30 Jun 2011

Yumminess on a stick - recipe and how to

They look good don't they?  They taste even better and they're ridiculously easy to make!  Inspired by those pricey little pretties in Starbucks =)

This is what you will need 

♥ chocolate 

♥ large marshmallows 

♥ sugar sprinkles 

♥ lolly sticks

♥ bowls / dishes

♥ rice

♥ silver foil

Fill a dish as deep as one third of your lolly sticks with rice and cover with silver foil 

Thread marshmallows onto lolly sticks and stab into the silver foil to make a hole

Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave - be careful not to burn it.  If your microwave has a power setting, turn it down so that it's not cooking on full power.  Stop and check the chocolate regularly.  Once it's melted with a few chunks, stop cooking and just stir to melt the remainder.

Dip a stick of threaded marshmallows into the chocolate and then add some sprinkles.  Put it into the silver foil holder you made so that it can stand freely whilst the chocolate sets.

Try not to drop your roll of silver foil in the chocolate like I did!

Make lots because they're really yummy 

Put them in the fridge to harden, especially if it's a hot day 
As you can see, I made some with milk and some with white chocolate and used contrasting heart shaped sprinkles.

The chocolate melts the marshmallow a bit on the inside, so when you eat them they're extra squishy and yum

I think they're great for when you want to make something sweet but don't have the time or all of the ingredients to make cakes.  Hope you like them =)

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28 Jun 2011

NOTD - dotty peacock-cock-cock

Here's my first NOTD in ages!  Lately I've been forgetting to take photos of my nails before the polish chips, but I've not been doing anything interesting anyway, just block colours.

When I had a day off last week I decided to make some time to try out my new dotting tools and here are the results.

I used Sally Hansen hard as nails as a base coat and seche vite top coat.  My block nail colour was models own turquoise and for the dots I used models own peach sherbet, lilac dream and pastel pink.

Hmmm - I think I need more practice with the dotting tools!

This is the design which inspired me to have a go - it's rather amazing and my attempt turned out nothing like it!  I found it really hard to line the inner dots up with the outer ones.

It's by Rebecca from the blog Rebecca likes nails  Check out her blog for some rather amazing and very creative nail art.  I've only recently discovered her but she's already inspired me loads, it's just a shame I'm just not half as talented!

What else do you do with your dotting tools other than standard dots?  I need some insp!

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26 Jun 2011

Little updates

I'm surprised to be doing another "little updates" so soon, but I seem to have accumulated a few bits of news and stuff.

On Thursday I had a day off work which was sort of a lieu day, so as it wasn't actually holiday, I decided to completely waste it by doing lots of lazing around the house.  The day kicked off with some Jeremy Kyle, Obvs, and was followed by This Morning whilst reading blogs.

This was my breakfast which I ate whilst cringing over the plight of Jeremy Kyle's latest batch of guests.  I hardly ever have breakfast as I don't get up early enough in the week and can't really be bothered as the weekend.  This is what I considered to be the world's best breakfast - toast, marmite, cheese, massive cuppa =)

I had quite a few packages delivered this week, mainly from shopping the sales, so I saved them up for devouring on my day off.  Here we have some asos, forever21 and miss selfridge.  I guess I'll have quite a few haul posts coming up then!

My asos order came with a free sample of Carmex strawberry lipbalm.  Carmex is a lipbalm brand I've never tried but people seem to go on about it being great, so I gladly ripped open the little sachet and slapped some on.  

The verdict - it's disgusting.  I really don't get it.  It smelt awful, like strawberry mixed with disinfectant.  Me no likie.  

The rest of the day off was consumed by baking.  We were having a charity day at work the following day and as we were support two children's charities ( Bliss for premature babies and Demelza which is a children's hospice) we had a "back to school" theme.  

I made cupcakes with grades and little school badge slogans on them such as "Head Boy", "Nerd", "School bully", "Rich Kid" and err... "School Bike".  They didn't come out as well as I hoped - it was really difficult to write on the icing.  If you're interested in how I made these / the recipe, I will be doing a blog post on all of the items I made soon.

I also made chocolate apple cinnamon flapjacks (inspired by the yummiest flapjack from my Graze box)

And these - the simplest but the most effective - chocolate covered marshmallows on a stick - proper nom!

A few photos of the goodies on display at the charity day (it's not me in any of these photos - I was behind the camera).  My boss dressed up as a school girl for the day, which really impressed me actually, I would never have expected her to do it!  I have a photo, but it's just not worth the risk of posting it!

I've decided to have a little play around with making some blinging phone covers - I'm still guessing in terms of what I need and there's some more bits to come through the post, but here's the equipment so far.  I can't wait to get going with this!

After finally buying a crucifix ring, it turned up broken =( 

I got these Crest teeth whitening strips probably about a year ago now when I did a UK / USA swap.  I really don't know why I've not gotten round to trying them yet, other than I suppose that I'm scared they'll cause more sensitivity in my teeth.  I've started using them this week and have taken a 'before' photo so I'll be back with the results and a full review.  

My glossy box arrived on Friday morning.  I think I'm quite lucky living near a sorting office that the last two boxes have arrived early on the first day.  Both times I've been able to quickly photograph the contents and get it up on the blog by about 8.30am for anyone who can't wait to find out what's inside.  

It'll come as no surprise to you that along with the rest of the world, I was a bit disappointed with this months' box.  

