Raspberry & Almond slices

Cake, glorious cake!

Need I say anymore…

If, like me, you believe that cake is life then this blog post is going to be right up your street.

I love doing a spot of baking and this time I have taken inspiration from a recent dessert I had at a family meal.

These jammy, marzipan, spongy treats are layered perfection and are a great accompaniment to a cuppa.

Without further ado here are my Raspberry & Almond slices…

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I followed the recipe on the BBC Good food website, because it’s just brill and their recipes always work so well. Check it out for yourself –> BBC Good Food Raspberry & Almond slices

First up,

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1. Roll out that shortcrust pastry into the bottom of your traybake tin and cut to size.

2. Prick with a fork and leave to chill in the fridge for 20 mins.

 

3. Whilst this chills prepare your almondy sponge.

4. Cream together your eggs and sugar. Add the rest of your ingredients into an electric mixer and whisk until combined. Be ready to smell the most sumptuous sponge mixture, it’s divine.

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5. Once the pastry has chilled, bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until it is cooked but not too coloured.

6. Leave to cool for a little bit then it’s time to add that fruity, jam layer.

7. Dot the jam over the pastry, no need to spread! & sprinkle over your just thawed frozen raspberries.

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8. Pour over your sponge mix, sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake for 35-40 mins.

9. Leave to cool before cutting into your slices (or desired shape)

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These jammy bars are made up of a few simple componants that work so well together. The frozen raspberries are a tangy hit to the tongue and the flaked almonds add a delicious crunch.

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Enjoy and let me know how you get on if you give these a try.
What’s your favourite flavour combination?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

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Harry Potter room decor âš¡

Hi guys!

So, I had a couple of ideas of what to do for my next blog post but, I couldn’t decide which to do next. I took to Twitter (@RoseannesBlog) and asked my followers which one they would like to see, With a massive 75% of the vote was ‘Harry Potter room decor’.

When we moved into our flat my husband Tim chose the colour scheme for our bedroom and he went for red… little did he know that I would use this to transform it into a Harry Potter haven haha.

With Gryffindor being my favoured Hogwarts house this is the theme I went for as it went perfectly with the red colour scheme of the room, Lets take a look!

Lets start with bedding…

All of these pieces come from Primark (Bar one pillow which I received as a gift) On the left is my Harry Potter throw, its a lovely soft and snuggly white with the Gryffindor crest and other little pictures and symbols printed on it. Next up are the cushions, the pale, yellowy/brown coloured Mauraders map themed pillow was bought for me as a birthday present a few years ago. I love that it looks like the parchment of the map, with the print of the map on it. The other pillow is from Primark and its grey and red tones with the house crests on it. The bedding is so cool! Our bedroom furniture is from Ikea’s Malm range and is black so this bedding went perfectly. On one side it is all black with a large print of Hogwarts in white, the other side has small Hogwarts’s (Not sure that’s a word) printed onto white and a ‘H’ for Hogwarts, double sided, two for the price of one.

Next up…

I picked up both of these from the Harry Potter studios tour in Watford. On the left is a Gryffindor banner and on the right is a Gryffindor flag. These are hung up on the red feature wall, either side of the window.

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I also hang up my Gryffindor scarf over the headboard of our bed to add a touch of Gryffindor to the bed spread. I picked this up from the studio tour too.

Pictures…

I love these two prints. On the left is one from Primark that my older sister bought for me. I love this and it fitted perfectly in our room as it came with the black frame. I love the copper lightening bolts.

The other print I bought online and I really like the simplicity of this too. All black and super simple but cool.

and finally, accessories…

I love these pieces, they are so awesome!! The candle is from Primark. I of course picked up the Gryffindor one but it also comes in the different houses too and a generic Hogwarts one (which I’m also tempted to get too) The bunting also comes from Primark and is EPIC! This is one of my favourite things.

The Gryffindor common room sign came from a recent Harry Potter event that me and my sister went to. I thought this was a cool little addition as our room definatly has Gryffindor common room/dormitory vibes! (Still trying to persuade Tim that we need drapes)

I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂

If you are on the look out for any Harry Potter items yourself (or clothes, shoes etc) be sure to check out Primark as their range is beyond awesome.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

My new favourite jacket🌺

Hi guys!

Its not very often that I buy something that I fall in love with as much as I have with this new jacket, but as soon as I saw this baby online I had to have it, and what’s even better it had 25% off, bargin!

I love this blush pink tone! Its such a casual, cool piece with a unique (pink-tastic) twist and I can’t wait to pair this with lots of different outfits and looks.

 

The jacket is longline and comes just below your hips, which is very flattering and a great cut.  a perfect match for your favourite pair of skinny jeans.


