Lovely Finds No8

I'm back with another edition of lovely finds. It has been a very long time since I last posted one but I was lacking inspiration until today when I saw this really cute bag at my local shopping centre. So here it goes:


This chilli patterned bag gives me life! Honestly if I hadn't just bought myself a new bag, this would already be part of my collection.




Made with genuine turquoise stone, this necklace is sure to brighten up your outfit.




Spirited Away has been a favourite of mine since I was a child. A beautiful poster for any film junkies.




A beautifully embroidered one of a kind jean jacket. It is a bit pricey but it is just too cute. There is only one available on Etsy in a size XS/S.




Another very cute bag I would gladly add to my collection. Perfect for the summer, this bag is sure to give your look some holiday vibes. 




"Each ring is handmade using raw, natural crystals. The beauty of this is that every piece will turn out perfectly unique. This design features a mix of Blue Apatite & Aquamarine crystals (the birthstone for March). " Need I say more.




Palm Leaf prints are so fashionable and scream summer vibes!




If you love Lilo & Stitch as much as me, you will want this adorable Stitch iron on patch. A perfect addition for any Disney fans. 




All I can say is Dinosaurs and Dinosaurs make me happy. This would actually be a great gift for my sister... I'm tempted to buy it now.




Honey Soy Chicken

I've been quite obsessed with quick and easy meals lately so today I will be sharing with you a savoury recipe: my yummy honey soy chicken on rice with a side of garlic green beans. This meal is perfect for a quick lunch with only a few ingredients.


What You'll Need:

- boneless and skinless chicken fillets
- rice
- green beans
- garlic
- salt & pepper
- oyster sauce
- dark soy sauce
- honey
- olive oil or vegetable oil


How to do it:

1. Start by cooking your rice. This shouldn't take very long so you can start prepping your green beans if they are not trimmed yet.

2. Once the rice is cooked you can go ahead and place your green beans in a pan covered with water. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and let the water simmer for about 5 mins until the beans start to soften.

3. Meanwhile, you're going to prepare your chicken. Start by cutting your fillets in small dices and season with salt and pepper. Add a tablespoon of oyster sauce, a tablespoon of dark soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of honey. If you do not have any honey, you can add a spoon full of sugar. Mix together until every piece of chicken is covered.

4. Drain the water from the green beans and leave it aside. Meanwhile add olive oil to a skillet. Throw your chicken in and fry for about 5 mins. Make sure to keep stirring the chicken until caramelised.

5. Fry your green beans with garlic and butter for about 3 mins and season with salt. Finally, place the chicken and the green beans on your bed of rice. You can top your chicken with sesame seeds.






Enjoy!

Berry Granola Yogurt Bowl

Hello and Happy April! I know i'm a few days late but I hope you all had a lovely Easter.
Today I bring to you another easy recipe which involves yet again mixed berries. I love berries. This is really super simple, I don't really need to tell you how to make it but i'm going to anyway. This yogurt bowl is perfect for breakfast, a great alternative to the smoothie or açai bowl and is also a great and healthy idea for when you don't have much time. I must say that I have never been a huge yogurt fan but this, this is something else.



What You'll Need:

- yogurt (I chose a Greek style vanilla bio live yogurt)
- a handful of blackberries
- a handful of raspberries
- a handful of frozen mixed berries
- half a banana
- 1/2 cup of granola (I used Jordans super fruity granola)


How To Do It:

 In a bowl, pour in your yogurt and top it with the granola and your mixed berries and bananas. You could also drizzle some honey over the yogurt although I preferred not to as the yogurt and fruits were already sweet. And that's all there is to it!





Enjoy!

DIY Marbled Indigo Eggs

With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to share with you this very beautiful DIY that I came across on Pinterest. These stunning blue eggs can be found here. The result is just perfect and I am so loving the Indigo dye! It kind of makes me want to dye everything indigo. A definite must for Easter!






http://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-marbled-indigo-eggs/?crlt.pid=camp.6gstH5cKumyu

Classic Buttermilk Waffles with Mixed Berries

Waffles... So much easier than pancakes and just as lovely. I have been craving waffles for a while now so I decided to make the classic buttermilk ones, crisp on the outside yet soft and fluffy in the centre. I love pancakes and waffles equally however after eating pancakes, it always feels like I am carrying a food baby... Waffles taste great and are just so much lighter which is a bonus. Anyway, without further ado, here is my classic buttermilk waffle with mixed berries.


What You'll Need:

Waffles:

- waffle iron
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings:

- raspberries
- blackberries
- bananas
- strawberries
- honey
- dark chocolate
- whipped cream

How to do it:

1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract together. Pour into the well of the first bowl. Stir until the batter becomes slightly lumpy.

3. Preheat your waffle iron and spray with nonstick spray. Pour the batter into the waffle iron grid and close the lid. Cook until waffles are completely done. Use a fork to remove the waffles once cooked. Keep the waffles warm until they are ready to serve.

