Sojourning in Norfolk

Just a little post for you guys to let you know what I’ve been up to!

I was lucky enough to escape the rat-race for a couple of days and head back to my home-town of Norwich.

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If you follow me on twitter, you’ll know I’ve been dog-sitting for the last couple of days – his name is Zach and he was one adorable (albeit extremely naughty) pooch.

Check out this video to see Zach in action.

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I was thoroughly spoiled – mum knows I’ve been having a tough time of it all so I got breakfast in bed, trips out and cakes galore.

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It’s only a short little post, but I hope you’ve enjoyed my photo snapshots!

What did you get up to this weekend?

Til next time! A x

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Take a moment: June

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What a jolly old June it’s been. It’s certainly been a funny month – filled with highs; Lovebox and seeing Groove Armada play the most amazing set, falling in love with the band Little Dragon and discovering I’m a terrible poker player.

For my diary entry, click here.

I saw this on Lipssofacto and thougt it was a nice way to share songs – I’ve always got a playlist on the go and I love to find out what other people are listening to (such a nosey parker!) so my songs of the moment are –

Lana Del Rey, Blue Jeans
Supergrass, Moving
Little Dragon – Ritual Unions
Friendly Fires – Jump in the Pool
Groove Armada – My Friend

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic June. Till next time x

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Honey glazed pork with Star Anise

Life motto: When life gives you lemons – make lemonade… and potentially add vodka.

I’ve been doing this all week; making a fuss of myself, taking each day as it comes – and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

After working all weekend I was feeling particularly exhausted and really, really fancied a good, old fashioned pork roast with crackling. I have a recipe (of course I have a recipe!) stored up for these sorts of occasions – it won’t win you any points on the counting-calories front, but it’s a corker to impress a group of friends – perfect if you’re entertaining, or making a fuss of a loved one.

Firstly you need a lovely pork joint. Select one with a good ring of fat around the outside for crackling, and try to make it as organic and lovingly farmed as you can afford.

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Pour some boiling water on it to properly melt the fat underneath the rind – I’d recommend a couple of washes. This means that your crackling will be crisp and delicious rather than chewy and sloppy (no-one likes that!)

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Now to score the skin. You’ll need to go about an inch or so deep – so you’ll need a very sharp knife indeed! Most joints come pre-scored but it’s often not very effective for really good crackling, so get stuck in!

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After you’ve scored the meat, rub some rock salt into the skin to really dehydrate it and slide a generous amount of star anise pieces in the gaps – this will flavour the skin and the meat.

Chop up 2 onions and slide underneath the meat – this will mean you get really succulent gravy from the meat juices, honey and spices.

Pop in the oven on around 220C for 20 mins – after this turn the heat down a little and drizzle manuka honey all over the skin and meat to really make it gooey and yummy…

Leave for around an hour / 2 hours (depending on how big your joint is!)

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And then you’re done. Tender, succulent, crispy, spicy, honey-fied meat. Guaranteed to impress boyfriend’s mums, heal broken hearts and fill you up with enough left for sandwiches for the next day.

Ti” next time!

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Cosmo Blog awards

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Yes… this is a completely unrelated picture of a bike with bubbles

I received the shock of my life yesterday when I discovered this wee blog had been nominated in the Cosmo Blog Awards.

Yeah, that’s right! My name right next to some amazing blogs. To say I was elated would be the understatement of the century. I am honestly so thankful to everyone who voted for me – you all know I’ve been having a pants time so it really represented somewhat of a turn of fortunes for me. Thank you =]

I would love it if you voted for Love Mealie – in the Lifestyle category – if you thought I was worthy! If not, there are some amazing nominees who I’ve linked to below.

A Thrifty Mrs | Afroblush | Ballet Pumps & Roses | Beautiful Clutter | Chronic Katie | Dolly Bow Bow | Domestic Sluttery | Ella Masters | Fizz&Tattle | Vintage Folly | Velo City Girl | Trends With Benefits | 3 Bad Mice | World Of Kitsch | Milk&Honey | Florence Finds | Girl Lost in the City | Into The Blonde | Lunacy of Ink

Till next time! A x

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How to mend a sad heart

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Stuff has been hard recently. Realising you wasted 2 years of your life on someone who would always bring you down and take from you is tough to stomach. Coming to terms with things that happened years & years ago is never easy. Being led on and used is hurtful and makes you feel like a fool.

These are an amalgamation of all the things that have gotten me down recently.

A friend texted me recently to see how I was and after a conversation told me that my ‘little heart is sad’. That’s exactly what it is; everything has just piled on top of me and it’s turned the sunny days grey.

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I’ve written these things partly with the hope that it will help you smile, and partly as a form of catharsis.

