Chocolatey Easter treats
It’s Easter and we’ve all got far too much chocolate again which begs the question… what to do with it all?
Well luckily we have you covered with these amazing Easter themed puds! These scrumptious Easter treats are perfect for using up all that chocolate whilst getting the kids involved!
Rabbit Cup Cakes
(Or to us grown-ups, carrot cake with an added chocolate glaze that is sure to get the little ones interested.)
By trading butter for vegetable oil, you end up with a really moist and scrummy cake.
These cakes are super easy to make so the kids can get involved.
- Peel and grate 3 medium carrots or, if you’re feeling lazy, throw them in a food processor until finely chopped.
- Sieve together 300g plain flour, 400g caster sugar and a tablespoon of baking powder. Add 4 beaten eggs to the mix with 250ml vegetable oil and the carrot. Stir until combined.
- Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 180º C for 30 minutes.
- For the chocolate glaze, heat a tablespoon of butter, 250ml milk, 2 tablespoons of honey and 100g chocolate in a saucepan until melted. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
- Wait for the cakes to cool and top them with the chocolate mixture. We added little icing carrots we found in the supermarket.
Eggstra Realistic Easter Nests
A twist on the classic rice krispies cake, these Easter nests use shredded wheat to make them look more like a little bird’s nest!
They only take about 5 minutes to make and everyone is bound to love them.
- Crumble 8 large shredded wheats (approx. 180g) into a bowl.
- Melt 250g chocolate and 50g butter in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Once melted and smooth, take off the heat and add 3 tbsp golden syrup (this helps them stick together).
- Add the shredded wheat and stir. Spoon into cupcake cases, top with mini eggs and leave to cool.
Easy as pie. Well, easier than making a pie, actually…
If you’re in the mood for cooking and baking this Easter weekend, check out our eggciting Easter breakfast ideas. Don’t forget to share photos of your concoctions with us on social media!
Have a cracking Easter breakfast!
Easter’s almost here and everyone knows that you can’t celebrate Easter without eggs. Most people (me included) will be stuffing their faces with chocolate all weekend. I certainly won’t be judging you! If you however don’t fancy eating chcoclate so early in the morning then check out our eggcelent egg recipes for an Easter breakfast… or lunch or dinner.
Egg in the Basket
A favourite dish of Joey Tribbiani’s – “eggs with the bread with the hole in the middle, a la me” – Egg in the Basket is a very simple dish that the kids will love, especially if you use a rabbit shaped cutter in the centre to make it more fun.
Take your slice of bread and cut out part of the centre. Fry one side of the bread in butter until it’s lightly golden and then flip it over. Crack an egg inside the gap and fry until cooked. If you want, you can also fry the cut out shape and use it as a lid. Creative and delish!
Nobody’s exactly sure where Eggs Benedict came from, but one story is that Wall Street stock broker Lemuel Benedict went into the Waldorf Hotel one morning in 1894 needing a hangover cure. He asked for “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon and a hooker of Hollandaise” which was adapted by the maître’d into the dish we know today.
To make Eggs Benedict, lightly grill and butter two halves of an English muffin, top each half with ham (or salmon), a poached egg and add Hollandaise sauce. You won’t regret it!
Also known as French toast, Eggy Bread is much older than people think as recipes for pain perdu (lost bread, aka stale bread) date back more than 600 years. Eggy Bread can be sweet or savoury, depending on the batter ingredients and is a popular breakfast dish all over the world.
Mix eggs with a dash of milk and a pinch of salt/cinnamon. Coat slightly stale bread slices in the mixture and fry on both sides. For a savoury snack, serve with ketchup or marmite; if you fancy a sweet dish, top with berries and maple syrup.
(Personally i think this is more of a evening eggy meal). Huevos Racheros is a popular Mexican dish served on the rural ranches in Mexico, this dish is perfect for a brunch with a bit of spice. It’s also really easy… especially if you take a trip to your nearest supermarket and don’t make the salsa and tortillas from scratch!
Lightly grill (or microwave) a tortilla wrap, top with a fried egg, fried peppers and tomato salsa. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, add some guacamole, cheese and soured cream.
A common tapas dish in Spain, the tortilla de patatas was allegedly created during the siege of Bilbao to provide a nutritional meal for the Carlist soldiers.
Fry thin discs of potato in hot oil until they are soft. Pour off most of the oil and cover the fried potato with beaten eggs. Cook until the sides go brown and then place under the grill. Using a plate, flip the tortilla over and finish off the other side under the grill – add cheese if you fancy it.
