Everyone needs a… Challenge 9

Chocolate cake…

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Enjoy the ooey gooeyness of that! And it’s not messy it’s rustic darling!! Lol

It is a chessboard cake inside with chocolate and vanilla sponge covered in a buttercream crumb coat and dribbled with a chocolate ganache, I don’t think I can say chocolate enough! Chocolate!

One annoyance with this cake is that I used trex instead of margarine or butter, we had a voucher for a free packet so thought id give it a go!! I did not like it, it was weird to work with, it didn’t cream like butter or marg and it just felt odd. The cakes didn’t seem to rise as much either and trex is the only different thing I used to normal! I did not get to try the cake because my mum was taking it to a party but I did make a few cheeky buns with the left of mix an had one of them. They seemed pretty dry and I think you could taste the trex, almost a chemically flavour, not pleasant. I will have to ask my mum how the cake went down. But all in all my trex experience was not a good one.

Anyone else used trex? Anyone a fan? Any tips?

Jenny x

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Everyone needs a… Challenge 6, 7 and 8

So I accepted the 30 day snap challenge from Louise at A Sprinkle of Glitter (check her out she’s much better than me!). I have failed this challenge I am rubbish!!!! But I’m gunna give you loadsa pictures today of a very exciting night in my life, hopefully that will make up for my failings!

Let me tell you the story of the week, on Tuesday me and Georgina decided to go see Bon Jovi on Saturday night! Who does that?! Most gigs you have booked up months if not years in advance, not days! We got the tickets half price from Groupon, I love a bit of Groupon anything for a bargain. So Tuesday morning on my commute to work I got very over excited and rang George who in turn got very over excited and we booked it and I can say it is one of the best snap decisions of my life!!

Saturday came and we set off to Manchester, joined a very small queue to collect our tickets and then went and sat in the car and ate a salad, cos that’s how me and George roll (yes we roll, we’re that cool!). It was a glorious sunny day so we headed into the stadium (Etihad, Manchester) got ourselves a pint and sat enjoying the sunshine.

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That’s us sat in the sun in our rock and roll shades!

There was a couple of support acts but who wants to here about them, you want to know about the main man!! Well let’s just put it bluntly he may be 51 and been a rock star for longer than I have been alive but yeah I still would!! You all know what I mean.

He also had an amazing set if teeth, it’s all I could look at! They must have set him back a few quid!

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The staging was amazing too, it was like a massive frontage of a car, I’m thinking a mustang but what do I know! The screens behind it created a windscreen and at some points showed scenery as if it was driving along, it was just amazing and so clever. Also so much work to erect it for one night and then take it down to move it to Birmingham tonight, well done to the men doing that job!!

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There is the man himself. He was amazing, no stopping him. He did about 12 (maybe exaggerating!) encores! They played all my favourites but the best of the night has to be bad medicine or maybe living on a prayer or always!! Lol I just lived the whole thing really!

It was one of the smoothed and bet experiences of my life, everything went to plan, no cock ups, which is pretty amazing where me and George are concerned!!

My body is broken today tho, who would have thought standing up for 5 hours would hurt so much, my feet, my back, my hips, my neck all ache! But it was well worth it!

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Jenny x

Everyone needs a… Challenge 5

Today has been knackering, ever since I left my bed at 6:24 (don’t ask!!) this morning I’ve been wanting to climb back into it!! So as soon as I got home from work I indulged myself and layed in bed under the covers for 10 minutes. It was bliss and I took this photo for you, so before anyone gets all over excited I’m completely fully dressed under that duvet! Haha

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Jenny x

Everyone needs a… Challenge 3

Today’s picture represents 2 things:

1. A lovely refreshing drink on a sunny evening after a long (boring) day at work. I can’t remember what it was called but it was a juicy watermelon juice with lime and a mahoosive chunk of watermelon sticking out the top! It was scrummdiddlyumptious!! 🙂 And not a drop of alcohol in sight.

2. A fab new app that I’ve found, it’s called ‘a beautiful mess’ and if I was very technically minded then I’d put a link in here but hey ho I’m not so just search the App Store!! It’s really good fun for drawing on a d editing pictures, very pretty designs. It’s not free, it cost me a whopping 69p!! That’s a lot when you never pay for apps! Lol but I think it’s worth it

Better show you the picture now…

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I added as much as possible, a bit like a kid playing with a new toy, just to show everything you can do in the app!!

Jenny x

Everyone needs a… Challenge 2

I am a bad bad blogger and completely forgot about a picture yesterday, I will sit in the naughty corner for half an hour and think about what I have done!! 😦

But I will post 2 pictures one day just to make up for it, cos I am super nice and super generous like that!! 🙂

Back to today, it had been a long busy tiring day at work. Very hot and sweaty and snatched moments glancing out at the sunshine. Now I’m sat at home in the garden enjoying the last scraps of sunshine, it is lovely!

