MUSINGS & MORE TURNS ONE!

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I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post! When I first started Musings & More, I didn’t really expect it to really last. People won’t like it, they won’t read it! I’ll run out of things to write about… I’m not good enough! Yet, one year later and here we are! Even just thinking about the post gave me the time to reflect about my little space on the internet and just how far we have come. Never did I expect anyone would read my musings, my opinions or enjoy my photos. Never did I expect to be able to work with some incredible brands or be invited to events and meet fellow bloggers like myself both online and off, who I now count as friends. I certainly didn’t expect to land my dream job, thanks to my blog.
I thought I’d start by mentioning a just a few of the blog posts I have absoloutely loved putting together and that I am proud of. It’s these posts (and the reception they get) which makes me fall in love with blogging again and again.

1. A beach hut by the sea


2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter


3. 10 things only dog owners will understand


4. Easter caramel shortbread


5. Behind the scenes of Krispy Kreme

There are also a few of you I’d like to give a little shout out to. First off is Raashi – never have I been to someones blog and left it thinking so hard. That’s what Rash’s posts do to me. The great thing is that I never know what to expect from her but I do know it’ll always be thought provoking. I highly recommend you head over there ASAP! Sophie, Laura and Kat – My lovely fellow QBloggers. I genuinely never thought I’d actually meet up with any other bloggers, let alone that they’d live so close to me either! It’s been wonderful having blogger friends to navigate the world of Blog events with, each girl is completely wonderful in her own way and all of their blogs are ones to check out!

Last but not least, what’s really nice is that I’ve developed some incredible readers that have kept coming back to Musings & More, you know who you are and thank you. It means more than you will ever know.

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I was kindly offered the chance to sample the new menu at The Waterfront Restaurant & Grill* at Wyboston Lakes and thought it would be the perfect chance to celebrate my little blog turning One! I actually did a post on my visit to Wyboston here when I visited previously and which was actually one of my most popular posts if you fancy a read or want a fantastic spa to visit!

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So like a proud mother, Matt and I dressed up for the night and jumped in the car to The Waterfront. Upon giving my name, we were led to a gorgeous table which was bathed in daylight and looked out onto the lake. I’ll be honest, quite often during the meal myself and Matt would find ourselves staring outside rather than at each other whilst we talked because it was such a relaxing sight, the water rippling and the trees swaying in the light evening breeze.

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Our waiter Jacek introduced himself and was probably the best waiter we’ve had. Ever. He offered to go through the menu with us and while normally we wouldn’t do this, I’m so glad we did as it completely changed Matt’s choice of food, just by Jacek explaining each selection to us. To start, I chose the free-range Cotswold chicken liver parfait with was accompanied by shallot tarragon toast and bacon jam. Matt went with pressed ham hock terrine as he’d enjoyed one previously at a friends wedding. Parfait is always a go to starter choice for me and The Waterfronts was particularly excellent. I loved the sweet, smooth parfait in contrast to the crunch of the tarragon toast. The chef also kindly gifted us a bread basket which was accompanied by butter, tapenade (basically crushed olives), olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Bread is one of those things I could never give up and the different selection of fresh bread made a tasty starter to share. There is something lovely about tearing apart soft, crusty bread and dipping it into olive oil.

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There was a large selection of mains to choose from and we got a real sense of variation to choose from. If you were feeling a bit fancy there were a plethora of dishes to make you feel like royalty but if you just wanted a great quality burger or some high class fish and chips, you would still feel like you were enjoying fine dining, I think that’s one of the parts I enjoyed most about The Waterfront. There’s so snobbery, just fantastic food and a great atmosphere in which to dine with friends and family.

I told myself I would go for something different than my usual but low and behold, I could not help myself and went for a 8oz 28 days dry rib-eye steak, as recommended by Jacek. The hand cut chips were simply incredible and needed no sauce to be enjoyed while the steak was tender and flavoursome.

