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Birthday presents. Again.

Sniff, sniff. Apologies for the blurry, pixelated banner. Grrr. I worked on it all  weekend, trying to figure out the image editing tools, and after I had finally got it looking pretty and uploaded it, I realised I’d made it too small *tearing out hair* 

I will hopefully have an improved version after next weekend. Hopefully.

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I know that I am so drawing out this whole birthday thing, but I did mention previously that I was waiting for a part of my gift from LOML that still had to arrive in the post and that I would let you know about it. So at least you were warned.

And I figured that since I’m writing about birthday gifts, I might as well show you what else I got. But to make it fun (for me, anyway) it’s going to be in the form of cryptic clues. Answers on a postcard…

And before I give you the answers, I absolutely have to tell you  about my birthday treat from my friend who made the Cookie Dough Delight I went on and on and on about a while back. Yes, you guessed it – we went to Pizza Hut and had the real deal! Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt. It was spectacular!!!!!!!!!! And I am embarrassed at my own attempts to recreate it without even having tasted the original. Oh well, back to the drawing board with that one. I suspect I shall have some fun trying to perfect that 🙂


The moment you’ve all been waiting for (for, like, 10 seconds). Drumroll please. The solutions to my cryptic clues:

Super gadgety Babyliss curling tongs from T. Thanks my friend!

Now I’ve just to try figure out how to get my hair looking like all those pretty pictures in the online instructions…

Pretty bead bracelet from L. Such gorgeously summery colours, love it!

A friend made it – you can buy similar accessories from her here and here.

Ampersand necklace from LOML.

I helped to choose it because I had a few requirements… small and unobtrusive (check), hand stamped silver (check), typewriter-looking font (check).

We got it from here.

I was treated so well by all my friends… phone calls and messages, cards, a gift voucher for a swanky spa, wine… lucky me!

Thank you 🙂


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Not A Spring Chicken

I am no longer in my 20’s, people!

I had a lovely day with my little family celebrating my entrance to my thirties 🙂 We’ve kept our birthdays very low-key this year because we want to save up to go on a family holiday near the end of the year when we’re (hopefully!) sleeping better at night and more able to cope with a bit of  travel with the Little Man. We’ll either be visiting friends in the south of France, or family in South Africa. Still figuring out the details, but excited either way.

Anyway, it was great having a long weekend – everyone’s in a holiday mood. In fact, in South Africa (where my family lives) there’s another public holiday tomorrow, so they’re feeling it even more!

Look what I got –  a m p e r s a n d  🙂

I haven’t decided exactly where it’ll go, or if I’ll decoupage or add anything onto it, but for now it gets pride of place with my little ‘vignette’ in the living room…

Okay *deep breath* you’re going to think I’m weird. Weirder than perhaps you already think I am. A large proportion of my 30th birthday present has been edible. ‘That’s not so bad’, I imagine you’re thinking, ‘as long as it’s something proper posh.’ Well, it’s not. It’s a bar of chocolate and a jar of peanut butter.

There, I said it. LOML is highly embarrassed that I consider that a suitable gift. But it’s what I wanted!

They’re both from SA, and the peanut butter is like nothing you can find in the shops here in the UK. The chocolate (in SA we call it a slab of chocolate – how great does that sound?? Way better than a prim and proper ‘bar of chocolate’ here!) is a layer of white chocolate on top of normal milk chocolate and it is awesomeness.

The absolute best gift was a Skype video call with my mom & dad, and my brother, sis-in-law, nephew and niece. We sent my parents a webcam as part of my birthday present 🙂 They all sang happy birthday to me, and my little 1 year old niece was clapping her hands like crazy and I got appropriately choked up…

With all the bank holidays, the rest of my present from LOML is running a bit late. I chose it so it’s not a surprise, but I’m sure I’ll pop something about it into a blog post once it’s arrived.

Hip hip hurray for birthdays 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

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Tea for 2 or 3 or 4…

Yesterday I mentioned some spectacular food that a friend had made. The dessert was particularly awesome, and since dessert in general is my favourite food, that is what I am going to focus on for now.

My friends had recently been to Pizza Hut and shared their Hot Cookie Dough Dessert. And then decided they had to share the cookie dough love by recreating this treat for me. Big smile 🙂

OH. MY. HAT. It was awesome! It is basically a gigantic choc-chip cookie, eaten straight out of the dish. My friend also added marshmallows. A rocky road choc chip cookie piece of gorgeousness.

So I then did my best to recreate the dish myself. And here’s what I found (after googling and taste-testing):

Lizzie’s Cookie Dough Delight – A Dessert For Sharing

If you think the name’s a mouthful, you should actually try eating it.

Ok, that was lame. Sorry. Here goes:

2 and 1/2 cups flour (plain/cake)

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon bicarb (baking soda)

170g/ 3/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

250 – 300g chocolate chips

Marshmallows if you’d like them.

1. Preheat oven to 160 deg C/350 deg F.

2. Stir flour, salt and bicarb together in a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended.

4. Stir the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, then add choc chips (and marshmallows).

5. Spread evenly in an oven dish and bake for 10-15 minutes. The top should be golden, but adjust cooking time to your preference when it comes to how soft and doughy it is inside.

Serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce.


*I used El Cheapo cooking chocolate of all three sorts, broken into pieces, instead of traditional chocolate chips.

*I kept some chocolate aside and melted it down to drizzle over as a sauce once baked.

*I am admitting that actually I used too much chocolate. This is a momentous occasion – I did not think that was possible.

*Eating it straight out of the dish adds to the decadence of the dessert, but feel free to scoop out into bowls before topping with ice cream.

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Very Eeeeeeezy Chocolate Cake

A quick and easy tray bake chocolate cake. Just in time for the weekend!

*Preheat oven to 180 degC.

*You need: A big bowl, a big (measuring) jug, a roasting dish (greased/baking paper)

Mix dry ingredients together in a big bowl:

3 cups plain/cake flour

4 teaspns baking powder

1 teaspn bicarb

80ml/5 heaped tablespns cocoa

pinch salt

2 cups sugar

Mix wet ingredients together in a jug:

500ml boiling water

250ml oil

50ml white vinegar

10ml vanilla essence

Mix wet and dry ingredients together in the big bowl. Pour into roasting dish. Bake for 20 minutes.

Simple.

This half (The Dark Side): Peppermint Crisp

and dark chocolate flakes

This half: m&m’s and white chocolate drops

 

 

Chocolate obsessed?

Who, me?

 

Aside: I think Peppermint Crisp looks like kryptonite.  Saffa’s, don’t you agree??

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Oh Sweet Start

Time for me to write my first real post! If you have read the ‘About Me’ bit on my blog, or know me even a little, you will know that I am something of a chocaholic. I also like to bake, and probably may favourite thing to make, for many reasons, is chocolate brownies. So my first ever proper real post is going to be dedicated to chocolate brownies. And to help you share in my joy, here is my recipe.
Err, nope… the Love Of My Life has just arrived home from work positively laden with chocolate!!!!!! Bliss!
So this first post is just dedicated to chocolate.

 

I am a rubbish photographer, though I’d love to be good at it. Please excuse, nay forgive, my terrible terrible photos.

PS The chocolate brownie recipe will follow soon!
PS2 The reason for all the chocolate was a screeching baby, all day long. We’re working on his naps and Little Man’s not happy about it.

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