Monday, 30 November 2015

Monthly favourites | November 2015

Hello lovelies
I can't believe how quickly November has gone. This month has been eventful to say the least, I feel like this has been the most challenging month this year but I'm ready to say goodbye to it now. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my favourites from November. 

Beauty product:
I was stuck of work for a week this month, it sounds really good but I was so bored. I made the most of the time by pampering my nails. Because of where I work, I'm not allowed to wear nail varnish and my nails look awful. I bite my nails when I'm worried or stressed so my nails are so horrible right now. Ive been using the Barry M clear top coat. I can't normally wear it because of work, but as I had a the week off I thought I would try and help my nails to grow. Its been nice having my nails look a little better and I'm hoping to grow them out again.

Lush product;
I used the lush magic wand, this is my absolute favourite from the Christmas range and it helped me to relax after a very stressful week. It smells like bubblegum and fruit salad sweets and its just so nice  to swish around the bath. The snow fairy scent is for everyone, its one of the sweetest scents from lush but I personally love it. If you have the chance then I would recommend that you get your hands on a magic wand bubble bar before they sell out, failing that you could always get the candy mountain bubble bar as its the same scent.

I finally got round to watching the movie spy which stars Melissa McCarthy. I really enjoyed the film and I'm so glad that I watched it. I love Melissa McCarthy as an actresses because I think she brings so much to each role that she plays, I also love the relationship between her and the spy she works for. I think it works really well its a little relatable for me so I think I connected to that more than anything else.

Ive been a bit obsessed with pancakes with lemon and sugar this month. Also I've just realised that my food favourite is never anything healthy, I'll work on that...maybe. I don't know why but I've just had a thing for pancakes this month, its a bit of a comfort food for me and its like I've live of them this month. I did a baking post and everything, yes that's a nice little plug there for my baking page. Click the link if you want to see more of my bakes. Oh I love a bit of self promotion.

TV series;
I'm a celebrity...get me out of here (If you from the UK then I hope that in your head you said that like ant and Dec). Yes this month saw the return of the holy grail of TV. For those you who don't know, I'm a celebrity is a realty show when about 10 or 12 celebrity's are put in the Australian jungle for three weeks and have to do trials which involve bugs, snakes and all kinds of creepy crawlies. I love this show and this year a certain camp mate has caught my eye. If you watch the show then I'll give you a few moments to guess who it might be.........OK times up. The handsome George Shelley has had me glued to the screen. He's just so sweet and full of energy, also he is incredibly good looking. I thought he couldn't get any better until he put on a pair a glasses, yep I like the geeky look. Oh I love a man in glasses, epically George Shelley.

Book |
I must admit that I haven't had the time to read anything this month. Ive been so caught up in a lot of personal things that I've just not thought about reading. I do want to do more reading in December. I'm going to try and get through life with a sprinkle of glitter. I started reading it but never finished it. Ill be back next month to let you all know if I managed to read it.

Ive been loving watching Sorted food this month. I found this channel around march last year and fell in love with it. I spend two whole days watching play lists of their videos. If your a foodie like me then this is a channel that you need to start watching. I love their channel because it feels so inviting and really homey. All the men who are on the channel are so down to earth and funny, I always got to this channel when I'm hungry or need some recipe ideas.

Okay this month I have been overly emotional and the Adele album really didn't help with that. Everyone who knows me, knows that I'm a massive Adele fan and the excitement for her album 25 has been taking over my life for the last month. The queen of music is back and she's definitely won her title with flying colours. I stayed up until midnight to download the album and then laid in darkness listening to it. Now with most albums I find that there are some songs that I'm not fussed about...I'm in love with every single song on this album and I've cried over them. I find that I emotionally attach myself to songs, does anyone else do that? So this album has meant an awful lot to me. I'm also hoping to get tickets on Tuesday to go and see her live. The girl from work has said I can go with her and a friend, if she still wants me to then great but I don't want to cramp her style...I'm a little odd after all. So it may mean that I end up at the O2 crying on my own and I'm okay with that. Also as I was just editing this post the lovely Lou ( tweeted me saying she's got the album after I chatted about Adele so much on twitter...I'm proud that I've talked so passionately that someone got the album. 

