June’s Degustabox, the BBQ Box arrived just before I left for a long weekend away, I had to resist ripping it open and going through it there and then because I knew I’d want to take everything with me. Degustabox is a monthly food subscription box, each with a different theme, costing £12.99 per box including your P&P. If you’re interested in trying Degustabox for yourself you can save a massive £6 discount with my code BLDEG15 meaning your box will be just £6.99. Worth a try right? Degustabox June 2016 contains;

Degustabox June 2016

Haywards Medium and Tangy Silverskin Onions – A classic and flavoursome taste, perfect to accompany a BBQ, cheese board or a simple salad in the office. I’ve left mine in the fridge at work and have been adding them to my daily Greek salads.

Branston Spicy Tomato Relish – Spice up your burgers or hot dogs with Branston’s Spicy Tomato Relish with added Chilli and Jalapenos. This is right up my street, I’m always adding extra spice to my food and can’t wait to try this one.

Heinz Amoy Coconut Milk – Made in Thailand from ripe, fresh coconuts and a traditional ingredient to add flavour and thickness to curries. This can also be used in dessert dishes which is where I’m going to use it, I think I’ll make Lemon and Coconut Cupcakes, watch this space!

Schwartz Grill Mates American Smokehouse – A homemade burger mix to make juicier, tastier burgers. I’ve been saying to Sam for a while that I want to make homemade burgers to I may give this a go soon. I can’t guarantee they’ll look anything like burgers but at least they’ll taste good.

Zeo Cloudy Lemon – This one disappeared within an hour of me opening the my Degustabox, I very rarely drink fizzy drinks but I can’t resist a glass of cloudy lemonade every now and again. This one is made with 98% spring water and sweetened with Stevia and beet and cane sugar meaning each 250ml has just 28 calories.

Sacla Pesto Pots – I’ve just got back into Pesto so these are great to keep in the cupboard. Each one is a single serving, perfect to add to pasta, chicken or pizzas. I’ve got a ‘make your own’ pizza post planned so I’ll incorporate these into that one.

Butterkist Yoghurt Coated Popcorn – Another one that disappeared right away, I’m not keen on yogurt flavoured or coated things but they’re one of Sam’s favourites. He had a serving or two of these with his lunch.

Bakedin Mug Brownie – I’ve tried Bakedin products before so I was excited to receive this one in my Degustabox. They’re so simple to make, just pour the contents of the tub into a mug, add butter and water and voila, you’ve got a gorgeous chocolate brownie in less than 3 minutes.

Marstons Crafted Lager – I don’t drink so Sam was happy to receive this one. Although I don’t think he’s tried it yet, I’ll report back when he does.

Smooze Mango and Coconut Ice Lollies – LOVE the idea of these. Smooze make many different flavours of freeze at home ice lollies, including this Mango and Coconut flavour. They’re a healthy version of Sun Lollies that I’m sure anyone my age will remember. These are 100% vegan.

Miracle Noodle Angel Hair – One of the strangest food items I’ve seen in my life. This is Shirataki pasta, known for its health benefits and is remarkably low in calories. And only takes 2 minutes to cook. I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve tried it.

Destopper-Olivier Belgian Butters – I’m trying not to open these quite yet as I know I’ll eat the whole box when I do. These Waffle Crisps are a perfect with your afternoon tea or coffee. If you’re anything like me, it’ll be hard to stop at one.

Do you get Degustabox? What did you think of June’s box?

Ami xxxxx

As the prospect of Sam and I buying our own house grows, so does my homeware wishlist, I’m forever getting ideas and adding them to my wishlists. Being asked to write a Moleta Munro Wishlist was just a chance to add EVEN more to this, sorry bank balance. We’ve already bought so much, we’ve got our breakfast bar stools (not that we know whether we’ll even have a breakfast bar yet), toaster, almost every cup, plate, bowl, cutlery and a hundreds of bakeware items, I can already tell the kitchen is going to be my favourite place to be. We’ve only decided on the colour scheme of the kitchen, bathroom and lounge, I can’t decide on the bedroom whatsoever.

Moleta Munro Wishlist

1. A Rest Three Seater Sofa – We’ve decided on a grey and purple colour scheme for the lounge and this sofa would be perfect. It’s minimalist but looks rather comfy too. There’s plenty of room for lots and lots and lots of cushions.