We now know that there was variation in the boxes this month, but these differences didn't seem to line up with the preferences we'd put on our little survey.  My variable product was the body buff, which is okay.  Having seen the other options I'm quite pleased I got this, the only thing I would have preferred is the lipgloss that I saw others had.  I was also pleased I got the berry shade OPI rather than the silver one.

Seeing what others had in their box made me appreciate mine a little more, but I'm still unimpressed by the stinky granny perfume and the mini can of Batiste - I have no issues with Batiste but a can that size is worth about 50p and it's not a "luxury sample"! I am looking forward to trying out the serum as I am at a stage where I'm seeing wrinkles and I ain't happy about it!  However I do think it was silly to include that product in everyone's box as a lot of the subscribers will be a lot younger than me and will not have a use for an anti-ageing serum.  

I think glossybox have perhaps launched too soon before they were really ready and had properly planned and researched everything.  Their first box gained them tonnes of attention and orders, and the second one has sadly undone much of that.  Combined with the announcement of the price increase from £10 to £12.95 unfortunately I doubt glossybox will still be around this time next year.  

I've decided to stay and get the July box out of sheer curiosity, but I will definitely be cancelling before September.  I won't pay more than £10 for a mystery box of stuff!

I popped to the shops for a few things I needed on Saturday and had a little browse of the H&M sale.  There wasn't much I liked, other than this jacket.  It looked quite naff on the hanger, but something made me want to try it on.  I'm glad I did because I love it and have already thought of so many outfits that it goes with.  It was only £10!  Cue awkward shot of me in the changing rooms.  I really don't know how you OOTD girls do it - I looked ridiculous whatever post I went for! 

One of the main reasons I got up early and went shopping was to check out the Zara sale.  You may remember from a few weeks ago I was drooling over these shoes but I wasn't prepared to pay £60 for suede shoes as they tarnish so easily.  

The sale faeries must have been smiling as they had two pairs left, both size four, so they're now mine!  They were down to £40 (I had hoped it would be £30!) so I just went for it.  Considering I'd seen someone trying to sell them on eBay for £120 it was a bargain!

I think they're just the classiest shoes ever and will be something I reserve for special smart occasions.  I'm going to get some suede protector spray for them too - never tried this so I hope it works.  

The bf and I had a silly falling out and he came home with flowers for me and a Tesco finest dinner that he could heat up himself.  Aww bless!  We had prawn cocktail, an extreme lasanga with garlic bread, and profiteroles.  (Yes I am still supposed to be on weight watchers!)

I started the 30 day shred this week.  If you don't know what it is, check it out on Amazon - it's a work out dvd where you have to do 20 minutes of intense exercise every day for 30 days and it promises big results.  

You need weights to do the workout so I bought some Davina Mccall weights from Argos and have started off using the lightest ones and will see how I go.  

I'm documenting my weight, measurements and aches and pains, so will do a post on this when I'm 10 days in (if I make it that far!)

Today I'm looking forward to the sunshine - summer finally!  I'm going to make the most of it by getting out in my garden for some serious sunbathing.  

I luckily have the day off work tomorrow - which is supposed to be another scorching, amazing day - as it's my anniversary with the bf.  We have a restaurant in Soho booked for the evening and were planning to mooch around the city in the day, but as the weather's going to be so nice we might need to think again as I want to make the most of the sun!  

Woah that was a long one!  Well done if you made it this far - reward yourself by entering my blog's second birthday giveaway!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend xx

Whoops nearly forgot - new blogs to follow






24 Jun 2011

First look - what's in the JUNE glossy box **SPOILERS**

My June glossy box literally just arrived, so as last month, here are some very hurried snaps before work!

You'll also notice my box was a little damaged this month, which is a shame, but the contents are all okay.

On first impressions, it's not as good as last month's box - but I'll reserve full judgement for when I've had time to check out the products.

Spoilers below - enjoy!!

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22 Jun 2011

Graze box number 4 review

It's that time again to munch my way through a graze box... all in the name of research 

This week we have...

Italian Stallion - vom

This mix has green raisins, physalis, blueberries, cranberries.  It's a bit of a harsh 'vom' as it was nice apart from the physalis.  I'd never tried this before - it was an odd sour sort of taste and felt quite spiky to eat.  Very odd!

 Ellie's apple crumble - nom 

This was so nice I could have eaten it by the bucketload.  It has apple, cinnamon and honey almonds and sultanas - love cinnamon and sultanas and I rather like apples too, so winning all round!  I'm going to look to see if it's possible to buy cinnamon and honey almonds on their own because they were so yummy.  This one even smells delicious as soon as you open it!

Banoffee pie - nom

I was looking forward to receiving this one with banana coins, fudge pieces, pecan nuts, almond slices, and I wasn't disappointed.  It would be hard not to like something with fudge in it!  Everything about it was so tasty - the bananas weren't overpowering and I liked the pecans more than I thought I would.

Sweet and sour nuts - nom 

After disliking some of the other chilli combos with maize in, I was pleased to get this one with all nuts.  It has honey peanuts, chilli cashew nuts, lemon salted almonds. It's a really nice mix of flavours and it really is sweet and sour.  The honey peanuts were sweet and a little bit caramelised, the chilli cashews were tasty without being too hot and the lemon salted almonds were an unusual taste but I like them a lot.  I got lots of almonds in the different mixes in the box this week and can now say I like them!

If you want to give this a whirl you can get your first box for free and your second half price, just go to www.graze.com and enter my code - 1Z5QZMB - if you do, I'll get £1 off a future box too =) 
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