I got myself a Hogwarts dressing gown and its been my favourite thing this month, why you might ask. Well its got a wizard load hood and I feel somewhat magical when walking round my house. Also its so soft and its got pockets so I can listen to my Adele album, crying and pretending I'm at Hogwarts. Whats not to love? 

I've had such a great appreciation of the people I get to work with this month. When I hurt my ankle the women I work with was so lovely to me about it and was really mummy'd me, I like that. I also love how they all actually asked how I was when I was off work and I've really missed them over the last week. I suppose its little things like that, that make me 

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Lemon meringue cupcakes |

Hello lovelies,
While I'm stuck in bed with nothing to do, I thought I would get started on a few blog posts. Last week I made lemon meringue cupcakes for the people I work with. I got really good feedback and I'm really excited to share the recipe with you today.

Ingredients |
For the cakes |
80g unsalted butter.
280g Caster sugar.
240g Plain flour.
1tbsp Baking powder
1/4tsp Salt.
1tsp Finely grated lemon zest (About 5 lemons).
2 Large eggs.
240ml Whole milk.

For the filling and meringue |
200g Caster sugar.
4 Egg whites.
Jar of lemon curd.

Step 1 |
Put the sugar, butter, baking powder and lemon zest into a mixing bowl. Mix hem together using a wooden spoon.


Step 2 |
Ass the milk, flour and the flour into the bowl and then mix all the ingredents together until it forms a smooth cake batter.

Step 3 |
Pour the batter into your cupcake cases. This mix was far to much for twelve as I realised when it overflowed when baking. This will make about 16 so please use 16 as a guide instead of twelve. Bake them for about 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and skewer comes out clean. When the cakes are ready, take them out and place them on a cooling rack.

Step 4 |
While the cakes are cooled, fill a piping bag with a jar of lemon curd. Make a small cut in each cupcake and insert the nozzle of the piping bag into the cupcake. Pipe the lemon curd into the cupcakes until you feel pressure on the nozzle, this means that the cake if full.

Step 5 | 
To make the meringue, put your sugar and water into a saucepan and heat it until its a sugar syrup. In a bowl put in your egg whites and use an electric mixer to mix then until you have a glossy mix that has soft peaks. When the sugar is ready, put the mixer on the lowest speed and add the syrup slowly to the egg whites. Make sure you keep mixing it. When its added turn the mixer up to a medium speed and continue to mix until you have stiff peaks.

Step 6 |
Fill your piping bag with your meringue and then start piping all your cupcakes. Mine looked awful but I don't have great nozzles for piping. When you have piped them all, pop them under a grill on the medium setting and grill until they go golden brown. If you have a blowtorch then use it. I only had to use the grill as I don't have one, they would have looked much better if I did.

 When your cupcakes are done, you can finally taste them and enjoy them. I took these to work and got really good feedback about them. My work chums are loving having cake most Sundays and I love trying out my new cake ideas. I hope you enjoy these as much as they did at work.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Blogmas |

Hello lovelies,
As most of you will know, I did blogmas last year and I really enjoyed it. This year I want to do blogmas again but I'm not going to make all my post christmassy. I want to cater for people who don't celebrate Christmas or just don't really like it. I will be doing Christmas bakes and Christmas related posts but I'm going to add in a few less festive ones as well.

Now the current situation with my foots means I could be off work for 4-6 weeks. I want to try and go back next week if my manager will let me so if I'm work then I wont be posting at set times during the day as its just not possible with the shifts I do. If I'm still stuck off work then I will aim to get my blogmas posts up for 6pm UK time. This was only a short little post to explain what im going to be doing this year. Also last year I did the whole of December so I think this year I might just stick to 24 days and take the rest of the month as a little break before starting 2016.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Monday, 23 November 2015

Fractured ankle! |

Hello lovelies,
So many of you know that I didn't have the best week last week but it got much worse on Saturday. I was working 3:30pm to 7:30pm and as usual I left earlier than I needed to. Anyway I was on the step outside my house and I don't know what happened but I managed to fall off the step and landed on my ankle. I was in tears and in so much pain. I haven't fractured anything before so I didn't know how painful it was.

