Orange Cupcakes

I made these for my friends 21st a couple of weeks ago and they tasted pretty good!

This recipe makes six muffin size cupcakes.


For the cakes…..

115g self raising flour

½ tsp baking powder

115g margarine

115g caster sugar

2 eggs

grated rind of 1 orange

2tbsp milk

For the icing…..

85g butter

175g icing sugar

grated rind of ½ orange

red food colouring

yellow food colouring


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 and put 6 muffin cases in a muffin tray.  I used some lovely ones from Splat Cooking, but you should know that even though they look fantastic, they make the cakes a lot harder to ice!

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3. Whisk the eggs together in a mug using a fork and then add gradually to the mixing bowl.  Beat each time you add more egg.

4. Add the orange rind.

5. Sift the flour if needed and then fold gently into the mixture.

6. Share out the mixture evenly into the muffin cases and then bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

7. To make the icing, cream the butter and then gradually mix in the icing sugar.  Separate the icing into two bowls and then add the red food colouring to one bowl and the yellow to the other.

8.  Put the icing into an icing bag – one spoon of red then one spoon of yellow etc to give the icing a marbled effect.  Decorate the cakes however you like.  I did some swirly patterns and then topped the cakes with glitter.  Remember to wait for the cakes to cool before you try to ice them.


Creme Egg Cupcakes

If you live in Bristol and haven’t been to Swinky’s Sweets yet then you’re missing out! Here’s a photo of the delicious Creme Egg cupcake I had yesterday. It’s only available until Easter so you need to get a move on if you want to try one!


The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie Farrell is a really good read.

It tells the story of Lexi Sinclair, a university student who runs away from rural Devon to busy, exciting 1950s London.  There she falls in love with a magazine editor Innes Kent.  The novel jumps between Lexi’s story and that of Ted and Elina, a present day couple with a newborn baby living in London.  Ted has never been able to remember large parts of his childhood, but since the birth of his son he’s been having flashbacks which don’t tally with his parents’ version of things.

From the start, it’s known that the two storylines are connected and gradually throughout the novel, the connection becomes clear.  It’s a fast moving, easy to read book and I’d definitely recommend it.

You can buy The Hand That First Held Mine from Play for just £4.49 and get free delivery.


Senseo Coffee Machines *** 40% DISCOUNT ***

Phillips are giving readers of my blog a whopping 40% off the Senseo Coffee Machines.  There are two types – the Original costs £59.99 and the Quadrante costs £99.99.  With the discount, these prices drop to £35.99 and £59.99 so it’s a really good deal.

I’ve not tried either machine myself but have had a look around for some reviews for you and they seem to be generally positive……

If you want to take advantage of this amazing deal then you need to use the code PHILIPSMUM by April 3rd.


Mama Jewels

Mama Jewels make a range of baby proof jewellery.  There are lots of different designs to choose from and they all look just like regular necklaces and bracelets so aren’t only for mums!

The range is dishwasher proof so can be kept clean for when baby tries to chew them and are really stong so they don’t break when pulled.  They come in nicely presented boxes making them good Mother’s Day presents……


Enlighten Serum

For the past month or so I’ve been using Enlighten Serum which is a Nano-Repair Whitening Tooth Serum.  You basically use it instead of your normal toothpaste and it is designed to repair enamel on a microscopic level while leaving teeth looking ‘smooth and bright’.  It is claimed that you will see a ‘noticeable difference in your smile within a matter of weeks’.

Here are the before and after photos……

I’m not really sure I can see a difference in these photos (and the first one is a bit blurry which doesn’t help!), what do you think?  I always think straight after brushing my teeth with the Enlighten Serum that they do look whiter but it seems to wear off inbetween so I think it may just be wishful thinking on my part.  Nobody has commented either on how white my teeth are looking, even when I ask them directly!

I really like the taste of this toothpaste though and it has also improved my sensitive teeth.  I don’t think I’d buy it again though as it costs £9.99 which is quite a lot of money if it doesn’t whiten my teeth.  If you do want to try the Enlighten Serum it is available from Enlighten endorsed dentists and you can find a list of these here.


e.l.f Nail Polish – Dark Purple Glitter

This e.l.f nail polish is such amazing value at just £1.50!  It is really easy to apply and the photo below shows two coats along with the top and base coats.  I put the nail varnish on on Wednesday morning and by today (Saturday), only one nail had chipped which I don’t think has ever happened for me with any other nail varnish I’ve used.  Usually they start to chip by the second day.  The chip is tiny as well so I’m hoping I won’t need to remove it for another few days yet.

I really like the colour but I’ve got to admit that I was slightly disappointed when it came out of the bottle.  It looks as though it will come out really glittery but, as you can see in the photo, the glitter barely shows up on my nails.  I did give the bottle a good shake before I opened it, and again after doing the first nail, but I think the glitter is just not very sparkly!  The colour is still lovely, just not what I was expecting.


Mr Kipling Yumminess!

Mr Kipling have so many yummy cakey things which have been keeping me going through a really horrible coursework in uni! The St Clements Slices are my favourite – they are orange and lemon cakes topped with lemon icing.  The Lemon Bakewells are really delicious as well and to get in the Easter spirit they now have Simnel Slices.  There are plenty of other Mr Kipling cakes to choose from and I’m starting to find it really hard to walk past them on the shelves at ASDA – after trying a few different types, I want to try all of their products!


Technic Blusher Mousse

I had a Technic Whipped Blusher Mousse in Candy Pink from LoveThyMakeUp to try out but I gave it to my sister to use as it suited her skin tone a lot better.

The colour has a nice shimmer to it and it feels really light on your skin.  It is a really good for creating a natural look and is a bargain at just £2.99!


Sherwood Forest

My little sister’s 18th birthday is coming up this week (which makes me feel so old!) so we spent the weekend at the Sherwood Forest Center Parcs to celebrate and had a brilliant time.  The pool is lots of fun, although it was majorly busy when we were there!  We had a tasty and very filling meal at Huck’s, ending with the biggest ice cream you’ve ever seen – even between 5 of us we couldn’t manage to finish it.  Spent a few relaxing hours in the Aqua Sana Spa as well which was amazing.  There are so many steam rooms, saunas and relaxation rooms that you don’t want to leave.  We also managed to fit in a game of bowling which I haven’t done in ages and I can’t believe how bad I was (there were no side barriers up though in my defence and it is a lot harder than it looks to throw a ball in a straight line!).  Our villa was really nice; it even had a sauna and the beds were sooooo comfy.  The only downside to our stay was when I stupidly lost the key to my bike lock and had to sit for half an hour on a fence waiting for someone to come and cut my bike free!

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