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Peanut Butter + Marshmallow Blondies // Candice Brown - Comfort

Each time I seem to vanish from blogging, I return with a baking post - I've been baking SO much recently that I've got a lot of recipes to share with you guys - if you've been following me on Instagram you'll have spotted many of these tasty treats on my stories over the last few months already. I'll explain my absence in detail soon, things definitely haven't been rosy. As my first full post (lets face it a wish-list does not count as a true blog post) I thought I'd share the most incredible Blondie recipe I've ever attempted, though I can't take credit for the wonderful recipe as it comes from GBBO 2016 Winner - Candice Brown's NEW book Comfort, which I received back in July when I turned the grand old age of....23. I'd been dropping hints ever since I noticed the release would be near to my birthday. I absolutely adore Candice & rooted for her from the start of the series, I too grew up baking with my dear Grandma & Mum, I learnt so much from my Dad's Mum. I'm sure there'll be plenty more of Candice's recipes appearing on LW (so long as folk are still willing to read LW Post's, I feel so out of the loop from my little hobby, so much has changed!)
an image of peanut butter and marshmallow blondie recipe
an image of peanut butter and marshmallow blondie recipe
To make these incredibly moreish Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Blondies you will need the following ingredients: 
175g Unsalted Butter, melted (I actually used a mixture of unsalted & stork, don't judge me, we were running low)
300g Light Soft Brown Sugar
200g Crunchy Peanut Butter
2 Large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (I used regular vanilla extract)
200g Plain Flour (I used my usual Doves Farm Gluten Free Flour)
1 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
150g Dark Chocolate - cut into rough chunks
200g Pink & White Marshmallows (I think I'd use a few more next time)
an image of peanut butter and marshmallow blondie recipe
Now for the recipe:
Pre-heat your oven (180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 OR like me, 160C Fan) & line a square baking tray (20cm) with greaseproof paper. My regular tin for brownies/blondies is rectangular & these brownies cooked just fine. Make use of what you have. I sometimes use an individual square, traybake tin from Lakeland - however I'm forever overcooking blondies in there.

Enough waffling, firstly - Mix together the melted butter & brown sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the peanut butter and mix until combined. Beat the eggs into the mix, along with your vanilla. Then comes the flour, baking powder and salt - sift this into your bowl and fold until combined. Stir through your broken chocolate chunks, if you don't like dark chocolate (my absolute favourite chocolate) use whatever chocolate you prefer. I also think these blondies would be delicious with any other chocolate spread so long as it doesn't alter the consistency too much. I'm sure I'll report back to you guys with this. I'm tempted to try Bounty Spread. I love my coconut OR perhaps Malteaser Spread and Malteasers.

All that's left to do is to pour your mixture into your lined tin & place the marshmallows on top of the mix. I'd recommend using the large marshmallows as small marshmallows would most likely burn. Next time I'd use a few extra marshmallows - I imagine it's simply because of my tin size....and lets face it you can never have too much marshmallow - especially when the weather is as poor as it is recently.

Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, I took mine out after 60 - I think this was just about right - maybe a little sooner next time. You want the marshmallow to toast golden brown, which will be very sticky when first out - you need to leave these to cool before cutting as the marshmallow will stick to the knife making it almost impossible....note I say these would totally be even more heavenly in all their molten marshmallow and gooey, buttery goodness. Once cooled - remove from tin using paper and cut into squares - aim for around 12 if using a square tin - I ended up with a couple more & larger chunks to send off to my Dad's work.
an image of peanut butter and marshmallow blondie recipe
an image of peanut butter and marshmallow blondie recipe
I honestly couldn't wish for a more perfect blondie recipe, blondies have never been my strong point - I make some heavenly brownies - where as I always tend to over cook a blondie. With the weather being so wet & miserable there's nothing more comforting than a chunk of peanut butter & marshmallow heaven. I'd love to hear if you guys are tempted to make them OR if you've also picked up Candice's book - it's so, so pretty and packed with incredible recipes - Candice has even had me making my own pastry!? Lucy xx

My Birthday Wishlist // 2017

With my Birthday just days away (tomorrow by the time I've actually hit publish), I thought I'd pop back online with a birthday themed wish-list. I've been pretty quiet on all things LW again - life just seems to be throwing everything at us all again, I don't think we're destined to have a regular summer. Leaving all the drama to one side, here are some of the latest items to have caught my know just in case any birthday fairies are lurking around for ideas still....

an image of my 2017 birthday wishlist
an image of 2017 birthday wishlist
 Items Featured:
1. Nip + Fab - Makeup Contour Palette in Light - Link - £15
2. YSL - Black Opium EDP 90ml - Link - £91
3. Michael Kors Selma Black Medium Bag - Link - £315
4. Hotel Chocolat - Salted Caramel Chocolate Puddles - Link - £5.50
5. Marble Phone Case - Amazon - endless marble designs
6. Underwear Refresh - Featured - Ann Summers
7. Origins - Modern Friction Cleansing Oil with Radiance Boosting White & Purple Rice - Link - £25
8. Stila - Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow - Rose Gold Retro - Link - £23
9. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette - Link - £39.50
10. Yet more Ann Summer Underwear Picks
11. Nails Inc - Sparkle Like A Unicorn Nail Polish Duo Kit - Link - £15
12. Real Techniques - MultiTech Extra Extra Large Point Makeup Brush  - Link - £13.49
13. Kate Spade Organiser/Diary 2018 - Link - £31.95
14. Yet more Underwear
15. Real Techniques - Miracle Cleansing Sponge - Link - £5.99
16. Ray Ban Aviators in Matte Gold/Purple - £188 - Local Store - £94
17. Lush - Hello Gorgeous Gift Set - Link - £23.95
18. Calvin Klein - Modern Cotton Grey Bralette & Thong - Link - £28/£17
19. Kate Spade - Eat Cake For Breakfast Tumbler - Link - £15.95

