Monday, 22 December 2014

Chocolate Chip Shortbread | Recipes

I have always loved baking, but I am a bit of a disaster in the kitchen. Something always goes wrong, whether it burns, gets stuck or tastes disgusting.

But, I tried to make chocolate chip shortbread this afternoon, and was pretty happy with the result (well one batch was okay!).

They only used three ingredients (plus the chocolate chips) and were actually surprisingly easy to make - but I'll get onto the things that I did wrong later! 

125g Butter
55g Caster Sugar
180g Flour
Chocolate Chips

1. Combine the sugar and butter together until it is smooth - it helps to cut up your butter into little chunks and keep it out of the fridge for a little while.

2. Stir in the flour and add the chocolate chips - it will take a while to combine it, and don't be scared to use your hands.

3. Use your hands to combine it into a ball of dough. It shouldn't be too wet, there is no need to add any water. The butter should combine it together.

4. Flatten with hands - if you are using cookie cutters (which I advise) use a rolling pin until the dough is just under a cm thick.

5. If you aren't using cookie cutters, take a small amount from the dough and roll into a small ball. Flatten slightly and place on a greased baking tray. Continue until all the dough it used.

 6. Prick the shortbread with a fork and sprinkle with caster sugar

7. Place in the fridge to cool for about 10 minutes

8. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas mark 5)

9. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden on top

10. Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle more sugar (optional)

11. EAT!

Okay.. so they weren't a complete disaster - just a few odd bits. The paler ones were actually pretty burnt on the bottom which was a shame (but I managed to scrape some of it off). I also advise to use cookie cutters (but I left mine at uni!). I did attempt to do cut a star though!

Happy Baking!


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Guilty pleasures songs 2014

So I am not known for my great music taste - my 'getting ready' playlist usually consists of my favourite Steps classics with a few other 80/90/00s gems (super cool right?) 

Okay, so my music taste is a bit of a train wreck, but there have been some songs in 2014 that I have absolutely LOVED and these find themselves sneaking into my night out playlists. 

So have a listen - has my music taste been redeemed? Probably not! 


What have been some of your favourite songs of 2014?


Monday, 15 December 2014

Why Shopping by yourself is awesome!

photo credit: mripp via photopin cc

I think I have said this before, but I am a bit of a loner. I much prefer doing things by myself. I guess I like to get things done quickly and efficiently. Here is why shopping by yourself is just so awesome!

1. You can go when you want to
you can make it a spontaneous trip, or just go when you are ready. You don't have to wait around for someone else who is probably going to be late.

2. No waiting around
You can spend as little or as long in a shop as you like. Therefore, no traipsing around Topshop when you really want to be in New Look

3. You can be daring
Especially with clothes shopping, I try on things that I wouldn't usually pick up if I was with friends or family.

4. You can go back to shops
I do this all the time. I always look around and then go back to places - other people don't always like to do that!

BUT, don't go too overboard - you will have no one there to tell you that you are spending too much money (been there, done that!)

Do you go shopping by yourself? 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Pinterest | Christmas Baking Inspiration

I LOVE baking. I definitely don't do enough at university (because I procrastinate too much!). 

I turned to Pinterest for some festive inspiration (because that's the first thing to do!) 

It is my dream to make a gingerbread house - hopefully I will have enough time to actually try and make one, along with a yule log which just looks divine. 

Things are starting to get so christmassy now, and I can't wait! 



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Top 4 Christmas Films!

If you didn't already know, I am home from university for christmas. As none of my friends are back yet (my university breaks up super early!), I have spent the last few days just doing chores, blogging and of course, watching Christmas films.

I have seen this post on quite a few blogs and thought I would join in the party!

1. The Holiday

I LOVE this film. It's so heart warming and just so damn cute. And Jude Law <3 p="">

2. Love Actually


 A christmas classic bringing together some great british actors. I especially love this film for some of the greatest early 00s fashion ever - those turtlenecks! Plus, who can forget Keira Knightley's baker boy hat you don't want to admit that you ever had.

3. ELF

If you do not know all the words to this film, then you are doing it wrong. As a huge fan of Will Ferrell, I laugh every time I watch this. Plus, a blonde Zooey Deschanel? Who knew?!

4. The Santa Clause

In my eyes, this film is so underrated. with Tim Allen becoming Santa after Santa falls off his roof. Plus, the little kid is so cute! Shame about the sequels though!

Do you have a Christmas film that you watch every year? 



Monday, 8 December 2014

Student Christmas Gift guide - Under £20

It is 16 days until Christmas - how crazy is that? The big day is almost upon us, but you haven't started your christmas shopping yet? Here is a cheeky little gift guide for you. If you are a student buying for a friend, or looking for a gift for a student, here are some ideas of what you could buy.

1. Slippers 
No one can have too many pairs of slippers. My ones this year are officially broken and am in definite need for a new pair to keep my feet warm in the winter months. 
(Mouse slippers - NEXT £12)

2. Lunch box
This could be a slightly weirder present to buy someone, but if you live off campus, in a bid to save money, you take lunch in. By the time I get to eat it, but sandwich is crushed as are my fruit. So a lunch box would be extremely useful! 
(Yay Lunch box - Happy Jackson - £5.99)

3. Cutlery 
Another practical present, this time, cutlery. Despite having a new set at the beginning of the year, mine have already gone missing. Tip - buy ones with coloured handles as they are much less likely to get lost! 
(Colourplay cutlery - Wilko - £6)

4. Dressing Gown
See how many of these gifts revolve around keeping warm? A dressing gown is a student must have.
 (Cream bear hooded dressing gown - New Look - £14.99)

5. Pyjamas 
Again, you can never have too many pyjamas as I always forget to put mine in the wash. 
(Blogger PJ Set - Forever 21 - £10.65 - although not too great for the winter, how perfect are these?!)

6. Socks
Much like cutlery, socks can be very easily lost. Any socks, ankle, trainer, fluffy would be absolutely perfect! 
(Red slipper socks - New Look - £3.99)

7. Mugs 
For an avid tea drinker, mugs make a perfect gift. And if not, it can be used as a pen holder! 
(Retro Mug - Wilko - £2.00)

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas! 
What is on the top of your Christmas list?


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Experiences every University student has when they come home

1. Everything is so clean - like really clean

2. The kitchen isn't filled with dishes and saucepans and doesn't have a funny smell (probably as your parents actually take out the bins when they need doing!) 

3. You then have a little cry (just me... okay) 

4. You realise how much you missed your family

5. Having your first roast dinner 

6. Spending all evening in front of the TV

6. Realising your 12am bedtime is a lot later than everyone else in the house (no midnight cereal snacks for you!) 

7. Icecream isn't on the weekly shopping list... what?!
8. Having to tell your parents if you are going out.

9. Always being asked by extended family about university (and the dreaded question - do you have a boyfriend yet?) 

10. Realising how much you miss your uni friends

11. Despite everything, you realise how much you have missed home (and the warmth.. goodness it is so warm right now!)

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