6 December 2016

Alice in Wonderland Inspired 'Eat Me' Cookies

Alice in Wonderland Inspired 'Eat Me' cookies. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Alice in Wonderland Inspired 'Eat Me' cookies. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Alice in Wonderland Inspired 'Eat Me' cookies. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
Alice in Wonderland Inspired 'Eat Me' cookies. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Sugar cookies are the simplest little tasty thing to bake, and I can't believe it has taken me years to get around to it. One of my favourite memories of being a child is standing on a wooden footstool at my Grandma's house, helping her bake tiny little sugar cookies to take home with me on a Saturday afternoon. So, feeling a little nostalgic and homesick a few weeks ago, I made a massive batch of these and fell in love with the simple design.

I bought an 'eat me' cookie cutter and stamp from Amazon for a couple of pounds and I was good to go. It was far easier than it would ever have been for me to hand cut these. That would have been a total disaster and I think I would have given up half way through, flooded with tears of frustration.

Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favourite Disney films. As a child I was absolutely obsessed, and I really think it helped my imagination to expand, as it showed that anything was possible. Even if it did it in a pretty weird, trippy way. When I saw cookies like these on Pinterest months ago they totally rose to the top of my baking bucket list. And yes, I totally have one of those. I'm not sure that I'm quite skilled enough to have a go at icing yet, so I've left mine plain. Maybe I'll add that to the 2017 baking bucket list!

Sugar cookies are SO easy to make that I'm pretty sure anyone should be able to do it. They're pretty hard to burn too: a few extra minutes in the oven isn't going to lead to a full on disaster.

Ingredients:

225g butter
200g sugar
340g plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg

Method:

1.) Cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl.

2.) Stir in the egg and vanilla essence.

3.) Add the flour and combine the mixture until everything is mixed in and it forms a dough.

4.) Chill for one hour. If you're in a rush you can leave this step out, but it does make rolling the dough out a lot harder

5.) Preheat your oven to 190 degrees celsius.

6.) Line a baking tray (or two) with baking paper.

7.) Flour a work surface and roll out your cookie dough.

8.) Use the cookie cutter and stamp to create your cookies.

9.) Place trays of cookies in the oven for approximately 8-10 minutes. They should be golden when they're ready to come out.

What's your favourite nostalgic recipe to make?

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5 December 2016

November favourites and life update

November favourites and life update. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

November favourites and life update. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

November favourites and life update. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

November favourites and life update. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

November favourites and life update. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

November favourites and life update. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Sitting down to do these favourites posts is one of my favourite things to do - it's such a lovely way of letting myself look back over the past month to see what I've achieved, how I've struggled, and what I've enjoyed most. November was a pretty quick month for me, crammed full of loads of things. 

As you all know, we moved house at the end of October. Settling in has taken me so much longer than I anticipated, and there are still loads of parts of the house that I feel are in no way complete yet. We've even still got a few boxes that haven't been unpacked!

I've also been having a pretty rough mental health month. Homesickness hit me pretty hard, and I was struggling with the amount of shifts I was doing at work. However, using this as inspiration for a few mental health blog posts really seemed to help a bit, as did a trip down to visit my sister. I also made the most blog posts I've ever made in a month in November, so I felt super productive.

Work is calling, so this post is a little bit rushed, but I do have a video all about my November favourites here:


Here are all the products I've been loving this month:

Next's Festive Spice candle
Yankee Candle Simply Home Holiday Magic candle
Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Water
Sudocrem Skin Care Cream
Le Sirop de Monin Chocolate Cookie Syrup
The Garlic Farm Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
That Lame Company's Hopes and Dreams notebook

What were your favourites this month?

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3 December 2016

November Book Haul

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November book haul. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

November book haul. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Reading is my second favourite thing to do in my spare time (after blogging of course), especially when my mental health isn't brilliant. I found November quite a challenging month, so I picked up more than a few books on my way to/from work as a little reward for myself for fighting my anxiety and actually getting to my shifts. Most of these have come from charity shops, because, quite frankly, always buying brand new books is just far too expensive. I've gone for a pretty broad range in terms of genres and when the books where written to keep my reading varied over the coming months. 

I made a video of my first book haul for this blog over on my Youtube channel, and here it is: 


So, here are all the books in my book haul this month:

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. The Walking Dead is my absolute favourite TV show at the moment, but I've never read a book about any kind of similar dystopian world. Station Eleven is all about a deadly virus that breaks out in North America and its aftermath.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Victorian fiction is my one true love really, but I've never read this, which is dubbed 'the first sensation novel'. I'm feeling a bit intimidated by the fact that it's almost 700 pages long, but excited to see how it compares to Dickens' work as he mentored the author of The Woman in White

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. If you didn't know already, this is the pseudonym for J K Rowling that she assumed for her novels after the Harry Potter series was finished. This is a murder mystery; something I haven't read much of. I'm looking forward to seeing how the writing compares to her previous novels.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman. This is one of the Zoella book club picks (and not the only one in my haul). Its plot centres around a teenager who has committed suicide, leaving her best friend alone. I hope that this tackles mental health issues in an appropriate and respectful way and can't wait to get started on this.

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin. I chose this one because the cover was pretty, I won't lie. But, it sounds intriguing as it's all about the main character's last days before she passes away, and what she decides to do with them. 

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Despite having both books on my shelves for a couple of weeks now, I've only just noticed that this author wrote both The Moonstone and The Woman in White. Whoops. This is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, crime novel out there, and I'm so ready to see how the genre kicked off. 

Underworld by Meg Cabot. As a teen, this was my favourite author of all time. I spent a good while wishing I would wake up one day as Mia. Recently I read Abandon, which is a much darker, more gothic text. Underworld is the sequel to Abandon and I need to find out what happens after the cliffhanger.

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes. Me Before You is one of the best books I've read all year, so it was a total no-brainer to pick up another one by the same author. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. This is another one from the Zoella book club. Despite having read a lot of classic gothic horror, I've never actually read any contemporary horror novels. This will be my first one, and I'm excited to see how it compares to the classics.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. This is my final book of the haul, and another Zoella book club pick. This is the one that I'm most interested in out of her Autumn book club because it centres around a trans* individual. The author gives us all an insight into what it's like to be a trans* teenager at school, and the difficulties you might face.

Let me know if you liked this post and want to see more book hauls in the future! What have you picked up this month?