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

*AD - This is a collaborative post.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

No-Bake Biscoff Cheesecake Recipe

Hey beaut's!

Your'll all know by now that I love my bakes and cakes, but last year I go into making no-bake cheesecakes and to be honest I couldn't quite believe how easy they where, so obviously I got hooked! One cheesecake flavour I hadn't attempted yet was Lotus Biscoff, this is quite shocking for me because I bloody love Biscoff biscuits and the Biscoff spread so it was a no brainer really! If your a Biscoff lover then you NEED to give this a go, what's not to love about a Biscoff biscuit base, Biscoff spread mixed within the cheesecake filling and more melted Biscoff spread drizzled on top with whipped cream, wowza!

What You Will Need - Biscuit Base
*250g Lotus Biscoff Biscuits
*85g Melted Unsalted Butter

What You Will Need - Cheesecake Filling
*250g Cream Cheese
*50g Icing Sugar
*150ml Double Cream 
*125g Lotus Biscoff Spread
*Half a tsp Vanilla Extract
*2-3 tbsp Lotus Biscoff Biscuit Crumbs

What You Will Need - To Decorate
*150 ml Double Cream
*2 tbsp Icing Sugar
* 2-3 tbsp Lotus Biscoff Spread
* Lotus Biscoff Biscuits

How To - Biscuit Base
1. Blitz up the Biscoff biscuits to a fine crumb and pour in your melted butter and mix until it feels and looks like wet sand then pop it in a spring form tin and press down firm to pack those crumbs together. 
2. Pop into the fridge or freezer to chill/set whilst you work on the cheesecake filling.

How To - Cheesecake Filling
1. Pop the cream cheese, icing sugar, Biscoff spread and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and whizz together with an electric/standing mixer until smooth.
2. Once smooth, pop in your double cream and mix again until well combined and it's thickened.
3. To add some crunch I mixed through a couple of tablespoons of Biscoff biscuits that I had roughly broken up into small bits, if you can find the crunchy Biscoff spread then you wont need to do this but I could only get my hands on the smooth kind. 
4. Heap the cheesecake mixture on top of the biscuit base and chill in the fridge ideally overnight however, I made mine first thing in the morning and left it to chill all day until dinner time and ours was fine. Basically the longer you can chill it the better!
5. Once the cheesecake has completely chilled and firmed up decorate how you like, I melted some Biscoff spread and drizzled it over the top on the cheesecake, then I whipped up some double cream and added swirls on top then I used left over Biscoff biscuits
And there you have it, the most scrumptious cheesecake I think I've made yet! The cheesecake will keep in the fridge for 3 days starting from the day you made it being the first day! Also if you do add the Biscoff biscuits on top with the whipped cream to decorate they will probably go a bit soft by day two so just bare that in mind!

nopin

Thursday, 27 February 2020

February 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...
Galaxy Vegan Bar £3.00 for 1.
TREK Protein Flapjack Cocoa Oat £2.50.
KITKAT Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny 65p for 1.
Livia's Salted Caramel Million Squares £1.50.
My Sweet Chickpea £1.25.
Jacked Foods Chunks £1.89 per bag.
Mug Shot High Protein Roast Chicken Pasta £1.29.
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard £1.50.
Very Lazy Slow Cooker Pastes £1.99 for 1.
Heinz Paw Patrol & Frozen No Added Sugar Pasta Shapes 55p each.
Lost Coast Fruit Spritzer £2.49.






This month we have an 'Easter is Coming' themed boxed and let me tell you - it's gone down a treat in my house! We have such sweet tooth's so the fact this box is pretty much crammed full of sweet things to try makes us very happy! I think my favourite bits in this months box has to be the Vegan Galaxy bars, I've been dying to try these as I'm such a lover of the original Galaxy bars so I'm intrigued to try the Vegan versions! I also love the KITKAT bunnies, the TREK bars, the Chickpeas and the Heinz pasta shapes are always a winner on toast for lunch, honestly this box is my favourite Degustabox I've had for a while, it's contents is INCREDIBLE! 

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, 20 February 2020

Giving ELEVEN Australia Haircare A Whirl!

Hey beaut's!

It's no secret that I've always struggled with knowing what shampoo and conditioner to buy for my hair, I was always one of these gals that would literally just buy any brand of shampoo that was on offer and this meant I was actually damaging my hair, so my hairdresser Rachael from Serenity Thetford helped me out as always and gave me a few bits from ELEVEN Australia to try! 

If your new to ELEVEN Australia like I was, they're an award winning hair care brand with 35 products to choose from that suit all hair types. Their also cruelty-free and PETA approved and only include high performing natural ingredients within their products such as Australian desert lime, avocado oil, coconut oil and organic cucumber just to name a few! 
I have very dry, brittle hair usually that has some damage from my heated tools and I'd often have some annoying static moments (which is actually common when you use crappy hair care) so my hairdresser suggested the Hydrate My Hair range so I've been using the Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo and the matching Hydrate My Hair Moisture Conditioner and let me tell ya, their a match made in heaven on my dry. damaged locks! This duo leaves my hair feeling so nourished, glossy, healthy and most importantly I never get any static problems anymore, thank goodness! 
Something else I've been using once a week is the ELEVEN Australia 3 Minute Repair Rinse Out Treatment, this is a must try if you have dry, damaged hair and is so quick and easy to use, theres no hanging around for 15-30 minutes like usual treatments, this one you whack on your hair for just 3 minutes then your done! It's the perfect product if your wanting more manageable hair and really want to restore softness and trap in some moisture, it's a little miracle worker really and makes my hair feel INCREDIBLE, I actually noticed instant results after the first use!
On the days I curl my hair I've been reaching for the I Want Body Texture Spray, this spray works amazingly well for adding that beachy feel and texture to your the hair when it's been given a loose wave, it can also add a lot of volume to flat hair if you spray it in at the roots! Also if you struggle with up-do's like I do this spray is amazing at adding grip for that tousled look! 

If your in the Norfolk area you can find all of these ELEVEN Australia products in Serenity Hair Design & Beauty, Rachael (who cuts my barnet) is the managing directer there and is full of hair care knowledge, honestly shes knows everything there is to know about hair so I really recommend booking in with her if your in the local area! Of course you can find the ELEVEN Australia products online too.

Have you tried any ELEVEN Australia hair products beaut's? What are your favourites? I'd love to know.

nopin

*This post contains gifted items, all opinions are my own.