How to make beautiful scones!


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After my brother and I had tea at the Ritz, he’s been begging me to make scones! So I found an amazingly quick and delicious recipe that’ll have your family mmming and aaaahhing over!!!

Recipe makes: 10 scones (enough for 2 scone lovers like me and my brother)
Preparation time: 10 mins
Baking time: 10-12 mins

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Ingredients:
• 225g or 1 and 2/3 cups of self raising flour and a little extra for dusting
• 75g or 5 tablespoons of room temp butter (just bung it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
• A pinch of salt
• 40g or just under 3 tablespoons of caster sugar (I used brown because I’m healthy.. YEAH RIGHT.. It’s all I had)
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and a little extra for brushing over scones at the end
• Cranberries, raisins or any dry fruit you like
• The normal condiments to scones such as clotted cream and jam etc

Always start by preparing your ingredients and preheating your oven! The hotter the oven, the quicker and evenly your treats bake! We need the oven at Gas mark 7 or 425c

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FIRE!!!!

And I like to prepare my baking trays as well so just line with baking paper and pop to the side ready for later

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Grab your mixing bowl and sift in your flour

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Then pop in your room temp butter

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And mix them together to make a breadcrumb consistency (use your fingertips to do this.. Like a fairy)

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It should look like this

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Add in your pinch of salt

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Then your sugar

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And mix with a small wooden spoon

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In a separate bowl (I just used the bowl I warmed my butter in to save washing up), get your buttermilk

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And get your egg

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Crack that baby in

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Then whisk together so it looks like this

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Then just pop the wet mixture into the dry

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And mix together

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And it will all come together and end up looking like this

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At this point, when it’s this consistency, get your hands involved

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I find it best to move one edge of the dough

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To the opposite side and repeat this quickly

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The dough will form a ball

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And smack that ball onto a floured surface

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Flatten the ball with your hand

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And you can use a rolling pin to spread out

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The dough should be no smaller than inch thick

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At this point, grab your cookie cutter or whatever you have that is between 2-3 inches wide

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In a swift motion, press down and cut

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You’ll have a lovely round shape

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And just pop this out

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Of course.. I forgot to add the dried fruit so I chose cranberries and just mixed them into the dough and repeated the cutting process

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And it looked like this

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So then just pop them onto your baking tray, gathering the dough each time and cutting again

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Cut off any excess baker paper from the edges

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With a tissue or a brush if you have one, brush a little buttermilk on the top of the scones

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Then dust with flour

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And you can pop them in the oven!

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Don’t forget to make a note of the time!

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And then you need to take care of the mess you made.. ARGH!

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Leave them in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they’re golden brown..

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LIKE THIS!!

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Then just pop them on a cooling rack

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And they’ll look lovely like this!

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Now.. DEVOUR!
Try with Nutella and enjoy with tea!

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Christmas nails!!


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With the holiday season and so many preparations going on, the short days with daylight saving are proving no good for our nails!

I’ve always done my nails before I go to bed whilst I drink my hot chocolate and they always dry before I drift off to sleep, so I thought if show you guys how I do my nails tonight, preparing for all the events I have planned for the coming Christmas week!

You’ll need but a few tools and the process is simple and easy! Read until the end to see what my twist is on this pretty common nail look.

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One of the most common colours for Xmas time is red. But with so many people wearing black and elegant dark dresses, Grey is the perfect alternative to a normally common red colour. It looks good on even short nails as mine are and it’s so easy to wear, no matter what your skin tone. I love this shade called Hazy by Rimmel because its creamy and rich.. Plus it’s speed dry so perfect for using before bed so you don’t sleep and scratch it!

Here’s some easy to follow steps:
1. Use a nail file to clean your nails out of the grub like stuffing and cake.

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2. Cut your nails if you need to but personally I have never cut my nails and I only ever file them because nails get brittle when you cut them.

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3. File your nails to a shape which you like and for me that’s square shape because it makes your fingers look longer and slimmer. I like using metal files because they are so quick to use and don’t wear out.

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4. Lets start with the nail varnish and I always use a base coat! My favourite at the moment is the Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener because its a nice thin and shiny layer beneath your nails which works to make your nails stronger.. Perfect for my weak nails!

