Thursday, 14 June 2012

Psst! Vintage Sale at Blondie's Twisted Tea Room.

It's finally going to happen and VERY soon! Blondie's has been ever so kind and allowed LWV to host a stall with Emerald Ivy (Abbi has her own named stall now! Too excited! She's the girl on the flyers). So come take a look and eat cake and enjoy life! See you there, you won't want to miss out.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Charms and Chains

Charms and Chains is a quaint little accessories stall and one of Hanley's hidden gems. The stall itself is located in the indoor market of the Potteries. The jewellery is so cute and so stunning I literally want all of it! There is such a wide range from cute and quirky to edgey with a touch of punk and all at great prices. You can visit the website here if you see anything you like below, I'm sure you will.











Sunday, 10 June 2012

Oreo Brownie Heaven

My idea of heaven would involve cookies, oreos and fudge brownies so when I stumbled upon this on Pinterest I was so happy I could have cried. I just had to make these brownies!


Below is the recipe taken from here:


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg Double Stuffed Oreos
  • 1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge topping

Recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to thoroughly combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that’s been lined with wax paper and sprayed with cooking spray. Top with a layer of Oreos. Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting — brownies may still be gooey in the middle when still warm, but will set up perfectly once cooled. Enjoy!!
To half this recipe for an 8×8 brownie mix, simply half the chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients.

I made my own brownie mix for my version, below is the recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp coa coa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup butter (or peanut butter)
Recipe:
Mix together sugar and butter until combined well. Then add the egg and vanilla and beat again. Finally add the flour and coacoa and combine. The mixture is now ready to pour onto the cookie and oreo base.

The people that have posted this recipe have done something amazing and topped it with ice cream and hot fudge. I top mine with whipped cream, chopped banana and hot fudge sauce(you can get the fudge sauce recipe here).  Happy baking!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Blondie's Twisted Tea Room: Afternoon Tea Adventures

So I found this great deal on Groupon (which I believe has now ended, you missed out!) for an afternoon tea at Blondie's for £6! Since I practically live there I had to book this for Simon and myself. He has now heard so much about it he was eager to see it for himself. He is a huge coffee fanatic and was not disappointed when he ordered a nice pot of coffee. It was so nice to see the place as busy as usual proving this is just what Stoke needed. We had a great time and Simon enjoyed cheese and salmon sandwiches whilst I enjoyed cheese sandwiches. Below are some pictures from the event, Enjoy!








Go to Blondie's now and enjoy a pot of tea and dreaming, dreaming is free!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Family Recipes: Summer Salmon Salad

 There is nothing better on a hot day then to tuck into a big bowl of fresh salad. Sometimes I can find shop bought salads a little bland and not to my taste. So I decided to create my very own salad which is always a hit with  Simon and my friends.



















Ingredients: serves 2
Salad:
  • A medium sized piece of salmon
  • Two packets of pre prepared butternut squash
  • A packet of italian salad
  • Some butter for frying the butternut squash
  • Small amount of oil to cook the salmon
Dressing:
  • 1 1/2 cups of greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 orange juiced
Recipe:
Salmon and Squash:
  1. Get a griddle pan and lightly spritz or wipe a thin coat of oil onto the pan.
  2. Turn on the heat and place the salmon in the pan.
  3. As the salmon is cooking flake it with a wooden spoon until the salmon is cooked. Remove from the heat and place to one side.
  4. Take a frying pan and add a small knob of butter.
  5. Turn on the heat and once the butter is melted add the butternut squash. You may want to turn up the heat and move the butternut squash around the pan every now and then.
  6. Once the butternut squash has caramelised on the outside add a splash of water and cook until soft. Remove from the heat and put to one side.
Dressing:
  • Put the greek yoghurt, honey, olive oil and orange juice in a bowl and combine. This can be done the night before.
Assemble:
  1. In a large bowl place the salad leaves at the bottom.
  2. Add the butternut squash and then the salmon.
  3. Pour on the dressing.
I hope you all enjoy making this!