Treat Street Gone Wrong

For a week I was looking forward to getting my hair done & also going to Cadwaladers for their new Christmas menu.

So that’s what happened, I went & got my hair done & then we went to Cadwaladers. We got some drinks off the festive menu – I got a ‘caramel cappucino’ which to be honest just tasted like a normal cappucino & I got a buttery shortbread biscuit, that was gorgeous. Laurie got a ‘praline hot chocolate’ which was actually pretty nice & two scoops of ice cream in a little pot, raspberry ripple & coconut, they were also really nice. We got Theo a little carton of Ribena & a chocolate, rocky road cookie. Here’s some pictures of our treats :-

It was a really lovely day & I was fully to blame for being dissapointed with both things. I sometimes get too excited about stuff & I hype it up & it ends up being less than I’d imagined it would be. For instance, the Christmas menu, I was so excited & even denied having a costa christmas drink because I thought Cadwaladers would be better – in hindsight we should have just gone to Costa instead.

As for my hair, I was SO excited to get it how I wanted after waiting for what seemed like ages. I thought I’d nearly got there, under the salon lights it looked really nice & nearly how I wanted it, so I thought just another little trip to the salon before Christmas would do the job, but as it was, I got all the way home, hours later, only to find that in real light, it was a lot darker & a lot different tone than I wanted, so I was really unhappy. Mostly, I’m unhappy with how much I’ve paid out to not get what I wanted, when all along I could have done it myself.

So that’s what I plan to do, and there will be a new post all about it when it’s done.

Talk to you soon, KLB, xo

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Vanilla, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I love cupcakes, especially plain vanilla ones (ooooh yum!) but I made chocolate & peanut butter flavour once & my Mr loved them, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys! 🙂

I take the standard vanilla cupcake recipe (I love to use Mary Berry’s one – without the icing!) & then I add in a big lump (I tend not to weigh) of chocolate spread, a hazelnut one normally & a big dollop of peanut butter (again, I don’t measure how much, I go more off taste).

I normally make a big batch & do some vanilla flavour & while they’re baking, I’ll make the rest of the mix into chocolate & peanut butter flavour. Once done, like usual, I divide the mixture into the cupcake cases & bake!

The smell is gorgeous when they’re in the oven & freshly baked cupcakes leave the kitchen / house smelling delicious!!

Below is a list of ingredients & a few pictures of the process & finished product. Once again, if you happen to make them, please leave comments below, Tweet, Facebook or Instagram me how they turned out.

(Pictures show 6 vanilla & 9 chocolate & peanut butter flavour *all from the same mix*)

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Ingredients:

  • 175g Butter
  • 175g Self-Raising Flour
  • 175g Caster Sugar
  • 0.5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Eggs (large)
  • 3 Cap-Fulls Vanilla Extract

Pre-heat the oven at approx 180*C, line a cupcake tray with cases & bake for 20-25 mins

Happy Baking, Kate, x

Banana & Plum Cake

I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off again this year & it’s bitten me with the baking bug…

I looked around my kitchen & wondered what I could make when I spotted the bunch of bananas hanging there. When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time at my Nan & Grandad’s house & my Nan used to make banana cake all the time! It’s the most yummiest, scrummiest banana cake I’ve ever tasted, hands down. (Even compared to coffee shop or bakery ones that I’ve tasted over the years) I must steal the recipe at some point (as well as her scone recipe, yum!).

Anyway, long story short, I decided to make banana cake, but since there were some plums that had reached their peak & started to go beyond (& mostly because of my Fiance’s peer pressure 😉 ) I boiled them until soft & chucked them in too.

Below is the recipe & some pictures of the process:

IMG_0693Ingredients:

  • 3 x Bananas
  • 4 x Plums (I’d add more next time as you could only just get a hint of them)
  • 170g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Margarine
  • 270g Self Raising Flour (Normally 225g for just bananas but I added extra to compensate for the plums)
  • 2 (large) x Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1.5 Tsp Cinnamon

IMG_0695Step One: Line / grease your cake tin & pre-heat your oven to approx 180*C

Pop your butter & sugar into a bowl & mix until smooth (you might want to sieve your sugar, I was feeling devilish & didn’t sieve mine & to be honest, it doesn’t make a difference!)

Step Two: Add the flour & mashed bananas into the bowl with the butter & sugar & mix well.

