Friday, 19 September 2014

Cake that round two...

So, it's round two of the Emporium Bakery's GBBO competition, cake that. We had to recreate a recipe from a list of cakes, pies and tarts. I thought this entry was in on the 29th, so yesterday I was running around my kitchen like a headless chicken. Every time I used the pie crust recipe, I usually use, the cream and fruit would fall through. Two crumbled pie crusts later, I admitted defeat and bought a shop bought pie crust. I can imagine the sheer horror on Mary Berry's face now, but at the end of the day, honesty is best and it's my own fault for not checking the dates. So here's how I made the filling…
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For the whipped cream and fruit filling

250ml of chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

I chilled my metal mixing bowl in the fridge for ten minutes, I then added the sugar, the vanilla extract and whipping cream to the bowl. I whisked on a high setting, until the cream became stiff. I then scooped the filling into the pie crust and topped with lots of fresh fruit for decoration.

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Super easy, to make I just wish my own home made pie crust would have held the weight of the fruit and cream together, but sadly I ran out of time and had to post something for my competition entry. Hopefully in the final challenge I can bake something amazing, to make up for this!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”

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After staying at Toms all weekend, when I come home, I love having a mini pamper evening to myself. First things first, hair in a top knot, make up off and lots of Oscar snuggles. I usually have a bubble bath , light some scented candles then sit down to catch up on reading blogs and replying to emails..
bloglovin milk bubble tea becky
It's nice to sit and scroll through blog posts I've missed, as I'm not really on my phone much at Toms, too busy having a nice time, or watching Netflix. We are completely, totally hooked on a series at the moment, but a lot of people have already seen it, so I won't say which one due to spoilers!
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I usually pick up a magazine of some sort and a little treat okay, okay more like a gigantic bar of chocolate on my way home, these strawberry mini meringues (from the co-op) were so tasty.
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After a bubble bath and applying a face mask of some sort, I usually take this time to paint my nails. For a long time I never bothered with nail polish, but now my hands feel naked without it. I always think it makes you look and feel a little bit better, somehow. I'm going to have to try and ditch my pastels for some deep reds and burgundy shades, now autumn is almost here!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Snapshots

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 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png1. I got excited for autumn, so I bought this tartan print scarf from New Look (link here)

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png2. Desk clutter, Alexa Chung, super chic sausage gift tag, maybe I should get Oscar a Dickie-bow?

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png3. I'm pretty sure nothing beats nice, fresh, clean bedding. Featuring my cloud bed

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png4. My de-cluttered dressing table, complete with fairy lights and scented candles

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png5. Exciting invitations through the post…

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png6. I caved and repurchased this, I guess I can find a winter perfume, next month…

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png7. Marshmallow scented bubble baths brought to you from Treacle moon (Psst and Tesco.)

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png8. My pretty new make up treats

 photo ScreenShot2012-12-04at232909.png9. Bringing back the bear robe, snug as a bug in a rug.
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Friday, 12 September 2014

A little splurge...

milk bubble tea chanel urban decay naked 3
I rarely buy make up, let alone high end make up, I tend to stick to products I know. Mainly because I'm scared of spending a lot of money on one product, ending up disappointed and it ending up in the bottom of a drawer. I don't mind spending money on foundation, because I like long lasting, good quality coverage and I know I'll use it everyday. So, I finally bought the Naked 3 palette, I bought the first naked palette a few years ago and I still use it daily. When I opened it, I was  certainly not disappointed..
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Urban Decay Naked 3 palette - House of Fraser

Even just the rose gold box and the pretty packaging alone made me excited, but when I opened it I heard angels singing, I suddenly had the urge to put every shade on my eyelids all at once. I love the dusky rose shades, 12 beautiful quality eye shadows, 3 matte, 6 satin, 3 shimmers, along with a double ended brush and 4 primer samples, I can't wait to try them all out, so many different looks to create. 
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Chanel rouge coco baume - House of Fraser

I headed out with the intention to buy a Chanel rouge coco shine lipstick. I'd had a small procedure on my arm at the hospital earlier that day and I wanted to treat myself. I couldn't believe all three colours I'd been lusting after were out of stock, so I did something a little bit ridiculous and bought the Chanel rouge coco baume, yep that's right a £25.00 lip balm. But… I'm pretty sure it's the most beautiful lip balm you'll ever see. I didn't want to buy a shade of lipstick I wouldn't wear... just for the sake of it. Anyone else who suffers from awful chapped lips all year round, at least it's a touch of glamour for me and my chapped lips. As I said, this was a treat and it certainly feels just that, how can this packaging ever not feel super chic and luxurious?

I just noticed there is currently an offer online only, I thinkkk for £10.00 off certain beauty products including the naked palette 3 (doh!) if you buy any other beauty / fragrance item. Not sure how long this offer lasts though!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Yankee candle indian summer 2014 collection

I was sent the Yankee Candle Indian Summer collection to review. There's a mixture of fruity, floral and fresh scents. You can find the collection here. I love scented candles any time of the day but especially now the nights are drawing in, they just make the room feel so cosy.  
yankee honey glow
I adore this scent, I don't think it has a particularly strong honey scent though, more sweet and floral, I've been burning this candle a lot and find the scent is really powerful. It reminds me of a certain perfume but I just can't put my finger on which one. I'll definitely be buying this in the larger size once this has ran out.
yankee candle indian summer
I find this has a really strong spicy citrus scent, it's fresh but a little overpowering for me. I still like it just not as much as Wild fig or honey glow. If you like fruity scents, this one is definitely for you!
yankee candle
This is my favourite scent, it's so rich and fruity, my mum has asked for the large jar of this for Christmas! Is it weird to 'save' a candle for 'special' use? I just love this scent, it's so relaxing and just makes the room smell amazing.

What do you guys think? I burn candles all year round but now that we're heading into autumn, I will be buying a lot of scented candles. 
Yankee candle are also running a competition to win a holiday worth £5000 and runners up can also win the yankee candle indian summer collection you can enter - here

(To clarify, this is not a sponsored post, The candles are PR samples and were sent to me for review)

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