Monday 25 April 2016

Slutty Brownies Recipe!

I made these after reading about them on Charlottes blog recently, they sounded delicious and I knew we would like them, brownies are literally one of my favourite things, so I really wanted to give them a go. They really didnt take long to make and you don't need many ingredients, we absolutley loved them and I can't wait to make them again! 
Cookie Mix
Brownie Mix
You may also need butter, eggs, water and oil to add to the packet mixes.

1. Line a square tin with baking paper and pre heat oven to 200 degrees
2. Make the cookie dough following the packet instructions, I got mine from Morrisons and for this packet mix I needed to add 25g of butter and 10ml of water, I then added this to the tin and flattened out making sure it was spread evenly
3. I then added a layer of oreos, I ended up needing 9 to spread over the cookie dough
4. Now make up the brownie mixture, again I used a Morrisons one and for this I needed to add 1 egg, 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and 3 tbsp of water. When all of that was mixed together I added it to tin for the final layer and baked for 30 minutes
5. I left to cool in the tin for quite a while as the brownie mix is quite gooey and I didnt want it to all fall apart. When I did remove it from the tin I then left it on a wire rack to cool for even longer and then finally cut into 9 pieces.
These just tasted amazing. I'm so glad I made them. They are definitely an indulgent treat and not something you should probably eat loads off but they are perfect for a friday night or saturday afternoon!

Have you tried making these before? Do you think you'd like them?

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Thursday 21 April 2016

Weekend Summary 21 - Movie Days and Making Doughnuts!

This weekend I feel like I went back about five years as we had a proper movie weekend and watched some of the Twilight films again which used to be my favourite, I used to be obsessed with them! I love when we just have a day or a weekend where we literally do nothing but just relax and watch loads of films, we did that with the Harry Potter films a few months ago and as it had been years since I watched the Twilight films, I thought I would make George endure them all over again! Another film we watched this weekend was Room which was honestly so good, it just hooked me in from the start and at times was so tense, made me feel quite emotional at times too. I definitely recommend watching it if you haven't seen it. Apart from watching films this weekend, I managed to do a bit of baking and cooking which is my favourite thing to do. 
On Saturday night I made one of our new favourites, chicken stuffed with Philadelphia and spinach. I saw the recipe on a random Facebook page a while ago and it looked really good and I knew I could adapt it to make it a bit more slimming world friendly. The first thing I had to do was wilt some spinach, I almost used a full bag as it wilts to basically nothing, I then added some Philadelphia to that and mixed it. I cut a few slits in each chicken breast, this is where the spinach, Philadelphia mix goes. Cook in a 200 degree oven for around 20 minutes then add some grated cheese and put back in the oven for another 15/20 minutes. I love it as the cheese goes all crispy and all the flavours together are so nice. I also made some slimming world chips to go with it and I had a salad and George had some veg with it. I just love cooking and trying new things. I also made Hunters Chicken for the first time a few weeks ago and I was very impressed with myself. 

I had seen in M&S that they had got some new baking kits and they all looked so good but the Doughnut one caught my eye and I really wanted to try making some so this weekend I picked one up! It was on offer, I think it was around £1.90 and they had loads of other baking kits so i definitely want to pick up a few more to try. These weren't too hard to make but they did take a while as there is a lot of proving to do, it took me a few hours in total but they were worth it. I wouldn't say they were perfectly round or anything and it was hard to get any jam into them but they did taste nice and George ate basically all of them so thats how I know they were good! I also decided to make some cookies with a few bits of leftover Easter chocolate, there was some daim eggs, a bit of dark chocolate, a little lindt bunny so I had just chopped all that up and added it to my cookie dough mix. They were soft and gooey in the middle but the edges were crispy and I was so happy with myself! Little things like baking something and it going well make me really happy. 

Whats your favourite thing to bake?

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Monday 18 April 2016

Lush Frozen Bath Bomb Review

I picked the Frozen bath bomb up from the Lush store on Oxford Street while we were away in London along with a few others and I couldn't wait to try it. I'd heard such good things about this one and from all the pictures I saw on Instagram of it, I just had to try it and now I've used it I can say I wasn't disappointed at all. 
Frozen contains the uplifting and refreshing grapefruit oil which is supposed to help clear the mind and refresh your body, the balancing and restorative rose oil which is soothing and nourishing on the skin, and the toning neroli oil. Perfect to use if you've had a long day and need a calm, relaxing bath.