What's on your current wish-list? + What would you guys like to see back on LW? I'm determined to get back to a regular schedule no matter how crazy life seems to be. Lucy xx
Disclaimer: contains no sponsored or affiliated links

Stylish Stationery with Kate Spade & Rooi

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Yes, you aren't seeing things. I've actually written a blog post at long last. Today's blog post is all about stationery, something I'm guilty of owning far too much. It's good to be organised though, right? You can never have too many notebooks + notepads when they're as pretty as the selection Rooi kindly sent over featuring blogger favourite Kate Spade. If you haven't heard of Rooi, they're basically home to some of the best, cotton bed linens, home interior brands and luxurious fabrics & stationery. In recent years Kate Spade has become a little easier for those of us in the UK to access however Rooi, have some of the best/biggest selection apart from going to Kate Spade directly. Since being introduced to Rooi my wish-list has grown extensively - Heck I even want the Kate Spade Umbrellas.
an image of Kate Spade Stationery with RooiKate Spade Birch Way Spiral Notebook* // £11.95 // HERE
The first item I unwrapped from Rooi was this Birch Way Spiral Notebook. With the beautiful owl design you can bet Kate Spade stationery keeps you looking stylish whilst you go about organising your day - I'm yet to come across a pattern I don't love. The notebook itself has an incredibly sturdy cover, with the spiral hidden inside & not to forget the rounded edges. The harder cover makes it easy to write without having a table/desk top to rest on as well as the paper being some of the thickest I've seen in a notebook. The 112 sheets will be sure to last a while, with this being the notebook I've chosen to write down anything that needs to be noted to my doctor.
an image of Kate Spade Leaves Notepad
Kate Spade Travel Bag Bits & Baubles* // £11.95 // HERE
I absolutely love this next item Rooi kindly sent over. Kate Spade actually have various canvas bags ranging from shoes, to every day essentials just like this travel size bag. If you're anything like myself then your handbag is home to all sorts. Over the years I've since made myself keep it organised, little bags like the Bits & Baubles design are perfect for makeup, phone, jewellery, iPhone cables - when charging on the go & even our sanitary products - nothing worse than having a tampon fly out your bag. If you're off on holiday, this is one product that will come in handy.
Kate Spade Stationery Review
Kate Spade Leaves Notepad* // £8.95 // HERE
The last of the three items, is the stunning Leaves Notepad - this notepad features both lined and plain sheets that are easily torn out. This notepad is perfect for making to-do lists OR writing your latest shopping list...or perhaps the perfect instagram flat-lay piece!? The paper quality again, is superb - something that makes it worth while spending a little more when you know your pens won't bleed through the paper & I like having the option of both plain and lined - we all need a little plain paper for doodling at times. With 125 sheets, Kate Spade have you covered for months.

How do you stay organised? Do you prefer to write down your appointments or are you all for tech? If you're anything like myself then you'll be in favour of the Kate Spade Stationery Range - made easily accessible by Rooi for those of us in the UK. Lucy xx
Disclaimer: Items sent for review purposes only, unsponsored & no affiliated links

The Ultimate Triple Chocolate Cookie // Lucyy Writes

an image of The Ultimate Triple Chocolate Cookie
It's been a while hasn't it!? As my first post in quite some time I decided to share the cookies that caused quite the storm on my Instagram recently. Back in December I actually made them for the first time, along with many recipes - I always go a little crazy Christmas week and split the goodies across family friends. After seeing so many people rave about the Tanya Burr Cookie Recipe (linked below) I decided to have a go myself to see what the fuss was about - switching up the chocolate bars to my personal favourites and boy were they good. Needing a little chocolate fix - with my consistent period drama/issues there's nothing better than a fresh soft, chocolate cookie full of gooey chocolate - especially when it contains milk - with added smarties, white and dark. These really are the best cookies I've made to date.
an image of The Ultimate Triple Chocolate Cookie
an image of The Ultimate Triple Chocolate Cookie
Recipe for The Ultimate Triple Chocolate Cookies:
200g Butter
300g Caster Sugar
1 Large Egg
275g Self Raising Flour
75g Cocoa Powder
A Splash of Milk (depending on how wet/dry your mixture turns out)
1 Large Bar of White Aero (white bubbles, milk chocolate outer)
1 Large Bar of Smarties Chocolate (seriously good!)
1 100g Bar of Dark Chocolate

Step One:
Set your oven to 180C & prepare 2-3 baking trays with baking parchment.
Step Two:
Next, Cream together your butter and sugar before adding in your egg.
Step Three:
Stir in all your dry ingredients, add the splash of milk if your mixture is looking dry.
Step Four:
Break up all your chocolate and add to the mix, either mix with your hands OR if you prefer to not get so messy a spoon is completely fine.
Step Five: 
Then depending on how big you want your cookies, break off balls of dough and place on your trays. I followed Tanya's suggestion and made around 10 the first time, 12 the next. If doing this you'll find 11-12 minutes in the oven gives you the perfect cookie.

They may not look cooked but within 30 minutes of cooling you'll have the best, soft cookies full to the brim of chocolate. What would you guys like to see on LW? - that's if commenting is still a thing!? :P Lucy x
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