If we went for coffee… [Oct ’16]

It’s been a minute since I’ve used this space to ramble about what’s on my mind today, just like if we went for coffee together. I’ll have a hot chocolate thanks, shall we go and sit by the window to try and grab the last few rays of sunshine while we can?

If we could actually go for coffee a hot beverage IRL, this is what I’d tell you.

~ I’d tell you that I’ve tried a new breakfast recipe and it’s a keeper. I’d encourage you to try it too, if you like oaty things: Kristy’s Neapolitan Baked Oatmeal recipe. That’s right; chocolate, strawberry and vanilla oatmeal all swirled together. You can make it gluten free, dairy free, vegan… And it’s really tasty. I baked a tray at the weekend and it’s kept me going through this week of craziness. I particularly like that you can keep it out of the fridge for a while without worrying about it going bad and it tastes just as good cold as hot.


This is how I ate it this morning; warmed, with fresh strawbs and chocolate drops and some greek yoghurt (which is fondly known as Fadge in our household). You can’t see any kind of swirling of the flavours at all in this photo, because apparently I’m not a pro at oatmeal swirling, so head to Kristy’s blog to see what it’s supposed to look like.

On Monday, I ate it out of a ziplock bag, cold, in the car park of a client whilst I awaited my 7.30am call. It was just as delicious both times.

~ I’d tell you that my current project is madness (hence 7.30am car park phone calls), but we’ve just turned the corner into interesting. Not just tail-chasing. So that’s good.

~ I’d tell you that I caved, and set up a Facebook page for my blog. Which involved registering again for Facebook, seeing as I deleted my old account. I’m still very happy with that decision but it now means I have zero Facebook friends… If you feel like it, you can follow along here. And if you’ve got a Facebook page yourself, post a link in the comments and I’ll come and find you, too.

I’m currently posting Wanderlust Deals of the Day over there, places you can dream over during your lunch break – so please swing by and tell me all about how great it is there and all about that one restaurant/shop/view I absolutely must not miss.

~ I’d tell you that my Fitbit has broken. I haven’t had time to try and get it fixed yet and I’m oddly missing knowing how many steps I’ve done per day. I’m also much lazier without it. Darn.

~ I’d tell you that I don’t understand people who don’t hang up wet bathmats. How do they think it’s going to dry properly on the floor?

~ I’d invite you to read Kelly’s post on how people are gaming Instagram, my most interesting blog read of the week. I found it fascinating because a) it explains why people keep following and unfollowing me alllll the time and b) why?!. Let me know your thoughts – have you ever noticed people using dirty tactics to ‘grow their following’? What clues you in, and does it put you off totally or do you just see it as part and parcel of internet life?

~ I’d tell you that my Grannie’s 90th birthday party this past weekend was a roaring success. 40 of her closest family and friends turned out for a delicious lunch, held in the most gorgeous country house hotel and restaurant. I loved catching up with everyone, and I wish we could do it more often. I took a brief walk around the gardens before home time and was reminded about just how beautiful English country gardens can be.


~ I’d ask you whether this week has been a week of getting home from work and getting straight into pyjamas for you too, or if it’s just me?

So, updatey your matey. What’s new with you?


Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff & Things, and Kristen and Gretch for What’s New With You?



  1. 6th October 2016 / 12:22

    Rachel, love this post, so funny and engaging. Oh well, it also got me inspired to share SO many of my weekly musings. If we had coffee together I’d tell you that I get into my pijamas as soon as I get home every.single.day.! it’s like a key to total relaxation for me. I look forward to that moment all day long. I’d also confess that I’m terrible at updating my blog’s Facebook page – how do people even keep up with ALL the social media handles and still work full time?! (Just followed you, btw! :)) As for Instagram follow/unfollow schemes, I find them EXTREMELY annoying, in fact it is one of my biggest social media pet peeves. I think it is completely useless. In my opinion you do more damage to your brand doing all that. Plus, again, who’s got time for that?! Anyway, loved sharing a cup of coffee with you 😉

    • 11th October 2016 / 10:29

      Thanks Nano! I’m really happy you enjoyed it 🙂 I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who has a straight into pjs protocol these days – it’s often a toss up as to whether I’m so hungry I need to cook/eat immediately or so stressed I need pjs immediately! Thanks for the follow, I’ll head over to your page just as soon as I find it – you wouldn’t think facebook would be complicated but it kind of is. I’ve no idea how people do all the social media, I do a fair bit of scheduling and even then it’s mostly beyond me. I figure that’s ok though, it’s actually not my job! As for the follow/unfollow, it definitely puts me off people who do it and I’m considering blocking some of the worst offenders. If they think I don’t see them… I do! Just stop it! The worst thing is I probably would have followed them otherwise because their posts are quite interesting. Thanks for coming to share a beverage, let’s do it again soon!