2. Printed Cushion Wrong For Hay – Like this one, although this would be for the kitchen. Moleta Munro do quite a few different prints for these cushions but this one was my favourite.

3. Palissade Chair – I love the bistro style outdoor chairs and these green/sage colour ones would look nice with pink cushions and accessories.

4. A Coat Stand Byalex – I’m tempted to go for a black/gold/copper theme in one of the rooms and this coat stand is absolutely gorgeous.

5. Bella Coffee Table Hay – I think this would work perfectly in the lounge with the grey sofa. Although I go through stages of really liking wooden furniture but then really hating it so we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

6. Now Magazine Rack – Another copper/rose gold item, I’m actually tempted to put something like this in my office to display all the magazines that my company has been featured in.

7. Varjo Rug Grey – Something else for the lounge, a room wouldn’t be complete without a rug, especially when I’m thinking of dark wooden floors. This rug would make it much cosier.

8. Twiggy Letture Floor Lamp – I’ve got a feeling I’m going to have so many different lights throughout the house, and Moleta Munro have hundreds. I get so fed up with dull rooms and not being able to see anything, I’ve got even worse since I’ve been blogging too! This one would work really well in the hallway or kitchen.

I’d love for you to leave links to your recent homeware hauls/wishlists, I’m always looking for things to add to mine. Would any of these Moleta Munro items be on your wishlist?

Ami xxxxx

*in collaboration with Moleta Munro

My Dad had a BBQ on the weekend and asked if I could do some baking. I love when I get asked because I set aside time to do it, rather than just telling myself I don’t have the time. My Mother was only saying the other day that she hadn’t seen any baking on my blog recently, sorry guys. I had an idea to make Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes (I will make them soon though) but couldn’t find the Haribo Strawberries to top them, instead I found these Ice Creams so decided on Ice Cream Cupcakes. This is a nice and simple recipe and one I feel I’ve almost perfected after many years of Cupcake making.

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cupcakes Ingredients:

Makes 12 Cupcakes

90g butter

90g sugar

90g self raising flour

1tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

Icing Ingredients:

125g softened butter (not melted)

1tsp vanilla extract

300g icing sugar

1-2tbsp double cream (if needed)

Topping and colouring of your choice

Method:

Preparation – 20 minutes | Baking – 12-15 minutes

1. Preheat your oven to 170°c and line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases.

2. Whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk again until well combined.

4. Add the flour a little at a time and fold into the mixture, folding allows as much air to remain in the mixture as possible meaning you’ll have nice, well risen cupcakes.

5. Fill each cupcake case around 3/4 of the way and place your cupcakes in the oven for 12-15 minutes. I usually turn the heat up to around 200°c for the first 2-3 minutes then turn the heat back down to 170°c for the remainder of the time. This always helps my cupcakes rise.

6. Leave for 30 minute to ensure fully cool before decorating.

7. To make the buttercream icing, cream together the butter and vanilla then add the icing sugar a little at a time, fold into the mixture then whisk well until fully combined, add cream if the mixture seems a little stiff.

8. I took a couple of spoonfuls out of the mixture and added pink and yellow food colouring so I could have a coloured swirl in my icing.

9. Add your buttercream into a piping bag with a small star nozzle then swirl all over your cupcakes.

10. Either leave them as they are or top with a decoration of your choice. I used jelly ice creams.

Enjoy…

What do you think of these Ice Cream Cupcakes? I’d love to see your photos on Twitter (@AmiRoseBlog) if you have a go at making these. Do you have a go-to cupcake recipe that works every time?

Ami xxxxx

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Avon Manicure Monday but boy have I’m been missing out. I’ve always been a fan of Avon nail products and their Avon Magic Effects Molten Metal range is no exception, the colours are just divine. I wish I’d bought more than one now, I’m eyeing up the Gold and Blue Steel colours already. This is part of their Magic Effects range that I’ve already featured, the Turquoise colour is one of my favourites and is my go-to colour for my toes as it lasts so so long, I couldn’t wait to try the Molten Metals range.

