Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Prairie Pizzazz: Enchanted Edition

I am not going to lie, when I received my Prairie Pizzazz Enchanted Box I was beyond excited. I was too keen and may have ripped open the tissue paper before I took pictures. There was literally no time to waste! But to give you an idea, there was Amethyst Purple tissue paper with little fairy sequins on top. ADORABLE.

Before I go on, Prairie Charms put in so much thought and attention to detail and while to some people this is overlooked, I think it really makes the entire box what it is. It complements the Enchanted theme, in this case, and makes it so great to first open!


Seraphina Velvet Knot Wrap - This seriously soft velvet in a beautiful purple forms a velvet knot wrap. Perfect for pushing hair back while doing a face mask and having a little pamper session.

Luna Leatherette Hair Bow - I cannot wait for all the Christmas parties to be able to wear this. I love the gold colour and the textured effect. It's going to go perfectly with my Christmas dress.

Hazel Custom Knot Tie Pack - I am a huge fan of the knot ties, I'm pretty sure I say this every time. This months are very much Enchanted, with the emerald green colour, white with gold hearts and the stag! I think these are my most favourite I've received yet!

Anya Butterfly Head Band Duo - This is definitely fitting with the Enchanted theme but unfortunately not my cup of tea. It's so pretty but not something I would wear.


Hermione Wand Necklace - How cute! This definitely fits in with the Enchanted theme and the wand is so cute. I definitely want to have an Enchanted theme party just so I can wear all this! Hm, there's an idea...


Pandora Evil Eye Bracelet - This is so pretty, I love the colour and it's simple which is what I like!

Solace Midi Ring - Another very cute piece of jewellery, but another one that's not quite me!


Merida Candy Skull Wax Melts - OMG. LOVE. I've just got a Wax Melt Burner and I am so excited to have these Gingerbread Melts to burn. It's so Christmassy and it is definitely putting me in the mood!

Rosalie Quote Card - Everything about this quote card is perfect. I've popped it up on my wall along with all my other postcards and I do love a good motivational quote to see while I'm blogging.

The Sweet Hostess Sugar Swizzle Sticks - I'm a bit in love with this. I've never had one before but you always see them in this perfect party pictures and I know their big in America! I was so excited to see one in this box.

There was also a card in the box and it was so lovely to see a personal touch.

This has by far been my favourite Prairie Pizzazz box yet. It all fits in perfectly with the theme and even though there were 2 items that weren't quite me, that is totally ok! I cannot wait to see what comes out of the Christmas Prairie Pizzazz box!



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Monday, 23 November 2015

What To Get A Blogger For Christmas

It's always a difficult one when you don't know what to get someone for Christmas. But really, the question is "What Do I Get A Blogger For Christmas?". Well duh, lots of Instagram-worthy stuff of course.

I teamed up with Really Good* to show you what you could get.


"Stuff That Doesn't Go Anywhere Else Tin" - I absolutely love the idea of putting together boxes and hampers of gifts for family and friends. You can grab your own tin from Really Good or even use a gift box. I recently put together a box of things for my friend and wrapped up a cardboard box then lined it with shredded tissue paper!

"That's My Brain You Can Hear Whirring" Notebook - Is this perfect for a blogger or what? We probably hoard stationary for a living but hey, we all need another notebook for blog ideas.

"To Do:" Chocolate Bar - For the emergencies, when writers block hits bad and all you can do is eat chocolate.

"Help Feed Me Chocolate" Card - Because we all love a good slogan card. And yes, please feed me chocolate.

"A Desperate Woman" Luggage Tag - To hopefully get a lovely gentleman to carry your bag for you...or something like that.

"For Spanking Only" Ruler -  Because...um...just because?

"Fuck Right Off" Eye Mask - Because girls gotta sleep right? I need my beauty sleep and this says it all really.

Compact Mirror - These are super handy to have in your bag. I especially love that this has two mirrors! But hey, you need something to apply all those MAC lipsticks with.

"What I Want" Mini Notepad - Another handbag essential, for all the notes and ideas that need scribbling down. Or a blog prop shopping list instead.

Tin With Tissues - This tin can be used for practically anything, it's easy to store bits in. Oh, and makes a great photo prop.

"Hair Of The Dog" Mini Hip Flask - LOVE. Because you never know when you might need this.

Vintage Flowers iPhone Stand - So I'm a bit in love with this. I never thought about owning something like this but this is so perfect for bloggers. It means keeping up with everything on my phone, with it at the right angle, while I'm at my desk blogging.



