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Baking - White Chocolate and Pecan Nut Cookies!

Heya guys.

I love this recipe. I've made these loads for my grandma's book group, for special occasions, or just for a rainy day treat at home. They are good for any time, although probably a bit expensive and time consuming to make for an everyday snack, but I think they work really well if you have guests. They do have a few expensive ingredients, and take a while to make, but in the end they really are worth the time and effort. Enjoy!
White Chocolate and Pecan Nut Cookies
makes 24
what you need:
250g of unsalted butter100g caster sugar200g soft light brown sugar2 eggs1/2 tsp vanilla extract400g plain flour1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp baking powder100g white chocolate100g shelled and cut pecan nutsMethod
First, you need to cream together the butter and sugar in a mixer until they're light and fluffy.Then you add the eggs one at a time, and mix in. I always crack them seperately into mugs first, in case I get any shell in, or one of them is bad. Turn the mixer down to a fairly slow…

Fashion Of The Month: DECEMBER!!!

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This month's fashion is:

CHRISTMAS JUMPERS!!!


These are super cool in winter, with dynamic patterns to a simple reindeer with a red nose. My family all get one every year, even our new baby! Christmas jumpers don't just look epic, they keep you warm for hours, and hours, and hours. And longer! Seriously, they are the best thing ever when it comes to christmas clothes. Happy Christmas!

Baking - Pasta!

Hi guys, and welcome back to my blog.

I loved making this recipe, because my number 1 fave meal is definitely pasta, no competition. I've had a pasta maker for a few years now, but I've never actually used it - i'ts just been stuck in the box on the kitchen shelf for 3 years. It looks really complicated in the shops and everything, but i'm telling you now, homemade is about as easy as eating it shop-bought (unless you hate it!) Trust me, it's the easiest recipe in the world, you'll see!

What you need:

400g of plain/italian 00 pasta flour4 eggssome recipes use a splash of oil and a pinch of salt Method:

First, you need to chuck all the flour into a bowl, and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs one by one into a mug, and tip them in straight after. I do this because once my dad cracked them all straight into the bowl. One of them was bad, and he wasted the whole mixture. Whisk the eggs around with a fork, gradually incorporating the flour into the eggs. Then…

Baking - Pumpkin Pie!

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The first time I made this was actually this afternoon, and I thought it would be a brilliant festive, recipe to add to my blog. I loved it with a drizzle of double cream on top, to bring out the flavour now. Have fun!


What you need:
750g pumpkin (peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks)350g short crust pastryplain flour (for dusting)140g rice malt syrup1/2 fresh, grated nutmeg1 tsp cinnamon2 beaten eggs25g melted butter175ml milk
Method:
What you need to do first is preheat the oven to 160-180 degrees C. Then you put the chopped up pumpkin into a large saucepan. Cover it with the lid, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until softish. Drain it, and let it cool completely. Roll out the pastry onto a lightly floured surface, to line a 22cm tart tin.  Chill it for another 15 minutes.Line it with baking paper and baking beans so it doesn't go out of shape, but don't worry if you don't have any! Bake for another 15 mins, then remove the …

Baking: My Fave Mix And Match Pancakes

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This is a simple pancake mix for an ordinary day; sometimes I choose a savoury topping for breakfast, or a sweeter one for pudding. I'll list some of my fave combinations at the bottom of the page, so you can see how to make them taste better. Here's the method for you to try out:

 What you need:
1 mug wholemeal flour1 mug whole milk1 egg1 or 2 tbsp chia seeds OK, this is a super simple recipe - It'll only take you a minute or two. It's enough for a family breakfast, and you have more or less depending on the size you make them. Before you start, you might want to put a small amount of oil into a medium sized saucepan - this will help the pancakes not to stick to the pan. Then, you mix all the ingredients together in a jug, then pour a small amount into your saucepan. If you want bigger pancakes, then pour more in, and vice versa. Swirl the mix around the pan for a few seconds to make it the right size, and let it cook for a minut…

Fashion Of The Month: NOVEMBER!!!

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This month's fashion is:

DUFFEL COATS!!!
Duffel coats are great to wear now, well, all the time! They never really go out of fashion but are always so stylish. I love the style because they suit everyone, and look soooo trendy, even on boys too. Once, when I was about 6 years old, I wore a pink duffel coat to school, and my BFF said that I looked like an old granny! But actually now, 5 or 6 years later, she's got one almost exactly the same! But my point is, they look great on everyone, at any time of the year. They also look epic on people of every age, from toddlers to old grannies, as I found out 5 years ago! So really, anyone and everyone can wear them to look so now!

