Recipe: Mint Aero Birthday Cheesecake

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As it was the boyf.’s birthday a few weeks back, I thought I’d don my chef whites once again and attempt to make a cheesecake that he’d been eyeing up online for a while.

I’ve made a cheesecake before and it was actually a success, but I cheated slightly by using a pre-made base. This time I was going all out by making everything, and I can safely say although it went down a treat with the birthday boy, I never want to smell another mint Aero for as long as I live…

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Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 4oz digestive biscuits (around 12 biscuits)
  • 3oz melted butter

For the cheesecake:

  • 320g soft cheese (Philadelphia or the like)
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 250ml whipping cream
  • 2 large  mint Aero bars
  • 1 bag of mint Aero Bubbles (optional)

Method:

1. Place the digestive biscuits into a food bag, seal and than bash the living daylights out of them until finely crushed

2. Tip the biscuits crumbs into a bowl and slowly add in the melted butter, mixing as you go

3. Line your tin with clingfilm (easy way to get the cheesecake out later, always thinking)

4. Evenly cover the bottom of the tin with the crushed biscuit mix

5. In another bowl (obvs) mix together the Philadelphia and the icing sugar

6. Whip up the whipping cream and add to the Philadelphia mixture

7. Grate the two large Aero bars

*You will hate your life as you get covered in melted minty chocolate, but stick with it*

8. Add 3/4 of the grated Aero to the Philadelphia mixture

9. Spread the mixture onto the biscuit base, sprinkle the rest of the grated Aero on top and decorate with the Aero Bubbles

10. Leave in the fridge for at least 12 hours to ensure it’s fully set

Et voilà! A mint Aero cheesecake fit for a birthday cake replacement 🙂

– love Stef x

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Shopping: The Birthday Haul

My 26th birthday came and went *sob* but at least I got some beautiful gifts. I am a serious lover of candles, make up and all the other typically girlie things you can think of, so when I cracked open this little lot I was a very happy girlie!

 

I am a lover of the Real Techniques brushes, and up until the big day I only owned the Core Collection, so I was SO pleased to unwrap these beauties! They are a perfect mix of brushes, and with the Core Collection, I feel I have a complete set to do my make up, and it makes my morning routine that little bit more exciting.

The lovely purse was courtesy of the bf, and I am in love with the colour! I love a bright purse, and I like that I don’t have a bag in that colour, so things don’t get too match-matchy.

Next the Lily Flame candles, they smell DELICIOUS. I have roughly a million candles dotted around my house and they are mostly of the Yankee variety (see gifts 6 and 7) but I came across Lily Flame and I fell in love. They are hard to come by in the shops but Very.co.uk  have started selling them and I couldn’t recommend them more! They make the house smell incredible, and when the candle has burnt down, just leave the lid off the jar – it is better than any air freshener!

Estee Lauder is one of my favourite make up brands, and the perfumes are just as lovely. Beautiful is one of my favourite scents in my more “grown up” collection of perfume.

Yankee Candle – really need no explanation.

Next, my lovely Ted Baker bag. I have been after a nice casual shooter for a while and this fits the bill. There’s a zip compartment inside for valuables, but my favourite bit is the fact it is wipe clean – my bags don’t generally stay clean for long!

And finally, this is by far my favourite gift:

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I am so very pleased with my new notebook! I have notebook after notebook of endless scribbles and musings, but this is my absolute favourite, courtesy of a Miss Keeling, and although you can’t tell from the pic, it’s embossed gold and is just so lovely!

Well that’s my little lot, and I had a very happy birthday.

– love Carla x

 

26th Birthday in London

The blow of turning 26 on April 3 was somewhat eased by my lovely boyf. who decided to whisk me away to London for three days to celebrate (he’s very good like that).

Now I’m back, I thought I’d share a few photos with you about what we got up to and show just how I celebrated my birthday. 

We travelled down to London on Thursday lunchtime, made our way to the gorgeous Marlin Limehouse apartments, before heading to the Palladium to see Cats (my absolute dream come true, I may have cried – I’d also play Jemima FYI).

On Friday I awoke to a birthday breakfast of pancakes and syrup, got ready and travelled to the London Dungeon for an hour and a half of spooky London history. I was also locked in a cage by one of the actors, much to the boyf’s amusement.

