Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

I got this delicious recipe from Mummy in a Tutu’s site. It is, what I call, a “store cupboard cake” with no fancy ingredients needed.

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 115g unsalted butter, diced and chilled, plus extra for greasing
  • 115g light brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 6-8 tbsp milk
  • 225g Bramley or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 100g sultana

Method:

Preheat overs to 180C.

Mixed the flour, all spice and butter together by hand until it forms breadcrumbs.

Mix in the sugar, then the eggs and milk until it forms a thick batter.

Mix in the apple and sultanas.

Bake for 45-85 minutes.


Great eaten hot with custard or I made salted caramel butter icing for the top of the cake.

This recipe is so tasty!

Guest post series #placestovisit -Alternative Things To Do in London.

Today’s guest post is written by Daniel from travel weekly and he is going to share about alternative things to do in London. if you would like to know more about Daniel, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find his details.

I have the privilege to live close to the capital city of the UK, London. It’s home to a wonderful range of things to explore and see in London. I have rounded up my top 10 things to do in London from my extensive time testing

Try one of the many Rooftop bars.

As London always builds skyscrapers. With some theses comes a rooftop bar. With the warmer weather slowly returning to the UK. It would be a great idea to go to one of the many rooftop bars. One rooftop bar that used to be a car park is now a rooftop bar and it is situated in Peckham and called Frank’s Café. There are hundreds more of rooftop bars, but they are more expensive.

CATCH A QUIRKY Rooftop cinemas screening.

Leicester Square you might think is the best place to go to the cinema but they are very pricey. Instead, try one of London’s quirky cinemas. On a nice sunny day why not try out one of London’s many outdoor cinema options. Luna Cinema holds screenings in London Park and the sky Garden. Also looking something more different, try out the Rooftop Film Club that turns the rooftops in east London to a cinema for a night that cost £15 for a single ticket. Head below ground in winter to the vaults under Waterloo Station for the Underground Film Club. You can get some rooftop Cinemas that come with a Jacuzzi cinema.

Explore what little Venice has to offer.

Little Venice, with its beautiful canals and waterways, can be found just to the north of Paddington., This picturesque neighbourhood is home to quirky waterside cafes, cosy pubs, and charming restaurants. Regent’s Canal starts for Little Venice and ends in the Docklands. One restaurant I have been in Little Venice is a nice Cafe Laville. They serve great quality Italian food with views of the canal.

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THE HIDDEN ROOF GARDENS OF KENSINGTON.

After a long day of exploring London’s great spots. Why don’t you try the Kensington roof gardens? It is a great spot to just wind down and relax. It is also a rooftop restaurant that is hosting 1.5 acres of fruit trees, shrubs, lavender and plenty of other greenery. They even have real flamingos, exotic ducks, and stream full of fish. The great thing about it that it is free entry but check when it is free to the public, as they provide lots of private functions.

Junkyard golf

The junkyard golf club is a crazy golf with nine themed putting greens in Brick Lane. The place is made from reclaimed junk. Everything from Barbie dolls to car body parts has been used. As well as the nine-hole ‘green’, Junkyard Golf Club features a large bar area, a kitchen run by the Fabulous Burger Boys. Tickets only cost £9.50 to play.

Rooftop East

Rooftop East is a rooftop bar and events that is on the top floor of a car park in Stratford, Has a wide range of activities that change all the time to keep you occupied so check the website as now they have ice-skating and curling, In the past they have done bowling, golf, baseball and lost more activities. Prices are mid-range in the grand scheme of things, but the good news is you won’t be paying through your nose for a glass of wine.

About the author

Daniel cowen-Rivers

I am a budding travel blogger who travels the world and shares my experiences and travel expertise via social media and through my blog.

I’m 22 years old and originally from Buckinghamshire, England. I specialize in Photography, I try and spend a much of my free time traveling as I can at every opportunity!

I started this blog to showcase the destination I have been too and helpful travel tips o help people travel more.

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Places to visit guest Post series

Who doesn’t like travelling?! I’m sure you all have a bucket list of places you want to visit or a dream holiday. I love to go on holiday and I would love to travel more if only possible but at the moment it’s limited because my boys were still little. However, it’s nice to indulge and get inspiration from travel bloggers who are happy to share their experiences and recommended places for a holiday or travel destination.

Since travelling is one of our interests but we can’t do as much as we would like at the moment that we are launching a “places to visit” guest series

The #placestovisit guest series will be a new Wednesday regular weekly feature on the blog and aims to feature fellow bloggers sharing their traveling diary, experiences, holidays and recommended places they have visited, uk and abroad. It would be a valuable insight to hear their journey of adventure so that when our turn comes, we will be ready and things we learn from their post will be handy for travelling.

