Bolton Abbey

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This post is about Bolton Abbey and why YOU should go…

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FIRST of all, you can take your own BBQ and have a lovely BBQ by the river at Bolton Abbey – the BBQ area is big so you are guaranteed to get a space to fulfill your BBQ needs

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SECONDLY, the scenery is amazing as you can imagine! There is a valley called the Valley of Desolation which just sounds cool and you have to go just cause of the name. There is a wishing fountain so you can make all your wishes come true! There’s also a church that isn’t a church anymore but if you’re weird like me and like reading grave stones then that’s cool.

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STEPPING STONES – the stepping stones are super fun but if you’re scared like me, you can just step on a few for a pic and make a return back to the land 🙂

When it’s really hot, it’s acceptable to get in your swimwear and go for a swim at Bolton Abbey, it looks super fun as well

If you’re arriving in a car, it is £10 to park but it is totally worth it as it is such a good day out and you can explore all day and have a sit down with a picnic or a BBQ or both ofc

So goooo to Bolton Abbey

go now

Mermaid Party Cupcakes

IMG_3851.JPGQuick and easy mermaid cupcakes by me and Liv P…

Me and Liv stumbled upon the mermaid cupcake set  in a lovely little shop in Kirkby Longsdale. It was way too cute not to buy…

These cakes are perfect for a baby shower, children’s parties, charity bake sales and basically anyone who loves mermaids and cake

Ingredients:

12 cupcakes –

  • 110g self raising flour
  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • blackcurrant jam
  • strawberry jam

To decorate –

  • Betty Crocker’s vanilla buttercream frosting
  • Pink and blue food colouring
  • Dr Oetker Fairy Princess sprinkles
  • Mermaid cupcake set

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and place 12 paper cases into a muffin tin.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the flour, adding a little milk. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Set aside until the cakes are cool.
  5. When the cakes are cool, use a syringe to inject the jam into the cakes. We used blackcurrant jam for the blue cakes and strawberry jam for the pink cakes.
  6. For the topping, simply spoon out the buttercream into two bowls. Colour half of the cream pink and the other half blue.
  7. Carefully spoon on the buttercream onto the cake in a circular motion.
  8. Go crazy and sprinkle your desired decorations and then stick the mermaid skewers into the cake.
  9. ENJOY the cuteness
  10. ENJOY the taste 🙂

 

Creme Egg Brownie

EASTER EASTER EASTER

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Naturally, I have been searching on Pinterest for some Easter baking ideas and found the creme egg brownie and I just couldn’t resist

It is soooo chocolatey and just amazing and yummy

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What you will need –

  • 1 hour of your time
  • 20cm brownie tin
  • Baking paper

Ingredients:

  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 85g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 5 Cadbury creme eggs

Decoration:

  • Smartie mini eggs
  • Cadbury mini eggs
  • Cute little chicks

Method:

  1. Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease the 20cm square tin with butter and line with baking paper.
  2. Put the butter and the chocolate into a bowl and set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted. Put the mixture into the fridge so that it cools down quickly.
  3. Break the eggs into a large bowl and tip in the caster sugar. Whisk the eggs and caster sugar for around 5-6 minutes with an electric mixer on maximum speed.
  4. Then pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the egg and sugar mixture and gently fold together.
  5. Sieve the flour and cocoa into the wet mixture and continue to fold the mixture gently until everything is combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into the brownie tin and place in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Whilst the cake is baking, cut the creme eggs in half (TIP: pour boiling hot water over the knife so that it cuts through the eggs easily). Crush a few of the mini eggs with a rolling pin but leave some whole.
  8. After the brownie has been in the oven for 20 minutes, take it out and place the creme eggs into the brownie. Then put it back into the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  9. Once baked and cooled down, scatter all the mini eggs over the brownie. Then place into the fridge for 1 hour to make sure that the brownie is firm.
  10. When the brownie is firm, decorate with the little chicks to get those Eastery vibes!
  11. ENJOY THAT BROWNIE
  12. (take pictures of the brownie from different angles cause you love it) :))))

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HEALTHY Easter Hamper

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HELLOOOOO IT IS SPRING and Spring means EASTER

If you’re anything like me then you will love any occasion to decorate… I am obsessed with decorating so of course there are bunnies, chicks and sheep in my room to celebrate the new season

Easter is pretty soon so I thought I would make an Easter hamper. I figured that there are people out there (which is v sad) who cannot eat chocolate for health reasons. AND also people who just wanna be fit and healthy (not me).