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This is what the world looks like to me behind me sunglasses tonight! Lol

Hope your all enjoying the sunshine while it lasts, we all know what British summertime can be like

Jenny x

Everyone needs a… Challenge

I am accepting the challenge layed down by Louise from a sprinkle of glitter, her blog is one I’ve read for a while now. I also love her YouTube videos, she makes me chuckle so much. Louise if you happen to stumble across my humble little blog then I’d love to go to the pub with you for a good old natter.

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Anyhoo, enough of me fan girling back to the topic in hand. I will be taking a picture everyday for 30 days and sharing it with you all. These pictures might be of me, of things I like, things I don’t like, pretty things, inspiring things and pretty much anything else that takes my fancy!

So lets start with picture number 1 (sensible place to start!)

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This pretty much sums up my Saturday night, I’m vegging on the sofa watching trashy Saturday night telly stuffing my face with popcorn. Butterkist sweet cinema style, I’m definitely a sweet rather than a savoury girl.

So keep tuned for picture number 2 tomorrow and then number 3 the day and number 4 the day after that… You get it don’t ya!

Jenny x

Everyone needs a… Cake

Everything in moderation… Except cake!! 🙂

I’m quite a keen amateur baking, but who isn’t since the popularity of the great British bake off?! I am no where near their level of skill! I cannot do pretty decoration, I can stick a load of kit kats round a cake and call that decoration but I’ve never tried the whole pretty fondant icing cakes. I’m not going to be negative and say I can’t do them because I have never tried. I’m sure if I did try I would be absolutely awesome at it!! Lol

Anyhoo, I was browsing through pictures on my phone and realised I have lots of pictures of my baking so I thought I’d share and make you all hungry!!

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The most amazing chocolate cookies ever, they are a Mary Berry recipe using condensed milk! The cookies are chewy and the white chocolate button on top kinda caramelises and goes yummy!

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Cinnamon swirl loaf, a great British bake off recipe. This makes the most amazing toast and eggy bread in the word.

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Coffee and walnut cake, I made this for Mother’s Day for my Mum and Grandma. It’s my mums favourite cake and she loved it. I think this was a BBC recipe.

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Scones! Just look at the height of these beauties!!

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Pear and walnut upside down cake. This was scummy with a drizzle of cream over it, it’s not the prettiest looking cake but it tasted fab. I needed a larger cake tin but I ended up with a smaller but deeper cake. I never have the right size cake tin for recipe.

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This was a scrummy 30th birthday cake for a friend last year. I love the chessboard detail, it’s quite easy to do with a tiny bit of piping expertise and it looks impressive.

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This is probably the cake my friends would ask me to make for any occasion, everyone seems to love it! It’s a chocolate brownie cheesecake an I’ve got to admit it is pretty tasty. It is a hummingbird baking recipe but they layer a raspberry cream on the top, I’ve never done this as I don’t feel it needs it.

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Hot cross buns, nuff said.

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Bagels are one of my favourite things to bake, there are a pretty basic bread recipe just with a little added boiling stage, and people are really impressed when you’ve made your own! Yippee!

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Pigs in mud cake, I’ve talked about this before zzzzzz

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Pigs in mud with M&Ms instead of pigs

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Yet another pigs in mud cake!

Phew! Hope I haven’t bored you all too much but there’s just a few baking bits to inspire you to go and eat cake! Yes I’m showing too! Hehe

Jenny x

Everyone needs a… Dickhead moment

So anyone who knows me knows I can be a bit of a dickhead sometimes (most of the time?!)! This morning I was making some cereal and a cuppa tea for breakfast, not very tricky you might think. But I’m a girl that can make things difficult. I had my cup with a tea bag in it and a bowl with some cereal in it, good start you might think. I was dolly dreaming (favourite pastime) waiting for the kettle to boil before I put milk on my cereal, I hate soggy cereal!

When the kettle finally boiled my inner dickhead kicked in and I poured the boiling water on my cereal!! DICKHEAD!!!

It was not a pretty sight!

Anyhoo the day can only get better 🙂

Jenny x

Everyone needs a… Bank holiday weekend

We get an extra lie in!!! Whoop!

My exciting, rock and roll plans are:

1. Sleep! I’m not setting an alarm all weekend, this makes me happier than pretty much anything, ever!! I’m easily pleased.

2. Tidying up, my new wardrobe is built and still standing! Go me! So I need to organise my clothes and hang them back up.

3. Yeah I don’t have a 3, that’s about it for my plans!!

Jenny x