Mother's Day: Gifts for tech savvy mums
If your mum is obsessed with the latest gadgets our newest blog might help you out with what to get her this Mother’s Day.
Finding gifts for your tech savvy mum can be hard. If your mum is electronic mad and always keeps up with the newest releases she can be a NIGHTMARE to buy for. Remember the days when you were little and your mum insisted a drawing was enough for Mother’s Day? Well we hate to break it to you, those days are well and truly over. Now you’re all grown up its time to get your technology loving mum some gadgets she’ll love.
Take a look at our top products tech savvy mums will love for Mother’s Day…
Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
Help your mum tune out with a pair of wireless headphone. These headphones pack 9 hours talk-time or 8 hours music playback and 30 hours of battery. Ideal for her to use in the gym, or on the commute to work.
Amazon Echo Plus
Busy mum’s could do with a helping hand now and again. With Amazon Echo on standby your mum can check the weather, play music, and much more. She’ll wonder how she ever coped without it!
If she’s already got a smart phone take things to the next level and connect your mum up with an Apple watch. She’ll have no excuse not to reply to your texts any more! Stream over 40 million songs whilst in the shower the Apple watch does just about everything.
SMEG Coffee Machine
Is your mum sick of waiting what feels like years for the kettle to boil? Well with this state of the art coffee machine your drink will be ready in just 25 seconds. Mornings have never been easier.
HP Sprocket Photo Printer
Your mum will be able to print wherever she goes with this pocket-sized Bluetooth printer. Transform mobile photos she already loves by adding text, borders & emojis to make memorable photos more fun!
For the fit mum or the one that wants to become fit, a Fitbit could be a lovely gift idea. Your mum will be able to receive notifications at a glance with this on-trend display Fitbit enabling her to tell the time in style, as well as keep fit!
Ours mums probably remember the good old days where every picture that was taken was printed out immediately rather than stored on our phones for years to come. Let her relive her youth with a Polaroid Camera.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
If your mum loves to take a book in the bath or in the pool holiday this gift will be perfect for her. Introducing the newest waterproof addition to the Kindle family, the Amazon Kindle Oasis. The Oasis is protected against being dropped in up to 2 metres of fresh water!
Tile Key Finder
Forget about being blamed for losing mums car keys! This lightweight gadget can be used to find anything by connecting to a smart phone or tablet. Smart technology doesn’t have to be expensive at the very reasonable price of £21.55!
Refresh your home ready for Spring
Welcome Spring this year by refreshing your home. Finally coat weather turns to cardigan weather, clouds lift, it’s lighter for longer, things are looking up. However the dreaded spring clean had got to be done. You’ve been saying it for months.
If you don’t have any urgent projects, make the most of the approaching long weekends and spring clean your house, move furniture around or just add some fresh new touches.
We’ve picked some of the best products to refresh your home for spring…
Refresh your walls
A lick of paint would be a great way brighten up the dingy downstairs bathroom you’ve been meaning to sort out all winter. However if you haven’t got the time or patience to be finding the perfect shade of duck egg blue, maybe think about adding a new picture or wall hanging to bring new perspective to a room.
Update your bedding
Is there any better feeling than getting into a bed with brand new crispy clean bed sheets? Add a hot new look to your bedroom with a brightly coloured duvet cover partnered with a beautiful throw to match. Instantly turn your bedroom into a spring haven filled with new life.
A pop of colour
Making spring changes to you home doesn’t mean you have to do anything drastic. Maybe a brightly coloured pillow or if your’e looking for something slightly bigger a patterned arm-chair could be a great way to brighten up the corner of a room that’s stuck in the past.
Welcome spring into your home with open arms by adding a hint of green into your house. A few stylish plants breath new life into a wintry interior. Artificial plants are not only easy to care for (literally dust your new green friends once a month!), but great for mixing and matching different pots and plant colours. For the more green fingered among us, growing your own plants are a great pastime and fabulous way to decorate your home.
Mirror mirror on the wall
A good way to spread light around living areas is with mirrors. Placing a mirror on a wall will let sunlight bounce around your room without the hassle of adding in a whole new window! Different sized and shaped mirrors will help create unique themes in lots of rooms.
Lighting is everything
Lighting can really make or break a room, its so important. Adding a stand up statement lamp or a delicate table light can jazz up any area of living space. Adding a funky style is great for allowing light to flood into a once dark part of your house.
The smell of spring
Fragrances such a cotton, freshly cut flowers and citrus scents will add the refreshing smell of spring into your home. Who said cosy nights in with candles was just a winter thing!
Brighten up the floor
A stain resistant, hand-woven statement rug really could freshen up your home. Floral or geometric designs are ideal for adding a more modern touch to a living area.
