Cocktail Hour

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I’ve always been a huge fan of a cocktail, or as Wallis Simpson called them “a KT”, but recently I’ve really been into making them at home.
So here are two of my favourites complete with recipe.

First up is the beautifully pink and slightly tacky cocktail, the Cosmopolitan.
These were majorly famous thanks to Sex & the City.
They are super easy to make and delicious.
So in a shaker pour 1 part vodka, 1 part Cointreau or similar, a squeeze of lime juice and copious amounts of ice. Shake for about 20 – 30 seconds until super cold and strain into a beautiful glass. In my case a vintage champagne saucer! 😍

Next up is the margarita! Summer in a glass and super tangy.
Pour into a shaker 1 part Cointreau, 2 parts tequila, 2 parts lime juice and lots of ice. Shake and strain into yet another lovely glass.
A salt rim is optional, personally I don’t bother as I don’t like the taste.
If you have a fancy glass blender then you can crush the ice and add the ingredients making a frozen one!

All these recipes are to be found anywhere and I haven’t used anyone in particular and have tweaked to my own tastes. You should experiment and find your perfect combo.

Bottoms up! 😎

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Healthy Protein Flapjack

So sorry for the radio silence lately! So much has been happening, such as house moves and wedding prep! 😀

Anyhow with said wedding coming up I’m feeling motivated to eat a bit healthier and to do a bit more exercise.
There’s no way I can be as dedicated to a fitness regime Victoria Secret model style but I can change a few bits and bobs to get a bit more wedding svelte!
One thing is to swap out biccies and chocolate bars with healthier but equally delicious snacks such as these protein filled flapjacks!

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In a large pan add half an average size jar of crunchy peanutbutter and about half an average squeezy bottle of honey and warm through until runny.
I then added to this a cup of chopped dates, cup of almond flakes and some omega seed mix from Holland & Barrett!
I then added enough oats to bring the whole thing together in to a stiff but still moist mound.
I then pressed the mix into a foul lined baking dish and left to cool down and set as you would with an ordinary flapjack.

Next job is to cut into bars and scoff!

Now while this isn’t exactly calorie free, it is full of good things and packed with nutrients which should support my body whilst I embark on a mild fitness adventure!

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Battenberg! Battenberg! Battenberg!

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Well this blog has taken a biscuity/cakey turn lately!
Nothing wrong with that though.
I decided to try my hand at my childhood favourite (still my favourite), the God and Super Overlord to all cakes: Battenberg!

How in my 30 years on this planet I never got round to making one I don’t know, but I finally did and here it is!
I used the Hairy Bikers recipe, of which I got from here, the good old BBC website.
I stuck rigidly to the recipe and it came out to perfection, even the grease proof paper divide worked for me. Winner!

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Raspberry Bakewell Cake

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Ok! So this morning I got the urge for a sweet treat and decided to Hell with the healthy eating for today (ahem, most days!) and I baked a cake!

So here it is, the stupidly easy to make Raspberry Bakewell Cake made with ground almonds and fresh raspberries!
I found the recipe here on the BBC Good Food website!
The only things I changed was to add a teaspoon of almond extract to boost the almondy flavour of the cake and I only baked for 45 minutes, but that will depend on your very own oven.

I thoroughly recommend this almond delight with its sharp contrast of fresh raspberries! Nom!

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Ultimate cookie!

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Check out these triple chocolate cookies!
After trailing many a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have found the ONE!
Perfect amount of crunch on edges and deliciously perfect amount of squidge in the centres! Nom!

The recipe is courtesy of the Pioneer Woman and you can get the recipe from her website here!

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit

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I’ve been a bit naughty in Boots again! Shhh!
So I’m a complete nube at contouring but have always wanted to try it, so what better than to use a kit designed for it?
I chose this Define & Conquer kit in the shade Fair!
Comes in a box and the compact itself is sturdy and has a mirror! Nothing too exhilarating!
It also comes with a mini how to guide! Very good for contour idiots like me!

Swiping my brush through the powder I was pleasantly surprised to see it had a very fine, soft texture and loaded onto the brush well! The only downside is that you waste lots of powder here in excess!
Even though I tapped excess off the brush I still managed to use too much but I think it might be me and mine non practiced hands at fault here!
I make the moon look like it’s got a good tan, I’m so pale! But this isn’t a bad match if I go lightly on the darker shade!
For £5.99 it’s not a bad purchase!
Available in your local Boots store!

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Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moisturiser

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Happy Valentines Day lovely people!

The Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift & Sculpt Hydrating & Firming Moisturiser contains essential oils such as lavender, geranium, and peppermint! This makes it smell amazing and makes it feel like it’s doing something!

It has a cold butter like feel when scooping out of the pot but it melts on contact with the skin and sinks in almost immediately! It definitely moisturises well but it’s too much for my skin making it feel sensitive and a wee bit red after using it! It was ok at first but by day three I was looking like I was blushing badly!
This makes me sad because I have fallen in love with the smell and the fact that it does a good job but alas those divine oils are too much for moi! 😦

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