seen since last summer). You don't realise just how much you miss your family till you don't get to see them. I'm lucky that they are just at the end of the phone but its still hard not getting to see them. Its cool though as one day we will move and i can see them whenever i like :)

Silent Sunday - 3/5/15