Monday, 26 March 2012

Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake (using Philadelphia with Cadbury's!)

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last month you've probably heard of Cadbury's chocolate Philadelphia. And you've probably had the philadelphia vs nutella debate. Well, this is one recipe where philadelphia wins... easy peasy chocolate fudge cheesecake!

You will need:
75g Digestives
20g Butter
1 tub Philadelphia with Cadbury's
180g Double cream
20g Icing sugar
2 or 3 Cadbury's fudge bars
1 Flake

Step 1: Melt the butter and crush the digestives...

Step 2: Press the mixture into your cake tin, or whatever you're using. I used these cute tumblers that I had kept from shop bought cheesecakes!
Step 3: Roughly chop up the fudge & then layer it on top of the biscuit base...

Step 4: Whisk together the philadelphia, cream and icing sugar until it forms soft peaks...

Or make your little brother do it for you!

Step 5: Pour the mixture over the biscuit base, sprinkle with the flake and pop it in the fridge to set!

And all that's left to do.... is enjoy! :)
[This recipe is from Reveal magazine, unfortunately I'm not creative enough to come up with it myself! ;)]

Sunday, 25 March 2012

I need some time in the sunshine, gotta slow it right down...

New Look crop top, jacket & scarf // ASOS skirt & handbag // Thomas Sabo jewellery // Chockers shoes // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

Bonjour :) how are you this sunny Sunday? I've gone a bit overboard with the outfit snaps again but this is what I wore yesterday. I decided to brave the crop top trend with this bandeau from New Look. The high waisted pencil skirt hides a multitude of sins and means that only the slimmest part of my midriff was on show! This look was all over the catwalks this season, from Prada to House of Holland. If you're still not convinced, check out this post on Diamond Solitaire for some serious crop top inspiration, love it! I'm also sporting my brand new Lita look-a-likes from Chockers and used my lemon bowler bag to brighten the outfit and give it more of a lady-like feel (as opposed to the belly-bearing hussy look). I think there's a bit of a 60's vibe going on. What do you think? Will you be showing off your midriff to the world this summer?

House of Holland                 &             Prada

Every 6 weeks I get a long weekend off work and this weekend is mine. The boyfriend and I decided to make the most of our Saturday off together and went on a wee road trip up the east coast of Scotland. I was a bit optimistic with my outfit, it was dull and foggy at home, but my optimism paid off - it was 18 degrees up there! We drove through a few pretty villages, stopped in Banff for lunch at Duff House (but left because it was too busy), went to the Spotty Bag Shop (what a disappointment! haha), got ice-cream in Cullen (yum!) and visited the aquarium in Macduff.

The lovely Steph from Nerd About Town has kindly allowed me to do a guest post over on her blog, check it out! The girl has amazing photography skills!

Hope you're all having a great weekend! I'm away to get my bake on so look out for Chocolate Philadelphia Cheesecakes coming to a blog near you! ;)


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Still running, still running from you...

This week I've decided to do the Kettleworx 6 week challenge. The last 2 years of my life have been a constant battle to lose weight and keep it off. I've dropped from a size 16 to a 10, but I'm never satisfied. If you know me, you'll probably know I'm a little bit obsessed with my weight. But not in the way that I'm living on rabbit food and exercising like a maniac every day - that's the problem. I lack motivation and self-discipline. I don't eat because I need to to survive, I eat because I enjoy food. That's the other problem - I really, really like food.

As a size 16 I never really considered myself fat, I still don't consider a size 16 to be 'fat'. But I was very unhappy with my weight & the way that I looked. I know this will sound bad (hopefully not offensive) but some people suit being a larger size, Adele for example. Can you imagine her any other way? It's just the way she is and she looks great. But I looked like a puffy inflated version of my former self. At 17 I started partying and drinking excessively - I think the booze was the main culprit for my weight gain. When I started dating Gordon at 18 we were either out drinking every night and grabbing a takeaway on the way home, or we stayed in and cooked fry ups or shoved a pizza in the oven. Accompanied by yet more booze. Needless to say I ballooned up to a 16 in no time - I remember trying on a "large" dress in Zara and being absolutely devastated when it wouldn't go near me! I actually started to dread shopping trips! But it wasn't until January 2010, when I saw photos of myself at a Hogmanay party that I realised I needed to do something about it.

