Lovely treats…

We are having a very busy weekend, lots of fun and festivities.  Wedding, dressing up, eating and shopping!  My kind of weekend!  I was lucky to pick up a few treats on the way…

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Bargain buy £60 to £24! Wooohoooo!!! So pretty and a lovely light scent…

Lunch outside after a trip to the park.  Grilled halloumi cheese with salad encased in a warm flat bread and chunky chips!

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And to round it off,  a crisp mint flavourful box of chocolates!  I’ve been craving mint and chocolate for a while.  I think it will satisfy me for now but I will have to bake something minty and chocolatey soon too!

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Lunch, perfume and chocolates, feel like a princess! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, see you tomorrow, much love D x

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Ayurveda

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I have always been fascinated by the science of Ayurveda which is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative remedies to alleviate illnesses on a physiological, emotional and to a point a spiritual level too.

I came across an article today online which evoked my love of Ayurveda. It was about 11 years ago that I bought my very first Ayurvedic book and took an interest into this massive science. How amazing it is that life gets so busy that you forget what once was of interest seems such a distant memory! But when the time is right it will be pointed out to you.

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This is the right time for me to delve into this interesting world, especially now that I write about food and make up my own recipes.

So firstly I shall tell you about the article which ignited this spark within me ~ Natural hair loss remedy

Using onion and garlic by applying it to our hair as instructed in the article can reduce hair loss and make it much more healthier!

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The reason why I will be trying this, is because after having my 2 young children my hair went through the usual phase of thickening in the pregnancy and then falling out

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I was lucky not to see so much hair fall out but started to realise when new tufts of hair emerged along my foreline. I feel I can aid the process by trying this remedy out.

The great thing about Ayurveda is that food is not only eaten to alleviate varied symptoms but made and applied to give full effect also!  I can’t wait to understand it more through food!

Much love D x

Pictures from
http://www.babypost.com/blogs/rebecca-eckler/rebecca-eckler-why-my-hair-falling-out

http://m.123rf.com/photo-12025123_onion-and-garlic-on-chopping-board.html

http://blog.sanctuaryspaholidays.co.uk/529/well-being-and-chakras/

Beautiful Butterfly

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The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~Rabindranath Tagore

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When I was a girl I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched ~ Patch Adams

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Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes ~ Author Unknown

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We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis ~ LeeAnn Taylor

(Pictures by Shivaay Delights)

Amazing Frozen Falls

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It has always been a dream of mine to see the Niagara Falls and I hope to make it there someday. But when I saw pictures of the falls today I was absolutely astounded even more by its beauty as the icy polar vortex has had effect.

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Frozen shards of ice layer upon one another, that normally free flow into one another to create one of the ultimate waterfalls on this earth!

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I just had to share these pictures with you all, some of you may have seen them already but I had to record it!

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A quick note to all our American and Canadian friends please be careful in these very cold conditions and take care!

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(Picture 1 courtesy of Adam Bender
Rest of the pictures courtesy of The Times)

Gooey Chocolate Meringues & Glitter Manicure!

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I’ve never attempted meringues but had some left over egg whites so I couldn’t resist! I wanted them to remain sticky and gooey! Which I think I have achieved! Yay!

In my recipe I have lessened the amount of sugar as it is replaced with some sweetness from the milk chocolate!

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The cocoa gives it a sense of maltiness when combined with the cooked egg whites! A real sweet treat to end your meal on a sugaring high!

For my first attempt they were lovely in texture and flavour! Though I feel I need to shape them better next time. More varieties will make an appearance I’m sure!

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INGREDIENTS

90-100g caster sugar
5 medium egg whites
pinch of salt
50mg grated milk chocolate
½ tbsp cocoa powder

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 140 degrees celsius and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper

• Whisk egg whites in a large mixing bowl either with an electric whisk or by hand
until the egg whites turn into stiff peaks

• Slowly add the sugar a tablespoon at a time and whisk gently

• Fold in the cocoa powder and grated chocolate

• Using a metal spoon dollop to a rough round on to the baking tray. Working quickly as not to lose the air that has been built up in the meringue mixture

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• Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, the outside shell will be crisp. Turn off the oven and leave them in the oven with it ajar to cool

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I woke up really really early this morning and decided to do my weekly manicure. I had to add glitter because of the christmas feel and seeing golden baubles everywhere! So now my nails are sporting the festive look!

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A hidden talent!

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I haven’t yet disclosed my other favourite past time that manages to chill me out and gives me a little me time!

I’ve always have loved having my nails painted. My very first memory of purchasing a dusky pink peel off nail polish from a toy shop still resides very strongly in my mind. The smell of it too! And a very nice memory of the teenage boy who used serve me! Who I thought I was going to marry one day! Lol 😉

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I can’t believe I found this picture! 🙂

It’s so nice to start off with a blank canvas and by the end you have these amazing jewelled fingers to show off!

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Ok so when I’m not cooking, baking, cleaning and looking after my children which is nearly always…you’ll find me on the sofa when the boys are napping, eagarly making my hands pretty!

Do come join me next time? And also let me know some of your hidden talents x
Much love D x

Ps ~ I was inspired to share my talent after visiting Bandhna’s beautiful blog

Please check it out…also some excellent food recipes and stunning nail polishes x Thanks for the inspiration!