Fruity Sunday Smoothie

I feel like I’ve talked about my smoothie blender I got for Christmas a lot on here but I just wanted it very badly and I’ve gotten so much use out of it already. So far I’ve only tried different recipes involving fruits because to be honest I haven’t been brave enough to try one of those really healthy green ones that includes veggies as well. Not that I don’t like veggies. I do. At least some I do but the idea of mixing spinach, lettuce and celery with banana and apples honestly isn’t the most appealing to me but I’ve never tried it, so I can’t judge obviously. My mom and I made a deal that next time I’m home we’re going to test out one of those detox smoothies. We’ll see how that goes and I promise to report back on that.

So for today’s post I want to share a little smoothie recipe with you guys that I came across by just randomly putting together stuff we still had in our kitchen. It’s super easy to do and very tasty! I love how fruity it is and I think this would be a great refreshment once summer rolls around. All you need is for ingredients.

 frozen raspberries

frozen blueberries

1 pomegranate

oranges

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As for the amount it really depends on how much you want to make. I usually go for 2 glasses, so I’ll take a handful or raspberries and a handful of blueberries out of the freezer and put them in my blender. I usually wait until they’ve defrost a bit because otherwise the consistency of the smoothie will be way too think otherwise and it’ll much more resemble ice cream rather than a drink. Once the berries have defrosted a bit I’ll add the juice of one pomegranate and the oranges. Blend blend blend…… and you’re done. Like I said it’s very easy and it’s so fruity and refreshing.

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I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed my short little Sunday post!

xx

Sophie

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Probably Not So Healthy But Super Delicious Irish Cream Cupcakes

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Hey there!

Now, I know I said in my last post that I wanted to get back into my regular posting schedule, which I didn’t really stick to because you know… life got in the way. Nonetheless I’m back with a new post and it’s a recipe one! Yay! I’ve mentioned before how much I love to bake, though sadly I can’t seem to find enough time to fit it in with uni a lot these days. However, a little while a really good friend of mine turned 21, so another good friend of mine and I decided to take her out for a nice dinner and surprise her with some yummy cupcakes because let’s be honest here people, who doesn’t like cupcakes? Am I right?

These incredibly delicious Irish Cream Cupcakes are very chocolatey and even though I’m not a fan of chocoloate cake/muffins/cupcakes etc (I know you might think I must be insane) these are some of the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever tried, so I thought I’d share this recipe with you guys. They are super easy and really quick to make.

What you need for the dough:

1/2 cup / 125g all-purpose flour

1/4 cup / 60g cocoa powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

¼ teaspoons salt

1/2 cup / 125g butter

1 cup/ 250g sugar

a few drops of vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup / 125g cream

What you need for the frosting:

1/4 cup /60g butter

1 cup / 250g confectioner’s sugar

2 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons Irish cream liquor

and a few drops of vanilla extract

1 oz/ 40g chocolate

How to make the dough:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix butter and sugar together in a separate bowl and beat until creamy. Add vanilla extract and eggs while continue to stir. Add half of the flour mixture and cream. Stir for 2 minutes before adding the other half of the flour mixture. And you’re done with the dough. Isn’t it super easy?

Put the cupcakes in the oven for 20 minutes.

How to make the frosting: 

Start of by melting the chocolate Beat butter until creamy. Add melted chocolate, confectioner’s sugar, milk, liquor and vanilla aroma and continue to stir and that’s it already. Wait until the cupcakes have cooled down before applying the frosting.

Now it’s time to decorate. Just be creative and have fun. Enjoy!

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As always I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. I always love to bake and sometimes to cook so let me know if you’re interested in more recipes and I’ll happily add in a few every once in a while if I come across one I like especially.

Much love,

Sophie

Recipe For My Favorite Christmas Cookies Ever| Collab with Kavichick 2000

Hey lovelies!
Hope you’re all well and getting into the Christmas spirit! I sure am, which is why today’s post is another Christmas inspired one. Yay! This is not only exciting because I’m sharing the recipe of my favorite Christmas cookies ever but also because it’s my first ever collaboration post as I’m collaborating with the lovely Kavi! Kavi is not only one of my favorite bloggers ever but we’ve become pretty good blogging pals as well, so I’m really excited to be collaborating with her. We both absolutely love Christmas, so we thought it’d be a fun idea to share some of our favorite Christmas recipes! Now over here on my blog you can find the recipe for some very yummy and really pretty Christmas cookies and you can find an amazing recipe for a festive drink over on Kavi’s blog.

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The cookies are really easy to make and so delicious, so let’s get started.

What you need:

300g/1cup flour
100g/0.5cups sugar
1 egg
A pinch of bourbon vanilla
200g/0.8cups butter
Finely shredded lemon peel
Your favorite flavor of jam
Confectioner’s sugar

First off preheat the oven to 180°degrees Celsius/356°Fahrenheit. To make the dough you basically just mix together flour, sugar and butter. Then add an egg, the lemon peel and a bit of bourbon vanilla. Make sure to really knead the dough thoroughly and once it’s kneaded enough put it away in the fridge for an hour.

