I want to visit New York

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Every single year around Christmas I say that I want to go New York, yet it’s never happened. So this year I am going to try my very best to make it happen. I would love to stay there for around a week, close to Times Square, be able to visit the little quirks as well as the most popular landmarks, visit the museums and art galleries and try some delicious cuisine and feel a sense of what it is like to live within a different culture of life. 

The only thing is when I have had the time to sit down and plan this trip out I just don’t know if I’m planning it right, I have looked into what you should and shouldn’t do in New York yet I feel like I don’t have enough information. If any of you guys could help me with a guide, websites, links to videos or just some personal advice from visiting there or even living there on what I should visit, little heads up on certain things that would great. I am thinking of either going in June or around December time this year. If you could leave a comment in the space below it would be so helpful as I am looking for some guidance and I would appreciate it a lot.

Here are a few things that I’ve saw upon research and would like to visit:

1.

Times Square

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Watching videos and reading some guides it seems the people that live in New York or who have visited New York regularly tend to discourage tourists or beginners to see the sights of Times Square as it’s one of the most popular things to do. But I think it looks visually breathtaking, to me I think it would be a once in lifetime opportunity so i definitely would like to check this out.

2.

The American Museum of Natural History

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I’m not sure so correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the film The Night At The Museum filmed partly here. My favourite thing to do when visiting a different country or even a city I haven’t been to before is to go in search of a museum so this is on top of my to do list.

3.

High Line

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When browsing through the New York City To-Do Guides I have come across so many that have recommended walking the High Line.

4.

5th Avenue

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We all know that I love to shop, the greatest shops in the World are strategically placed within this quarter.

5.

SoHo

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SoHo is another place that has been recommended to me and has been advised as a ‘must see’.

So guys if you could help me out and inform this rookie it would be fab. I have no clue as you can tell ha. Thanks!

Sharney x

10 BEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY I LIVE IN: SHEFFIELD

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Here are a few things that I have loved from living in Sheffield from the past three years, I wanted to do this post, as I will be leaving soon to live back home now that I’ve finished my studies and wanted to show a bit of appreciation for the city I love most, Sheffield.

1. It’s home to lots of great music

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From Pulp, Def Leppard to Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield has plenty of talent not to mention actors and athletes such as Sean Bean and Jess Ennis.

2. It’s the greenest city in the country

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Proud of their strong reputation, it’s estimated that in 2012-13 that waste recycle rose from 44,731 tonnes in 2008 to 50,433.

3. The Winter Gardens

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Sheffield’s own free to enter winter garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built within the UK during the last hundred years. Home to more than 2,000 plants from around the world.

4. Peddler Market

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Feast your eyes and belly monthly, Peddlers showcase a line up of the tastiest street food traders with treats such as freshly made cocktails, craft beers, live music and art.

5. Visit local galleries and art spaces

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Millennium Galleries is a hot spot destination for a spot of art, craft and design. Special exhibitions are lined up throughout the year. 

6. Tramlines

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An annual music festival that is proudly situated with national and local talent. Curated and organised by a panel of local venue owners, promoters and volunteers. MainStage to local venues sip a pint and watch fresh local talent.

7. The antiques quarter

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If you like to hunt for a gem or a bargain Sheffield Antiques Quarter is the best place to find authentic antiques with affordable traditional furniture to retro collectables such as vinyl and vintage clothing. 

8. Live venues

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One of my favourite things about this city is the local live venues that just play such a significant part to our youth and culture. Over the years Leadmill has accommodated the best live music there is from Oasis to Milburn, as well as new bands on the town.

9. Famous for it’s homegrown exports

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It’s clear to see that Sheffield is an successful independent place and shows this off with off within the Devonshire Quarter with authentic gems such as Rare & Racy, Mooch Vintage and Vulgar.

10. Food

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Nothing beats Northern ‘snap’, check out Wick at Both Ends or have a trip to the Lucky Fox and feast your eyes on a donut smoothie or two.

Check out some of the links here to find out more about the places I’ve written about:

http://leadmill.co.uk

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out–about/parks-woodlands–countryside/gardens/the-winter-garden.html

http://www.peddlermarket.co.uk

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/home

http://www.tramlines.org.uk

http://sheffieldantiquesquarter.co.uk

http://www.rareandracy.co.uk/w/doku.php

http://www.vulgarsheffield.co.uk

http://thewickatbothends.co.uk

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Let me know your favourite places around Sheffield in the comments too.

Sharney x

Christmas Day Baking

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It’s that time of year again, mad rushes, dashes to the supermarket and wrapping presents like crazy ready for the big day, Christmas. Why does everyone panic?

I thought I’d share some quick and easy steps of how to bake some goodies to get you into that festive spirit.

Every year it’s a tradition that the family household and myself bake mince pies, lemon curds and jam tarts so I thought I’d share our delicious homemade recipes.

For mince pies you will need:

1 1/4 lb (560g) of mincemeat

12 0z (350g) of plain flour

3 0z (75g) of lard

3 oz (75g) of butter

pinch of salt

icing sugar

Pre heat the oven to 200oc

You will also need one (or two) baking trays, along with a rolling pin, pastry cutter and star shaped pastry cutter.

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To make the pastry you will need to sift the salt and flour into a reasonable sized mixing bowl. Then rub the fats into the mixture until it resembles tiny fine crumbs. After, add just enough cold water to the mix to perfect the dough leaving the bowl clean.

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When you think the pastry is complete, rest in a polythene bag in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, then roll half of the mixture out as thin as possible to cut into rounds. Do this for the other half of the pastry as well, this time using the star cutter.

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Now onto the baking tins, grease them lightly with lard and line with the round pastry base. After fill these with mincemeat, just a teaspoon full to the level of the edges of the pastry then cover with the star shapes sealing the edges.

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Once this is done, bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. When cool sprinkle with icing sugar.

For lemon curds and jam tarts you will need:

8 oz (250g) of plain flour

Pinch of salt

4 oz (100g) of butter/equal mix of lard

2-3 tbsp of cold water

Strawberry or any fruit jam

Lemon curd

Pre heat the oven to (200oc)

You will also need one (or two) baking trays, along with a rolling pin and pastry cutter.

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Placing the first three ingredients from the list above, rub the butter and flour into your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs (like the mince pies). Add water to the mixture until the dough is binded together and you have a clean bowl.

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Wrap the dough in polythene and chill for up to 30 minutes, the dough then can be unwrapped onto a lightly floured surface and rolled as thin as possible. Using the base cutter cut circles into the pastry and place onto the baking tray when greased by gently pressing the circles into each hole.

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Place no less than a heaped teaspoon of jam or lemon curd into the pastry. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Here are the completed recipes to find out more on them visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes

Hope you enjoy this post, please comment if you used these recipes for your Christmas day.

Sharney x