Lush Christmas Range

This is my favourite time of the year to visit Lush as all of the christmas range is available to buy!

It’s so easy to find christmas presents in here as Lush do pre-packed christmas gifts which contain a few different products all within a price range from £9.95-£170! I must say the £170 gift box looks amazing and seems to contain just about every item in the shop but it’s slightly out of my price range!!

The first christmas item I bought was the Magic Wand, this is a reusable bubble bar which you wave around your bath just like a wand as it’s filling up and wall-ah! Lots of bubbles are created. The Magic Wand smells of candy floss and bubble gum.

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The next item I purchased was the Santasaurus bubble bar which smells very nice with the main scents being Brazilian orange and bergamot oil. I thought this little christmassy dinosaur was too cute to resist!

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The Golden Wonder bath bomb is one of my favourites, again a citrus scent but the best part is when it fizzes away in the bath, releasing lots of colours and a shimmer of glitter. A very pretty bath bomb that leaves your skin feeling great and slightly glittery!

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The Christmas Penguin, how cute! Citrus scents must be my favourite as this one contains bergamot oil and Sicilian lemon oil. This is an adorable bubble bar which you break into pieces under running water to create a turquoise bath of bubbles.

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Chocolate and Strawberry Cake

This cake is an interesting one, it has three completely different textures: Jelly, Creamy cheesecake filling and cakey chocolate brownie. There are three layers to this cake and each one is made separately. I did cheat by using a brownie mixture but I will try out homemade brownies when I make it the next time! The cake went down a treat with all my family, especially my brother therefore it must be a good bake!

Ingredients:

Chocolate Brownie base

1 packet Betty Crocker chocolate fudge brownie mix

1 medium egg

3 tbsp vegetable oil

5 tbsp water

white and milk chocolate chips (optional)

 

Strawberry puree

300g strawberries

2 tbsp icing sugar

 

Strawberry cheesecake layer

360g Philadelphia cream cheese

300ml double cream

Quarter of the strawberry puree

100g white chocolate melted

 

Strawberry jelly layer

The rest of the strawberry puree

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp caster sugar

8g powdered gelatine

 

Method:

Chocolate Brownie Base

Pre heat the oven to gas mark 4.

You will need a deep non stick round cake tin, line the bottom of the tin.

Mix all the ingredients together and feel free to add some white and milk chocolate chips to the mix.

Pour the brownie mix into the cake tin and bake for 25 minutes until a knife comes out clean.

Once baked,keep the brownie in the cake tin and leave to cool. I put mine in the fridge to cool quicker.

Strawberry Puree

In a blender blend all the strawberries and the icing sugar until smooth.

Strawberry cheesecake layer

In a bowl mix the cream cheese and double cream together until thick.

A little bit at a time, gently fold in a quarter of the strawberry puree. Add in the melted chocolate and fold gently again.

Leave the mix to cool in the fridge.

Strawberry Jelly Glaze

In a small saucepan heat up the water and strawberry puree until warm but not boiling.

Add the sugar and gelatine and keep stirring until dissolved.

Once dissolved bring to a boil and then take the mixture off the heat and cool the saucepan in some cold water but make sure no water gets into the mixture.

Putting the cake together 

Whilst the Strawberry glaze is cooling, take the brownie still in the tin and add the cheesecake mixture on top, smooth and even the cheesecake mix. Once this is done pour the strawberry glaze on top and place into the fridge for at least an hour before taking it out of the tin and slicing up to eat.

 

 

 

 

Chickpea and Potato Masala

Hello,

Today I am sharing a delicious recipe with you, chickpea and potato masala. I found this recipe in the October Good Food magazine. It was easy to make and very tasty. I love chickpeas and I also love Indian-inspired dishes so this was perfect.

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Serves 4-6 – prep 15 minutes – cook 45 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tbsp sunflower oil

2 onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or finely sliced

1 tbsp garam masala

4 tbsp masala curry paste

900g potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used red roosters)

400g can chickpeas

400g can chopped tomatoes

400ml coconut milk

200g baby spinach

A handful chopped coriander, plus extra leaves to garnish

Natural yogurt, to serve.

Method:

In a large pan Heat the sunflower oil in a large pan, then gently cook the onion for 5 minutes.

Add the garlic, ginger, garam masala and curry paste and cook for 3 minutes over a medium heat.

Stir in the potatoes and chickpeas then pour in the tomatoes and coconut milk then simmer.

Season and continue to cook until the potatoes have softened. If the sauce looks dry add a little bit of water. Add in the spinach and handful of coriander and cook until potatoes are soft.

Dish up, sprinkling some coriander on top and serve some natural yogurt on the side.

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Conker Hunting!

Hello,

When Autumn arrives, it always reminds me of one thing in particular, conkers!

Conkers are a hard brown nut, normally known as a chestnut but not the same type as you eat. They are found inside a green or brown prickly shell.

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As a family we go conker hunting every year. It’s one of those traditions where no matter how old you get, it’s still good fun to do. For me Autumn is not official until I have found some conkers!

We usually go to the same tree every year and are never disappointed. I did notice that the tree was looking a little bit sad and bare so I’m not sure how much longer we will be able to get conkers from it, however we have great memories of this tree as we have come back here often over the past 10 years.

