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It's no secret that we are all after amazing skin, and this post, by no means, means I don't suffer with the occasional breakout or shit skin day (especially when hungover or it's that time of the month!) because I do, but with that being said I believe that these products have saved my skin over the past year from being dull, dry and lifeless and converting it to bouncy, supple and dare I say it, youthful looking skin, i'm only 27 but hey we're not getting any younger are we (!) so let me introduce you to my holy grail products...
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UTAN & TONE - Coconut Tanning Water
Now let me tell you, this little beauty is life saver, especially if your skin feels pale and dull and hasn't seen sun since like 1992 (or at least that's what it feels like at the mo!) UTAN & Tone is a facial spray which acts as a toner and has added tanning particles, sounds like a gimmick right? nope! This stuff really works, I use it morning and night after cleansing to close my pores and add a much needed glow to my face, I will re-purchase this until the day I die. (Bit morbid soz)

NEALS YARD - Bee Lovely All Over Balm 
Dry skin girls, hands up who gets dry eyebrows? Sounds weird but it happens and this product has worked some kinda magic on mine, I apply it around my brows before I go to sleep and wake up to zero dry patches. It's such a universal product, you can literally put it anywhere (within reason) lips, skin, cuticles, feet, you name it, as the name would suggest, it's certainly an all over balm. 
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This is my holy grail night time moisturiser, it does everything it says on the bottle, quench's my skins thirst and makes my skin feel like it's had one big ass drink. I slather this cream on before bed and wake up to beautiful bouncy, supple skin. If you, like myself suffer from dry skin or even dry patches then you need to try this product it has fast become one of my faves in my skincare routine.

Okay before you jump to conclusions... I DON'T use this on my nips! (although you could if needs be) It is in fact Dr.Lipp's original recipe for nipple balm but made into a lip balm, and trust me, i've tried a lot of lip balms in my time, you could call me the lip balm queen as I have tonnes but this is the only one that has really stood out to me, I don't necessarily suffer from dry lips but i've got into the habit of just applying it throughout the day and love how it feels. This stuff also acts as a gloss and isn't sticky in the slightest, you can use it for a glossy eyelid, natural highlight, on your cuticles, again a pretty diverse product and needs to be in every girls make up bag.

THE ORGANIC PHARMACY - Lip & Eye Cream
So i'm pretty new to eye creams, i've dabbled in a few over the past couple of years and as i'm not getting any younger I thought now is the time to start taking them seriously, I received this little beauty in an advent calendar over Christmas and have been using it morning and night since. I've noticed a visible difference in puffiness and fine lines, it really hydrates around the eye and i'm loving it, big thumbs up for this product.
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LA ROCHE POSAY - Effaclar Do +
This product has been circulating the blogosphere for a year and a day and it's no shock that everyone and their mother uses it, i've been using this product for years and still to this day I love it as much as day one. This stuff is awesome if you suffer from blocked pores or tiny bumps under the skin, I get these all along my jawline and they just aren't squeezers so this reduces them dramatically and stops my grubby mits from trying to pop them (TMI?) It also acts as a great all over serum and base for moisturiser.

THE BODY SHOP - Oils of Life
Okay...... this has been the biggest game changer in my skincare routine, it's not often I rave about something so much but this product has blown my mind! If you follow me on youtube you will know that for a few years i've suffered from a broken capillary slap bang in the middle of my nose (it was pretty unsightly) nothing seemed to get rid of it, make up wasn't covering it, no amount of concealer was hiding it and as shallow and stupid as it sounds I was really thinking about getting laser surgery on it and that's coming from someone who really isn't into cosmetic surgery (i'm sure I will be when I look like a ball bag one day) but for now surgery wasn't the road I wanted to go down. That aside Paul bought me this little beauty for Christmas and from using it as a night time oil, it has reduced the visibility of the capillary by 90%, seriously a few more months of using this and I think it will have totally disappeared. If you suffer from any scarring, redness, tightness or broken capillaries then you HAVE to try this oil.

And finally...Everyone has heard of this so it's no surprise that it's made the cut. I use daily reviving concentrate as my daily facial oil, it sits great under make up, I use about 5 drops as a little goes a very long way and it keeps my face super hydrated throughout the day. It's at the higher end of the budget but totally worth it if you are after supple and hydrated skin, it's the bomb!

