Saturday, 20 July 2013

Sunday Baking - Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheels

HOLLAH - it's Sunday, so lets do a spot of baking!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheels

125g Butter
220g Caster sugar
125g Smooth peanut butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp milk
275g Plain flour
1/2t salt
1/2t Bicarb of soda
175g Plain choc, broken
1 Tbsp butter

Combine the butter, sugar and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.  Add the egg and milk and beat till smooth.  In a separate bowl sift the flour, soda, and salt together.  Add to the butter mixture and with a wooden spoon, stir until just combined.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Combine the chocolate and 1 Tbsp butter in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until melted.  Set aside.
Divide the dough into two equal parts and shape into balls.  Flour a work surface and roll one ball into a 24x30-cm (9 1/2 x 12-in) rectangle, 5 mm (1/4in) thick.  Spread half the chocolate mixture over the rectangle.  Starting at a narrow end, carefully roll up the dough to the other end.  Continue with the other roll.  Place both rolls seam side down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill for 20 mins.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.
Transfer the rolls to a floured surface and slice into 1-cm (1/2in) wide cookies.  Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes, until set and slightly golden.  Allow to cool for 5 mins on the sheets and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Taken from the excellent tome: Cookies, slices & squares: Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Wilson

These are severely fiddly but SO yummy!  And therefore totally worth it!!!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Frivolous Friday - Edible art

Hey hey it's Friday Yall
Did we have a productive week?
 So today in celebration of weekend pleasures ahead let us dive
into the tasty world of edible art and a foodie tribute to fashion:
 Too pretty to eat?  I would still try...
 These cupcake shoes are 'virtual reality' from the online game Second Life
Via She said shoes. However I think they should exist.  Maybe I could do a DIY?
These are my ultimate favorite - saw them this morning on Wilpair/Lippy's Facebook 
and it inspired this whole post.  Everything is so detailed!
 This is my contribution to fashionably edible art - Shoe cupcakes I made for my Niece.
Flake heels people.

What do you guys think about these foodie tributes?
Do you dabble in the exquisite art that is home baking?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

York - a medieval delight

Castle Tower - Up on a hill so you can spot marauders.

Ah - what to say about York? It was SO AWESOME the BF and I went for one night and ended up staying for 3! #Travelodge Holla!  It had a Wetherspoons next door!
Look at this little dude!  He's a baby owl!  Randomly outside the church there was a dude raising money for a bird sanctuary charity - you could put on the glove and hold all these birds of prey - this one was too cute I had to take a snap.  Doesn't look happy does he?
My MaxFactor haul from Boots.  They had 'spend 15 quid get free awesomness' so ofcourse I was right in there.  
Bought the 3in1 foundation (s'ok) and the grape nail polish to get all the other stuff free - watt watt.

Drinking buddy. This guy sits at the bar in The Golden Fleece, awesome old pub that's rumored to be really haunted. They have 4 rooms you can stay in, if you're not chicken!!  You can take a photo with him and pretend you're sharing a drink!
My led light kitty keyring, makes 3 loud mewing noises - goes off randomly and FREAKS ME OUT - purchased at "The largest Cat boutique in Europe" tiny shop full of catcessories (making up words again, it's what I do)
Washing in a boys pee will cure ringworm - well bless the heavens! Advice from Barley Hall - medieval reconstructed hall to show what life was like in Tudor England. Must visit.
Medieval Merchant Adventurers Hall - where all the rich merchants used to par-tay.
Medieval Merchant Adventurers Hall - Outside.  AMAZING building!  Built in the 1400's its still as solid as it ever was, built with GIANT oak beams and all interlocked with wooden pegs!  Oh and of course finished off with the obligatory sheep dung wattle and daub plaster.
"The Shambles" Awesome old street - I instagrammed it for added ambiance
Bought a travel diary from Paperchase - after travelling for 6 months - #notsmart.

York is an awesome city if you like food (we had the best Mexican meal down Clifford Street #random) and old stuff - their medieval sectors are remarkably well preserved!  But it'll cost you, oh yes, a pretty penny.  NOTHING is free, even the museums, so plan what you have to see and save hard ;-)

Have you guys been off anywhere exciting lately?
Share some snaps with me - Google + is right there ;-)

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Shoesday - July-15-2013


And today for Shoesday - Another thrilling installment of "If the internets' was my Shoedrobe"
Jimmy Choo - Rebel - technically not shoes - but how kickass would they look together?

What did we think of Shoesday?  Are these #lusthaves or did I strike out?
What are you coveting atm?  Send me some love on Google+

P.S. I have chosen these pieces with my own brain juice and don't get anything
outa yall clicking on the links... I don't do it for the money or the fine ho's.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Tutorial - Cork Board Necklace Organizer

It's Monday - BOO!!  So let us dive headlong into the week with a bit 'o' arts and crafts!
I have a confession to make - I thought I was a shoeddict (shoe addict, see what I did there?) but apparently I don't discriminate and after my long trip around the UK I suddenly have TOO MANY necklaces!!?  I weighed them when I packed them into my suitcase - there was over 1 kilogram in necklaces alone #problem.
So I've seen tutorials and DIY projects around the internet for necklace organizers and thought it looked fun so I decided to make my own!  
Read on for the tutorial and you can make your own!

You will need:
 * a Cork board (or two)
 * 2 contrasting paint colors (I chose black and white)
 * Paintbrushes
 * Push pins (to pin onto the board silly)
 * Chain to hang board + extra to attach second board if using.
 * Screw Hooks.
I've painted the border black and the cork a white wash.
(cork is very thirsty so if you want full color prepare to use a lot of paint)
 Use screw hooks to fasten the chain in which to hang the board from.
I used an old necklace I never wear!

If using 2 boards you can attach them to each other using chain and screw hooks.
I placed my screws 7 centimeters in from the edge. 
Almost there - we just need some *** BLING BLING ***

Et Voila!

Storage +
= multi-tasking

I find this type of storage great for multi-strand necklaces that get all tangled up in themselves if they're not hanging.

I also hang some necklaces off photo frames and candelabras and some I place into origami boxes arranged in drawers.
How do you organize your necklaces or jewelry for that matter?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.