Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bake Days - Banana & Coconut Fritters


Hello my loves,

I'm sharing a recipe with you of some yummy little balls of delight that I made the other day. I fancied something sweet and noticed I had some left over bananas that needed eating so I filtered through all of my baking books but couldn't find anything and then came across this recipe online. I gathered together the rest of the ingredients that I already had in my store cupboard.

Ingredients you'll need -

125g plain flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
75g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
25g desiccated coconut
Pinch of salt
4 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about 400g flesh in total)
Vegetable oil, for frying
(The original recipe has zest of lime but I left that out because I simply didn't have it)

1. Firstly, sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, coconut and a pinch of salt. Stir in the mashed bananas into the dry ingredients, a bit at a time until it is all well combined. Next cover the batter with cling film and chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

2. Fill a medium sized saucepan one-third full of oil and place on medium heat, or until a cube of bread dropped in the oil sizzles and turned golden in 30 seconds.


3. Using a tablespoon, carefully drop about 3-4 spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. (I used another spoon to help place the batter in the oil)

4. Lift out with a slotted spoon, place on kitchen paper to drain off any excess oil, and repeat with the rest of the mixture.


Once all your fritters are done, place in a large bowl and serve hot with a sprinkle of sugar. The perfect amount of crisp on the outside, light & fluffy in the middle. Melt in the mouth goodness!


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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Things I Love - Picks Of The Week

I'm going on my first ever hen weekend (I don't include my own) on the 25th April and seeing as I haven't done a weekly 'Things I Love' post for ages, I thought this would be a good round up of the outfit I'm thinking of getting.


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1. here I've been lusting after the Hell Bunny flamingo dress for absolutely ages so I'm finally stalking a few on eBay! Keeping all my fingers crossed I get one!

2. here The super cute shell bag I've loved for a while and I think it'll go well with the outfit. Its the perfect size and would go nicely with a few other dresses I have.

3. here The shoes are from a favourite online store but I doubt I'll be able to get them in time for the hen weekend. Would any of you ladies know a website you could recommend in the UK that would have something similar?

As I'm not sure what the weather is going to be like in a few weeks time, I'll be wearing a fitted cream cardigan just in case its chilly. Though saying that I always wear a fitted cardigan with all my dresses.

Have you been on a hen weekend before? If so where did you go? I'd love to hear your stories of where you ventured to :)

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Lately

Evening my lovely readers!

It's been a while since I've been able to post anything and I just want to say a huge "Thank You" to all my loyal readers for being patient with me. I/we have had to make lot's of changes recently and it got the better of me meaning my posts suffered.

In the last few month's we've had financial troubles meaning we had to change our daily routines. This resulted in us nearly loosing our home, we lost friendship's, gained friendship's but we have weathered the storm and now finally both have new job's (yay!) and look to get back on track.

To start off this new month I've gathered together photos I've took over the last few weeks.


1. My bargain purchases I got at Home Bargains! Both for £5!


2. My Grandma and I visited a new French cafe that's opened up in my town. Their hot chocolate is amazing!! (Adore the mug it came in too!)


3. My sister Bluebell loves staying at our home and has found a liking to my Hello Kitty glasses!


4. It was my Mamas birthday back in February so I made her a red velvet birthday cake with vanilla butter cream, pink edible glitter and pastel sprinkles! Nom!


5. Having our dear friends Claire & Mark visit is always fun and we went to our favourite vintage shop that has the cutest cafe! Just how cute are these S&P chefs :)


6. Oh you know..just a photo of me! The weather has been all over the place lately so I wore my vintage yellow dress I purchased from the Oh So Lovely ladies last year to cheer me up! :)


7. My sweet little Sookie who I love dearly and she's been so clingy lately and I kinda love it.


8. I received the most kawaii package from my pen-pal Amme! I mean, how amazingly cute is that mermaid tank top?! I love having awesome pen-pals and wish more of us would write letters to one another.