1) Allow yourself to go through the motions

Don’t be ashamed to feel upset or angry. Human beings have the capacity within them to be incredibly hurtful and really, really stupid to their fellow animals.


Get mad, get sad, cry, throw things about, dance to loud music – anything that allows you to express yourself.

Don’t question it – don’t question why something has made you so upset, just ride the feeling and go with it. Embrace it, wallow in it, revel in being human and feeling stuff. Enjoy it – enjoy being utterly self-indulgent.

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Tell yourself not to stonewall or block your emotions, but to experience them like some sort of river you are traveling on.

You are an emotional Pocahontas, so get your canoe and go round the freaking riverbend.

Take time to observe how you react; how and why the tears stop coming, the mental images that still make you smile, the beating of your heart when you get angry.

Congratulations – you’re learning about yourself and developing a relationship with yourself.


2) Look at pictures of animals

We all know how much I love animals by now (and if you don’t, this post will help you remember)

Animals are beautiful and wonderful things; they love unconditionally and only do what is best for the species. Animals are simplistic and fluffy and cuddly and need feeding and routine and they simply are fantastic.

For example, here is a gorgeous dog with a glass of wine balanced on his head:

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And here is a pug who really wants some bacon:
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See? It is physically impossible not to feel enlightened by these two pictures.

3) Read
Read everything.

Google all your questions about what has gone wrong for you and trawl through forums to see if the answers match up.

Read about different experiences. Read about heartbreak, again and again and again. About love lost, and above all love found and things going bloody right for once.

Read about tentatively hoping for the future. About trust.

Read fantastic poetry, dark poetry, beautiful poetry.

Read until your soul is full with all the other people in the world and their thoughts; hold them close and embrace it.

4) Write

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Go create. Write those feelings down and store it somewhere special. Don’t be afraid to express yourself (remember no.1) despite how cringeworthy it might seem.

Look at the above picture. It should inspire you. Silvia Plath is my favourite poet and she has some excellent reasons.

5) Make a fuss of yourself

So you want to spend £20 on a Chinese take out and watch re-runs of New Girl whilst wrapped in a towel with a face mask on? Do it. So you want to take a walk in the rain with no coat on just because you like getting soaked to the skin? Do it.

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Do everything. Drink a cappuccino, sit on a squishy leather sofa, go to places that make you reminisce, places that make you gasp at their beauty. Look for hidden meanings in lyrics that apply to your situation; just indulge in baths and candles and beautiful bedlinen and expensive pajamas.

6) Give yourself time

Don’t rush into something else. Fill yourself up with you for once. Take some time for yourself for once. Tell people to go f*ck themselves for once. Don’t allow people to take advantage of your kind heart for once. Surround yourself with the same sex for once. Flirt with all the boys for once. (Ok, I always do that)

The point being is that you need to get used to your inner heart compass pointing due North, to yours truly, to you and you alone. You are reprogramming.

You’ll be suffering from a surfeit of time; time spent on the phone to try to help people or perhaps time spent trying to catch someone’s attention. When all this time lands in your lap it is somewhat bewildering, somewhat tempting to just give it to someone else. Well, I believe it helps to volunteer. Give your time that you don’t know what to do with to those who don’t have a hope in the world; to abandoned animals, people without homes or families.

And finally:-

7) Always remember – whatever terrible tragedies that have happened in your life, things that have been said, time and experiences lost, feelings battered and bruised – your heart is not ‘broken’ – your heart is just sad. It will mend.

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I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I’ve enjoyed writing about it.

‘Til next time x

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Thanking-you blog giveaway!

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I’m hosting a little blog giveaway to say thank-you very much for sticking with Love Mealie and reading my posts. You’ve all left me such lovely comments and I’ve met some truly wonderful people via this blog. You’re all fab. You really are my little internet ‘Ohana’ and it makes me really, really happy.

To say thank you the lovely people at Simply Beach have allowed me to give away a £50 voucher to their online boutique, SimplyBeach.com. You can buy lingerie, bikinis and other such lovely stuff there – I’m putting in an order myself next payday, as they do a really good range of DD+ lingerie.

To enter my give-away, all you have to do is:
1) Follow me on GFC
2) Leave a comment here with your name, GFC account and email address
3) If you want to gain an extra entry, please tweet the following:

“I entered @LoveMealie blog give-away for a £50 Simply Beach voucher! www.lovemealie.com”
I’ll be choosing the winner in two weeks time (so Sunday 22nd is when the give-away will close) using a random number generator.
I wish you all the best of luck and I can’t wait to find out who wins 🙂

UPDATE: I’ve now chosen the winner. WELL DONE NATALIE!

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