I hope this has helped any of you looking for healthy looking, clear skin or if you just want to switch up your skin routine. 
Please let me know your holy grail products.

Much Love

K

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MY SECRETS TO CLEAR & HEALTHY SKIN

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It's no secret that we are all after amazing skin, and this post, by no means, means I don't suffer with the occasional breakout or shit skin day (especially when hungover or it's that time of the month!) because I do, but with that being said I believe that these products have saved my skin over the past year from being dull, dry and lifeless and converting it to bouncy, supple and dare I say it, youthful looking skin, i'm only 27 but hey we're not getting any younger are we (!) so let me introduce you to my holy grail products...
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UTAN & TONE - Coconut Tanning Water
Now let me tell you, this little beauty is life saver, especially if your skin feels pale and dull and hasn't seen sun since like 1992 (or at least that's what it feels like at the mo!) UTAN & Tone is a facial spray which acts as a toner and has added tanning particles, sounds like a gimmick right? nope! This stuff really works, I use it morning and night after cleansing to close my pores and add a much needed glow to my face, I will re-purchase this until the day I die. (Bit morbid soz)

NEALS YARD - Bee Lovely All Over Balm 
Dry skin girls, hands up who gets dry eyebrows? Sounds weird but it happens and this product has worked some kinda magic on mine, I apply it around my brows before I go to sleep and wake up to zero dry patches. It's such a universal product, you can literally put it anywhere (within reason) lips, skin, cuticles, feet, you name it, as the name would suggest, it's certainly an all over balm. 
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This is my holy grail night time moisturiser, it does everything it says on the bottle, quench's my skins thirst and makes my skin feel like it's had one big ass drink. I slather this cream on before bed and wake up to beautiful bouncy, supple skin. If you, like myself suffer from dry skin or even dry patches then you need to try this product it has fast become one of my faves in my skincare routine.

Okay before you jump to conclusions... I DON'T use this on my nips! (although you could if needs be) It is in fact Dr.Lipp's original recipe for nipple balm but made into a lip balm, and trust me, i've tried a lot of lip balms in my time, you could call me the lip balm queen as I have tonnes but this is the only one that has really stood out to me, I don't necessarily suffer from dry lips but i've got into the habit of just applying it throughout the day and love how it feels. This stuff also acts as a gloss and isn't sticky in the slightest, you can use it for a glossy eyelid, natural highlight, on your cuticles, again a pretty diverse product and needs to be in every girls make up bag.

THE ORGANIC PHARMACY - Lip & Eye Cream
So i'm pretty new to eye creams, i've dabbled in a few over the past couple of years and as i'm not getting any younger I thought now is the time to start taking them seriously, I received this little beauty in an advent calendar over Christmas and have been using it morning and night since. I've noticed a visible difference in puffiness and fine lines, it really hydrates around the eye and i'm loving it, big thumbs up for this product.
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LA ROCHE POSAY - Effaclar Do +
This product has been circulating the blogosphere for a year and a day and it's no shock that everyone and their mother uses it, i've been using this product for years and still to this day I love it as much as day one. This stuff is awesome if you suffer from blocked pores or tiny bumps under the skin, I get these all along my jawline and they just aren't squeezers so this reduces them dramatically and stops my grubby mits from trying to pop them (TMI?) It also acts as a great all over serum and base for moisturiser.

THE BODY SHOP - Oils of Life
Okay...... this has been the biggest game changer in my skincare routine, it's not often I rave about something so much but this product has blown my mind! If you follow me on youtube you will know that for a few years i've suffered from a broken capillary slap bang in the middle of my nose (it was pretty unsightly) nothing seemed to get rid of it, make up wasn't covering it, no amount of concealer was hiding it and as shallow and stupid as it sounds I was really thinking about getting laser surgery on it and that's coming from someone who really isn't into cosmetic surgery (i'm sure I will be when I look like a ball bag one day) but for now surgery wasn't the road I wanted to go down. That aside Paul bought me this little beauty for Christmas and from using it as a night time oil, it has reduced the visibility of the capillary by 90%, seriously a few more months of using this and I think it will have totally disappeared. If you suffer from any scarring, redness, tightness or broken capillaries then you HAVE to try this oil.

