Simple Cherry Cookies: The Chewy Kind

I made about 20 of these to take to work with me but they didn’t make it till Monday! Once my family spotted them not only did they finish my snack for the week, they were placing orders on how they wanted their cookies next time.

Ingredients:

  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 40g muscovado sugar
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 85g natural or dried cherries, roughly chopped into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon powder
I used dried cherries, chopped to perfection

I used dried cherries, chopped to perfection

Method to the madness:

  1. Heat oven to 185 degrees C
  2. Beat the butter, sugars and egg until smooth
  3. Sift the flour, cinnamon, cherry pieces and ½ tsp salt into the buttery batter. Mix until smooth.
  4. Spoon onto non-stick baking sheets (or foil with a light coating of melted butter) in large rough blobs and place in the oven. Make sure they are well spaced because they will expand in the oven. 
  5. Bake for just under 12 mins until just golden around the edges, but still quite pale and soft in the middle.
  6. The middle of the cookies will rise, this is good because you want the air bubbles that will bake everything on the inside. But you still want to cookie gooey! So at around the 10 min mark (or when they’ve risen in the centre and are golden brown around the edges) slide the tray out and use the back of a spoon to tap only the centre of the cookies down (think of it as the deflating process), then slide back into the oven for another 2 mins.
  7. Bring them out after the total 12 mins and leave to cool on the sheets for 5 mins, then lift onto a plate and serve!

The outcome!

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Count to 10

I was stuck in the office from 11am to 9pm on Saturday. Literally just waiting for our partners on a joint proposal to get back to us with comments from their review.

Then I went exploring and came across our access to the rooftop. Like Alice down the rabbit hole I was hooked with this little escape from adulthood.

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Find a quiet place and count to 10.

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Just don’t tell the boss! 

 

Tequila Sponge Shots

It is experiment time people! And I have Amy Erickson and her food blog to thank. Found this recipe on the Daily Mail UK and I have every intention of trying it out at a foreseeable gathering. Deep fried sponge cake. Alcohol. All the good-but-not-really-good things are happening in one potentially fantastic moment.

Ingredients:

  • One vanilla sponge cake (size of your choice)
  • One cup of tequila (however, my choice shall be Malibu)
  • Oil for the deep frying
  • Icing sugar for the fairy dusting

Ok, so we start off with one vanilla sponge cake which needs to be cut into decent sized cubes. then dipping each one into your alcohol of choice. Try not to leave them there for too long. Sing as follows: “you put your left hand in, you put your left hand out, you put your left hand in and you shake it all about”.

Dipping the sponge cake

Dipping the sponge cake

Heat the oil in a deep pot and gently drop in the soaked sponge when sizzling. Turn the cake round until golden brown on all sides.

Frying in the deep

Frying in the deep

Leave to cool for a little while then dust liberally with icing sugar

A light dusting

A light dusting

 And you are good to go!

final tequila shots

The Liebster Award

Liebster Blog Award

 

There are some very special ladies behind Deep Meaningless Conversations who have created a blog purely about … deep meaningless conversations. Well, the Good Girl was lucky enough to be recognised for a Liebster blogging Award after being nominated by DeepMeaningless (as they like to be called).

Part of this honour includes:

– Linking back to the person that nominated me (done and dusted above)
– Answering 11 questions provided by the person who nominated me
– Nominating 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and giving them 11 questions of my choice

Rules:
– You are not allowed to nominate the person who nominated you
– You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to view your post so that they can learn about it. 

Happy Reading!

1) Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Zac Efron, George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman all fight Hunger Games-style. Who would win? Who would look the hottest in this army of beauty?

Good question! Brad Pitt and George Clooney would be the last two standing. They do too much behind the scenes to not have the brains to handle a Hunger Games-esque environment. Brad would probably find a way to overpower George- Fight Club made him a killer and he has 6 kids! More to lose!

2) You and a friend decide to go to the airport spur of the moment and buy a ticket for that day. Where would you go?

A random island that I can’t pronounce the name of.

3) Olivia Pope (Scandal) or Jessica Pearson (Suits) as the better strong, black female TV character?

Olivia Pope. Late night wine and popcorn session after work, need I say more?

4) Could you do dinner and/or a movie alone?

I would like to believe I could do both alone but I never have! A movie alone is on my bucket list.

5) What’s your favourite spot at the moment (restaurant, park, beach, shop, whatever) in the city you live in?

Well, my options are pretty limited at the moment. So I would have to say any spot in our garden.

6) What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

Apparently my smile has some extra beam to it. 

7) What celebrity do you think you could be besties with?

Chloe Grace Moretz

8) When you visit a new country/city, what is your favourite way to explore (e.g. exploring their food, museums, shopping, etc.)?

