A few months ago I was lurking in the biscuit aisle at Marks and Spencer trying to resist everything, when I spotted some super cute biscuits which looked like Battenberg cake. Rather than picking them up and eating them all, I sensed a challenge and decided to make my own. When I gave them a Google I realised that only one person appears to have shared a recipe for them so I decided to come up with my own.

Battenberg Biscuits
This recipe is based on the sugar cookie recipe I used in my pin-wheel biscuit post earlier in the year. These take a bit me time to make, but are so worth it. They taste delicious and I personally think they look great!

Battenberg Cookies
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 beaten egg (large)
  • A few drops of almond essence
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • A few drops of pink and yellow food colouring. (I use Wilton’s gel colours as they are very concentrated)

Battenberg Biscuit Recipe
How to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and place to one side.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the egg, almond essence and milk to the mix and stir until combined.
  5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until they form a stiff dough.
  6. Divide the mixture in three and colour one third pink and one yellow.
  7. Place the dough in the fridge for half an hour.
  8. Divide each coloured piece of dough into two and roll into a thick sausage shape.
  9. You then need to carefully shape each sausage until it becomes square in shape.
  10. Place your four square-shaped sausages on top of each other to form the Battenberg pattern.
  11. Roll out the plainly coloured piece of dough and wrap it around the outside to form the marzipan part of the Battenberg.
  12. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge to harden for half an hour.
  13. Cut into thin slices and place on a baking tray.
  14. Bake for about 8 minutes. They will still feel soft, but they will harden as they cool. Don’t over-bake!
  15. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy – you’ve earned them!

How to Make Battenberg biscuits.
As always if you give these a try pleases end me a pic, as I love to see your creations!

There are so many amazing vintage themed films either out at the moment , or coming out in the near future. I thought it would be fun to try and watch as many of them as possible and share some reviews on here. Good excuse to go to the cinema too!

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Todays film is Brooklyn, I was lucky enough to see this wonderful film a few weeks ago at one of the previews. I’d been looking forward to seeing it for ages, after seeing the trailer. I’m sure the vintage lovers amoungst us will all feel the same way…

I had hoped to get my review up before the film was released in cinemas, but as usual I got a bit distracted and forgot. Sorry! The film is however, now out in cinemas so you can go and see it too.

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The film tells the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish girl who travels to New York in the early 50s to start a new life, leaving her mother and sister behind. At first she feels homesick and struggles with her new life, but eventually things begin to settle down and there’s even a rather lovely love interest! When tragedy strikes she is forced to return home to Ireland, but will she ever make it back to Brooklyn? That’s all I’m telling you about the plot because if I tell you any more it will give away too much!

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So what did I think of the film? Well first up lets talk about the costumes. My love of 50s clothing is what initially drew me to the film and I was not disappointed. Everything about the clothes was perfect, I felt like I really got a good sense of what clothing was worn in the early 50s by normal everyday people in both Ireland and New York. Eilis’ beautiful cotton skirts and dresses were absolutely beautiful and I especially loved the knitwear. Since seeing the film I’ve been looking for all the components to reproduce the outfit pictured above, which is absolutely lovely.

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The film is based on the book by Colm Tóibín and adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby. With two absolutely amazing writers behind the project, the plot and script are really good. The film is very simple and takes it’s time telling the story. The slow pace works very well in this film and despite not very much happening I felt completely engaged with the story and the characters. Since watching the film, I have picked up the book and I’m looking forward to giving it a read so I can compare the book and screenplay.

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The film has an amazing cast with Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, doing an absolutely amazing job with their small roles as a boarding house owner and a priest respectively. The younger cast members also absolutely shine. Saoirse Ronan’s portrayal of Eilis is perfect, she is totally believable and acts the changes in the character so subtly that you don’t even notice them happening. The two male leads Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen also do a fantastic job. 

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I would definitely recommend the film, if you love a good quality romantic film with a little substance. Also if you love vintage fashion and the 1950s then this is a must see for the period detail alone.

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If you’ve already seen the film what did you think? I’d love to hear other people thoughts.

What feels like forever ago, when I was new to blogging I tried a few products from The Vintage Cosmetic Company. They were quite new then too and didn’t have many products, just their fab eyelashes, their eyelash curlers and their tweezers. Since then they have gone on to launch a huge array or hair and beauty tools and even have their own blow dry bar in London.

Vintage cosmetic Company Slanted Tweezers
Three years on and their tweezers are still my absolute favourites. I use them for everything from plucking to applying lashes to getting splinters out of my poor children! The problem is my tweezers always go missing, they are such a small item and I’m forever misplacing them. Over the years I’ve had my pair they’ve gone missing countless times. So having a few pairs is definitely in order!

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I was delighted when a few days ago I was contacted by them to see if I wanted to write a review of their tweezers. Of course I was delighted to, I love sharing products I love on here and after so many years of using them I know this is a great product that I can recommend. They sent me two pairs, they do the same thing but are just coloured differently. One is pink all over and the other is yellow on one side and floral patterned on the other.

