Cadbury Caramel Cookie Bars

Damn, these cookie bars are fiiiiine!! Literally the text I sent to Rhys when I tasted these bars! This was my second recipe attempt at cookie bars so I was pretty chuffed that it didn’t take me too many attempts to get a recipe that worked well! My first batch were lovely, but they had risen too much and didn’t have as much caramel chocolate chunks in them, therefore they were a little too dry. These ones are perfect however! Nice and gooey with plenty of soft squidgy caramely chocolatey gooiness! Can you tell I love these?! These are actually pretty simple to make and only require one bowl (you know how much I hate washing up!).

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Dark Chocolate & Orange Cookie Sandwiches

What’s better than one cookie? Two cookies. With frosting. Goodbye, waistline!! I’ve never actually had a cookie sandwich before, but since I’ve been testing out cookie recipes, I thought I’d give them a shot! I thought it might be a bit of a faff but, honestly, it’s just like baking a cake then icing it. And it takes even less work because you only see the edge of the icing so it doesn’t have to look perfect! These cookies were super soft chocolate cookies, with a subtle orange flavoured buttercream icing. Although they were so filling, me and Rhys actually had to share one sandwich whenever we wanted one because we couldn’t eat the whole sandwich (well, we could, we just felt horribly guilty afterwards!).

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White Chocolate Biscoff Truffles

Hands up, who can’t get enough of Biscoff? I remember back in the day when it was just a simple biscuit the grannies used to love nibbling on with their steaming cappuccinos at the little coffee shop down the road. Now, it’s even a spread! I’m ashamed to say I had never actually tried the spread until this week and OH MY GOD. I could eat the whole tub, not gonna lie. I had some cream cheese sitting in the fridge that I still hadn’t used and decided I might try some white chocolate and Biscoff truffles! I did think about doing some Oreo ones because they are one of the best things in the world. But I decided to try something I hadn’t done before! And, horrifyingly, I had not yet baked with Biscoff. So a trip to Asda later and I was stocked up with biscuits, spread and chocolate!

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My Spring Morning Routine

Dare I say spring might be here??? It seems to have been lovely weather here the past couple days and is actually beginning to feel like spring!! So I thought this would be a great time to do a spring post! Guarantee as soon as I post this the sky will turn black and the April showers will be back with a vengeance. I didn’t think I’d be likely to do a post like this but recently I’ve been quite enjoying other blogs of this sort; there’s something nice about seeing what different products everyone uses and seeing how different everyone is, plus it’s great for inspiration!

 

I’m dreadful for snoozing my alarm first thing unless it’s sunny. I am not a morning person as it is, and so unless the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day, the last thing I want to do is leave the comfort of my cozy covers. So I snooze the dreaded alarm…at least three times. Once I finally haul my ass out the bed, the first thing I do is hop in the shower. I was always a bath person until I finally got a shower…I couldn’t cope without my morning shower now! That and a cup of tea are the only things that really make me feel half-alive for the first two hours of the day. I generally try to wash my hair in the evenings so that I don’t have to bother drying it, but if it’s a morning where I didn’t get the chance the previous evening, I’ll wash my hair. At the minute I’m using Phil Smith Be Gorgeous, Coco-licious shampoo. I actually only bought this because it was the cheapest one in Sainsbury and I was horribly skint, but I’ve discovered this is an amazing brand! Plus it’s cruelty-free which is great! The Coco-licious shampoo is a super light-weight product, and you don’t need a massive amount. It’s got a lovely coconut scent that is subtle but sweet and leaves my hair nice and soft!

I’ve then been using Alberto Balsam Sunkissed Raspberry conditioner, as I find it’s nice and thick without being heavy and leaves the ends of my hair much softer and with a light raspberry scent. Next up, I slather myself with Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash. I don’t know of any other body wash that leaves my skin quite so soft! Lastly, I’ll use Lush Let The Good Times Roll cleanser on my face and Barry M Mango Lip Scrub to leave my face and lips nice and smooth! Although I only use these about three times a week, rather than every day!

 

Once I’m out the shower, I’ll moisturise myself with Superdrugs own Body Butter. I’m using the Cocoa Butter and Vanilla one at the minute because I absolutely love the scent, but I’m desperate to try the ‘Treat Me’ range as well! Smelling like salted caramel?! Yes please! Next I’ll use Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer on my face. This will never change! As I mentioned in my Winter Skincare post, I suffer from red blotchy patches on my face and neck and this product is the only one I have ever found that keeps these at bay! Plus, it’s really lightweight and makes my skin feel soft and smooth!

If I’ve washed my hair, I’ll gently towel dry it before spritzing it with some VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray then dry it with a hairdryer. Before dressing, I use Nivea Stress Protect antiperspirant. I find it’s the best at keeping sweaty pits at bay, especially if you’re running around all day, and has a lovely smell! If I’m going out, I’ll give myself a quick spritz with either ‘Lovestruck’ by Vera Wang, which is musky and floral, ‘Heat’ by Beyonce, or DKNY ‘Be Tempted’, which is my favourite sweet scent at the minute!

