Recipe – Lemon and Poppy Seed Cookies

16 Sep

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipes, Baking

I absolutely love anything lemon flavoured, even when I was little I used to pick the lemons out of my parents drinks and munch them peel and all. Lemons are definitely one of my favourite baking ingredients. However I have never tried making lemon flavoured biscuits.

Today I gave them a go and I’m really happy with the results. I used a basic biscuit dough with a little added zest and some poppy seeds which always go really well with lemon. If you want a really quick and easy bake then these are absolutely perfect. If you really feel like spoiling yourself why not spread a little lemon curd over the top for extra lemoniness!

Ingredients, Recipe, Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies

Ingredients:

200g Plain Flour

120g Butter

80g Caster Sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

A Scoop of Poppy Seeds

 

How to Make:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Sift the flower into a mixing bowl and stir in the lemon zest.

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipe

Add the butter and rub it into the mixture using your hands.

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipe

Add the caster sugar and poppy seeds and work the mix until it forms a firm dough.

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipe

Roll the dough out until it is about 3mm thick.

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipe

Use a cutter to cut the biscuits then place on a greased baking tray.

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipe

Bake in the oven for 8 minutes until they go slightly golden.

Place on a wire rack to cool.

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipe

Have a cup of tea and enjoy!

Lemon, Poppyseed, Cookies, Biscuits, Recipe

I hope you like this recipe, if you give it a try please let me know!

 

 

50s Gingham and Messy Hair

15 Sep

Yesterday I headed out for the day with Rob and the girlies, we’re still making the most of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having before the cold sets in, so I wore one of my most summery vintage dresses. I hadn’t planned to take outfit photos so I’m wearing trainers, I have messy hair which needs colouring and had hardly any make-up on! However I love the dress and the beautiful surroundings so decided to get a few snaps anyway.

Hatchlands 4

This pretty late 50s/early 60s dress is by California Cottons and I picked it up at an antiques shop in Kingston a couple of months ago. It’s such a pretty dress made from blue gingham and features a pretty embroidered rose design all over. It’s a great fit on me and it’s had quite a few wears over the last few weeks.

Hatchlands 3

We visited Hatchlands Park, a National Trust property in Surrey. On this occasion we just had a wander around the grounds and garden and didn’t go into the house, as we’ve visited it before. It’s so lovely to take a drive out of London and get some exercise and fresh air. I feel really refreshed after taking in the beautiful views and running around with the kids.

Hatchlands 2

A couple of days ago I added a new album to my Facebook page featuring every outfit I’ve worn on the blog. It reminded me how many gorgeous dresses I have, but also how many I am yet to include on here. I am going to really really try and feature more outfit posts on here as they are always my favourites. I’m hoping to get some more summer dresses worn before it’s time to put them away for the winter.

Hatchlands 5

I’d also like to do more posts like this where I’m just dressing as I would everyday. There are plenty of blogs who have the most stunning outfit photos and look like models. I absolutely love them too. However I am 28, have two kids, never have time to get my hair dyed and definitely don’t feel I have to be perfect. So if none of you mind I’m just going to keep it real!

Hatchlands 1

Big thanks as usual to Rob for taking my pictures for me. He’s a good’un!

Pillow Fight

12 Sep
Pillow Fight

I’ve been wanting to brighten up my living room for a while now, and the best place to start is with some new cushions. I absolutely love the bright quirky prints of these cushion covers from H&M. They are all under £10 so really affordable too.

I love the idea of mixing up the designs and textures to create a mis-matched look. It’s also nice to move away from vintage themed interiors a little bit, as it’s something I’ve used a lot of in my home and i’m missing bright colours and modern designs a little.

I’m definitely going to be picking a few of these up as soon as possible. Which is your favourite design?

My Internet Free Month

11 Sep

Internet free month

In August I decided to take a break from blogging, and the internet in general. I love being online, I’ve made great friends through blogging and social media and it’s something I spend a lot of time doing. However with the internet at our fingertips 24/7 it can also be distracting. I’m definitely guilty of spending too much time online. It’s so easy to keep up to date when you have an iPhone with you at all times and I find myself checking it a little too frequently.

While my older daughter was off school for the summer holiday I decided to take a step back from my blog and social media and focus that time on being an amazing mum and concentrating on the most important job in my life and the little people who matter most to me.

The first step was to start deleting apps from my phone. I deleted the WordPress app first, so no more checking my comments and stats several times a day. This was a great way of detaching myself from blogging. Then I deleted all my social media apps except Instagram. I kept Instagram because it is my favourite and I knew I wanted to keep updating it.

I only checked Facebook and Twitter every couple of days on my computer and as the time went on and I got out of the habit this became less and less. The only problem I encountered was not knowing what was going on with the world and with my friends. As I don’t really watch TV or read newspapers I missed a few big things that happened in the world and also friends having babies and getting new jobs. It makes you realise how out of touch we’ve become with the outside world!

