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Recipe #1 – Key Lime Pie

24 Aug

Hi lovelies, it’s the last bank holiday of the year and in traditional British style it’s overcast, grey and raining but that’s fine with me. I have been so so busy of late it’s nice to just sit still for 5 minutes and stop my head from spinning. Since our friends wedding I attended my first bloggers event which you can read all about here.

I have also had several job interviews and assessments, agency appointments, I applied for university so i’ve also had the absolute pleasure of sorting out UCAS and Student Finance. Throw in a mix of the vets, family visits, food shopping and pitching in for a few shifts at the local you have an idea of the chaotic mix of the last two/three weeks.

To unwind,  I sometimes let my domestic goddess stretch her culinary skills… nah who am I kidding?! but I do love to bake. I don’t seem to get the chance as much anymore, partly because I hate to face the clean up carnage afterwards.

My latest creation was from a recipe given to me by a friend. She had made it for us in the past and it’s super tasty and very more-ish.

Key Lime Pie

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Here is a list of the ingredients you will need to make my version of Key Lime Pie, not too complicated! The picture below shows you the brands I used. You don’t have to use these particular ones, these were just what my local shop stocked.

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Here is an idea of the equipment I used, I love this recipe as it’s minimal washing up! All you need is a large mixing bowl, a wooden spoon or spatula, a flan dish for your Key Lime Pie (as I didn’t have one, the good old Pyrex did the trick!), a juicing tool thingymabob is useful but I don’t have one and just used a fork.
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Step One

Take your Ginger Nut biscuits and place them into a freezer or sandwich bag. This will help contain the mess as you bash the hell out of them. Take a rolling pin or like me a rubber mallet (random to have in the kitchen yes, it’s from our camping gear – honest!) and begin to carefully break the biscuits until you have crumbs and small to medium chunks for your base.

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Step Two

Take your butter in a small pan on a medium to high heat until it’s melted completely. Pour into your bashed biscuit crumbs and mix together. The melted butter will bind the crumbs and hold the base of the Key Lime Pie together.

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Pat the mixture into the bottom of your flan dish and press down so it’s firm and then set aside for the next step.

Step Three

Take your cream cheese in the large mixing bowl and add the condensed milk. This step takes quite a while as you need to ensure that your mixture is lump free. So i’m afraid it’s just a case of mixing, mixing mixing.

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This is quite a tedious part of the recipe but believe me, you don’t want any lumps of cream cheese in your finish Key Lime Pie!

Step Four

Time to squeeze and zest your limes! You can save yourself some time on this and have the correct tools to do the job as I didn’t! Picture 705

All I did was roll the limes on my chopping board before cutting them in half. This helps to loosen things up inside so hopefully you get more juice out of your limes! Zest them before juicing! Believe me it’s easier and then once cut in half I stabbed them a bit with the prongs of my fork and used my owl mug to collect the juices.

Rinse and repeat with all 5 limes.

Once you have all your juice and zest required, add it to the cream cheese mixture, don’t worry that it immediately looks like it’s separating, just continue to mix till combined.

Step Five

Time to put the whole thing together! Pour the mixture over the biscuit base and smooth with the back of your spoon.

Time to put the whole thing into the fridge and allow it setting time of around 2 and a half to 3 hours.

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Either way if you try my recipe, please let me know how it turns out! i’d love to see your photos and hear your reviews.

Much Love and happy baking! xx

A twist on ’50 Facts about me’

12 Jul

I have read so many ’50 facts about me’ posts lately, getting to know the blogger behind the ramblings is great so here is my contribution with a twist.

Everyone gets sentimental from time to time, people treasure memories and items for years and what looks like an old cinema stubb to you may have it’s own life story to someone else. Rather then share 50 random things about myself I wanted to open my keepsake box to you and share my sentimental stories.

Different I know and this won’t be to everyone’s taste but to me these are jigsaw pieces of my life’s puzzle.

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This box hides away in my home, full of unrealised treasures to the untrained eye, to me, all I need to do is sort through its contents to remind myself how I got to where I am now and all the smiles along the way.

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I love taking photographs. Simple things with so much value. I keep photographs of people i’ve loved and lost, old school friends, beloved pets, places I have traveled and the people I want to remember along the way.

The framed picture is myself and an old boyfriend, his photos remind me of the years we shared and his lust for life. He passed away from cancer nearly 3 and a 1/2 years ago but there isn’t a day goes by where I am not thankful for how he shaped my look on life. Old school friends and silly antics still make me smile, although most of these I am no longer in touch with these photos remind me of the only good years at high school I had. The photo at the back in the middle is of Ilfracombe in North Devon. I holidayed here most of my childhood and I have very fond memories of the place, this particular picture is bright and colourful which is how I remember most of my childhood holidays to be.

Myself at 17 and how skinny I was! Happy again on the beach in Devon, wearing a bikini top in England..shocking right? My first dog Putney, a cocker spaniel we rescued from the Bristol Dogs Home when I was 8, his fur was a similar colour to my hair when I was young so naturally at that age I was convinced we were related in some strange way.

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Tickets from various gigs I have been to, a signed Good Food Show ticket by Jamie Oliver. Cards from my grandparents on my baptism day. I was born into a Mormon family at went to church for many years, although it’s not for me a lot of my family still are active in the Mormon community, I am grateful for a lot of the morals and ideals I was raised with as a member of the church. The train ticket from the day I met Rob (framed photo), one of the days i’ll remember for the rest of my life.

