M&M Cookies

Friday, 29 June 2012
Hey guys, it's another recipe post from me today. This type of post seems to be getting quite a bit of interest so I've decided to continue doing recipe posts as a regular feature on my blog. If there's a recipe post you'd like to see for something then leave any suggestions below and I'll see what I can do :)

This recipe came from Sally's Baking Addiction  which is a great blog for recipes. I altered this a bit as I only had a small bag of M&Ms and not a big bag.

2 Cups & 2 Tablespoons of Plain Flour
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
3/4 Cup of Butter
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 Egg & 1 Yolk
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
1 Packet of M&Ms

Heat oven to gas mark 3.
Cream butter and sugars.
Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
Mix the flour with the baking soda and gradually stir in to form a dough.
Leave dough to chill for 10 minutes in the fridge.
Roll into small balls and flatten on a tray covered in greaseproof paper.
(Note: You need really small balls, mines expanded and I had to cut them off)
Press M&Ms onto the surface of the cookies.
Bake for 12 minutes or until they start to brown around the edges.
Enjoy :)


Week In Photos #13

Sunday, 24 June 2012
Went holiday shopping at Primark / Super cute bunnies on my new pjs / DIYed this dress but cutting about 5 inches off the bottom
Loving this album / Made pizza baguettes / Too much maths homework
School Prize Giving Ceremony / Finally got a fringe trim! / Parting gift from my college lecturer

This has been a great week! I got 6 merits at my school's prize giving ceremony(out of 8 subjects) and an English teacher sent an essay that I wrote away to a local young writers magazine and they want to publish it!   This has been such a great confident boost for me! 

I also finally finished my college course on Friday. In my area school finishes at 12:30-ish on a Friday and the local college runs courses that people can do after school on Fridays. Stupidly I signed up to do Int 2 Early Education and Childcare. The course wasn't for me but I stuck it out, it was a learning curve and an extra qualification to put on my CV.

On Saturday night I had a movie night with some friends. We watched Carrie and It, a bit of an accidental Stephen King marathon. And of course we ate out body weights in junk food.

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What have you been up to this week?

Oreo Truffles

Friday, 22 June 2012

Hello, another recipe post today! This time it's for these yummy oreo truffles I made last weekend. I took this recipe from With Sprinkles On Top, I really love the recipes on this blog and there are a few I plan to try out(my truffles definitely aren't as pretty as the ones on that blog though!).

2 packs of oreos
1 pack of low fat cream cheese
2 reasonably sized bars of chocolate(white, milk or dark whatever tickles your fancy)

1. Crush oreos into tiny pieces(this can be done in a food processor).
2. Combine oreo crumb and cream cheese in a food processor.
3. Shape mixture into balls and leave in the fridge for at least an hour(I left mine overnight).
4. Melt the chocolate bars and coat the balls.
5. Return to greaseproof paper and wait for the chocolate to set.
6. Enjoy.


Ginger Biscuits

Monday, 18 June 2012

These biscuits are so delicious and chewy. I took the recipe from Baking Mad and altered it a bit because I didn't have any crystallised ginger.

8oz Self Raising Flour
1tsp Bicarbonate Of Soda
2tsp Ground Ginger
4 1/2oz Butter
3 1/2oz Light Muscovado Sugar
3 1/2oz Golden Syrup

1. Set oven to gas mark 4.
2. Mix dry ingredients and rub in butter.
3. Mix in syrup until a dough forms.
4. Roll into balls and flatten on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. *
5. Bake for 12-13 minutes.

*Note leave lots of space between them they expand a lot(see below). Mines came out as one massive biscuit and I had to cut it into many bits. They aren't solid when they come out the oven, they solidify when cooling.


Week In Photos #12

Sunday, 17 June 2012
Trying out these little starry bad boys / Book of the week #1 / New favourite snack
Books of the week #2 and #3 / Rain / Packing to stay at my grans
Made oreo truffles / Book of the week #4 / Found an easter egg I'd hidden from myself

This week has been pretty good but pretty lonely. My best friend has been in spain, another friend in Birmingham and my boyfriend in London. I think that's why I've gotten through so many books. Nick Hornby's  A Long Way Down and Khaled Hossseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns are absolutely amazing.

