Almond Bakewell Slices🌰

These Almond Bakewell slices are a lovely Afternoon Tea treat with a cup of tea.🧡

ingredients

Pastry
  • 175g/6oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 75g/3oz Butter or Margarine
  • Cold Water
Topping
  • 75g/3oz Odlums Strong or Cream Plain Flour
  • 125g/4oz Butter or Margarine
  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • 100g pack Shamrock Ground Almonds
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Goodall’s Almond Extract/Essence
  • 2 tablespoons Fruitfield Raspberry Jam
  • Shamrock Flaked Almonds, to decorate

method

  • Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Lightly grease an 11 x 7″/ 28x 18cm Swiss Roll tin.
  • Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter/margarine and add sufficient water to make a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured board, roll out and line the Swiss Roll tin. Cover and leave in the fridge while making the topping.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured board, roll out and line the Swiss Roll tin. Cover and leave in the fridge while making the topping.
  • Make the topping by melting the butter/margarine in a pan over a low heat.
  • Remove from the heat and add the sugar, ground almonds and flour.
  • Mix well, then beat in the eggs and almond essence. Leave to cool a little.
  • Remove pastry from the fridge, spread the jam over the top of the pastry base.
  • Pour the topping over the jam.
  • Decorate with flaked almonds and bake for 35-40 mins until pale golden in colour.
  • When cool, cut into slices.


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World Mental Health Day🌍💚

Today is World Mental Health Day.

People are reminded to be aware of their mental health.

Below are a list of the small things we can do to take care of our mental health.

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Drink water
  • Eat less sugar
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Take deep breaths
  • Meditate
  • Establish a bedtime routine
  • Go outside
  • Get some sunshine
  • Limit phone time
  • Journal your feelings

Make your mental health a priority

Nobody is perfect

Asking for help is a sign of strength

You are loved

Surround yourself with people who are good for your mental health and self-esteem


More information

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020

Support

https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/

https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/

http://www.jigsaw.ie

http://www.pieta.ie


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Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie Recipe🍓🥥

This recipe is by Martha Stewart and is quick and easy to make. I enjoyed this smoothie this morning for breakfast with a bowl of porridge. Smoothies are a healthy drink that can be made with all kinds of fruit. I look forward to trying more smoothie recipes in the future.

  • 1 cup slightly thawed frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water

method

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.
🍓🥥

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My skincare routine🌺

Natural oils build up on your skin everyday. It is important to have a good skincare routine and everyone should take care of their skin, regardless of their age or gender.

Every morning, I clean my face with a damp facecloth and warm water, followed by moisturiser. My favourite brand of skincare products are No7. They have a great range of skincare creams and lotions and are good quality.

In the evening, I use cleansing lotion to remove any makeup and to clean my face. I apply cleansing lotion to cotton pads. Face cleansing should be done gently and not too harshly. After using cleansing lotion, I use a warm facecloth all over my face. The general rule of cleaning your face is to cleanse, tone, moisturise. I personally do not think this is necessary every time you clean your face. Using too many products or creams on your face can cause it to become very oily or greasy, causing spots.

I like to use a facemask once a week. Facemasks are applied for 10-15 minutes and help to clean pores. Facemasks come in different scents and it is recommended not to use a strong-smelling facemask if you have sensitive skin. There are different types of facemasks, some are creams and some are a sheet you place on your face while lying down. I personally prefer the cream types.

Taking care of the skin on your body as well as your face is necessary. Apply a good moisturiser all over your body regularly. Skin gets particularly dry during winter months. When shaving your legs or other bodyparts, you should moisturise after to prevent skin drying out. Non-scented moisturisers are recommended for sensitive skin. If your skin is sensitive, it means it is more prone to rashes or irritation.

Some of my favourite products include No7 Early Defence Night Cream, L’Oreal Skin Expert Pure Clay Glow Mask, Lush Eau Roma Toner Water.

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