Chocolate Fudge Easter Cookies

Okay so I came across this recipe whilst searching for Easter themed treats on Pinterest and holy Easter batman, these are GOOD! But, also really not healthy. Like, at all. So keep that in mind. Now, I have changed the original recipe quite a bit which is why I thought I’d do a blog post rather than just posting a picture of the deliciousness on Facebook and linking the original recipe (don’t worry, I’ll link the original recipe below too!). Also, if you’re after a crispy, crunchy cookie this isn’t the recipe for you. These cookies are chewy at the edges and fudgey in the middle and have a similar texture to a brownie. These would also make a great gift, just package them up in some cellophane and tie off with a ribbon – I can guarantee they will be asking you for the recipe!

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So without further rambling, let’s get into it!

For this recipe you will need;

220g Baking chocolate – Now here’s where it gets a bit tricky, the original recipe calls for semi-sweet (dark) chocolate, but I didn’t quite have enough. So I mixed about 165g dark chocolate and about 55g milk chocolate melts. But you can do whatever you like really. Just remember that using all milk chocolate will result in a sweeter, less chocolatey cookie.

2 large eggs

5 tbsp. butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated (caster) sugar

1 1/4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

About 3/4 bag of Cadbury Easter Eggs (the candy coated ones)

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 baking trays with baking or parchment paper.

Melt chocolate – you can do this in a double boiler (bring a pot of water to a simmer, place another bowl over the top, making sure it doesn’t touch the water and gently melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Make sure you don’t overheat it or get any water in it or it will seize!) or you can do this in the microwave, I’d suggest going with 30 second increments to begin with – stirring each time and then take it down to 10 seconds when the chocolate begins to melt. Allow to cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until combined and light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Pour the egg and butter mixture into the melted chocolate and mix until fully combined. Add in your dry ingredients (I sifted mine in but you don’t have to, I just do it because my cocoa powder is always lumpy) and gently mix. Your batter should be very thick – but not dough like – more like thick brownie batter.

Scoop tablespoon sized cookies onto the tray, leaving a few centimeters in between each cookie to allow for expanding. Press 2 or 3 Easter Eggs into each cookie. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are just set. The cookies will look doughy still, however they will set once out of the oven. Leave to set on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire wrack to cool.

These cookies are very rich and decadent, but so delicious!

If you make these, I’d love to see them! Please tag me in your photos on Instagram @kimberlyrose_xo

If you eat them before you manage to take a photo – I’ve been guilty of that before! – please let me know what you thought!

Here is the original recipe: http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/chocolate-cadbury-egg-cookies

Kimberly

Xo

 

 

Homemade “Perfect Playdough” Recipe – No Alum or Cream of TarTar 

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! This past weekend was a rainy one so I wanted to find something fun we could do inside. I searched online for a playdough recipe and all of the required Alum or Cream of TarTar as we call it in Australia and of course I didn’t have any. There was no way I was dragging Hunter out in that miserable weather all for a ton of powder I will most likely never use again. So I searched and searched and finally found a recipe without it, but the comments said it didn’t work all that well. I decided to wing it and alter the amount of ingredients and it turned out perfectly! Just like the bought stuff except without the nasties. Here is my “Perfect Playdough” recipe! 

  
1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup salt

3 tsp lemon juice 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

Food colouring

Pop it all in a pot over medium heat and cook until it’s play dough consistency. If adding different colours, separate the dough and knead the colours in. 
You could probably try 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of oil instead of 2 as it was a touch greasy but I prefer it like that as it doesn’t dry out as quickly. I also suggest dusting your bench with flour before kneading the colours into the dough. Oh and if you don’t want your hands looking like mine did, maybe put some gloves on!

  
Let me know how you go if you try this recipe out! I’d love to see pictures. Tag me on Instagram or Facebook, or feel free to send me a snap on Snapchat! All social media is listed below. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Kimberly Xo

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Black Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hey guys!

So I figured instead of clogging up the description box of my videos with all of the products used etc, I’d post everything I used in individual blogs instead. That way its easy to find & come back to rather than having to go onto YouTube for a list of products. I’ve also included links of where I buy the products I use from, that way if you’re interested in a product, you won’t have to go searching for it.

If you haven’t seen the tutorial yet, you can check it out here!

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For this look, I used the following products;

Stila One Step Correct Primer http://mecca.com.au/stila/one-step-correct/V-008322.html

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette http://mecca.com.au/urban-decay/vice-4/I-022545.html

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/anastasia-beverly-hills/anastasia-beverly-hills-self-made-eyeshadow-palette.html

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in #110 & #220 https://www.priceline.com.au/maybelline-fitme-matte-poreless-foundation-30-ml

MAC Fix Plus http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/product/9863/32212/Cult-Classics/Prep-Prime/Prep-Prime-Fix/index.tmpl

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #10 https://www.priceline.com.au/maybelline-fit-me-concealer-1-ea

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette http://www.sephora.com.au/products/kat-von-d-shade-and-light-contour-palette

