Well hasn’t it been a while since i last typed away…..
I hope you have been well and getting into the Christmas spirit just as I am.
It has been so hard not to go and buy everything in the shops right now, once the decorations hit the stores I am like a marketers dream. The vibe just pulls me in BUT I have to admit i have been really good. A couple of Santa mugs and most importantly a few recent Lush purchases!
I love Lush all year round but I have to admit I get particularly drawn in when they have their seasonal products because one; they are extremely cute and two; they always have my favourite scents. Unfortunately though I find baths are not as tempting in Australia around this time of the year as I like my baths warm and I literally boil as soon as I lay in the bath, so i tend to use my products very slowly.
These are my top three that i have picked up this year.
The Magic of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar – A spicy, sparkly golden wand placed on a cinnamon stick with a cute red bow and bell. Place under the running tap to create a sea of amazing cinnamony smelling bubbles! The best part is that you get multiple uses out of it, so it is well worth the price!
Peeping Santa Bubble Bar – I literally can’t explain how good this smells! I was running a bath for my nieces and as I was crumbling this under the running water my hands became like silk from the shea butter. So go ahead and create a sack full of bubbles with the ultimate Christmas bubble bar.
Father Christmas Bath Bomb – Santa’s cute little carved face was the reason i bought this bath bomb two years ago and has been a favourite of mine since. Your bath will turn into a vibrant Christmas tree green as it fizzes around your bath. This was my nieces favourite, she demanded she wanted one for christmas and i defiantly won’t say no to taking another trip to lush for her (and maybe for myself).
I also bought the Christmas Penguin and Butter Bear. Unfortunately there were a few others that I wanted to try out but they were out of stock. I may buy them over in the UK so that i can relax after a chilly day of exploring.
On that note, I am intending to write a blog on each city we visit which is now only 8 days to go!!
I hope you all have a very Lush Christmas….
This post has taken my a while to write as I have just been absolutely flat out but finally here it is.
Cooking and baking has recently become a bit of a passion of mine and Tanya Burrs new cook book “Tanya Bakes” is certainly not helping that. Justin is defiantly thanking me however my body is not! Tasty brunches and naughty treats in the afternoon is what it is creating but it is all worth it as they taste so good!
I recently tried her French Toast recipe and fell in love. It’s easy and it looks great, perfect for impressing some overnight guest but easy to whip up without any stress. You can make this recipe with and without the mascarpone filling, which my version was without as I have no idea what it tastes like. Finish off with either the berry coulis or a generous helping of maple syrup and dust with some icing sugar for the perfect finish.
This recipe serves one, I doubled the ingredients for Justin and myself.
- 50g Blueberries
- 50g Rasberries
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons icing sugar
- 50g Mascarpone (if desired)
- Thick sliced bread (I used Brioche)
- 2 eggs
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Knob of butter
To prepare coulis, place the berries in a sauce pan over a medium heat and stir in a tablespoon of icing sugar until the berries start to break down, keeping them warm.
If using the mascarpone, mix with remaining 1/2 tablespoon of icing sugar until smooth. Slice a deep cut into the side of your bread and inset the mascarpone filling.
In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the cinnamon and dip the bread in on both sides, allowing the bread to soak up as much of the mixture as possible. Then heat a knob of butter in your frying pan over a high heat. Once melted, drop in the eggy bread and fry on both sides until crispy and golden (mmm).
Transfer to a plate and cut in half serving with the berry coulis and a sprinkle of icing sugar for decoration.
I have seriously been MIA recently. I have had a lot going on personally, good and bad and I have also been transferring my blog from a WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress blog. This has been very time consuming and harder then I thought but I got there and I am happy I gave it a shot. For any of you that are bloggers and looking at going to a self hosted blog, i used Hostgator. There is a small fee for running your own site but you have less limitations on what you can do. I also purchased my layout from http://www.bluchic.com.
I would extremely appreciate it if you could give me any feedback if your looking through the site and see any glitches or weird stuff going on. I am not really a fan of how my site looks through the mobile site but I do love the Desktop version much better!
I have to admit I have been glued to my Mac for the past 7 hours tweeking things so I am going to sign off and relax for the rest of the afternoon.
Have a great and positive week ahead!