Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Heyyyy Everyone,

I realise I have been a bit quiet on the baking front, but fear not! I have some cakes up my sleeve (not literally). I baked this yummy chocolate orange cheesecake for a family get together, which, at first thought probably wasn't the best time to try making a cheesecake for the very first time. Luckily, it was a success and went down very well! My nan even asked for the recipe! So why don't you give it a go?

For The Base
50 g Butter, melted
200g dark chocolate digestives, finely crushed
For The Filling 
500g cream cheese
150ml sour cream  
200g caster sugar
1 1/2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 Orange
2 medium eggs, separated
To Decorate 
 150 g Plain Chocolate

1. As always, first things first.. WASH YOUR HANDS!! 

2. Grease an 8in baking tin and preheat your oven at 180 

3. Mix the butter and crushed biscuits and press them into the baking tin. They can now chill whilst you prepare the rest

4. In a large bowl, whisk together all the filling ingredients (except the egg whites). Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peak stage. Fold the whites into the cream cheese mixture.

(The whole way through the process I got words of wisdom from my excellent baking nan.)

5. Pour the mixture into the baking tin on top of your base and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until lightly golden. 

6. It then needs to be left to chill for at least 2 hrs, but preferably overnight.

7. To Decorate- There are so many fancy ways to decorate this cake but I am not very good at the decorating part. So I just grated the chocolate on top of the cake! 

As you can see, it went down well with my family! Why don't you have a go and send me your pictures on twitter @EmmaJessica27

Ciao EmmaJessica <3


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Chance at Love

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I'm sorry the blog is being posted so late tonight, it's still hump day but it is very close to midnight ha. I wrote this blog the other day and when it came to publishing it earlier I hesitated. I guess it's because it's a hard subject isn't it, love. And I was scared at what some peoples responses may be.. but agh what the heck! 'Haters gonna hate' as they say, I like to chatter so screw it, I'mma chatter about love and not give a damn HA anyway, back to the blog...

Have you ever thought about how many chances you get at love? At finding that one person that will mean the world to you? It's a strange thing to think about I guess but it crossed my mind the other day when something reminded me of, what I would consider as, my first love. It was a small thing that triggered a fond memory and got me thinking, 'was that my true love', 'was that my chance at love'... then I started to panic slightly, 'was that my one chance and I messed it up?'

Everyone says there is one person out there that is your soul mate, and when you find them you will know it is true love. What they don't specify though is whether you can meet that person, mess up and then have missed your chance at a happily ever after. 

It's quite a depressing thing to think about but it crossed my mind and I wanted to share it and get your thoughts. Comment telling me how many chances you think we get at love? Surely we get dealt a few cards just incase we mess up first time round?

I realise this quote has nothing to do with having one chance at love, but it put a smile on my face after such a depressing post! 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Vintage Fashion: Cow Haul

Heyyyy Everyone, 

Ever thought you were born in the wrong era? I always do! My friend showed me an amazing vintage shop in Nottingham called Cow. They also have stores in Birmingham, Manchester & Sheffield. We spent an hour and a half looking round and I ended up trying on at least 20 items, but I had to think about my poor bank account and limited myself to just my 3 favourites! A suave polka dot midi skirt, a super cute floral autumn dress, and my absolute fave, the prettiest brogues ever! I wore all these items to a 2 day exhibition that I worked at last week in London so please excuse the terrible backgrounds of the photos, they were taken in the hotel room before I rushed off to work.  

I teamed this little outfit with my M&S coat that I actually brought in spring but I think I'll wear loads this autumn. 

Are they not just the cutest brogues you've ever seen! I'm in love! 

I'll be back doing a lot more shopping in Cow from now on! Do you like vintage shopping? Can you recommend any other vintage shops for me to look in? 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Fitness Blender Review

Heyyyy Everyone, 

My friend recently showed me an amazing YouTube channel for workouts. Not only is it an amazing workout but it is of course all free (no hefty gym membership costs!). 

It's called 'FitnessBlender' and there is something for everyone. They have 100's of different types of workouts. There's short videos that you can fit around your busy schedule or there's longer ones if you've got a bit more time on your hands. There are videos for beginners so don't worry if your just starting out and don't want anything too hard (I certainly can't handle anything harder than beginner). And best of all your able to do it from the comfort of your own home! 

My fave video so far is a kickboxing video because it works my arms and thats my least favourite part of my body.  I'm pretty busy at the moment so have just been fitting in short videos when I can, but once I have a bit more time on my hands I really want to try the 5 day workout challenge. My friend has just finished it and she said it targets different areas of the body each day so at the end of the 5 days you've had an all round workout. She said she enjoyed it, although it did kill her a bit. I'm sort of scared but also excited to try it. As I have work early tomorrow I am just going to get up 10 minutes earlier to fit in the squat challenge.. why don't you do it with me and let me know what you think...

I hope you enjoy! Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Little Things Count The Most

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I want to remind anyone reading this to appreciate the small things, because sometimes it's the small things that count the most and make an experience extra special. 

Recently a lot of things have happened to me and I've been overwhelmed by the smallest things. I got picked up from the airport last month and my car had a complimentary bottle of water in it. I was soooo thirsty and hot after my flight that I could of kissed my driver, I was so grateful for that bottle of water. I've also stayed in a lot of hotels recently and being very busy with work I've left my hotel room in a rush in the mornings leaving it looking like a bomb has hit it. So to come home after a busy day of work and walk into a room which has had the bed made, my PJs folded and my cosmetics organised neatly on the side has just been heaven! I wish I could personally thank that maid! 

Someone cooking your dinner for you, holding a door open for you or even letting you know you've got toilet paper attached to the bottom of your shoe (so embarrassing!). Don't become the type of person that expects these things, be someone who is grateful every time they happen, because it makes the world such a more pleasing place to live in, and the smallest things can make your day.

When looking for quotes to go with this blog I couldn't just choose one... they all fit:

What little things make your day? 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3