As many of you know, I love to bake. Although you probably wouldn’t know that if you’re a recent Subscriber to Ami Rose as it’s been lacking in recipe development/baking posts recently. Sorry guys. My kitchen is non-existent at the moment, we’re in the process of moving house and the house we’re moving in to is a complete renovation project (more on that very soon). But yes, I’m sure I’ll make it up to you with lots of baking posts very very soon. Anyway, when Voucherbox gave me the opportunity to feature my Millionaire’s Shortbread Recipe in their FREE Recipe Book I couldn’t say no.

My Millionaire’s Shortbread Recipe is one of my most popular, to my readers and to family. And Sam who’s always asking me to make it again and again. I make my recipes short and sweet, they have as little steps as possible; my Millionaire’s Shortbread recipe has just FOUR steps. Yes really. It’s honestly not as hard as it looks, but it tastes absolutely delicious (if I do say so myself).

Millionaire's Shortbread, Voucherbox FREE Recipe Book

Millionaire's Shortbread, Voucherbox FREE Recipe Book

The Voucherbox Cookbook is filled with FREE Low Cost Recipes (my Millionaire’s Shortbread costs around 30p per slice). And each and every recipe has been created by Food and Lifestyle Bloggers like myself. Some of my favourite recipes in the Cookbook are the Spinach, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup by Petra and the Maple Cinnamon Apple Crumble by Stuart. Fiona has also created a gorgeous Garlic and Herb Marinade that I’d love to try at some point.

You can read or download the FREE recipe book right here.

I would love to hear your favourites? Or if you have a go at making my Millionaire’s Shortbread yourself.

Until next time,

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It’s been THREE YEARS since I last wrote a ‘What’s In My Bag’ post. Three whole years. Where does time go? Yet my bag is still full of similar/the same products. I’m still using the same Ted Baker Purse, but then I suppose that shows just how durable they are as it still looks new. This is an uncut version, I haven’t gone through my bag and removed things first, I have literally tipped my bag upside down and I’m going to tell you about everything in it. That’s what you want really isn’t it? The bag I’m using at the moment, and have been using since January 2016 is the Michael Kors Sutton, in the medium size and in Black. My fiance bought this for my Birthday last year and I’ve been using it ever since.

Michael Kors Sutton Black Leather - What's In My Bag Tag

Michael Kors Sutton Black Leather - What's In My Bag Tag

The first thing I’m going to quickly mention is my Ted Baker purse. This sadly is no longer available as I’ve had it over 4/5 years. It’s got a French Bulldog lining and I just love it. I may replace it this year. But then again, you’ll probably be reading my next What’s In My Bag post in another three years time with the same purse featured… Next is my portable phone/iPad/camera charger. My brother bought me this for my Birthday this year and I haven’t been without it since. It is the EasyAcc Power Bank and it will charge an iPhone up to 5 times! It’s actually on sale for £12.99 reduced from £59.99 so grab it while you can. It will charge three things at the same time too.

Then I’ve got two MAC Lipsticks, both in Mocha. This is the colour I wear daily but one of them in pretty much empty. No idea why I’m carrying them both around with me. The only other lip product I have with me is a little tin of Vaseline, doesn’t everyone? I don’t apply this as much as I should but it’s always there when I need it. I’ve also got a Carex Hand Gel in Bubble Gum (smells amazing) and a Cranberry Joy Hand Cream that should have been thrown away a while ago…

Poo Bags don’t need an explanation do they? I’ve got a dog so I’ve got Poo Bags coming out of my ears; I find them in every handbag, every coat and every jean back pocket yet I’ve never got one when I need one. How does that work? I’ve also got multiple receipts in the bottom of my bag. I’m usually good at filing/throwing them so these are only from the last couple of days. £37.50 at Asda on Curtains, Candles, Ice Lollies and a Jumper, £21 at B&M for Pillows, Paint and Chocolate and £18.70 at Redwood Farm, the place I get the giant cheesecakes.

Hiding in the back zip pocket is a pack of Pur Mojito Lime Mints, Paracetamol, a Sanitary Pad and a Leather Care Card that came with the bag and a Models Own Mirror. Just those things you need in case of emergencies (apart from the Leather Care Card obviously, no idea why that is still in there). I then have my Lulu Guinness Tangle Teezer that comes in handy almost every single day. I have very thick hair which tangles easily so I always turn to this. It’s the Compact version with a cover which is ideal for a handbag.

I still have so many things to write about, how have I possibly fit all of this into my handbag. And do I really need to be carrying it all around with me every. single. day? Probably not. But then again, I think I do use everything. I have a Charlie Body Spray in Touch, I replace my Body Sprays once a month or so, then my Inhaler which I haven’t used since 2014, a pack of Peppa Pig Tissues, a fold up shopping bag that I always forget I have, a notepad and pen and my car/house keys. Oh and a spare USB Charger.

