Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Twenty Five.

I'm not just saying this, but I think it's actually law now, where if your birthday falls on a Friday, you are entitled to celebrate it for the entire weekend, possibly even Monday AND the Thursday if you want to be really greedy, which is exactly what I did!

So with that in mind, I had a super busy and fun weekend to celebrate my (ugh don't want to say it...) 25th Birthday. Every year I tend to not want any fuss or anything big happen, but this year things feel different, for one, i'm actually socialising again, I know, i'm being serious. Two, the sun actually came out for the entire time so had to take advantage of that, I might have moaned a few times that it was too hot but there we go..and three, I'm now 25, from now on I really am an adult, a proper one this time, not just a young adult. When I was younger and I knew someone was 25, I would think wow, I can't wait till I'm a grown up, they can do whatever the hell they want...Oh childhood innocence. 

I pretty much just ate this weekend, spent it with some awesome people and got very little sleep. But it was the best birthday i've ever for a while, so thanks to everyone who made it so fab for me!

As tradition, I headed off to Longleat on my actual Birthday, typically it did rain a little in the morning but completely dried off by the time we got there. Abbie actually got involved in the safari part this time, giggling at the monkeys and not moaning until the very end, bonus. 

Here are a selection of photos from the past 5 days, as I mentioned above, mostly food, but also mostly out and about too, which compared to my life last year, is completely different..

Hope you all have a great week :)

Yesterday I headed off to my favourite little cafe in Bath, The Green Rocket, you might've seen a few posts ago that I went on and on about how amazing it was, and this visit was no exception. The roast dinner was once again flawless, and I even demolished a vegan flapjack too, which by the way was THE BEST flapjack I have ever had, gonna need to try and recreate the recipe I think! The plan was to have ice cream but my eyes were too big for my belly and I probably would've exploded if I would've stuffed anything else down my gob.

So a little retail therapy did the job instead, a stop in LUSH, Primark, Boots, Superdrug and a few other places too, I do love Birthday money, means you shouldn't feel guilty about buying yourself new things...I say shouldn't, because I still did. I can easily spend money on Abbie but anything for me and I can never justify it..i'm sure it's a parent thing though, I certainly had no problems before she existed..

Bath is one of my favourite places, it's so beautiful and picturesque, there's always things going on and now I have found my new favourite cafe, I think i'm gonna find myself there a lot more...Oh and also, I WORE A DRESS, if you know me well, you'll know that's a rarity, I'm one of those awkward people who constantly plays with their outfit and pulls on it all the time. But it was far too hot to wear my usual jeans and t-shirt so I just went for it, wasn't too scary actually ;)

Thanks to everyone who sent me Birthday messages too, I had a wonderful few days, kinda looking forward to the next one too now ;)


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Recipe | Vegan Smores Brownies

It's been a while since I've put up a recipe post, they are my favourite to write up so I really must make more! I'm not gonna lie, this is NOT a difficult recipe, nor does it involve me making everything from scratch, sometimes I just love grabbing a box out the cupboard and making something without forking out on all the ingredients needed! 

So i've finally got round to making these Brownies, I've been wanting to do it for ages but have been so darn busy! I actually picked up a box of the Hale & Hearty Brownie Mix from Holland & Barrett a month or so ago and it's been sat in my cupboard calling my name, i'm not Vegan myself but considering I don't eat anything that contains eggs, when it comes to cakes I have to pick the vegan options so it's all good practice for me!

I was a little hesitant about making these, only because I've never used an egg replacer before and the fact they are wheat free too, but I was so pleasantly surprised, these taste EXACTLY the same as your regular decadent brownies, the texture is the same, the chocolatey taste is identical except this time they are actually kinda good for you! I had a few people test them out for me, who both LOVED them, including one Vegan snob who even gave them a 10/10! BOOM! ;) Anyone else get their tasters to rate on a scale? Ha ha.
But seriously, these are incredible! 

You will need;
Mini marshmallows
(double check they are vegetarian/vegan)

*Heat your oven to 175 degrees *

1. Add your brownie mix to the bowl, along with your butter, egg replacer & water
Mix together until well combined

2. Add your milk and mix well again

3. Line a baking tray (20x20 preferably) with foil or parchment paper

4. Pour your mixture into tin and level out

5. Pop in your oven for about 25 minutes
(told you it was an easy recipe) ;)

6. A few minutes before it's finished, remove from the oven, switch the setting to grill mode

7. Sprinkle over your marshmallows, I used an entire bag because why the hell not! ;)

Pop under the grill for a few minutes, keep an eye on it so the marshmallows don't burn and remove when they are golden and toasted!

TRA-LA! Easy peasy Vegan brownies!
Enjoy! :)

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