  2. 6th October 2016 / 12:47

    I have always debated if it was necessary to keep up with Facebook or not for the last 4 years, but I’m still pretty much in the game. Good news is that only people over 25 use it, lol. So it is basically a safe place to share things with my aunts, because they are really the only ones who really care my life hehe. Loved what you did with your FB cover!! My link is this one just in case you want to follow along https://www.facebook.com/thesunnysideofthis/

    • 11th October 2016 / 10:33

      Haha you’re so right, Facebook clearly is the place for aunts! I shall bear that in mind 🙂 thanks for the kind words, I’ve followed you right back. Although I don’t know whether to follow you as a page or as me so I’ve done both…! Such a novice.

  3. 6th October 2016 / 14:32

    lovely post. i would very much love to have a hot beverage with you and chit chat! and that english garden – i would also just like to live there permanently – so gorg!!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 11th October 2016 / 10:51

      One day we’ll have an IRL hot beverage and chit chat! I could definitely have stayed in that garden all day, if only it were a bit warmer (and if it weren’t a totally antisocial thing to do…)

  4. Jen
    6th October 2016 / 14:51

    Great post! I would love to sit and enjoy coffee with you! I feel like we would have so much to talk about.

  5. 6th October 2016 / 15:41

    okay for reals, hanging up bath mats is just not a thing here. it totally weirded me out when i first moved here but now i’m oddly used to it. don’t judge. ok, judge.
    i am thinking of making my instagram private because i’m so sick of the weird follow-unfollow people and i just don’t particularly care about my ‘following’ or anything.
    i have a facebook – personal (only use to talk to people at home) and blog (never use it, seriously, thinking of deleting).
    Kristy’s Neapolitan Baked Oatmeal looks absolutely amazing – actually, everything she posts looks amazing.
    hot chocolate for me too thanks!

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:17

      But whyyy is it not a thing? Maybe it’s warm enough there that they’ll dry on the floor? But if I left mine on the floor it would stay vaguely damp all day and then start to smell really funky. Not my idea of fun.
      I say private away. Nobody likes the follow-unfollow weirdos and we all need fewer notifications in our lives, right?! I’ve not even opened Instagram for at least a week and I’ve kind of enjoyed the break! Maybe it’s because I got Facebook… I think I have a critical number of social media accounts that I can manage at any one time. I think it’s one.
      You HAVE to try the baked oatmeal. I’ve been stuffing my face with it all week. Seriously, it’s so good! Also you should take advantage because can buy applesauce cheap (?) where you are whereas here you can’t buy it at all. I had to make my own! Honestly.

  6. 6th October 2016 / 15:48

    I’d panic without my fitbit
    90th birthday – that’s awesome!! Happy Birthday to grandma

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:19

      I’m really, surprisingly sad about it. It’s just sat there all forlorn and not lighting up green whenever you look at it. Sad times. Thanks on behalf of my grandmother! I think she had a great day.

  7. 6th October 2016 / 19:42

    OMG this instraram post is fascinating and I’ve barely started! This is a new level of creeper and I kind of want to check a lot of people out!

    I’ve never heard of hanging up your bathmat! Maybe it’s an American thing? I should go ask some people.

    A party in that garden sounds fantastic!

    • 6th October 2016 / 19:51

      Oops, instagram, apparently I can’t type!

      • 11th October 2016 / 11:21

        Yes! It’s a whole new world. Who even knew there were bots that would do all your dirty work for you? I’m just astonished people care so much. Is it worth it?!
        The hanging bathmat thing is so it dries properly – it’s because the weather is so damp and miserable here that if I don’t hang it up it won’t get dry and then it goes smelly and nasty. With your nice weather it’s probably not an issue!