It was only me, a boy I work with and a women I work with working for the evening so I couldn't not go in. Well I could have called in sick but I don't like having time off ill. I battled on and let them know at work. There were a few giggles when they thought I had fallen out of my door but over the night the pain just got worse. I was in so much pain that I was almost in tears but I didn't want to cry at work so I just laughed through the pain. People at work are incredibly good at making me laugh and my god I need to laugh or I would have cried. After several hours on my feet we had to clean and I could barely walk. Thankfully the boy I worked with mopped and did most of the work, I felt bad making the two of them do most of the work but they know that I was in so much pain.

The women I work with looked at my ankle and was really worried, or in her words "This is my mummy instinct kicking in and you need to go to hospital". I did fight it a bit because I wanted to go home and watch doctor who but after them both telling me that I needed to go, I was dropped of home by the women I work with and the minute I got in the front door I burst into tears.

My mum and dad made me go to A&E but I didn't really want to go, partly because I hadn't shaved my legs. I mean I don't look like chewbacca but I didn't really want the doctors looking at my foot when I hadn't had chance to shave my legs. Anyway all dignity and self respect I had went away when my mum made me wear granny slippers to the hospital, yep that's right. I was in hospital filled with drunk men, women, old people and drug users....and I was in slippers. Not my finest hour.

I don't like going to the hospital because I honesty didn't think that I should have been there, I felt bad wasting NHS resources on something that I thought was nothing. Anyway, after an hour I was sent for an X-ray where the nurse was quite rough with my foot but I know she was only doing her job and they do an amazing job in there. I then went back to the waiting room and waited for another two and a half hours until the nurse could see me. Oh and I went into A&E about  8o'clock so at this point it was about midnight when i got to see the nurse. I didn't mind because there were people there with much worse injuries than me. I went into the little room with my mum and the nurse. She looked and then said that she had to look at my X-ray, that meant she was gone for another 30mintues. She came back and said that I had broken/fractured a small bone in my ankle/foot and it would have to be put in a plaster cast. The doctor I saw was really lovely but them nurse who did my cast was so lovely, she was called Sophie and she i a credit to the NHS much like all the doctors and nurses.People moan about the NHS but she made me feel at ease with my foot and explained everything to me.

Ive got an appointment at the fracture clinic on Thursday where they'll take off the temporary cast and asses how long it will take to heal. I'm really hoping that because its small I will only take a few weeks. Ive told my manager and she was really lovely about it but I felt awful that I couldn't work today. I had to speak to the store manager this morning and tell him what had happened but he wasn't annoyed. I'm hoping that I can go into work and just working on the till in my department, my manager knows that I want to be working and not stuck indoors so we'll see what they say on Thursday.

Oh and because I'm at risk of blood clotting if I'm not moving about, I also have to inject my stomach everyday until Thursday at 10pm each night. It bruises my stomach and when its injected the fluid feels like when you get lemon juice in a cut. It burns like hell.

Oh well, last week was a pretty crap week but I'm just hoping that they will let me back at work. I'm really worried that they'll sack me because I cant work at the minute, my friends at work have assured me that wont happen but I'm really panicking now. I just want to say that even though they wont read this, thank you to the women and boy I worked with on Saturday. I'm sorry if I was a grumpy bitch but they knew how much pain I was in and they did they're best to make me smile and because of that I managed to hold it together and have a pretty good shift. Thanks guys, I'll bring cupcakes in to say thanks.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Lush shoot for the stars | Review

Hello lovelies,
Today I'm feeling so much better and I feel like everything slowly but surely getting back to normal. I'm very happy to be reviewing the shoot for the stars bath ballistic from the lush Christmas range. For me this is a really nice bath bomb but does have some points. Obviously these are my own opinions and I think you need to try the product for yourself to see what you think.

So the shoot for the stars bath ballistic has returned for another year in lush's Christmas range. I do like the product, the smell is really lovely but I think its a bit underwhelming in the bath. Here's what lush say about the product "Stay very still to watch the swirling colours of the night sky dazzle in your bath water. As the calming blanket of shimmering midnight blue unfolds, Brazilian orange and bergamot oils take your skin to heaven and your mood rocketing up to the stars.".

