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!

Celts and Cheesecakes!

So I just had my latest silversmithing lesson and have now finished my Celtic ring.
It’s not my usual style but is super shiny and I’m so proud that I made it!
I think everyone on my course is doing superbly well!

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In other news it was the birthday of the Mr!
I decided to make him a birthday cheesecake, but not any old cheesecake!
I made a base by crushing up Oreos and mixing with butter, I then wizzed up a pack of cream cheese with a cup of sugar and quarter of a jar of smooth peanut butter!
I then folded in a medium pot of cream that I had whipped up.
I smoothed this on to the cookie base then sprinkled chopped up crumbly fudge all over and left to set in the fridge over night!
I give you Peanut butter fudge cheesecake!
Absolutely wizard!

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Busy bee!

I’ve been pretty busy making some new jewellery recently but these hair slides have been my fave item to make!
You have to excuse the awful pic but it does show how cute they are! All I used was old buttons,resin rose cabochons and hair slide blanks!

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I recently purchased some new make up because the contents of my make up case were looking tired and boring!
These were the treats I picked up recently!

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I’m going to talk about the two most impressive but relatively cheap items!
First up is the MUA Power Pout lip crayon! MUA website Absolutely awesome product to use!
Firstly it’s very easy to use and nice to hold, secondly I love the texture of the product because it looks like a gloss but feels like a lip balm! No stickiness!
I did a swatch on my arm to show the texture!

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The next product I was impressed by was the Barry M blusher! It’s highly pigmented so only a little is needed for a healthy glow minus that horrid heavy make up look!
It seems to be out of stock on the website but its available in Boots and Superdrug for sure!

In other news I’ve only baked one cake recently but it’s a goodun’!

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Mollie Makes and More!

This week I have a little project on the go, I’ve found yet another cute mini project on Mollie Makes magazine, found a little baking project to try and I’ve painted my nails! 🙂

Below is the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine and even though sewing and I are never seen in the same room together, I REALLY want to make this fish key ring!

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I am making something so awesome but so secret for now! So I trotted down to the local art supplies shop to get some paint when I saw some cool cardboard 3D letters about 3-4 inches high!
So I purchased said letters and have been busy decoupaging them with bright tissue paper!
Most messy but rather absorbing!

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In other news the Mr has told me word of a working picnic so I have been thinking and have found a super cool recipe for Mini Oreo Cheescakes! Oh Baby!!!!!
Update to follow on those beauties!

Tomorrow I’m off to Oxford to visit their University for dinner etc so I have painted mine nails with Pink Lemonade by Boots 17! Absolutely lush colour!
Topped off with a secret cheap hero of mine and that’s the 17 double gloss top coat a steal at £2.99 and it performs waaaaaay better than the OPI top coat I have!

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