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/laura-mercier/laura-mercier-loose-setting-powder.html

Milani Blush in Coralina http://milanicosmetics.com/Baked-Blush.html

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe & Chocolate http://www.sephora.com.au/products/anastasia-dipbrow-pomade

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/us/en/product/gimme-brow-volumizing-eyebrow-gel

Covergirl The SuperSizer Mascara https://www.priceline.com.au/covergirl-the-super-sizer-mascara-by-lashblast-in-800-very-black-12-ml

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cher & Ecstacy http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/gerardcosmetics/hydramatteliquidlipstick/

 

Eyeshadow Brushes Used;

Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/228luxecreasebrush/

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/231luxepetitcreasebrush/

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush http://www.sephora.com.au/products/sigma-beauty-e40-tapered-blending

Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know so I can include it in my next post!

Love,

Kimberly Xo

Tantrum City – When the Terrible Two’s Come Early…

I want to start this blog off by saying of course I love & adore my son, even when he is throwing a tantrum of Godzilla proportions. Right, moving on….

My toddler has been throwing tantrums since he was about 10 months old, however they were only very occasional and mild. As he has gotten older, the tantrums have obviously increased, both in frequency & in volume, but still haven’t been too bad. Until today. Today I feel like I am living in tantrum city, where nothing is okay and everything is infuriating, except I don’t know what’s causing it or how to fix it & I really want to get back to Pleasantville ASAP. Hunter has decided that today anything and everything is infuriating & that nothing is good enough. His toys aren’t doing what he wants them to, the cat won’t let him punch it (actually the cat (and us) never let him punch it, but apparently today that isn’t acceptable to Hunter), he wants to drink out of a cup but not THAT cup, or that one, the one that I am placing in the dishwasher because it’s dirty, that’s the one he wants. He’s tired and wants to go to bed, but doesn’t want you to leave, then once you go back in there he doesn’t want you there. 

Obviously I knew this day was coming, but I’m going to be honest here…

We’ve all been there right? In the days before we had kids, while we were leisurely strolling through the aisles of the shopping centre buying whatever we wanted (and not having to budget because we didn’t have to allow for nappies, wipes & the endless amount of bananas toddlers need) we’d come across a toddler throwing a ridiculous tantrum & would think “MY child will NEVER throw tantrums like that”. Well, I was right. My toddler doesn’t throw tantrums like the one I saw in Woolies, my child throws even bigger ones! Hard to believe right? Seeing as I was going to be the perfect parent with the perfectly behaved child. As per usual, life has given me a giant smack in the face of reality in the form of a toddler who has inherited my short temper, thanks a lot genes. 

Kids are going to be kids. Toddlers are bound to throw tantrums. It’s the only way they can express such big feelings that they don’t quite understand yet. I totally get where they are coming from, when I’ve got PMS I throw tantrums that can easily rival my toddler’s. Last time I was PMS’ing I was so angry for no reason that I actually wanted to get away from myself. Side story – my husband was listening to a chick’s cover of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself (while I had PMS), & this thought actually crossed my mind – I’m not even joking here, “I wonder if he’s messaging her, what if he’s cheating on me with her?!” Yep because my husband would TOTALLY cheat on me, NOT! & if he did it would definitely be with a famous Aussie musician. I’m a deadset idiot when hormones are coursing through me at peak levels. 

This is all part of the joy of motherhood, some days are a lot (a fuck load) harder than others & some days are so wonderful & fun you wish you could relive them over and over. 

So now I am left to try & work out what to do when my son throws a huge tantrum. What do you do? Do you walk away and ignore it? Do you do time outs? Cuddles or distraction? Leave a comment below or on my social media (links are down the bottom of the page) letting me know what works for you & your toddler. 

As always, feel free to send me a message on Facebook if you’re having a tough day or even just for a chat 🙂 clearly I’m an open book haha

Have a lovely week! I’ll be back on Friday with another Easter DIY.

Kimberly Xo

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Christmas Series

Hello everyone!

So it’s safe to say I failed the October Blogging Challenge EPICALLY! I was so motivated and determined to see it through, however I found a lot of the topics didn’t relate to me, so I ended up calling it quits on that one! But I have something very exciting to announce…

If you know me in person, you will know that I am obsessed with Christmas! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I love decorating & buying gifts, making festive treats etc. so I figured, why not do a blog series on my favorite thing?! Starting next week I will be posting 2 to 3 blogs weekly with recipes, DIY decorations & DIY gift ideas to get you in the festive mood. A lot of the recipes & gift ideas would make fantastic teacher’s gifts too.

But that’s not all… I will also be running a few Giveaways! Yep you read right, few as in plural! One will be a children’s gift (which will be particularly good for the hot weather!), one will be a mini pamper set and the last one will be a big collective giveaway of a few different things! Most of which will be featured here on the blog! That’s right, you could be in the draw to receive some of my HAND MADE gifts!

The first Give Away will be announced at the end of next week within one of my blog posts, so make sure you are keeping an eye out for them if you’d like to enter!

Kimberly

Xo