And finally...Everyone has heard of this so it's no surprise that it's made the cut. I use daily reviving concentrate as my daily facial oil, it sits great under make up, I use about 5 drops as a little goes a very long way and it keeps my face super hydrated throughout the day. It's at the higher end of the budget but totally worth it if you are after supple and hydrated skin, it's the bomb!

I hope this has helped any of you looking for healthy looking, clear skin or if you just want to switch up your skin routine. 
Please let me know your holy grail products.

Much Love

K

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Hands up who loves Pancake day? If you didn't raise your hand, WHY!! I personally look forward to pancake day more than I do Valentines day, but hey if you love and celebrate both, then there's nothing stopping you making these for both occasions, (just don't forget to add a rose and a cringe card to the plate for V.day).
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 HOW TO
1. In a mixer, add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Whisk together. Add in egg, buttermilk and butter. Whisk a few times until batter comes together, but a few lumps still remain. Gently stir in crushed Oreos. Let batter sit a few minutes to thicken.

2. Grease your pan and bring to medium heat. Measure out 1/4 cup of batter. Pour batter into middle of pan. Cook pancake until bubbles begin to break the surface, then flip to other side and cook  until pancake is done. Repeat with remaining batter. You should have enough batter for about 8 pancakes.
 3. To make cream, pour heavy cream and sugar into a mixer. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk until cream becomes stiff peaks. Spoon cream out onto the pancake layers. Sprinkle some crushed Oreos over cream (you can also mix the Oreos into your cream but I want to keep the cream white to look more like Oreo cookies). Gently place a pancake on top. Repeat with cream, crushed Oreos and pancakes. Serve immediately with chocolate syrup if desired.
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Let me know if you try these, tag me in your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #katecooks
ENJOY
Kx

*This post was in collaboration with AO

OREO STUFFED PANCAKES || AD

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Hands up who loves Pancake day? If you didn't raise your hand, WHY!! I personally look forward to pancake day more than I do Valentines day, but hey if you love and celebrate both, then there's nothing stopping you making these for both occasions, (just don't forget to add a rose and a cringe card to the plate for V.day).
Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 16.47.23
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 HOW TO
1. In a mixer, add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Whisk together. Add in egg, buttermilk and butter. Whisk a few times until batter comes together, but a few lumps still remain. Gently stir in crushed Oreos. Let batter sit a few minutes to thicken.

2. Grease your pan and bring to medium heat. Measure out 1/4 cup of batter. Pour batter into middle of pan. Cook pancake until bubbles begin to break the surface, then flip to other side and cook  until pancake is done. Repeat with remaining batter. You should have enough batter for about 8 pancakes.
 3. To make cream, pour heavy cream and sugar into a mixer. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk until cream becomes stiff peaks. Spoon cream out onto the pancake layers. Sprinkle some crushed Oreos over cream (you can also mix the Oreos into your cream but I want to keep the cream white to look more like Oreo cookies). Gently place a pancake on top. Repeat with cream, crushed Oreos and pancakes. Serve immediately with chocolate syrup if desired.
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Let me know if you try these, tag me in your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #katecooks
ENJOY
Kx

*This post was in collaboration with AO
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I'm sat writing this post with a completely different hair cut to this, the day after I took these photos I chopped all my hair off, no fault of the product i'm about to mention but merely my erratic impulse decision to go for a dark brown, dead straight, bob which yes, I can tell you after living under a comfort blanket of thick ombre hair was very scary, I came out of the hairdressers thinking "What the Fuck have I just done" but hey....new year, new hair and all that. 

So rewind a day before to my lovely balayage mane, god I loved this hair.... throughout the stages of growing it I had always been on the search for the perfect hair tool, texturising spray,wax, hairspray you name it, something that would give me that effortless beachy wave look and I could never find it, well that's until this little bad boy landed on my doorstep, the MAX PRO Twist 32mm. now I'm not going lie to you, for moment I thought, ah yeah this will be the same as every other curler i've tried in my 27 years of life, low and behold I was wrong (something I don't like to admit most of the time).
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Something i'd never tried before was a thick barrel and I think this was where i've been going wrong for so long, i'm not a hair pro so i'm not up on these things and probably having done my research I could of found this out but being the lazy shit that I am, it didn't even occur to me it just bloody google it! Anyway if you are struggling to get effortless waves then the thicker barrel is the way forward, I went for the 32mm which I think is the thickest they do, they also stock loads of other widths, styles and straighteners if this one isn't for you.

