Back from sunny France!

I'm back from France. As precidted, most of the photos I took are of food. I'll share them all the same. I spent the time drinking chocolat chaud, getting sunburn by the lake (oops) and terrorizing Bramble the cat, who hates me.

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I spotted this car, my mum has the exact same one here in Belfast. See?

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Un petit adieu.


Hello all! I am off to France for a week or so (for a wine festival in our sleepy little village, win!), and Dublin for a night after that so I'll be M.I.A. for a week or so. I promise to return with lots of new outfit posts and pretty photos (hopefully mostly of food). I am looking forward to going back and seeing family and friends (and the dogs). Even though I will be in the middle of nowhere, there is wifi so I will still be updating twitter. Au revoir!

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Hamish

Lavender .

Syrups

Nutella Marble Cake

I get a lot of hits from people searching for nutella frosting, for banana cupcakes I made ages ago. I don't think I know a single person who doesn't like nutella so I thought I would share another recipe using it.

Nutella cake.

Nutella cake. Nutella cake.

Nutella cake.

Nutella cake.

Nutella cake.

All the nutella I found while clearing out the cupboard.

Nutella cake.

Nutella cake.

Recipe:

1 1/2 cups flour
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla paste or essence
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
230g of butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
One 400g jar Nutella (I used only half of this)

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Lightly grease and flour a loaf pan. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar at medium-high speed utnil fluffy. With the mixer at medium-low speed, gradually beat in the egg mixture until well mixed. Gradually add the flour mixture beating at low speed between additions until just combined. Continue to beat for 30 seconds longer.

Spread 1/3 of the batter in the loaf pan, then spread half of the Nutella on top. Repeat with another third of the batter and the remaining Nutella. Top with the remaining batter. Lightly swirl the Nutella into the batter with a butter knife. Do not overmix.

Bake the cake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack, turn it right side up and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Cut the cake into slices and serve. (just quietly I didn’t actually wait until the cake was cool and thought it would also make a great dessert).

If you are looking for the nutella frosting I posted about before you can find it below. I used some nutella in this cake I made last weekend too.

Cake


Alternatively, if you are lazy and need a Nutella hit - do what I do and get a spoon or some chopped apple and dive in there.


A month of Instagram: March.


March was a good month. It included drinks with friends, getting trashed in a rather fabulous fashion on St Patrick's day (I am Irish after all), lots of nail polish, cake, cupcake orders keeping me busy, new make up, MAC makeover, doodling in class. days with my niece and reading for class (which oddly, I enjoy). The worst thing was I had to get my little gerbil, Toast, put to sleep. He had a big tumour on his belly and it grew large and I knew it was the kindest thing for him. I loved him to bits and I really miss him a lot. He was a brilliant little character. I still have his brother, Ninja (the black one) who I love too even if he hates being held and is very noisy.

How I spent my evening lol sooo many cupcakes (for orders, not me) I don't think I was paying attention in this class... New dress (from tesco!)

Falsiesss

In love with the £1.50 false lashes in natural by E.L.F.

Elf order arrived! :D Tiny umbrella! Molly :)

Oh haaay Inka the great dane Haircut

Wonder woman MAC

Nice lady at MAC did my make up, took 5 goes to find a pale enough foundation >_< At the beach QFT toilets

Jaime loves cupcakes Jaime in the sand Bubba <3

Just finished 40 cupcakes...so tired zzzz

Primark shoes <3 Yeah I'm never getting these toys @alistairjcbrown gave me back from Molly. Library times

Gahhhhh <3 My little niece




My University at night.


My answer (and addition) to the question 'What actor or actress would you like to have drinks with?' at our local cinema.






Tackfastic

Meowwww

Current nails

Hot pink and glitterrrrr Leopard nails Polka dot pink

Yerp Better! Tototo nails