It was then lunch at Yo! Sushi, a spot of shopping (Lush and Primark) on Oxford Street and a rainbow cake birthday treat from the Hummingbird Bakery in Soho.

Friday evening saw me taken up 72 floors for sunset at The Shard – with champagne thrown in, and an amazing meal at Gaucho on Tower Bridge.

Thank you boyf. 

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– love Stef x

Music Monday #5

April 3rd was my 26th birthday, so to celebrate such an occasion, this week’s Music Monday is the slightly obvious birthday edition.

Here’s my pick of the best songs released in the year of my birth – 1989. Enjoy!

Black Box: Ride On Time

The Bangles: Eternal Flame

Soul II Soul: Back To Life

Madonna: Like A Prayer

Lisa Stansfield: All Around The World

New Kids On The Block: You Got It (The Right Stuff)

Alice Cooper: Poison

Beautiful South: Song For Whoever

Tina Turner: The Best

Fine Young Cannibals: She Drives Me Crazy

– love Stef x

The Bucket List

My time has come to turn 25 *sob* and with depressing birthday celebrations approaching, it got me thinking about what I really want in life.

I have always had a “Bucket List” of things I generally wanted to achieve/do, or places I wanted to visit, and as depressed as I am with my life sometimes, upon reflection I ain’t done so bad.

The first half of my bucket list, and the things I have successfully achieved, are:

  • Get a degree in Journalism
  • Stand on top of the Empire State Building
  • See the Sistine Chapel for myself
  • Buy a bottle of Chanel in Paris
  • Learn to drive
  • Work for a magazine
  • Party on the White Isle (Ibiza to me and you…)
  • Learn to swim
  • Start a blog that has actual readers :-p

Not too bad really, but here are the things I want to do next, and they’re not completely out of reach:

Own a classic designer pair of shoes, aka Christian Louboutin

425 netaporterScuba dive the Great Barrier Reef

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See in the New Year in Sydney

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Live in another country…

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…and have some lovely expensive luggage for the trip

samsonite 379Since I can choose anywhere, I want a kickass apartment in Manhattan

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Where I will write a New York Times bestselling novel

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…which will be the perfect stepping stone to start my very own magazine

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Once that has become uber successful, I want to travel the world and see the Northern Lights

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and live in paradise for a much needed break…

paradise…before partying in Rio

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I will then return to the UK and own this bad boy, which happens to feature in my all time favourite movies…

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Then somehow, magically, I will meet, interview, and marry James Bourne. And as you can see in this picture, that there stood next to my future husband is co-editor of this blog, Ms Keeling. Who interviewed him, and stood so close they were touching in this pic. AND I WASN’T EVEN INVITED. Not that I’m bothered, but you know, he doesn’t even know I exist. And there she is. Look at her, right next to him and everything. #BadFriend

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There is my ideal life, in pictures. Some of it is do-able, the best bits, probably not so much, but a girl can dream… right?

– love Carla x

*EDITOR’S NOTE: I was actually enjoying writing this, until I got to the last point, and now I’m quite depressed. I should also take this opportunity to apologise to my darling boyfriend, soz babe, but we both know you’d pick Mila over me.*

*CO-EDITOR’S NOTE: Sorry Carla, in my defence I did mention you to him before being completely overwhelmed at standing next to my future husband, Danny.*

 

The 25th Birthday Wish List

In three weeks I’ll reach the rather upsetting milestone that is 25 – a quarter of a century if you will. Halfway to 50. Nearer to 30 than 18… I’m super excited, can you tell?

While I cry in the corner and attempt to get my head around the fact that I am ageing more rapidly than I’d like, take a look at my birthday wish list:

25th Birthday Wish List

Anna Lou of London Rose Gold Personalised Name Necklace // River Island Collar Skater Dresses // Estee Lauder Aries Zodiac Powder Compact // Marc Jacobs ‘The Lolita’ Eyeshadow Palette // River Island Black Leather Biker Jacket // River Island Beige Satchel // River Island Rose Gold Metallic Platform Sandals // River Island Black Buckle Chelsea Boots // River Island Beige Classic Mac // River Island Rose Gold Slinky Tassel Necklace //

What would you have for your 25th birthday?

– love Stef x