Archive | September, 2012

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

A life decluttered

8 Sep

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I’ve just returned feeling very refreshed from my holiday in Spain. I always find holidays are a great time to refocus. While sunning myself on the beach I realised my life back at home was way to cluttered! Before my holiday I was stressed, tired, cranky and anxious & I vowed not to go back as that person……and so my life declutter began.

One question I asked myself was:
Why do I find it so hard to say no? Why do I say yes/maybe to things when I really don’t want to do them?

I went through my diary for the past year & I was shocked to see how much of my time I spent with people and in situations I really didn’t like!

I decided to make 3 columns on a piece of paper and wrote down

1) all the things I HAVE to do e.g work, paying bills

2) all the things I LOVE to do e.g yoga, spending time with my family, baking

3) all the things that make me feel urgh : ( e.g watching crappy TV, spending money & time with people who drain me of energy, worrying about silly things.

Obviously the items in the urgh section are the things I’m going to get rid of and I’m going to focus on the things I LOVE column making sure I surround myself with people who make me smile & doing things I enjoy : )

Hurrah to the life declutter!!!

Lots of love
X

Here are 2 great tips for stress relief:
1) Wear lipstick everyday it will make you smile & feel confident
2) Take 10 deep breaths & 10 shoulder shrugs