Baking - Cherry and Chocolate Cookies

Sunday, 22 October 2017

After what seemed like an age, I finally got around to doing some baking the other week. I really felt in the mood to make some cookies, so after a browse of various recipes, I eventually found one that sounded rather tempting on the Good Food Website... that recipe was for Cherry and Chocolate Cookies, and seeing as my baking of them went pretty well, I thought I would share the recipe with you all today!



Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

200g Unsalted Butter
85g Muscovado Sugar
85g Golden Caster Sugar
1 Egg
225g Self-Raising Flour
50g Milk Chocolate
50g White Chocolate
85g Glacé Cherries

To go on Top:

Around 100-150g of Milk Chocolate


 Method:

1. Firstly, I preheated the oven to 180 degrees celsius, and then I put the butter, egg, and sugars into a mixing bowl and beat them together.


2. Then, I also added the flour, chocolates and cherries, and mixed them in as well - for the chocolate, I just broke the bars into their squares, and with the cherries, I just chopped them in half.


3. Next, I spooned blobs of the mixture onto baking trays (making sure that they were well spread out so that they didn't all stick together whilst cooking), and popped them into the oven for 15 minutes.


4. Once the cookies were baked, I took them out of the oven and left them to cool for a good 10 minutes or so. I then melted the remaining chocolate and drizzled it over the top of the cookies (as you can see from the pictures of my cookies, this doesn't have to be neat!).

And that's all there really was to making these cookies - they were so simple to do, and tasted so good, that I will definitely be baking them again at some point in the future!

Olivia xo

P.S Find the original recipe HERE.

Vinyl Bargains and Purchases...

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

It's that time again... I have been waiting for a couple of months to amass a fair few records before writing up another haul, but now with quite a few purchased I thought it would be a great time to tell you all about them... 



Firstly, some charity shop finds...

'How Soon is Now?' - The Smiths

Now this 7" single was a fair bit more expensive than my other charity shop purchases - for £9.99, it did take me a little longer to decide on whether to actually buy this one, but after some serious thought I just went for it. 'How Soon is Now?' is one of my favourite Smiths songs, so to own it on 7" feels pretty great... and the money that I spent on it also went to charity so that makes me feel good too.

'Regatta de Blanc' - The Police

I was definitely pretty shocked to have found this in Oxfam (no offence to any fans of Cliff Richard, but the shelves are normally just stacked with his albums), and so I just had to buy it. It was only £4.99, which I don't think is all that bad for an album by The Police, and considering how good an LP it actually is, I definitely didn't mind parting with my money.

Favourite Songs - 'Message in a Bottle' & 'Bring on the Night'


Spending the Weekend in Sheffield...

Sunday, 15 October 2017

After being back at home for just around a month after my holiday to Italy, I was recently on the move again... although, this time it was to spend a couple of nights in Sheffield.


The main reason for our trip up to Sheffield, was that we were going to see Rob Brydon play at the City Hall on the evening, but it made sense to spend the day exploring the city too. I have actually been to Sheffield a couple of times before, and as I remembered it to be a pretty lovely city, I was rather excited to visit again!

So, me being me, I made sure to research a few places to visit before we made our journey up North - whilst doing so, I discovered that the city actually holds a fair few record shops, and I eventually ended up in Record Junkee (which is situated close to Primark, so proved pretty handy), where I perused through the thousands of records for some time, before eventually coming away with a Frankie Goes To Hollywood single.


I did also pop into HMV a little later to get another couple of records (although more on those another time), after I had a little search of the city for some vintage clothing shops. For ages, I had wanted to visit a COW vintage store, and luckily enough, Sheffield had one... however, although there were lots of cool items in-store, I didn't actually find anything in particular that I wanted to buy. But, I do know that a couple of the cities that I will be visiting in the near future also have COW shops, so perhaps on those occasions I might find something to buy!

After that small disappointment though, we headed to The Botanist for a drink (which is situated in Leopold Square, which is a rare cute area that you can hopefully see in the photo above), before then going back to the hotel to get ready for our evening out...

When it rains for most of the evening, so you have to find somewhere suitable to take some outfit photos...
Denim Jacket - Topshop
Top - Afflecks Palace, Manchester
Trousers - Zara


I do feel like we had a super busy day in Sheffield, because pretty soon after showering and getting changed, we were off into the city centre once again.

By this time though, it was raining, so my idea to take a few outfit photos for this blog post was proving a bit of a challenge. However, we eventually decided to take a few (with me looking as awkward as usual) in the Winter Gardens which are helpfully indoors, and happened to be right next to the restaurant that we were going to be eating in.

Ego is a chain of restaurants that serves Mediterranean-style food, and we do actually have one near us in Lichfield so had visited a few times before and loved the food. This meal was no different, as I was served with three lovely dishes - starting with some Grilled Goat's Cheese (I am OBSESSED with Goat's Cheese), then going on to some Chickpea, Lemon and Coriander Cakes, before finishing with Tiramisu for desert (another of my favourite foods), the food I ate was literally gorgeous.


My part of my lovely dinner at Ego - Chickpea, Lemon and Coriander Cakes (plus some fries on the side).

Following on from a great meal, we then saw a great performance by Rob Brydon at the City Hall... it was pretty late by the time we got back to the hotel, and I was pretty tired after a full-on day. 

However, I must say that I had a really nice time in Sheffield, and I hope you all enjoyed hearing little about my trip, and getting to see some of my photos!

Olivia xo 

Autumn With Essie

Sunday, 8 October 2017

By now, a lot of you probably know of my love for Essie nail polishes, so I will keep this post fairly brief... However, I did really want to talk a little about a new nail colour that I bought the other week, and that I think is perfect to wear in the autumn months!


What with all the summer shades that I own, once it got to September I thought it was about time that I went out and got myself a new nail polish. Essie have such a lovely range of nail colours, and I immediately felt myself compelled by the gorgeous nude shades that they offer - although I was a eyeing up a couple of nice colours, I eventually opted for 'Clothing Optional', which is exactly the sort of thing that I was after!


Is it too early to talk about Christmas Gift Sets?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The answer to the title of this post is probably yes, but it is at about this time of year that all the new Christmas gift sets start to appear in the shops... and it is today that REN's lovely festive gift set range for 2017 is released!

After working with REN a few times now, I must say that I get incredibly excited whenever they let me know about a new product launch - their Christmas range this year (aptly named 'Little Boxes of Joy') of course had me enthusiastic all over again, especially due to the fact that they have collaborated with Silken Favours to create the cutest packaging!


Within the collection there are numerous different sets, each containing different items, and each for different prices (so there really is something no matter what your gift budget is!). My lovely gift is called 'All is Calm, All is Bright' and contains three lovely little face products...
 
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