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Mother's Day gifts for under £20
Although the love for your mum has no boundary’s our pockets unfortunately do. Mums deserve to be spoiled rotten no matter the cost. Reality is there are plenty of cheaper gifts that she will still cherish forever.
Whether you decide to treat her with flowers or a relaxing gift set we’ve got you covered. We’ve chosen some of our favourite Mother’s Day gifts (Sunday 31st March for the forgetful among us) for every Mum out there… We promise it won’t break the bank.
So now there’s no excuse to leave Mum to the last minute!
Hot Water Bottle
Keep your mum’s tootsies toasty with a hot water bottle this Mother’s Day, soft scrumptious and snuggly, this Ladybird hot water bottle will stay warm for up to 4 hours, keeping your mum snug as a bug in a rug all evening.
Jazz up mums morning coffee with a new mug, its the perfect way to add a bit of fun and personalty to your kitchen! Inside this flamingo mug it says ‘Your’e flamazing’ the perfect message to give your mum!
Treasure memories forever with a photo album. If you want to go the extra mile this Mother’s Day why not fill the pages with her favourite family photos. This baby blue photo album featuring rose gold foil detail on the text looks expensive but still won’t break the bank.
For the stylish mum why not buy her some nail varnishes to make her feel as good and you know she looks. Organising a pamper day for you and her in the living room this Mother’s Day is a great way to show her you want to spend time together.
Fill your mums home with beautiful smells she’s guaranteed to love. A Yankee candle has over 120 hours of burning time and comes in around 200 different scents, what more could she want! Pretty good for just under £20 too!
Surprise mum with a Chocolate fountain. Something makes me think she won’t be expecting this gift! From strawberries, to banana slices and grapes, a Chocolate Fountain is the perfect dipping indulgent treat. Great for dinner parties and cheat nights!
Let your mum claim her favourite spot on the sofa with a cushion. A soft fluffy cushion would brighten up any room and would definitely put a smile on her face!
Treat your mum to a spa treatment without leaving the house, a face mask is the perfect way to show your mum that she deserves to relax this Mother’s day! Natural face masks create a barrier on the skin and are designed to deliver a super charged dose of skin hydrating ingredients.
A beautiful heart keying acts as a gesture of love and affection when presented to your mum! She takes her keys everywhere so now she’ll know you love her wherever she goes.
However you choose to treat your Mum this Mother’s Day we hope you both have a great day!
New must have health & beauty products
In the fast paced world of health and beauty it can be hard to keep up with new trends. If you’re sick and tired of clicking on products to see those dreaded words ‘sold out’. Don’t worry we’ve made life a little easier for you.
Take a look at this list of new popular health & beauty products…
Maybelline knows a thing or two when it comes to mascara, having a thin flexible wand adds thickness and length when being applied to the lash. The New York Snapscara also has a new wax free formula which is great for sensitive eyes. Scrubbing your mascara off before bed will be a thing of the past!
If like me you’ve been using the Benefit Hoola Bronzer before time began you’ll be excited to hear that two new much-needed shades are coming out this spring. Originally the Hoola bronzer only came in one shade until 2017 when a lighter pigmented powder was released. Benefit are finally keeping up with the times by adding two more darker no sparkle, no shine, everyday shades.
CBD muscle balm takes relaxing to the next level. 100% natural ingredients warms the skin, promotes circulation, soothes sore muscles and reduces inflammation. This product has been called ‘magic in a tub’ by people who experience back and nerve pain, it really could end up being your ride or die if this is something you struggle with.
Benefit have finally created a companion for their extremely popular roller lash mascara. Introducing the newest Benefit product the roller liner! This eyeliner claims to never smudge to create the perfect ‘cat eye’ flick, the waterproof formula is promised to stay on your lid for 24 hours. Benefits roller lash and liner really do make the perfect duo.
Thought the Urban Decay Naked palettes were hot before? Brace yourself for the newest product drop. Naked reloaded contains 12 all new never seen before shades. After the announcement that the original naked palette was going to be discontinued the release of a new palette has definitely softened the blow!
Jimmy Choo’s newest limited edition fragrance adds a delightful hint of spring to the already iconic smell. Opening with red berries, blended with a citrus cocktail giving us bold, fruity, floral sent’s. The new blossom revamp is said to last longer than ever, the bottle looks beautiful on your dressing table too which is a plus!
OUAI memory mist hair treatment is changing the way you keep your hair in place. This multi priming memory mist spray is so much more than hair spray. Memory mist adds heat protection, shine and a long-lasting hold to your bouncy curls. It might just be time to forget about bad hair days because they don’t exist with this product!
