My Perfect Cookie

Lately my life has been hectic, I’ve been feeling very stressed and unable to switch off. Lack of sleep until I’ve literally just heaped into an exhausted bundle that only my partner can wake me from.

So what do I do? To switch off? Unwind and ignore the world? I bake.

I’ve for years failed to bake a cookie. I normally get cake like consistency, they all melt into each other and/or they burn into a big tray bake. This has annoyed me for a long time but never deterred me!

So today as its sunday I normally like to watch re-runs of The Great British Bake Off and bake.

I had on my list today:

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

I was determined to crack them and crack them I did. The recipe I used:

150g salted butter, softened

80g light brown sugar

2 small- medium eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

225g plain flour (I used self-raising and still turned out great!)

200g of mixed dark and plain chocolate chips

To make:

Preheat oven 190C/170F/Gas 5.

Cream the butter and sugar until very creamy. Beat in vanilla and eggs.

Sieve the flour and bicarbonate. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.

I personally used a stand mixed and just wacked it on until I had quite a stiff mixture.

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Using a teaspoon, I found this size best. Scoop a small mound onto a lined baking tray and cook for 10-12 minutes.

I ended up doing 4 to a large tray and 3 to my smaller one. I probably made about 7-8 batches. The trick I found to this, be patient.

You really want to wait until they’ve cooled totally before taking off the baking paper so that the centres don’t fall out where they stick.

Hands down the best recipe I’ve ever used and I’m really happy with how they turned out!

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Fleur DeForce – The Luxe Life

I am an avid follower of Fleur as you can probably tell from my previous posts.

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She has recently released her new book The Luxe Life. A more grown up sister to her first book The Glam Guide. One that’s very much to my tastes. As much as I love the first I feel that this new one is much more in joining with the stage of life that I’m at.

I adore that its more about entertaining people, having friends over, making meals and DIY related rather than just purely beauty related. While I do love beauty I feel that my life doesn’t centre around it, as much as I may want it too!

She’s got several amazing recipes in this new book, for food, drinks and snacks which is always a delight of mine as you may know I love to cook.

She’s got some lovely hairstyles, one of which I used at a friends BBQ and got a nice reaction to. I am currently still working my way through so I may give a more in-depth review later on.

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I was very lucky as I was able to order a pre-signed book from WHSmith, sadly she’s done her book tour and I’m not sure if there are any more available but I recommend if she releases another to go meet her as she’s just as lovely in person.

K

 

My Town

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We have a very large cineworld in our town centre. This has the options of 2D, 3D and 4DX. There’s also a popcorn, hotdog and nacho stand. A loose sweet section and a Starbucks. I love going here so much that my parent’s gifted my partner and I an ulimited card each for Christmas. This was also where I experience my first 4DX film, Age of Ultron, and I loved the experience.

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The shopping centre is very large and has pretty much everything that you need. It’s got high-end such as Micheal Kors down to things like H&M. Shops for everything that you could need so you really can go to just one place for everything, very convenient.

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The Milton Keynes Theatre is somewhere that I go several times a year, there is nothing quite like seeing a live performance and I for one love catching a show, from fun things such as CATS to more dramatic things like Dirty Dancing and the real laugh of the Full Monty. Great night out!

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We have a few different lakes in Milton Keynes, however my favorite is Willen Lake. This has a glorious large lake to wonder around, a pub/restaurant, a park, a climbing frame and is beautifully packed with extra’s in the summer months.

Do you have specific places in your own home towns/city’s that you love to do? Link me your favorite places!

K

 

Reading Recommendation – 1

I adore to read. This is something I generally lose days doing, not hours but days, weeks, months!

I have amassed quite a collection of books. I wouldn’t say I have a type, if the synopsis is good and catches my attention I’ll buy it. I have a kindle and read a massive amount of original works online but there’s nothing quite like making a cup of tea, picking a good book and sitting on the swing seat in the garden on a sunny day.

I’ve recently just read, The Unmumsy Mum.

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Now this book probably isn’t for everyone, it’s very tongue in cheek, with some ladish humour but I found it really fun as it appealed to my dry humor. It’s condensed a lot of my worries of becoming a parent into a great book that has made me less afraid of tackling motherhood.

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I highly suggest reading it if you are struggling with being a mum but don’t want to tell anyone incase you feel that you’ll be admitting your not cut out for it (you are cut out for it, things generally happen in phases, you can only take so much at a time and you’ll get through it!).

