April 19, 2014

Easter Carrot Cake Bites

Let me start by saying Happy Easter everyone!

I hope everyone has been having a beautiful Easter weekend. 

So far the weather has been beautiful so I've been sat out in the garden tryin' to get ma tan owwwnn (wasn't successful), spending time with friends and family and eating far too much food.
So I realise because I've been very disorganised and posted this so late it probably isn't possible for anyone to make these it time for Easter Sunday but I thought I would share the recipe anyway. 

Save chocolate bunnies, eat carrot cake instead!!!
There's no baking involved all you need is a food processor and you'll be able to whip these up in 5 minutes. (Maybe a bit longer depending on how good your carrot rolling skills are).

Original recipe from the Hip & Healthy website.

You will need:

1 cup grated carrots
1 cup walnuts
6 pitted and chopped dates
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 - 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 and a half teaspoons of liquid coconut oil

Decoration:
Chocolate Oreo biscuits (optional)
Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Chuck all the ingredients in the blender bar the Oreos and mint leaves and whiz together until you get a sticky mixture.
Roll into small balls
and then shape into carrots.
If you fancy making the "soil" blitz the Oreo biscuits in a food processor until you get a crumbly, soil, texture.
Spread over a plate.
Pop mint leaves into the top of the carrots and lay them on the "soil".
Eat 'em quick before the bunnies get 'em!
Roll them in "soil" and then enjoy.

Double dipping, or rolling, is up to you!

April 18, 2014

Fangirling

Lying in bed at 3am completely unable to sleep, I tossed & turned, flipped my pillow, tried to shut off my mind and think of nothing, which of course led me to think of even more. 
Instead of reaching for my book (sensible option) I went for my phone (which is thought to stimulate your brain even further - not sensible). 
Scrolling through my twitter feed, the same usual stuff, nothing out of the ordinary and most people asleep, like I should have been.

Then I stumbled upon a video along with the caption:

So might just be the coolest 17 year old... ever?! Check out this super inspirational talk.
(@jacksgap)

I love little anecdotes, inspirational quotes and motivational videos (search TED talks on YouTube and go from there). Captions which give you something to think about and thought provoking pictures. Heck I have them framed in my room, as the background on my phone and a whole board devoted to them on Pinterest.

So through one eye I started watching. 

Tavi Geninson is one inspirational young lady. Go on and see for yourself.


At just 17 she manages to tackle issues and topics which many teenage girls struggle with. She talks with depth and knowledge which seems way beyond her years, yet at the same time is lighthearted, completely understandable and relatable.
She talks about Fangirling, depression, heartbreak, clich├ęs, creativity, originality, her own life and how she juggles school with running her wildly successful magazine Rookie.

She's truly refreshing and inspiring.

So Tavi if you don't mind me saying I'm completely Fangirling over you.

April 17, 2014

It Really Can't Go Wrong Chocolate Cake

Wayyy back when I first started my blog I shared with you Mary Berry's 'Can't Go Wrong Chocolate Cake'.
I still stand by the title. It's literally fool proof and I have used it a countless number of times.

However my photography skills were't exactly tip top back then, and the post is rather rambley.
So I'm going to let the cake talk for itself.

Last years Easter/birthday cake.
Dad's birthday cake this year filled with raspberry jam and topped with raspberries.

Possibly my favourite so far...
The ultimate easter cake.
Filled with strawberry jam and topped with mini eggs.
It's show stoppingly eggcelent.