Sunday, 21 June 2020

Degustabox Review + £3.00 Off Discount Code!


Hey beaut's!

It's that time again....Degustabox reveal time! If you haven't heard of Degustabox before it's a food subscription box where you receive 10 to 15 surprise food/drink products a month, some products you receive could be completely new to the market and others could be firm favourites! The box is  just £12.99 a month but if you want to try one out for the first time you can use my code R5R0F to get £3.00 off making your first box just £9.99. So if your a bit of a foodie like myself and you love subscription boxes your going to love this beaut's! 




The shortlist for this months box is...

Barebells Hazelnut & Nougat Protein Bar

Lindt Lindor Treat Bar

Hartley's Strawberry Juicy Jelly Pouches x4

Hartley's Lemon and Lime Juicy Jelly Pouch

YES! Banana & Pecan Fruit and Nut Bars

Mission Street Tacos in Original / Chilli and Lime

Skinny Tonic Indian/Mediterranean

 Beronia Crianza Rioja

Hellmann's Fat Free Salad Dressing / House Salad Dressing

Bull's-Eye Original BBQ Sauce

Xite Energy Drinks








This months contents was really good, we enjoyed everything! There was plenty of snacks and treats to try and enjoy, lots of sauces perfect for the BBQ season and theres also quite a few drinks to try too, so loads of variety which always goes down a treat. 

So if you like the look and sound of Degustabox don't forget you can grab your first box for just £9.99 with the code R5R0F HERE.

nopin

*This post contains gifted items from Degustabox, all opinions are my own!

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Degustabox Review + Discount Code!

Hey beaut's!

It's that time again....Degustabox reveal time! If you haven't heard of Degustabox before it's a food subscription box where you receive 10 to 15 surprise food/drink products a month, some products you receive could be completely new to the market and others could be firm favourites! The boxes are just £12.99 a month but if you want to try one out for the first time you can use my code R5R0F to get £3.00 off making your first box just £9.99. So if your a bit of a foodie like myself and you love subscription boxes your going to love this beaut's! 




The shortlist for this months box is...

Percy's Caramel Chcocolate Shortbread Sticks £3.00

Brynmor Flapjack Caramel Fudge/Apple & Raspberry £1.29

Growers Garden Broccoli Crisps £1.99

Tilda Peri Peri Microwave Rice £!.59

Terry's Mini Popping Candy. 

Very Lazy Lemongrass Paste £1.85

Very Lazy Ginger Paste £1.85

Peppadew Sweet Peppers Mild Chopped £3.00

SXOLLIE Cider £1.80

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry & Lemonade/Cherry Plum £1.85 




This months contents was really good, we enjoyed everything! There was plenty of snacks and treats to try and enjoy, also a good couple of drinks to give a go and they went down a treat I tell ya! I was happy to see the 'Very Lazy' pastes in the box as I use that brand a lot in my cooking already as it makes adding flavour into your meals so quick and easy, I mean grating ginger is no fun after all is it he he! I also loved the Tilda rice, we have those a lot and those Brynmor flapjacks where absolutely gorgeous too, I'd highly recommend!


So if you like the look and sound of Degustabox don't forget you can grab your first box for just £9.99 with the code R5R0F HERE.

nopin

*This post contains gifted items from Degustabox, all opinions are my own!

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The Ultimate Triple Chocolate Cookies!

Hey beaut's!

Like many, during lock down I have been baking like theres no tomorrow, and yesterday I thought it was about time I whipped up a batch of the ultimate triple chocolate cookies! The recipe for these cookies is actually from my old Tanya Bakes book, but I thought I'd re-share the recipe just in case you guys and gals don't have the book and fancy baking some of these cookies for yourself! The recipe is actually really simple and quick which is always a bonus, and it makes 10 of the most enormous cookies!
Here's What You Need To Make These Delicious Cookies - 
200g unsalted butter
300g caster sugar
1 large egg
275g self-raising flour
75g cocoa powder
a dash of milk
100g of milk chocolate (I used Cadburys)
100g of white chocolate (I used Milky bar buttons)
100g dark chocolate (I used Bournville) 

How To - 
1 - Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees or gas mark 6.
2 - In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar and then add in you egg and mix again until combined.
3 - Pop in your cocoa powder and self-raising flour and mix again until a thick cookie dough has formed, if the mixture is a little dry add in a splash of milk.
4 - Break up your chocolate and throw it in and mix around with your hands and start to form decent size cookie dough balls.
5 - Place your cookie dough balls on a baking tray lined with baking paper making sure they are well spaced apart, I only done 4 on each tray as they really do spread out quite large whilst cooking!
6 - Bake in the middle of the oven for 8-9 mins, then leave to cool, and voila!
You have to makes these cookies beaut's, their just so easy and you literally have a batch of cookies made within 30 minutes, and the beauty of them is you can use any chocolate you like within them really, so go crazy hehe! 

nopin

Monday, 6 April 2020

Degustabox Review + £5 off Discount Code!


