Thursday, 27 August 2015

Afternoon Tea.

I'm a huge soft drink fan, as I don't drink tea or coffee I get my caffeine fix from pop..mainly Pepsi Max. I know it's not good for me but I figured it's better than downing cans of Red Bull to keep me alert. Anyway, for days when I need a little boost but don't fancy anything fizzy, I'm always a little bit stuck. Thankfully, my prayers have finally been answered in the form of Hampstead Iced Teas*.

 The drinks come in the perfect packaging for on the go and have actually been designed so I don't have to drink all at once. There is something that feels really cool and trendy when drinking from a carton with a lid. Despite hating warm tea, I do actually quite enjoy an iced tea from time to time. From the collection of teas I tried the Green Tea with Lemon, Oolong Tea with Elderflower and Oolong Tea with Peach. Of the three the Elderflower was my absolute favourite although the Peach and Lemon were pretty yummy too.

These were perfect just from the carton, however I can imagine they would be incredible in the sunshine over ice. I was really impressed with the quality and taste of the tea, for £1.69 each they're certainly a good alternative to fizzy pop.

Katie xx

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Being Thrifty.

I've always been one for a bargain, something which you will be well aware of if you follow my blog regularly. Hunting around charity shops, Depop and eBay are some of my favourite past times, which can be hit or miss sometimes. However recently I've picked up a few exciting buys, so I though I'd share them with you.

Jack Wills dress - £3.50

This is just the prettiest, ditsy print dress. The floral pattern is just perfect for heading into autumn. It's also in perfect condition and so well made, I just can't wait to wear this. This style retails around £60 on the Jack Wills website.

Hand Made Green Jumper - £3

I spotted this the second I walked into the shop and knew I had to have it. Green is easily my favourite colour to wear and the knit of this jumper is gorgeous. This has actually been hand made, which made it even more of a great find.

Jones + Jones Dress - £8

I've been hunting Depop for weeks looking for a dress for my graduation ball. I'm not a 'fancy' girl so just wanted something that was very me. I love the style of Jones + Jones dresses and when I saw this was being sold for less than a tenner I knew I had to grab it. I have a few other options for my grad ball but this is certainly in the running. These pretty dresses retail around £60.

Ariel Print - £2.50

I picked this up from a Depop seller who hand makes the prints. The Little Mermaid is my all time favourite Disney film so I couldn't resit ordering this. It's such a pretty print and will look fab in my loft when we've finished decorating.

Russ Cheri Teddy - £1.50

After doing a little research I found that this bear is a Valentine's Day limited edition called Cheri. I'm a sucker for teddies and this was just sat all alone, so it had to come home with me. It is immaculate with it's tag still on. She's now sat happily on my rocking chair.

They are my latest finds, do you like being thrifty?

Katie xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

Dairy Free Peanut Butter Slab.

I've been craving flapjacks and brownies recently, knowing I can't eat either I took it upon myself to create my own version. I took a little inspiration form Jess from Jess Beautician on YouTube, who's recipes I'm obsessed with and gathered my ingredients together. This is a super easy recipe and the best part is, it involves zero baking.

For the base you will need:

1 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
4 Madjool Dates
1 Tbs Honey (or Vegan alternative)

And for the topping:

100g 80% Dark Chocolate Buttons
1 Tbs Honey (again, you can use and alternative)
Peanut Butter to decorate

I whizzed all the base ingredients together in a blender then emptied out into a tray that had been pre-lined with baking paper. I then pressed down and made sure the mixture was packed as tight as possible and popped it to one side. 

Then melt your chocolate and drizzle over the base. I didn't want a thick coating of chocolate, but there is no reason why you can't be more generous. I then decorated with peanut butter and swirled it out using the tip of my knife. Then pop it in the fridge for at least 2 hours and enjoy!

This is such a yummy snack when I'm craving something sweet. I could have probably got away with using no caster sugar, but I have a huge sweet tooth - maybe next time.

Katie xx