Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Reese's peanut butter, chocolate egg cupcakes.

cupcakeseasterx I spotted these Reese's pieces chocolate eggs in Tesco, they're filled with peanut butter. I thought they'd make a great topper for Easter themed cupcakes, a little different from mini eggs! Here's the recipe and how to make them if you want to bake these for yourself, now Easter is fast approaching…

What you will need:
175g of unsalted butter
175g of white sugar
3 large, fresh eggs
175g of self raising flour

for the icing
600g of icing sugar
250g of softened butter
yellow food colouring
your choice of sprinkles
2 tablespoons of milk

Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees, line a baking tray with cupcake cases of your choice. In a large bowl add the softened butter and the sugar, whisk on a high speed until it starts to cream together and is nicely combined. Now add the three eggs and whisk again until the batter becomes yellow. Sift in the self raising flour and whisk well, on a high speed until it starts to form a lightly coloured batter.
Scoop the mixture into the cupcake cases, about 3/4's full. Pop the tray in the oven and leave to bake for around 15-20 minutes (depending on cupcake size!) Keep an eye on them as these don't usually take long to bake. When done, take them out of the oven and place on a cooling tray. Place a skewer through the cupcakes and if it comes out clean, they're ready to leave to cool, for about 20 minutes.
When the cupcakes are cool, it's now time to decorate them. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter, slowly add parts of the icing sugar at a time, then the milk and the yellow food colouring, mixing together until the butter cream becomes light and fluffy. If you'd like the frosting to be a little more stiff, simply pop it into the fridge for 10-20 minutes before you pipe it onto the cupcakes.
Once you've iced your cupcakes with the butter cream frosting, add the Reese's Pieces chocolate, peanut butter eggs and sprinkles of your choice! Now they are ready to eat. I think these are so cute for Easter, and great for peanut butter fans. What do you think? The vanilla sponge is so soft, I'm a sucker for cute sprinkles.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Birthday snapshots… turning twenty-five

On Friday I turned 25! Tom had came over the night before, on the morning of my birthday I was told to 'hide' in the kitchen. I came into my room and saw flowers, cupcakes that he had baked, beautifully wrapped presents. It was all so, so lovely and thoughtful there was so much thought put into everything and we had the loveliest morning before we headed to Newcastle and then to Tom's parents house.
*cheers* Oscar clearly wanted in on the Prosecco and double chocolate cupcakes, spot the super fluffy dressing gown. Yes, that's me in neon, not white, not cream, not pastels… neon! My leather look skirt is from River Island, and my Bralet is from Missguided. Dad, in case you're reading of course I didn't go out like that, I made sure to put my big fur hooded parka on over the top. Is that a sign of old age? Oh god...
We had a lovely meal in Newcastle (we are back there next week for Jimmy Carr live, eep!) When I arrived at Tom's parents house his mum and dad had put birthday banners up, and I received more lovely presents off his family, including another cake with a singing sparkler candle. I received some amazing gifts but the little things always mean the most, I was emotional at the effort that had been made for my birthday, it was nice to have such a special day with those closest to me. I also had a lovely meal with my family on Saturday, so feeling very lucky and loved at the moment. p.s Top boyfriend marks and a gold star for baking me a sausage dog cake I mean look at it... I think he can stay!

 Turning 25 wasn't so bad after all hurrah for eating all of the cake, in fact… it was the best birthday ever. Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, twitter and instagram :)  photo Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 19.17.07_zpsabyvcnks.png

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

15 blogger problems...

I thought I would do a fun, light hearted post about some first world 'blogger problems' I know myself and others have experienced in the past. Let me know what you think of mine and please feel free to add in any of your own 'blogger problems' you have experienced in the comments :)
iphone 6 1. Receiving emails that are addressed as your blog name 'hi, milk' I think this was the funniest one so far. That and the postman asking if he could get a signature for the surname 'bubble tea'

2. Not being able to use your beautiful brand spanking new make up, until you've taken 1000 photo's of it first.

3. Finally realising that the letter 'J' which has been at the end of many emails is in fact a :) symbol in Microsoft outlook, really brings a new tone to the email.

4. Winter. aka eternal darkness, where blog photography goes to die.

5. Having a never ending wish list, some blogger, somewhere, is always uploading new make up, clothing and home-ware hauls.

6. Parcel slips. You wait in all day sat by the letter box  because you know a parcel will be arriving shortly, You blink and there is a red 'sorry we missed you' slip, infuriating.

7. Instagram-ing everything. Because if you didn't instagram it, did it even happen?

8. You go into boots for one thing and spend £50.00.

9. Risking your life for blog photo's. Standing on tables, chairs, balancing your fancy pants camera on a box, on top of books, to get the best shot.

10. Writing out a full post, minutes away from publishing only for your browser to crash and lose it all.

11. Filling your entire memory card up with photo's and only being happy with two.

12. Trying to attempt HTML and you end up deleting your entire blog...

13. Explaining to non-bloggers, what a blogger is. When Blogger doesn't even think blog and blogger are real words in spellcheck.

14. Emails. Spam emails, forgetting to do your emails, when you forget you are doing your emails and you put way too many kisses, or even worse... emojis.

