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Friday, 10 June 2016
Saturday, 28 May 2016
On Thursday evening I - along with two of my favourite fellow bloggers Ellie and Rhian - was kindly invited by the people at Drake Circus Plymouth to attend a preview night for their upcoming fashion show, which is taking place this weekend! Hosted in the Regus Business Lounge - it's definitely as fancy as it sounds - we were greeted by an array of food, drink, fashion and beauty products provided by stores throughout Drake Circus, all of which we got to learn more about and try out.
Thursday, 31 March 2016
My 4th 'blogiversary' is quickly approaching and so I've been spending the past few days reminiscing on all the amazing opportunities I've had since I first started blogging. For me, the most rewarding part of starting my blog has been the wonderful array of people I've had the opportunity to work with, talk to and in some cases meet.
Most recently, I've got to know the lovely Claire of Aloha Lola Cards; Claire is quite possibly the loveliest human being in the world and also the most insanely talented and unique illustrator I've come across. Claire has her own Etsy shop where you can buy personalised caricature cards, key rings and digital portraits all at incredible prices - the individually hand created and personalised nature of Claire's designs make them the perfect gift!
Sunday, 27 March 2016
Easter has always been one of my favourite holidays as it serves as a sign that Spring has arrived presenting the opportunity for fresh starts and new beginnings, something that I have always found to be hopeful and uplifting. I also absolutely adore all the pastel designs, colourful flowers and of course the chocolate eggs that line the shelves. Some of my earliest memories revolve around Easter related activities, with the likes of Easter egg hunts around the house, church services with school and baking with my mum being my fondest.
I always get excited when Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs begin to make their way into the shops and it's a household tradition to use these quintessentially British goodies to make Easter treats. This week, it was also my turn to bring in cake for my media clas and so I decided to play around with a few recipes we've attempted in the past and come up with something of my own to present to them, after debating whether to make a classic Rice Krispie near or a festive Rocky Road I eventually decided on a compromise - enter the Easter Rocky Road Krispie Cake.
This recipe made 12 large pieces - you can easily half the recipe for a smaller batch! Also, I used rough estimates on all ingredients except the butter and syrup - you can add in more or less of any ingredients as desired.
800g Milk / Dark Chocolate
125g Unsalted Butter
125g Golden Syrup
100g Rice Krispies
100g Mini Marshmallows
2 x Bags of Mini Eggs - Crushed
1 x Bag of Mini Creme Eggs
100g White Chocolate
Anything else you want to add!
- Line a tin with greasproof paper - I used a 9" rectangular tin
- In a large bowl, melt the Milk Chocolate, Butter and Syrup together until smooth - this is best done in a bowl over a pan of water on low heat - make sure you stir regularly, ensure the heat is not too high as this will result in burnt chocolate and don't get any water in the bowl as it will ruin the chocolate. You could also use a microwave, in short 20 second intervals until mixture is smooth.
- Once melted, remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies, Marshmallows, 1 & 1/2 bags of Mini Eggs ( I crushed them with a rolling pin) and 1/4 of the White Chocolate (I used chocolate chunks).
- Pour into tin and spread out with a spatula ensuring you have an even spread and flat surface - place in the fridge.
- After about 1-2 hours, melt remaining White Chocolate using preferred technique. Remove the Rocky Road from the fridge and drizzle melted White Chocolate on top - additionally you could spread it to give an even coverage. Top with the remaining crushed Mini Eggs, halved Creme Eggs and Mini Marshmallows. Place back into the fridge.
- Refrigerate until set and cut into equal pieces of desired size!
I absolutely love this recipe, it's so simple but looks and tastes amazing! But be warned, it's incredibly sweet - my class labelled me as trying to give them diabetes, obesity, a heart attack and just straight up murdering them - however it was certainly rave reviews all round. This is definitely one I'm going to start making every year!
Do you have any Easter Traditions, or favourite Easter recipes? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Sunday, 31 January 2016
Saturday, 2 January 2016
I believe the most important part of organisation is finding a diary that works for you. For me, this Busy B Busy Life Academic Diary is perfect - this particular one is now out of stock as it's an academic diary, but the 2016-2017 edition will be available soon, alternatively there is still limited stock of the 2016 diary available here. My favourite part about these Busy Life diaries is that it is made for those of us with 2 schedules - for me that's home and school - and therefore is a week-by-week view for the same dates on both pages. I find this to be an absolute gem as I was constantly cramming all my home life schedules in my tiny school planner. Now I am able to plan my home life on the left, and my school on the right but whilst remaining with just one diary!
Additionally, this diary also includes a page for your timetables, important contacts, references and notes. Each page also features a reminders box where I like to write my weekly To-Do list. The diary is divided into 3- month sections, separated by a pocketed page to store any receipts, appointment cards etc, along with a pocket at the back. To ensure everything stays together, the diary is bound by an elastic band and features a ribbon to ensure allow for quick access to the week you are on.