Holidays, a proposal & one very excited girl

24 May

Hello guys and gals!

It’s been a while, I know I’ve been slack. Just thought I’d share my wonderful news that I’m getting married! Very very excited and will need lots of advice and tips to get me started (seriously I have no idea!).

We have just return from a fabulous 3 week trip travelling around Bali. It was magical and the food was to die for! We spent a week in Ubud and then headed to the Gili Islands where the other half popped the question on the beach while watching the sunset! It was perfect 🙂

Both myself and my FIANCE (I still can’t stop giggling every time I say that!) love Asian food so decided to go on a traditional Balinese cooking course. We had a great day and learnt so many new dishes. Over the next week I’ll be making some of them and putting them on here for you all to see.

We also did diving for the first time…..I was so nervous before hand but once I got used to it couldn’t get enough! It’s my new obsession and will definitely do it again! I even got to swim with turtles! Yep I class myself as cool now.

Although Bali was awesome I still don’t think anything can beat Thailand. The people, the spicy food, the culture and the beauty.

Photos and recipes to follow.

Over and out xxx

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Christmas Hamper – Homemade Lavender Handcream

17 Dec

Yay my Christmas Hampers are starting to take shape! Following on from yesterdays post my next homemade item is some wonderful Lavender Handream.

The method I use is from an amazing book called ‘Recipes for Natural Beauty’ by Neals Yard. It’s filled with gorgeous guides to make your own natural beauty products. If you haven’t already got this book you must stick it on your Santa list!

This handcream smells amazing & has a lovely creamy consistency which is great to put on before you go to bed…..when you wake up you’ll have the most wonderful smooth moisturised hands!

What you’ll need
– 8g cocoa butter
– 5g beeswax
– 30ml almond oil
– 45ml rosewater
– 10g emulsifying wax
– 10 drops of Lavender oil (or you can use any essential oil you like)

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1. Melt the cocoa butter, beeswax and almond oil in a bowl over hot water.
2. Heat the rosewater slightly and dissolve the emulsifying wax into it.
3. Stir the rosewater/emulsifying wax mix very slowly into the oil mixture. Mix slowly until the cream cools.
4. Add the lavender oil and stir. Put into jars.
5. Hand out as presents and make people smile.
It will keep for about 2months

Remember to keep some for yourself : )

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Merry Christmas x

My Christmas Hampers – Sweet Chilli Heaven

16 Dec

Sorry I’ve not posted for a while guys, it’s been a bit hectic for me over the past few months. Anyway onwards and upwards, its Christmas soon & my word am I excited!!! Most of my day is spent driving my boyfriend mad with ‘how many sleeps is it’ and can we watch Elf…again!

One of my Christmas traditions is making hampers for my friends & family. I absolutely love it!

Over the next week I’ll be posting some of the items I’m making. The first thing i’ve done is my Sweet Chilli Jam…..its got a serious kick & absolutely delicious with turkey sandwiches!

Ingredients
– 8 red peppers roughly chopped
– 10 red chillies roughly chopped
– 8 cloves of garlic
– finger size piece of ginger roughly chopped
– 25ml red wine vinegar
– 400g tin cherry tomatoes
– 750g golden caster sugar

1. Place the peppers, chillies, garlic and ginger into a food processor. Blitz, then tip into a large pan with the red wine vinegar, tomatoes & sugar. Bring to the boil & then simmer for 50mins stirring occasionally.

2. After 50mins turn the heat up slightly & stir frequently for 15mins. Leave to cool slightly & then transfer to sterilised jars.

3. Spread on your turkey sarnies or enjoy with cheese!

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Merry Christmas you beautiful people : )
X

Halloween Cupcakes

22 Oct

Eeekkkkk Halloween is just over a week away & I’m bursting with excitement! I feel like a child in a sweet shop at this time of year…Halloween, Bonfire night & Christmas all within 3 months! I can’t contain myself!

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Things I adore about Halloween:
– Pumpkin carving competitions
– Watching old scary movies like the Omen
– Toffee apples
– Fancy dress parties
– Punch

I thought I’d share my Halloween cupcakes with you. Great for a party.
Start with a simple vanilla or chocolate cupcake.
For the mummies cover the top with white fondant icing. Cut strips of white fondant and place on top. I used smarties for eyes.
For the one eyed monster cover your cupcake with blue buttercream. I bought chocolate eyes from the supermarket. The mouth & teeth are made from red and white fondant.

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Happy Halloween
xxx

Sparkly Red Velvet Beauties

7 Oct

Don’t you just love it when Mr Postman delivers goodies you totally forgot you ordered! I was super excited when these cake decorating pieces landed on my door mat. A skull mould, edible glitter, red heart sprinkles and edible gold paint! Totally awesome!

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What better cupcake to use and make these decorations shine than the red velvet beauty herself.

Pretty little things : )

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Great tip when using fondant icing to make decorations is to mix it with a little CMC powder. It makes the icing harden quicker.

xxx

I Heart Cake Pops

26 Sep

Ok ok I admit I’m an addict. The Make Lounge mesmerised me from the first visit and I just can’t get enough of this craft lovers heaven! (Restraining order is most probably needed)

Last week I skipped along to the Cake Pop workshop taught by the delightful April Carter (cake pop genius) of Rhubarb and Rose. The cake pops themselves were pre made, we had the fun part of decorating them with love and sparkles! April gave some great tips and showed us step by step how to great some amazing designs. My favoriate part was dunking the pops in candy melts…let me just say this stuff is to die for and I’ll throw it out there and say its better than melted chocolate! We left with 6 amazing pops and a full guide on how to make them at home.

Once again a wonderful evening with fabulous people. Here are some of my creations:

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http://www.themakelounge.com
xxx

Autumnal Delight

19 Sep

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Brrr….Autumn is most definitely on it’s way (sorry folks) and I’m super excited! This is my favourite time of year. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. Snuggling on the sofa
2. Warm slippers & dressing gowns
3. Crisp morning walks
4. Halloween
5. Toffee apples
6. Hot chocolate
7. Pumpkins
8. The smell of cinnamon, orange & clove candles
9. Matching scarf & glove sets
10. And of course the biggie……FOOD (oh and of course Strictly!).

Soups and casseroles are a staple part of our diet during the autumn/winter months and what better accompaniment than a rustic soda bread. The recipie bellow is so easy and will leave you feeling all warm and lovely.

Soda Bread Recipe
Ingredients
– 500g plain flour
– 2tsp bicarbonate of soda
– pinch of salt
– 400ml of buttermilk

1. Sieve the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the salt and make a well.
2. Add the butter milk while continuing to stir. The mixture should come into a ball.
3. Place on a floured surface & need for 1 minute.
4. Place on a lightly floured baking tray & make in a preheated oven of 200c for 40mins.

Yay to Autumn : )

Xxx