We were both so impressed by Matt’s Trio of Welsh lamb when it came out to us. I think looking at the photos you can agree that seriously elegant presentation has been implemented in all the dishes, but the Trio of lamb is one of the best! When Jacek came to check on us and found me snapping away, he told us how much it pleased him when guests took photos of their food as it was a real compliment to the chef (who actually happened to be his brother!). Obviously I needed to take photos for the benefit of this post, but all around the restaurant, diners were whipping out their phones to take photos they could show off later: “Look what we ate last night!”

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Admittedly, dessert has always been my favourite part of a meal and I always make sure to save just enough room to indulge. Matt chose a Sticky toffee pudding which consisted of a light and fluffy sponge surrounded by a delicious puddle of sweet toffee sauce. Safe to say, there was nothing left on his plate one he had finished! It’ll come as no surprise that I went for the Dark chocolate dream and a dream it certainly was. Sitting on shortbread biscuit was the most decadent chocolate mousse I have ever taste. So light and yes, dreamy. It was just right amount too that you didn’t feel too sickly either, as can be the trouble with a lot of desserts.

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A huge thank you to The Waterfront for inviting me to celebrate with them, it was wonderful to enjoy some fine dining and celebrate my little blog turning one! I’ve certainly recommended it all my family and friends and I do to all of you too!

Once again, I would like to thank you all, whether you are old readers or new. I hope you’ll all keep coming back and enjoying Musings & More, because I’m certainly not done yet!

*DISCLAIMER: Our meal at The Waterfront was gifted to us in return for a review. As always, views are 100% my own.

Emily x

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  • CONGRATULATIONS! I wish you all the best in the future for your blog. You've come a long way with it and you should be proud of it 🙂 Also, how adorable is that cake?!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Congrats on your blogs success after one year! I love reading it!

    Darriyan ♡

    http://www.darriyancateland.blogspot.com

  • Aw happy first blog birthday!! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites! 🙂

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • A huge congratulations on your first year of blogging – time to celebrate!! 🙂 Also, well done on landing your dream job thanks to your blog, that's such good news. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Congratulations! Your blog is so lush, and you've definitely made it further than me in a year!xx

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  • Happy blog anniversary! Keep going the good work! congrats!

    Vanessa, xo!

    http://thefashionstatement.net

  • Congrats! It looks like you had a lovely time 🙂 The food looks so delicious! 🙂 x

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

  • Congrats on the job, that's amazing! It definitely shows that people are always watching and reading blogs when you lest expectit. Wow, that menu sounds divine! I visited my mum over the wkd. and she made Shepherd's Pie, one of my favourites so this post made me think of even more food that I love. Happy blog birthday dear, wishing you many more to come. x/Madison
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  • Happy birthday to the blog. I had the same feeling when I started blogging too. While my blog started as a university module, the decision to continue with it after graduating was a hard one based on insecurities. I'm glad I got over it, because blogging has helped me a lot.
    Keep doing you and that's a great review. I'm hungry already! Ha!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hey congrats on reaching this mile stone. And I know what you mean, I started my blog about 3 years ago and same here, I got to work with cool brands, got to attend shows at NYFW, met a ton of other great bloggers and learned a lot along the way and discovered I love photography. keep up the good work!

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    http://www.allienyc.com

  • ohh so so yummy!
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  • Congratulations on your first blog anniversary. The food looks delicious.

  • Congratulations on the year anniversary! And that meal looks amazing – thanks for sharing x

  • Yaaaay, happy bday to Musings & More!! Lovely that you celebrated it too!! Xx

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  • Congrats dear!! What a lovely way to spend the anniversary!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

