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Friday, 29 November 2013

Cakes (without eggs or butter)


As a student I find myself often lacking the ingredients I need to do any real baking.

However, this doesn't stop the cravings and I find myself in the kitchen at odd hours attempting to do so nevertheless. So, without both eggs and butter (I don't eat it anyway so often a useless investment) I set off to make my cakes.

Browsing around online I took the influence for this recipe from a variety of sites and tweaked it till I was satisfied. This recipe is perfect to adapt to suit a whole range of dietary requirements.
  • 1 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 2/3 cup of soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Teaspoon of vanilla extract (for vanilla cakes)
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa (for chocolate cakes)
Firstly, preheat the oven to 180 degrees before you begin mixing. Take the plain flour and salt and sift together in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add in the soft brown sugar and continue to stir until you get a creamy texture before adding the rest of the ingredients. Place the mixture in cases or a tin and leave to bake for around 25 minutes or until firm to the touch. Allow to cool before decorating and enjoy!

How often do you change traditional recipes? What do you think of this one?

Stephanie xox

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Ugly Christmas Jumper Time

The best thing about Christmas other than food (and maybe presents) is jumpers. Fact.

I find myself scouring local charity shops, vintage shops and the internet for the perfect festive sweater and it is no easy task.

I find myself in love with the following:

Ugly Christmas Sweater Merry CHRISTMAS Ya FILTHY Animal - you funny retro movie xmas ugly sweater contest party humorous new - Womens Unisex

I adore this humorous and retro styled 'Ugly Christmas Sweater - Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal' available by numerous sellers on Etsy. It is handmade, festive and a bargain for only £11.89. Do be aware that this item is shipped from the US so delivery can be a  bit expensive (unless you order it with another item! It is Christmas, treat yourself).


Another vintage inspired piece with the 'Vintage Look Christmas Jumper' from ASOS. This oversize jumper is nice and snug, being made from soft knit fabric with ribbed cuffs and hem. 


Want something a little more adorable and less traditional? The 'Christmas Jumper with Pug Print' by Brat and Suzie is for you. It features an round neckline, raglan sleeves and a very merry and rather adorable festive pug.

Image 1 of ASOS Christmas Pattern Cropped Jumper

Lastly, we have something a little different, the cropped 'Christmas Pattern Jumper'. This vibrant (rather hideous in my opinion) and colourful jumper is perfect for those who don't like being drowned by fabric in the colder months. It features both a 'Ho Ho Ho' print and reindeer and sleighs and will keep your upper half nice and cosy.

If you want to find something a bit more original then take a peek in your local charity shops and vintage stores. Most have entire sections dedicated to the festive season! eBay also has an impressive variety. It really is a mission to find the perfect (ugly/non-ugly) Christmas jumper for you, but it sure is worth it!

Are you investing in an ugly jumper this Christmas? Are you excited for the festive season?

Stephanie xox