IMG_0699Step Three: Add the boiled & drained plums, eggs, vanilla extract & cinnamon to the gloop & mix…

IMG_0707Step Four: When thoroughly mixed together, pour / spoon mixture into your baking tin / ovenable mixture holder & pop into the oven for around 45 mins to an hour (depending on how moist you want it).

IMG_0709Step Five: When happy with the bake (I do the good old ‘stab & see’ trick to check the inside is cooked), remove from oven & leave to sit until slightly cool & then carefully remove from the tin & place on a cooling rack to cool completely (or until most of the heat has gone, warm banana bread is just amazing!)

Step Six: Slice that bad boy open & enjoy! – Ours didn’t last the day, it got a thumbs up from my little family & I hope it will from you too! 🙂

So there we have it, my banana & plum cake…

If you do try this recipe please let me know how it turns out for you & don’t hesitate to let me know what changes you made / think I should make next time. If you do happen to try it out, I’d love to see pictures of how scrummy yours looked – so add them into the comments / tweet / facebook / instagram me.

Ciao for now, Kate, x

Beach & ice cream, living the dream…

A few days back it was a beautifully warm day, the sky wasn’t particularly blue & it didn’t look too promising but we decided to take a chance on it & go to the beach. We headed to Criccieith, a small town about 20 mins away from where we live. We had a lovely little play on the beach, with the warm breeze tangling our hair, the warm stones beneath our feet, the sea sparkling in the sunshine….it was just beautiful.

Of course, as it’s tradition, whatever the reason we are visiting Criccieth for, we have to go to Cadwaladers (ice cream shop / cafe). I had a ‘strawberry dream’, which is essentially a few scoops of vanilla ice cream in a sundae glass, topped with fresh strawberries, whipped cream & strawberry sauce (my usual), Laurie (my fiance) had two scoops in a tub, lemon meringue & oreo flavour & Theo (my son) had a little bear cone with a scoop of mint choc chip in it, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

All in all, it was a lovely few hours, playing on the beach & taking a break from the sun to eat some ice cream.

I highly reccomend visiting Criccieth if you’re ever in the area.

Here are a few snaps of the day, I hope you enjoy them!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Ciao for now, Kate, x

Egg-selent Sunday

There’s not much better than the laziness of a Sunday to me. I know a lot of people work, my fiancé included, but for me it’s a brilliant excuse to wear my pjs for most of the day, scrape my hair back into a messy bun & have a slow paced day.

So here I am, sitting in my fluffy xmas pjs (classy), writing this & I’ve just devoured the most tasty lunch I’ve had in a long time & worth sharing too I think. Ta-da!

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Om to the nom.

Have a lovely Sunday guys!

Kate, x

Tasty treats!

I went to the local market & there’s a man there that sells homemade cheesecakes in sooo many different flavours…It’s really hard to choose which one you want most!

A few weeks ago we got one each, I got cookies & cream flavour & my hubby-to-be got rum & raisin, but unfortunately we ate them before I thought to take some pictures. *whoops*

This time, however, I managed to get a photo before we gobbled them up. But because they’re so yummy & we had just started to watch a film (The Croods – if you’ve not seen it I recommend it) I only got a photo on my phone, so I apologise for the quality.

We shared mint chocolate & chocolate torte flavour this time & they were amazing!!

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What are your favorite flavour cheesecakes? If you could make your own flavour, what would it be & why?
I think I’d have to go with jam & cream scone flavour, because I love scones!!!

Kate, x

Home Cooking!

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I don’t normally blog about food, that I can remember anyway, so this post is a little different from the norm, but I’m long over due a new post & since not much else interesting has happened recently, I thought why not spend some time waffling on about the yummy goodness that is food?!

Now, I don’t like to boast, but last night’s dinner was amazing. Laurie (my boyfriend) made us a chicken & mushroom pie for tea (I made the mash). It was so yummy & I think that the little hearts that I decorated it with definitely added to it. 😉 (picture below)

I also made some pregnancy friendly cookie dough for afters & my oh my was it scrummy. I have to admit though, it defeated me, even though I made it to the recipe, there was too much there for me & that doesn’t happen very often. Why was it pregnancy friendly you might ask, well, basically, it just didn’t have eggs in it.

If you want to try the recipe yourself, you can find it here – click.

Here is a picture of the lovely chicken pie! – What’s your favorite home cooked meal?

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