  • Happy Blog Birthday! whoop!
    The food looks so delicious! You are making me hungry!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Happy Bloganniversary! I hope there will be many more years of Musing and More 🙂 Also happy to hear that you landed your dream job, it must be an amazing feeling. All these food looks delicious and also the lake view, no wonder why you couldn't stop staring at it 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Happy Blogiversary!!! I think you're doing an amazing job with your blog. I enjoy reading it. I loved your Harry Potter Wizarding World & Krispy Kreme post. Plus you love makeup! The dishes at the Waterfront look absolutely delicious! GORGEOUS CAKE! Celebrate! Celebrate!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  • Oh Happy One Year of Blogging! I love your posts and I'm so happy you list your favourite posts. I wish I could go to the Harry Potter Wizarding World, you make it sound so amazing! <3

    xx B A S H   |   go   say     H E Y   B A S H

  • Happy first birthday 😀 Thanks for me shout out its been so lovely knowing you too and gaining blogger friends 😀 Xxx

  • I have been so out of the blogging world as of late (as you can probably tell by my lack of comments D: I will for sure be doing a massive catch up on your posts eventually as always!) – BUT, I saw your insta post and knew this was one post I just HAD to come and read.

    HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY! I still remember reading musingsandmore for the first time and just LOVING IT. Out of some of your favourite posts, your 10 things only dog owners will understand quickly jumps to mind, it has to be one of the cutest blogposts ever to exist 😛 And I just have to say, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the shoutout, I don’t think you understand just how much it means to me. For someone to like how I approach blogging and for your words to come at a time where blogging has been taking a backseat for me – it reminds me why I love it and how I need to make time for it! Thank you for being one of the kindest, loveliest, most supportive bloggers and people in my life – so much love for you!

    ALSO (typical essay comment as usual :P) – I am so glad you got to properly celebrate your bloggiversary with a lovely meal out! I honestly admire your blog and what you’ve done with it so much (it’s like a bit of a role model for me and the same can be said for how I feel about you, Emily!). On a lighter note, bread baskets for the win, seriously, there is something so perfect about a good selection of bread and some butter. The presentation of all the dishes was amazing but the chocolate dream :O

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

  • Congratulation on turning one, Emily and I wish many more successful blogging years to you. And onto the restaurant, honestly a waiter can make or break your dining experience so you're lucky to have such a good one. That service itself makes me wish the restaurant is close to where I live so I can hop over for a dining experience.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • What a lovely way to celebrate your first blogging birthday, congratulations! And that food looks lush! x

  • What a wonderful way to celebrate your blogiversary! Congrats on a year of great blogging and here's to another. I definitely need to consider a multi-course meal for my next blogiversary haha.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • Well done on reaching your one year! I know how hard it can be for a lot of people to keep up with it consistently(including myself)- It really is great to see that you've stuck with it 🙂 .. and that meal looked so good!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

  • Happy 1 year of blogging! You've got a lovely little blog 🙂

    Lauren x | http://www.huggled.co.uk/

  • Congratulations darling ! This is such an amazing achievement I personally love your blog and you more than desserve this 🙂 Also , can I just say oh my freaking gosh that sticky toffee pudding looks to die for !!!!! 🙂

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Happy blog anniversary!!!!!!! What an exciting feat and the perfect cute cake to celebrate with 🙂

    Via Sora || 5 Things I Learned After Graduating College
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  • Kay

    Oh my goodness, happy blogiversary babe, I'm so excited for you! 🙂 You've come a long way and I've no doubt that there are many more amazing things to come for you and your beautiful blog! <3 Also, what a fantastic way to celebrate… The food looks absolutely, especially the dessert, and it sounds like the service was pretty awesome, also! Again hun, happy blogiversary, so happy for you. <3 🙂

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com/

  • I love your blog and the pictures you take, they are amazing! Most of the times they make me hungry as well, these are no exception! Happy first blogiversary as well! I am so happy seeing blogs becoming so succesful 🙂 <3

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

  • The photos are great and the food looks so so so good! xo, Sophia fromhttp://www.sistersandglitters.com

  • Happy 1st blogbirthday! May your happy blogging long continue 🙂 I remember reading your Harry Potter World post before my trip there -it's such a magical place 🙂

  • Happy Blogiversary!! The food looks SO delicious!

    xo Christina
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  • Happy happy happy 1st blogiversary, hon!! We started around the same time & yay, look at us, still blogging!! 🙂 You've come a long way and I absolutely adore your blog!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com