I kickstarted the weight loss by banning booze from my life for the 1st 6 weeks of 2010, along with the fry-ups and takeaways! Gordon and I started cooking together - I didn't even know I could cook before then! We made soups, bolognaise, stir frys and many other dishes. They weren't particularly 'healthy' meals, I was never on a 'diet'. There was no weight watchers or atkins involved, just real homemade good food. If i ever say I'm on a diet I just mean I'm trying not to eat pointless crap! (Biscuits, crisps etc.) I still went out for meals with friends but would choose soup or baked potatoes with orange juice, over the burgers & booze my friends were having. Most of my family and friends were very supportive and with their help I lost almost a stone. But I soon got stuck at that weight & realised it would take more than just a balanced diet to achieve my goal.

So I joined the gym. I'm still a member and pay my monthly fee but seem to go through phases of loving the gym and going at least twice a week, to being ridiculously lazy and not going at all for months. The latter is my current situation unfortunately! I'm hoping to get back into it soon. Since then I've also tried circuit training - I lasted almost a year of going every Thursday night, before getting a bit bored of it and trying the Kettlebells class the trainer had started. I found this much more enjoyable and am still a firm believer that Kettleworx works! After just a month of attending the classes twice a week I could see a huge difference in myself - my legs and arms were more toned and I was feeling fitter every day. But again, I got a bit bored, and it became a bit of an inconvenience going home after work, changing into my gym gear & heading to the community centre for at least an hour of weight training. When all I really want to do after working 9-5.30 is stick the tea on and sprawl on the couch to watch Eastenders. So again I stopped going to the classes. Last year I signed up for the Baker Hughes 10k race in Aberdeen, in aid of CLAN Cancer Care. This was my motivation to start running. Again, I enjoy running once I'm out there but the problem is finding the motivation to actually go out and do it. So I trained up until the race, completed it in 1hour & 5minutes... but have only ran 2 or 3 times since. I always manage to find an excuse - it's too cold, I've had a long day, I've got a headache... there's always something.

And this is where I'm at now. I'm a size 10 who occasionally get's a bit obsessed with exercise and then gives up again. Although I'm happy as a size 10, I don't plan on being any smaller, the problem now is that I know I'm going to spend the rest of my life in this constant battle to maintain my weight. If I stop watching what I eat for just 1 week, I gain a good few pounds and it takes ages to get it off again. It's so easy for weight to pile on but 100x harder to get rid of it! Don't get me wrong, we still eat rubbish, we have a takeaway once a week, but I can only do that if I'm very careful with my diet for the rest of the week. I'm trying to eat salads for my lunch every day at the moment... But I don't like lettuce. We try to walk the dog every night but often end up just going round the block. I started going to kettlebell classes again but have given up, yet again, these past few weeks.

So my latest phase is the Kettleworx DVD workouts. There are 3 DVD's - Cardio, Core & Resistance - each with 6 x 20minute workouts. The idea is that you do 1 exercise from each disc, every week for 6 weeks. That's 3 x 20mins a week. I can get home from work, put the tea on and do the workout while it cooks! That's the plan anyway. As I said before I believe Kettleworx works and if I can stick to it I'm hoping to see big improvements in myself. A toned, slim belly would be nice for a start! I'll let you know  how I get on! If you're still reading this, thanks - and apologies if I've bored you to tears, I think I needed to get this off my chest haha :)

How do you keep fit? Have you tried kettlebells before? Any tips would be appreciated, let me know your healthy diet tips!


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Oreo Cupcakes

After reading The Londoner's post on her amazing Double Stuffed Oreo Cake I was inspired to make these yummy oreo cupcakes! I'd say it took me about 30-45mins to do and was possibly the easiest baking I've ever done. All you need is

2 x Double choc cupcake kits
2 x eggs*
400gr icing sugar
200gr softened butter
3 tbsp cold milk
1 lemon
2 packs of Oreos

*check the instructions on your cupcake kit to see if you need these or anything else

Simply follow the instructions on the box to make your cupcakes. All I needed to do was add 2 eggs and 120ml of water and then whisk the mixture together until it goes smooth...

