19 April 2014

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

One of my Mum's many amazing recipes I grew up with!

  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon rind 
  • 3 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1/3 cup of 2% milk
  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. of poppy seeds 
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of 2% yogurt

  • 1/4 cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Combine granulated sugar, oil, egg, grated lemon rind, and 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix thoroughly, then add the milk until fully mixed in.

Combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and baking soda. Mix in the yogurt, but do not over mix.

Pour the mixture into a greased (or lined with parchment paper) 9 x 5 loaf pan or lined/greased muffin tin.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Let cool for 10 minutes.

Combine the icing sugar and 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork or wooden skewer and poor the glaze over the cake.

Serves 16 slices of cake, or 12 muffins.   

Print the recipe card here.

14 April 2014

Easter Inspirations

Unfortunately this Easter I am trapped at school with 4 exams, practically in a row, and can't spend it with my family or make any easter treats!
Here are some Easter treats that I wish I was having this weekend, as well as some of my Easter posts from last year.

Cadbury Creme Egg Cucpcakes and Stuffed "Brookies" (brownie cookie?!) - definitely a cute and unique ideas! Love it.

Beyond Frosting                                 Beyond Frosting

I love these cupcakes, such a cute idea!

These little hand pies don't even have to be for Easter but I think they are so cute for spring/summer.

Such sweet decorations for easter - really pretty idea for decorating!

As well, here are some ideas I posted last year!

For more Easter Inspirations, check out my Pinterest board

5 April 2014

Chai Spice Cookies

Chai Spice Cookies

I love spice cookies - another great cookie recipe!
Adapted from a recipe by My Baking Addiction.

  • 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ¾ cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon of ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, allspice, finely ground black pepper. Remove ¼ cup of this mixture and set aside.

With a mixer, beat together the sugar-spice mixture with the softened butter until fluffy. Add in the vanilla and egg, and mix.

Slowly blend the dry mixture to the wet mixture. 

If the mixture is a little dry, this may be because of the size of egg you are using. Add another egg, or a little water until it is a cookie dough consistency.

Scoop balls of the dough (2 teaspoons) and roll in the ¼ cup of sugar-spice mixture.

Bake on a greased or lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.

Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack.

Print the recipe cards here.

28 March 2014

Pinterest Update

I updated my Pinterest boards, so now the Interior Design boards are all split by rooms!
A few of my favourites from my boards:
Dining Room:



Follow Emma Courtney's board Bathrooms on Pinterest.

Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion

Maybe it's just me, but a lot of the time I find that fashion for different seasons aren't very wearable.
Glamour Magazine UK has some trends that you could wear every day, or even a subtle version!

The fashions are divided into 11 different categories, with a description of how to wear them.
All of the pictures and text are from Glamour Magazine UK - I just wanted to share them with you

As seen at: Burberry Prorsum (pictured), Roksanda Ilincic, Miu Miu, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Simona Rocha, Louis Vuitton
How to wear: Are you listening, magpies? Reach for all that glitters for spring/summer 2014, with the majority of fashion houses lavishing lashings of shimmer, sparkle and costume-jewellery fancies across tops, dresses, collars and spare inches of fabric. How decadent!
As seen at: House of Holland (pictured), Mulberry, Jonathan Saunders, Stella McCartney, Erdem 

How to wear: Team your neon florals and botanical blooms with edgy attitude and offbeat accessories, like metallic glam rock accessories, sky high sandals or chilled-out trainers. The two tribes within this trend are polar extremes - it's either the lady-like treatment or sassy urbanite styling.
As seen at: Burberry Prorsum (pictured), Prada, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Giles, Antonio Berardi 

How to wear: Fashion’s fickle eye hasn’t quite moved on from pink. There’s still plenty of style mileage left in the hue that makes boys wink. Best worn as one hero-piece, such as a coat or jacket, or be shameless and wear pink head-to-toe. You go, girls!
As seen at: Burberry Prorsum (pictured), Miu Miu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Osman 

How to wear: On summer’s catwalk, powdery soft mints are either offset with stark nude tones or blended with sorbet colours, like: candyfloss pink, baby blue or lemon sherbet. Best worn with plenty of confidence.
As seen at: Anna Sui(pictured), Topshop Unique, Chanel, Jonathan Saunders, Gucci 

How to wear: The key SS14 take on boho blends the romantic 70s maxi dress and floppy hat with 60s Broderie Anglaise dresses, throwing in retro sunnies for good measure. Poster girls for this look include long-standing Brit It-girl, Alexa Chung and LA’s fashion sorceress, Rachel Zoe.
As seen at: Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Moschino (pictured), Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang 
How to wear: Mix one part 90s grunge with two parts Metallica fan-girl, any you’ll be on your merry way to tapping into one of the season’s most hardcore looks. If in doubt, paint it black and make it leather.
As seen at: Christopher Kane, Chanel, Marc Jacobs (pictured), Prada, House of Holland

How to wear: This trend is simple. Take one ahhhhhmazing dress and wear it with full throttle confidence, heels and a bouncy strut. Done.
As seen at: Stella McCartney (pictured), Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, House of Holland, Christian Dior 

How to wear: The LLD – little lace dress – for SS14 looks more like a night dress, rather than a high-octane, vintage frock and is best styled with voluminous hair and a slick of black eyeliner.
As seen at: Prada, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Mulberry (pictured), Burbery Prorsum, Christopher Kane 

How to wear: Don’t bare all for SS14, instead tease the rest of your torso into a frock but showcase your d├ęcolletage and collar bone.
As seen at: Burberry Prorsum, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry (pictured), Christian Dior, Antonio Berardi, Simona Rocha 

How to wear: To be bang-on-the-money for summer 2014, reach for sheer pencil, maxis or midi skirts (anything shorter than these lengths is so last year, dahlings). Yes, we are talking transparent territory. To keep some semblance of reserve, fashion houses Mulberry, Burberry and Dior have designed full briefs to wear with this cheeky look. Rightly so.
As seen at: Celine, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang (pictured), Gucci 

How to wear: Go for tight pleats on dresses, skirts and accessories. The broader pleat is a thing of the past… Well, for now.
As seen at: Chanel, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, DKNY (pictured)

How to wear: Spring 2014’s hottest look is no doubt about wearing oneprint on all items of clothing and accessories, or to clash several patternsin one outfit. If that seems too daring, then the third approach to this hot trend is to work one colour splashed on everything: shoes, bags, phone cover, the works. Too much is simply not enough.
There are a few I'm not too sure about, but most of these I love!
I hope this inspired your Spring/Summer shopping.