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The land where we find the conker tree is also great for trails of autumn coloured leaves and we also noticed some blackberries this time meaning they must be in season!

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Let me know if you have any Autumn traditions!

 

The 25 Questions Tag

Hello,

This seemed a great tag for you guys to get to know me better. Feel free to copy these questions and make your own 25 questions tag and then share it with me!

Were you named after a celebrity/someone special?: As far as I’m aware I was named after a friend of my mum’s who was athletic and kind. I may have the kind part but not the athletic bit!

What was favourite subject at school?: I loved English and History.

What is your favourite drink?: Fresh blueberry Juice, It’s so hard to find but delicious!

What is your favourite song at the moment?: I don’t have a favourite song at the moment but I enjoy listening to Jason Mraz.

What is your favourite food?: Spaghetti Bolognese.

What is the last thing you purchased?: The last thing I purchased was milk (how exciting!).

Favourite book?: The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Favourite Colour?: I actually don’t have one.

Do you have any pets?: 2 goldfish and a dog.

Favourite Perfume?: Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs

Favourite Holiday?: Rhodes, Greece.

Do you want children?: Yes, I would like 2-4 children.

Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: I think around 9 or 10 times.

Do you speak any other language?: No

How many siblings do you have?: I have 2 older brothers.

What is your favourite shop?: My favourite shop is Asos online as it has loads of different brands in one place.

Favourite restaurant?: Zizzi’s

When was the last time you cried?: Two weeks ago.

Favourite App on your phone?: At the moment my favourite app is 2048, rather addictive!

Favourite Movie?: The Help.

Favourite TV show?: Modern Family and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

PC or Mac?: Mac

What phone do you have?: iPhone SE – Rose Gold.

How tall are you?: 5ft and a ‘smudge’ according to the doctor!

Can you cook?: I believe I can cook, yes.

Sharing A Photo

Hello,

Today’s photo is one from last Winter. I was on a walk and noticed lots of icicles, especially this one. Doesn’t the ice look like a grasshopper? Or even some kind of fairy frozen in time. It was amazing seeing all the patterns created by the frozen water, each piece so delicate, slowly melting away.

Let me know if you can see the ‘grasshopper’ or what you think the ice looks like!img_8698

Lush Halloween Range

Hello,

I love Lush, something to jazz up the bath! I went in for a look last week and came out with a selection of bath stuff from the Lush Autumn/Halloween range. The bag of bath bombs has been sitting in my room for the past week and it smells amazing!

The first bath bomb I picked up was Lord of Misrule, people seem to love or hate the smell of this bath bomb and i actually quite like it. It smells like black pepper mixed with citrus fruits. In the bath it bubbles away with shades of pink and green before leaving the bath a purple/wine colour.dsc_0574

 

My mum then picked out this soap, Fireside. I am still not sure about the smell of this. Cloves, spices and coconut oil. I definitely get the smell of cloves but there is another smell that I just can’t seem to name! I love the colours of this soap as they remind me of Autumn, the pattern reminds me of a flam on an open fire.dsc_0571

 

I then picked up the pumpkin bath bomb. This is a strong scented bath bomb and the smell is just like orange flavoured sweeties. This one fizzes away leaving the bath water bright orange. This one is my favourite scent so far from the halloween range.

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The last bath bomb i picked up was Monster’s ball. I chose this one because it looked fun and reminded me of Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc. Scented with lime oil, this one smells very fresh. It has cocoa butter as an ingredient so it leaves your skin more moisturised than other bombs. Over all a very cute bath bomb!

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Stay tuned as next month I will be posting some of the Lush Christmas range.

Autumn Scarf

Hello,

Today I am sharing with you my favourite autumn/winter scarf. I bought this scarf a couple of weeks ago and it’s so soft and snuggly, making it perfect for this season.

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I seemed to buy the scarf just at the right time as it is now even cooler outside and it truly is autumn.

Pia Rossini is the designer of the scarf, I bought it in a local shop in my town. It was priced at £19.95 but I’m sure prices vary in different places. The colours are perfect as the greys, blue and purples go with almost anything.

I hope the weather stays cool as I love wearing this cosy scarf! It’s definitely a must have this autumn/winter!

Recipe: Double Chocolate Cookies

Why is it that the things that taste so good are so bad for you?!

I love these double chocolate cookies and thought i would share this quick and easy recipe with you.

Ingredients:

200g butter

250g caster sugar

1 large egg

270g self raising flour

75g cocoa powder

Small amount of milk

2 bars of milk chocolate (I personally like Galaxy)

1 bar of white chocolate (I recommend Milkybar)

 

Method:

Pre heat oven to gas mark 6 (200 degrees celsius). Cream together the butter and sugar and then add in the self raising flour and the cocoa powder. If the mixture looks too dry then add a little bit of milk. Break up all the chocolate and add that in mixing together with your hands.

Take two large baking trays and line them both with foil.

Place ten balls of the cookie mixture onto the baking trays – making sure there is enough space for the cookies to spread out – bake for around 12 minutes. The cookies will still be soft when taken out of the oven so leave them to cool for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the cookies from the baking trays and place them onto a wired rack for a further 15 minutes until cool.

These cookies go well with a nice hot cup of tea. Enjoy!