I've mostly just been chilling and trying to get back into the school routine again. I went to zumba again on Monday and I'm really starting to enjoy it and feel that my general fitness has improved. I also played pokemon for the first time ever!  I stayed at my gran's house on Friday night. We went out for Chinese food and I baked oreo truffles and attempted to make lemon bars but they didn't turn out right. 

How has your week been? 

Week In Photos #11

Sunday, 10 June 2012
All time favourite kid's film / Slushee in Edinburgh / New timetable / The best type of ice lolly / Subway / Cherry scone / Me before a 2 hour zumbathon / Book of the week / New bag

Study leave finished for me this week and I returned to school to start my 5th year of high school and my highers. I choose English, maths, human biology, chemistry and physics. I've only done 3 days but so far I'm really enjoying it(I've been told this won't last long). I really like the people I'm sitting with and my teachers. Although I had to buy a new bag as I couldn't fit a ring binder folder in my old one, although I see this as more of a positive!

I've realised that this food is mostly food, I also baked some ginger biscuits that expanded too much in the oven and came out as one massive biscuit. I managed to cut them up ok though and a recipe post should be up sometime this week as they were really delicious. I also still need to do a collective haul and my May favourites(ridiculously late).

How was your week?
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Recently Read

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

What can I say about this book? I love John Green and I love David Levithan. They collaborated brilliantly on this. I found myself really connecting to the characters in this and I loved the narrative tone. I don't really want to give too much away but this made me laugh out loud at times.
Would I Recommend? YES!

When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

I actually really enjoyed reading this but there wasn't much to the plot line. It's one of those books that's about nothing but about everything at the same time. It's an easy read but it does raise a few issues and makes you think.
Would I Recommend? Yes.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

This book was ok but wasn't all that well written. Not that it's a bad book but I think it's supposed to be read by pre-teen girls and I didn't realise this when I picked it up from the library. The plot line was quite interesting but at the same time really unrealistic. There is a second book but I don't think I'll be checking it out.
Would I Recommend? No.

Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

I really enjoyed this. It's about a girl wanting to wear a jihab to school but being scared about what people will think. This was set about 10 years ago(I think) but it brings up a lot of issues that are still relevant today. I find books that bring up racial and social issues so I really enjoyed it.
Would I Recommend? Yes.

The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe by Douglas Adams

I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the first book in the series, I love Douglas Adam's quirky narrative tones and all the characters are really awesome. This book brings out my inner geek.
Would I Recommend? Yes

Beastly by Alex Flinn

This is a stereotypical teenage book about werewolves and well erm.. I liked it. Guilty pleasure. It's not all that well written. Unrealistic. Yet I couldn't put it down. Think this would be really good for reading on holiday or when you're stressed out and need to unwind.
Would I Recommend? Yes.

Life The Universe And Everything by Douglas Adams

I loved the first two books in the series but in this one it just seemed like it was being dragged out and I hated reading this. And to think there are another 2 books as well! I almost wish I hadn't read this as it's knocked Douglas Adams down a bit in my eyes. If you read the series, stop after the second book.
Would I Recommend? No

What have you read lately?
Do you have any recommendations?

Week In Photos #10

Sunday, 3 June 2012
Started Zumba / Rainbow Pics / New Favourite Film / Funny Shaped Strawberry / Art Revision / Book Of The Week / My Favourite Thing About The Jubilee / Party Outfit / Me & My Boyfriend

This week's been a bit of a high low week. I had my last exam(high), went to a party(high) and had someone I don't know spit in my hair(very low).I go back to school on Wednesday to start my highers so I'm enjoying my last few days off by just chilling and not doing much.

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Lemon Biscuits

Friday, 1 June 2012

 Another recipe post, this one's for lemon biscuits. I took this recipe from Baking Mad and altered the method a bit.

2oz Unsalted Butter
0.5 tsp of Vanilla Essence
4&1/2 oz Light Muscovado Sugar
1 Egg
Zest of 1 Lemon
6oz Plain Flour 
0.5 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt

1. Heat oven to gas mark 4.
2. Cream sugar and butter.
3. Add egg and vanilla essence.
4. Add lemon zest, baking powder and salt.
5. Sieve in flour.
6. Roll into balls and flatten on a tray.
7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Enjoy.