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This hamper idea is perfect for people who want a healthy alternative to chocolate eggs!

FIRSTLY, you have to make the box look Eastery. To do this, I just ordered a plain box, some yellow ribbon, Easter tissue paper and ofc some colourful feathers from Paperchase, it was fairly cheap and you can get most of this stuff from supermarkets anyway. I mean just throw everything onto the box in whatever style you want so it looks like you’ve nicely vommitted Easter up onto a plain old box :))))

SO the food I picked was from Holland & Barretts, I do love a good shop on Holland & Barretts’ website as I am a sucker for offers and deals which they always have. Mostly everything I got was buy one get one free or 3 for 2……. I just love love love it and I got 10% off and a £5 voucher, dying in deal making heaven

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Here is a quick list of what I got:

Flapjacks x3 (strawberry, chocolate & coconut), protein bars x4, vegan Easter milk and dark chocolate, Bounce energy bites, energy gels x2, ginger bites x2, yoghurt coated raisins x2, dried fruit and chocolate shots x4 and vegan sour snakes.

I also added some LUSH items as what is Easter without LUSH’s seasonal stuff? I got the chocolate lip scrub which tastes identical to Terry’s Chocolate Orange, it tastes so good. I also got a bunny mask shower jelly which was in the shape of a bunny, I just don’t know how anything can get better than that?? And of course an Easter egg bath bomb!

I HOOOOPE you are as OTT as me with every occasion and go all out this Easter 🙂

Zaandam – Amsterdam

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I know A LOT of people have to been to Amsterdam many times but I just thought I would share the part of Holland in which I stayed as it was amazing!

When I was booking the holiday, I immediately fell in love with one hotel in Zaandam, it was something that I’d never really seen before, very quirky and unique so I had to go!

IMG_1986Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam

The hotel has many rooms and every single one has a unique picture on the wall to give you a real feel of Holland.

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There is a gym, sauna, steam room and swimming pool for everyone to enjoy. I think the best part of the holiday was definitely the swimming pool and sauna… if you want more of a relaxing holiday I suggest this hotel and definitely Zaandam as it is a much quieter area away from tourists but only 10 minutes away from Amsterdam city centre via train. It is also only 20 minutes away from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

I was kind of nervous to get the train in a different country as I hate not being familiar with the trains and times. However, it was so easy to get tickets, you could get them from the ticket machines and just scan your ticket on the way to the train. Basically their train system is MILES better than it is in the UK.

A return train ticket from Zaandam to Amsterdam was around €5 and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Zaandam was around €4.

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Zaandam is a beautiful place as it looks like a little toy village. The hotel is also a 1 minute walk away from a big Primark so if you forget anything you can get anything you need from there.

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It is also near a supermarket and many local cafes which serve the best coffee and pastries. There is also a subway and a cute cake shop across from the hotel which just look so CUUUTE

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I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone on a budget as it was £200 per person for flights, luggage and a 3 night stay at a 4 star hotel!

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I feel like most people know what there is to do in Amsterdam so I’m not gonna talk about all of the amazing things you can do as I don’t think anyone really needs a well thought out plan as you can just walk around all over the city and decide what you want to do as you go.

Although I would recommend maybe booking some museum tickets online to avoid queues but if you really want to avoid peak times, maybe book in the week because when I went back to some museums on a Monday it was completely clear and you could walk straight in.

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I do have one tip for Amsterdam though, if you want a really clear picture of the ‘Iamsterdam’ sign, stand at the back of the sign, take a picture and then flip the picture so it looks like you have taken it from the front but magically made all of the tourists disappear – good trick for a cool picture 🙂

American Pancake Skewers

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IT’S PANCAKE DAY!!!

So, me and Liv obviously had to make pancakes. I’m not the best at making circular pancakes so we decided to make pancake scewers as they look cute and you can also make them circular with cookie cutters

Here is the super quick recipe

Ingredients:

  • 135g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 130ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp of olive olive (plus extra for cooking)

To serve: 

  • Nutella
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Skewers

Method:

1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a bowl or jug. In a separate jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the olive oil.

2. Pour the mixed milk and egg into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until the batter is smooth.

3. Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, add the olive oil into the pan. Add as much batter as you like to the pan, when the top of the pancake starts to bubble that’s when you should flip the pancake. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

4. Once your pancakes have cooled down, get a circular cookie cutter and cut out small circles to make smaller pancakes. Spread Nutella over your tiny pancakes, then stab them onto the skewers. Also do this with the blueberries, bananas and strawberries.

