Did somebody say p…p…p…pancakes ?

You will need:

  • 50g of egg whites,
  • 50ml of liquid (I vary between fruit juice, coconut water, dairy and non-dairy milks etc),
  • 1 teaspoon of sweetener (I use natvia or truvia, you could use any that you fancy),
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder,
  • 15g of protein powder (any flavour and type of choice),
  • 10g of casein protein (I use Neat Nutrition as it is THE best),
  • 25g of flour (remember that coconut and almond flour are more absorbant so will require more liquid).
  • Optional add ins; superfoods (maca powder, beetroot powder, matcha powder), chocolate chips or cacao nibs, raisins or other dried fruit, granola and obviously cacao powder!
  • Toppings; go crazy! I love chocolate sauces (cacao powder, yogurt and sweetener mixed together), peanut butter, caramel, Musclefood sugar free syrups or just a simple layer of yogurt!

Method:

  1. In a bowl whisk together your egg whites and liquid until the mixture has doubled in size and is nice and fluffy!
  2. Whisk in to the egg whites, the sweetener and baking powder.
  3. Now add in the rest of the ingredients, continuing to whisk until they are well combined.
  4. Leave the mix to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Now grease your frying pan and heat the pan on a medium heat.
  6. Drop a tablespoons worth of mix in to the pan; cook on one side for three minutes and then flip and cook on the other for around 2 minutes!
  7. Keep doing this until you have a mighty stack!
  8. Now go toppings crazy and ENJOYYYY!
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White chocolate surprise popcorn 

White Chocolate Christmas Popcorn Party Mix

White Chocolate Christmas Popcorn Party Mix

  • Servings: varies
  • Time: 15 min + cool
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • neutral cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernals
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 to 2 packages of white chocolate chips (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Pop popcorn using desired method.

For stove-top, add three kernals of popcorn to a large pan. Add enough oil (a tablespoon or two) to come almost halfway up the sides of the kernals. Turn heat to medium high.

When the three kernals pop, add the rest of the popcorn, cover and shake continuously as the popcorn pops. When there is a second (one-one thousand) between pops, remove from heat and immediately pour into a very large bowl or pan, or divide into two large ones.

Add in the pretzels, M&M’s and mini-marshmallows and toss.

Melt chocolate in the microwave. Start with a one minute increment, then stir and place back in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. If not melted, heat for another 30 seconds & stir. Repeat until melted.

Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn mixture and mix well with a large spoon, spatula or clean hands. Spread out onto two large sheet pans lined with waxed paper, parchment or foil. Sprinkle with salt. Allow to sit until the chocolate has hardened, break apart and eat.

Note: if your white chocolate, after melting, is still too thick to drizzle, whisk in a tablespoon or two of milk.

White chocolate cranberry spice bars !

 White Chocolate Cranberry Spice Bars! Like snowdrops over a country field, the white chocolate bits add a sweet creaminess to the crumb bars offsetting the tart tangy taste of cranberry sauce. You may notice a warm sweet-heat every once in awhile. It’s the candied baby ginger infused throughout. I use all-natural crystallized ginger slices and chop them up for added zing. For the merriest of holidays, make a batch of these bite-sized guilty pleasures. Perfect for a cookie exchange. 

WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY SPICE BARS
Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups chunky cranberry sauce

1/4 cup crystallized ginger

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together sugar and butter. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together. Add dry ingredients together. Spread 3/4 of batter into a 9″x13″ greased dish. Gently press down with a spoon to level. Divide cranberry sauce over top. Sprinkle white chocolate chips over cranberry mixture. Fill in with chopped crystallized ginger. Crumble remaining batter on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into squares or triangles. To make glaze, mix powdered sugar with milk, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over bars. 

Candy cane biscuits 

This is definitely one of my favourite holiday recipes. I make it every year. It’s so good and the best part about it, is that it makes your entire house smell like candy canes! It is definitely worth trying out!


Recipe:

1 1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

3 eggs

3 cups of flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup crushed candy canes

1/2 cup  chocolate chips

optional: extra chocolate chips, melted and extra crushed candy canes


 

Method

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees

Lightly grease a cookie sheet

Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl.

Add the dry ingredients one at a time.

Roll out the dough on the greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until light golden brown.

Let cool for 15 minutes. Cut into strips of biscuit. Place cut side-up onto the cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 more mins.

Optional: Dip the biscuit into the melted chocolate chips (only dipping half of the biscuits in) and sprinkle on crushed candy canes before the chocolate dries.

Candy cane chocolate cookies 

You’re going to need:                                      

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1/4 cup black cocoa (sifted)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1 bag Bright White Candy Melts or white chocolate (melted)
  • Crushed candy canes

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together your flour, cocoa powders, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugars on med-high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed and add egg and peppermint extract. Beat until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  3. Chill dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, portion dough onto baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 mins, or until the middle is set.
  6. Cool on pans for 5 mins then transfer to to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Dip in melted candy melts or white chocolate, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Allow to set.

