Saturday, 19 April 2014

Creme egg cheesecake

Hey guys! It's a few hours early but just wanted to say Happy Easter for tomorrow!! As it's Easter tomorrow you'll probably be getting a lot of chocolate(if you do celebrate Easter) and sometimes you end up with that much that you don't end up eating it all for months so I thought I'd do a blog on a way you can use up some of that chocolate and make a delicious dessert.. Creme egg cheesecake!! 
For this recipe you will need:
125g butter
300g chocolate digestives
700g cream cheese
200ml soured cream(I made mine using 200ml of cream and 2 teaspoons of lemon whisked together)
100ml double cream
200g icing sugar
2 packs of mini Creme eggs or 6 normal sized ones

To begin, crush your chocolate digestives. I found the easiest way to do this was to put them in a ziplock sandwich bag and use a rolling pin to crush them... This is really good also to take out anger haha! 

Next, you need to add the butter to a saucepan and put it on a low heat to melt the butter until it is liquid.

Then put in your crushed buicut crumbs and stir the two together to create more sticky and moulded buiscut crumbs.

Pour these crumbs into a cake tin and press firmly on it to create the cheesecake base using wither the back of a spoon or even your hands (You may want to line your cake tin first incase it sticks.) Then place the base in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Whilst the base is in the fridge, you can begin on your topping! 
Firstly, whisk your double cream until at a thick peak. I'd suggest using an electric whisker as it can take a while! 

Leave your double cream to the side for a minute and pour the soured cream, cream cheese and icing sugar into a separate bowl and mix together till you have quite a funny consistency.

Once all mixed, then add your double cream and 3 of your Creme eggs(chop them into small pieces firstly though) and fold all the mixture together until it's looks quite smooth and creamy. 

Then take your base out the fridge and layer your topping on to it making sure it is evenly spread, it's best to use a spatula or knife for this! And place it back into the fridge for at least an hour. You can leave it longer if you want, it's probably best to so that the topping is quite firm.

When your cheesecake feels a lot firmer, then begin melting your chocolate. To do this take a saucepan and fill 1/4 of it with boiling water, place the broken chocolate into a separate bowl and place this on top of the pan just touching the water then leave if on the heat and continue mixing it until all melted with no bumps. This method prevents it from burning! 

Then take your cheesecake out of the fridge and pour the chocolate on top to create a thin layer of chocolate coating. It will begin to set though so you have to do this quite quickly, you can see in my picture where bits have started setting.

As a finishing touch simply chop the remaining Creme eggs into small chunks and decorate the top, I done mine in a small cluster but feel free to do it however you want to! 

And there you have it! A delicious Creme egg cheesecake! Although, I actually haven't tried this yet because I gave up chocolate for lent so I can't try til tomorrow! Also, I will take a better photograph once it's out the cake tin and will tweet it(my users below) tomorrow because this is actually a gift to some of my family instead of and egg so mines still in the fridge! 
You don't have to use Creme eggs either, you can do this recipe with any chocolate you may have left over from Easter! Of you do recreate this then tweet me a picture or Instagram it and tag me, all my links are below, so I can see yours!! 
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Love Liv xxxx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Countryside walk..

Hey guys! Seen as though last weeks 'day in the life' blog post seemed to go down well I thought I'd do another this week but this ones a lot more relaxed. As part of school life, I decided to sign up for something called Duke of Edinburgh(DofE) which is basically a qualification. To gain the qualification you have to start with bronze(this is what I'm doing) and then work up to silver then gold. For bronze you must do an hour of voluntary work, an hour of physical exercise and an hour of skills each week for 6 months. After the 6 months you then go on an expedition which is basically a 7/8 hour day walking to a location where you then camp but this includes putting up your tent and making your food then the next day you do another 7/8 hour day walking back to your begining location! Although it sounds terrible and your probably wondering why I would ever sign up for this, it's actually a really good thing to have on your college application and also, it is quite fun! 
So, this week we had to go on a trial walk in colomendy which is in wales. This was probably half of what the actual walk on the day is but it was to get us used to being outdoors and seeing what it was actually like. Luckily, the teachers were with us on this, unlike what it will happen on our expedition, so they was able to help us with map reading and they basically led the way. To be fair, I was dreading the walk. I don't like outdoors or nature or freshair so all those things together seemed like a recipe for disaster however the day was ok. It was quite fun despite it being a little tiring and hot. 
The begining half of the walk was mostly up hill so because it was warm this was quite tiring and we did stop several times for breaks but once we reached the top for lunch we then got a long break and could take in the view around us. Then coming back, the majority of the walk was down hill and shaded so it wasn't that bad. It actually went quite quick and we was back to the mini bus in what felt like no time at all! Bonus, on the way back we stopped at a service station which had a costa so that topped my day off! 
Although it felt like quite a long and tiring day, it wasn't too bad and it was good preparation for our actual thing! However we do have a trial expedition coming up soon where we have to camp over night! The only bad thing about it was walking through fields of sheep!! 
Whilst on the walk I took a few photos so I could share the view with you!

Overall it was a quite good day and it was nice to just get out the house and do something! I hope you've enjoyed this little blog post, it's just a little filler through the week as I'm hoping to have another post up for you tomorrow! 
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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Dinner and a 50's style cinema...

Hey guys! So, all week I've been quite stuck on what to do my blog post about today until Friday when I had an idea. As I'm off school for two weeks(for Easter) my auntie decided we'd spend the day out and about. The majority of the day we spent watching The Vampire Diaries in my cousins but later on we then went for tea. We went to quite a small restaurant called Almonds and it was delicious! However, I may of actually ate too much as we had a 3 course meal.. A lot of food! 
For starter I had 'soup of the day' which was cream of garlic mushrooms with home made bread. Although it doesn't look too appetizing it was actually so tasty.

