Saturday, 19 April 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Rocky Road Slices # RecipeOf TheWeek




135g butter
2-3 tsps of maple syrup
200g milk chocolate
200g chocolate chip cookies
100g  mini marshmallows

Marshmallows for decoration.

Makes about 12 slices

Put the cookies in a freezer bag & use roiling pin to crush until they are in small pieces.

Melt butter, maple syrup and chocolate in a saucepan on a low heat. Add in cookies and marshmallows and stir until they are covered in chocolate.

Pour mixture into a square tin, lined with greaseproof paper.

Place in fridge and leave to set for about 2/3 hours. When ready cut into slices and serve.
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nails Inc Bling It On Glitterball - Baker Street




I brought this in January with a voucher I had for Christmas priced £9.99.
 
 
Baker Street is a stunning colour I love the shocking blue colour. This limited edition collection includes a nail polish, a multicolour glitter pot, an application tray and a dusting brush covered in the multicoloured glitter.
 
 
 

 

The glitter pot is multi coloured big glitter and has a beautiful effect.




Tutu Thursday

 
 
 
Sarah's World & Jelly Rose Yate have a tutu Thursday post and all you have to do is dress your little one in a tutu and post it.


Today Lexie is wearing a mermaid tutu dress that she received for her birthday last Sunday. It was from eBay and priced at £13.99, it came with a cute headband too.

 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Cocktails With Aldi



Got to admit I love the orchard Aldi cider, it really refreshing. I do sneak one or two bottles in with the shopping now and again. I was thrilled to receive a gorgeous hamper last week with loads of goodies for me and the other half ( for a change). Included was a cocktail shaker, glasses and everything included to try out a cocktail or two for ourselves. Aldi has created some cocktails especially to enjoy with your favourite Easter indulgences.
 
 
 

Earl grey cup cocktail would go well with a yummy hot cross bun.

60ml Oliver Cromwell dry gin
35ml strong cold earl grey tea
20ml lemon juice
12.5ml oz sugar syrup
1/2 free range egg white
Ice cubes
Twist lemon peel to garnish



1. Place the gin, earl grey tea, lemon juice, egg white & sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake well.

2. Strain the liquid in to a tea cup and garnish with a lemon twist.


Blackforest martini goes well with choceur marzipan eggs.

45ml amaretto liqueur
15ml Jim beam Kentucky bourbon whiskey
20ml double cream
20ml morello cherry juice
Ice cubes
Finely chopped almonds, to rim glass ( optional)
Morello cherry, grated dark chocolate to garnish

1. ( optional) put finely chopped almonds onto a saucer. Pour 45ml amaretto into a shallow bowl.
Dip the rim of the martini glass into the amaretto and then the chopped almonds. Pour the amaretto into the cocktail shaker, the rest of the ingredients & ice then shake well.

2. Stain into your martini glass and garnish with a black cherry and grated dark chocolate.


Rabbits milk goes very well with white chocolate bunny.
 
30ml old Hopkins dark rum
30ml cocobay white rum and coconut
100ml cold full cream milk
50ml double cream
Ice cubes
 
Grated with white chocolate and coco powder to garnish

1. Place everything expect garnish in the the cocktail shaker and shake well.

2.stain into glass and grate white chocolate over and dust coco powder.
 
 
 

This cocktail was really creamy and worked very well together.

If cocktails aren't your thing, maybe a bottle of Philippe model cremant de Jura ( £6.99, 75cl)  if your dishing up fish this Easter.

Give your lamb some love with a French Pinot noir ( £4.49, 75cl) the grapes In this it have been carefully selected from across France to produce this delicious wine.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Princess DIY Birthday Cake




Lexie turned three the weekend and is crazy on Disney princesses so I decided to make her a huge cake. The basics are pretty simple two 7inch tin cakes for the base, and two Swiss rolls for the pillars.

For the cake you will need.

125g/4oz butter or margarine, softened x2
125g/4oz caster sugar x2
2 medium eggs x2
125g/4oz self raising flour x2
Vanilla essence for one cake and I used cocoa powder for the other.
Strawberry jam for the middle of the cake.

For the frosting I used.

Gel pink food colouring
Whole tub of margarine
3/4 of a box of icing sugar.

Swiss rolls
Rolled icing
Flower decorations
Ice cream cones (4)
Green piping icing.
Sprinkles
Maple syrup
Cocktail sticks
Mini Marshmallows
White Buttons

After making the two cakes and leaving them to cool overnight. I cut the top of one and sandwiched them together with a little buttercream and jam. I covered the whole lot with the pink icing, smoothing it out.

Next I cut one of the Swiss rolls in half and used the rolled icing to cover it, when covered I attached it to the back of the cake with a cocktail stick. I did this again with the other half. The next Swiss roll I cut it to three as it has to be a little bit smaller for the front. I iced these again and attached with cocktail sticks.

Next I covered the cones with maple syrup and sprinkled them with edible glitter, attaching the icing flowers and buttons with buttercream icing around for decoration. At the top of the cone is a little ball of rolled icing. On the base of the cake I put mini marshmallows around the top of the cake.

Using left over icing, I cut out a door and windows. Up the pillars at the front, I drew green effects to look like a plant going up them attaching flowers to the end. With the left over flowers I used them to decorate the bottom.
 
 


 

The princesses was out of the new kinder egg, which make great cake toppers.

Asda's Baby & Toddler Event is back - 17th April online and 21st April in store.




Asda is bringing you big savings this spring, with offers on everyday essentials as well as fun and engaging toys for your little ones. The Asda's baby & toddler event is back so its time to stock up.

We was thrilled to be sent the Little Tikes cash register, it was Lexie's birthday the weekend so this was an added bonus. We love Little Tikes range its really good value for money and prices start from a £1.

Lexie is just at that age where she is starting to use her imagination and you can hear her talking and playing with figures and toys. The cash register has loads of lovely features including a real moving conveyor belt and receipt. 



The till doubles up as a real working calculator, also the buttons beep when pressed. It includes a key that opens the till and a ringing sound once opened. There is scales for weighing, a credit card that you scan and a handheld scanner to pretend to scan your items. 



Included is a basket, a few food items and pretend money for play too.


 Lexie loved the cash register and her and her brother made a real life shop too.




The cash register is £12 at the moment.



Decorate An Egg - Easter Crafts.


We always do three things for Easter a hat, Easter card and decorate an egg. Easter is an important time for Raiden being catholic and I like to bring the fun side out too. Raiden has a creative flare, if you asked him to write a story you would get a few lines. Ask him to draw a story and you would get pages & pages. He has a great imagination so he knew what he wanted to do before I could give him any ideas.

He choose a peacock egg with real peacock feather, some multi coloured feathers, googly eyes and pipe-cleaner feet!  The outcome is really amazing.




Lexie painted an egg then cracked it so she could eat it.... Lol