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Monday, 25 April 2016

Chocolate Concrete


Chocolate concrete was one of my most favourite desserts as a kid. I use to have this with custard at primary and secondary school and it was delicious! It's a great treat to take with your lunch - although, it's filled with sugar so if you're dieting - STAY AWAY :). 

My dad also use to make this at home as a treat for us all, and it was always an exciting time as myself and my brothers and sister LOVE it. If I can describe the taste, it's a mixture between a chocolate brownie and a shortbread biscuit. 

If you do choose to make this quick and tasty dish, I would suggest you eat it with either custard or ice-cream. However, you can eat it without anything and it's equally delicious and worth making. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 160g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 175g sugar (granulated)
METHOD
  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 3/170'C or 160'C (fan oven)
  2. Melt the butter (This can be done either on the hob or microwave), add the sugar and mix well using a wooden spoon 
  3. Add the flour and cocoa and mix well until you have a stiff consistency
  4. Beat the egg and gently mix into the flour mixture
  5. Put the mixture into a greased 30cm x 18cm baking tray, gently press into the corners and flatten into the tin
  6. Sprinkle with a little water and place in the top half of the oven for 35 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then cut into required size pieces and place on a wire tray
Enjoy! x
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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Kiehl's Ultra Moisturiser SPF 30

I was introduced to Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser by one of my colleagues at work. I have been looking for a great face cream that I can also take on holiday with me and get the coverage I need from the sun.

I have combination skin, so finding a face cream that will both nourish and nurture my skin, but also refrain from making me oily is a difficult find. I have used this for over two weeks and I can honestly say, it's perfect. It is light and easy to use. It doesn't make me greasy and provides me with the protection that I need.

I have trialled so may facial creams and have found that there are a rare few that can achieve what Kiehl's has. It's affordable and worth every penny.

Another bonus is that this is now my go-to sun cream. It's going to be great when I go on holiday and not get a rash on my face - which is what usually happens when I use sun cream.

The only negative about this product is the packaging. Which let's be honest, is ugly! It looks like a medicine bottle and if this had not been recommended to me by a friend, I wouldn't have thought it was any good. Not quite sure why Kiehl's wouldn't make more of an effort with this. However, who cares about an ugly bottle when the ingredients are amazing.


Check out the video review here.
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Sunday, 3 April 2016

8 Apps worth having

Spring has arrived. I cannot believe how quickly this year is flying by. 2016 has been incredibly busy already, so planning my time has never been more crucial. The one thing I felt I fell behind on the most in 2015 was organisation. My blogging schedule and also my videos never seemed to go up on time and I would go weeks on end without actually uploading anything. 

This year, all that's changing! I have no excuse for last year, I just let everything get away from me. My plan for this year is to focus on both my blog and YouTube channel and produce some epic content for you all. To help me achieve this, I have downloaded a variety of apps to get me both organised and keep me in contact with you all.  Of course, some of these I had already, but others I was introduced to at the beginning of this year and they have changed my life - okay slightly drastic, but they have helped a great deal.


Instagram:
Yes, we all use Instagram - this has been a fantastic app to share what I'm up to. Whether there is any new content on my blog, or whether I have a new video to upload I always post a picture on my page to show you guys. I also use Instagram for my health and fitness, sharing food ideas and updates about my gym progress. It's all about be focused and loving who you are. 


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