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 Boohoo, £30  ➡️  Amelia Borg Long Line Cord Jacket

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

DIY occasion cards ✉ 

I’ve decided that 2018 is the year I’m going to get back in touch with my crafty/creative side. I really havn’t make enough time for it in the last few years, and although I had the excuse of a wedding to plan in 2016, there really is no reason for my lack of craft in 2017.

I REALLY enjoy being creative, from making cards for birthdays and different occasions, handmade gifts, adult colouring and so on, it’s just really relaxing, one of my favourite hobbies and the perfect excuse for a bit of ‘me time’ (something I definatly need to make more time for!!)

In this post I thought I would share with you the cards that I have made so far! They are all different birthday cards as another occasion hasn’t arisen yet.

I’ve also really enjoyed creating DIY hampers for birthday presents so I will be doing a post on these soon too (keep your eyes peeled)

Let’s take a look…



My craft shop recommendations

  • Hobbycraft
  • The Range
  • The Works

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

What I got for Christmas 2017! ðŸŽ

Hi guys!

Let me start by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR! ITS OFFICIALLY 2018, CRAZY!

I hope that you guys had a great Christmas. I love watching and reading what people got for Christmas so I thought that I should share with you what I received.

This isn’t meant to be me bragging about what I got, I just thought that it would be fun to do!

So, lets take a look…

 

Books

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Jamie Oliver’s 5 ingredients: Quick & Easy food.

This is a cook book with lots of super easy and yummy ideas. I love the idea that there are only five ingredients for each recipe, it really puts me off when there is a massive list of ingredients, ain’t nobody got time for that!

Fantastic beasts and where to find them, by J K Rowling.

I also received the illustrated version of J K Rowling’s Fantastic beasts and where to find them. The pictures are beautiful and this book works so well with pictures, perfect! ⚡️

 

Make up

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I was very lucky this year with my make up haul. My lovely hubby bought me Tanya Burrs ‘Beauty and the feast’ make up box and it is AWESOME. It is full of great products from palettes for the eyes and face, highlighter, lipsticks and lipglosses. My  friend Demi works for Dior and gave me some cool samples to try out as well as a lovely pinky NYX lipstick. I also got another NYX lipstick this one is a liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Istanbul’.

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Skincare/bath products

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I was very lucky to also receive the Zoella pamper box set. You get a brilliant selection of products in there, perfect for a pamper. I love the Snowella scent, its really fresh. I especially like the scent in the hand cream.

In the box you get…

  • The Winter Wonderhand Hand cream
  • Body puff
  • Snow silky body lotion
  • Snow polished body polish
  • Snow smooth body butter
  • X2 Sachets of a ‘splash of milk’ bath milk powder

The box is really lovely too, perfect for storage once you’ve used the products.

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The Body Shop shower gel. I really love these body shop shower gels, the seasonal scents are lovely. I really enjoyed the pumpkin and sweet vanilla scent in Autumn and in Winter they have released this one, Frosted berries. It smells so fruity and delicious.

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LUSH is one of my favourite shops and I LOVE their bath bombs. This year I got a few different things from LUSH that I havn’t had before and a few that I have.

My sister got me my favourite LUSH product off all time, ‘The Comfort.er’ bubble bar. A super fruity scent that creates the most awesome bubbles

I also got the Butterbear bath bomb which is lovely and soft on your skin, with cocoa butter.

My hubby got me one of LUSH’S new body sprays, the one he got me is called ‘Twilight’ This is supposed to help you sleep and the predominant fragrance is Lavender, it smells so soothing and makes you feel relaxed and cosy. I spray this before bed and use alongside ‘Sleepy’ the body lotion.

In the colourful set above,  the ‘Intergalactic’ bath set, you get the ‘Thundersnow’ bath bomb, The ‘Shoot for the stars’ bath bomb and the ‘Intergalactic’ bath bomb. I can’t wait to try these out!

 

Other…

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I also received some vouchers. A Primark Voucher, my favourite shop! I’m looking forward to spending that! Me and the hubby also got a Nando’s voucher, we cant wait to go on a date night and use that too, we love a cheeky Nando’s.

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My father In law (knowing the avid Harry Potter fan that I am) got me two tickets to the Harry Potter book night at our local museum. Me and my sister tried to get tickets for this event last year but it sold out! We can’t wait to go, the place is decorated, everyone dresses up and you have activities, food, Harry Potter themed cocktails and so on. Its going to be so much fun!

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Is it even Christmas if you don’t ett a Terry’s chocolate orange!?!? These are my ultimate fave, a Christmas must have and a great stocking filler too. Mine didn’t make it past Christmas day haha.

