Recipe: Frankie & Benny's Style Sticky Chicken Pasta

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Hello everyone! I was a massive fan of Frankie and Benny's sticky chicken pasta. In fact, most members of my family order it if we ever go out for dinner. And guess what they've done? Changed the menu. Guess what's not on it anymore? Sticky chicken pasta. Me and my mum searched for a recipe and have managed to adapt it to our personal tastes. It tastes just like the real deal, if not better, and the sauce only has 3 ingredients. This is super quick and super easy. 

Disclaimer: It was my mum that made this, I'm just sharing the recipe.


Ingredients:
Pasta
Chicken breast, cubed
Sliced veg(pepper and red onion works best)
1 cup of pasata 
1 cup of honey
1 cup of soy sauce

Method:
1. Cook some pasta in a pot and whilst doing so fry your chicken and veg.
2. Mix together the soy sauce, honey and pasata in a separate pot and bring to the boil. This makes enough sauce for 2 people so alter the quantities as you need.
3. Once the sauce has thickened considerably stir in the rest of your ingredients.
4. Enjoy!

This is such a simple thing to make and it tastes amazing. Screw you Frankie and Benny's, I don't need you(well actually I do really like your waffles)!

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Review: Lush Yuzu & Cocoa Bubbleroon

Friday, 30 August 2013

Hello everyone. Today I'm going to be talking about my new Lush love. The bubbleroons. These are quite aptly named as they look like little macaroons and create a lot of bubbles. There are three different types available and I went for yuzu and cocoa. I'd always avoided this as I'm not a fan on chocolate scented products but upon smelling this in the store, I knew I wanted this. It actually doesn't smell like chocolate at all but it is a very sweet and soothing scent.

Like the bubble bars, the bubbleroons are crumbled under the running taps. The bubbleroons are really easy to split so I only used half of the bubbleroon and got more than enough bubbles. I have pretty poor water pressure so I can never really get a lot of bubbles but I got more than enough. If you have good water pressure then I can imagine you'd get loads. I didn't really like the colour of this if I'm honest. It was so faded and barely coloured the water. I like something a little bit more vibrant. It was also very moisturising, probably because it contains cocoa butter, so I didn't feel like I needed to apply a body lotion afterwards. In the end I really liked this and thought £3.25 was a really good price.


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Things That Make Me Happy #46

Thursday, 29 August 2013
1. Pomegranate is one of my favourite fruits. Why not incorporate it into a bundt cake?


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2. This nail art is so cute.

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3. What a cool light.

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4. I want to go to Greece!

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5. Great autumnal fashion.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. Fanciest caramel apples I have ever seen.

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8. I love decorated ceilings.

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9. Agreed.

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10. I tried to dye my hair blue once and it was horrible but this looks amazing.

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Stationery Haul

Tuesday, 27 August 2013
I've been back at school now for a week but I though I'd show you some of the stationery that I bought in preparation. I know that the majority of bloggers freak out over nice stationary so I thought I'd share with you what I bought. I did have a big trip to Edinburgh planned with my friend Sarah to visit Paperchase but in the end I was so tired and still a little bit poor after buying my new camera, we ended up in our local shopping centre. Sorry Sarah! 


If you have ever been to a Tiger store then you'll know that they always have lots of really cute things. When Sarah and I saw these little Japanese doll pens we couldn't leave them behind. I went for black and Sarah went for blue, but there was also a pink and yellow available. Very adorable.


I also couldn't leave behind this periodic table notepad. I'm doing advanced higher chemistry this year and whilst I'll be taking notes in a folder and not a notepad, I had to buy this. It was also from Tiger.


Now onto WH Smith. I bought this lovely little pencil case. For the last year I'd been using just a plain plastic one(you know the ones you can take into exams) but I wanted something a little bit cuter. I loved this owl pattern and it's also got three sections so I have enough space for all my things. It also fits a scientific calculator.


And then a cute little ring binder for keeping some notes in it. Bright pink isn't my usual colour but I'm going to use this for my physics class and what better way to emphasize that I'm the only girl in the class with a bright pink folder?

I also bought some plain pens and stuff but didn't think that they were exciting enough to be shown. Where is your favourite place to buy stationery?

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Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy

Monday, 26 August 2013
Hello everyone. As you all probably know I work in an aquarium and it means that this really dries out my hands. I've been on a mission to find a great hand cream and I think I've found it. My hands are literally so dry that they crack and sometimes bleed. Which is really gross and you probably didn't want to know that but I want you to understand just how dry my hands really are.