Avon Magic Effects Molten Metal

Avon Magic Effects Molten Metal

The formula to the Avon Magic Effects Molten Metal range is very similar to the original Magic Effects range, although I would say it’s a little thinner so you couldn’t quite get away with one coat, although I almost always use two coats anyway. I prepped my nails with the Boots No7 Nail and Cuticle Cream and used a Base Coat of BarryM’s 3 in 1 nail polish before using my two coats of Avon Magic Effects Molten Metal in Copper.

This didn’t take long to try at all, I did have a little help from my O.P.I Quick Dry Drops to ensure my nails were fully dry. There’s nothing worse than spending a while painting your nails to then ruin them trying to do a simple household task, I love painting my nails now thanks to these drops.

I’m so so so so impressed with the coverage and shine of this colour, just look how gorgeous it is. Why oh why did I not buy more colours? Actually saying that, my Grandma kindly bought me this polish as I always have a flick through the Avon catalogue when I visit, I may have to treat myself next time. The Graphite colour is wonderful.

I topped my two coats of Copper in a coat of Orly Tough Cookie, I’m yet to find a top coat that I love more than this one. I find it helps my polish last well over a week and adds a beautiful shine throughout.

Have you tried any colours from the Avon Magic Effects Motel Metal range yet? Which are you favourites?

Ami xxxxx

June’s Look Fantastic Beauty Box (#LFJETSETTER*) has been made with summer travel in mind, filled with products to pamper before your holidays, as well as being the perfect size to fit in your hand luggage and travel with you.  The June 2016 box doesn’t disappoint, I was so excited to open it and see the Mr. Blanc Teeth Whitening Strips staring at me, along with other products from Cowshed, Korres, Caudalie and many many more. The Look Fantastic Beauty Box starts at just £11.25 a month and this box is worth over £65, they’ve included July’s edition of ELLE magazine which is a lovely bonus.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box June 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box June 2016

I’m always even more eager to dig into my Look Fantastic Beauty Box when I haven’t tried any of the products before, although it is always a treat to open a box and see one of your favourites. The products I was most excited to try in June’s box were the Caudalie Eye Cream and the Mr. Blanc Teeth Whitening Strips. I discovered REN Wake Wonderful in May’s Look Fantastic Beauty Box and it’s now one of my favourites, I’ve been using it three times a week and noticed such a different over the month. June’s box includes;

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream – I was really eager to try this as I haven’t tried any products by Caudalie before and they’ve always been well recommended. This is infused with Copper, Silver and Iridescent Pearlisers to help combat dullness and illuminate skin; just what I need and perfect for that summer glow.

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturiser – Again, I haven’t tried any of Naobay’s products before. This is made with 98% natural ingredients including Rosehip and Sweet Almond Oils, it really does smell lovely.

Korres Basil Lemon Shower Gel – I love Korres products and I love citrus scented products too so this is a dream. This helps to keep your skin healthy while giving you a burst of energy.

Mr. Blanc Teeth Whitening Strips – I’m always eager to try teeth whitening products but I’m yet to find one that really works. I haven’t tried anything like these before, they’re a similar concept to the Crest Whitening Strips that many recommend. The box comes with three sachets, I’ve used one and noticed a slight difference already and I’m going to try another this evening, I’ll let you know how I get on.

Cowshed Moisturising Hand Cream – Can you ever have too many hand creams? They’re something that I always carry with me as my hands get so dry throughout the day. This one is made with Chamomile, Grapefruit and Cinnamon. It smells so different to anything I’ve smelled before and I absolutely love it.

Dead Sea Spa Magik BB Cream – This is perfect for a trip abroad (or warm UK weather if that’s a thing). It’s infused with Dead Sea Minerals and Vitamin E and works to hydrate and radiate your skin. It adapts to your natural skin tone meaning one shade suits all. Perfect for a holiday as I always forget to take ‘tanned skin’ foundation with me.

Tan Organic Self Tan Oil – I’m not a big self tanner, and when I say not a big, I mean I’ve never done it in my life. I’m always scared I’ll look like an Oompa Loompa. I’m going to give this one a go though, it’s not your usual self tanner, it helps to moisturise your skin whilst giving you a gorgeous natural glow. This is another citrus scented product, I love all the citrus in this box.

Would you like all of these amazing products at an even more amazing price? You can order your box here from only £11.95. You could also be one of 40 lucky people to win a St. Tropez Bundle worth £140!

Do you get the Look Fantastic Beauty Box? What do you think of the goodies in this month’s?

Ami xxxxx