Thursday, 25 August 2016

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes



If you’re a fan of peanut butter and if you’re like me and try to encorpoate it into pretty much anything and everything, then these super simple cupcakes should be the next thing you (attempt?) to bake! They’re pretty foolproof and don’t take much work, or washing up! 

I did bake mine in a cupcake maker which means that you get the same size cupcakes and the same density amongst the batch which is nice if you’re looking to take photos or present them to other people. If you don’t really care about the aesthetics, just follow the recipe below and oven instructions... You’ll be thanking me later! 

 


Cakes (make approx 12-15)
115g Butter 
75g Caster sugar
40g Brown sugar
2 eggs Medium
115g Self-raising flour
2 tbsp crunchy or smooth peanut butter (i used smooth for a fluffier texture!)

Method - Preheat oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas mark 4.



 Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon 2–3 minutes until well mixed. Place dessertspoons of the mixture in 12 paper cases or greased bun tins.
Bake for around 20 minutes until soft and springy to touch. Cool on a wire tray.





Icing:
50g Chocolate chips to sprinkle
110g Butter, softened
250g Smooth Peanut Butter
250g Icing sugar
3 tablespoons milk, as needed

Method - Place butter and peanut butter into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in icing sugar. When it starts to thicken, incorporate milk 1 tablespoon at a time until all the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. When the cakes are cool, pipe the icing onto the cakes and sprinkle with Chocolate Chips. I also added a tbsp of Reeces topping to the icing to give it a chocolatey look! 



Friday, 5 August 2016

Purrfect Gift Box and Subscription

By now, you should have all realised that I bloody love our cats. I was always a Dog person, having grown up with dogs since I was born but when we moved into the new house, we wanted to get a pet for Millie and as we work full-time, a dog seemed like a selfish option. So, we went to look at a cat and ended up with these pair. You can read a little more about where and why we got them here. 

Now, we all love a subscription box right? Well, so do our kitties! There are so many varieties of subscription boxes for pets but this Purrfect gift box has a mixture of treats for your kitties and you! You can choose one of 4 subscription options:
(Lite) £15.95 per month gets you 2-3 gifts per month
(Standard) £20.95 gets you 3-5 gifts per month
£22.95 gets you 2-3 gifts per month PLUS gifts for Kitty
£27.95 gets you 3-5 gifts per month PLUS gifts for Kitty! 

You can use code NYA20 for 20% off your first subscription! 




Back in May, I got this amazing gift box full of treats for both me and the cats - they are all full sized items too which is great! There is such a variety of items too, not just a couple of the same bits and pieces. This box was full of treats including:
Handmade Cat necklace
Handmade Cat inspired Buttons
Purse
Chocolate
A cat print Scarf
A fleece blanket for the cats
A new collar
Treats for the Cats

The handmade element of the jewellery is beautiful. I probably wouldn’t wear it myself but Millie has been loving it and has been wearing it with her dressing up bits. I think she’s going to be a cat lady when she grows up! And the collar is so cool - the colours go together perfectly and there’s also a tiny little cat charm on there too! We definitely need to get another for Henry so they can match! 









If you love the element of surprise that you get from subscription boxes and if you love your cats just as much as I do, this is the perfect little treat for both you and your fur balls! 

Head over to My Purrfect Giftbox to check out the subscription options and you can also buy the items in this box over on their shop too! 

Friday, 29 July 2016

How to Dramatically Improve Your Kitchen in 5 Simple Steps

There are many of you who are putting up with your existing kitchen interior & are not entirely happy with it. It’s been far too long since you updated it but you don’t want to completely re-design it from scratch. Below are some of my best tips & tricks to spruce up your kitchen in 5 simple steps.

1) Add or change your lighting: Many outdated kitchens are made worse by gloomy lighting solutions or low hanging overhead fixtures. If your kitchens the same, change it! Switching out a light socket & fixture is a lot easier than it sounds & is not expensive.

You can also find modern & vintage fittings on Etsy that will transform your kitchen into a new world of light, style & sophistication.


Another nice touch is to include some slick under-cabinetlighting. Most of the time this can be achieved by pinning some LED lights under the overhang of any cupboards in the kitchen.

2) Add a Coloured Splash Back: By far my favourite touch to a new kitchen is the splash back glass that surrounds the countertops & oven/hob.


Don’t be afraid to use a bright colour as when they are used tastefully your kitchen can transform from a hideaway whilst cooking to a place to welcome your guests & entertain the family.

3) Renovate your kitchen appliances: It’s not just the aesthetics that need to be looked at. You need to make sure that your appliances are functional.


Service Force are the official repairers of all of your Zanussi, AEG & Electrolux appliances. Every year, I Like to get them in to give my kitchen appliances a once over & fix everything that is broken. After all, a kitchen isn’t a kitchen without your main appliances working.

4) Add more storage space: Having more storage in the kitchen isn’t just great for organisational purposes, but also it makes everywhere look less cluttered. A cluttered kitchen in my eyes is a messy one and just means there is more things for dirt & grime to get stuck behind!


You can add some simple box cabinets on spare walls or additional shelving in already existing cupboards. Wire shelves and under-cabinet baskets are also a great way to make sure you're using all the space available in your cabinets, fridge and freezer.

5) Cover up your countertops: Now I don’t want to tell you that a new countertop is necessary to improve your kitchen as they are expensive and not so easy to replace. Instead I want to simply improve what you already have.
Chopping boards are a great way of breaking up your newly clean and spacious worktops. They are also very functional and come in a range of colours & sizes.
These 5 changes will transform your kitchen from an outdated eyesore to somewhere that is usable & an enjoyable environment to cook, entertain & chill out.
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