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When it comes to tweezers I like sharp slanted ones, perfect for plucking out stray brows while also being pointy enough at the edges to pull out a small splinter. I always find cheaper ones don’t quite meet up perfectly making plucking a teeny hair almost impossible. These ones match up really well and I’ve never had a problem with them. They have lovely sharp ends making tweezing really easy, even on the smaller hairs.

Slanted Tweezers from the Vintage Cosmetic Company

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The Vintage Cosmetic Company Tweezers
There isn’t really a lot more you can say about tweezers, these just do what they need to, they look amazing and they come in the most gorgeous packaging ever. So if you’ve been on the hunt for some new tweezers look no further! I’d also recommend checking our the rest of the range. I reviewed some of their hair tools last year as well as one of their make-up brushes and loved them too.

Find the full range on The Vintage Cosmetic Company website.

I hate ironing, I see it as the biggest waste of time ever. So daunted am I by a huge stack of ironing that I’ve got into the habit of just putting my clothes away without ironing them and just ironing each outfit before I wear it. I still hate it though. The problem is I also sell vintage, and in order to photograph it, I always need to give it a good press first.

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Rewind 14 years to when as a teenager, I volunteered in my local charity shop (I was a very nice 15 year old). It was here that I first experienced the magic of the steamer. This bubbly fountain of steamy goodness may have given me the odd burn, but it also got old stinky clothes fresh and crease free in no time at all, plus it was so much more fun to use than a boring old iron.

Ever since those days I have longed for a steamer of my own, however cost and space made it a far away laundry dream. Until a few weeks ago when I was kindly sent a Tefal Access Steam to review. These days I turn down a lot of reviews due to being far too busy being a mum. However there was no way I was saying no to this, also I could use it on the girls school uniforms, no mum guilt there!

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When it arrived I got straight to work trying it out. I had a big pile of vintage dresses which had been waiting in anticipation of my new steamers arrival. Luckily given how impatient I am the steamer is really simple to set up and the instructions were really clear. So I had it filled with water and warming up within minutes.

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The steamer has a flashing blue light which stops flashing once the steam starts coming out, you’re then ready to go. It takes about 45 seconds for the steamer to heat up fully and the steam to start coming out. The steamer has the option of producing a continuous stream or just when you hold the button down. I’ve mostly just left it on continuous setting.

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The steamer comes with two attachments for different jobs; the fabric brush opens up the weaves of the garment for better steam penetration and the steam cover filters water impurities and protects fabrics from water drips.

I found it easy to hold, it’s been very well designed to be light and simple to use, I also didn’t burn myself as your hand is kept well away from the hot steam. Considering I can’t do anything without personal injury this was a real plus point for me! It also comes with a 3 metre wire making it really easy to move around a garment with.

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My only problem with the hand-held steamer is that you need somewhere to hang the garment while you steam it. My door frames are too narrow to hang clothes from and I don’t have a shower rail. I was little stumped as to how to make it work. In the end I set up my clothes rail to hang the clothes on while I steamed. This was fine as I had a lot of items to steam, but for one or two it was a bit of a pain. Still better than ironing though!

This really is a great product, especially for vintage lovers, steaming is a great way to freshen up pieces which have been stored away and smell a little musty. It’s also a nice gentle way to get the creases out of delicate fabrics. Therefor because it’s easy to use, does what it needs to and most of all because I hate ironing, I’d highly recommend this product.

Where to buy – Amazon –  Currys – Tesco

The Tefal Access Steam costs £59.99. I was sent the steamer to review, but all opinions are my own (especially when it comes to ironing)

Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe
So, the person who doesn’t like cupcakes is sharing another cupcake recipe! Maybe I’m coming round a little to the ways of the cupcake! I really really love carrot cake and this recipe is pretty much a carrot cake recipe in cupcake form. I always make my carrot cake with coconut oil and these cakes are no exception. They taste absolutely delicious and although not a particularly vintage bake, I had to share them anyway!

Coconut Oil Carrot Cake Recipe
This is pretty simple bake that doesn’t take too long to prepare and would work really well alongside other classic cake cupcakes such as coffee and walnut or lemon drizzle, both of which I’d love to try soon.

Carrot Cupcakes

You will need:

150g Self Raising Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

150g Soft Brown Sugar

50g Chopped Walnuts

50g Raisins

100g Grated Carrot

2 Eggs

150g Coconut Oil

For the topping:

100g Icing Sugar

75g Cream Cheese

Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Carrot or wallnuts to decorate

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How to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees c. Put 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tin.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together and then add the nuts, raisins, sugar and carrots and mix them well.
  3. Add the eggs and coconut oil to the mixture until they are well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the cake cases, I use an ice-cream scoop for mine.
  5. Bake for around 15  minutes until cooked through.
  6. Allow to cool fully on a wire rack.
  7. To make the topping combine the icing sugar and cream cheese along with the vanilla until smooth.
  8. Pipe the topping onto the cakes and finish with a carrot or walnut decoration.
  9. Put the cakes into the fridge until the icing has hardened.

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Let me know if you give these a try. I love seeing your pics of my recipes. Happy Baking!!!