Ingredients |

While I loved the colours it showed when you popped it in the bath, I did feel like was a bit to strong. I really loved the smell but when it was in the bath I just didn't feel that good on my skin. Lush say it takes your skin to heaven and I just didn't feel like it did that for me. My skin feels much better with the products that have Shea butter in or cocoa butter. Try it for yourself and see what its like for you, for me it just made my skin feel quite dry. Luckily I had the lush king of skin bar to moisturise my skin after the bath. I will say that it did look really pretty in the bath. I was a deep blue with a shiner and with my candle on it looks gorgeous, like a story night sky. 

Have you tried this bath bomb? Let me know in the comments and also what is your all time favourite lush Christmas product?

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pancakes |

Hello lovelies,
Sorry for the late post today. Its been a very stressful week to say the lest. I'm not going to go into it all on here, I'm sorry that I did on Monday. It wasn't right that I used a place that makes me so happy to be so sad and horrible. I'm really sorry if I offended anyone whist on my rant. Anyway, I've put on a smile and I'm ready to write something a bit better. 

Last week I was craving pancakes like mad, unfortunately my mum got cake mixes instead of pancake mixes, that meant that I had to be creative and actually make the batter instead of just buying a  packet mix. 

Ingredients |
100g Plain flour. 
2 Eggs.
300ml milk.

Step 1 |
Sift 100g of plain flour into a jug.

Step 2 |
Add two eggs to the plain flour, making sure that no shell goes into the jug.

Step 3 |
Now add 300ml of milk, I used whole milk but I'm sure you can used skimmed or semi skimmed. Now that all the ingredients are in the jug, use a fork or a whisk to mix it all together. If there are lumps then you could pop the batter through a sieve to get rid of them.

Step 4 |
Put some oil into a frying pan and let it heat. I also put some water into a saucepan and placed a plate on top, I used this to keep the pancakes warm while the rest cooked. You could just use some tin foil but I just found this easier. Test the oil by dripping a little bit of that batter into it and if it starts to cook straight away, the oil is the perfect heat to start cooking. Pour a good amount of batter into the pan and swirl it around to cover the pan. Flip your pancakes and then after about 10-15 minutes you should have around 6-8 pancakes, depending on how generous you are with the size of your pancakes.

Step 5 |
Choose your toppings and then tuck in and enjoy. I went for lemon and sugar because its my favourite and I can't really get my head around nutella and pancakes. My cousins have nutella, marshmallows and ice cream.....for breakfast and the sound of that just repulses me a little. Anyway whatever toppings you have, enjoy them. They took around 30minutes in total to make and about 8 minutes to eat them. I had the whole lot because I'm greedy and I had a stressful week, well this weeks been worse so ill probably have eaten my weight in pancakes by Friday.

Right I'm off to weep into a tub of Ben and Jerry's and stuff my face with nachos. Oh its been one hell of a week, I've cried many a river and its not even Thursday. This week needs to end right about now. Tell me in the comments what you've been up to this week, I've had a good moan this week and I feel bad about it. Less about me and much more about you.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Lush yog nog |

Hello lovelies,
I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. Today I'm going to be reviewing the lush yog nog bath ballistic. This is from the Christmas range and has to be one of my favourites this year. This bath bomb smells like fudge and its packed with so many great ingredients that do wonders for your skin.

Last year the yog nog was a soap, I got the soap but I find that lush soaps make my skin feel really rough and they don't really moisturise my skin. I was so happy that they decided to put the yog nog smell into a beautiful bath ballistic. This is what lush say about the bath ballistic "Sweeter than dipping into the biscuit tin, this luxurious bomb is sure to warm you up cold, frosty evenings. Spicy clove bud oil stimulates the senses whilst soya milk powder and organic shea butter create creamy, comforting waters. Luxuriate in cinder toffee soaks with clouds of gold and a touch of lustre".

Ingredient's |

I really want you all to try this bath bomb, its smells divine and the Shea butter is great for your skin. It is a bit of a no thrills product, there aren't any fancy colours in it and it just turns the water yellow but the benefits for the skin are more important than that. If you want a nice relaxing bath, pop on a candle, drop this bath bomb into the water and just lay back and relax. I found the scent of this to be great for de-stressing after a very, very long and stressful day at work.

Right I'm off to work, then ill be home and baking lemon meringue cupcakes, then finally I get to spend the night with my family eating a hell of a lot of nice food. 

