Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Pinterest


1. This dress is gorgeous, I absolutely LOVE the colour.
2. Such a lovely idea to reuse a glass jar!
3. Coco Chanel quote
4. Love the clashing colours on these shoes, particularly love the shape of the bow
5. I'd love to have a go at making something like this - made with Oreos and M&Ms
6. Glitter nail varnish. I've seen this in the shops however I am yet to buy myself some
7. Dried, pressed flowers are in at the moment and this frame is the perfect way to show them off
8. This is my favourite - a rose made from paper. Gorgeous!

For sources of all pictures, check out my Pinterest page

Monday, 20 August 2012

Lemon Cupcakes

We got bored again on Sunday night and midway through a Desperate Housewives marathon, decided to bake some cupcakes. It's been a while since we baked cakes so it was a lovely change.

I let the boyfriend do the frosting - not bad for his first ever attempt, right?


So here's the recipe-

For the cakes you will need :   (makes 12 cakes)
140g caster sugar
140g self raising flour
140g butter
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
lemon curd for the filling

For the frosting you will need :
280g icing sugar
160g butter
a few drops of lemon flavour / lemon juice
a few drops of lemon food colouring (optional)

To make the cakes-
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and arrange 12 cupcake cases in a bun tin.
2. Next, combine the flour and butter in a bowl before adding the sugar, eggs and milk.
3. Distribute the mix between the cupcake cases and bake for approx. 10 mins.

When the cakes are cooked, cool on a wire rack

4. When the cakes have cooled, use a knife to cut a circle in the top of the cakes to create a well. If you have one, you could use a cupcake corer to do this!
5. Fill the wells with lemon curd and replace the 'lid' of the cake.

To make the frosting-
6. Sieve half the icing sugar into a bowl and mix with the butter.
7. When this has mixed, sieve the rest of the icing sugar into the bowl, add the colouring and flavouring and mix again. 
8. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto the cakes in a circular motion. Note. It looks so much better if you frost the entire surface of the cupcake, rather than just a blob in the middle like mine. I didn't have the heart to correct my boyfriend while he was doing it as he looked like he was having so much fun!

You could always top these cakes with sprinkles or other candy pieces. 

They tasted AMAZING!


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Abercrombie Adoration

I had an amazing thrifty find this week, £80 Abercrombie and Fitch jeans - for £4.99!! 
I've saved £75 and they fit PERFECTLY. I'm SOOO happy :D



I've always loved the brand and I'm loving the current styles. Here are some of my favourites.

I'm DYING to update my wardrobe... maybe this should be my new 'image'?



Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Brilliant Burgers and Fruity Flapjacks

Firstly I must apologize for the appalling photography you are about to see... the lighting in the kitchen isn't too great

Brilliant Burgers

Last night, we made some frickin' awesome burgers. 
Strolling around the supermarket deciding what to  eat is always a task for two indecisive food lovers and it was only because we hadn't had it for so long that we picked lamb and made these amazing burgers...

Ingredients:
1 pack minced lamb
1 red onion
2 slices bread
1 egg
rosemary to taste

1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
2. Slice a red onion into small pieces and create breadcrumbs from the slices of bread with a blender.
3. Empty the minced lamb into a large bowl and mix with the onion and breadcrumbs.
4. Crack the egg into a glass and whisk it quickly with a fork. Add this to your burger mix to bind it.
5. OPTIONAL: Add rosemary to the mix to taste.
6. To create the burger shapes, place the mix onto a baking tray and use a cookie cutter to cut the circles.

You can fry, grill or oven these burgers - it's up to you :)

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the cooked burgers (they were just so yummy we couldn't wait to eat them!) but they look so professional and you know exactly what's gone in them!


Fabulous Fruity Flapjacks

To accompany the burgers above, we made a fruity dessert!

Ingredients:
150g butter
75g soft brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup
250g oats
fruit! - we used sultanas, but you could use dried apricots, nuts, etc. Anything!!

1. Preheat the oven to 180c /160c fan/ gas mark 4
2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper (a 20cm tin should be fine)
3. Melt the butter in a pan. Gradually add the sugar, syrup, oats and fruit to the mix. The mix will get quite thick!
4. When it's all mixed together, transfer the mix to the baking tray. Make sure the fruit is covered and not too exposed otherwise it will burn.
5. Bake for 20 - 25 mins. (Our oven gets very hot, so 20 mins was enough for us)
6. Once cooked, cool on a wire rack - don't try to cut it until it has cooled completely!








Sunday, 12 August 2012

Pinterest Interests

It's been a while since I had time to check what's hot on Pinterest so on this fine Sunday afternoon it was a real treat to be able to sit back, relax and browse to my content! Below are some of the images that really caught my eye this weekend...
1. I absolutely love Cath Kidston and this necklace really is beautiful! (Birthday list, hint hint!!)
2. Love, love, LOVE this outfit, smart-casual chic.
3. How I wish I wasn't on a diet! How yummy do those bad boys look?
4. The place I've been dreaming of going recently - I've never been to Ireland, but after watching PS I Love You and Leap Year this week, oh how I'd love to go!
5. Gorgeous nail art - I bow to you, madame
6. Did I mention I love Cath Kidston?? Love this photo album!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

My New Excercise Plan - Beginning Tomorrow


Please note: All credit for the above image goes to downtownn.tumblr.com

The Olympics

Is anyone else watching the Olympic at the moment?
What do you think?

I've never really been one for watching sport (although I used to play a lot of sport at school before I got lazy!) but watching the Olympics on tv has made me realise that I actually do quite enjoy it.

In particular, I've enjoyed the diving. It's the only event that I've followed from beginning to end. I'm fully supporting this guy...

TOM DALEY

I can't believe he's only 18!

I wish I was more athletic. It's had such an effect on me that I've decided that I'm going to get fit and healthy. And this time I'm going to stick to it, not just try to do it for a couple of days!

I've been eating healthily, having fruit smoothies and NO CHOCOLATE (!!!) and, when I go back to work in September, I'm going to start using their gym on Friday nights. I'm hoping that I can lose a few pounds and get back into the clothes that are hiding in the back of my wardrobe. 

Anyone got any tips??