When I was having a look around in the Crabtree & Evelyn store I decided I would try a 25g tube for £5 before investing in the 100g tube for £14 if I really liked it. And I can tell now that I will definitely be investing in the larger size. They also do 'hand scubs' which the sales advisor let me try out. AMAZING. Afterwards I was walking around Glasgow with Charlotte literally gushing about how my hands were so soft and she was laughing at me. But after having a feel she 100% agreed. I will also be buying that.

I went for the citron, honey and coriander scent because it was my favourite out of the range. The lemon scent is the most prominent but you can definitely smell the honey and coriander which gives it a really unique kick. This hand cream is really thick and a little goes a long way. I only really apply this twice a day(three or four times if it's a work day) and I find that it's really helped moisturise and improve the condition of my hands. It sinks in very quickly as well and doesn't leave you with greasy hands. This is a must for me with hand creams! The only really critique I have for this is that the lid on the bottle is a bit fiddly and sometimes hard to get back on. I would much prefer a hinged cap that you could just pop open and closed. Yes, this is and expensive product but I feel like it's 100% worth the money if you have really try hands. They also have a range specifically aimed at gardeners which I think I'll treat my granny to at Christmas.

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Week In Photos #48

Sunday, 25 August 2013
Alaskan Malamute puppy / Massive Strawberry / My Sammy boy

Hello everyone. I feel like week in photos posts have been taking the back seat lately. The battery in my phone has gone a bit off now and is only holding charge for about 3 hours and even just turning 3G on drains it completely. Which means that I've not been taking a lot of photos when I've been out and about. I would try and get it replaced but my contract runs out at the end of September and then I'll probably get an upgrade. I quite fancy an iPhone. If you have an iPhone do you think an 8GB one is enough or would you recommend a 16GB? I won't be putting any music or movies on it and I'm not a crazy app person. I don't want to get the smaller one and regret it but the 16GB is considerably more.

Not much has been really going on lately because I've been back at school. I didn't get the job at Lush either. They said they didn't want me to quit my job which is a permanent position as this was only a job that lasted up until the end of the Christmas season. I'm not really that gutted because I don't feel like it wasn't because I wasn't good enough or anything. Plus my friend Rachel got one of the places so woo go Rachel.

As for school I'm still doing 3 advanced highers: maths, chemistry and physics. Since returning to school I've found out that all of my As were band 1s which has made me happy. I still can't believe I'm starting my last year of high school! Where did it all go? This week I've been showing the new first years around the school, it makes me feel so old.

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Edinburgh Festival

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Hello everyone. As you know there's a massive festival in Edinburgh every summer and I thought I'd show you some photos I took there this year. My boyfriend and I took a day trip in to wander around the town and visit the National Museum Of Scotland to which the admission is free!

Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket area


Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Grassmarket area

Look at those beautiful Great Danes

Stuart is so camera shy that I only ever get photos whilst sneaking





I weigh the same as a giant anteater

Together Stuart and I weigh the same as an ostrich
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Things That Make Me Happy #45

Thursday, 22 August 2013
1. I could totally go for a big stack of pancakes. I always say 'I'm going to make pancakes' and then I never do!

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2. I love these light bulb plant pots, what a cool idea.

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3. Lovely decor.

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4. I love woodland walks.

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5. I love this hair style.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. Best Halloween costume ever.

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8. I don't even like cheeseburgers but this looks amazing.

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9. Felt coasters. So cute.

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10. I love this photo!

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Share The Love #1

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I used to mention a few blogs I really liked at the end of my monthly favourites posts but I've been lacking the mojo to write those posts for the past few months. I've  decided I'm going to start a new series on my blog where at least once a month I give a little shout out to some of my favourite bloggers. For the moment I'm going to start with 3 per post but I might increase the number over time, I got a whole lotta lovin'.


First up is Of Corgis & Cocktails. This lifestyle blog is written by the lovely Katherine. It includes many outfit and travel posts as well as other exciting things like recipes. Nothing wins me over like cake. And as you can tell from the blog title, there are often lots of doggy photos. I would quite happily steal Katherine's dogs if it wasn't for that big old Atlantic ocean in the middle. I guess they're safe for now. But please head over to her blog and show it some lovin'.



A new favourite of mine is Rush & Teal. I would say that Allie writes a good mixture of posts but mainly fashion, lifestyle and beauty. Her photography is really nice and you can tell that she puts a lot of effort into her posts. She also makes YouTube videos so has something to suit for everyone's personal taste. I think it's that sort of versatility in a blog that will make you go far. So please drop by Allie's blog and say hi!