So those are just a few of the lovely pressies that I got for Christmas this year (or technically last year!! So confusing)

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I’m going to have to start a list of some blog posts I’d like to write in the coming weeks/months, it was so easy throughout December to create Christmassy and festive posts but now I really need to get thinking about my 2018 content, its so much harder without such a blatent theme.

Any suggestions would be greatly welcome guys!

 

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Blogmas day 23 â„️⛄

Hi guys!

So its drawing ever closer to the big day, Christmas eve eve is upon us! I thought i would do a post that’s a little different to this years Blogmas posts and any I’ve done last year or the year before.

I loved the couple of snowy days that we got this year, if only it had lasted a little longer. I really enjoyed taking some snowy photos and on Facebook over those few days I saw some amazing ones.

Seeing those photos gave me an idea, why not showcase the beautiful season in a blog post, BUT instead of just using a few snaps that I took, why not include an array of photos from others who had experienced it too.

People were very helpful in lending me their photos to include so without further ado, lets take a look!

Photo credit: Roseanne Byford 

Photo credit: Wes Stankiewicz 

Photo credit: Charlotte Campbell 

Photo credit: Ron Green 

Photo credit: Sarah Parker 

Photo credit: Kate Spicer 

Photo credit: Lucy Gasper

Photo credit: Kim Farthing 

Photo credit: Emma Willis 

Photo credit: Amanda Amey 

Photo credit: Liz Fox 

Photo credit: Carla Harrald 

Photo credit: Angelica Legaspi 
Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂

Pre Christmas Family meal meet up: Blogmas 24

Hi guys!

& HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE!!

Last weekend we met up with my auntie & cousins to have a family Christmas meal together. We aren’t seeing each other around Christmas day so we all met up at a pub to see each other, have some yummy food and exchange pressies.

The pub was called ‘The waterfront Inn’ and is a Greene King pub so it had lots of tasty pub classics and lunch time bites on the menu.

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I went for a jacket potato with beans and cheese. I had coleslaw and salad on the side.

The pub had some awesome decorations, my favourite ones that I have seen so far!

Here are some of them…

My favourite’s are the Brussels sprouts in party hats!! Love those.

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They had some games so we sat and played a few of those too.
Noah loved Jenga!

I especially enjoyed the fire, so cosy & super toastie.

It was super lovely to get together as we won’t be together around the main festive days this year, family is what Christmas is all about at the end of the day! 💓

1 more sleep to go!

 

Until next time,
Roseanne 🙂

My Tanya Burr Advent calendar! The final day: Blogmas day 22

Hi guys!

 

So, today is the final day of my Tanya Burr beauty advent calendar ‘Tanya’s treats’

Ive really enjoyed having a beauty advent calendar again this year and have got some super sparkly and glitzy products ti try out.

They should see me through to new years too.

Lets look behind window 12…

 

It’s a bit more sparkle in the form of a glitter nail varnish. This one is called ‘Glitter frosting’ and is a beautiful goldy, bronzy toned glitter polish.

I actually LOVE this colour, I haven’t got anything like this tone in my collection and it is SO pretty!!

 

It is a bit different to the other glitter I got as it isn’t just clear with glitter particles in it but it has a shimmery background tone to it too.

3 days to go!!

 

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Cosy Christmas film night! 📺:Blogmas day 21

Hi guys!

What’s better on a Saturday night than a cosy movie night!?! especially at Christmas!!
Me & the hubby put on our comfys, got a blanket and I made us some hot choccies whilst Tim scrolled through Netflix.

He settled on ‘Deck the hall’s’ starring Danny Devito.

With hot choccies in hand and sweet & salty Popcorn packets we snuggled down to watch the film.

I actually really enjoyed the film, it was one I had heard of many a time but had never watched. It’s super festive and I love all the Christmas, lights and snowy scenes, perfect for making you feel christmassy.

A great Christmas evening in.

 

Until next time,
Roseanne 🙂

 

My Tanya Burr advent calendar : Blogmas day 20 ðŸ—¢

Hi guys!

Today is the penultimate window of my Tanya Burr advent calendar! Its gone so quickly, December always seems to go so quickly and even though I love that Christmas is only 5 days away I’m also aware that it will all be over soon.

I hope these next few days don’t go too quickly as I have now finished my main job for the holidays and so I want to enjoy a bit of festive time off before the big day.

So, lets take a look behind number 11…

It is another little glitter pot! This one is called ‘Midnight magic’ This is an eye glitter pot and is perfect for creating a sparkly, smokey eye. A definite must for a Christmas party or drinks with friends over the festive period.

Check back for day 22 of Blogmas and the last window of my Tanya Burr advent.

5 days to go!

 

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