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I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank MAHALA the MA’THA of all BAES for her contributions to the bloggersphere. She is so deserving of her award and I’m so lucky that she’s passed it on to me!

Right, okay, so I’m not someone who does the same post over and over again so I’m going to be doing this one differently to how I’ve done the other two.

JA RULES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1) Thank the BLOGGA who nominated you for this AWARD! Linking to their PAGE!

2) Tell DA READERS why you chose to get into blogging and why you focussed on the field (Hyde Park, London) that you’re writing about.

3) Give DEUX helpful pointers/tips to new or prospective BLOGGAS!

4) Nom-nom-nom (don’t eat them) inate The One who you’d like to recieve it after you.

Okay  – so now that we’ve got the Tee’s and See’s out the way, I can crack on (like an egg on the pavement #BearGrylls).

How did I get into blogging?

Discovered the wonders of a computer and a WiFi connection. #LifeChanging.

Why ‘Lifestyle’ blogging?

Variety is the spice of life (Nando’s #PeriPeri).

Two tips for prospective or future BLOGGADEMS:

1) The name is very important. So, if you’re wanting to get into photography blogging, don’t be naming your site Photosynthesis if you’re trying to produce content aimed at school kids. Come on, kids nowadays (and “beforadays”) prayed long and hard for 3PM to hit. They don’t need to be reminded of their science homework! Although, having said that, ‘Photosynthesis’ is a VERY good name for a photo blog. I may or may not have just trademarked it. 😉

2) Research your chosen topic. Get Bloglovin’ or Tumblr/Pinterest, just research and get to know your competitors. You can easily see what works.

Nominations:

thefloridiangirl

MascaraAndMoshPits (the most creatively named blog I’ve come across)

Makayla Neilson

PsItsPeri (peri, you SPICE! #Nandos)

xoxorebs

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Seeing as I’m focusing on baking and baked treats today, I thought I’d share these ‘Rose Petal & Chinese Tea Shortbread‘ biscuits with you…

These are not just the perfect accompaniment to your tea or coffee but are a perfect choice when creating your own Valentine’s Day dessert canapé – if you’re bringing that special someone round for a meal.

From a west country family run bakery that continue to source as many ingredients they can from local farmers with each biscuit still handfinished to perfection.

These aptly love-heart shaped biscuits are absolutely delicious to taste. The flavours are extremely delicate but work well to cleanse the palate.

I tend to spread a thin layer of Meridian Almond & Coconut Butter over them, but they are perfectly fine to be topped with yoghurt, clotted cream, chocolate spread etc. Alternatively, you can just dip them into your brew or cup o’ coffee and they’d still do the trick.

In terms of calories, they can’t be too calorific because they’re somewhat thinner than the average (and very delicious) shortbread. After doing some digging, I found that each biscuit amounts to 53 calories. There we go! Another ‘almost’ guilt-free thing to get into your system!

If you’d like to get some for yourself, head to your nearest BIG or little Waitrose (the shop). ❤

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National Carrot Cake Day occured on Friday! I mentioned in my previous blog post, #WorldNutellaDay, that I’ll be giving you tips on how to create “as-guilt-free-as-possible” cakes or baked goods! So, I’m keeping my promise…

Let’s #ThrowItBack.

If you liked the sound of the Two-Ingredient Nutella Brownies, you’ll love these Guilt-free Carrot Cakes in a Cup: (aka cupcakes).

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups (125 grams) almond flour (or almond meal)
2 tablespoons (16 grams) coconut flour (can be bought online if unable to find in-store)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup refined coconut oil, melted (if unrefined coconut oil is used, you’ll notice a coconutty aftertaste)
1/3 cup (106 grams) honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup (50 grams) grated carrots

Method: 

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and prep the cupcake tin as you normally would.

In a medium bowl, bring the dry ingredients together (flours, baking soda, spices etc) and leave to one side.

In a large bowl, mix the “wet” mix (oh, grow up! 😉) such as eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla.

