Wednesday, 24 August 2016

RECIPE: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies



If you love baking just as much as I do then you'll know that tonight is the start of a new series of one of my favourite shows.... The Great British Bake Off! To get in the mood of baking yesterday I decided to bake these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I've never made these before or any cookies with oats for that matter so I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out, but they taste so so good if I do say so myself!


I managed to make 12 (quite large) cookies with this recipe, although there's definitely not even half that many left now!

Ingredients:

150g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
175g unsalted butter
100g dark brown sugar
100g sugar
1 egg
2tsp vanilla extract
250g rolled oats
75g chocolate chips



Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line two baking trays with baking paper.

2. Stir together the flour and baking powder in a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer.

4. Add the egg and whisk again, followed by the vanilla.

5. Then gradually add the flour to this mixture and mix together with a wooden spoon until combined. Then add the oats and chocolate chips and mix again.

6. Using a tablespoon add the mixture to the baking trays (I managed to fit 6 onto each tray) and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon, but ensure that there's space between the cookie mixtures.

7. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until golden.


I hope you enjoyed this recipe and let me know if you decide to make them too! They're definitely the best cookies I've ever made before, but would Mary and Paul approve? I hope so!





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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

My Experience - First Driving Lessons

Today's post is all about learning to drive and the experience I had when I first started to learn how to drive.* I'll also be including some of my top tips to learning to drive and some handy links!

Image from Google, here.


The theory test:
I first started learning to drive around October last year during my final year of university. I'd always known that I wanted to learn to drive, for me it was more of a question of when should I start to learn. I was 21 when I started to learn and I had already passed my theory test. At first I thought I wanted to do an intense driving course before I went back to uni in the summer last year, so I practiced for my theory test and passed after being very nervous for my test - I put a lot of hard work into it but I was still surprised when I passed! I downloaded an app to my phone to practice for my theory test which I think helped a lot, which I'll link here.

Finding an Instructor:
Onto getting an instructor I don't know why exactly but I felt it would be better to have a female driving instructor. I found it best to search online for ones in my local area or if I saw one out and about and remembered the name to search for later on. So after a lot of texting, calling and searching for one in the town I went to University, I finally found one with a space!

The first lesson:
I was still quite nervous for my first driving lesson, not only the driving part but also meeting someone who is going to teach you how to drive for the first time. I know some friends of mine had to get new driving instructors after not getting along with them. For the first lesson my driving instructor drove us to a much quieter area in the countryside where there wasn't so many other vehicles around and I have to say that I was surprised at how 'easy' I thought it was to simply drive along a road - I don't know what I was imagining.

The next few lessons:
After the first lesson I was in the driving seat from then, getting to know the basics from starting off, changing gears and getting the hang of driving on the roads. I always enjoyed learning to drive and I think doing my theory test beforehand definitely helped!

Top Tips:

1. SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! - Driving lessons aren't cheap and I wish I'd planned years ago to actually save up for them.

2. Take your theory test as soon as possible. - I think the fact that I'd already passed my theory test helped a lot when first learning to drive, I remember my instructor quizzing me on road signs and surprisingly getting the majority correct!

3. Watch youtube videos. - If I was ever stuck on a maneuver for example I found watching youtube videos helped a lot, I'll link my favourite driving channel here.

4. Websites and Apps. - As well as watching youtube videos another way to help you learn are apps and websites. The website Book Learn Pass has information on local driving instructors in your area, theory test information and their own tips. And also the theory app which I used when practicing for my theory test, linked here.


Let me know if you found this post helpful at all.



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*This post was written in collaboration with Book Learn Pass.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

London Tourist for a week



If you follow me on Instagram you'll have most probably seen that I've posted quite a few photos of London recently. That's because living up north I don't get to visit London very often, so when I had the chance to spend a week down there this summer I took every opportunity to be as touristy as possible! I know bloggers love London at the best of times so I thought I'd share some of the many photo's I took when I was down there (if I haven't already bored you enough over on Instagram). I spent quite a bit of time in Shoreditch which is where my university exhibition was held, on Brick Lane and I wanted to visit places I'd never been to in London before such as Buckingham Palace and Downing Street.



















I can't wait to visit London again and take even more pretty pictures.



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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Lush Wishlist

When I was in London a few weeks ago I visited the Lush store on Oxford Street and oh wow I never knew there was one so big. I don't think I'd ever been into a Lush store with more than one floor before! Although I wanted to buy almost every item in there, I only came out with my favourite product which is the Comforter bubble bar (blog post coming soon). So I thought I'd share some of the other things I was lusting after with a Lush Wishlist.


1. Pink Flamingo Bubble Bar - Bubble bars are my favourite Lush product but I haven't tried one of them on a 'stick' before, plus what's not to like about the pink flamingo design.

2. Whoosh Shower Jelly - I remember years ago I had a purple sparkly shower jelly and I had no idea that Lush still do them or brought them back out! The relaxing scent that this jelly has too makes me want it even more.

3. Milky Bath Bubble Bar - I was tempted to buy this bubble bar another one? I know I know but it just looked so cute and I've heard milky bath products are good for the skin so what's not to love?

4. Let the good times roll Cleanser - I actually received a sample of this cleanser when I visited the Lush store because I remembered how AMAZING it smelt from another time. It's based on popcorn and I'm not the biggest fan of popcorn (unless it's toffee of course) but I think it's my favourite Lush smell and I will definitely be purchasing this beauty when I'm employed.

5. Lava Lamp Bath Bomb - I didn't get to see this bath bomb in action whilst I was in store but I own a lava lamp and love them so I'm hoping this would be just as fun to watch as it dissolves.


I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what you're favourite Lush products are!





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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

GlassesShop Eyeware


I was recently contacted by the lovely people at GlassesShop.com to choose a pair of glasses* to review for all of you. I've only needed to wear glasses for about a year now so have only ever had one pair before, so when choosing which ones to go for I wanted to go for something different to my usual smart black choice so opted for these pink/purple patterned glasses instead.


I also never even thought of ordering glasses online before but the process was really simple and easy. As you're given the details of your perscription you can just enter these online and your perscription glasses will be sent right to you. They are also well packaged with this large glasses cleaner with the GlassesShop.com branding alongside the clear and branded glasses case.


Perscription sunglasses are also available online which I think I may need to purchase, especially with all this sudden sunshine we've had in the UK lately. I really love the glasses I have chosen, the pink/purple shade and the kind of ombre effect it has, there is also a silver detail on the hinge and arm of the glasses. I will insert a photograph of me wearing these glasses at the bottom of this post (taken by my lovely friend) along with a discount code for you to order online from GlassesShop.com.




To get yourself some prescription glasses or sunglasses with a discount, head over to GlassesShop.com with the code GSHOT50 for a lovely 50% off!





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*This item was sent for reviewing purposes