Next up, for main course, I had a cheeseburger with home made chips, coleslaw and salad but I didn't eat the salad or coleslaw.. I just ate the unhealthy part!

Finally, for pudding I had strawberry cheesecake, yum!! I couldn't eat anything else on the menu as it all had chocolate in and I've gave that up for lent but I was actually glad I chose cheesecake because it was delicious.

And that was me absolutely stuffed! I literally felt like I was going to burst, or fall asleep.

However, the day didn't end there. Later on we went down to the new drive-in cinema by the Docks to see Grease! It was so much fun because it felt so old fashioned, especially because in Grease they actually go on a date to a drive-in cinema. Whilst there you can actually order food that gets delivered to your car but we was so stuffed we couldn't fit nothing else in.. Apart from some popcorn and sweets but that's a cinema essential! Going to the drive-in cinema though was, in my opinion, better than the actual cinema because you was in your car so no one could bother you. Also, you tuned your radio in to listen to it which I think is better because you can have it at your own volume and.. as it was a musical, you  can sing along without disturbing anyone! Hahah. So, if you have one near to  you then you should definitely go and see a film there. I'm not sure if there are any others but the one I went was Route 66 and they have two, one in Liverpool and another in Manchester. I will, for sure, be going again! 

As you can see by the poster, it was quite American styled
This is when we first parked up so it was still bright
Stranded at the drive-in
Tell me about it... stud
We go together like..

So that was my little day out! I hope you've enjoyed this little insight into what I sometimes get up to. Maybe I've persuaded you to go to drive-in cinema too.. If you've enjoyed this blog post then don't forget to tweet me and let me know, my links are below!
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Love Liv xxxx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Spring Haul..

Hey guys! So spring is quickly approaching and the weather in the UK  has actually been improving(slightly) which meant it was time to go shopping and get some more spring-like clothes.. Well, that's my excuse to just go and buy some more clothes basically! I didn't purchase all these all at once, it was over about 2 days haha. So I'll just jump straight into it:

Firstly, I ordered some items off New Look's sale which includes two dresses, a skirt and chelsea boots.

These are the boots. they are ankle length chelsea boots with elasticated sides in a dark brown colour. They look quite worn which is what I think makes them look quite different to other chelsea boots plus they were only £10! I think these will go so well with little cream dresses in the summer or spring.

Then I ordered this skirt which is a faux leather skater skirt. I saw quite a few people, including Tanya Burr, wearing faux leather skater skirts with blouses and shirts so when I saw this one for £6 I had to get it and give it a go. Although this is black so it isn't very summery, if paired with a cute lace white blouse of  patterned top or even a coloured tank top I think it will look great!

The first dress I ordered was this daisy print one. It is quite fitted towards the top but then loose and floaty at the bottom and has a cute peter pan white collar. Daisy print dresses and tops are all in style at the minute and I really like this one because it is monochrome so will go with a lot but is still spring-like because of the flower print.

The final dress I ordered was this blue jacquered print one. It has quite a square neckline and 3/4 length sleeves. Again this is quite a similar style to the previous one but is a little bit more skater styled. I love this dress because it can be dressed up or dressed down so is great for any occasion.

After ordering some stuff online, I then went into town to get some more bits. 

The first shop I went into was New Look.. Again, and saw this top in there. I was looking for just a plain white top but when I saw this I couldn't leave it. It's quite plain and simple but has a really intricate cut out design at the bottom with a scallop edge.

Then i went to forever 21 and bought this really bright and floral patterned kimono. I've been wanting a kimono for ages but haven't really wanted to pay the price for the ones I'd seen. However, when I was in forever 21 I saw this one for only £11.50 and I loved it. It's definitely spring/summery because the colours are so bright but I love how it goes so well  with the top I bought and I also think it will go so well with cream or  white dresses too!

In forever 21 I also bought these shoes. They're a beige suede brogue style pump with pink soles. I actually was bought these as an early Easter present because I loved them. I think they're like a really modern twist on an old style shoe. It also has a quilted design along the sides. I think these were around £22 which is quite reasonable for shoes.

Yeah.. They may still have the tags on
Lastly, I went into Primark where I picked up two tops and a new pair of jeans.
The first top I bought was this navy boxy style top  with see through flower shapes on and white trimmings along the sleeves. It also has a white peter pan collar which if you can't tell, I am loving at the minute! I really like the see through pattern on this because it is quite different and gives it a more summery feel. 

The other top I got was this plain grey speckled top with roll up sleeves. I just wanted a plain casual top I could lounge around in and this was only £4 but I also think this could be worn with jeans and a necklace to make it more interesting.. Plus, I do love rolled up sleeves on tops because they just make a simple top look more interesting.

The final thing I bought was these jeans. They are blue acid wash skinny jeans but are so stretchy so it makes them really comfortable! I've been wanting to try acid wash jeans for ages but weren't sure however when I saw these for £11 I thought I'd just get them.  I'm not sure what I'll wear them with yet but because they area light blue they will work well in spring!
Sorry for the dodgy image but I couldn't get one to show the jeans

Anddd that's everything!! Sorry it's so long but I wanted to show you everything and hopefully it may of gave you some inspiration for spring or even summer if you live in cooler countries, like me in the uk! If you like these style blogs then let me know because I'm always shopping(wooops) so I could do them more regularly if that's what you want.
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Love Liv xxxx