Book Review - Clarice Bean 'Don't Look Now'

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Hi guys, and welcome back to my blog.
Clarice Bean is another Lauren Child fave at the top of my collection - alongside the other two in the series, spells trouble and utterly me. These books are about a young girl named Clarice Bean, who, like her BFF Betty Moody is obsessed with Ruby Redfort (as mentioned in another review) a schoolgirl detective. Throughout the books, Clarice has many adventures, including school plays, moving house, new teachers, and even starring in a new RR TV show! Cool, huh? Most of the time she's a normal girl, although a bit snappy with her brothers and sisters. But you would, wouldn't you, if you were the third oldest of four, with a brother who only talks to his many girlfriends, a sister who is fashion crazy, and a nitwit of another brother? I know I would!
Rating: 4/5 stars 

That's all for now.
Bye!

Baking - Sugar-free Blueberry Muffins

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These are definitely ideal for a healthy, energy boosting snack and full of goodness.

Makes 12 These muffins are great for lunches, or just for an energy snack in your day. I've tried these once or twice, and they work really well with any types of berries. Berries are low in sugar comapred to most fruits. Once a month we bake a double batch of these (just double each of the ingredients) and bung them in the freezer ready to get one out for our packed lunch each day we fancy one. I love using blueberries in muffins; they taste really nice! Have fun!
What you need: 1 egg150ml of coconut oil175ml of full-fat milk75g of porridge oats125g wholemeal plain flour3 tsp baking powder25g stevia (this is a sweetner to use instead of sugar but they also actually taste fine without any of this) 1/2 tsp mixed spice1/2 tsp ground cinnamon250g blueberries25g chia seedsSo, how to make it. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees c/350 degrees f/gas mark 4. Beat the egg, an…

Fashion of the month - OCTOBER!!!

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This month's fashion is:


BUNS!!! At the moment, buns are so trendy! Especially in October, when we're all cold, they're easy to fit under your coat hood when you're out, and look brill with  a single-ended band tied around it. You can find the bands at claire's, or a similar accessories shop. My fave is black with white polka dots, but there is so many to choose from! I wear them all the time, to school, to clubs, everywhere, but they look best in a sort of doughnut shape, in a messy way, so not all neat and tidy as if you were going to ballet class or something.

Blott!

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Hi guys, and welcome back to my blog.

It was my birthday not very long ago, and I got 2 Blott rulers from my friends. We have a huge Blott craze at the moment, and everything has to be Blott!!! We use anything, rubbers, pencil cases, rulers, pens, folders, everything!!! I always look for epic sales, and there is always something good to buy! I can never leave Blott without a purchase, and I never regret my decisions. All of their products come in a variety ofluminouscolours, and I am always happy to add to my christmas list, if I don't have enough money to spend on the day. 

That's all for now.
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Book review – Ruby Redfort, Look Into My Eyes

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I got this book to add to my mammoth collection of Lauren Child things, along with the next two books, Take Your Last Breath and Catch Your Death. They’re all about a girl who works as a secret agent for a secret agency called Spectrum. Together with her pal, Clancy, she has to stop the evil Count van Viscount from carrying out his wicked plans. I'ts actually the same girl as in Clarice Bean, becasuse Lauren Child had loads of messages from readers asking for the Ruby Redfort seiries. I love these books because I think the codes and plots are very clever. This book is good for people who love detective stories and are about age 8 – 14. It’s not what I’d call girly, but more for girls than boys. There is also a new book coming out in September, called feel the fear, I can’t wait to get it!!!

Rating:4/5 stars

Book review – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

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I was desperate to read this book, after I watched the whole set of Harry Potter DVDs in the last October holiday, having borrowed them off someone I know. My mum’s friend gave me the 1st 3 for Christmas, though, and I was bursting to read it so much, I finished it in a few days. One of my favourite parts were when Harry, Ron and Hermione go to the stone, defeating magical objects along the way, and combining their strengths to reach the stone. I really enjoyed it because it’s not as scary as I thought it would be, but still extremely exciting. I’d recommend it for anyone over age 7, even adults, because I don’t think any one who’s 6 or under will understand the plot of the story. It’s perfect for boys or girls, it doesn’t matter who reads it. This book was the start of my massive obsession of Harry Potter; I just can’t put them down!!!

5/5 stars