The Big 2-6!

by Jemma on March 25, 2012

in EATS!, Points of interest

This weekend has just been the best.  The weather was just gorgeous, we paid the deposit on our reception venue and for our photographers, I now have a week off from all forms of work (thesis included) and it was my birthday today.

I had a little lie in this morning and didn’t go out on my usual short run on a Sunday, which I think my body appreciated because of the clocks going forwards by an hour this morning.  Instead I used the extra time to make a super birthday breakfast of Coconut Flour Pancakes with Coconut and Peanut sauce.

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These were so light and fluffy.  To make them I used a basic pancake recipe of 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 1/2 cup of spelt flour, 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 cup of rice milk.  To make the sauce I mixed peanut flour with coconut milk to make a thin paste and chopped up some fresh strawberries and mango to serve…seriously good!

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Birthday OOTD: Bat wing floral print t-shirt, New Look, skinny jeans, Primark, belt, Zara, bracelets, Lola Rose, black wedges, Primark.

With the wedding coming up and on a tight budget I decided to have a quiet birthday this year for a nice change and asked for donations towards my wedding dress as gifts, which has worked out perfectly. 

After getting ready I headed over to my hometown to meet up with my girlies who are also my bridesmaids.  We were supposed to have a bridal make up tutorial at Bobbi Brown, but they had to cancel as one of the make-up artists rang in sick, but it’s just another excuse for another girly day.

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We spent most of the day window shopping and looking at bridesmaids out fits and we have picked out a wonderful dress for them to wear- they are going to look stunning.

Of course with all of that walking around we had to stop and refuel.  We had quite an epic lunch at and Italian restaurant.  We went all out on a carb overload with a bowl of pasta to eat and a pizza to share.

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Mushroom tortelli with spinach, rocket, tomatoes and a caper sauce

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A pizza of king prawns and chilli and other good stuff.

It was quite safe to say that we were officially stuffed after that, but everything was just gorgeous.  Afterwards we headed to Starbucks for coffee…

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I had and Hazelnut soy latte topped with cinnamon…yum!

It has been such a great day of catching up and tasty food.  I really am blessed with some family and friends.  In fact at least every other of my cards has a cupcake on the front of it, either I’m very predictable or my loved ones know me very well.  It could be worse, all of my cards could have celery on the front as my kindly explained. Smile

One of my friends even bought me a cupcake from Patisserie Valerie, which I am about to devour now. 

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The frosting got a little bit crushed on the drive home!

The celebrations are continuing this wee though as it is my seven year anniversary with Alfie, we will also be enjoying our week off together in the sunshine and also visiting my lil’ bro in Sheffield wear I am being treated to a mini shopping trip to fill my wardrobe which I have just cleared out.  All topped off with hopefully buying my wedding dress on Saturday! I can’t wait!

Have a fabulous week everyone!

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Sweet Potato Sarah March 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Happy birthday Jemma!! Glad you had such a lovely day, can’t wait to see the bridesmaids dress you’ve chosen :)

me March 25, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Happy birthday, missy! Glad you had a brilliant day. <3

Love Live & Learn March 25, 2012 at 9:08 PM

As I said earlier on Twitter, happy birthday beautiful!! (Mine’s tomorrow!) I’m so glad you had such a lovely day :-) Your birthday breakfast looks delicious, I need some pancakes in my life! I also need that pasta AND that pizza in my life too, Bella Italia for me tomorrow so it may become a realisation! It sounds like you have a brilliant week planned too! (Btw we must be nearly twins or something, birthdays one day apart and it’s my anniversary with Tom this week too!!)

sarah (onedayiwillseethesun) March 25, 2012 at 9:41 PM

happy birthday, sounds like an awesome day. that cupcake looks amazing, bet it tastes so too. been to that cafe a few times for breakfast

kabochafashionista March 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

A big happy birthday lovie!! Looks like you’ve had such a great day and friends always make it special :) That cupcake looks SO goood!!! I’m excited to hear all about your wedding plans…really jealous! I can’t wait until I get married one day! :)

jadelovespat March 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Sorry this is late at night but
Happy Birthday!! Sounds like a lovely day :).
Looking forward to seeing all the dresses – including yours at your wedding!!
Loving your blog still, keep it up :P
Jade C.

LilyLipstick March 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you’ve had an amazing day. That cupcake looks so good! x

Lauren (@lawfullyww) March 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Happy birthday!!! Looks like you had an amazing time! I’m jealous of that cupcake! :D

The Quirky Kitchen March 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM

happy birthday sweetie! Your day sounds perfect! Big birthday hugs! xoxo

IHeartVegetables March 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM

What I lovely celebration :) (And even if the make up thing didnt work out, at least you got girl time! haha)

Lauren (@poweredbypb) March 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Hope you had a great birthday Jemma!

Maria March 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Happy Birthday :) It sounds like you had a lovely weekend.

Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish March 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Happy birthday again, looks like you had a great day. That cupcake looks amazing!

daisychain March 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Sending you lots of Birthday wishes x

Kristine March 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sounds like such a fabulous day!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Thank you!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Thanks! I had a great time :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Thanks. It was gorgeous! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Thank you! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

It’s a great excuse for another girly session. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Awww thanks hun! x

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Thanks! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Thank you so much! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Oh it was lovely! Thanks! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Hehehe! That is so cool. Happy Birthday! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Thanks Sarah! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Thank you Kristine! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Thank you!!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Thanks Nicky! The cupcake was delicious! :D

Tamizn March 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!! Sounds like a wonderful day, I hope you enjoyed your cake x x

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Thank you!!! x

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