To achieve this look is super simple, just section off your hair (I tend to do mine into four layers and then divide the layer into four sections and curl that way but whatever suits) I curl away from the face and keep the temperature at around 180-200 degrees, quite hot I know but it holds the curl for hours, once all the layers have been curled I go through with my fingers and separate them so they don't look too uniform, a quick spritz of hairspray and you're done

If you are on the market for some new curlers head over to Max pro and check out their products, i'm super happy with mine and haven't put them down since receiving it.

Much Love
K

*This post isn't sponsored but includes PR samples.

HOW TO ACHIEVE EFFORTLESS, BEACHY WAVES

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I'm sat writing this post with a completely different hair cut to this, the day after I took these photos I chopped all my hair off, no fault of the product i'm about to mention but merely my erratic impulse decision to go for a dark brown, dead straight, bob which yes, I can tell you after living under a comfort blanket of thick ombre hair was very scary, I came out of the hairdressers thinking "What the Fuck have I just done" but hey....new year, new hair and all that. 

So rewind a day before to my lovely balayage mane, god I loved this hair.... throughout the stages of growing it I had always been on the search for the perfect hair tool, texturising spray,wax, hairspray you name it, something that would give me that effortless beachy wave look and I could never find it, well that's until this little bad boy landed on my doorstep, the MAX PRO Twist 32mm. now I'm not going lie to you, for moment I thought, ah yeah this will be the same as every other curler i've tried in my 27 years of life, low and behold I was wrong (something I don't like to admit most of the time).
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Something i'd never tried before was a thick barrel and I think this was where i've been going wrong for so long, i'm not a hair pro so i'm not up on these things and probably having done my research I could of found this out but being the lazy shit that I am, it didn't even occur to me it just bloody google it! Anyway if you are struggling to get effortless waves then the thicker barrel is the way forward, I went for the 32mm which I think is the thickest they do, they also stock loads of other widths, styles and straighteners if this one isn't for you.

To achieve this look is super simple, just section off your hair (I tend to do mine into four layers and then divide the layer into four sections and curl that way but whatever suits) I curl away from the face and keep the temperature at around 180-200 degrees, quite hot I know but it holds the curl for hours, once all the layers have been curled I go through with my fingers and separate them so they don't look too uniform, a quick spritz of hairspray and you're done

If you are on the market for some new curlers head over to Max pro and check out their products, i'm super happy with mine and haven't put them down since receiving it.

Much Love
K

*This post isn't sponsored but includes PR samples.
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C'mon admit it, you feel like a massive slug that has had all the hydration sucked out of it and you can't bring yourself to look at another mince pie let alone those tubs of cheese snacks you still have lying about the place, am I right? Well if you are anything like me, you, yet again over indulged throughout Christmas and feel the need to get a bit of goodness back in your body (i'm still warming to the idea of exercise so salads will do for now) I've come up with 3 super healthy salads which aren't bland at all, if you want to get back on track or just need a bit of a pick me up then look no further...and what's even easier? you just chuck it all in a bowl, perfect for packed lunches, to enjoy on the go or to chow down on at home(!)

SWEET POTATO & SPINACH
I'll admit it, it's taken me a while to come to terms with Sweet Potato, not sure why, it's just not that buttery spud filled with cheese and beans is it? but hey it's beautiful in it's own right....
Handful of spinach
25g Cooked Red Rice
5-6 Sprigs of Tenderstem Broccoli
1 Sweet Potato
A Few Slices of Red Cabbage
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Juice of 1/2 a Lime


SALMON & AVOCADO
Probably one of the best combinations of all time don't you think? I try and get a few avocado's in my meals each week and i'll be honest, i'd have one with every meal if I could... 
1 Fillet of Salmon (Grilled)
Handful of Rocket Leaves
1 Avocado (Sliced)
1 Spring Onion (Thinly Sliced)
Handful of Pine Nuts
Drizzle of Balsamic Glaze
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste


CHICKPEA & MOZZARELLA
A strange combo, but super satisfying, a salad that is hearty, full of goodness and you still get to eat cheese, it's all about moderation, what's not to love?....
Handful of Spinach
1 Carrot (Peeled)
1/2 Tin of Chickpeas
3 Radish (Sliced)
1/2 Ball of Buffalo Mozzarella
Drizzle of Balsamic glaze
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste


As always my recipes can be adjusted to suit your dietary requirements, Vegan? take away the cheese and add Tofu or vegan eggs... Vegetarian? Take away the fish and add more veggies or pulses and if you're a meat eater add some chicken or beef, the possibilities are endless!

