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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Best Banana Bread Recipe




I could eat banana bread all day, errday.

I try to not do that, but every once in a while I'll whip up my favorite recipe of all time. I shared this on the blog ages ago but the photos were terrible, so I thought I'd do something different today and share this amazing recipe with you all.

This recipe is a variation from the Skinnytaste blog, which I love! I basically learned how to cook with her blog, and it's amazing for beginners and if you want to eat healthier, but still yummy food. I made the bread so many times and changing something every time, so now I have what I like to think is the perfect recipe.

Let's see how you can make this yummy bread...

Ingredients
  • 6-8 very ripe bananas (number depends on size)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I usually do half wholewheat, half spelt)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda/baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • optional: frozen fruit, Nutella, peanut butter, applesauce, nuts
Instructions

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Oil a bread baking pan thoroughly (can also use butter).

Mash the bananas with a fork. This is a great way to use those blackened bananas you were gonna throw away! Add eggs, then all of the dry ingredients and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until there are no lumps.

Optional: For the toppings, keep in mind the consistency of the bread. It shouldn't be too runny or it won't bake through. The applesauce will make it moister, but add just a little bit! With peanut butter, add it on top and use a fork to spread it inside the batter when it's already in the pan. If you're using frozen fruit, roll it in flour so the color doesn't leak through the batter (trust me, I made my mistake with blueberries and had to eat blue banana bread).

Pour the batter into your pan and bake for about an hour. If you see it getting too crispy on top, turn down the temperature. To check if it's done, insert a fork and see when it comes out clean.

And you're done!

Do let me know if you try this recipe as it really is one of my favorites. And I'd also love to know if you'd like to see more recipes on the blog or if this is something you don't care about at all!
What is the best thing you can cook/bake?




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Monday, June 22, 2015

CandleLite Soft Cotton Blanket



First of all, sorry I've been away!


I've been absolutely swamped with work and I'm ashamed to admit my blog has suffered because of it. When I get excited about a new project, I tend to focus on just that and it's really a shame because blogging has become a staple in my life. I'll try to be better and I hope you'll stick with me if I disappear for a while. :)

Today I wanted to talk to you about a new candle company. These products were not sent to me, I actually went to a local homeware store and discovered them there. They're by the candle brand CandleLite and they were love at first sniff! I have two fragrances from them and I'm totally in love.

After I found these in Merkur, I went on a wild goose chase to find a store that stocked them and accepted Paypal. I came across Brodnik, ordered some and went to pick them up locally in a few days' time. They even had a sale at the time, so that was a big bonus!

Today I wanted to review the Soft Cotton Blanket Candle. I usually get fresh or gourmet scents, but this sounded like something my boyfriend would love, so I got it. In terms of scent, it reminds me very much of Yankee Candle Fresh Linen. Crisp, soft, fresh and lovely. It's a very potent scent and these candles are quite heavily scented.

Best part is, this was only around 12€ in the sale. Absolute bargain if you ask me and these candles are great dupes for YC. I'll be reviewing another scent soon, but it's safe to say this is a new favorite!
What is your favorite candle brand besides Yankee?


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Classic FOTD with Maybelline



Recently, Maybelline contacted me, asking if I'd like to feature their products in a FOTD as well as a competition that is going on on their Facebook page (only for Slovenia, sorry). Cue me jumping up & down with happiness when I received a gorgeous package from Maybelline - I had to try everything out right away and ended up with the look you see in the first photo.

My stand-out products from this line are definitely the Lash Sensational mascara, which I was sceptical about at first (I don't like plastic brushes), but ended up loving the volume and length it gave me. I also adore the lipstick in 530 Fatal Red and the nail polish in 150. They made for a gorgeous, classic look which I finished with a cat eye and loooong lashes.

For my Slovenian readers

Maybelline je pripravil nagradno igro za vse svoje oboževalke, pridružiš se ji lahko na njihovi Facebook strani. Pokaži jim svoj #ClassicLook in se poteguj za krasne nagrade - jaz ti lahko zagotovim, da so izdelki izjemni! :) Ne bi bilo super, če bi zmagala katera izmed mojih bralk? Čeprav nisem v žiriji, bom držala pesti za vse, ki boste prispevale svoj look!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Small Beauty Haul




It's paydaaaaay *sing-song voice*

I had to buy a few things, didn't I? I'd been waiting for my paycheck so impatiently, and when it finally came, I pretended I was going grocery shopping and sneaked in some beauty buys. Let's pretend I actually needed them and see what we have here ...

Haircare


Müller had an offer on quite a few Aussie products, and I picked up the Beach Waves Spray which I know absolutely nothing about. But it was quite inexpensive- around 5€ and since I don't have a good spray for wavy hair at the moment, I thought I'd give it a go. I also picked up one of their masks, this is the 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Treatment - I really love Aussie masks for my hair, and I'm never without one. So happy they're available locally now. This was also on offer and about 5€, too.

Tilen ran out of shampoo and he usually gets a different duo from Dove, but this time around I convinced him to get the Oxygen line which I actually really want to try myself (sneaky snicker). The shampoo and conditioner were each about 4-5€. Will report back on them - I have a feeling I'll end up using them.

Body care


I was randomly browsing Instagram a few weeks ago and saw Sara posting about this new shower gel from Afrodita. This is a very new brand to me - I've had one of their shower gels though and absolutely loved it, and when I spotted the Raspberry Cream Shower Gel in store I couldn't resist. These are super inexpensive, under 2€.

Skincare


I just had to pay a visit to a local store called Leposana, which is one of Mateja's favorites. I was in the mood to spend some money! Unfortunately didn't love the service - the sales girls really didn't convince me to buy anything. In the end, I got the Bioderma Smoothing Purifying Care for Acne-Prone Skin, but I'm not too thrilled about it, probably because the experience in the store was so lackluster. A shame really, because it stocks some wonderful products!

That's it folks, my buys of the day! Hope you enjoyed reading and sorry I've been a little MIA, but I'm insanely swamped with work at the moment - but I love it :)
What was your last beauty buy?

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