Monday, 16 April 2018

Leftover Easter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pre-kid I would have scoffed at the sheer idea of leftover chocolate, I mean who isn't eating all their Easter Eggs? But now Zoe is a bit older she got ALOT of chocolate, more than she could ever get through and to be honest there is only so much chocolate I can eat, also I do feel a but guilty eating her eggs. So, I thought I would repurpose them, and bake something delicious.

If cookies aren't your thing, checkout this easter tray bake, or these mini chocolate & banana doughnuts.

I have spoken about the game changing magic of browned butter, but I honestly don't think I'll ever make cookies without browning the butter first, it just adds so much flavour and depth. If you have never tried it, what are you waiting for?

To brown butter you just pop your measured amount (whatever the recipe you are using calls for) into a pan, a light coloured pan is easier to spot when its ready. Pop it on a low/medium heat and stir intermittently until it becomes a golden brown colour. For a full breakdown check our this post from Joy the Baker; Baking 101, how to brown butter.


130g Unsalted Butter
150g Caster Sugar
1 large egg
185g Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Then whatever additional ingredients you like. For these I used a handful of easter eggs; both white and milk chocolate, and some chopped pecans and hazelnuts.

1. Brown the butter and leave to cool, it doesn't need to be cold but I'd say 15-20 mins is fine, I decanted it into a ceramic dish which helped too.

2.Preheat the oven to 180c and Combine the butter and sugar until fully combined, then add the egg.

3. Add the flour, salt and bicarb. I add it gradually in small parts to make sure its fully combined, or it can get a bit messy.

4. You should now have a pretty great looking cookie dough, now its time to add the extras. Stir the chocolate chips and nuts into the dough, it can be tough going by hand but persevere, you want it to be studded evenly with deliciousness.

5. There are a few options for shaping cookies, I prefer to roll the dough into a log and wrap it in cling film, pop it in the fridge to firm up, then slice into rounds. I find this minimises spread in the oven and also makes for a nice consistent shape and height. You can also roll little balls and press them down slightly and bake. You do what feels good for you.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180c, you want them to be golden and crisp round the edge but still a little soft in the middle, as they'll firm up when cooling.

7. Eat them warm, eat them cool, eat them with friends and family, scoff them all yourself, whatever floats your boat.

Zoe really enjoyed the cookies, I have crumbs all over the sofa to prove it. Here are some cute photos, just because she watched me snap photos of the cookies and wanted to get in on the action.

Do you have loads of easter eggs left? What do you usually do with them?


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

MUM STYLE - All about Monki.

Dipping my toe into the world of fashion blog for a second today to talk about my new obsession. Monki.

This is in no way a sponsored post, I just love this brand

I came across Monki on Instagram when I started seeing plus size bloggers and some of my style inspiration accounts wearing some really cool pieces, its not often you find a plus size brand doing such unique things. However I soon discovered they weren't a new cool plus size brand, but a brand who do a lot of 'oversize' pieces. While I do sort of hate that the only way I fit into a lot of these clothes is that they are mean't be be worn oversize, I do love the vibe of the brand and cannot get enough of the bold patterns and colours. Really really hoping they respond to the number of plus babes calling for a plus size collection or extending their sizes to include plus size across the store!

Monki is part of the H&M group, but unlike H&M the sizes are actually really realistic and generous, not just the overize items. A lot of the L and XL items are a size 18-22 which is really refreshing in the world of high street brands.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Life Lately - Changes, Balance and the Juggle.

How on earth is it nearly March?! What even is time anymore?

I feel endlessly sad about my poor neglected corner of the internet, I desperately want to share and write and take part in this wonderful community again, but I am struggling so hard with the number of hours in the day, or lack thereof. I thought I would do a little brain dump/ goal update/ check-in to tell you I am still alive.


Monday, 8 January 2018

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 8th Jan

Back to normality this week after a long old 3 weeks off work. Paul and Zoe went back last week so I had a couple of blissful days to myself. I am feeling a little sluggish and out of routine food wise, so actually looking forward to planning and getting back to 3 regular meals a day! Anyone else just graze on cheese and crackers between christmas and new year? I have forgotten what hungry feels like!

Anyway, on to the plan...


Friday, 29 December 2017

Setting SMART intentions for 2018.

I have said pretty much every January since the birth of my blog how much I do not like resolutions. Resolutions are usually broken by the 10th of January and are usually wildly unobtainable or just so vague that you don't ever stick to them.

In my day job I work in project management, and quite a lot of those techniques can be carried forward into your day to day life, making measurable and smart goals or intentions being one. By smart I don't just mean well thought out or intelligent. I mean SMART > specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based.

With this in mind I decided to set myself shorter goals, monthly or bi monthly intentions that are achievable, measurable and realistic. So I will check in every once in a while and see where I am at and reflect and refocus.

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