  8. 6th October 2016 / 20:54

    What a lovely style of post 🙂 I loved this!! That new breakfast sounds just delicious, mmmm!! And I just read the Insta post that you mentioned, that’s actually crazy. I had no idea that ‘bots’ existed!

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:23

      It’s horrifying, isn’t it? What people think is important? How far down the rabbit hole are we at this point!? It kind of blows my mind.
      The new breakfast is amazing. I’m a total convert. I baked myself a double batch at the weekend so I’m all set for a while!
      Glad you liked the post, sometimes it’s nice to just blog-chat with people 🙂

  9. 6th October 2016 / 23:02

    I am so so glad you loved that baked oatmeal! Yay!

    Follow/unfollowing on instagram drives me nuts! And I get stupidly disappointed over seeing my likes go up and down like a yoyo haha 😛

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:25

      I adore it. Seriously, it’s great! Thanks for the recipe! I did make another double batch at the weekend so I’m good for a little while… Although the only downside is it’s really hard to find applesauce here. Our apple sauce is… weird. It’s like apple pie filling. You can buy apple puree but I’ve only found it in baby food form and it’s hella expensive. So I made my own. Problem solved!
      Anyway, apple chat aside, the Instagram thing explains so much of the shenanigans that I find so annoying. If people are going to unfollow again I just wish they wouldn’t bother!

  10. 7th October 2016 / 03:47

    Mmm, Neapolitan Baked Oatmeal recipe sounds really good!

  11. 7th October 2016 / 05:12

    Such a beautiful post and great idea for a regular post on your blog.

    Am also a huge fan of baked oats. Glad to know they’re delicious cold too. It’s a great way to add chia, teff and all those other super seeds into my diet.

    Sending belated birthday love to your Gran.

    SSG xxx

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:31

      Thanks SSG! I enjoyed writing it, rather therapeutic. Baked oats are pretty new to me but I can see a whole new world of wonder opening up before me. Incorporating chia is a brilliant idea, that’s up next! Thanks for the belated birthday love, I’ll pass it along 🙂

  12. 7th October 2016 / 07:31

    I don’t think I pay enough attention to who follows and unfollows my ig. I definitely don’t know who unfollows.
    Yes, bath mats need to be hung to dry. Agreed!
    Happy 90th to your Grannie. Celebrating that kind of milestone birthday makes my heart so full.

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:33

      It’s usually the people who followed you a week before…. I just know because no matter how many new follower notifications I get, my net following never seems to change! I’m not overly bothered by it to be honest, however people want to waste their time is fine with me. I just had no idea of the entire industry that goes on behind the scenes. Goodness, all for a pair of free sunnies…
      Thanks for the birthday wishes! I shall pass them on – she’s an amazing lady and we’re SO lucky to have had her for as long as we have.

  13. 7th October 2016 / 10:38

    That oatmeal looks awesome. I’m going to have to try it. I find the follow/unfollow tactic on Instagram extremely frustrating and annoying. I can spot it so easily because it’s always accompanied by a comment like “you’ve got a great feed. Keep going, we love seeing your pictures…” or something along those lines. But they’re usually accompanied with feeds that I’m not interested anyway so I don’t follow them back…

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:35

      Yes please do try it! I promise you don’t regret it. Then let me know how much you love it too 🙂
      Follow/unfollow is ridiculous. I don’t get it at all. In her post, Kelly mentioned how she got generic, cheery comments like that on a picture she posted about depression. Really?! People don’t know how stupid they make themselves look!

  14. 7th October 2016 / 14:44

    hi rachel! Love the format of this post, feel like i’m talking with a friend 🙂 just gave you a like on facebook. i have the same hesitation about setting up a facebook page and have been relying on sharing on my personal account. would be very interesting to follow your experience with it.

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:36

      Thanks Erin! I really enjoyed writing it too, I think I might do it more often. Thanks for the like! I’ll let you know how I go, so far nothing groundshaking to write home about I must admit….

  15. 9th October 2016 / 02:53

    I’ve always loved baked oatmeal. I eat it cold or, if I’m lucky, I have access to a microwave to warm it up. I usually put pb on top.