After waiting for an hour take the dough out of the fridge, get a rolling pin and roll out the dough until it’s about an inch thick. Now take any shaped cutter you wish and cut out the cookies. I’ve used circle, heart and star shaped cutters. Make sure you have them in different sizes!

Now put the cookies in the oven for around 12 minutes.
When they’re done take them out of the oven and let them cool down a bit. Once they’ve cooled off take a spoon and some jam (I used strawberry as it is my favorite flavor) and use that to stick the different shaped cookies together. Once you’re finished with that sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar over the cookies and you’re done. They should look something like this:

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We’ve been making these cookies in my family every since I can remember and they’re one of my absolute favorites! Now head on over to Kavichick 2000 for an incredibly delicious DIY Nutella Chai Latte!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and good luck if you decide to give this recipe a go.

XX

Sophie

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

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I’ve always had a secret passion for baking. When I was little being allowed to help my grandma bake was like the biggest thing for me. We still have a bunch of pictures of mini me baking or more like me making a mess. I don’t know what it is about baking. Maybe it’s the way you can put a smile on peoples faces just by mixing together a bunch of ingredients to create a delicious baked goodie. Maybe it’s how even though most of my relatives live pretty far away baking Christmas cookies in December would always reunite everyone when I was still a kid. We’d meet up with my grandparents and my great cousins and just spent an entire day baking. Those were the best times.

Nowadays I still love to bake but unfortunately I don’t have much time and whenever I’m at Uni I don’t really have much ingredients either. Therefore I love to use the chance of being able to bake whenever I’m home. One of my favorite things to bake is Banana Chocolate Chip Bread. I love bananas and I love chocolate. Simple as that.

After trying a piece  of banana bread at some garden party I’ve googled a bunch oo recipes ad tried them out. Each time I made banana bread I’ve changed up the recipe and added some of my own ingredients. Now I’ve finally created a recipe, which I’m sticking to because I like my banana bread best this way.

Here’s what you need:

2 cups/ 250g flour
1 teaspoon backing soda
1/2 cup/ 115g butter
3/4 cup/ 110g brown sugar
2 eggs
2 bananas
2 tablespoons of yoghurt
Chocolate chunks
Cinnamon
Cloves
Nutmeg
Salt
Milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degreez Fahrenheit or 175 degress Celsius
2. Start of by mixingthe flour, baking soda, butter and a pinchof salt.
3. Add sugar, eggs, yoghurt and a tiny bit of milk. You don’t have to add yoghurt but I do because it makes the bread so much lighter and fluffier if you know what I mean.
4. Mash up bananas and add the choclate chip chunks.
5.This step you can skip if you like but I love to add some spices to my banana bread to well spice it uo a little. So what I do is I add a pinch of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. I’ve been experimenting with on this part but I decided that these spices go best with th rest of the recipe. I just told you my secret ingredients so shhhh
6. Bake for about 40min.

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Idgie wants a piece as well!

This is an easy and quick recipe, so if you have a thing for bananas and choclate you need to make this!
Happy Monday!
-Sophie

How to: Easy Chinese Fried Noodles Recipe

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Fried Asian Noodles are very popular right now. Especially among young people, because most of them either attend college or just started working and don’t have much time or just don’t feel like cooking when they do. You can buy this Asian dish almost everywhere or you get the instant food version. But have you ever tried making them yourself? It’s really easy and the best thing is that you can decide what to add to them. Maybe you prefer chicken or broccoli or you’d rather go for a vegetarian version with eggs and carrots? If you make them yourself it’s all up to you. I’m a college student myself with little time and the last thing I feel like doing after a long day of classes is cooking but then again I don’t want to just live off of microwave food. So what I do is I cook on a day, where I have more time and I just make more so that I have enough food for 2 days. This way I only have to cook every 2nd day and I actually eat real vegetables and stuff that’s somewhat healthy.

So here’s how to make yummy Asian noodles in just a few easy steps:

photo 1This is all you need for my favorite version. Some noodles, carrots, green onions, eggs and some sprouts. Of course you can switch up the ingredients and use whatever vegetables you prefer or substitute the eggs with chicken.

1.  Boil water and cook noodles for about 3-4 minutes.

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2. While waiting for the noodles wash and cut up the veggies.

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3. When noodles are done start frying them in a pan with just a little bit of oil.

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4. If you want to add a little bit of flavour and you like the sweet Asian taste add some honey.

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5. Now pour 4 eggs into a bowl and add milk. Mix thoroughly until it looks like this.

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6.  Now add eggs and veggies to the noodles.

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Let it all fry for a few minutes and voilà you’re done!

It takes about 20 minutes and it’s so easy and so good. Perfect for any college student.

Good luck trying!

XX