And last but not least is The Weekender Trender. This blog is written by the lovely Georgina, a fellow teen blogger. As you can probably tell from the blog title, it's a fashion orientated blog. Georigna has absolutely amazing fashion sense, I struggle to believe that she's the same age as I am! She also always manages to find the most lovely locations for outfit photos, a real gem. I've also been loving the photo a day series she's been running recently, it's lovely to get to know a bit more about the person behind a blog. So please go and have a little look at Georgina's blog, I'm sure you'll find something you like.

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The Sunday Pamper

Monday, 19 August 2013
I've had one hell of a busy time recently. Today is the first day in a while that I've not had anything to do and I go back to school tomorrow so it's going to be another while until I have another relaxing day. When I came home from work yesterday I was tired and grumpy and decided I'd pamper myself. I thought I'd do a quick little post to show you the products that I like to use when I'm in need of a bit of TLC.


Working with water means my nails aren't always in the best condition so I like to give myself a little manicure on a Sunday night. I start off by removing my nail polish and trimming my nails. Then I'll apply two coats of OPI's Nail Envy to strengthen and protect my nails. It's a very expensive product but I have noticed a big difference since I started using this. Then I'll apply a little bit of the Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter and give my nail beds a bit of a 'massage'. This product smells gorgeous!

Now it's bath time. I used half of the Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon in my bath and it was gorgeous. I've never used a bubbleroon before but now I want to try them all as they give so many bubbles. This smelt really sweet and soothing. It was also very moisturising so I didn't need to apply a body moisturiser after getting out of the bath. Then I applied a little bit of the Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask. I wasn't the biggest fan of this at first but I'm beginning to warm up to it. I then followed up the facial by toning and moisturising.

What do you like to use to pamper yourself?

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Smoreos

Sunday, 18 August 2013
I don't really have anything particularily exciting to say to you all today, I just wanted an excuse to show you some lovely food porn photos. Inspiration taken from Rosie.


From what I can understand from American movies, smores are pretty much a standard thing. Despite the fact that they look absolutely beautiful I've never tried them. In the UK there is a distinct lack of graham crackers or whatever it is you use across the pond. A lot of people substitute with digestives but to be honest I'm not a huge fan of digestives so I've never attempted it.


But when I saw the 'smoreo', I was totally down for that. I love oreos so I knew I'd have to try it. You just toast a marshmallow(warning: they can catch fire) and place it between a split up oreo. You're supposed to add chocolate but I never had any to hand and they were still delicious.


Warm, gooey and delicious. Fully recommend.

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The Craft Box Company - The Needle Case Box

Saturday, 17 August 2013
Hello everyone. I was kindly sent a craft box from a new Edinburgh based company: The Craft Box Company. Just as it says on the tin, they sell craft boxes. Each contains everything to make something crafty. At the moment they have boxes for pearl earrings, a button bracelet and a needle case. Soon to come are boxes containing kits for a tassel garland and a bird nest necklace and both look very exciting. I've been a subscriber to Crafty Creatives for a while but recently cancelled my subscription because I'm a bit skint after buying my new camera, so I thought it would be interesting to compare the two.


The box contains everything you need and a nice little instruction leaflet. I love the layout and design of the box, the logo is very cute and I love the font they use. The only thing that I can pick out is that the instructions are a bit basic. I think that if you're new to crafting then you might get a bit confused. For example they use the term 'running stitch' which is just a standard stitch. Which I know because I'm a crafty person but maybe a little explanation would have been nice for those that aren't as experienced. I have noticed that they've added an 'Instructions and Videos' segment to their website but it's yet to be updated. I really liked the materials included and I was very excited to get started.


I think the needle case was very easy to make, probably the easiest out of all the kits. Therefore I think it would make a great kit as a present or something to get you started with crafting. It was quite enjoyable to use especially as you had everything to hand. When using the Crafty Creatives boxes I often think 'I could make ..... with this' but then I don't have the things I need to make it. I also think a needle case is a very handy thing to have. If you've ever lost a needle you'll understand the panic that comes along side it.


Now down to the nitty gritty: value for money. If I'm honest I don't think that this box is very good value for money. Yes if I was in a shop and saw a cute little needle case I'd probably pay £5 for it. But with this kit, I already have everything that I'd need to make one. I think the other kits are a lot better value because they contain things like pliers which are a bit more expensive. I just feel like I would be able to make this for nothing. I guess it would be pretty good to those who have never crafted before but if you already have sewing supplies then this isn't the best box for you. I don't want to bang on about Crafty Creatives but I do think they are a bit better value for money. But one thing that I like about The Craft Box Compaany is that it isn't a monthly subscription. I feel like all boxes at the moment seem to be monthly subscriptions!


In the end I really enjoying making the needle case and I'll put it to good use. It took me about half an hour and was very easy. Yes there were a few things that bugged me but they're a new company and I'm sure once they get properly going they'll do just fine.

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