Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Tasty fast snacks

Sometimes you are craving something tasty but are short on time! Forget the pot noodles, these are some of my super fast snack recipes.

Microwave full English breakfast-
What you need:- Canned baked beans or spaghetti hoops, mushrooms, 2 eggs, 1/2 pieces of bread.
To make the mushrooms drizzle with olive oil or butter, sprinkle with garlic powder, pressed garlic and herbs then microwave to your satisfaction. Whisk eggs then scramble in the microwave, heat tinned product, then pile it all on toast and sprinkle with black pepper.
microwave breakfast!

Cinnamon toast-
Mix butter/spread, and powdered cinnamon and spread onto toast, microwave to melt then sprinkle with brown sugar. For an alternative make cinnamon French toast by using eggs and frying, why not serve with bananas and yoghurt.
cinnamon toast

Fried jam sandwiches
This is not as easy as the others but makes a super makeshift dessert served with strawberries, cream and sugar, why not try fried marmalade or lemon curd sandwiches or even nutella or peanut butter sarnies!
Use thick bread to make a jam sandwich then dip in milk and fry! You could dip in eggs then flour and sugar for an alternative.
lemon curd fried sandwich

Milkshakes and smoothies
These are ultimate quick snacks, just grab milk, yoghurt or ice cream and fruit or chocolate bars and throw it all in a blender.  I like vanilla essence and banana, cool whip, blueberry and coconut, chocolate bars, cake or muller yoghurt in my smoothies.
For something new use apple yoghurt, golden syrup and cinnamon.
strawberry milkshake anyone

Happy snacking

Monday, 30 January 2012

My 14th Birthday Party

My Birthday party took place on the 28th of January. It was a traditional kids party/ retro theme and was lots of fun. 
The menu consisted of sandwiches- Jam, chocolate spread and cheese, cheese and crackers, pizza, meat and veggie sausage rolls, vegetable sticks and hummus, nacho's and pizza dip, pizza, garlic bread, crisps, chocolate rice crispy cakes and rice crispy treats, biscuits and lemonade/ cherryade, chocolate bar milkshakes and hot chocolate.

Nearly all the decorations were home-made too. We played all the traditional kids party games like pin the tail on the donkey, squeak piggy squeak, piniata busting, musical statues and pass the parcel. We also played on my Karaoke machine and played Chinese whispers, what's in the hat (dares) and the story game. It was great to just have a laugh and bust some moves to the likes of Kylie, S club 7 and other 'when we were youngers' .

Then we watched Easy A ( GOOD MOVIE) with popcorn and settled down for a sleepless sleepover :)

The cake was marble cake with strawberry icing and super tasty, I will share a recipe soon x

My Birthday

This year my 14th Birthday was very special. It came on the 25th of January. I had a lovely day- I started the day by going on a treasure hunt for my gifts then went to Scoops American diner in Whitefield for pancakes= delicious, I got two huge american buttermilk blueberry pancakes and oh so yummy maple syrup. Then we hopped on the train and went to Liverpool where we attended the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at The Tate gallery. We had yummy salad for a picnic lunch then went shopping in the new complex at Liverpool before going home on the train and travelling to drama.

written with new window markers

thanks for the tee mum!


Ps. The staff at Scoops are really friendly and they have a great menu- I personally recommend them! They have a great selection of burgers and mains, pancakes, ice-cream, cupcakes and chocolate bar milkshakes! They even gave me a free cupcake with a candle in! Its a great retro place and really pink!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Quick no cook Birthday cake alternatives..

Lots of people don't like to bake, its rather sad, I love baking!, also some kids are fussy and don't like cake. Some cake alternatives at birthdays are a cookie cake like I made for my brothers birthday- post coming soon, a cheese cake, or a profiterole tower. Here are some more inventive ideas.

Peanut butter jelly sandwich cake-
ingredients- peanut butter, any jam, white bread, icing sugar, cream, melted chocolate, sprinkles
Make enough sandwiches for the amount of kids at the party and cut into shapes, stack in a pile, pour icing sugar and single cream (whipped together) over the sandwiches, add lashings of melted chocolate, and sprinkles then chill. Can also be made with Nutella or cinnamon toast sandwiches.

My favourite thing trifle-
Get a huge trifle dish place  child's favourite crushed biscuits at the bottom- oreos and something hard like ginger nuts work well then add a layer of ambrosia custard in any flavour (toffee is nice) then a layer of their favourite fruit ( bananas and berries taste nice) then more custard then add a layer of their favourite shop bought cake mashed into chunks eg- angel cake/brownies/rocky road, then add the rest of the custard and some whipped cream and top with their favourite sweets.

Giant rice crispy treat
For this cake you just need golden syrup, rice crispies ( or any cereal) and butter, make like regular rice crispy treats and mould in a cake pan then decorate with a can of betty crocker frosting and smarties.
(for a chocolate cake add melted chocolate or cocoa powder)

Super chocolate fridge cake
Add crushed digestives, cocoa powder, melted butter and golden syrup to a bowl and stir then put in a tray and refrigerate. You can also add raisins or chocolate chips. Decorate with a layer of yoghurt or chocolate and sprinkles.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

A RAW snack- Raisin n' nut energy balls

Sometimes life is too hectic to bake up a batch of your favourite cookies, so that's why these fruit n' nut balls are the perfect healthy snack. They also fit into a 'Raw' diet as they require no cooking and are vegan.

What you need
dried fruits we used raisins
any type of nut- we used cashews and peanuts
A food processor or good blender

All you do is put the equal amounts of fruit and nut in the processor and blend, you can add a little water to help them stick together. Then use your hands to roll them in the coatings. We used cocoa, coconut and cinnamon (my fave!)

The possibilities are endless :)

Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Gingerbread house

The kits to make gingerbread houses are so over priced, we decided to make our own- the hard way. We prepared ourself for hard work after hearing from fellow bloggers that it was a long tiring process but we were pleasantly suprised by all the fun we had. Here is the recipe- http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4900/
we made our own template to give our house a unique feeling.
Here it is...

Happy new year

I realise this post is rather late but this is my first blog post of 2012 and astonishingly the world has not ended. (once again!) but of course people have figured that it will end in December instead. ( Of course!)

I have some pictures of some presents I received that I would love to share!
Catwalk by tigi products leave hair smelling lush

bieber board game, recipe binder and alice craft book

Hello kitty liberty range

Doodle books and loom

teddy bear ipod speaker

Justin bieber someday <3