Kerastase has finally brought out this powerful conditioning formula specifically for blonde, bleached or over coloured hair. Believe me this masque will become your holy grail of hair care from now on! Purple tones in the mask penetrate the hair fibres to remove unwanted yellows and brassy tints from your hair, whilst the nourishing ingredients protects from dullness and pollution.
Time for nudes to get a glamorous upgrade in this limited edition Bobbi Brown eye shadow palette. Featuring 10 new velvety multidimensional shades so you can create hundreds of different looks, from nights out to chilled work days this palettes got you covered.
Being a health and beauty addict can be difficult with so many up and coming brands releasing products almost every day, hopefully we’ve helped you get slightly in front of the crowd!
Must have party essentials
Party planning can be stressful we know. This year save the cash and throw your event at home, we promise it’ll be one to remember. Whether your turning 18, 80, or just fancied throwing that 80’s party you’ve always dreamed about, we’ve got you covered with our list of must have party essentials…
It’s always a good idea to have some sort of entertainment ready to distract those unruly guests. Why not invest in a Bluetooth microphone, they lets you perform solo, or for maximum entertainment order two for duet mode. Play your favourite song through the built-in speaker and sing to your heart’s content.
A gazebo is never a bad idea for the unpredictable English weather. You don’t want to leave your guests out in the rain! This roomy gazebo can accommodate anything from garden chairs to dance floors. Gazebos’ are great for putting patio heaters in in the winter, or covering yourself from the rays of summer, definitely worth investing in if you’re an avid party host.
Obviously its going to be a night to remember so why not let your guests document it for themselves! These individually wrapped disposable cameras work perfectly indoors and outdoors, look forward to looking through old school pictures and finding some possible photos to treasure forever.
Lighting should always be a top priority when planning an event. Fairy lights are pretty, colourful and can even turn your dinghy downstairs bathroom into a party guest hot spot! By adding battery-powered fairy lights you’re not only lowering the fire hazard candles have, but are making your house look picture perfect.
Get granddad out of his chair and boogieing with all your favourite tunes. This Bluetooth speaker will make you a real crowd-please, anyone and everyone can connect and play their party playlists through this speaker. The multi coloured light display on the front makes this speaker a must have party essential!
Greet your guests with 16 bottles of white wine to really get the party started. Buying your alcohol bulk in advance really helps you keep the party costs down whilst still providing an excellent party spread. Hopefully this crate will get everyone enjoying the karaoke machine!
What screams fun more than this stylish balloon banner? Balloon’s are the perfect way to jazz up a blank wall, it will be the talking point of your party. Word balloons are a 2019 must have trend, their great for photo shoots and letting everyone know what they should be doing ‘parting!’.
Disco in the kitchen, groove in the garage, or turn your living room into a real life nightclub! Jazzy disco lights instantly change the room from dull to dance in me, it really has no limits as to where your party guests can showcase their killer moves.
Have guests pose for pictures with their party hats on or add the finishing touches to your party outfit. If you’re feeling super creative you can make bunting out of party hats by cutting them in half and threading the string through all the different hat hole.
Getting a little bit sick of your friends, boyfriends, brother thinking he’s a part-time DJ on your Bluetooth speaker? Why not just stick on a party album, its great for all ages and you know what you’re in for. No more spending hours creating the perfect playlist!
A folding table is perfect for displaying party snacks. Grab a snazzy table cloth and place below your party nibble spread. Buying a heavy duty sturdy table like this one means you won’t have to worry about people sitting where they shouldn’t be!
How to make the most out of your bath...
There’s nothing worse than sitting in shallow, lukewarm water and bath salts lodged in all the wrong places. Getting shampoo in your eyes because of the stupidly small candle you’ve lit on the other side of the bathroom really isn’t a vibe. The perfect bath is anything but spontaneous, it takes a lot of consideration. If you ,like most, you just don’t have the time to be transforming your bathroom into a mini spa, don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of bath time essentials so you can spend your valuable time relaxing in the tub.
Here’s some pointers to make the most out of your ‘me’ time…
First things first, you’re going to want candles in your bathroom to help you unwind. The dimmed lights will help you turn your bathroom into a dreamy mini oasis, bit much? Okay we know, maybe light one candle just to get you in the mood. If you can’t be trusted with fire hazards maybe try these LED tea lights, they’ll give you the joy of a candle without the fuss.
Waterproof speakers are great for creating a relaxing mood. We aren’t saying you have to play whale song full volume, but maybe finding a relaxing playlist will help you have some much-needed downtime. The battery life on this UE boom is over 15 hours, however we wouldn’t recommend you staying in the bath for that long!