I would also do something along the lines of filling a makeup bag for a beauty blogger or a cake tin for a food blogger. In fact, I'm getting a little bit excited about the thought of doing this!

What would you get a blogger for Christmas?


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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Hobby Craft Haul


I might have gone a bit Christmas crazy. Oopsy. If you saw my small Paperchase haul here, then you will know that I bought a couple of Christmas things, then I went on the Hobbycraft website and things took a turn for the worse.


I spent £31.99 and bought 17 items. I was pretty happy with this to say the least.

I can't share everything I bought as some of it happens to be Christmas presents.


I bought lots of DIY things. I got a 25 pack of mini real pegs so I can clip things onto some string to hang up. Potentially a homemade advent calendar or Christmas cards and photos.

Make Your Own Reindeer Bunting because I obviously need some festive reindeer bunting around my room.

A 12 pack of Gold & Silver jingle bells to decorate presents with.


The cutest chalk board heart that will no doubt pop up in photos very soon.

This letter A that I'm going to pint gold and have in my room to remind me what letter my name starts with...


Paper gift tags with gold dots and writing as I thought these could be used if my Paperchase ones run out and for the just because presents.

Gift stickers because it was 60 for £1.50 and I like them and I can always find a use for them. Yeah, I've convinced myself I definitely (did not) need them.

A whole load of baking cups which I took to the cottage for various things we did.

Mini Alphabet Stamps for scrapbooking! Plus I love the design of these.

This adorable little scrapbook coming to an event near you soon!

And lastly, this cute white heart, another great prop or present! Who knows!



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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Stocking Fillers: ASOS Wish List

It's almost Christmas. OH MY GOD! The excitement is finally starting to settle in and it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas (no pun intended...).

So I was looking on ASOS the other day, I always find their Gift section to be amazing. So here are my top picks for stocking fillers, all of which I would LOVE. Hint Hint.


Oh, and one bonus thing I am dying to get is this amazing gift set from Happy Plugs. All that gold!



What's on your Stocking Filler Wish List this year?


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DryU

As many of you know Kirsty and I hosted the South West Blogger Meet last month and one of the brands that attended was DryU. I found them by chance on twitter and since launching just over a month ago, they agreed to come.


It is such a unique idea, these bags are designed to keep all of your valuables and belongings dry in the wettest weather and situations. You can go surfing, swimming, kayaking, you name it and take all of your belongings in it and it won’t get wet. What’s even better is that they float, so if you get thrown off your surf board, it won’t sink to the bottom of the sea.


They come in 3 sizes: 5L, 10L and 20L and 4 colours: Blue, Yellow, Orange and Pink (obvs the one I got). So there’s a size for whatever you are doing and eye catching colours so you won’t ever miss it. There are also two straps, one so you can carry it by hand and a longer one so you can throw it on your back to keep your hands free.


I think this is such a clever idea and something I think will be so popular! Jamie (who started up the business) was kind enough to let me take one for my brother so he can take his sports kit wherever he needs to and when he’s out playing football it won’t matter if the bag gets wet or dirty or muddy as it is so easy to clean! Plus he’s obviously the coolest kid in school.

I’ve been using my mini pink one as a way to take my things for work in for when it’s pouring down and I’m walking to work because I really don’t have time for my phone and blog notes getting ruined.

They’re also great for festivals and other outdoor occasions! We can’t rely on the British weather for being great so DryU bags are perfect for whatever the weather decides to do.

You can get your own here, prices start at £12.99.

Which colour and size would you choose?




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Friday, 20 November 2015

Banoffee Pie in a Jar with Bonne Maman


OOH it's food friday again, this seems to be becoming a thing, which means I need to find a recipe for next week.

Anyway, when we went away for the weekend for PLB Slumber Party, we were kindly sent some products from Bonne Maman to make our own Banoffee Pie in a Jar.


Obviously anything in a jar is much better than anything else. But with the Banoffee Pie you can see all the different layers of ingredients which I loved. 

This recipe makes 6 Banoffee Pies.

Ingredients:
½ a Pack of Digestive Biscuits
2 Pots of Whipping Cream
4 Bananas
2 Jars of Bonne Maman Caramel Spread*
Some Grated Chocolate for decorating


Method:
  1. Put all of the digestive biscuits into a food bag and seal tight. Using a rolling pin, crush the biscuits until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  2. Whip up the whipping cream until it becomes fluffy, this can take a while, so if you have an electric whisk then take full advantage of this!
  3. Chop up the bananas into thin slices.
  4. In your jar, put a layer of biscuit crumbs and pat down so there is a flat top.
  5. Put a layer of Caramel Spread, as much or as little as you feel you need!
  6. Put a layer of bananas, maybe a couple thick!
  7. Pile on the whipping cream on top of this and then add some grated chocolate on top of this.
Ta-dah! You have the cutest looking Banoffee Pie ever!



