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Mini Egg Marshmallow Cakes

The last time I did any kinda baking was at Christmas. I made a Gingerbread House and the roof caved in and my dad ate the front door. Nightmare. As I am clearly a seasonal baker, I thought it was time to venture back into the kitchen and create something Easter related. I didn’t want to do anything too challenging so decided on these mini egg marshmallow cakes – what could possibly go wrong.

You will need:

Rice Krispies


Golden Syrup (or something similar)

Mini eggs

Fancy cases

I picked Agave Nectar as an alternative to golden syrup mainly because it’s lighter and less sticky. You really don’t need much as the marshmallows do a good job of binding it all together. All you need to do is add the marshmallows, Rice Krispies and syrup to a pan and heat on a low flame whilst stirring. Keep stirring for 5 minutes or so, then serve up in the fancy cases adding the mini eggs as decoration. Simples.

Pop them in the fridge for a while and let them set and ta-da! Happy Easter!

Despite Zazu getting marshmallow stuck in his tail (and looking very cross about it), I’d say the Easter cake making was a success.

Have you done any Easter baking this week? Feel free to share your creations in the comments, I’d love to see your recipes! Hope you all have a lovely Easter and enjoy all the chocolates and treats!




Snapshots from Brighton in March

It’s now a family tradition to visit Brighton every year on my sister’s birthday. We do go to Brighton other times of the year, mainly because it is such an awesome place (See: Brighton at Christmas) and visiting just once a year would not be enough. But as it’s our annual birthday trip for Vicky’s 29th, I thought I would share with you some snapshots of our visit on this sunny but cold March day.

The birthday girl. Happy because she is now the proud owner of two alpaca sewing buddies.

I did keep seeing those stickers everywhere.

Brighton – the most colourful town on the South coast.

Let’s fill every town with artists.

We had booked a table in Food For Friends – Brighton’s award-winning vegetarian restaurant in the historic South Lanes. We are very loyal to this place, having eaten here on our last visit too. We always come back as the food is amazing and the restaurant has such a chilled out and friendly vibe.

Sisters <3

Mum & Dad – happily divorced since 2001.

For starters we shared the chickpea quartet – a trio of tahini dips and panisse (V/GF). Yum!

We all had the same main course: the FFF V-burger – Sussex Charmer cheese, tomato, gherkins, spring onion, mustard relish, gochujang mayo, brioche bun, triple cooked pomme neuf chips, citrus hemp slaw. Amazing as always. (And I’ve only just worked out what the FFF stands for, hah).

I casually told the waiter it was Vicky’s birthday and he casually brought out this sweet treat after our meal. Nice touch!

After lunch, we headed down to the seafront for a little walk.

Each shop has so many cool and quirky items.

Even though it was sunny, it was still glove-weather in March.

You gotta have an ice cream by the sea when you visit Brighton.

Brighton is not short on seagulls. They are always ready for a photo opportunity.

Pretty flowers.

I love how Brighton is jam packed full of art and colour.

Hope you enjoyed the snapshots from the day. Brighton is always a great place to visit as it has a good mix of shopping and seaside. Have you visited Brighton? What’s your favourite thing to do here? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!




Fruiteatox Review

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Jenny at Fruiteatox offering to send me some detox tea in exchange for an honest review. Before I was like yeah free tea!, I read a little about the product on their website to make sure this wasn’t some faddy weight loss gimmick. However, I was pleased to find their tea is made of out 100% natural ingredients, to be drank as part of a balanced and healthy diet to help you lose weight, get rid of unwanted toxins, give you more energy, healthier skin and reduce bloating.

As I already try to eat healthy (most of the time) and go to the gym (some of the time), I wasn’t expecting any drastic weight loss changes. Having said that, I was interested to see how this tea would impact on my energy levels, so in true science student style, I set up my lab notebook ready to begin this investigation (decorated with coloured pencils and fruity washi tape, of course).

Fruiteatox sent me two different products to try: Refreshing lemon Daytox tea to give a boost in the morning and soothing orange Sleeptox tea for a relaxed night’s sleep. I had to remember not to get these two mixed up.

The Daytox tea contains ginseng, ginger root, yerba mate, liquorice root, tie kuan yin oolong, lemon grass, fennel seeds and lemon peel. The Sleeptox tea contains chamomile, senna, valerian root, hawthorn leaves, lavender, orange peel and orange oil. All natural stuff.

On first impressions it looked like a good quality tea. It smelled pleasant and fruity and the netted bag looked posh (like an expensive TeaPig).

So I’ve been drinking this tea for over a week now and honestly I have noticed a few changes. My skin looks clearer, my stomach feels flatter and my energy levels are good. I was a little wary that Sleeptox contains senna (a mild laxative) but so far, there have been no unexpected events to report, if ya know what I mean. The sleepy tea makes me feel calm and chilled in the evening and promotes a peaceful nights sleep.

Would I recommend? It tastes nice and it’s natural so yeah. It is designed to be used as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle and not as some quick weight loss fix so don’t go expecting miracles to happen. I have already experienced a few subtle but positive changes so would definitely continue drinking this for a morning energy boost or something in the evening to help me drift of to sleep. If you are interested in trying this tea for yourself click here for more information. 

Have you tried Fruiteatox? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 




Make Your Own Alpaca Pin Cushion

My sister has got to be the hardest person to buy for in our family and as her birthday was coming up, I sent her the obligatory ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ text message. She has recently taken up sewing, so I got the reply ‘a pom-pom pin cushion please’. With no more clues given, I turned to Google for help. A quick search lead me find this little chap and I thought how absolutely brilliant is that.

A pom pom pin cushion is what she wants, so a pom pom pin cushion is what she will get (the fact there is an alpaca attached to it is an added bonus). Here is how I made it:

Luckily, Alpacas are quite easy to get hold of these days. I managed to bag myself two Alpaca Stallions from Amazon without too much difficultly.

The Alpaca saddles are made out of felt. I brought an assorted pack of patterned orange because I get the feeling Alpaca’s like orange.

Lookin’ good there, Mr. Alpaca.

The next stage involves lots of little pom poms and Gorilla superglue.

Look at his mate waiting patiently in the background for his turn.

Now for the big pom pom. Pick you colours carefully before you superglue, that Gorilla glue is serious stuff.

Don’t forget to do both sides, you don’t want an uneven looking Alpaca.

Ta-da! Here are the finished Alpaca’s doing their pin cushion job.

Hope you enjoyed this little how-to post. Let me know what you think in the comments. Have you made anything similar? I’d love to see your creations! (Also, Happy Birthday to Vicky – I hope you like your new sewing buddies!)

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