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Friday, 13 November 2015

Busted |

Hello lovelies,
I really excited that I needed to share this with you all. I got Busted tickets! Now I know last year I got McBusted tickets and sold them, my reasoning was that I loved busted and I loved McFly but I just didn't like the pairing. Sounds silly but I just didn't like the merge. However my inner 6 year old went crazy with excitement when I saw that busted had got back together.

I loved busted when I was younger and their songs basically make my childhood. I can't wait to go and see them, I'm going with my mum but i don't mind. I tried to get tickets yesterday and I was on the wrong site (I don't know how that happened) and then they had sold out on the pre-sale. I was a little bit gutted because a girl I work with had managed to get tickets so I was determined to get them today. I woke up nice and early so I could get in the virtual queue and they sold out again! I was a little upset but just put it to the back of my mind. I had a really lovey day shopping with my mum, aunt and little cousins (She had a teacher training day). We haven't had a shopping day like that in ages. 

Anyway on the way back the girl from work text me asking if I got tickets, I had to tell her that I dint get them and how sad I was. I hadn't looked on twitter all day but she said that they added another date. I'm so happy she told me, I managed to get on the site and get my tickets just as the next lot went on sale. Ive got really good seats for the O2 and I actually managed to get the tickets even when I was using my mums phone (It has really bad Internet, no underscore for my email and it just slow in general) because mine had run out of credit.

Anyway I was just really excited so I had to share that with you all. Any of you fans of busted? Le the know if you got tickets and what your favourite songs are of theirs.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Cinnamon buns |

Hello lovelies,
Today I'm sharing this delicious recipe for cinnamon buns. I love the cinnabons, which are just incredible, I know its more an American brand but we have a store in my local shopping centre and well...Its safe to say that have become a firm favorite in our house. As much as I love them they are a little pricey so I decided to try and make my own. If you want to see how I made them then stick around, grab yourself a drink and get snuggled in a blanket for I am about to show you the best recipe to recreate the cinnamon.

Ingredients |
For the dough |
250ml warm milk.
2 Eggs.
75g butter, melted.
600g bread flour.
100g caster sugar.
1tsp salt.
2 1/2tsp quick yeast.

For the filling |
112g caster sugar.
113g dark brown sugar.
2 1/2tbsp cinnamon.

Step 1 |
Warm some milk and put your yeast in it to activate. Sift all the other dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and make sure they are all combined.

Step 2 |

Melt the butter and then when it’s cooled add the eggs and mix well. Add this egg/butter mix to your dry ingredients and then mix together. At this point make a little well in the middle and add the yeast milk. After keep mixing it until it becomes to thought to mix with the spoon. Then you can start forming the dough with your hands. Obviously if you have a mixer then it would be easier to use that.

Step 3 |

Put your dough into a bowl and place some cling film over the top, leave it in a warm dry place and let it prove for about an hour or until its doubled in size.

Step 4 |

While your dough proves you can make a start on the guar that fills the dough. Add your sugar and cinnamon to a bowl and make sure it’s really all combined, after all you want cinnamon going all the way through the buns.  Put this to one side and then measure out your butter.

Step 5 |

Grab your dough when it’s done and roll it out to a 40x50cm rectangle and then spread the butter evenly over the top.

Step 6 |
Grab your cinnamon sugar and sprinkle it all over your dough. Make sure it’s on the dough evenly and that most of the dough is covered. Place them in tins and then leave them to double in size again. At this point you can pre heat your oven to 180c. I got impatient with mine and didn't let them rise because they did that in the oven. Obviously if your not a greedy pig like me, let them prove again but if your hungry then pop them in the oven. I found that they took about 35 minutes on 180c fan. Depending on your oven they may be done s little sooner or later. Keep checking them and when they are golden brown and feel a little hard on the top, take them out and pop on a baking tray. Be careful as the sugar was super hot and I don't want anyone hurting themselves.

This is what it looked like at the end. The lighting is awful but I can't help that. I drizzled salted caramel sauce and sprinkled with crushed pecans on top to make the caramel pecan cinnamon that my mum loves.

If you make this then please send me pictures of how yours turned out, id love to see if you liked them as well and what your put on top to decorate.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx