Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Rocky Road Angel Delight Sundaes

Angel Delight is a complete guilty pleasure of mine. There's nothing better than whipping up a batch and eating it whilst watching great TV. So when I heard there was a new flavour of Angel Delight (bubblegum if you wanted to know) I jumped at the chance to try it and come up with a great household favourite recipe. Rocky Road Angel Delight Sundaes.

  • 1 packet of Angel Delight
  • 1/2 a pint of milk
  • 125g butter
  • 100g digestive biscuits
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 150g milk chocolate
  • 100g marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
First you want to make up the Rocky Road as it takes the longest to set. You want to make sure you have a lined pan to pour the mixture in and enough room in the fridge for it to set. 

  • Melt the chocolate, butter and syrup in a saucepan until it's smooth and gorgeous smelling. 
  • Break in the biscuits and slowly fold together.
  • Do the same with the marshmallows.
  • Pour into the pan and pop in the fridge to set (2-3 hours)
You can add other things in such as raisins, chopped nuts or other bits of fruit. We've even added a handful of rice krispies before but we thought we would keep this fairly plain because of all the flavours. 

In another bowl you need to mix up the Angel Delight. It's as easy as pouring the milk in with the powder and whisking until it's lump free. Then you pop it in the fridge until it's set, which normally takes a few hours. The smells coming from our kitchen were amazing!

Finally the time comes to serve it. Chop up small amounts of rocky road and layer with spoons of Angel Delight. The flavours are gorgeous together and it's a nice change from an ice cream sundae when the weather is turning a bit colder. This is definitely one of Max's favourite dishes. So much so that this is the second time that we have made it in a fortnight.

This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge


October has been dubbed the month of Stoptober. A month to help kick start everyone on the path to quitting smoking and making a better an healthier future for themselves. Before we had Max, Scott was a social smoker, having one or two when out drinking or with mates. But once we realised we had a child to raise he decided the best thing to do was to quit whilst he was ahead and fortunately hasn't had one since! Giving up is a hard choice but the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives if you really think about it. 

My Voucher Codes ran a survey with 1000 people to highlight some facts about the benefits of quitting smoking and reasons why people wanted to stop their bad habit. Here are some of the results if you aren't convinced:
  • It will improve your heath. 52% of people surveyed said that health was one of the main reasons to quit. Not only will you will feel healthier, be able to breathe better and feel like you can run a mile, you will also slow down the signs of ageing meaning you can save money on all the lotions, potions and creams.
  • Scott gave up smoking for the sake of his family. He didn't want to die young and not see his family grow. Giving up gives you that chance to spend more time with your loved ones.
  • You will save money. 32% were concerned about the amount that they spend on cigarettes and how much they could save. Just think about it. It might only seem like a few quid every now and again for some fags but slowly that starts to build up into something massive. 

TNT Magazine have highlighted some great things in their article about this. One of the biggest things is that a big portion of your salary normally ends up on cigarettes. For someone earning an average of £26.5k a year (net £20k after tax) who smokes on average 13 a day it eats up £1,810.40, nearly 10% of what you earn. A massive amount when you consider all your other daily expenses that are actually more important. 

Just think, when you are complaining on your cigarette break that you can't afford a holiday, if you gave that habit up you could probably afford one! And not only that look at the other great things you could spend that £1,810.40 on:

  • 202 trips to the cinema (average price of £8.95 a ticket)
  • Prada handbag (£1,600 average)
  • 3 pairs of Jimmy Choo's (£550 average - the ones in the photo are a bit less!)
  • 5 xbox one's (£550 each)

Now me and Scott aren't smokers we won't be quitting this Stoptober. Having said that I love the idea of saving money across the year (and I certainly love the look of that Prada) so we will probably see if we can adapt the idea to save for things that we want in life as I'm sure we make some unnecessary spends in our day to day lives. 

To all taking part in Stoptober, good luck! You can do it and I hope this has given you that little bit of motivation. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

What's In My Bag?

I LOVE these types of posts. I'm a nosy person that loves to see what must have things people carry around and what books people are reading so of course I thought it was more than fair that I showed you what important stuff I carry around in my trusty bag!

  1. Zatchels Satchel in Chestnut - I've had this bag for 2 years now and used it almost daily I'm amazed that not only is it still held together but it also is still in amazing condition.
  2. Cath Kidston Purse - I bought this a couple of years ago in the sale as my purse always falls apart. I'm on the hunt for a new one now as the lining is starting to fray from the ridiculous amount of loyalty cards I have stuffed in there.
  3. Tangle Tamer - This beauty comes with me everywhere. I have really thin and wispy hair so it gets knotted so fast. This is perfect for smoothing out the kinks before work.
  4. Business Cards and Oyster Card - This little pass book is filled with business cards. It's easier to carry around than a box and I can slot my oyster card in there too.
  5. Iphone - I don't think this needs explaining do you?
  6. Black and White Washi - I always have a roll of washi tape in my bag. Normally to help me craft some cute things for work displays but it's also a life saver when I need to put things back together. Our letting agent loved that I had used washi tape to fix something in place (haha!)
  7. Book 1 - I normally have 2 books on me. One I'm nearly done with and one I'm starting next. I never know when I'm going to be stuck somewhere. This book I've just finished and it was AMAZING! I loved it and it was such a quick read.
  8. Book 2 - This one I'm only just starting. It's a mystery that unfortunately isn't out until next year but keep your eyes peeled!
  9. Passport - With moving I'm always having to show proof of identity for lots of different reasons for changing addresses. This means my passport is now firmly tucked into my bag for the time being.
  10. Nurofen - I never know when a migraine will strike. These seem to be the best things to dull the pain a bit before I can get my actual medication.
  11. Jessie Pop! Vinyl Figure - I always need something for Max to play with and he loves playing with our Pop! Figures that I have started to buy him some of his own.

So what do you have tucked away in your bag?