These are perfect Christmas Day treats to have with a cup of hot chocolate (if your a chocoholic like myself), or even with your coffee. I hope you enjoy the holidays everyone! Xoxo

Hair straightening brush review 

In the relatively recent years, hair straightening brushes have emerged as a potential rival for the traditional flat iron appliance to straighten our hair. We’ve seen many brands come out with their own versions of straightening brushes, and they can be much more reasonably priced than the traditional high end flat irons.

But do they match up? Well, I was recently sent the new Hairstyla* to try it out and review it for myself, keeping in mind how it matches up to my GHD. In this post, I’ll go over my thoughts of the Hairstyla and whether I recommend it or not.

The Hairstyla comes housed in a super glamorous black and rose gold cardboard flip-top gift case. It also comes with a user manual, and a black velvet pouch to store your appliance in should you wish to take it travelling. I love the addition of pouches with appliances, because I really do use them when I go away! It has a long swivel cord too, heaven. It also turns itself off after 60 minutes of inactivity to ensure optimal safety.

This brush straightener features 16 heat settings from 80 degrees to 230 degrees! 16 heat settings! That’s nearly unheard of! I like this feature because different people have different hair with different thickness and texture, and you can tailor it to the style you want. Higher temperatures for sleeker styles or lower temperatures for a natural smoothing finish. Likewise, finer hair benefits from lower temps whereas thicker hair requires higher temps for styling.

This appliance also features ionic 3D heat technology to smooth, de-frizz and straighten hair. Ionic heat technology is a good option because it produces negative ions which makes the process more long-lasting and less damaging. Interestingly, our hair strands are positively charged, and by emitting negative ions, the theory is that the ions will ‘neutralise’ the hair strand so that it has no charge, making it less prone to damage, smoother and making the hairstyle last longer. At the same time it reduces electric static which means leans frizz!

My Thoughts

I really, really like this appliance. I must admit, I’m loyal to my beautiful GHD, it works like nothing else. However, this is a close second to it. You know how you straighten your hair and the best tips are to first section your hair, and then use a brush while straightening to create a smoother, sleeker look? Well with this appliance you don’t need to do either. For me, the brush head is large enough to straighten a massive chunk of my hair at once, so sectioning my hair isn’t as necessary. Those who have thicker hair will love this also because it should reduce the styling time for their hair. With the inclusion of the brush, you can just simply run it through your hair as if brushing your hair as normal.

It’s quick to style my whole head of hair, but not as quick as my GHD (some sections needed going over a few times). I can see myself using this a lot, especially when I need to style my hair simply and quickly like when I’m off to work. It gives a super natural, smooth finish, but not as sleek and flat as a traditional straightener. Having fine hair its important for me that I don’t ‘flatten’ my hair whilst straightening it because I have hardly any natural volume. But the Hairstyla allows me to straighten and smooth my hair without eliminating any natural body (hardly any) in my hair and without making my hair limp.

Styling my roots is a little trickier with this hair straightening brush because it is bigger and bulkier than your usual straightener, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it, I just have to lift parts of roots higher up to run the brush through it properly.

To Recommend or Not to Recommend?

I’d recommend this, without hesitation. It’s quite affordable at $119.98 and totally accessible, being sold at The Good Guys, Myer, David Jones, Big W, Harvey Norman and Target, as well as direct from their website. It’s such an easy appliance to use that delivers quick and effective results. It’s also great for those with finer hair that suffer from flat, limp hair when using a straightener because it reserves most of your natural body. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this! Plus, look how gorgeous it is!

Sweet gifts for Christmas 

Christmas is a magical time for everyone but for the children, it’s especially magical. School is out, snow is falling, and presents are wrapped under a beautifully decorated tree with loved ones. The most important memories are developed during childhood, so it is key to make the holidays special for them. Tradition is taught early on and it sticks with children for years to come. They learn of old family traditions, like bringing out an old family heirloom to hang on the Christmas tree, baking Christmas cookies, or decorating the house, especially hanging Christmas stockings.

Now, about those stockings: they’re usually left empty right up until Christmas, when they’re filled to the brim with goodies and toys! For children, sweets are a big deal, so when shopping for their stockings this holiday season, why not try a candy tube like MaltesersRowntree’s Fruit PastillesPink Smarties, or Cadbury Buttons? They’re narrow enough to fit in the stocking and no one will ever see them! Candy tubes are popular during the holidays in the UK and nearly every confection company makes them!

Another popular candy creation in the UK are selection boxes. They range from small to large and they come with all sorts of chocolate. Milkybar and Galaxy also make variously sized selection boxes if you or your loved one fancies these more. Each box comes with a preselected mix of candy bars loved by fans. The hardest part is which one to eat first!

Now I know candy is not entirely good for children, but it’s the holidays and they only come once a year! Let them enjoy themselves before they go back to school and homework!