4. Now for the toppings. 
My first waffle is a strawberry & banana waffle with a chocolate base, drizzled with honey. I melted some dark chocolate in a casserole with milk and butter. I however didn't want it completely melted as I preferred a paste-like consistency for my waffle. 
My second waffle is whipped cream, blackberries and raspberries and my final waffle is raspberry, whipped cream and chocolate. 




Note: If you would like to achieve the frozen berries look simply freeze your berries ahead. Make sure they are fresh. Do not wash them before freezing them. Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer. Do not touch them with your fingers as this will ruin the look immediately. Wait a few minutes for the berries to defrost and place them on your waffles using a tweezer. And voila!
Frozen berries look beautiful on camera!

Enjoy!

Stained Glass Iphone Case

So today I will be showing you how I made this Stitch Stained Glass Iphone case. I had a clear case lying around waiting to be decorated. I wasn't sure what I wanted on the case until I saw these Disney themed stained glass on Pinterest and I was like "Yeah! That's what I want!"
I gathered my Sharpies and got to work.


What You'll Need:

- clear Iphone Case
- colourful Sharpies
- black marker
- stained glass image you would like to copy
- white paper

This is the image I used because I love Stitch. I do not own this image and I do not know who it belongs to so if it yours, please let me know so that I can give you credit:



How To Do It:


1. I started off by outlining the image onto my white sheet of paper like so. I didn't copy the image exactly as I wanted to change it up a bit to fit the dimensions of the case.



2. Grab your case and place the back of it onto your drawing. I secured mine with blue tack that way the case wouldn't slide off while I colour it in.


3. I drew the outlines onto the case first using a black marker and then coloured each piece in using different shades of colours. I improvised a bit for certain parts of the drawing such as the yellow coloured sand which does not appear on my initial drawing. Let it dry for a bit and then place it on your phone.

And voila! You have a brand new Iphone case!





Enjoy!

Egg-In-A-Hole

Today I will be sharing with you a very simple recipe for eggs-in-a-hole. Perfect for breakfast or snack time, it can be eaten on its own or as a sandwich.

Note: This is also a perfect recipe for Valentine's day 💕. Opt for a heart-shaped pastry cutter instead of a round one and surprise your loved one with a beautiful and tasty breakfast in bed!


What you'll need: (serves 2)

- 2 slices of bread (4 for sandwich)
- 2 eggs
- salt
- butter
- non-stick pan
- round pastry cutter or a glass


How to do it:


1. Start by cutting the holes out of your bread. I used a glass as I did not have a circle cutter. Meanwhile heat up your pan.


2. Your bread should look like this. For the sandwich, do not cut any holes into your two other slices.


3. Once your pan is hot, add some butter. Wait till the butter is melted then place your bread in the pan.


4. Wait till your bread becomes a golden colour before flipping it over.


5. Now that you've flipped your bread over, add a bit more butter in the hole where your egg will be cooked.


6. Crack your egg like so and add salt for flavour. Cover your pan and wait approx. 2 minutes till your egg is cooked and the bottom of the bread is golden. Repeat with your second slice of bread. For the sandwich, simply place your bread in the pan and cook till both sides are golden. This will be the base of your sandwich. Simply prepare your sandwich as you normally would, placing the slice with the egg at the top. I used German Salami for mine but bacon is another great option.




And there you have it, a delicious Egg-in-a-Hole! Don't hesitate to share photos of your egg-in-a-hole in the comments.

Enjoy!

Stranger Things T-Shirt

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD EGGO?

I'm in an 80s mood so i shall continue with yet another Stranger Things themed project. I have today for you a fashion DIY. So you might have noticed these "Should I Stay or Should Eggo" t-shirts and sweaters online and you may have also noticed that they cost quite a bit so instead of spending your money on the shipping fee, why not make it yourself? 



What You'll Need:

- plain white t-shirt
- transfer paper
- iron
- inkjet printer
- flat surface (table)
- scissors

How To Do It:


1. Prepare your image and print it on your transfer paper. For the one I used, I had to mirror the image and print it on the blank side so carefully read the instructions given with your transfer paper.


2. This is how the image appears once mirrored and printed onto the transfer paper.


3. Cut around your image and position it on your t-shirt. I advise not to have the image too high up. When ironing, it is best to use a flat surface e.g a wooden table. An ironing board is not advisable.  Heat the t-shirt up before by ironing it. For my transfer paper, the image must be face down on the t-shirt, with the red grid at the back facing upwards. I then slowly and consistently ironed the image for 3 minutes, with circular motions making sure to cover every section.


4. To fix the image, I used a silicon paper which came with the packet. I placed the silicon paper over the design and ironed it for 30 seconds and then peeled it off when it was still hot. 






Now you have a cute new t-shirt to add to your closet and one that you can show off to fellow Stranger Things lovers!

Enjoy!
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