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Saturday, 24 January 2015

New video!

This week's video is some things that I've bought recently. Hope you like it! Let me know what videos you would like to see next.

Peebreeks xx

Monday, 19 January 2015

Product Empties!

Here's my latest video of products I've used, hope you like it!

Peebreeks xx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

2014 Favourites!

Here are some of my beauty favourites for last year, hope you enjoy!

Peebreeks xx

Sunday, 4 January 2015

December Favourites 2014!

Hope you enjoy my favourites from December! What have you been loving this month? Leave a comment to let me know.
Peebreeks xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

A very late November favourites!

Here are my favourites for November 2014, hope you enjoy them!

What have you been loving recently?

Peebreeks xx

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas Recipes: Roly Poly Mince Pies

I made two different versions of mince pies.  This recipe is taken from the BBC Good Food 'Christmas Made Easy' book. They taste the same as the usual mince pies but look a bit different!  Personally, I'm not a mince pie fan but they went down well with our visitors and were extremely easy to make :)

Makes 12 rounds

50g/2oz golden caster sugar
375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
411g jar traditional mincemeat
1 tbsp milk
25g/1oz flaked almonds

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees/fan oven 180 degrees/ Gas 6
2. Scatter the sugar over the worktop, unroll the pastry and put it on top of the sugar.
3. Roll out the pastry so it's a quarter bigger but still rectangular.
4. Spoon and spread the mincemeat evenly over the pastry leaving a 2cm border along the longest edges.

5. Fold over one of the longest edges over the mincemeat and then roll the pastry tightly into a sausage shape.
6. When you get to the other edge, brush the edges with milk and press down to seal in the mincemeat.
7. Press both ends in gently to plump up and chill the roll for at least 30 mins.
8. Cut the roll into 12 rounds, about 3cm thick.
9. Lay them evenly spaced on a baking tray and flatten them with your hands so they look like squashed Chelsea buns.

10. Scatter the flaked almonds on top and bake for 20-30 mins until golden brown.
11 .Leave them to cool for 5 minutes and keep them separate so they don't stick together!

Hope you like them!
Peebreeks xx

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Recipes: Winter Vegetable Bake

So I arrived back home in Somerset on Saturday to discover that my mum and dad were both still unwell and were starting to worry that we wouldn't be ready for Christmas Day. I asked Mum for a list of what to make and the recipes so that I could crack on!

The dish for the vegetarians this year was a Winter Vegetable Bake with crumble topping.  I actually adapted three different recipes which I took from the December edition of 'BBC Vegetarian Christmas' magazine and the BBC Good Food 'Christmas Made Easy' recipe book.
Hope you like it!

You will need:
2kg/4lb mixed root vegetables (I used sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips)
300ml/1/2pt full-fat milk
85g butter
Black pepper and sage to taste

 For the topping:
50g/2oz butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
50g/2 oz fresh breadcrumbs (from about 4 slices bread)
25g/ 1 oz vegetarian-style Parmesan
3 tblsp pine nuts
a small handful of fresh thyme leaves.

1. Peel and dice all the vegetables.

2. Place vegetables in a large pan of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20-25mins until veg. are soft enough to mash.

3. Drain the vegetables ,then add the milk and butter to the dry pan and heat until the butter has melted.
4. Tip the veg back into the pan, season with cracked black pepper and sage and mash over a low heat.

5. Remove from the heat and spoon into an ovenproof dish.
6.For the topping: Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the onion for 5-6 minutes, until golden. 
7. Mix in the breadcrumbs and stir to brown and crisp a little.
8. Season with salt and pepper.
9. Take the pan off the heat and spoon mixture on top of the mashed vegetable mix.
10. Sprinkle on the  pine nuts.

11. Bake for 25-30 mins (longer if from chilled)  at 190 degrees, 170 degrees if fan oven or Gas mark 5 until golden and crisp on top.
12. Add a handful of thyme leaves on top before serving.
The end result was very tasty and a hit with all the vegetarians! What vegetarian recipes can you recommend for Christmas time??
Peebreeks xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Things I love Thursday! #14 (previously Smiling Sunday)

December already, eek! Welcome to my new followers, thanks for following my blog :)
Most blogs seem to call these posts Things I love Thursday, which would free up my Sunday so here goes...

Navy and mustard. These colours have been on the high street for Autumn/Winter this year and I love the combination. All the images below are via Pinterest.

This dreamy bed space lit by fairy lights.
Via Pinterest

This series of 'selfies' with the Northern Lights featured in The Guardian.
Via The Guardian Travel
This cute photo of dogs who are slightly different sizes.  I love the fact they don't care and have obviously been playing in the mud together! I actually sent this to a friend of mine as we are great friends and I am 6ft 1 and she's 5ft.  Friends come in all sizes. :)

Via Pinterest

This adorable deer jumper dress
Via Sugar Hill Boutique
These yummy-looking biscuit cushions :) I'd go for the custard cream or the party ring.
Via Lisa Angel Homeware
One of my favourite vegetables at this time of year is the lovely parsnip.  I like the look of this Jamie Oliver recipe for spicy soup, I reckon that a warming soup would be great for these chilly evenings!
These 1960's kitsch Christmas decorations, lovely!
Via North London Vintage Market
This sweet little Nordic Advent Village, you can fill the houses with sweets or little treats!
Via The Little Picture Company

Hope you're having a lovely December.  What's making you smile this week?  Let me know in the comments!
 Peebreeks xx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Monday, 10 November 2014

Smiling Monday! #13

Here's what I've been loving this week.  I've been really ill with a virus so not much from out and about, sorry!

1. Modalu Pippa Stars Mix Handbag. How gorgeous is this? Saw it in a magazine ad this week, lovely winter bag.
Via Modalu

2. These yummy Converse Doughnuts High-tops!
Via Schuh
3. This thick knit mustard snood from Zara.  I've tried this on so many times in the shop, it's super cosy!!
Via Zara

4. Baby deer decoration from Paperchase. Sooo cute, is it too early for decoration shopping??
Via Paperchase

5.Where's Wally wrapping paper: spotted this in a bookshop in Hove.  How fun, I would definitely want to keep the paper after ripping it off though!
Via Ebay

6.Satsuma Gelly Nail Effect nails by Barry M. I'm obsessed with different shades of orange at the moment, what with it being Autumn here and all that...

7. This micro-piglet, too cute!!

8. Awesome scary doll make-up tutorial  by Lex on  Made yew look. She is a really talented make-up artist.

9. Have been watching Lynn Hirschberg's series of Screen Test interviews with famous Hollywood actors and actresses for W Magazine and the New York Times (on Youtube). I like the way that they are shot in black and white, so you can focus on the content of the interview.  I also like the fact you don't really hear the interviewer, so you can concentrate purely on the answers that the actors give.
(All videos below are taken from W Magazine)


What have you been loving this week?
Peebreeks xx