9. This may be the best hot chocolate I've ever bought! Not only is it a liquid hot chocolate but its also vegan and low in calories! You can also drizzle this on your porridge or fave fruit! Yum!


10. Feeling the warmth on my skin recently has been so lovely. Can't wait for more days like these so I can wear dresses without tights on.


11. Paul & I went to a pretty colourful art exhibition in our town where they created a Wonderland from colourful sand. Amazing!


12. White blossom blooming everywhere right now, hello Spring!


13. Every single morning we have this cute face staring at us to get up! Who needs an alarm when you have a Sookie ;)

Happy Spring everyone!!


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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Love Hearts


Today I'm sharing with you a super easy 'no bake' recipe to make a sweet treat gift ideal for your loved one and perfect for Valentines Day! Not so long ago I purchased a heart mould that I've been itching to use and this was a great opportunity to start using it. Whether these are for a romantic gesture or a sweet gift for a friend, they'll love these dark chocolate & raspberry love hearts!

Here's what you'll need -

200g good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa) - broken into pieces
4 tbsp freeze dried raspberries (or any preferred dried ingredient's)

medium bowl
wooden spoon
tea towel
palette knife
heart shaped mould

1. Place two-thirds of the broken chocolate into a mixing bowl and place it over a saucepan that's half filled with water but the water shouldn't be touching the bowl. Bring the water to a gentle simmer and don't let it boil or the chocolate will burn.

2. Leave the chocolate to gently heat and melt, stirring occasionally. When it has all melted, remove the bowl from the saucepan and wrap a tea towel around the bowl to prevent the chocolate from cooling too quickly.

3. Place the remaining third of the chocolate into the bowl and stir. When the chocolate has melted, leave to one side whilst you prepare the heart mould.

4. Make sure when you use a mould that its clean, dry and lint free, then use a teaspoon to transfer the chocolate into each heart. Use a second spoon to scrape the chocolate away from the first spoon. each heart should be full but don't worry if it goes over the edges.

5. Once all the hearts are filled, holding the sides lightly tap on the surface so any trapped air bubbles disappear. You'll also see if any of the hearts need topping up if they're not filled completely. If any of the hearts become overfilled, gently scrape away excess chocolate with a palette knife. Smooth it from one side to the other and then place the excess chocolate back in the bowl.

6. Time for the fun bit! Pour a handful of the dried raspberry into your hand, sprinkle over each filled heart so that each heart is fully covered. Repeat this process until all are done.


7. Now place the mould in the fridge for about 30-40 minutes, when the chocolates are ready they should be hard and would have shrunk away from the sides a little. To remove the chocolates from the mould flex the sides and the chocolate should pop out.

8. Flip the chocolates over so you can see the glossy surface of your sweet treats! One key thing to do when removing the hearts from the mould is make sure your hands aren't too warm. I have really warm hands and nearly melted mine whilst doing this.

9. Your sweet treat loves hearts are done but why not make them more personal by wrapping each heart in gold foil. Place in a either a small box with tissue paper or clear bag with ribbon. Either way your loved one will love these delightful love hearts!! Enjoy!

I'd love to know if your making anything for your loved one? Do you have anything planned?



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Friday, 7 February 2014

ModCloth Make The Cut Contest: 'Prints Charming'

Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? Well now that dream can come true! The ModCloth Make The Cut program is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at ModCloth!


How does the contest work?

Entrants will design a new print for a private label dress silhouette that is already being produced! Contestants have two weeks to submit designs. After the submission period, the ModCloth Creative Team will narrow down the submissions to 20, which will be sent to the guest judge, Amanda Needham, Costume Designer for Portlandia. After Amanda has chosen the 10 finalists, they will be posted on the Be The Buyer page for voting. There will be a week for the Community to vote, then ModCloth will contact the winner and update the contest announcement with the big news!

•    Contest is Live Now!
•    End of Submission Period: Friday 02/14/14
•    Launch voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/03/14
•    End voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/10/14
•    Winner announced on ModCloth Blog (winner will be contacted personally): Wednesday 3/12/14

Send your entry in now and good luck!!

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