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Reminding myself where i’ve been in life and where I want to go. My travel pack from Rome, this was my first time abroad and I loved visiting all the historic monuments I have read so much about. I bought rosary beads from outside the Vatican which I felt were a true souvenir from Italy.

My various jobs i’ve had over the years, I like to keep my name badges to remind myself of the work i’ve done and how it’s all helped me become the person I am today. A photo of my first boyfriend and I at our sixth form prom, his suit and tie were way too big and I felt so odd in a dress and heals but we still had a wonderful evening.


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All the random things i’ve collected over the years, some meaningful some just fun. An old card wallet belonging to my mum, still has a few of her bits and pieces in along with an old family photo and some keepsake cards. My first MP3 player with all its original tracks on, this was one of the first things I bought with my part time job wages. An old coin found by my grandad years ago, confetti from my 18th birthday, badges I used to collect and clearly I loved Blink 182 as I thought Tom Delonge was god.  My university student card, I didn’t last long at uni but I still keep this to remind myself of that short journey. I am born in the year of the Dragon and the characteristics sum me up to a T.

A pen from Portsmouth, it rained so hard the day I was there and I was wearing flip-flops, I had the worst blisters that day. Five pound coins, this holder was my grandad’s and he always insisted in keeping it in his pocket separate to his wallet. It’s one of the only things I have of his and it might seem trivial but it still means a lot. The postcard at the bottom, my grandma sent to me as the girl on the front reminded her of me when I was a baba.

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An old diary of the year 2004. Talking about being reunited with old friends, my first experience in having crushes and a boyfriend, the first ‘I Love You’s’ and many more memories. I laugh at my 16 year old self when I read this now. An old school book of my dad’s, his many doodles of ducks inside. My dad used to be quite artistic and had such a sense of humor. A fairy sketch I did, I always drew them fierce and empowering which was everything I was not!

Google in a nutshell, this was released when Google first materialised and I have kept it ever since.

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It’s good to remind myself of where i’ve come from, I look at old photos of myself and wonder did I ever imagine where I would be now back then. Some things I could have predicted, most I wouldn’t have foreseen in my wildest dreams. I thought i’d always live in Bristol and have the same friends, I thought I would never put on anymore weight or grow the curves I wanted, I thought that my first boyfriend and I would be together forever and I certainly didn’t think i’d drop out of university.

Life is is full of surprises.

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More random bits and pieces; my Mr Blobby t-shirt, my dad brought this home for me when I was young as I was really ill at the time but totally loved Mr Blobby. I still have this t-shirt, still filthy and aged 5 years. Angel cards, some things in my life that have happened have really made me question if there is something after we pass on. I wanted to find answers and comfort in them, although I still don’t know what is out there I do know I love the art work on these angel cards. My magic key for santa, a house with no chimney needs this key! How on earth will santa get in otherwise!! A childhood bracelet, one of the first pieces of jewellery I owned and I still have it today – a silver teddy bear bracelet.

A handmade ocarina from The Legend of Zelda. I loved this game and still do, so much so I made my own Ocarina of Time.

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There are lots more things in my box but I won’t bore you with them all. I hope you have enjoyed that little insight into my life and memories, if there is anything you want to ask about then please do.

Much Love x


Survival 101 – Living with the other half…

6 Jun

Ok, so lets see a show of hands…

Who else has issues with commitment? It’s a scary thing… for me at least. Now doubt in my mind that I won’t be alone in this.

So lets set the scene. You’re enjoying the journey of your relationship, working with the perfect balance of boyfriend, friends and ME time – until that nesting instinct kicks in. Suddenly you’re thrown into hormonal turmoil and you find yourself pondering the what if’s of setting up shop with the fella.

Perfectly normal let me tell you, also perfectly normal to then stress about all the little consequences of your to be living situation.

First of all, lets accept he’s going to see you in the glorious state you wake up in on a morning….fantastic (ugh!) – time to embrace the neanderthal look ladies, I bet he’s no Prince Charming on the toll of the AM alarm either. 

Aside from seeing you with no makeup and before the grooming ritual he’s also going to be; invading your personal space, trying to cut into your TV time with the sports, leaving last weeks boxers on the floor (maybe in a pile, if you’re lucky) and filling the whole house with sounds of zombie splatter from his precious Xbo360. Believe me all the little annoying quirks will frustrate you tenfold.

Don’t let me put you off by the way, despite being an Xbox/PC widow myself he’s turned into a real hunter-gatherer type and loves catching and cooking dinner (when I say catching I mean from the fridge/freezer). My own Jamie Oliver in training – i’ve lucked out!

I am rather pleased to admit, that it’s not as bad as I anticipated. Despite the rich tapestry of worry I wove for months it’s working out rather nicely. Our space is still our own but with all the bonus of time together, Sky + is the saving grace between our taste in TV and as for washing on the floor..who doesn’t join the floordrobe trend now and again?

I’d encourage anyone who is in a fluster over the possibilities to just take the plunge, you’ll naturally adapt and soon find you’re enjoying cohabiting. Embrace the change, what’s to lose?

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Much Love x