If you try any of my recipes i'd love to hear your thoughts, here's to a happy & healthy 2018

Much Love
Kx

3 SALAD BOWLS TO KICKSTART A HEALTHY 2018

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C'mon admit it, you feel like a massive slug that has had all the hydration sucked out of it and you can't bring yourself to look at another mince pie let alone those tubs of cheese snacks you still have lying about the place, am I right? Well if you are anything like me, you, yet again over indulged throughout Christmas and feel the need to get a bit of goodness back in your body (i'm still warming to the idea of exercise so salads will do for now) I've come up with 3 super healthy salads which aren't bland at all, if you want to get back on track or just need a bit of a pick me up then look no further...and what's even easier? you just chuck it all in a bowl, perfect for packed lunches, to enjoy on the go or to chow down on at home(!)

SWEET POTATO & SPINACH
I'll admit it, it's taken me a while to come to terms with Sweet Potato, not sure why, it's just not that buttery spud filled with cheese and beans is it? but hey it's beautiful in it's own right....
Handful of spinach
25g Cooked Red Rice
5-6 Sprigs of Tenderstem Broccoli
1 Sweet Potato
A Few Slices of Red Cabbage
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Juice of 1/2 a Lime


SALMON & AVOCADO
Probably one of the best combinations of all time don't you think? I try and get a few avocado's in my meals each week and i'll be honest, i'd have one with every meal if I could... 
1 Fillet of Salmon (Grilled)
Handful of Rocket Leaves
1 Avocado (Sliced)
1 Spring Onion (Thinly Sliced)
Handful of Pine Nuts
Drizzle of Balsamic Glaze
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste


CHICKPEA & MOZZARELLA
A strange combo, but super satisfying, a salad that is hearty, full of goodness and you still get to eat cheese, it's all about moderation, what's not to love?....
Handful of Spinach
1 Carrot (Peeled)
1/2 Tin of Chickpeas
3 Radish (Sliced)
1/2 Ball of Buffalo Mozzarella
Drizzle of Balsamic glaze
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste


As always my recipes can be adjusted to suit your dietary requirements, Vegan? take away the cheese and add Tofu or vegan eggs... Vegetarian? Take away the fish and add more veggies or pulses and if you're a meat eater add some chicken or beef, the possibilities are endless!

If you try any of my recipes i'd love to hear your thoughts, here's to a happy & healthy 2018

Much Love
Kx
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A week or so ago the super friendly bunch at Wayland's Yard in Worcester invited me over to have a mooch around their Christmas market and enjoy some of their grub, obviously I couldn't turn this down, I walk past on a weekly basis and always admire the awesome decor, people sat in the window working on their laptops and eating the best looking food, so I grabbed mum (for a girly day) hopped in the car and headed over. Oh they also have a shop dog called Kobe which made me want to visit a thousand times more.....(mad dog lady over here).waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,
We headed straight out to the yard to nosey around all the Christmas stalls, there were some beautiful items for sale, I instantly fell in love with the jewellery and pottery, I love anything that has been handcrafted and there were over 40 crafters & business people selling their wares so naturally I was in my element. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, we got to find out a bit about the stallholders too and their process for coming up with ideas, how things are made etc so an educational afternoon too. Time passed by super quick and without realising we were starving so headed back inside for a bit of food (my favourite part).
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I've always heard great things about Waylands Yard's food, from friends and family to work colleagues, no one has ever had a bad word to say about it and it was certainly overdue for me to try it out. They cater for all diets which is such a winner, with everyone having different dietary requirements these days it's essential to cater for everyone. I'm pretty easy to cater for because i'm a pig and will eat anything that's put in front of me but I have a few friends that are vegan and vegetarian and they LOVE it here!
Anyway onto the food, (which is all locally sourced may I add) it was around midday so obviously I went for Avo Smash, one of my favourite things to eat is Avocado, I used to despise it but in my old age have fallen in love with the stuff and just want it on every meal, especially with poached eggs so already this was my dream dish for lunch. It arrived on sourdough toast (another favourite of mine), covered in mashed avocado, watercress and two beautifully golden poached eggs, they can certainly get the eggs right that's for sure! Every mouthful was delicious. Mum had Eggs Royale which I had to sneak a bit of and it was equally tasty, so a massive thumbs up for your food guys, can't wait to pop back in and order more.