Combine the dry and wet mixes and begin to gently fold in the grated carrots.

At this point, start dividing the batter evenly in the tin and bake for 17-20 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean).

Once they’re done, set the little Muffins aside to cool for 5 or so minutes.

While you wait, you can crack on with the cheese frost mixture (unless you’re buying one that’s shop-bought).

The one I’m going to be showing you is vegan-friendly.

Ingredients for Frosting:

2 ounces (56 grams) cream cheese
4 teaspoons maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
a sprinkle of salt (recreate the Salt Bae meme)
additional milk for thinning (optional)

Method for Cream Cheese Frosting (no Snowman):

Mix everything together until thoroughly combined. If you find the mixture to be too thick, you can gradually add a teaspoon of milk at a time until you find the right consistency for you.

When that’s all done, just garnish on top of the cupcakes and get ready to consume them so hard that your neighbours will want to join you!

Today is #WorldNutellaDay! Trust #NutellaDay and #CarrotCakeDay (also this week) to exist in February when there’s #SugarFreeFebruary going on!

Show me a sugar-free Carrot or Nutella Cake and I’ll show you a GENIUS CONCOCTION!

So, yeah, this is what I’m going to be showing you today… I’m going to tell you how to bake as guilt-free as possible!

Let’s start with “as-sugar-free-as-can-be” Two-Ingredient Nutella Brownies:

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What you’ll need: (Be ready… The list is ENDLESS!)

4 eggs

1 large jar of Nutella

How to make it: (you’ll need to be Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood).

Beat the eggs until they go a light-lemonade colour (#Beyoncé) and then add the contents of the Nutella jar, fold to make the batter and then bake for 25-30 mins.

No, really, that’s it! Yep, extremely simple but eggstremely tasty! 😋❤

Gluten-free, and somewhat guilt free, as guilt-free as possible.

The taste? Gooey, silky-smooth texture, rich like fudge-chocolate flavour, but topped with that famous crispy brownie exterior!

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I’m beyond proud of the fact that I not only have 200+ followers on this blog but that I’ve been awarded a ‘Versatile Blogger’ award, on the same day!

Thank you very much, Shayna Stinson, for the nomination, you beaut! Check out her blog HERE. #GirlfriendsGuideToBeauty

“Dems da RULES” like Ja Rule:

  • Thank The One who nominated you, providing a link their blog.
  • Share the award on your page.
  • Mention 7 facts about yourself.
  • Choose 5-10 nominees to pass this award on to (with 300 followers or less).
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

Fax me dem #FACTS:

1) I’m a Londoner who is a regular at ‘Bird’ Restaurant for it’s very healthy battered chicken and waffles.

2) I tweet like a Bird online. I love a bit of tweeting, sometimes I tweet too much. But, then again, define “too much”? There’s no such thing as too much…

3) I work for Charities and do social and online content for them.

4) My favorite color is… Oh, wait, umm… BLUE!

5) I horse ride and used to teach four-year-olds how to ride. Although I don’t own any pets, I’d love to own a horse, a golden retriever and a Russian blue kitten (yes, blue cats are a THING, and no I don’t mean dying a cat blue) one day.

6) I got into blogging by accident, as part of coursework at Uni. I struggled to come up with an idea and something tangible but pursued technology at first. However, I’ve since switched to Beauty… The rest is history.

7) I want to retire in Australia or Switzerland. Pretty huge difference and distance between the two, but yeah… When I’ve saved up enough money, and got all I need to get out of life and career, you’ll find me there! Not that you’d want to though, right? 😉 *this is a FACT because it’ll happen. I’ll make it happen*

Who do I nominate? (#DidSomeoneSayNOM?! #NOMNOMNOM. #LunchTime #HungryInHungary #Hangry)

I don’t actually know which of you have less than 300 followers or more, and it wouldn’t be fair to only choose 5-10 followers, when I believe all of you that are reading this deserve it… So, if you’re reading this and have got this far, you have won this Versatility Award. You SMASHER, YOU! 💋