I always carry a torch with me, but never remember I’ve got it in times of need. Funny story – we once got a Jeep stuck on a beach in a restricted zone (that we didn’t realise we’d gone in to) in Turkey, and the tide was coming in. It was pitch black and four of us were digging it out for about an hour, it wasn’t until we got back to the hotel that I realised I had a torch all along. No-one would talk to me for a couple of hours after that… Another thing I always carry are teabags as I drink Green Tea which people don’t usually have.

Last but not least are some magnets which I had made a while ago and 2 envelopes with my wages from the 4 hours a week I do at my local Post Office. I’ve been working there 10 years in April and can’t bring myself to leave, even though I’ve had a full time job for nearly 4 years now. It’s nice to go back and catch up with the staff and everyone in the village I grew up in.

That’s it, that’s everything in my handbag and pretty much all of it I carry around each and every day. Maybe I should  have a think about the things I actually need, because it’s not normal to be able to write almost 1000 words on the contents of a handbag…

What handbag are you using on a day to day basis? I love my Michael Kors Sutton.

Until next time,

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Well it’s been 3 years since my last Twinings Tea Tasting, where does time go? I thought it was about time I did an update, including some of the new teas and a retest of my favourites. Spoiler: Blackcurrant and Rhubarb is still absolutely divine. Whenever I go into London and have some ‘me time’ to shop around, I always make my way to the Twinings Tea Shop and Museum in Strand. And this was the first place we went when we headed into London for Sam’s Birthday last month. You can read all about what else we got up to on our trip here.

Twinings Tea Tasting 2017 New Twinings Teas and Favourites

I initially went to pick up some teas for my Grandma as I was going to give her some as part of her Christmas present. I’ve recently got her into drinking Green Tea and now she’s drinking it by the box. And is feeling so much better for it. I can’t remember the last time I drank a ‘normal’ tea. Anyway, I thought I’d buy my Grandma a selection of teas to try and hoped she’d find some new favourites amongst them. It wasn’t until I was purchasing these for her that I thought about getting some for myself too and doing a Twinings Tea Tasting (part 2).

I’ve already mentioned above but I’m going to go ahead and say that Blackcurrant and Rhubarb is still my absolute favourite, very closely followed by Mango and Strawberry. I could drink these again and again throughout the day and they really satisfy my sugar cravings. Sam came into my office when I was drinking the Mango and Strawberry Tea and asked if I’d sprayed perfume. It smells so sweet.

The first new tea I tried was the Spicy Chai, this is flavoured with Cinnamon, Clove and Ginger. You can add milk and sugar to sweeten it which I probably should have done as it was very strong. I then tried the China Rose, this one was very fragrant and I was certain I wasn’t going to like it. Much to my surprise, I did. It’s definitely not something I could drink all the time though. Another one I was pleasantly surprised with was the Root Ginger infusion. I like Ginger but thought it would be far too strong in a tea, but this was so enjoyable. I even brewed the tea a little longer for a stronger taste.

Pure White Tea was one I tried, and loved, in my last Twinings Tea tasting. This is very similar to Green Tea but a little sweeter. I could drink this throughout the day like I do with Green Tea. I’ll be buying a box of these when I spot them (on offer of course). Another Green Tea I tried was the Gingerbread Green Tea. I’d tried the Salted Caramel and Fudge Melts ones before and didn’t like them so was expecting to feel the same about the Gingerbread one. And unfortunately I did, they’re just a bit too sweet for me.

I must admit, the Smoky Lapsang tea ended up down the sink, there is no way I could have drank that. It smelt like a BBQ, I just knew I’d hate it so it didn’t touch my lips. But the Golden Darjeeling and Pure Ceylon made up for that one, especially the Golden Darjeeling. There were both enjoyable ‘every day’ teas. I drank the Pure Ceylon black but I think it would have been more enjoyable with a dash of milk.

Do you love Twinings Tea as much a me? Which are your favourites?

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As much as I love Winter, I can’t help but long for the warmer, Spring/Summer months. But there really are so many ways to love Winter, and I’m hoping these Winter Blues Tips will help. I always say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing, be prepared and what’s not to love? I work in my local Post Office on a Wednesday and throughout the Winter, customers come in moaning about the cold and rain, then the same customers come in in the summer moaning about the heat and longing for rain to clear the air. Really? I love to wind people up by saying how gorgeous the weather is when it’s pouring with rain or blowing a gale. Their faces say it all. But why can’t we love the wind and the rain as much as we love the sun?

Winter Blues Tips | Warner Bros Escape This January

1. One of my favourite things to do in the Winter is to go on a walk. Especially in the crisp, frosty mornings or just as the sun is setting in the evening. There’s nothing quite like it. And Milo loves it too. Just wrap up warm and explore. It’s sometimes hard to drag myself out into the cold but I’ve never regretted it.