Food. Food. Food. Food.

9) What book would you recommend as a good summer read?

The Pillars of the Earth- if it’s a looong summer

10) House of Cards, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is The New Black, Scandal, Suits or New Girl?

To be fair, I’m only consistent with Scandal, so Scandal it is. House of Cards is good, but (SPOILER ALERT!) the way they killed off Kate Mara was too…wrong.

11) If time, money, and so on wasn’t a problem, what’s something new that you would like to learn?

A new language and how to play the guitar amazingly well.

My nominees and 11 new questions

http://www.theperfectpiece.org.uk

http://www.delightfulinterruption.blogspot.co.uk/

http://notesfromtheboss.wordpress.com/

http://theimportanceofbeingliz.blogspot.co.uk/

http://tomstablescraps.wordpress.com/

http://whiskeysoaked.wordpress.com/

http://needleandidesign.com/blog/

http://beingabritinbrazil.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.anoregoncottage.com/

http://studentfoody.wordpress.com/

http://hey-howsitgoing.tumblr.com/

1) Do you agree with the parenting techniques of your folks?

2) What is your most common thought on a daily basis?

3) When was the last time you experienced peer pressure?

4) How do you handle a stressful situation?

5) Do you think all is fair in love and war?

6) If you could have a conversation with any animal, which one would it be and why?

7) Why aren’t you in Brazil right now?

8) What would be the first thing on your bucket list?

9) Do you or did you ever think you had a superpower, if so, which one?

10) Who in your life would you want beside you at this moment?

11) What was the last message you received (not precluding spiritual messages/feelings)?

Cry Baby, Cry

Stressful DaysI have never been one of those girls that could cry easily. The water works are usually stored up and activated at the most inappropriate time.

To my surprise, I read that the average woman cries between 30-64 times a year and apparently there are actual benefits to this.

1) Releasing your tears helps you flush out toxins
2) They lubricate and prevent dehydrated eyes
3) Crying also helps eliminate stress hormones

I get pretty close to tears when I know I’m stressed, tired and just flustered.
We might not always be able to prevent the tears but we can control the after-effect!

If you have a stressful day ahead, try and prepare so that composing yourself isn’t a problem.
Keep hydrated and have a bottle of water near. When in doubt, drink!
YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch is an irreplaceable item in my makeup bag. Being about the size of a marker, I keep it in my bag and use it for any touching up that may be required on a rough day.
Finally, never leave home without pocket tissues!

‘Sheer’ Butter

Raw Shea Butter

Raw Shea Butter

                                                                                                     
I currently live in Nigeria, a country where most things are organic and easy to get so you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get the real deal.
For a few years I have had instant access to raw shea butter, and it has become one of my favourite moisturisers. The benefits are endless!

Due to the fatty nutrients in the nut it derives from, the butter has the ability to help the skin heal quickly. When I noticed my hair thinning after a stressful period, I started to use shea butter on my scalp. Once I use it my scalp instantly feels less agitated and itchy. My hair appears to be thicker now, but this is with the aid of many vitamins, plenty of water and exercise.

I know people who use it all over their body and it’s particularly good for dry feet. It can also be used on wet hair to help lock in moisture. The raw butter will definitely be too thick to keep in so I would suggest just leaving it in your hair overnight. It rinses out easily after shampooing once.
Raw shea butter is solid at room temperature but rubbing it in your palms or warming it makes it easier to work with. It’s structure is literally just like butter so it melts quickly.

Some products have shea butter but by the time it’s on a shop shelf it’s simply diluted and over-processed. So, I prefer the raw stuff. Better to get all the goodness and work your way from there!

Good Lovin’ Bread

Fresh out the oven and half a loaf gone!

Fresh out the oven and half a loaf gone!


Perfection with butter and marmalade!

Perfection with butter and marmalade!

There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through a house. Nothing.
I got this recipe at http://www.allrecipes.com and it was posted by a user named ‘Peg’. I have tweaked it so it’s brown bread instead of white. My Dad likes to pretend he’s healthy like that so I try and encourage him. The original recipe is available here: Amish White Bread

Makes 2 loaves
My ingredients:
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar or 3 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

In a bowl, dissolve the sugar or honey in warm water, and then stir in the yeast
Leave the yeast for 5 minutes until it’s foamy
Add the salt and oil to the yeast then mix in the flour one cup at a time
Add all those seeds
Knead the dough once everything is mixed until smooth
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Leave it in a sunny place for about 1 hour until it’s doubled in size
Punch the dough down and knead for a few minutes
Divide the dough into the two well oiled loaf pans
Cover with a damp cloth again and let it rise for about 40 minutes
Preheat oven at 175 degrees C
Bake for 30 minutes