Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Teapigs everyday brew Review

I really cant believe iv'e only just discovered teapigs! Like many other people a cup of tea ( or two or three!)  is essential to my day and trust me when i say i am a Tea fanatic! My partner recently bought me a box of Teapigs everyday brew and i can now say i will be using them everyday from now on. The everyday brew comes in lovely well presented and labelled box and you can see the quality of the tea without even opening the box. The everyday brew is a rich full bodied tea and is very refreshng and tastes divine. Just pop the bag in the cup and pour hot water over and leave to brew for 3 minutes for the flavours to develop and wham you've got yourself the best tatsing cuppa ever.

Ive been baking!

Baking is something im obsessed with at the moment! And although my baking skills are not always be perfect, i thought i would share what ive been busy baking.

I love citrus fruit so making this citrus tart was a must! so yummy and tangy! Here is the recipe below:


For the pastry

  • 50g butter, cut in pieces
  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
  • 1 medium egg yolk

For the filling

  • 3 medium eggs, plus 2 medium egg whites
  • 140g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (about 4 lemons)
  • 125ml lemon juice (from 4-5 lemons)
  • 200ml tub half-fat crème fraîche


  1. Rub the butter into the flour until the mix looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the icing sugar, then make a well and use a round-bladed knife to stir in the oil, egg yolk and 1½-2 tbsp cold water until dough comes together. Without overhandling, gather into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out so it fits a 23 x 2cm loose-bottom flan tin. Ease the pastry into the tin, then trim the edges by rolling the rolling pin over the top. Press the pastry into the flutes so it sits very slightly proud of the edge (this extra height helps in case of any shrinkage). Lightly prick the pastry base with a fork, then chill for about 10 mins. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
  2. Meanwhile, make the filling. Beat the eggs and egg whites together with a wooden spoon until well mixed. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, then gradually beat in the eggs. If the mix is at all lumpy, simply beat with a wire whisk. Stir in the lemon zest and the juice. Leave to stand so the lemon flavour can develop.
  3. Sit the chilled pastry case on a baking sheet. Line with baking parchment and baking beans and bake blind for 20 mins until well set. Carefully lift out the beans and paper, then bake the pastry case for another 3-5 mins until the base is cooked and pale golden.
  4. Strain the lemon mixture through a sieve. Beat the crème fraîche in a medium bowl until smooth, then slowly stir in the lemon mix until well blended. Transfer to a jug, then carefully pour two thirds into the warm pastry case. Place in the oven with the oven shelf half out, pour in the rest of the filling, then carefully slide the shelf back in. Reduce the heat to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Bake for 25-30 mins until barely set with a slight wobble in the middle. Cool for about 1 hr, then serve with a light dusting of icing sugar. Best eaten the same day.

Recieved this amazing champagne bottle and champagne flutes yesterday from Bellas Bling. The decoration and the colours are wonderfull. So sparkly! Check out Bellas Bling facebook page Here
She also customises childrens converese and candles etc , great page!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Mothers day Gift Ideas

With mothers day just a month away i thought i would round up a few ideas suitable for everyones budgets:

 Im loving this chocolate box for mum from prezzybox, if your mother is anything like mine then she loves chocolate! Its pretty and only cost £6.95! This yummy treat can be found Here 

 A little more expensive but something i love is Yankee Candles. Black cherry is my faviourte but there is a load of different scents availible including: Amber moon, Black Coconut and Garden sweet pea. All large Jars cost £19.49. Check out the full range Here

Why not treat mum to a traditional afternoon tea for two, where you can enjoy fresh baked cake and yummy snadwiches. This can be bought from Buy a gift and cost £39 and is availible at 82 locations across the uk. To see if there is one near you click Here

Another one from prezzybox is this beautiful personalised Teapot . This is a perfect gift from young children for mothers day and its unique and quirky which i love! This costs £24.95 and can be found Here

Cadburys easter egg hamper competiton

Cadburys easter collection

Friday, 13 February 2015

kitty cat

This is my cat Mickey we have had him 10 years now (he is 14 years old)  and its flown by. He was a rescue cat when we had him. He was very scared at first but soon came out of his shell and as you can see he loves posing for the camera. He has been a little ill lately with cat flu and has had lots of antibiotics to help make him better. He has been loving the extra cuddles and fussing though and he must be getting better because today he tried to his head in the cat treat box.  He loves Whiskas Katzinis and the Webbox cats delight lick-e-lix.He also loves Hilife cat food especially the tuna with prawns flavour.