 

Once I’m all dried and dressed, I’ll do my makeup if I’m going out. And only if I’m going out! I like to keep it nice and simple, so I use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation on my face and neck and set it with a light dusting of Rimmel Stay Matte powder. My lashes are quite thick and dark anyway so I won’t usually do anything with them unless I’m going ‘out-out’!

 

Finally I’ll make myself some breakfast. I’m actually quite proud of myself as I used to be really bad for just having a super quick bowl of Coco Pops or a slice of toast and honey. Not that there’s anything wrong with Coco Pops once in a while! But the last few months I’ve been making an effort, and I’m definitely feeling better for it! I try to have eggs at least three or four mornings a week, either boiled with a slice of toast or scrambled with toast and a splodge of tomato sauce! Or, when it’s miserable out I’ll have some porridge to warm me up! My favourite is Chocolate Chia porridge…oats mixed with a little cocoa powder, a touch of maple syrup to sweeten it and milk (always milk, porridge with water is just wrong) and then topped with chia seeds and fresh raspberries. And it will always be accompanied with a lovely cup of tea. Weak and milky. Would you believe I am actually British?

 

After this I’m finally ready to face the day!

Super Soft Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

Welcome to my first ever cookie recipe! Woo! I was super nervous about trying these because I have to admit that I am not the best cookie baker, even when following a recipe! But I’ve been doing lots of research into the ‘science’ behind the baking of cookies and have learned so much! So I thought the best way to put my new-found knowledge into practice was just to go for it! I spent a little bit of time going through each section from my notes and decided what I was using and how best to figure out how much of each I would need. It took me a while and I wasn’t 100% sure I was totally correct with what I was doing but I decided I would just have to try it and see what happened and then I could go from there! And they actually turned out really well! Read More

Grasshopper Brownies

Is there any better combination that mint and chocolate? Personally, I really don’t think so. My granny used to always make us peppermint slice when I was younger and it was my favourite thing in the world! It’s something that I very rarely see in cafes nowadays, for some bizarre reason and, I’m not gonna lie, it upsets me very much. I was going to just make some of her peppermint slices when I came across recipes online for grasshopper brownies. Brownie base, with a mint icing topped with chocolate. I decided to give them a go! Although I left out the creme de menthe, because I was not prepared to buy an entire bottle of the stuff just for one bake. Read More

Drink Up!

 

Last Friday saw the government introduce a ‘sugar tax’ on lots of fizzy, sugary drinks, making them more expensive to purchase in the hope of encouraging people to make healthier choices when it comes to their beverages. Some brands have cut the amount of sugar in their recipes, while others such as Coke and Pepsi have not and will be subjected to the added charges. Now, I personally enjoy a cup of Coca-Cola as a treat when say, heading off to the pictures or having a casual lunch out, but definitely not something I drink on a regular basis. It got me thinking about different alternatives that we can be consuming instead of these super sugary drinks. Here’s some of my favourites drinks that I enjoy, that are better for your teeth and your waistline!

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Cranberry-Mallow Chocolate Popcorn Bars

 

Who doesn’t love popcorn? I don’t have it very often but I do love treating myself to a bag of toffee popcorn every now and then while perched in front of the tv at the weekend! I’ve seen popcorn being made into bars made with chocolate and honeycomb which sounds amazing but I’ve never actually made before myself for some bizarre reason! So I decided to try my own but use some different ingredients! I like trying to use up whatever I have in the cupboards so this recipe was just a using-up day and thankfully worked out really well! Read More

Easter Coloured Cupcakes

More Easter baking! I can’t help myself. Although I haven’t managed to get near as much baking done this Easter as I would like! I wanted to make some Easter cupcakes this weekend but, as much as I love all of the usual suspects like the nest cakes and the grassy-topped cupcakes with bunnies bottoms sticking out, I decided I wanted something a little different and more subtle. I don’t know about you, but I always tend to think of pretty pastels when I think of Easter colours. So I decided to go for marbled pastel coloured cupcakes! These cupcakes are delicious! I generally just make the recipe my granny taught me, which is pretty much the pound cake recipe! I was taking these out to my fiancés granny’s house to have after our Easter Sunday lunch and she’s not too keen on strong flavours, so I decided to keep these quite subtly flavoured but it worked perfectly! The vanilla cupcakes paired well with the white chocolate buttercream and was not too sweet. Personally I actually love a plain vanilla sponge, there’s something about the simplicity and sweetness that I really love. Of course you can feel free to add in some flavourings if you wish! Add in the zest of two lemons to the sponge mixture and the juice from said lemons to the buttercream instead of the white chocolate for a zesty citrus cupcake! Or add in a few drops of strawberry flavourings to the cake mix for a strawberry and white chocolate creation! It’s entirely up to you! Don’t add any cocoa powder however, or you will lose the colours of the sponge and the buttercreams!

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Fudgy Chocolate Easter Slice

Baking for me is something I’ve done ever since I can remember. There’s photos of my sister and I sitting on the countertop in our old family home (when we were still small enough to both fit on and still fit a bowl in between us!) with chocolate and cake mix everywhere waving our wooden spoons around! I’ve baked so much in my spare time and tweaked so many recipes to suit the way that I want them to be, that I decided it’s about time to start being more adventurous and try making recipes on my own! So I thought I would start out quite basic with this traybake so I can start by getting used to figuring out ratios and writing relatively simple instructions! Read More