 Hey beaut's!

I have a subscription box review for you all today but it's a subscription box with a difference.... it contains yummy food and drink, so say hello to Degustabox*. Degustabox works very much like how beauty subscription boxes work, for £12.99 a month (postage included within the £12.99 price) you will receive 10 to 15 surprise food/drink products, many that are completely new to the market! So if your a bit of a foodie like myself and you love subscription boxes your going to love this beaut's!






The shortlist for this months box is...
Smarties Buttons £1.59 each.
Galaxy Oat Drink £1.50.
Wotsits Flamin' Hot/Sizzling Steak £1.00 each.
Marmite Crunchy Peanut Butter £2.50.
Cadbury Hot Chocolate 30% Less Sugar £2.49.
Naked Noodle Singapore Curry £1.20.
Knorr Stock Pot's 95p each.
Nudie Snacks Broad Bean Sour Cream and Chive £1.59.
Seedlip Garden 108 £3.00 for 6cl.
Homepride Superior Sponge Flour £2.00.
Highball Alcohol Free Cocktails Pink G&T £1.99.
Merchants's Heart Tonic Water £1.30.






This month we have a 'Hello Spring' themed box and me and my boyfriend have been loving it, we are chocoholics so we couldn't wait to dive into the Smarties Buttons which are delicious by the way, and the Galaxy Milkshake made with oat milk...wow, it's amazing! Also the new Wotsit flavours are immense, my favourite is the Flamin' Hot, their amazing! I'm looking forward to experimenting with the new Knorr stock pot flavours and seeing what I can come up with as they sound lovely! There's also plenty of drink options in this months box which is always a bonus, I love trying drinks I'd NEVER pick up in store.

If you like the look and sound of Degustabox you can grab your first box for just £7.99 with the code R5R0F HERE.

nopin
*This post contains gifted items from Degustabox, all opinions are my own!

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Super Basic Easter Cupcakes To Make While On Lockdown!

Hey beaut's!

It's been a while...about 3 weeks to be exact and that's all down to the horrendous situation we are all in! The place I work thankfully closed it's doors a week and a half ago, and although that means I'm temporary out of work until the store re-opens I'm just so glad I can stay home and keep as safe as possible! Making sure we all stay at home can be boring but it's absolutely essential right now to protect our NHS and ourselves, so something fun you could do alone or with your kiddies is bake!
The recipe I'm sharing today is pretty basic (plain sponge and chocolate buttercream) and is made up of the simplest ingredients which hopefully you'll already have in your cupboards at home, I bake a lot so I do always have a stash of ingredients in my baking cupboard and the Easter mini eggs I already had as I was planing on doing lots of Easter recipes for you guys, but that's not worked out as I'd hoped so I'm using up the bit's and pieces I'd bought already! 

What You Will Need For The Cupcakes - Makes 12
125g butter
2 free-range eggs
125g self raising flour
100g caster sugar
25g light brown sugar
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
splash of milk

What You Will Need For The Icing
150g unsalted butter
300g icing sugar
15g cocoa powder
2-3 tbsp milk
Any Easter treats you have to decorate.

How To - Cupcakes
1. Firstly pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4 /180 and line a muffin tin with your cupcake cases.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whack in your butter and both of your sugars and cream together, then pop in the rest of your cupcake ingredients and mix until smooth with a hand whizzer or standing mixer. If the mixture is a bit thick then add a splash of milk to loosen things up.
3. Pop a heaped tablespoon of the cupcake batter into each cupcake case and bake in the oven for around 16-18 minutes or until the top of the cupcakes are springy to the touch, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

How To - Icing
1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until it becomes smooth and silky, then start adding the icing sugar and cocoa powder slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and mix again until combined. If your buttercream becomes thick just add in a tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the perfect consistency.
2. Pipe or spoon the icing on top of the cupcakes and decorate how you wish, I used up some Cadbury Mini Eggs and some Smarties Orange Eggs for mine.
 And there you have it, a simple yet effective bake which can be adapted if needs be, if you don't have any light brown sugar then just add an extra 25 grams of caster sugar or vice versa, if you only have light brown just use that. If you only have plain flour that's fine too but you'll need to add some baking powder!

Do let me know if you give these a go beaut's!

nopin

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Galaxy Enchanted Eggs Cupcakes Perfect For Easter!

I bloody love Galaxy chocolate, so it's quite shocking that I haven't created a bake or cake with the yummy stuff yet, well until now I should say! Yup, today I am bringing you a scrumptious yet easy Galaxy chocolate cupcake recipe decorated with those pretty rose gold Enchanted Eggs to add an Easter feel! The cupcake itself is just a regular chocolate cupcake but it's been spruced up with chunks of chopped up Galaxy bar within it, it's so yummy and perfect for any chocoholics out there!

What You Will Need For The Cupcakes
125g butter
2 large free-range eggs or 3 medium
100g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
125g light brown sugar
100g Galaxy chocolate chopped up into chunks.