This is going all out, but why not add a face mask into your bath time routine? A face mask will give you beautifully soft skin. Multi packs like this one give you so many excuses to leave the kids downstairs and treat yourself whilst in the tub.
Epsom Bath salts are a traditional remedy for soothing muscle ache and detoxify the body, there a favourite among athletes and busy mums alike. Epsom salts can be used to sooth anything from arthritis to sore feet. Great for the post workout bath.
Even if its only a few times a week, exfoliating with a bath brush will help minimise pores and reduce the amount of breakouts you get. A bath brush can reveal smooth and radiant skin. The health benefits are amazing simply by massaging the skin its been proven this bath brush can reduce cellulite and increase blood flow.
For those days when you meed a pick me up pop this ball of energy into the tub. Bath bombs are a must, not just for the smell but for the aesthetically pleasing factor too! Is there anything better than getting into a pastel coloured bath?
An E-Reader is the perfect way to access millions of books online and escape real life, get stuck into a story whilst soaking in the bath. The newest Amazon Kindle is 16% lighter than any previous E-Reading, making it easier and more comfortable to hold in one hand.
Finally the most important factor of a bath, the bubbles! Who doesn’t love getting into a foamy tub. This sensitive skin shea milk bubble bath leaves your skin super soft, you’ll be smelling like a dream as soon as you get out the tub. The essential oils in the formula are the perfect way to get to sleep after your bath.
10 perfect pancake toppings!
Bakers, get your pans at the ready, it’s the best time of the year!
Traditionally, Pancake Day is all about emptying the cupboards and preparing for Lent. It’s a day everyone can get involved in, whether it’s perfecting your pancake recipe or spending the evening scraping batter off the ceiling, everyone loves this time of year. So get ready to whisk and flip because Shrove Tuesday is rapidly approaching!
A family favourite, lemon and sugar
Simple but classic, lightly sprinkle your thin pancake with caster sugar and a drizzle of lemon juice to create an age-old topping loved by the whole family. Lemon and sugar was voted the nation’s favourite topping by ‘The Telegraph’ in 2017.
However some would say there’s more to pancakes than just lemon and sugar…
An American classic, maple syrup
Some would say there isn’t a better addition to pancakes than Maple syrup – its thick, sweet, gooey and complements almost any fruit. Go American style and thicken the pancakes up with baking powder and self-raising flour to create a meal that’s bound to make your mouth water.
Wake up the right way with breakfast pancakes
Sweet pancakes not your thing? Add bacon, eggs and avocado to create a dreamy breakfast meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, add mashed potato to your pancake mix for a thicker, fluffier feel!
Perfect peanut butter pancakes
Let’s get creative… is it time to mix up the classic pancake day batter mix? If so, why not add smooth peanut butter for a brilliant way to add protein to your Shrove Tuesday!
You just can’t go wrong with a dollop of chocolatey goodness on top of your pancakes. However, if you wanted to take your chocolate obsession a little bit further this year, why not try to create Nutella-stuffed pancakes?
Whipped cream, because why not!
There’s only a few times a year when you can get away with having a ridiculous amount of calories in one go and just blame it on the time of year. Why not add whipped cream or sprinkles to your pancake day feast?
Carrot cake pancakes (yes, you heard us correctly!)
These might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I can tell you, from personal experience, that these taste A LOT better than they sound. Simply add grated carrots into the batter, fry, pop on a plate, then cover in thick cream cheese and enjoy!
Yogurt and fruit pancakes for the healthier lent lover
Trying to get ready for that holiday you’ve got coming up? Not to worry, why not try natural Greek style yogurt with a selection of healthy fruit on top. Who cares if you’re trying to cut down on calories, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the family fun!
Don’t hold back with ice cream,
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of ice cream on top of your crepe. Feeling a little more adventurous this year? Let the ice cream melt into your batter before frying for a sweeter tasting pancake. We promise you won’t regret it!
We guarantee the kids will love coloured pancakes
Whilst whipping up your usual pancake mix, add in a drop of food colouring. If you haven’t got any in the cupboard, add kiwi for green pancakes, and mixed berries for a pink-tinted pancake. (Adding fruit is an easy way to get the kids to secretly get their 5-a-day too!)
Lacking in pancake utensils? Don’t panic we’ve got you covered…
Here are some of our most sort after pancake must haves:
Top Tip: If in your household it’s a battle of who can win the title of ‘best pancake flipper’, be sure to add a little too much butter to your non stick pan for a more confident flip!
Have the perfect pancake day!