We didn't add anything to the biscuit base as the Caramel Spread ran down in with the jar to make it stick together. However you can add some melted butter to make it stick together beforehand.

Let me know if you have a go at making this yourself!






*Bonne Maman kindly sent us some jars of their Caramel Spread to make this recipe.
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Mexican Feast with Old El Paso


On the first evening of the weekend with Sykes Cottages, after we had all settled in and we waited for Sara-Jayne to arrive, I cooked up a storm in the kitchen with Old El Paso* Restaurante Chicken Tinga kit. 

This kit comes with 8 Small Tortilla Wraps, 1 Chipotle Sauce and 1 Tinga Chicken Seasoning.

You also need 3 Chicken Breasts, 1 Onion, 1 Avocado and 1 Lettuce. Plus I cooked up some peppers with Season-All and also used some Salsa. We also made some Nachos, using tortilla chips, salsa and cheese on top of that and cooked it in the over for 20 minutes or so.


To make the chicken:
  1. Heat up a pan of 200ml of water and add the Tinga Chicken Seasoning.
  2. Using a knife, put 2 slashes on either side of the chicken breast and put these in the pan with the seasoning mix. 
  3. Cook these for about 20 minutes, making sure they don't stick to the bottom of the pan and turning regularly.
  4. Ensure they are cooked, remove them from the pan and put them on a chopping board. Using two forks, shred the chicken into smaller pieces, very similar to pulled pork!
  5. Return these to the pan, with the sachet of sauce and cook for a few minutes, again stirring it regularly to make sure it doesn't stick to the pan.

In the mean time while cooking the chicken, chop the lettuce up into strips and dice the avocado into small cubes. For the tortilla wraps, pierce the packaging and put them in the microwave for 30 seconds so they are warm.

To make the peppers:
Slice up the peppers into thin strips or chunks, depending on how you prefer it, put some oil in a frying pan with the peppers and add the seasoning. 


You then stuff as much as you can into one tortilla and enjoy! My favourite combination is chicken with pepper and avocado. The creaminess of the avocado goes so well with the spiciness of the chicken.


Oh I want some more now!






*Old El Paso kindly sent us some of their kits to try at the PLB Slumber Party
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

BBC Good Food Show London


Oh what a day! I loved every second of it. I was so lucky to get press passes to the Good Food Show in London last weekend, and being something that my mum and I have been to for a couple of years now, I couldn’t resist to go again.

We set of very early, with the idea that we wouldn’t be home late, cus some people have to work Sundays and we need our sleep. Yeah this didn’t happen.

I didn’t take that many pictures unfortunately, but we arrived at 10.30am and it was relatively quiet, we normally always arrive around 12pm. So we walked around the Cake & Bake Show as this was relatively small and eyed up all the delicious cakes. We grabbed a coffee and waited for it to get a bit busier and wake up a bit!

We spent HOURS walking around the show. Starting with the first level and grabbed some lunch, I had the most delicious Hoisin Duck Wrap which was stuffed full and my mum got the salad version. We set off round the top level and came across so many new products to try! 




I always find the top level has more products that I want to try and enjoy more for some reason! I was fascinated by this Whipsmiths Extraordinary Ice Cream. They can put together any combination of flavours from their large selection and whip up some ice cream right in from of you. They use nitrogen and a high powered mixer and within a few minutes you have some incredible ice cream.


Another favourite of mine had to be from Boozey Belles, some amazing flavoured vodkas and rums, all put together into some of the cutest gift sets. Who wants to buy me one?!

I also loved the Passionfruit Vodka from I HEART Vodka, hello Christmas Present! No seriously, my mum got me one for Christmas so we can have Bellinis on Christmas Day mmmm.

I’m also completely in love with this selection pack from The London Tea Company. The Peach & Rhubarb is a new favourite of mine, I thought I wouldn’t like it with the Rhubarb, but you can barely taste it and I LOVE Peach so this is a big yes from me. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and fruity. Totally drinking a cup right now.


And lastly, here’s a cheeky goody bag haul for you. These are kindly given out at the Good Food Show every year and they’re always different which is great! I cannot wait to use some recipes for some of these!


Perkier | Fish ’n’ Chips | Jammy Dodgers | Ten Acre Crisps | The London Tea Company | Ariel | Lindt | Lotus | Knorrs Stock Pots | Bisto Simply Casserole | Hermesetas | Sarsons Balsamic Vinegar


Will you be going to the Good Food Show next year? I know I will!


