Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Lazy Girls Shortbread

I named this the lazy girls shortbread as it only requires 3 ingredients and not a lot of effort... but tastes delicious! Variations can be made such as adding chocolate chips or spices but I am just going to share the basic version to show that baking doesn't have to be difficult at all :)

What You Will Need:

125g Unsalted Butter (At Room Temperature)
55g Caster Sugar
180g Plain Flour


Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth

Stir in sieved flour to form a dough

Cut into rounds, using a cutter and place onto a greased baking tray. Each round shound be approx 1cm thick

Sprinkle some more caster sugar onto each round

Bake for around 10- 15 mins  in the oven until they are golden thus depending on how big/thick you have made them (Best to keep an eye on them so that they don't over bake)

Cool on a wire rack and EAT!

See... told you it was simple! ;D

Happy Baking!

Helen xX

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Paul's Boutique Polly Padlock Bag

The Polly Padlock Bag by Paul's Boutique..also known as the love of my life ahah I think this is the most favourite bag I have ever owned :D I got it for my 21st of my parents a few weeks ago and I am in loooooove. Its made out of really good quality material, beautifully lined and comes with a nice embellished logo and charms. Its a good size too, which is essential for me as I tend to carry everything with me for those "just incase" moments ;D Just thought I would share a few pics :) If you would like to purchase this bag click here

Thanks for reading!

Helen xX

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Savoury Cheese Scones: Scone Sunday Part 2!

The second part of my "Scone Sunday" recipe :) In the last post I shared a recipe on how to make sweet cherry scones but here I'm going to share how to make some savoury cheese scones, which are delicious! There is a slight variation on the basic recipe i used last time..

What You Will Need:

225g Self Raising Flour
Pinch Of Salt
55g Butter
50g Cheese
150mls milk

*OPTIONAL* 25g caster sugar ( I personally like to add this just to take out some of the bitterness, don't worry it wont make the recipe go too sweet)


Preheat oven to 220 degrees

Mix together the flour, salt and sugar (optional) and rub into fine breadcrumbs

Grate the cheese, and stir in

Make a 'well' in the centre and add enough milk to make a soft dough, using the knife to mix

Knead gently on a floured surface and flatten to 2cm thick

Use a cutter to cut the scones into rounds

Bake for 10 to 12 mins


Helen xX

Cherry Scones : Scone Sunday!

Today I will be sharing two variation recipes on a sweet scone and a savoury scone (click here). Fair enough to say I am a scone addict and unfortunately they aren't the healthiest of snacks..but we dont care haha. Firstly I am going to share my cherry scones as personally they are a favourite of mine. Amazing with some butter and jam :) and that all important cup of tea ;)


What You Will Need:

200g Self Raising Flour
50g Caster Sugar
50g Butter
100ml Skimmed Milk
50g Glace Cherries


Preheat oven to 220 degrees

Sift flour into large bowl

Rub in butter til the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and add sugar

Add the cherries

Make a 'well' in the centre and add enough milk to make a soft dough using a knide to mix

Knead gently on a floured surface and flatten to 2cm thick

Use a cutter to shape scones

Bake for  10-12 minutes (remember to keep checking!)

Happy Baking!

Helen xX

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Lady GaGa: Born This Way Ball

Eeeeeeeeeeeee one of the best nights of my life! :D Really surprised myself by saying that at the end of the show. Didn't anticipate it would be as good as it was, but I was pleasantly surprised. She put in a lot of work into the concert with her signing, dancing, outfits, stage props and the general concept of the tour;was something I had never seen before.It was definitely worth the expensive ticket and all the travelling down to London. London is very FAR from where I live (like the other end of the uk) but it was a good excuse for a little holiday and a shopping trip...ooh the shops.. I think I was in heaven, my bank balance definitely felt it anyway haha.

I was lucky enough to see Lady GaGa both on the Saturday and  the Sunday as I was given another ticket as a birthday present from my friend yaaay! On the Saturday we managed to get to the front row after queuing from the morning...dunno how I managed to survive queuing all day. I have zero patience and sitting on the stones in the blistering heat was unbearable at times. But made it to front row and I didnt faint. I saw her previously in 2010 in Glasgow where I managed to push myself to the front and then faint..total fail. This time it was in Twickenham Stadium so it never felt too hot as it was open air. I cannot believe how CLOSE I got to her when she came over to where I was standing she was literally right in front of me :D

Que evidence..

Taken by me and uploaded to my youtube :)

Also recently there have been extremely unflattering photos of her looking maybe a little heavier from what we are used to. But thats all they are. UNFLATTERING, She is by no means fat. when I saw her on stage right in front of me she still looked small.Certain angles can make anyone look awful. All in all, I had a really good time. Couldnt think of a better way to mark my 21st! :)

Now for some pictures ..

see how close :D


oh and just casually standing outside her hotel.. ;)

Thanks For Reading!

Helen xX

" Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams.If you are wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you it doesn't love you anymore"
Lady GaGa

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Colour Me Lilac

My Next Hair Adventure!

After previously having pastel pink dip dye hair, which you can read about here . I have decided to to the same with lilac. Most likely this time I will try and make it a lot lighter, possibly like the first two pictures below. I want more of a subtle look. I have purchased more dye from La Riche Directions range as I was so impressed the last time. Not sure whether I will need to dilute the dye with conditioner this time as I did previously but I will be doing a blog review on my experience when I get around to dying my hair. I have ordered the white toner and the colour lilac. Below are some of my hair inspirations  although I am not brave enough to dye my whole head lilac(would defo clash with most of my wardbrobe..cant have that at all ;D ), I do really like the look of it! my main inspiration for doing this look again is christina Aguilera hair in her new music video. I think her hair/extensions look amaaaaazing! 

Photos from weheartit!

 The style I'm after :) slightly lighter though, fingers crossed!

"I just wanna be myself
And I want you to love me for who I am
I just wanna be myself
and I want you to know, I am my hair
...free as my hair"

Lady GaGa

Thanks For Reading!

Helen xX