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A Small Victory, Culinary Delights and Feeling Thankful #LittleLoves

Over the last five years, blogging has slowly become my favourite form of escapism. Although I have sometimes been sucked into this whole idea of needing to provide fresh material, these days I am just writing what I want, when I want, for me and no one else.

What I’ve always loved more than anything, is writing a post that really resonates with readers. Last week’s post about embracing the ordinary moments in life, instead of constantly chasing excitement and success, is one of my most viewed to date. I’m so glad that we’re all on the same page! 

Joining in with Little Loves each week totally echoes my desire to keep life simple by embracing the ordinary, so although I missed it last week…I’m back!


Guess what? I actually finished a book! Yep, I got to the end of The Break Down by B A Paris about 10 days ago. I literally raced my way through the second half of the book, not being able to put it down. I was slightly disappointed when my early suspicions were confirmed at the end, but there was a little twist in the tale that I wasn’t expecting.

Verdict? Not the best plot line I’ve ever come across but a very easy read with a gripping writing style that seems synonymous with B. A. Paris.

My new fiction read is ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’ by Joanna Cannon. I’ve been going to bed far too late this week to get into a good book, plumping instead for an episode of ‘Big Little Lies’ which brings me on to…


I’ve heard so much about ‘Big Little Lies’, the latest American drama series on Netflix, that I just had to watch it for myself. To my surprise, the husband has also been enjoying it! It’s very easy viewing (although shocking in places) and something you can dip in and out without losing the thread. It has a GREAT cast which leaves me wondering every single week, when Reese Witherspoon is actually going to start ageing and Nicole Kidman for that matter…she’s almost 50! They both look amazing and the music is good too.

Let’s just talk about Car Share for a moment. Have you watched the whole series yet? The episode in the safari park has to be my favourite – I think I had a grin on my face during the entire programme and actually guffawed on so many occasions. How did you find the ending? I was warned by Nat from Plutonium Sox, that it was a let down, but actually it seemed very in-keeping with John’s character and knowing that Peter Kay isn’t one for clichés, it really didn’t surprise me.


This week I’ve spent a lot of time immersing myself in worship music. I love this song performed by Philippa Hanna because it gently reminds me that I am not in control of this life but God is. Such a comfort during times of confusion, when life seems off kilter and your soul feels a little bruised…

By contrast, I’ve also been found singing along to Harry Styles’ ‘Sign of the Times’ this week; I’m nothing if not diverse!


I always slightly dread this section because I would not really class myself as a creative person (other than in written form). I usually try to think outside the box, or share one of my latest culinary disasters but actually, I had a success a few weeks ago…one that I’ve not shared here as yet:

Nigella Lawson’s baked cheesecake went down a storm at our last dinner party and it was so easy to make! I got the recipe from here if you’re interested. Just be aware that there are a couple of typos – I really don’t think it should read ‘1 ½ tablespoons of vanilla essence‘ – try a teaspoon instead!


Hello May! You know what that means don’t you? My ‘No New Clothes’ ban has been lifted and my shopping-lover daughter and I are off out for a little browse around Reading on Saturday. Yay! As for what I’ve been wearing lately, I’ve been resurrecting lots of items in my wardrobe that haven’t seen the light of day for a while.

This top from Mint Velvet was an absolute favourite about two years or so ago and the necklace was another Mint Velvet purchase – I really love their accessories. I was off out to a dinner party that evening – we had two in one weekend which is utterly unheard of for us. Just to keep it real, I don’t think I’ve been out since!

One week later and I’ve had the winter boots and leather jacket back out. It’s been freezing this last week here in Berkshire!

And lastly…

You know some weeks you just need a little more TLC than others?  When I returned home the other day, this gorgeous bunch of tulips (along with a few other goodies) was sitting on my doorstep. Such a small gesture from a friend, but one that meant so much 🙂

Inside, Outside & Beyond




  • Anna-Marie

    I must give the break a go! tried to read The Trouble With Goats and Sheep but couldn’t get into it. I loved Big Little Lies! So good!! Have a wonderful weekend.. Popping over from #LittleLoves

    • Suzanne W

      Oh not don’t tell me that about ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’ – I’ve not even started it yet!

  • Morgana

    Big Little Lies was fantastic and I completely agree time hasn’t touched those two has it?
    Have you got the new Bethel album? It’s beautiful and I definitely recommend it if you’ve not got it yet xx

    • Suzanne W

      I will be looking up the new Bethel album, I didn’t know there was one. Thanks for the heads up! xx

  • Sonia

    Oh I just love Car Share… it is so so funny! I really want to watch Big Little Lies everyone seems to be watching that at the moment! That cheesecake looks divine and those flowers are just so beautiful x

    • Suzanne W

      Isn’t it? Have you seen the outtakes of it? Hilarious. xx

  • You really do have lovely friends! I think I might give the B A Paris book a miss, it’s always good to know what people think of books before taking the plunge! I was a little disappointed with the ending of Car Share, but that’s probably how it was meant to be 🙁

    • Suzanne W

      Friendship is one thing that I treasure the most in life, probably because I thrive from being around people….or I can’t stand my own company – one or the other! I’m missing Car Share already – such a brilliant idea.

  • Helen

    Oo the baked cheesecake looks delicious! I need to catch up with Car Share, as I keep hearing so many people talking about it 🙂 #LittleLoves

  • Mum Reinvented

    That cheesecake looks rather dreamy! Ha ha I’m waiting for Reese Witherspoon to start ageing, she looks like a 20 year old! Those tulips are gorgeous, how lovely of your friend to surprise you with them. Have a great week x

  • Kerri-Ann Hargreaves

    Ooh that cheesecake and I completely agree about Little Big Lies, those two are beautiful. And yes to car share, the perfect ending for them really. Life goes on. #littleloves

  • I do wonder how I’d find my sane if I didn’t have blogging as an escape. Your baked cheesecake looks absolutely perfect- I imagine it was delicious. I love your Mint Velvet top! I have a shopping spree in mind to get some spring/ summer wardrobe ‘essentials’- I hope your trip to Reading was a success. #LittleLoves

  • Plutonium Sox

    Ahh congratulations on your ordinary moments post doing so well, it was well deserved, fabulous post. I was SOOO gutted with the ending of Car Share. And even more gutted that he’s said there’s not going to be another series. Total letdown haha! Thanks for the mention there though 😉

  • Donna

    Yep, it’s been freezing here too! I love that outfit, the top is gorgeous and that cheesecake looks amazing! x

    • Suzanne W

      Thanks Donna. It tasted pretty good too! x

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