I have downloaded the second blue book, which is free on Kindle only. I will add in a little on this when I’ve gotten round to reading it! Which will probably be soon.

K

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Instagram Inspiration

Now I know that Instagram is massively filtered and that posters only show the very best of things. I take the things I see with a pinch of salt.

However I thought I’d share with you some that I find inspirational, I don’t think its a bad idea to strive to be better or do things to the best of your ability as long as it doesn’t become life threatening, nothing and no one is perfect. Just aspire to be the best you, that you can be!

I’ll split this into a few posts as there’s a few that I follow!

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Victoria from IntheFrow is amazing, I recommend you check her out. She doesn’t come across as snide or full of herself but genuinely seems to appreciate everything that happens to her. I’d recommend checking out her YouTube also for really beautiful uploads.

Evelina Forsell

I found Evelina from evelina.forsell by accident! I was browsing through YouTube when I came across her which then lead to her instagram, she’s incredibly herself, she doesn’t conform, isn’t apologetic with how she is but doesn’t slap you in the face with it. She’s funny and her feed makes me feel relaxed and inspired. I do believe she has a blog as well.

Slimming World

Slimmingworld, should hopefully be self-explanatory, I’m aspiring to lose weight and I’m adoring the inspiring, beautiful posts they put up that healthy doesn’t have to be bland.

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As you probably know I’m a fan of Fleurs. I find her incredibly honest, down to earth and humble. She’s one of the first Youtuber’s that I followed and she seems to be such a nice person. She doesn’t change her views to fit people but isn’t impolite or bitchy about others. A high-class woman in my opinion.

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ThePortraitArt, this guy is insane! His work is simply stunning and inspired me to pick up my charcoal again. I implore you to check out his work on Youtube as it’s incredible!

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Home Organising Ideas

When you live with your parents and you think I’m going to organise my house like this and we’ll have this, we’ll do this.

I thought I’d share a rough up of what ideas I have for our home, these vary from if we had a big old house to having a tiny new build (To be honest, at the moment I’d take anything!)

These are just a few of the idea’s I have and I’m just going to explain why I like each of them. All these images are from Pinterest, you can just look up organising, home organising etc and these will come up, I’m still working on how to link things.

As you’ll probably tell with several of these I’m very OCD with organisation, I have my room very similar and rigid like this. I reorganise things several times throughout the month and it really helps to calm me, I doubt I’ll be any different in our home, if anything I’ll be worse.

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I really love cooking and I’m looking forward to my own pantry when we move. I know it won’t be big but it will be organised similar to this, if not I’ll invest in something similar to one of these fancy pantry cupboards. Mine will probably be a lot more colourful but I adore all the clear containers.

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Wrapping paper. I adore wrapping, seriously love it. Mine is all in tall boxes, shoved to the back of my wardrobe. I can’t wait to try this as its a great idea, this way nothing gets crushed, crinkled or ripped and you don’t have to ‘dig’ anything out when you need it.

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I’m not a height person, going up a ladder to the loft scares me so I’ll be sending MrGuine up there. I have a feeling if it’s clearly seasonally sectioned and kept neat, when I ask him to get a specific box then it’ll be easier than saying ‘its in the box’ when theres 30 boxes piled up there.

Official forms stress me, I’m quite paranoid about keeping them in order, my parent’s office ( I love you both!) is a mess. As I’m self employed I get a lot of important forms, need to keep my own accounts, tax returns, NI forms etc and I couldn’t live like this. I like my order, in my room everything is sectioned, highlighted, stapled, tabbed and filed.

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I love this idea, it fills me with love of the possible. The kitchen in our home is the heart of the house, its where all the post goes, the newspapers, where the cooking happens, teas, daily catch ups. So I don’t think it’ll be too different in our home unless we have a horribly small kitchen which I’m dreading.

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Staying on the kitchen, I love this idea. I want to do a lot more baking when we move out. Sweet treats are always popular at MrGuine’s work and I think it’ll be great for me to be creative.

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You know when you have that draw, tin, sometimes even cupboard that has literally every type of stationary in but you stab yourself with pins, get ink all over your hand, blue tack sticks to everything. Yeah, I don’t want that.

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Yes, underwear. Do any of you do this? I do, I’m currently using these lovely inserts from Ikea and I cannot wait to get more/new flowery ones for our house as I’ll have dozens of draws to organise!

Oh wow, I’m sad. Organise make happy! Hope that a few of you are like this too and found it helpful. (All images from Pinterest).

K