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Recipe - The Rhubarb Zombie

I have a bit of a confession to make, a confession of an addiction - I have 100% become addicted to this rhubarb juice from Pago. I thought their cloudy cherry juice, found on the shelves of a couple of the local cafes near my house, was the greatest thing I'd drunk in a long time, but then this rhubarb and pear turned up on my doorstep and my tastebuds were corrected! 
When pago got in touch saying that they'd like to send me some juice, I said yes, because they are donating a percentage of the money from the sales of their drinks in Sheffield to Weston Park Cancer Hospital, which is where I had my radiotherapy. I also said I'd try and think of a fun cocktail to make with it too. Which lets face it, is a really tough gig to agree too. 

So, over a month or so, Jim and I set about trying the Pago in various spirits. We had it straight up with vodka - which works well, we tried it with gin - again, pretty nice, but it was only when we tried it with rum that we knew we'd found our winner!Jim is the master cocktail maker in out house, and one of his specialities is the Zombie, so as soon as this was suggested, I knew it'd be delicious! 
I should give you fair warning though, if you're not already a fan of these ad boys - a Zombie is one hell of a drink - it's got a LOT of rum in it, which I think is great, but you know, isn't for the faint hearted, and it's never a good idea to start an afternoon of fun with your friends by ordering one - no matter how panicked and flustered you are at the bar! 
What you'll need for 1 Zombie;
  • 35ml Dark Rum
  • 35ml Golden Rum
  • 25ml Demerara Overproof Rum
  • 1 bottle of Pago Rhubarb and Pear juice (using 50ml per drink)
  • Half a lime to garnish 
  • Ice 
  • A tiki mug 
What you'll need to do; 
There are two ways to make a Zombie - one is built, and mixed in the glass, the other is to blend the ingredients together. The blender vesion seems less harsh, but it's up to you how you mix it. In bars you'll mostly get them 'built' but at home Jim has been known to do them both ways! 
  1. To blend, add all the liquids to a blender, with some ice, and blitz it up until combined, then pour it into a tiki mug. 
  2. To build, pour the dark and golden rum into a tiki mug, over ice, add the Rhubarb Pago, and stir. Finish the drink by floating your overproof rum on the top of the drink. 
Now comes the fun bit, setting light to your drink.....Our local always serves your Zombie flaming, and I tried to find someway of using rhubarb or pear as the flame vessel, but it wasn't a great idea, so let me save you the hassle and say, do it the old fashioned way, grab yourself a inside out half lime, fill it with a dash of the overproof rum, and light it. But don't let it burn out, just coo at the flame, then blow it out and tip that rum into your drink, or it's a waste! 

So, there you have it, the Rhubarb Zombie, or maybe the Yorkshire Zombie, because you know how proud we are of our rhubarb around here. I just wish that my none forced garden variety was peeking through so we could have used some in this.......
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Oh Gosh Silver - My Christmas Makes

 As you might know, I started a silversmithing class last February, and my love of making things from silver has spiralled out of control. And so I spent the last couple of months making gifts for friends for Christmas and their birthdays, and now that they've all been delivered, I wanted to share a couple of my makes with you. 
I made this Rose Quartz stacking ring with 3 hammered bands for one of my friends who had admired my stacking rings. I love ho the pink adds a hint of girly to the hammered rings. I'm a big fan of the hammered finish because it catches the light so nicely. 

I also made a series of 'charm' bracelets that had stamped beads, gemstones and hoop on them, all personalised to the person who was receiving it. The one below, for my friend Liz, has beads for her kids, human and feline! 
I came across a bunch of turquoise pebbles and loved how they looked on the silver bangle. I also made Jim's mum this little leaf charm to go on her bracelet, because she has helped us so much with sorting out our garden.  
My Mum has her birthday right before Christmas so I knew I wanted to make her something for that and a while ago I'd been trying to make a reef knot and it gave me the idea to make her some sailing themed jewellery. I made a reef knot bangle and a pair of earrings.  
I also discovered the lariat style necklace recently and made a couple of different styles of them for people too. One had a little heart passing through a loop, and another had a pretty turquoise stone on it. 
And those are my festive makes for some of the people in my life. I am super proud of the things \i've managed to create over the last few months, but what do you think? 
Oh, and I've popped a few bits I made in my Etsy store too!
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Our travel plans for 2018



Last year I wrote about our travel plans for the year, and it was such a fun post to think about, in that it got me excited for the year of adventures that lay ahead, that I thought I’d do it again, because we have some really fun stuff in the pipeline…..