2. Snuggle in bed with a cup of tea, naughty treats and your favourite movie. Just escape. Sam and I watched Pan the other night and we’re planning on watching Tarzan tomorrow, I’m loving these new/re-releases at the moment.  We watched Interstellar in the cinema when it was released and both loved it, I’m looking forward to watching that one again too.

3. Pamper. Run yourself a warm bath and relax. I always add Westlab Epsom Salts to detox my body and a LUSH Bubble Bar. My favourite at the moment is Candy Mountain, such a gorgeous, sweet scent. If I’m feeling extra ‘meh’ I’ll put a face mask on too, and maybe even a hair mask.

4. Exercise. I know this probably isn’t one of the Winter Blues Tips you wanted to hear, but it works. Over the Winter/Christmas period, I eat so much. It’s pretty ridiculous really but I’m sure I’m not speaking for myself here. I hate the idea of exercise but I feel amazing afterwards, it can be a walk like mentioned above, a Yoga session or a more intense workout. Whatever works best for you.

5. Have a clear out. Call me crazy but I could spend an entire Sunday tidying, and absolutely love it. Winter is a perfect time to go through your clothes/make-up/everything else as you’re spending more time indoors. I get all my summer clothes ready, plan outfits and get rid of almost an entire wardrobe that I’ve never worn (I’ve just taken two bin bags to the charity shop). I really want to give a Capsule Wardrobe a go once we’re all settled into our house, I only wear a handful of items anyway. Tidying makes me feel organised, motivated and ready for the days ahead. You know what they say, tidy room tidy mind. That’s 100% true in my case.

Have you got any Winter Blues Tips to add to these?

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January is always a health kick, weight loss, start to love my body again month for me. I’m definitely a ‘new year, new start’ person, I’m SO motivated in January. And this year I had an extra boost, in the form of LighterLife Fast products, to help me through the month. I binged and binged and binged throughout the Christmas break, but doesn’t everyone? I just can’t resist the sweets and treats put in front of me. And the only time I exercise over Christmas is when I walk to the fridge to get more chocolate. I couldn’t be happier to have the LighterLife Fast products by my side to kick start my January health kick.

I wanted to write this post just to tell you about the LighterLife Fast products and give you a little insight into what it’s all about, what products they offer and what you can expect to get out of the 5:2 diet. Then I’ll be writing another post after a month of using the products to let you know how they’ve worked for me.

LighterLife Fast 5:2 Diet

The LighterLife Fast is a 5:2 Diet, available exclusively at Superdrug. You eat normally for 5 days and ‘fast’ using the meals, shakes, bars and pots for 2 days. The Fastpacks restrict your daily calories, and on the LighterLife Fast 5:2 diet, you can expect to eat up to 800 calories on a Fast Day. There is such a range of foods in the Fastpacks, including Shakes, Bars, Soups, Porridge and meals such as Carbonara or Shepherds Pie. You should chose four of these for a Fast Day. For example a Strawberry Shake for Breakfast, Pasta Carbonara for Lunch, a Fudge Nut Bar as a Snack and Spaghetti Bolognese for Dinner. Doesn’t really sound like fasting does it? Fastpacks give you 100% of your RDAs of nutrients, without the calories.

I’ve tried some of the products before and have already done 3 fast days this month. This has given me a chance to try some of the new products available too. The Strawberry Shakes are by far my favourite, I could drink these every single day. Shakes are often grainy or watery but these are delicious. And a little hack for you – pop it in the fridge for an hour after shaking – this will thicken it. It honestly tastes like Angel Delight. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Marathi Lentil Masala with Rice Fastpot and the Pasta Carbonara is lovely too. The Nut Fudge Bars have remained one of my favourites since my last LighterLife fast, I pop this one in the fridge too which makes it extra yummy. The Bars are great for satisfying sugar cravings, especially the Double Chocolate Meal Replacement Bar.

LighterLife have just introduced the Light Bites Snack Range. These are all less than 100 calories per product and make a perfect alternative to fatty or sugary snacks. Whether you’re on a fast day or not. Products in this range start at just 99p and consist of Bars, Popped Chips and Fruit Chips. I haven’t tried any of these yet so I’ll let you know what I think in my ‘How I Got On’ post next month. Up to two of the Light Bites range can be consumed on a Fast Day, in addition to the four products from Fastpacks.

I’m really looking forward to trying the other products and would LOVE for you to join me on my LighterLife Fast Challenge. And lucky for you, I can make that happen. LighterLife have kindly gifted me a 2 week Kick Off Kit worth £38.00 for one of my readers, this contains everything you need for 2 weeks on the LighterLife Fast Diet. Porridges, Bars, Shakes, Meals the lot, along with a free shaker. You can enter the giveaway using Rafflecopter below.

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UK only. The winner gives permission for me to share their details with LighterLife so they can arrange delivery of the prize. If the winner does not claim their prize within 28 days, a new winner will be chosen. There will be one winner chosen at random on 9th February.

Have you tried the LighterLife Fast before?

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