Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Best Toffee Apples

Hi Everyone,


Today I made some yummy toffee apples perfect for Halloween and Bonfire night! They are so tasty and easy to make!
Heres the recipe I followed...



Ingredients: Wooden skewers, apples, 350g soft brown sugar, tsp vinegar, 35 g unsalted butter, tbsp golden syrup, 120ml water (I halved everything as i only wanted to make 4)

Method: 
1) Wash the apples, and put wooden skewers into the stalk end of the apple.
2) Put sugar and water into a pan and heat gently always stirring, until the sugar has disolved. 
3) Bring the sugar mixture to the boil and add the vinegar, butter & golden syrup. 
4) Keep this mixture boiling gently for 12 minutes, (it will bubble lots and turn dark brown).
5) Dip the apple into the pan (turning the apple) so the caramel is evenly coated, then immediately decorate.
6) ENJOY






What is everyone doing for halloween? Let me know!

Love, 


Izzy 











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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Pampering on a Budget


Hey!

I been reading lots of pampering blogs recently, which I'm loving - however, I am a rather poor student and sadly can't afford all the gorgeous products lots go bloggers use! So, I decided to write a blog on all my favourite pampering products of the moment, which are all affordable and very good value for money



Good Things Spa Argan Oil renewing bath soak (£3.49)
This bath soap is perfect for autumn with the gorgeous scent of ginger, clove and cinnamon, great for unwinding after a long day! The rich argan oil and cocoa butter leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling delicious. I bought it in Superdrug and found it was a lot cheaper than some other products which smelt just as nice.

Super drugs Vitamin E Eye cream (£3.49)
I've only been using this eye cream for a few days and already my eyes feel more awake when in the mornings. I've tried a few eye creams, but gave up for a few years as the creams I used were often greasy and didn't rub in well. I've always been really self conscious of having bags under my eyes since I had glandular fever, however I feel this cream is really nourishing and will help with any bags.

Super drug Apricot Exfoliating self-heating mask (99p)
These face masks really do work miracles on my face. I had what my boyfriend referred to as a volcano on my face, but I swear down, the day after I used this mask it was a 1/4 of the size and the day after that, it was gone, as if by magic! My skin feels so smooth after this mask, and it smells devine!

St Tropez self tan oil
I realise this is not a budget buy, but I wanted to include it because I am really loving it at the moment. Since I went on holiday over summer my tan has began to fade, so I used this tanning oil and was really impressed with the results.  I did not have any streaks, I'm not sure whether that's due to the oil or just a good brand and it didn't have that pungent smell which is always a bonus. I will definitely be using this more over autumn and winter - no more pale Izzy!

Fairy lights and fluffy blanket
As the nights are drawing in earlier now, I like to put my fairy lights on and wrap up in my fluffy blanket to keep cosy and warm. I bought these two products from Primark for an amazing price (I can't remember exactly but I think it was around £11 for both items).  The blanket may be dirt cheap, but you wouldn't believe how cuddly it is.


I realise this turned into a bit of a super drug haul after I wrote it, but I must say Superdrug is great for products which are good value for the price. 

Have you got any cheap pampering products you like to use this time of year? Id love to hear from you,

Love, 

Izzy 

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Halloween Treats: Gingerbread ghosts, bats and pumpkins!


Halloween Gingerbread Men 


Hello Everyone,

As halloween is fast approaching, I thought it would be nice to make some delicious homemade halloween gingerbread. These treats are perfect to make with children or to use for trick or treat comers. I got most of my ingredients from Waitrose, including the exciting halloween cookie cutter in the shape of a ghost, bat and pumpkin. 

Here are the steps I followed for making the perfect halloween gingerbread:





Ingredients: 350g plain flour,1 tsp bicarbonate of soda2 tsp ground ginger1 tsp ground cinnamon125g butter175g light soft brown sugaregg4 tbsp golden syrup & icing.



Step 1: Sift all the dry ingredients into one bowl and mix together



Step 2: Add the butter and rub together using finger tips to create breadcrumbs

Step 3: Stir in the brown sugar

Step 4: Whisk the egg and golden syrup together in a bowl and then add to the breadcrumb mixture

Step 5: Using your hands mix everything together so it forms a dough and then knead the dough lightly on a floured surface until smooth

Step 6: Wrap the dough in clingfilm and place it in the fridge to cool for 15 minutes

Step 7: Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper


Step 8: Roll the dough to 0.5 cm on a floured surface and cut using the halloween cutters. Put on the baking tray leaving a gap between each one. Put in the oven for around 12 minutes (or until golden brown - they harden once they cool down). 


Step 9: When the gingerbread has cooled... DECORATE with icing. 







Hope you all have a fun and spooooooky halloween! Let me know what your up to, whether it's staying in and eating lots of gingerbread men, or out partying the night away!

Love, 

Izzy


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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Kalkan


Turkey


Hello Everyone, 

Kalkan was one of the most idyllic holidays i've ever been on; I could have happily stayed there for another few weeks! I went with my boyfriend and two of our friends, staying in the Korsan Apartments (which are fantastic for families and friends alike - I would highly recommend!). We were very lucky to be given the rooftop terrace apartment, which meant we had the most beautiful view looking over the village of Kalkan, the surroudning mountains and the gorgeous blue sea. Every evening we would go out onto this terrace and have some drinks whilst the sun went down, before going down into the town for a fabulous dinner. 

The village of Kalkan is small but has everything you'd want: shops, restaurants, cocktail bars, a beach, excursion organisations, and much more. We decided to book 2 excursions during our 2 weeks stay: horse riding at Patara Beach and a boat trip. 

The horse riding did not go well!! The horses were not trained, the leaders were rude and disorganised, and my friend was kicked off a horse (to top it all off). However, the views were pretty incredible, as when we arrived at the most beautiful sandy beach the sun began to set, making it very picturesque. 

The boat excursion was amazing - the best day of the holiday even! We got up nice and early to get to the harbour and find our boat. Once we set off to sea, the suncream was on and some hardcore tanning proceeded. There were 2 decks to our boat, the first deck having tables and chairs, and the top deck being an open roofed area for sunbathing. We were given a lovely turkish meze lunch, and also afternoon tea at 3pm which included a selection of fruit and cakes. The boat stopped every hour or so for snorkelling or just a dip in the sea to refresh yourself. We also stopped at a mud beach, where we covered each other and mud to exfoliate the skin (It was amazing!). 



When we weren't doing any exciting excursions, we spent our days chilling by the poolside with lots of top ups of the most amazing homemade mint lemonade. We also visited the local beaches and went to many many many shops selling fake clothes...I'm not ashamed to admit I came home with two (genuinely fake) mulberry bags haha.  I thought that the price of everything in Turkey was incredible, a lovely 3 course meal was not far away from McDonalds prices back home! 






Leading up to the holiday my anxieties about flying and travelling to Turkey were only increasing. I was very worried about the recent incidents with ISIS, and even questioned whether to go or not. I had never been to Turkey or even outside of Europe, I can now say I am so happy I visited the country, I will definitely be visiting again one day.  




Have you been to Turkey? Or maybe you're visiting and would like to ask any questions? would love to hear from you!



Over and out, 
Izzy 














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