My blog is a little bit like my third baby, it’s something I have worked hard on and nurtured and invested a lot of time and effort on. It wasn’t an easy decision to walk away from it for a bit. But looking back on the last few weeks I’m so glad I did. I was working on it most evenings and was feeling a little bored with it and was struggling to keep it fresh and inspired. I knew that come September I would have a few child free hours a day with Lila starting nursery and these would be my blogging hours. Now that time has come I am so ready to give it a fresh start and I’ve noted down so many ideas for posts over the last few weeks that I can’t wait to get going.Jess

Today is my first day of full-time blogging. My baby started school on her own for the first time yesterday and my big girl is settling into year four nicely. So I’m adding all my apps back to my phone, but I doubt I’ll be using them outside my allotted working hours and I’ll be spending more time living my life and feeling free.

To anyone who feels they spend too much time online, maybe give a month of minimal internet a go. You might just enjoy it!

 

I Got New Make-up!

10 Sep

This year I’ve been trying to cut down on my spending a little (boo!) and one of the things I’ve been spending less on is make-up and cosmetics. I’m definitely one of those people who goes to Boots for one thing and comes out with a whole bag of unplanned beauty treats. So naturally it’s been hard. I had actually got to the point where I had used up most of my everyday make-up stash, and was ready for some new bits.

Make-up 1

My lovely husband came to Boots with me to help me choose some new bits. My original plan had been to stick to my usual tried and tested products, however that wouldn’t be very exciting would it? So as well as a couple of my trusty go-to products I also picked up a few new ones too.

As a very busy mum with limited time to get dolled up in the morning I always wear the same everyday make-up and only switch it up if I’m going out or for special occasions, I can always add a bright lipstick to glam it up a bit if needed. So these are all products that I plan to use as my staples. I’m not really wearing foundation at the moment as I have quite clear skin so I didn’t bother to pick up a new one this time.

So heres my little Boots beauty haul…

Firstly I picked up my old reliable Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is a favourite with me and most other bloggers, because it is absolutely fantastic. I’ve been using this for a couple of years now and I love it’s excellent coverage. I don’t get nearly enough sleep and this covers up my dark circles nicely.

Collection, Lasting Perfection, Concealer, 1, Fair

Next is a product that new to me, Soap and Glory’s Kick Ass is a translucent pressed powder. As I don’t wear foundation everyday I like to finish my make-up with a little powder for an even finish. I wanted to try a barely there powder as I don’t really need one with much coverage. I’ve always been really happy with Soap and Glory make-up so I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

Soap and Glory, Kick Ass Powder

Also for the face I bought a Soap and Glory Glow All Out face powder, which I have had before but not used for a long time. I’m just going to use this for highlighting.

Soap and Glory Glow All Out

I’ve never tried Sleek products before, mainly because they’ve only just started stocking them in my local Boots. I’ve heard great things about their blush palettes, so I couldn’t resist getting this pretty pink Blush By 3 trio. I generally prefer matte blushers, but I’m going to give these slightly shimmery ones a try.

Sleek, Blush By 3, Blusher, Pink Lemonade

The other Sleek product I got was the Bronze Block, I got the lighter shade as I like my bronzer to be as subtle as possible. Again this has a subtle shimmer which I don’t usually go for, but it might be nice to have a brighter glowing look as the weather get less bright and glowy!

Sleek, Bronze Block, Light, Boots

I don’t usually wear eye shadow as part of my everyday make-up, just a little eyeliner. This time I did pick up something to add a little colour to my eyelids. I treated myself to a Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in the shade Bluffing. I’ve read lot’s of positive review of these on other blogs, and like the idea of using this for a slightly darker autumn look.

Rimmel, Scandeleyes, Eye Shadow Crayon, Bluffing

When it comes to liquid eyeliner, I’m very fussy. It’s one thing that I wear nearly every day so it needs to be easy to apply and last all day. It also needs to be a nice dark black as some can come out slightly grey. I have tried lot’s of high-end and budget ones and for the last year I have actually been in love with Primark’s £1 liquid eyeliner which is amazingly good for the price. I’ve not been able to find it in my local Primark recently and have worked my way through the 4 tubes I bought last time i spotted it, so it was time to try something new. I chose Rimmel’s Glam Eyes Liquid Liner because it has a nice long thin brush and the colour looks really dark. I’ll let you know how I get on with this one.

Rimmel, Glam Eyes, Liquid Eyeliner, Black Glamour

Lastly mascara, I’ve mostly been using Benefit’s They’re real mascara recently as well as a Soap and Glory one, but while I was in Boots I picked up another trusted favourite of mine The Falsies Mascara from Maybelline is absolutely fantastic at creating long looking full lashes and I’m so glad to have it back in my make-up bag.

Maybelline, The Falsies, Mascara, Black Drama

Have you tried any of the products I bought today? Would you like me to do a post featuring my everyday make-up using these products? I’ve added it to my list!

 

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