5. Finally, for a finishing touch sift some icing sugar on top!

ENJOY 🙂

Healthy Snacks

img_3050I have spent aaaall day procrastinating but good procrastinating as I made some quick and easy HEALTHY snacks

Blueberry & Green Mint Iced Tea 

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I actually used to love drinking (hot) green tea and also putting it on my face (it makes a great face mask so I like to think).

Today I decided to make some iced tea seeing as it is nearly spring and just why not

Ingredients:

  • 100g blueberries
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 5 mint green tea bags
  • lemon
  • hot water (obviously)
  • ice

1. Boil the kettle and put the tea bags in a jug. Pour over as much boiling water as you need and leave to brew for 5 mins.

2. Meanwhile, put 100g blueberries in a jug, add the sugar and lightly crush with the end of a rolling pin.

3. Remove the tea bags from the water, pour the tea over the blueberries. Add some ice and then chill in the fridge.

4. Pour the iced tea into the cups and add a few blueberries, a slice of lemon and some sprigs of mint leaves.

Chocolate And Coconut Energy Bites

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Ingredients:

  • 100g pecan
  • 75g raisins
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
    (Makes 8)

OKAY so this is super easy… you basically need to mix everything (apart from the coconut) into a blender and BLEND. Then use your hands to make them into ball shapes. Once that is done, sprinkle desiccated coconut on top.

SUPER EASY AND QUICK

Frozen Bananas

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I actually cannot wait to eat these mmmm

Ingredients:

  • 4 fresh bananas
  • peanut butter
  • cocoa powder
  • dried goji berries
  • little white chocolate stars

I don’t even know if I need to explain this, you just get some bananas and throw on whatever you find tasty and then pop them into the freezer.

TIP – I put my peanut butter into a sandwich bag and used it as a sort of piping bag to pipe onto the bananas so they looked CUTE but you could just smother it all over if you don’t care about presentation.

SO YEH why do your uni coursework when you can make tasty food and drinks instead 🙂

Jammie Dodger Cupcakes

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As it was Valentine’s Day this week it was only right to make cute Jammie Dodger Cupcakes…

So, as I made the cakes with my friend, Liv  it was kind of easier to make them as I made the cakes and she had the hard task of making the buttercream so it was good enough to pipe.

HOWEVER you can just buy Betty Crockers’ vanilla frosting, put it into a plastic freezer/sandwich bag and pipe away

INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes (makes 12 small cupcakes)

  • 110g butter, softened at room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • Mini Jammie Dodger biscuits

Buttercream

  • 150g butter, softened
  • 280g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

(We KIND of used these measurements for the buttercream but I guess it’s okay to improvise as you gotta make it thick)

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

2. For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. (I suggest that you make the buttercream first as it took Liv quite a long time and you can just leave it in the fridge ready to be piped)

3. Then add the remaining icing sugar with two tablespoons of the milk, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

4. Stir in the teaspoon of vanilla extract into the smooooth buttercream.

4. For the cupcakes, add all of the ingredients to one bowl and mix (I’m not sure if this 100% right but it worked for me and it was super quick and easy)

5. Spoon the cake mixture into the cupcake cases and place into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. When the cakes are ready, place them on a cooling rack.

6. Once the cakes are cool, inject some strawberry jam into the top of the cakes (we used a sringe).

7. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag/sandwich bag and pipe the icing using a spiral motion onto the cupcakes to make a large swirl.

8. FINALLY place the mini Jammie Dodger biscuits onto the buttercream to make the cakes look super cute.

ENJOY 🙂

Day Out In Chester

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So, last year in October I went to Chester… I’d never been before apart from to Chester Zoo which I love! But this time I decided it would be cool to look around the city and see the shops, the city is a nice size, not too big but not too small. And there are plenty of shops to look around!

Without using a map or having a plan what to do that day, I just walked around until I got to Grovsenor Park. The park is lovely but the best thing is definitely the squirrels, they aren’t like most timid squirrels, they actually come over to you (well, if you have food that is). So, if you get some peanuts they will come straight over to you and take them out of your hands, it’s so cute. It’s also great for pictures!

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The park leads to a beautiful lake/river with LOTS of benches around so you can sit there and take pictures.

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I just think it’s a really cute day out and it’s so cool to feed the squirrels so I thought I’d write about it and show some pictures 🙂