**TIP** Don't bother being lazy like me and using an electric mix, put in a little bit of elbow grease and do it by hand to avoid THIS:

The whisking only takes a couple of minutes so when it's ready you can spoon the mixture evenly into your cases. Then pop them in the oven, preheated at 190 degrees, for 15 minutes - again check the instructions on your mix! While the cupcakes are in the oven you can prepare the Oreo topping. I followed the instructions on The Londoner but here's a quick summary - Cream together the butter and icing sugar, stir in the milk & then add the crushed up Oreos! Put it in the fridge for 5 minutes or so to help it set, you can do this while the cupcakes are cooling.

When you're ready simply smear the topping on the cupcakes and finish off with half an Oreo on top of each one.
Et voila!


Sunday, 11 March 2012

I'm so clever, but clever ain't wise...

Peter Doherty t-shirt // Mary Katrantzou for Topshop leggings // Jane Norman jacket // Dorothy Perkins boots // New Look scarf // River Island bag // Dainty Roses & DP's jewellery // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

Yoohoo! What a lovely sunny day I've had! I wore this outfit for a walk around Aden Park with the boyfriend and Harley, my gorgeous (almost 3 year old) puppy. Unfortunately Harley thought it would be fun to jump up on me and my white t-shirt with his muddy paws! Needless to say I quickly got changed when we got home haha. Gordon bought me this t-shirt when we were at a Peter Doherty gig in Glasgow a few years ago. It was a men's large so was obviously huge on me but I never threw it out as it reminded me of our drunken adventures at the Barras. With Gordon as my glamourous assistant I did a bit of DIY on it this week - we cut off the sleeves, gave it a more feminine V-neck shape and then tapered in the sides so it followed the shape of my body better. I'm not very good at DIY but am pretty pleased with the way this turned out!

The rest of the day has been spent making soup and Oreo cupcakes - posts to follow!!

What have you been getting up to this weekend? Hope you're all enjoying the sun!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

You gave me a chance at the Palais to dance...

(I look drunk in this photo - I'm not!)

Boohoo dress // ASOS shoes & clutch // Tiffany & Co bracelet & necklace // Chanel earrings

Yesterday I attended Peterhead's annual Shimmer & Sparkle Ladies Lunch in aid of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and this is what I wore! A friend had warned me that everyone gets dressed to "wedding/ascot standard" which got me a little worried. I ended up splashing out on a whole new outfit but didn't want to buy something I'd never wear again. So this pastel pink/mint green mash up is what I came up with - dressed up with my 'good' jewellery haha. Compared to some of the ladies there I still felt a little under-dressed!

 My friend's 9 month old son was born with spina bifida so I can tell you it's definitely a worthy cause - the event raised an amazing £16,000 for the charity! We were greeted with champagne, strawberries and truffles which was a good start!  Various stalls were set up around the hotel, most were running raffles with pretty decent prizes - there was a Jimmy Choo handbag up for grabs! Michelle McManus (yes, her that won Pop Idol) was our host for the day and did a great job keeping us entertained. There was a dance group of young girls, followed by a few silly games before we had our 2 course lunch. My chicken was slightly undercooked but apart from that the meal was lovely. After lunch the auction was held. An overnight stay for 4 at the Malmaison hotel, including spa treatments was sold for £550 and the 'Chef Experience' - where a chef comes to your home, cooks for you & 7 others and provides all the food & wine - was sold for £1100 which is fantastic! There were loads of good prizes to be won on the raffles and I actually won! I never win anything**! Granted it was a bottle of wine & £100 worth of menswear vouchers but the boyfriend will get a nice treat out of it haha. The rest of the evening was spent dancing with the girls. This is the 1st time I've been to the ladies lunch and I absolutely loved every moment of it - roll on next year!

I'm trying not to do a photo overload but if you want to see more you can click here!

**I'm proud to say I've actually won February's British Style Bloggers blog of the month award! There were other blogs up for it (Caught Up In Cake and Blue October to name a few!) that I'm sure deserve it so much more than me but thanks a million to British Style Bloggers for choosing me, you've made my week :)

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