What You Will Need For The Icing
150g unsalted butter
300g icing sugar
15g cocoa powder
2-3 tbsp milk
2 bags of Galaxy Enchanted Eggs to decorate

How To - Cupcakes
1. Firstly pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4 /180 and line a muffin tin with your cupcake cases.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whack in your butter and sugar and cream together, then pop in the rest of your cupcake ingredients (apart from the Galaxy) and mix until smooth with a hand whizzer or standing mixer.
3. Chop up your Galaxy bar into chunks, these can be as big or as small as you like then gently fold them through the batter.
4. Pop a heaped tablespoon of the cupcake batter into each cupcake case and bake in the oven for around 16-18 minutes or until the top of the cupcakes are springy to the touch, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

How To - Icing
1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until it becomes smooth and silky, then start adding the icing sugar and cocoa powder slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and mix again until combined. If your buttercream becomes thick just add in a tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the perfect consistency.
2. Pipe or spoon the icing on top of the cupcakes and decorate how you wish, because I wanted to make these Easter themed I used the new Galaxy Enchanted Eggs because they just look so freakin' pretty, but you could also use squares of the Galaxy bar or Galaxy Minstrels if it wasn't Easter time.
And there you have it, super yummy Galaxy cupcakes that are so easy to make and will look amazing on your Easter table this Easter! I will warn you, these are quite sickly and definitely for the chocoholics out there, my Nephew absolutely loved them and polished 3 off in one day (little piggy), one was definitely enough for me though he he!

nopin

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

How To Keep Your Home Warm For Less


There’s nothing worse than getting up in the morning or coming home from work to a cold home. It’s quite frankly miserable to have to wear multiple layers and wrap up in blankets in your own house. While it may seem like an endless battle between keeping your home cosy and trying to keep a lid on your energy bills, there are a number of simple tricks that can make a huge difference to your home’s temperature without breaking the bank! 

Here are some top tips for heating your home and saving money at the same time… 

Curtains 
If you don’t have curtains around your home currently, having them installed is one way to help insulate your rooms. They can be used to your advantage to keep heat in and stop cold air from getting in. Keep your curtains wide open when its sunny to allow the sun and heat to stream in, and firmly shut in the evenings to insulate the warmth already in your room. 

Investing in some long and thick draped curtains that go right to the floor and reach the ends of your windows will ensure no heat escapes or cold air enters underneath. Curtains are a useful temporary solution for homes that may have older window panes or doors with cracks where draughts can creep in.

Smart thermostats 
Another tip is to make the most of advances in boiler and central heating technology. Smart thermostats can be found in many homes across the UK and you should make the most of this. Smart thermostats can be programmed to turn on at certain times of the day or can be triggered by temperature so they kick in or turn off once your home hits a certain temperature. 

Most new boilers nowadays will come with a smart thermostat that can be controlled via a handy app on your phone. BOXT are leading providers and installers of combi boilers in the UK, offering top of the range Worcester Bosch and Vaillant boilers to homes and businesses. Their top priority is customer service and they are renowned for having boilers installed with minimal hassle, as soon as the next day. 

Don’t believe the old wives tale that leaving your central heating on low for longer periods of time is more economical. You should only use your boiler when it’s needed by setting it to come on around half an hour before you get up in the morning or arrive home from work. Doing this means your home is cosy as soon as you walk in but also allows you to avoid overspending on energy bills by having your boiler running constantly. If you have pets, you may want to set your thermostat to turn on for a short period in the middle of the day to make sure your home doesn’t become too chilly for them.

Keep your radiators clear 
Next, try to avoid blocking the heat from your radiators with any furniture. Radiators may not be the best looking items in your home, but placing sofas or other pieces of furniture in front of them will leave you spending more than necessary to keep your home warm. Leaving clothes or towels hung on your radiators to dry will also mean they absorb the heat that should be keeping you warm. Try to keep the areas around your radiator as free as possible to allow the heat to flow freely.

Insulate water tanks and pipes
If your home doesn’t have a combi boiler installed like most do these days, you should try to keep your water tank and pipes as insulated as possible. Minimise the amount of heat lost from your tank by using specially made insulation jackets and make sure your tank is installed in a space that isn’t prone to draughts. 

Pipe lagging can also make a difference by preventing heat from escaping on the journey from your boiler to the radiators around your home. Foam lagging can be found in any DIY store and is easy to fit. 

Draught-proof your home 
If you live in an older or period home, draught-proofing is essential to stop your energy bills from going through the roof. Check around your floorboards, window panes, door frames and more for any cracks or gaps where cold air can creep in. There are plenty of DIY options for preventing draughts like floorboard filler, rubber window seals, under-door draught excluders and more. You will notice a difference in the overall temperature of your home by stopping any pesky draughts from finding their way in. 

Heat reflectors
A final but still important tip for keeping a warm home for less is to place thin sheets of foil behind your radiators. This reflects the heat produced by your radiators into the room, rather than letting it hit the wall and be absorbed. 

nopin

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