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Custard Cream Cake!

Today me and Liam decided we would spend our afternoon baking. Baking is something we both love to do together. We have always loved baking together and during our 5 and a half years together we have baked and eaten a lot of cakes! Today we felt like trying to bake something new. After a little bit of googling and pinteresting recipes we came across the lovely Jane from www.janespatisserie.com Her website is filled with hundreds of amazing cakes to bake and try. Her website is well worth a visit!

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We loved the look of so many cakes but settled on making her Custard Cream Cupcakes. How delish!

You can find the exact recipe we followed here…

All the ingredients were easy to find and we had most of them sitting in our cupboards. The recipe was also so easy to follow, if we can do it anyone can!

As tradition with baking me and Liam both had a little taste of the cake batter and it tasted exactly like a custard cream! It tasted amazing and we could not wait to try them when cooked.

We gave the cakes an extra 5 minuets in the oven than Jane recommends and the cakes came out perfectly golden brown on top. The had a lovely rise and looked a perfect shape for decorating. After cooling we made up the butter cream. We added to much butter to this and it ended up a little softer than we would of liked, if we had more icing sugar this could of been easily fixed but not to worry it still tasted glorious! Jane decorated hers beautifully, us on the other hand just chucked the icing on and placed half a custard cream biscuit on the top. (our icing was not thick enough to hold a whole one)

Taste Test

At the end of the day this is the most important part of baking. I had high hopes for the overall taste of the cake as along the way it tasted incredible! Unfortunately the cake its self felt rather dense and the cooked cake had lost a fair bit of the custard cream flavouring.,However the icing tasted amazing I could eat bowls of that stuff and of course the custard cream on top was as yummy as always. Overall I would give these cakes a good 7/10 and Liam gave them a solid 8.5/10

If you have any recipes you think I should try, let me know! I am all for eating some more cakes haha!

Cheerio For Now,

Fern xx

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My Top Festive Foods And Drinks

It’s blogmas day 11! We are nearly at the half way mark! Are you enjoying your December so far? I would love to hear about what your all getting up to!

For me one of my favourite things about Christmas is the food and drink! Me and Liam have a Christmas hamper full of goodies that we keep in the living room, so we can munch as much as we like during this merry season! This changes all the time as we are constantly re filling it with new yummy foods and drinks to replace the ones we have eaten!

Today I am going to be sharing with you my favourite treats for this time of year, what are your favourites? What shall I add to our hamper?

Food

As you may or may not know, I absolutely love gingerbread! And this time of year is full off gingerbread! While I absolutely love making my super easy gingerbread, you can find the recipe here. And these are definitely in my top foods. Mr Kipling released a few years ago gingerbread whirls. These are exactly like their traditional Viennese whirls but in my opinion a million times more tasty! They are gingerbread flavoured! Get in my belly!
In our family we have a tradition of always giving each other a Cadbury selection box for Christmas. For me Christmas would not be Christmas without selection boxes. I love them and it’s something I will continue to love.

If you can’t have chocolate for Breakfast on Christmas Morning … when can you?

Sticking with a chocolate theme. I bloody love a Terry’s chocolate orange. I know you can buy these all year round for me it’s a Christmas treat! I love that you have to smash it open and all the little segments break apart. I always think they smell amazing aswell! So festive and scrumpy!

Drink

Got chocolates are 100% my favourite Christmas drink! I love filling my mug with squirts creams, marshmallows and anything else I can find to top it all off, however to make it super festive I have been sprinkling a little bit of cinnamon on the top. This is a lovely touch and really makes it feel even more Christmassy.

I love the Vimto drink you can buy, and at Christmas time they always release a winter spice flavoured Vimto. It is recommended you serve this hot and it’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold December day. I love this drink and will be super sad when they stop selling it again. Best I start stocking up on it!

Finally I thought I would end this post on an alcoholic drink, as I can’t lie these are usually my go to Christmas celebration drink. I love drinking port and lemonade during the month of December. It’s not my usual go to drink however there is something really special and Christmassy about it. It tastes just like Ribenna and Wally is super yummy. I love this drink and I will defiantly be drinking lots of it the closer we get to Christmas!

And that the end of blogmas day 11! December is going super fast for me this year!

Hope you are all well and having a lovely festive season!

Cheerio For Now,

Fern xx

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Super Easy Gingerbread

It would not be Christmas if there was no gingerbread! gingerbread is My favourite Christmas treat. I love the warmth it gives and it just makes me feel super festive and cosy. I love dunking gingerbread in milk to make it soft, its the best evening treat!

For today’s blogmas post, I thought i would share with you my easy no fuss gingerbread making recipe, but first I though we could have a giggle! Originally this post was planned to be a festive chocolate brownie recipe. I spent the morning making this already for cutsie blog photos, and they turned out to be a MASSIVE flop!

EXPECTATIONS VS REALITY……

 

So Now we have all had a giggle at my massive fail, I am going to share this super easy gingerbread recipe, that even I can do!

Ingredients

  • 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out     25035150_10208505113223962_328469252_o.jpg
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g/4½oz butter
  • 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
If you recreate this recipe, I would love to see some pictures, send them to me on Twitter @LifeWithFernie or if you have had any baking fails please let me know, I love hearing this sorts of things, they do make me chuckle!
Cheerio For Now,
Fern xx
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A Selfless Christmas

Christmas is a super busy and joyous time of year however for some people this is not always the case, This year is a super busy Christmas however I still wanted to ensure I helped as many people as possible and give as many people as possible a very merry Christmas or at least contribute to it. That why I have decided to have a selfless Christmas.

After lots of thinking and hundreds of ideas I have narrowed it down to five, It was so hard just picking five however i just personally do not have the time or money to do it all.However my theory is that if everyone in the world does just five selfless things this Christmas we could make a MASSIVE impact on so many lives.

I really urge you to think of five selfless acts that you could do this season and I would love to hear what you have been getting up to, we really could make such a difference this Christmas and what a wonderful things that is to do.

below I have explained the five things I am going to do this Christmas, I hope I have inspired someone to do the same as me, lets spread some Christmas cheer!

I have decided that every time I do my weekly food shop from now till Christmas I shall buy three extra items and donate it to my local food banks. In my local coop and Sainsburys there is a huge bin that the items can be donated too so this its so easy to donate. maybe your local shops do this too? as I am writing this I know there is 5 more shopping trips till Christmas so that is at least 15 items of food I will be donating. Imagine if we all did that?

In addition to that I will also be using the donation boxes that are on our tills in our local shops. In our town there is always donation buckets by the tills, from now on I will be donating all my change every time I shop, to one of these buckets. Over time all my change will add up and can be used to help so many other people. I am going to be encouraging everyone I know to do the same to. after all…

look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves

Keeping with the donating theme, My local coop is organising a toy collection to help children in our local area that are living in poverty and are likely not to receive a present this Christmas. I will be purchasing a toy brand new and donating it to them. I am sure there is so many projects like this around, especially this time of year, maybe you could donate a toy too?

I work in retail and this is such a massively busy time for us, its often easy to lose the Christmas cheer as its super stressful. this year I am going to bake lots of yummy Christmas treats and take them into work for the staff to munch on during their breaks, I hope this will lift everyone’s mood and bring back some festive fun into this busy time.

Finally I am going to write and send letters of appreciation to friends and family. I hope that these little letters and cards will put a smile of everyone face and I hope to inspire other people to do the same. if we all wrote one letter and they wrote one and so on and so on, there could be so many happy people in the world and knowing that makes me feel amazing!

So those are my very small way I am having a selfless Christmas, and I really hope I have inspired you to do the same!

Cheerio for now,

Fern xx