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Weight Loss Wednesday #3: Toasty Toppings

I quite like Sourdough Toast, jk I love it! I’ve been experimenting with a few toppings and I’ve come up with my 3 favourites. Ever since I had the best avocado on toast with prosciutto in New York, I’ve been a bit obsessed with it ever since.

I made this Avocado on Sourdough Toast with Chilli Scrambled Egg and Bacon, just yum! If you don’t like avocado, take it away so you have scrambled egg and bacon! If you don’t like sourdough bread, swap it out for some ciabatta instead.

Ingredients:
A couple of strips of Bacon per person
3 Large Eggs
100g Rachel’s Organic Greek Style Low Fat Yogurt*
Salt and Pepper
1 Red Chilli, chopped
10g Salted Butter
1 Large Ripe Avocado, peeled and sliced
Dark Sourdough Loaf, sliced

This recipe serves 2 so you may find some of the quantities are a bit much. It only takes 20 minutes to whip up and makes the perfect brunch.

Method:
  1. Begin by cooking the bacon in a frying pan or under the grill - cook to your liking!
  2. Crack the eggs into a measuring jug and add the yogurt.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, then use a fork to beat them together. Add the chopped chilli.
  4. Put a medium sized saucepan over a low heat and add the butter.
  5. Leave it to melt slowly, then when it starts to bubble, carefully pour in the eggs.
  6. Stir slowly with a wooden spoon, or a spatula if you’ve got one, so you can get right to the edges of the pan.
  7. Keep gently stirring until the eggs still look silky, slightly running and slightly underdone, and then remove from the heat - the heat of the pan will continue to cook the eggs to perfection.
  8. Layer the scrambled egg with avocado slices and cooked bacon on toasted slices of sourdough bread, serving immediately.


There is 558 calories per serving, hence why it makes the perfect brunch.

Two other toppings I have been trying are feta and fig and mozzarella and tomato.

I made the feta and fig by slicing up a fig and layering them flat on the toast and then crumble some feta cheese on top. It’s so delicious and the sweetness of the fig complements the feta cheese.

A classic combination of mozzarella and tomato goes well on top of the toast - simply slice each of the mozzarella and tomato and layer on top of the toast.


What do you think I should try next?


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Friday, 13 November 2015

Brownie Cupcakes with Reese's Peanut Butter Chips & Fluff


FOOD FRIDAY. YAY.

So I'm finally finally back with a proper recipe. And it's a good'un.  Obviously at the weekend I spent my time at the cottage, which you can read all about here, and we were lucky enough to be sent a whole range of treats from Candy Hero*. They set us a task of making a recipe with Reese's Peanut Butter Chips and Fluff. American treats of course, so I came up with the idea to make Brownie Cupcakes. That way we were all able to make our own cupcakes and decorate them as we wished!

So here is the delicious, mouthwatering recipe we used to make our cupcakes.

Ingredients:
185g Unsalted Butter
185g Dark Chocolate
85g Plain Flour
40g Cocoa Powder
3 Large Eggs
275g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Large Packet Reese's Peanut Butter Chips (283g)
1 Jar of Fluff

Method:

  1. Cut the butter into smallish cubes and put into a medium sized bowl. Break the chocolate into pieces and put in the bowl. Place this over a pan of simmering water and stir until it has all melted.
  2. Wait for the chocolate to cool, preheat the oven to 160C. Tip the flour and cocoa powder into a sieve over a bowl, shake it until it has all sieved through.
  3. Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in the sugar. With an electric mixer on maximum speed, whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy. 
  4. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse, then gently fold together with a rubber spatula. Use a figure of eight action to ensure it is all folded in and you get round the sides.
  5. Resift the cocoa and flour mixture into the eggy chocolate mixture and gently fold this in using a figure of eight action again. It will become very fudgy and much thicker. Stir in the Reese's Peanut Butter Chips until their dotted throughout.

  6. Pour the mixture into the cupcake cases and level out the top. Put in the oven for 25 minutes and check with a skewer to make sure it is done.
  7. Leave them to cool, then add a layer of fluff in the place of icing and add the sprinkles of your choice. I used these confetti sprinkles from Lakeland that I had lying around and these cases from Hobbycraft.
Some of the best brownies I've ever tasted! I love the Reese's Peanut Butter Chips with the chocolate brownie mixture! Plus the Fluff on top tastes so much better than you would expect it to!




A massive thank you to Candy Hero for supplying some of the ingredients and setting the challenge. What should I make next?!


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