5.5.15

Apple toffee tart

Monday's are bad enough as it is, but thankfully yesterday wasn't too bad because we had a small family dinner party at my sister's house. It was just a relaxed, nothing too big (although there was plenty of food as we always tend to over cater) get-together. 

For the occasion I decided to try something a little different for dessert. With the weather cooling down I wanted to make something comfort related, that would be nice and warm but not your boring everyday heated dessert. That's when I came up with my Apple toffee tart. 

Ingredients:



Method:
Preheat the oven to 180.

Cream the butter and sugar (185ml) together. 

Sift the dry ingredients together. 

Add the dry ingredients and milk 
to the sugar and butter mixture. 
Once mixed, gently fold in the apples.

Pour into a greased dish 
and bake for +/- 45 minutes. 

Melt the cream, sugar (125ml) 
and toffees over a low heat. 

Remove the tart from the oven.

And immediately pour the toffee mixture over it. 
Allow the sauce to absorb into the tart and serve 
(might need to be heated a little first).

15.4.15

Beauty must haves

With the temperature dropping and the sun setting a little earlier in the evenings, it's time to start switching up the beauty routine to prepare for the harsh winter months. Now I don't know about the rest of you but my skin certainly takes a knock when it gets colder. To prevent it from completely suffering throughout winter I start my winter beauty routine just before it's cold enough to wear a jersey throughout the day. I start using a different body cream, hydrator, perfume and I even keep it glowing with a little bit of help from a self tan. Recently I've started using one or two new products and I'm really loving the results. These are just a few of my current favourites. 


1. Uriage - Thermal water
2. Sorbet - Body butter
3. Caribbean tan -self tan
4. Essie nail polish - Wicked
5. Ralph Lauren - Midnight Romance

13.4.15

A quick catch up

Lately I've been neglecting the blog a little, which makes me rather sad. Unfortunately though, I've just been so busy that blogging has had to take a back seat. I'm hoping this will change real soon, and that I can get back into the rhythm of things. Thankfully though it hasn't been all work, I've managed to have some fun along the way. Here's just a small photo diary of what I've been up to. 

Treating myself to a at home manicure. 

The beautiful dives from Pretoria to Johannesburg.

Enjoying this tiny and delicious smoothie at an event.

When your long weekend away starts like this.

Being surrounded by this beautiful scenery for four days. 

The glamorous side to magazine work. 

1.4.15

DIY bunny garland

Looking for a cute and different way to decorate the table, wall or fireplace this Easter? Well look no further because I've got a beautiful and so simple way for you to do just that, a bunny garland. 

What you'll need:



Method: 

Cut the bunny shapes out of the coloured paper. 

Using the sticky tape and string, 
attached the bunnies to one another.

There you go, a bunny garland.

As easy as that. 

30.3.15

Bunny Easter cake

Easter is a time for family, loads of public holidays and well chocolate (lost and lots of chocolate). This past weekend in celebration of the Easter weekend coming up I decided to bake a little cake. This particular cake was inspired by the Egg on grass cupcakes I made two years ago.

The cake 

Ingredients:


Method: 
Preheat the oven to 180°C. 

Beat the eggs, gradually adding the sugar until light. 
Add the vanilla essence.

Melt the butter in the milk to make a thin liquid. 

Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa. 

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient mixture. 

Mix until smooth and well combined.

 Add the hot butter milk liquid to the eggs sugar mixture. 

Once it's well combined it should be smooth and 
very liquid like (a little runny is perfect). 

Pour the batter into a cake tin. 
Bake for 25-30 minute. 

Allow to cool before icing.

 Icing

Ingredients:


Method:
Lightly beat the butter. 
Add the icing sugar and beat together.

Add a little bit of colouring until it 
reaches the desired colour. 

Ice and decorate the cake.

And voila


27.3.15

Friday Funnies

Nothing makes me smile more than knowing the weekend is right around the corner. I hope you all have a fun weekend planned. But before we start the weekend here are a few things that have been putting a smile on my face.  





Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!

25.3.15

5 beauty tips you should know

Just a few tips that won't break the bank but you wish you would have known about all along. 


1. Add Witch Hazel to your beauty routine. This is an acne fighter, can reduce puffy eyes, treats varicose veins, helps heals bruises, keeps skin moisturized and treats razor burn
2. Use coconut oil. It can help with dry skin, whiten your teeth and prevent wrinkles.

3. Rinse your hair and face with cold water. Hot water strips the skin and hair of essential oils.
4. Use powder. Using powder will not only keep your shine away but it will also help set your makeup and make it last longer.
5. Sleep on your back to fight aging. When your face is squished up against the pillow it creates wrinkles and folds in your skin. Try surrounding yourself with pillows to keep you on your back.

20.3.15

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday everyone! The last few days have been quite busy for me, so I’m really looking forward to a nice weekend. But before I officially start my weekend, here are four videos that made me smile this week...





Hope everyone has the most awesome weekend!



16.3.15

Ferrero Rocher cupcakes

This past weekend I tried a recipe I've been wanting to try for some time now and oh boy was it a delicious treat indeed. Believe me when I say you HAVE to try these cupcakes, they're to die for! The biggest problem I had was not eating all the Ferrero Rocher chocolates before I could use them in the cupcakes. 

Cupcakes

Ingredients:



Method:
Preheat the oven to 180° and line the cupcake tray with paper cups.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, 
cocoa, and baking powder.

In another bowl beat together the oil, egg, 
buttermilk and vanilla extract until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Scoop a tablespoon of the batter into each cup, 
then place a unwrapped (frozen) Ferrero Rocher 
in each cup and add the remaining batter.

Bake for 16-20 minutes.

Icing

Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup cream cheese
cup Nutella
113g dark chocolate
2 Tablespoon cocoa powder
A pinch of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
12 Ferrero Rocher

Method: 
1. Melt the dark chocolate and allow to cool to room temperature.
2. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the cream cheese.
3. Add vanilla, salt, Nutella, cocoa and melted chocolate.
4. Place the icing in the fridge for 15 minutes (allowing it to set).

Ice the cupcakes.

Garnish with Ferrero Rocher.


and voilĂ !