Overall we had a lovely day, a HUGE thank you to Poppy and Sam and the lovely team at Waylands Yard, you were all super welcoming and lovely, I hope you have the most successful 2018 and be sure to see me back ordering the whole menu in the new year(!)

Happy New Year

K x

DINING: WAYLAND'S YARD, WORCESTER

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A week or so ago the super friendly bunch at Wayland's Yard in Worcester invited me over to have a mooch around their Christmas market and enjoy some of their grub, obviously I couldn't turn this down, I walk past on a weekly basis and always admire the awesome decor, people sat in the window working on their laptops and eating the best looking food, so I grabbed mum (for a girly day) hopped in the car and headed over. Oh they also have a shop dog called Kobe which made me want to visit a thousand times more.....(mad dog lady over here).waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,waylands yard, waylands yard menu, waylands yard worcester, places to eat in worcester, dining, things to do in worcester, worcester uk, lifestyle, dining in worcester uk, katelouiseblog, foodie,
We headed straight out to the yard to nosey around all the Christmas stalls, there were some beautiful items for sale, I instantly fell in love with the jewellery and pottery, I love anything that has been handcrafted and there were over 40 crafters & business people selling their wares so naturally I was in my element. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, we got to find out a bit about the stallholders too and their process for coming up with ideas, how things are made etc so an educational afternoon too. Time passed by super quick and without realising we were starving so headed back inside for a bit of food (my favourite part).
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I've always heard great things about Waylands Yard's food, from friends and family to work colleagues, no one has ever had a bad word to say about it and it was certainly overdue for me to try it out. They cater for all diets which is such a winner, with everyone having different dietary requirements these days it's essential to cater for everyone. I'm pretty easy to cater for because i'm a pig and will eat anything that's put in front of me but I have a few friends that are vegan and vegetarian and they LOVE it here!
Anyway onto the food, (which is all locally sourced may I add) it was around midday so obviously I went for Avo Smash, one of my favourite things to eat is Avocado, I used to despise it but in my old age have fallen in love with the stuff and just want it on every meal, especially with poached eggs so already this was my dream dish for lunch. It arrived on sourdough toast (another favourite of mine), covered in mashed avocado, watercress and two beautifully golden poached eggs, they can certainly get the eggs right that's for sure! Every mouthful was delicious. Mum had Eggs Royale which I had to sneak a bit of and it was equally tasty, so a massive thumbs up for your food guys, can't wait to pop back in and order more.

Overall we had a lovely day, a HUGE thank you to Poppy and Sam and the lovely team at Waylands Yard, you were all super welcoming and lovely, I hope you have the most successful 2018 and be sure to see me back ordering the whole menu in the new year(!)

Happy New Year

K x
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I'm going to be honest with you all, i've never felt 100% comfortable in a dress, my day to day outfits revolve around jeans, a t-shirt and some beaten up trainers, however, there's something about getting glammed up that i've always enjoyed even when it pushes me out of my comfort zone of looking like a boy(!) So when Debenhams invited me along to the Jingle Bell Ball this year (which was incredible might I add) I couldn't refuse a bit of pampering, preening and a night filled with music.
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Obviously I wanted to sport something from Debenhams so I opted for this classic, chic black midi number. I absolutely loved it as soon as I tried it on, it clings to every curve and the knot front detail and ruched bum makes it super flattering (I don't have much of a derriere so this is a huge bonus). Okay so I couldn't refuse a bit of sparkle, gold and red were my accent colours and how beautiful are these earrings? Never thought i'd be a Pat Butcher earring wearer but hey, i'm embracing it and what's Christmas without a bit of red?
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As for the concert itself? It was awesome, with Sam Smith being a firm favourite (isn't he always?) All of the acts were so good live, including Rita Ora, Craig David, Anne Marie, Jax Jones,Jonas Blue, and more, if you've never been before I would certainly recommend getting yourself a ticket next year, so many good acts under one roof and the perfect festive atmosphere.

