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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tomato & Red Pepper Dip


When its warm outside you don't want to spend your time in the kitchen so having things prepared in the fridge is a must for us. In Summer, especially I tend to stay away from bigger meals and lean more towards lighter plates and things to snack on. We are huge fans of hummus in this house, a favourite snack is to have some with any vegetables we have in or with toasted pitta bread. 

An idea I stole borrowed from Nando's is a red pepper dip that is just as good with pitta's as hummus and even better all three together. My version doesn't taste exactly the same as theirs but it is just as tasty in a different way. It is also great to have in the fridge and is great with salad, pasta, on a sandwich and any other ways you can think of. It also keeps for around a week in the fridge in an air tight jar.


Ingredients:
800g of tinned tomatoes (2 cans)
2 large red peppers
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon of hot paprika 
1 teaspoon of salt
2.5 teaspoons of sugar

Method:

Remove the insides and seeds from your peppers and cut them into thick slices then lay them flat on a baking tray -skin side up. I lined mine with foil just to make sure they wouldn't stick. Turn your grill up as high as it will go and place your peppers under until the skins are black, this will vary but is usually around 5 to 10 minutes...just keep and eye on them.

While that is happening, pour your tomatoes into a large sauce pan and squish (technical term) them with your hands until there are no large bits. You can do this with a masher or a fork but it is so much easier with your hands. Add your salt, sugar, chilli flakes and paprika and cook on a medium heat.

Once your peppers are black and cool enough for you to touch peel off the skins and slice the flesh into small cubes. If you want to you can also cut up some of the skin and add that, I like the taste that it gives so I always do. Not too much though, around 1 or 2 teaspoons.

Add the peppers to your tomatoes and cook until it has reduced to a much thicker consistency. At this point you should taste it to make sure it is how you like it, then you can adjust accordingly. When perfect pour into an airtight jar. 

Then enjoy!









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Monday, 21 July 2014

Coral Craze

Last week while food shopping this little bottle ended up in my basket. I try to not get caught out by those stands set up to make you buy the most random of things as you make your way round the supermarket but this time I failed.


The Maybelline Color Show nail polish in Coral Craze just interested me so much I couldn't ignore it as I walked passed. I have never owned a coral nail colour (as far as I can remember?) so it was also exciting for that reason. The colour its self is very bright on your nails, from the bottle I thought it was going to be a little bit more of a creamy shade.


Lasting power of this polish is average I would say. It lasted two days on me before starting to chip at the top but that was without a base of top coat to help it, but as it was only £2.50 you can't really complain. This is the first Color Show polish I have tried and I really enjoyed the size of the brush, it made application very easy. The colour on my nails above is after two coats so it does apply beautifully.

You can pick these up really anywhere you can find Maybelline, like here at Boots. Or, where I found it for £2.50 at Asda.

The next shades I would like to try and Peach Smoothie and Cool Blue, have you tied these polishes?


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Monday, 14 July 2014

Product Love: By Terry Ombre Blackstar

I may be kind of late to the game with these but I still thought they deserved a mention as they are well...bloody fantastic!


While I haven't tried every cream eye shadow in the world, I have tried a few, and from the few have tried the Ombre Blackstar cream eye shadow sticks from By Terry are the best of the bunch. I have been stalking these beautiful things for maybe over a year now? And even though I had only heard great, even amazing things about them I still hadn't made the leap for one reason. The price! In my opinion they are pretty pricey for how much product you get -1.2g. But having said that, now I have tried them I can easily over look that point as for me, they are totally worth the money.

I have the colour "Misty Rock" which is a beautiful purple brown-ish shade. It looks great swept on over the eye lids for a daytime look, or blended out with some smudgy black liner for an evening out.

The application of this product is wonderful, it is so creamy and applies smoothly making applying it very simple. It gives you just enough time to blend it out if you want to and then it sets, and I mean it sets! I am someone who likes to wear a primer on my eyes, after a good 2 or 3 hours my eye shadow will be creased and just not looking its best without one. I have tried this product with and without a primer and the result is exactly the same, once its on, it is on and it will not move until you take it off. For example, I applied it at 9am one day and it was still in place when I came to take it off at 11pm that night...amazing!!