The first guest post will start next week. If you would like to take part in this guest series and would like some more information please message me to get in touch.

Philippines

Since we originally came from the Philippines, I would kick start this guest series by showcasing you why you should visit the philippines.

The Filipinos

The people in the philippines is very welcoming and hospitable when it comes to visitors. They are more than happy to offer the best thing they have just to pleased their guest. They are very generous, entertaining and always smiling. They have a cheerful personality that makes you happy as if like there is sunshine everywhere.

The foods

There is a wide varieties of food choices in the philippines since many restaurant cater many different cuisines either Chinese, English, Japanese food and many more so you there is something for everyone. However, your travel to the country won’t be complete without trying filipino foods.

Galleoneers recipe kit review

Being a busy working mum, I love the idea of having a subscription recipe kit which is tailored for children. It’s a good idea for them to take interest in the kitchen at a very young age while I’m there to help them which will also create a special memory of bonding. My kids are a bit fussy when it comes to foods hence Galleoneers recipe kit is the perfect way to enjoy cooking and spend family time. I’m hoping that cooking with them will help them to have a positive relationship with food so that they can make a healthier choice.

About Galleoneers

Galleoneers is a subscription of recipe kits for kids aged between 3 to 12 years old. Their recipe kits teach your kids to appreciate diverse cuisines around the world. What I love about Galleoneers is that it comes with 3 recipes which include starters or snacks, mains and desserts which will help my kids to learn varieties of cooking and food preparation. Galleoneers also offer alternative recipes ( through their cooking club ) so you can have more option and also good for people with specific diet.

Japanese themed recipe kit

We were sent a ” Japanese Theme ” recipe kit which pack in a small box with a beautiful themed design. My boys were excited to open the box. Inside is a beautifully wrapped recipe kit. It is well packaged so would make a great gift. The recipes to make were sushi, chicken yakisoba and red beans ice lolly. The recipe kit also comes with seaweed sheets, sushi rolling Mat, wooden spatula and origami sheets for arts & craft activity.

Grocery shopping for the ingredients

When my recipe kit shipped, the list of ingredients were emailed to me to buy and a grocery shopping list is also included in the kit. Alternative ingredients can also be found in the book which is very helpful and flexible. I took my youngest child with me in buying the ingredients which is fun. He help me find the stuff needed and I let him hold the grocery list. It is also a good way for him to get to know the name of the ingredients such as those avocado, spring onion and asparagus.

Starter

Japanese sushi

It’s our first time to make sushi and my boys ( 6 and 3 years old ) really enjoyed making it. The instruction were easy to understand and follow. My boys had fun as if they were playing. Our sushi doesn’t look perfect but what matters is that my boys loved it.

Main

Chicken yakisoba

My daughter did the cooking of the chicken yakisoba since she loves noodles. She enjoyed doing it all herself without any help from me. She easily followed the instruction since she is 14 years old which is above of the age recommended for the recipe kit which is 3-12 years old. She likes learning to cook from recipes which is wonderful. She find the recipe interesting and fun to cook.

Dessert

Red beans ice lolly

My 3 years old son took interest in making the ice lolly. He was cute and charming as he patiently waited for my instruction as I help him to make the ice lolly. He looked at the picture in the booklet and said are you ready mommy? Oh bless him…He was really keen in helping making foods in the kitchen and he found it so exciting and fun doing all the mixing. He even put them in the freezer by himself.

What do we think about the Galleoneers subscription recipe kit?

I thought it’s a brilliant idea. I would never thought I would have fun cooking with my children. Having a recipe kit which is simple and easy to follow is wonderful for children to get them involved in the kitchen. It is also good for a quality bonding time as a family. The price seems to be a good value of money considering it comes with a 3 recipe compare to other subscription recipe kit that only comes in one, however it would be nice if the more unusual ingredients were included, as I struggled to find some of them. It also included a free exclusive membership to their cooking club.

The subscription box price

Subscribe to Galleoneers

3 months for £27.75

6 months for £54

12 months for £105

Single recipe box is available for £9.99 plus shipping. They shipped every 22nd of the month.

Recipe box includes :

• 24-page fully illustrated recipe and activity book

• 2 kitchen tools

• Some of the food ingredients

• Arts and craft materials

Plus, you get a free exclusive membership to Galleoneers Cooking Club for one month

£9.99

Disclaimer : The recipe kit and ingredients were provided by Galleoneers for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinion are mine.

Bodyshop vanilla pumpkin set review

I received my free bodyshop vanilla pumpkin set after subscribing to cosmopolitan magazine so I thought I might as well review it and share with you.