Have you got a Christmas party this weekend? Or looking for something special to wear New Years Eve? Head over to Debenhams and get glammed up #youshall

Merry Christmas

K

BREAK THE RULES, WEAR A LBD THIS CHRISTMAS #YOUSHALL

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I'm going to be honest with you all, i've never felt 100% comfortable in a dress, my day to day outfits revolve around jeans, a t-shirt and some beaten up trainers, however, there's something about getting glammed up that i've always enjoyed even when it pushes me out of my comfort zone of looking like a boy(!) So when Debenhams invited me along to the Jingle Bell Ball this year (which was incredible might I add) I couldn't refuse a bit of pampering, preening and a night filled with music.
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Obviously I wanted to sport something from Debenhams so I opted for this classic, chic black midi number. I absolutely loved it as soon as I tried it on, it clings to every curve and the knot front detail and ruched bum makes it super flattering (I don't have much of a derriere so this is a huge bonus). Okay so I couldn't refuse a bit of sparkle, gold and red were my accent colours and how beautiful are these earrings? Never thought i'd be a Pat Butcher earring wearer but hey, i'm embracing it and what's Christmas without a bit of red?
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As for the concert itself? It was awesome, with Sam Smith being a firm favourite (isn't he always?) All of the acts were so good live, including Rita Ora, Craig David, Anne Marie, Jax Jones,Jonas Blue, and more, if you've never been before I would certainly recommend getting yourself a ticket next year, so many good acts under one roof and the perfect festive atmosphere.

Have you got a Christmas party this weekend? Or looking for something special to wear New Years Eve? Head over to Debenhams and get glammed up #youshall

Merry Christmas

K
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It's no secret that gingerbread is one of the greatest scents of Christmas, the rich, heady smell that fills the room as soon as it starts baking is just divine and one of my all time favourite, festive smells and tastes. It's become a tradition in our house to have gingerbread (in any form) along side a cup of tea or hot chocolate so I thought what better way to switch up from the bog standard gingerbread man to mini gingerbread houses....why the hell not! Here's how.

:YOU WILL NEED:
500g Plain Flour
200g Honey
120g Caster Sugar
120g Unsalted Butter
1 Egg
1 Tsp Bicarb of Soda
25g Gingerbread Spice Mix
Coloured Icing Pens

:HOW TO:
1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Put flour and bicarb of soda into a mixer and set aside. In a pan heat honey, sugar and gingerbread spice until a dark runny liquid forms, set aside until it cools slightly. Pour this mixture into the flour along with the diced butter and egg and mix until a stiff dough forms. Remove from mixer and knead for a further 5 minutes. Shape into a ball, cover with cling film and chill for 20 minutes.
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2. Remove dough from fridge, sprinkle the worktop with some flour and roll out dough to 2-3mm thick. Using a template cut around the house shapes and set them aside on a lined baking tray ready for the oven. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown in colour.
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3. Once the shapes have cooled it's time to decorate! I used icing pens to do this but if you want to get really technical you can use sugar work or royal icing to stick the edges together. It's pretty self explanatory, just find the right shapes and get sticking together. Once set you can then decorate them as you please, it can get a bit messy so make sure you're patient and let bits fully dry.
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They are the perfect little addition to a steaming hot cuppa, you could even pop them in a cellophane bag and put them in friends & families stockings, they will love you forever.

Much Love

K

HOW TO MAKE MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSES

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It's no secret that gingerbread is one of the greatest scents of Christmas, the rich, heady smell that fills the room as soon as it starts baking is just divine and one of my all time favourite, festive smells and tastes. It's become a tradition in our house to have gingerbread (in any form) along side a cup of tea or hot chocolate so I thought what better way to switch up from the bog standard gingerbread man to mini gingerbread houses....why the hell not! Here's how.

