25 May 2015

Baking Recipe | The ULTIMATE Chocolate Cookie

Who doesn't love a chocolate-filled giant chocolate cookie? Hands up! Because I know I do. Let's break it down as I tell you how to bake these goodies...

I have to admit this recipe is not my own; It is that of Vivianna's from her Cookie Monster post. But I have baked these cookies multiple times and they are always a hit with everyone who is lucky enough to taste them so I thought I would pass on the recipe again, giving full props to Anna of course for the mouth-watering cookie recipe! So, you will need:

- 200g unsalted butter
- 300g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 275g self-raising flour
- 75g coca powder
- A couple of big bars of chocolate (choice is yours!)
- Splash of milk (if needed)

After washing your hands I always find it easiest to weigh out all the ingredients, just so you know what you're working with. Turn your oven to 180 degrees and line two trays with baking paper. Then take your butter and sugar and mix it together until it is a creamy consistency. I use an electric mixer but if you've got a bit more arm strength than I have, then mixing it manually works as well. Don't worry too much about loosing all the 'gritty' texture of the sugar just yet, it will eventually form into the mixture. Mix in your egg until the mixture has all formed into one. Next it's time to add the flour and the cocoa powder. Doing this in stages works best as I have made the mistake of getting flour everywhere once I turned the electric mixer on! The mixture will start to become a lot drier, but feel free to add a drop or two of milk to make things a bit more manageable. Add your broken up chocolate to the mix and then it's time to get your hands grubby. Create round handful size balls and pop them onto your tray (I usually do 5 to a tray) and then pop them into the oven for 10 minutes then leave to cool. 

Voila! Mega chocolate cookies goodness! Let me know if you try this recipe out - it's my favourite one to bake at the moment! What other recipes would you like to see here on Thumbelina Lillie?
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23 May 2015

Giveaway | WIN £250 BARBOUR VOUCHER WITH PSYCHE

Want the chance to win a £250 voucher to spend on Barbour garments online with Psyche? Read below to enter and for more details!

So I've teamed up with local retail store Psyche to give you an amazing opportunity of winning a voucher where you can spend up to £250 on their Barbour garments. Barbour is one of the most recognisable British heritage brand with a real vibe for the outdoors. For the males there are options from their statement Quilted Jackets and Polo Shirts and for the ladies the likes of Outdoor Parkas and stunning Shirts. All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below - good luck! 

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21 May 2015

Fashion | Boohoo & Style For Stroke

Something exciting is happening. Boohoo have teamed up with Style for Stroke to make a difference and raise money. & they have got us bloggers doing something pretty fun...

Boohoo challenged me and fourty-nine other social media influencers and bloggers to get in touch with our creative side and design a t-shirt surrounding our 'Famous Last Words'. However, it is not all fun and games - it is actually to support an amazing cause. The whole jist behind the designs, are to raise awareness for Style for Stroke and to raise money for those who have had and have to live with the effects of a stroke. In the UK there are currently around 1.2 million people who are doing so, isn't that a crazily high number?

So where do you come in? Well, this is essentially a competition. You can vote for your favourite design which will be made into a real-deal t-shirt sold on the Boohoo website where part of the proceeds will go towards the stroke association - cool, eh?! Some of the top social media people, including Naomi Smart & The Lean Machines have already designed theirs here, and they're available to purchase! If you like my design above, I'd love for you to click here and give me a little ol' vote - it only takes two minutes of your time and you just need your name & email address. I decided to use this quote because I believe that when bad things happen, it is not the end and there is a rainbow around every corner.

Thank you if you took the time out to vote for my design. I am so grateful to be included in this fun activity for such an amazing cause! What would your 'Famous Last Words' be? 
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19 May 2015

Fragrance | My First Jo Malone Fragrance

Jo Malone has been at the forefront of my wishlist for over a year now and I decided to take the plunge and give myself a little post-university treat. Wrapped in the cutest box and bag, I squealed with excitement opening this package... 

So as you can see from the photograph above, I decided to go for the fragrance, Blackberry & Bay which is one of the more fruitier options. I like to go for fruity fragrances rather than a musky alternative as I find that they suit my personality in that they are light, floral and a little bit zesty. Jo Malone describe it as 'vibrant' and it is just that. The top note that is definitely the most noticeable is the Blackberry, which is such a lovely scent. It's a real juicy smell that is sweet and really warm and almost homely. The other notes are Bay Leaves which adds a real natural vibe and Cedarwood to add onto that natural smells with notes of wood. Overall, it's a real lovely fragrance and to me, it smells incredible.

Jo Malone Cologne's aren't they cheapest bottles on the market, this is the smallest of the two options and retails at £40. I'll probably be keeping this for 'best' as I have so many other fragrances that I can use on a day-to-day basis. Have you tried any Jo Malone fragrances? Which are your favourite scents? Let me know in the comments below - thanks for reading!
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