California
You might remember this trip appearing on my list last year but my bloody chemo schedule pushed back the trip and so we had to change our plans (hence the pretty last minute Washington, Philly, NYC trip last May!) but this year we are doing it. Well, not even this year. THIS MONTH. We’re flying (first class) to san Fran and doing a round trip from there to Mammoth, talking in Sonoma, Tahoe, Monterey and Big Sur too! Can. Not. Wait! I just hope I’m up to the snowboarding!

Cornwall
I’ve missed out on going sailing these last couple of years due to lumpectomies and chemo and fun stuff like that, so I have put my foot down and we’re 100% going sailing this spring/summer. We just have to work it round the times that my mum and dad will be about and the boat will be in the country – but I am so looking forwards to getting back to Cornwall and the boat, and the sea! It's the place that makes me happiest! 

Amsterdam
Now our friends in Amsterdam have gone and bought a flat, I am sure there will be numerous trips to see them and help them house warm! Jim wants to go over in one way or another at least once a quarter and we have plans to go back to Borefts too! There's a post lined up all about our love of visiting our friends coming soon too!

Copenhagen
There have been talks of a trip to Copenhagen for a while now. Mostly to drink beer but also to sightsee, and I woke up to Jim, last week looking at flights and accommodation so I think it might be closer to being booked than I thought! Which would be amazing!

Bournemouth
One of my besties lives down on the coast and she bought a new place last year that I haven’t visited yet, so this year WILL include some trips to see her, and her beautiful part of the world some more. She came to visit me so much over the last 18 months that I am due some time in her patch! 

We’re also discussing the fact that in our entire relationship Jim and I haven’t had a sunny holiday. Not one laze about on a beach, in luxury sort of holiday, and it’s something that we’re really hoping to rectify. We’ve been thinking about taking a sunny trip of a life time to somewhere like Sri Lanka, so once we have California out of the way we’ll be starting to look towards something a bit more relaxing! Plus, I'd love to see Iceland, and barcelona, and Lisbon and and and............

Where are you off to this year?

This post is in conjunction with Exodus. But all the words, and travel plans, are my own!
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My One Little Word for 2018



I’ve really struggled to pick my ‘word’ for this year. It felt like it should be something profound and big, you know, to combat the last 18months, but the words that mostly came to mind were things like ‘hibernate’ and ‘no’……not the most positive way to start a year, hu!

If you don’t know what I am talking about, I have got into the habit of picking a word to be accountable to over the last few years – some years they have been a big fat bust – like 2016’s ‘healthy’ – which I picked at the beginning of the year, not knowing that 6 months into the year I’d be discovering I had cancer. The other years, like last year’s ‘Learn’ faired better – I learnt a lot last year – things I signed up to learn and things about myself that I maybe shouldn’t have had to have found out but, lessons none the less.

This ritual of choosing a word has been with me for some time, and usually I have picked my word and long in advance of the new year, but this year, as everyone else was out there giving up booze and making me mute mentions of ‘#veganuary’, I was still struggling to decide. I had two words but neither of them felt right. They felt a bit forced, and like the might not fit many areas of my life.

But then I saw a post from a friend, Emma, who had chosen a word that just made so much sense to me that it was like a light bulb went on, and now I am shamelessly stealing her word, and the wonderful quote she posted along side it……. I know. I’m probably going to One Little Word purgatory but, does this face look bothered?

So, without further ado, my word that I shall be accountable to in 2018 is Balance.

Balance is key. In everything you do. Dance all night long and practice yoga the next day. Drink wine but don’t forget your green juice. Eat chocolate when your heart wants it and kale salad when your body needs it. Wear high heels on Saturday and walk barefoot on Sunday. Go shopping at the mall and then sit down and meditate in your bedroom. Live high and low. Move and stay still. Embrace all sides of who you are and live your authentic truth! Be brave and bold and spontaneous and loud and let that complement your abilities to find silence and patience and modesty and peace. Aim for balance. Make your own rules and don’t let anybody tell you how to live according to theirs.


You have no idea how much a feel like I ricochet from one side of life to the other……one week it’s all salads and healthy eating, the next, ice cream and carbs. One week I’m walking for hours and Yoga-ing, the next I’m slumped on the sofa watching Netflix. One week I have my work life balance sorted, the next it’s out of control. Balance is exactly what I need in my life right now.

Are you a ‘one little word’er? If so, what word have you picked yourself (or pinched from someone else?)
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