Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lime and Coconut Cookies

This is yet another healthy lifestyle post, I found a recipe for these really tasty cookies on Pinterest. I love Pinterest, I've been pinning for a couple of years now but this is actually the first time I've put any of my pins into action and it was definitely successful! I've decided to do my own post on these as I found it a bit fiddly having to convert American measurements and temperatures, so here is my version for those that live in the UK.

The Ingredients
195g all-purpose flour
65g soft butter
152g caster sugar
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1 egg
½tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 large lime/lemon 
3tbsp lime/lemon juice
30g desiccated coconut
½tsp salt

  1. Firstly preheat your oven to 180°C. Line your baking trays with greaseproof paper and scatter the coconut onto the tray so that it is coated in a thin layer. When the oven is ready, put the tray on the middle shelf for 2-3 minutes. It is very important that you do not burn the coconut, it should turn a golden colour so keep checking as it may need less or more time.
  2. Grab a bowl and sieve in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and the salt and then mix it together with the toasted coconut.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the butter and the sugar with a handheld whisk to create a cream-yellow smooth consistency. Add in the vanilla extract, lime juice and zest and beat in the egg.
  4. With a spoon gradually fold in the bowl of dry ingredients, do this until a sticky consistency is formed.
  5. On a flat surface, sprinkle out some caster sugar. Use a heaped teaspoon of the cookie dough and begin to roll it in the sugar. This is the sticky fun part! The sugar removes the stickiness and creates a shell. Spread out the little round lumps of dough onto your baking tray leaving a 1½ inch gap between them. I managed to make 26 cookies!
  6. Put the baking tray on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. When ready, remove the baking tray and leave the cookies on the tray for 1-2 minutes. After, place the cookies on a cooling rack or have a sneaky nibble ;)
When tasting these immediately, I felt like they needed some more lime juice and coconut but once they had cooled, more flavours were coming through! Of course the quantities of these remain up to your personal taste :) And if all else fails, dip them into melted dark chocolate and leave to cool on greaseproof paper mm mmm!

Overall I'm really happy with my first Pinterest adventure and I really want to look over more of my pins and tick off more on my checklist! I have loads of sewing and decor to look over so I may feature some posts on those.

Have you enjoyed my recipe posts this week?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Mango Fruit Juice Smoothie

I always find it important to have breakfast, I never really used to before exams hit but since then I'd always make a smoothie for breakfast. It's a great start to anyone's day it can provide the majority of your five a day if not all and can surprisingly fill you up! So I'm going to show you how to make a nice cooling smoothie that is 100% nutritious.

To make the smoothie you shall need:
A handful of strawberries
A handful of blueberries

1 banana
A teaspoon of chopped ginger
200ml of mango juice

2  peaches 
I photographed 3 peaches for photographic purposes ;) 

The first step you need to do is to slice and chop everything up. I didn't slice the strawberries as I was using frozen ones, I tend not to add ice as I dislike it in a smoothie so adding frozen fruit is more convenient! That way you can keep fruit for longer and keep your smoothie nice and cool. 
Then chuck all the ingredients into your smoothie making machine i.e your blender! I use an attachment which connects to a Kenwood Chef mixer.

Next thing is to whizz it up in the blender, the Kenwood Chef I use has a speed dial, I like to start at 1 and gradually increase it up to 6, this helps to make the smoothie...smooth. After a few minutes I like to completely stop the blender and let any roaming heavy lumps settle to the bottom, I allow this to happen for a minute or so and then start to whizz it up again! This is also so that you don't come across any bits of unblended mushy fruit. 

Once your smoothie begins to look like this, you are now free to pour it out and enjoy :) This probably made enough for two medium sized glasses, but I was greedy and had it all hehe! Blueberry skins are a NIGHTMARE to blend so don't worry if there are still pieces floating around, it's all part of the experience. I think this smoothie has a really fresh taste, I personally like to add lots of ginger as it can give a bit of a kick and compliments the mango juice. If you are without mango juice always give other juices ago, either that or 3 table spoons of natural yoghurt is always a safe option.

Now all that's left is to give it the pinterest factor, perhaps adding a paper straw and fresh fruit? Instagram and done. 

I think this is definitely the way to go this summer, it's great for a breakfast, a cool treat and for on the go travels. Let me know if you make one!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Foundation Swap

Throughout this mini heatwave that has been occurring in the UK lately I've either decided to go bare faced or have put on a BB cream. And the one I've been loving is the All-In-One BB Cream by The Body Shop which I purchased when I was in London with Hayley!

I have the shade 02 which is suited for medium skin tones but they vary from fair to dark. HOWEVER there is magic within the product, once you've been matched up to your core colour the cream actually adapts to the colour of your face.. crazy science right there! I also think that it has a lovely flower petal scent mmmm.

As you can see, when the cream first comes out it is white do not worry, you won't turn into a clown! I like to get a good sized dollop on my hand and pat small dots randomly all over my face so that you look like you've had chicken pox haha! Then with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, I work it into the skin so that it develops into my own face colour. To finish the look I like to put a tiny bit of powder on as I can end up looking quite shiny!

Ta daaaaa, a natural and light coverage that is ideal for holidays and super hot weather!

What BB Creams do you recommend? 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Me and Hayley went to London

As I mentioned in my last post, me and Hayley popped off to Westfields in Stratford recently! Unfortunately they didn't seem to offer us a lot so we only left with a shopping bag each... not exactly haul worthy so I've had to combine blog posts! 

It was a very busy shopping trip, every shop seemed to offer a sale which sounds great but woah! Sometimes too much on offer is too much to deal with, there were more clothes distributed on the floor(contributed by me and Hayley) than on the rails so it was almost impossible to find something great. 
HOWEVER purchases were made and I shall post about them very soon!

We both had a fab time in Pizza Express, I was influenced by healthy Hayley and opted for a (unphotogenic) salmon salad as well as a raspberry lemonade..because you know, one of your five a day and all that! ;)

For dessert Hayley introduced me to the wonderful world of Yoomoo, it's AMAZING! It's a healthy version of pic 'n' mix in where you choose a flavour of yoghurt, select your toppings and sauces, get it weighed hand over the monies and enjoy! Look at all the goodness:

I opted for a natural yoghurt with strawberies, raspberries, white chocolate buttons, little yoghurt coated cluster things and some sesame and pumpkin seeds, it was extremely tasty and I'm having withdrawal symptoms :(

Right, now I'm hungry! Have you ever tried a Yoomoo? 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A Return

The past few months have been pretty hectic at college, so much so that I took a break from a few things such as social media (not Instagram though, who can resist pretty photos?!). However I'm back, and now I've had a little play about and getting used to blogger I think things will run a bit smoother from now on :) 

Now that I'm off from college for a couple of months, a lot of exciting things will be happening which I can't wait to post about! One of which will be a London trip with fellow blogger friend Hayley and I'm SO excited! I've scheduled some posts which will be going up over the next week, so look out for them.

In the mean time, I'd thought I'd let you know about a nail varnish I've been loving recently, it's the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in 'Kiwi'. It's a gorgeous green shade that's perfect for these summer months, it's not too bright but definitely a nice pop of colour. 

I know that this isn't a new product, I remember buying them when they were first introduced and I just didn't understand the hype, but after watching Gabby's Drugstore Faves I thought I'd give them a retry and I've fallen in love! There are so many lovely shades and the quality of them are so high.

What are your favourite nail shades for the Summer?