15.  Forgetting to have fun and enjoy it, sometimes these days it can be so easy to compare, blog designs, followers, opportunities etc. Instead of just enjoying it, meeting new people and having a bit of fun along the way.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

How to: Have a pamper night in your own home.

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1. Set the mood.
Turn off your phone (or at least put it on silent) Shutdown your laptop. Light some scented candles and tea lights, to create a relaxing atmosphere in the room. I'm forever repurchasing this Lilyflame candle in the scent 'blush' it smells just like baby powder.
pyjamas 2. Get comfy
Tie your hair up in a top-knot, Have a long soak in a bubble bath, then change into your favourite pyjamas or extra large t-shirt no skinny jeans allowed here. I love these brushed sausage dog pyjamas from primark, super cosy.
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3. Make yourself a hot drink
Your favourite blend of tea, hot chocolate with whipped cream or maybe even a glass of wine. I love taking half an hour out of my night to just chill and enjoy a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.purity
4. Wipe the day away.
Cleanse, tone, moisturise and gently massage your face. There's nothing I love more than taking my make up off the minute I get through the front door. I love the feeling of fresh, clean skin once I know I'm in for the night. bon iver
5. Listen to a relaxing playlist
Spotify is great for it's music selections, I always head to the 'mood' section there's tons of playlists to choose from, happy songs, sad songs, acoustic songs, one for whatever fits your mood. I chose a playlist full of Bon Iver.
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6. Moisturise your whole body.
Use a thick body butter, massage it all over your body. I tend to head for light moisturisers when it comes to my body but every now and again I like to use a thick, scented body butter to really nourish my skin. Whilst your just sitting and relaxing it will give it time to sink in.calendar
7. Make little to-do lists
instead of stressing about those emails you haven't replied to yet, write everything down in a list. Do them later one, by one crossing them off as you go. I always feel much more organised when it's down in writing in front of me.
8. Get rid of those puffy peepers.
If you don't have any fresh cucumber slices lying around, try a moisturising eye cream. Placing cold tea bags on closed eyes is also supposed to help reduce puffiness.

What do you think? I love taking the time out to have a little pamper night at home once, maybe twice a week. Especially on Sunday's… You could always watch your favourite DVD or series, the new Pretty Little Liars episode is calling my name on Netflix.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Ten things I would tell my younger self.

roses1. Do more things for yourself.
Stop worrying about what everyone thinks about you, they're far too busy worrying about their own problems. So you would rather stay at home in your new PJ's and watch that animal documentary with your dad and a large pizza, instead of going to *that* super cool college party... You don't have to be exactly the same as everyone else, do your own thing and enjoy it, you'll thank yourself later.

2. Bin the Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation.
Put it down.
It's five shades too dark for your skin tone and you've already got (at least) three layers of it on your face already. It won't help your acne, we've all been there. Back away from the pot of dream matte mousse.

3. Drag that Sims desktop icon to the recycle bin.
Un-install the Sims, go outside, be more active. Stop spending your nights on MSN messenger,  signing in and out all night trying to get that boys attention you'll see your friends again tomorrow, they can wait for now.

4. Appreciate your parents more.
They only want what's best for you...You may think they're invincible now and that they'll be around until the end of time, but they won't. Thank them more often, let them know you love them, just little things, they will make a big difference.

5. Try to have a little more confidence.
For god sake, stop getting a bob the minute your hair goes back, you'll end up in tears every time. Stop walking around with your head down and your iPod on,  your horrendous acne disappears so working on lifting your head up. Try to love yourself a little more instead of always looking for the negatives.

6. Everyone's just winging it...
Try not to pass out when you cut your legs to pieces in the bathroom because you didn't use shaving cream on your legs. Your hair will be so many colours but you'll always go back to blonde in the end. Dad forgives you in the end for dying it jet black, don't sweat it. You'll figure out that you can't sleep in your make up or not wear the gloves when you apply fake tan… you'll get there.

7. Don't do things because it's considered 'cool'
Stop going to the sun beds in your college dinner hour, they are cancer boxes. It's okay that you don't like to drink, you'll probably save yourself from doing some pretty embarrassing things. Good on you for resisting trying cigarettes, you'll be even more convinced when you see your best friend throw up all over her shoes shortly after she has her first puff…super cool, not.

8. Be nice to people.
Stop walking around with that bitchy resting face of yours...Make the effort with your friends and family, be the person to text or call first, smile more, do something nice on a daily basis no matter how small. You will feel so much better for doing this. It really is nice to be nice.

9. Enjoy life before the internet.
*makes dial up connection sound* Gone are the days of being shouted at because someone picked up the house phone whilst you were browsing the world wide web. Social media is everywhere, it will become a part of your everyday life. Enjoy your food... before you have to instagram it before eating it.

10. Stop trying to make the 'life plan' happen.
Nothing in life will go the way you plan, usually anyways. Focus on the main important things, and you will be okay. You don't have to have the next ten years of your life planned out in extreme detail. Things change all the time, you can't plan your life, you just have to make the best of what you've got!

I tried to keep this as light hearted as possible, whilst still getting in some serious points that I would tell my younger self. What do you think? How many of these ring a bell, when it comes to your teenage years? what would you tell your younger self?

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