If you feel like having a look you can find them here at Space NK

The have a great colour selection I think there is something for everyone, next on my list is Black Pearl and Velvet Orchid!

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Jo Malone Body Creme: Peony and Blush Suede

I have to admit, I am one very lucky girl. I have the sweetest most generous friends anyone could ask for, shown perfectly with this lovely and generous gift I was given for my birthday.


Also, how beautiful are these peonies? I wish they were around a little longer.

I am a huge fan of the Peony and Blush Suede perfume, that I talked about before here. I really wasn't sure if it was going to be a scent I would enjoy with it being floral, I'm not a huge fan of strong floral perfumes but I love it. So...when I opened the beautifully presented Jo Malone box the morning of my birthday, and found the body creme I was so excited. Something Jo Malone do extremely well is keep each scent the same across all the products. From the perfume to the candles each one smells just as perfect as the other so I knew it was going to smell amazing (also I may have been into the store to smell it quite a few times before).

It is a real luxury product, it comes in a heavy glass jar and is just as sleek as everything else Jo Malone do. At £50 a jar it is not what I would call an affordable every day body cream, but it does make a great product for special occasions. It sinks into your skin very quickly and leaves no greasy residue behind. The smell stays around for a few hours definitely, but you can also layer it with the matching perfume to prolong its wear. Or, if you like to mix and match the scents at Jo Malone, you can pair it with one of your favourites. My favourite to wear with it is Wisteria and Violet from the London Rain collection...they make the most amazing combination.

This is definitely one of my favourite pamper products, what are yours?
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Friday, 4 July 2014

Details: Cuff Sandals


Today I have been running errands so I wanted to keep things simple with an oversized black t-shirt and some super comfortable jeggings. To make the whole thing seem a little more stylish and put together I wore my Miss Selfridge cuff sandals, that were possibly my biggest bargain ever! Originally £40, I picked them up in the sale for £5...you really can't get better than that can you? With my favourite hat to wear on casual Summer days and my new River Island glasses that I also picked up in a pink shade, and a big but light scarf with a hint of neon because it was a little windy. On my fingers and toes I wore Nails Inc Baker Street, pretty much the only colour I wear on my toes in Summer. I had no choice with perfume, lots of our bits and pieces are still in boxes from the move and this, Jo Malone London Rain was the only one I could find as I was leaving. 

Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating :)
I hope you are having a wonderful time!
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

New Home


The last couple of weeks have been crazy, so busy with so much to do but so much fun at the same time! If you didn't know, we have moved into our new house! Even though we have lived together for quite a few years now, this is our first house (with a garden! so exciting hehe) that is just ours and we love it! For the first four or five days after moving in the house was full of friends and family, helping out with cleaning inside, tidying the garden, measuring, planning, building furniture and of course, making tea! With the occasional trips to the bakery and local shops to grab food and long life milk. The reason for the long life milk?..we had no fridge freezer! We do now, don't worry. That was obviously one of the first things we made sure to order.

We have now settled in and have both had just over a week off work to really enjoy our new space, we also had no Internet for part of that time so it was nice to spend quiet evenings in without the Internet as a distraction...I think we all forget to do that from time to time. It was also my birthday last Wednesday and it was just amazing to be able to have lots of our friends and family up in the morning for coffee and birthday cake, the new house made it seem all that more special. 


While we still have some piles of clothes and bits and bobs that have no place yet, it really does feel like home and we are so happy to be here. It has seemed like such a long time from the day we first came to view the house but it has been worth the wait. 

Things for us before, were quite hectic all the time, mostly to do with our living arrangement but now things seem much more calm and we have lots of our own space. Normal blogging can now resume and I have lots of new posts and little series planned that I hope you will enjoy :) Because it is still a little crazy in here, I can't get very good pictures of inside but I am sure I will include any decorating we do on the blog, I honestly cannot wait to make this place our own. So I thought I would leave you with a couple of snaps of our garden. The garden is one of our favourite things about the property and excitingly, it has and apple and a pear tree, and a gooseberry bush. So much baking will be done with them!



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