Colin Cookie Dough🐛

What would a birthday be without Colin the Caterpillar?  This delicious cookie dough is easy to prepare and perfect for parties, picnics and indulgent snacks. 

ingredients

  • 65g plain flour
  • 55g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 20g golden syrup
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 40g white chocolate chunks
  • 40g milk chocolate chunks
  • 40g chocolate brownie mini bites, cut into sixths 
  • M&S jazzie sprinkles
  • Mini Colin faces

method

  • Put the flour in a microwaveable bowl and heat on high for 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds to avoid burning, until an internal temperature of 75°C/167°F is achieved. Allow to cool. (This step is important as there’s a risk of using raw flour, heating kills any potential bacteria.)
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, caster sugar and golden syrup until light and fluffy.
  • Sift in the cocoa powder and cooled flour, then whisk until combined. Add the milk and continue to whisk until smooth.The mixture should now resemble cookie dough.
  • Stir in milk and white chocolate chunks and ¼ of a jar of jazzie sprinkles.
  • Gently fold in the brownie pieces, being careful not to overmix as they’ll break down.
  • Scoop the dough into a bowl and decorate with mini Colin faces before serving. Chill in the fridge if you prefer a firmer cookie dough.


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Colin the Caterpillar Fridge Cake🐛

Colin the Caterpillar is an all-time birthday classic. This M&S recipe for a Colin fridge cake is super-simple to make. It is topped with sprinkles and cute mini Colin choc faces.

ingredients

  • 125g iced party rings
  • 400g milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 75g butter
  • ½ tub M&S chocolate brownie mini bites, each cut into quarters
  • 100g white chocolate chunks
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini Colin faces

method

  • Put the iced party rings in a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin until you have 5-pence-sized pieces.
  • In a large saucepan over a low heat, melt the milk chocolate and butter, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Melt until no lumps remain. Allow to cool for 5-10 mins.
  • Stir the crushed party rings, brownie pieces and white chocolate chunks into the chocolate-butter mix until everything is fully coated.
  • Press the mix into the lined baking tin, smoothing until even.
  • Sprinkle with sprinkles and top with mini Colin faces, spaced apart so that later you can cut the fridge cake into pieces that each have a face.
  • Put in the fridge and chill for a minimum of 4 hours before cutting into pieces.


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DIY- Body Scrub🚿🛁

This body scrub can be used on your body, face or lips and is made with three simple ingredients. Sugar scrubs are great exfoliators as they help to remove dead skin cells, lift away dirt and excess oil as well as stimulating circulation. However, you shouldn’t exfoliate every day. Coconut oil is moisturising and conditioning. Brown sugar is not abrasive and is an inexpensive ingredient.

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How to use a body scrub

This body scrub is not difficult to make and leaves you feeling soft and smooth🍑

Shower: At the end of showering, lightly pat your skin with a towel, leaving a little moisture and apply the scrub in a circular motion to your entire body. When using a sugar scrub on your face, gently apply the sugar scrub in a circular motion. 🚿

Bath: To get the best results it helps to have a nice soak in the tub first, at least 20 minutes. This will help soften the outer layers of skin and make it easier to exfoliate. 🛁

Because of the oil, the shower or bath could be a bit slippery, so be careful.

Face: Apply to the skin in gentle circles and rinse the scrub with lukewarm water. 💆

Lips: 😋


You will need:

  • 1/2 cup base oil; coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, or olive oil 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oils, if desired. I used lavender oil.
  • spoons for mixing
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • sealed container

Add the brown sugar, white sugar and coconut oil to a mixing bowl and rub together using your hands. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and mix with a spoon.

Add the body scrub to a sealed container.

Get creative! You can personalise your container. These would make lovely gifts. 💕🧵🎁

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Traybake🍰

I was looking forward to trying this recipe as raspberries and white chocolate are a great combination. This traybake goes well with some freshly whipped cream and a nice cup of tea☺️

ingredients

  • 200g Butter softened
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 200g Self-Raising Flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g Ground Almonds
  • 1 portion icing sugar for dusting
  • 150g Raspberries
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 100g White chocolate

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180° C/gas mark 4. Grease a 28cm x 18cm rectangular tray with butter and line with non-stick baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until well combined and pale in colour, then mix in the eggs and vanilla extract. It will look a bit scrambled, but the flour will sort that out.
  • Sift the flour and salt into the bowl and mix to combine, then stir in the ground almonds.
  • Chop the white chocolate into chunks.
  • Mix in the fruit and chocolate chunks, then pour the batter into the tray.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tin.
  • Dust with icing sugar, then cut into squares.


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New Star Sign⛎

According to NASA, there is a new 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, meaning we may have been reading the wrong horoscopes all along (ugh so frustrating😤🤦‍♀️). The ancient Babylonians ignored the fact the sun moves through 13 constellations, not 12, to make a tidy match with the 12-month calendar. Ophiuchus comes from the Greek word meaning ‘serpent bearing’ and is represented by a man wrestling a snake🐍

My birthday is in early February, meaning my star sign is Aquarius, or at least used to be ♒

Now, my star sign is Capricorn ♑🐐

Below is a list of the new star signs

  • Capricorn: Jan 20 – Feb 15♑
  • Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11♒
  • Pisces: March 12 – April 18♓
  • Aries: April 19 – May 13♈
  • Taurus: May 14 – June 21♉
  • Gemini: June 22 – July 20♊
  • Cancer: July 21 – Aug 10♋
  • Leo: Aug 11 – Sept 16♌
  • Virgo: Sept 17 – Oct 30♍
  • Libra: Oct 31 – Nov 23♎
  • Scorpio: Nov 24 – Nov 29♏
  • Ophiuchus: Nov 30 – Dec 17⛎
  • Sagittarius: Dec 18 – Jan 20♐

Horoscopes refer to the position of the Sun at the time of birth🌞 Whether you believe in horoscope readings or not is up to you. I am quite spiritual and would like to believe them 🌌 Astrology fascinates me 🌠

Comment below what your new star sign is and if you read (or believe) horoscopes 💭✨


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Looking forward to life after quarantine🔮

There are many things to look forward to after the Coronavirus pandemic settles.
Meeting friends on a regular basis, visiting family members, travelling abroad, staying at hotels, driving beyond 5km without getting stopped by the guards, going to the cinema, going for drinks, takeaway coffees, going for food, buying things we don’t need, getting dressed up (rather than tracksuit or pjs), clothes shopping, food shopping, playing sports, going to concerts, attending events with large gatherings of people, attending birthdays and weddings, reopening of schools and Universities, back to work, going to the beach, going for roadtrips, going to parks, going to markets, going to the hairdressers and salon, going to mass, museums and galleries.

Comment below what you look forward to the most💭


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