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5. The colour process begins! I start with a thin layer of colour and paint one whole hand and then move on to tj next, I then go on to the second layer after I’ve finished the other hand. Two coats is more than enough!

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*1 coat of nail varnish

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*2 coats of nail varnish

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*I like to cut my cotton buds/ cue tips in half to clean up my nails with

6. I then like to use a top coat because it helps to keep the polish on for longer. I got this Nails Inc. caviar top coat in a glossy box and like it because it dries fairly quickly and improves the longevity of my nail varnish for a few extra days which is perfect for someone like me.

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7. My twist.. GLITTER! Everyone loves glitter! And I love this glitter by Rimmel because its small and matches my nail varnish perfectly! By just adding this into the tip, it gives just a hint of sparkle without the whole BANG of disco ball ;) pun intended!

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And that’s it! Stick two coats of the glitter on though.. Because I like it doubled up..

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Nail cutter/ file
Sally Hanson miracle nail thickener
Revlon Hazy
Nails Inc. caviar topcoat
Rimmel Disco Ball

The end of summer..


I love summer!!! And now it’s coming towards the end of it.. I thought I’d show you guys some of the things that I love/ have loved!

I hope you get some inspiration from the things :)

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I got these bracelets from our fellow YouTuber StyleSuzi! She hand makes her jewellery in your chosen colour! She has some great stuff on her website!

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These 2 bracelets have fantastic colours! I absolutely love how delicate and subtle they are! Debenhams are having a 25% sale at the moment so go in and look at their jewellery because I got these bracelets for £12 each!

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I was in the garden today with my mum and we were discussing how she wasn’t wearing earrings! (if you know my mum, she’s never seen without jewellery) I was sitting on the grass next to a flower so popped it in her ear and think they look gorgeous! Lovely for a beach or park day!

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I’m not afraid of animals and definitely not bees! So I didn’t mind snapping this little fuzz ball doing its thing in a flower in the garden!

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Who says you need a grill when you’re doing a BBQ?? My dad grabbed himself a random wok used for making roti’s, got some corn and we all had BBQ corn on the cob today! It was AMAZING! (The mess in the back.. We’re redecorating!)

BLOGGING DAY #6


The end of the day is here and it’s been lovely today! I really like blogging like this because when I look over it, it reminds me of the lovely things I did!

Little things people take for granted a lot! Today when I woke up and the sun was shining, I went straight into my garden and just sat in the sun for half an hour before enjoying an amazing breakfast!

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Watching the movie! I had Tania (my little qu’ran student), over watching it with me! We had a lot of fun watching the movie and playing games too! Look at some of the stuff we made with yarn!

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As well as that, I got to do some pampering too! I love pulling out my facial masks, creams and lotions and potions to treat myself at the end of the week! (No, I don’t use ALL of this stuff, LOL).

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Night night, All
X

BLOGGING DAY #4


After coming home in the evening time, me and mum were STARVING! And we had no clue what to make for dinner! The worst thing about the heat is that you don’t want to stand next to a hot stove and be in the boiling kitchen!

So I got my knives, chopping board and some vegetable! The idea was that we would make wraps! But rather than using the fajita wraps, we would use either roti that was very thinly made or pockets!

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I cut as many vegetables as I could find! Tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, red pepper, onions, grated carrots and I also chopped up some coriander! You ain’t Asian if you don’t use coriander!

We then got the wraps on! Mum made some mince meat! She made it as spicy as she can!

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Method:
• Brown onions slightly in oil
• Add garlic and ginger (to taste)
• Add your mince
• Time for spice! 1 teaspoon turmeric, chilli powder
• Add the lid on the pan for about 20 mins or until you think the meat is cooled and TADAA!

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Get your wraps ready and add the salad, mince and any sauces you like! Personally, I like a squeeze of lemon because momma made the mince so spicy! I also found some chicken leftover from the day before which is what you see in the bowl! This makes it more like the traditional fajita!

BLOGGING DAY #1


The weather in London has been AMAZING! And there’s nothing better than enjoying the sun when it comes out!

Today (Sunday) , I woke up with the sun shining on my face and I was so refreshed!

So after a shower! I just had to paint my nails to match the weather!

One of my favourite polishes…

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Barry M Berry I/C (ice cream)

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