    And yes, straight into the pjs at night. I’m not even going to pretend that isn’t happening.

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:38

      Glad it’s not just me with the pjs! Especially now it’s getting so chilly. I also find it makes me more likely to go to bed at a sensible time – one less hurdle, etc.
      I’m quite new to the baked oatmeal thing because I’m very behind the times, but I’m loving it. I’m not at all a fan of pb I’m afraid, which is annoying because so many great sounding recipes involve it and I have terrible FOMO. Still, I tried brown sugar on my warmed baked oatmeal this morning and that was pretty awesome so I can’t complain…

  16. 9th October 2016 / 13:47

    Glad the project has got over the hump and is getting interesting! Mine has been manic lately, I can’t wait for it to calm down (though will it ever?!), definitely been a week of PJs for me too!

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:39

      Haha yes, a familiar refrain. Just when you think you’re over the worst of it…! I hope yours gets better asap, my commiserations in the mean time. I think I’m going to wear out my pjs I’ve been wearing them that much recently! Not a good sign!

  17. 9th October 2016 / 15:12

    What a bummer about your fitbit! I would be totally lazy if mine broke too. That’s great about the birthday party! So glad she had a fun time!

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:40

      It’s not a good sign is it, that a bit of technology has so much influence over my activity levels. I am awful at self motivation.

      I’m really happy we had such a good party for my Grannie, I had absolutely nothing to do with organising it (oops) so I can say it was excellently done and a roaring success!

  18. 9th October 2016 / 22:13

    Oh that sounds like my kind of breakfast! Sadly I have next to no time in the kitchen to bake, ha! Making dinner each day is a feat in itself!

    When I had a newborn who slept a lot I used to make batches of 3 ingredient pancakes (works well with GF flour!) for breakfast, I could eat them warm, have them the next day heated up, or grab some to shove in my mouth as I drove on another day. Breakfasts like that are the best 🙂

    Have liked your page on facebook too, good luck with it! 🙂

    Hope you’ve had a great weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:42

      Yes! I do pancakes a lot, too. The recipe I use for mine isn’t very filling though, which is what I appreciate about this baked oatmeal. Plus I always get distracted halfway through cooking the pancakes and end up burning them… Sigh. Yes I can imagine your baking time is somewhat restricted at the moment…! I’m just impressed you’re not wholly existing on takeaways. Thanks for the like, and the weekend wishes. It turned out to be a really good one! I hope yours was too 🙂

  19. 10th October 2016 / 04:40

    I love reading this style of post and getting a glimpse into your current thoughts and life-going-ons :). That new breakfast looks AMAZING… I’m all for sweet breakfasts, especially ones that can last a week! Just too bad I don’t have an oven.

    And I detest the follow/unfollow game. But I’m not hoping for social media fame, so I don’t really care about getting unfollowed haha. I gave you a like on Facebook!

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:44

      Oh, man! How do you manage without an oven?! I feel like I have a solid rotation going on with mine, at the weekend it’s barely off! (Also because it heats the house up a bit but shhh don’t tell the husband). I’m glad you liked the post, I’m thinking I’ll do it a bit more often. It’s nice to start conversations with people 🙂
      Thanks for the facebook like! Much appreciated. I might break double figures one of these days…! As you can tell I’m not in it for social media fame either. Sounds like much to much hard work to me.

  20. 10th October 2016 / 18:40

    I’m going to follow your Facebook page! I totally didn’t understand how it worked at all when I first set up my blog, but I feel like it actually helps with blog traffic sometimes. And oh my goodness, the follow and unfollow madness on Instagram is so freaking annoying! I hate it so much! And does it really help that much? I guess that I need to go and read the article to find out!

    • 11th October 2016 / 11:51

      Thanks Ashley! I’ve liked your page right back! It’s hard to know who has them and uses them without actually asking… I think follow/unfollow just needs to stop. Once is bad enough but when people keep doing it it really grinds my gears! Personally I don’t think it helps, because it can make you look like a bit of an idiot. You may get some followers who stick around accidentally (because they’re not playing the game) but you’ll alienate people who might have been genuine, engaged followers. Just my opinion!

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