The design was definitely very seasonal which is perfect this autumn. It’s also Christmassy with its red ribbon on top of the pumpkin so it’s also good for winter. This set is actually amazing and would make a perfect gift.

The scent is a kind of sweet subtle vanilla with a hint or undertone of pumpkin. It’s kind of yummy, you know when your baking and it’s kind of delicious with a hint of spice. It’s just amazing.

The body butter is thick and creamy which is perfect this winter. It suits for people with dry skin since it’s very moisturising. It feels luxurious on the skin and makes it smoother.

The hand cream is so cute and very essential. It’s like the body butter which nourish the hands and nails. I love the way it feels on my palms and the scent is just gorgeous.

The shimmery mist is a beauty. The glass does shape like a ball of crystal and inside you can see the shimmer but it’s not visible when you spritz it to your neck. It’s just fancy and kind of sweet. It gives you that wonderful feeling which makes you appreciate the beauty of autumn and winter season.

The shower gel is just perfect. It has the right consistency and scent you need to indulge yourself and get relax when showering. You come out feeling pampered and smell nice.

The set price is £36 which i thought is a good value of money. I definitely love this range from bodyshop and so excited in using them everyday. It gives me a feeling of warmth at this colder days. I would definitely recommend them.

Perfume collection review

My friend at work is sharing her review on her perfume collections but she is shy to show her face so she is modelling it like that lol

Tips in trying a new fragrance

Spray and leave on your skin for half an hour after this time, the smell will be unique to you as every perfume is different to each other.Eau de parfum is stronger and last longer than Eau de toilette.

Elizabeth Arden blue grass

it’s a classic fragrance with a light clean crisp aroma of fresh linen. It also smells powdery. Last long and it’s a good value of money.

Rate 10/10

Dolce & Gabbana light blue

This is a fresh citrus based light perfume, perfect for summer days. Last long and it’s an average price for a good perfume.

Rate 9/10

Paul smith rose

A true rose scented perfume, very feminine with a hint of violet. Perfect for those girly moment. Last long and medium price for a good perfume.

Rate 8/10

212 sexy

This smells sweet and sexy makes you feel beautiful and alluring. Perfect for a date night or romantic moment with that special one. Last long and reasonable price range for a good perfume.

Rate 10/10

Chloe

It’s the flagship perfume for Chloe and it’s my favourite because it makes feel good. I get a constant positive comment when I wear it. Last long and upper price range but worth every penny.

Rate 10/10

Black opium

That’s a very sweet heavy scent perfect for evening or romantic meal in front of open log fire. Last long and quite pricey but it’s worth it. You get what you pay for.

Rate 9/10

Clarins sunshine fragrance spritz

Light fresh fragrance perfect for the summer months when strolling along the beach. Needs refreshing during the day and it’s a medium price range.

Rate 8/10

Davidolf cool water

Something you can wear everyday, the perfect all year rounder. It’s kind of fresh sweet and remind me of the fresh air. Last long and it’s a good value of money for an everyday perfume.

Rate 9/10

Narciso Rodriguez

It’s kind of posh perfect for special nights spend with the perfect partner. It’s a heavy scent with a floral undertones made for living a lasting impression. Last long and it’s quite pricey but it doesn’t loose its smell.

Rate 8/10

Earn money decluttering your unwanted stuff. Sell for free on Vinted.

Are you a shopaholic or maybe a hoarder? You want to clear out your stuff but your put off by eBay’s seller fee? Well, it’s time to clear out your unwanted clothes and your children stuff and sell them for free at vinted.

Join me on Vinted and you can get £5 to shop. Of ourse I can get a reward as well but I’m honest with you. I have been clearing my stuff in there and I would definitely recommend them. What I love about them is that I get to sell for free unlike eBay which you have to pay selling fees. I love shopping at Vinted as well because there is a lot of bargain in there. Just look at item’s and the sellers profile because there is a lot of them who offer up to 50 percent discount if you buy bundle up to 5 items.

Selling on Vinted is totally free. You can swap in there as well since it’s a buying, selling and swapping site. Download their app for a better shopping and selling experience while you are on the go.

What about you? Do you have a recommended platform to clear out unwanted stuff? Please do share with us ❤️

Giveaway! Kids watch

As our first giveaway this month is perfect for Christmas. We have a children’s watch: it is waterproof, shock resistant, digital and analogue. It has an alarm clock, date function, stopwatch and calendar.

Perfect for any child! The strap is comfortable and durable and the weight and size suitable for children from around 5 years old.

To place your entries click the rafflecopter link below:

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Terms and conditions: giveaway runs from midnight on the 1st October 2017 until midnight on the 16th October 2017. Winner will be chosen at random from entries and winner will be emailed. We reserve the right to amend or edit this giveaway at any time. Open to UK residents only.

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