The scent isn't too strong but the colour is amazing. The water turns into a beautiful turquoise and blue and white spirals form as well as a subtle glitter been released from it. It doesn't fizz for too long I find compared to other bath bombs but I was just so impressed with the colour and how it made the water go that I really didn't mind. I noticed afterwards that my skin felt so soft and nourished and also had a slight glimmer to it which is always nice! I had the most relaxing bath so I'll definitely be picking another one of these up in the future. 

I love doing Lush reviews, I'm rarely ever disappointed with their products and I love the pictures I get to take of them, they always look so pretty! 

Have you tried this bath bomb? What's your favourite Lush product?

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Monday 11 April 2016

Slimming World Fanta Chicken Recipe

Ages ago I posted a recipe for Slimming World Diet Coke Chicken and this is very similar apart from a few extras I've added and obviously its fanta, not coke but we had it a few weeks ago for the first time in months and months and it was really nice so I wanted to post it on here for you. 
1 pack of chicken breast fillets
1 yellow pepper
1 onion
1 tbsp Tomato Puree
3 tbsp of passata
330ml of diet fanta
1 chicken stock cube
salt and pepper

1. Cut the chicken breast fillets into chunks and then fry in frylight
2. While the chicken is cooking, chop up an onion and a yellow pepper into small pieces then add to the pan
3. When the chicken is cooked and the pepper and onion has started to soften, add 1 tbsp of tomato puree and make sure it coats everything in the pan
4. In a jug, measure 330ml of fanta and then add 3 tbsp of passata to it and give it a mix. This can then be added to the pan, stir and leave to simmer
5. At this point I added a stock cube with a small amount of boiling water, I can't remember the exact amount, maybe around a cup full and again left it to simmer into a thick sauce. You can also add any salt and pepper and herbs to it now
5. When you have a thick sauce, you can serve it with golden rice and vegetables. I boiled some peas then added them to the cooked rice and served with broccoli on the side

I love making meals that are simple and quick and this is one of them, you can pack it full of vegetables or 'speed foods' if you do slimming world and it just tastes so nice. Like sweet and sour but much healthier. 


Wednesday 6 April 2016

Weekend Summary #19 and #20 - Baking, Bradfield and Date Night!

I really didn't do much last weekend apart from bake so there wasnt much point me doing one seperate weekend post for it so I thought i'd just combine last weeks with this weeks. I'll probably do that whenever I've had a bit of a quiet weekend.

Last weekend I made a pretty good cornflake tart and some amazing slutty brownies! The cornflake tart was so simple, I got a sheet of shortcrust pastry and blindbaked it in a tart tin, while this was in the oven I melted butter, golden syrup, brown sugar and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and then added cornflakes to it. When the pastry was done, I added a layer of jam then added the cornflake mix and baked for an extra 10 minutes. It took me back to when I used to go to Georges for the weekend and he'd get us both something from a little shop/bakery near his and I always wanted the cornflake tart! The Slutty Brownies were also so easy to make but im going to do a full recipe for those soon! 
Thie weekend just gone was a really nice few days off for us both as we booked a few extra days off, we went for a date night on saturday which was lovely, I love that we've started making things like that a bit more of regular thing, we always have such a good time. This weeks was also a bit of a celebration too as I had some good news about my job last week, so happy that so many things we wanted to do we can now actually plan and properly look forward to! We went to the cinema to see 'The Boy' which was so creepy, I wouldnt say it was scary, a bit jumpy and weird but I actually enjoyed it, and then we went to Frankie and Bennys afterwards which is always good. We actually also got loads done in the flat this weekend which was really nice and long overdue, we wanted to do a proper spring clean and things look and feel so much better now! 
On Monday as we were off work we went to Bradfield for the afternoon and it was really, really nice, I've never been before so George gave me a bit of a tour, the weather was awful and of course it would rain on the the day we go, but it was still lovely and we had some food at The Old Horns Inn. I went for the chilli and George had pie, the chips were insane, we'll definitely go back again and make it a regular thing, the desserts were also so good and it was just a really nice, cosy pub, everyone was so friendly and the views were so pretty, I'd imagine it looks even better in summer. 
Have you seen my last post? March Favourites!

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