:YOU WILL NEED:
500g Plain Flour
200g Honey
120g Caster Sugar
120g Unsalted Butter
1 Egg
1 Tsp Bicarb of Soda
25g Gingerbread Spice Mix
Coloured Icing Pens

:HOW TO:
1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Put flour and bicarb of soda into a mixer and set aside. In a pan heat honey, sugar and gingerbread spice until a dark runny liquid forms, set aside until it cools slightly. Pour this mixture into the flour along with the diced butter and egg and mix until a stiff dough forms. Remove from mixer and knead for a further 5 minutes. Shape into a ball, cover with cling film and chill for 20 minutes.
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2. Remove dough from fridge, sprinkle the worktop with some flour and roll out dough to 2-3mm thick. Using a template cut around the house shapes and set them aside on a lined baking tray ready for the oven. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown in colour.
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3. Once the shapes have cooled it's time to decorate! I used icing pens to do this but if you want to get really technical you can use sugar work or royal icing to stick the edges together. It's pretty self explanatory, just find the right shapes and get sticking together. Once set you can then decorate them as you please, it can get a bit messy so make sure you're patient and let bits fully dry.
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They are the perfect little addition to a steaming hot cuppa, you could even pop them in a cellophane bag and put them in friends & families stockings, they will love you forever.

Much Love

K
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Can you get anymore Christmassy than a mug full of chocolatey goodness with floating snowmen? I think not(!) This recipe is perfect for cold afternoons when all you want to do is lie on the sofa and watch countless festive films. Grab your favourite mug and follow this super simple, 3 step recipe.....

:FOR THE SNOWMEN:
. Large Marshmallows
. Mint Matchmakers
. Coloured Icing For Decoration
. Icing Carrot Shape

:FOR THE HOT CHOC:
. 2 Cups Milk
. 4 TBSP Drinking Chocolate
. 1 TSP Peppermint Extract
. Squirty Cream
                   

:LET'S DO THIS:
1. Using a cocktail stick attach 3 marshmallows together and decorate using coloured icing. (If you prefer just the snowman face you need to decorate 1 marshmallow and pop him in your mug after the cream).

2. Add your drinking chocolate to a pan along with the milk, bring to simmer but do not let boil!! Add peppermint extract and stir until combined.

3. Fill up your favourite mug, top with squirty cream and lie your snowman on top.
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Tadaaaa, present this to your friends and family and it will put an instant smile on their faces.

Let me know if you try this recipe, i'd love to see your pictures too, make sure you tag me on instagram!!

Much Love

K x

THE ONLY HOT CHOCOLATE YOU NEED THIS CHRISTMAS || AD

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Can you get anymore Christmassy than a mug full of chocolatey goodness with floating snowmen? I think not(!) This recipe is perfect for cold afternoons when all you want to do is lie on the sofa and watch countless festive films. Grab your favourite mug and follow this super simple, 3 step recipe.....

:FOR THE SNOWMEN:
. Large Marshmallows
. Mint Matchmakers
. Coloured Icing For Decoration
. Icing Carrot Shape

:FOR THE HOT CHOC:
. 2 Cups Milk
. 4 TBSP Drinking Chocolate
. 1 TSP Peppermint Extract
. Squirty Cream
                   

:LET'S DO THIS:
1. Using a cocktail stick attach 3 marshmallows together and decorate using coloured icing. (If you prefer just the snowman face you need to decorate 1 marshmallow and pop him in your mug after the cream).

2. Add your drinking chocolate to a pan along with the milk, bring to simmer but do not let boil!! Add peppermint extract and stir until combined.

3. Fill up your favourite mug, top with squirty cream and lie your snowman on top.
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Tadaaaa, present this to your friends and family and it will put an instant smile on their faces.

Let me know if you try this recipe, i'd love to see your pictures too, make sure you tag me on instagram!!

Much Love

K x
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I know, it's already the 7th December and I should of probably started my goals at the end of last month but hey, it's not Christmas unless you're totally unorganised and if you're anything like me you still haven't started shopping, yet alone planning food etc. I thought if I popped on the blog and wrote down everything I needed to achieve this month (rather than on a piece of scrap paper which would probably get binned in a mid month rage) then I would be more inclined to stick to what needs to be done(!) Whatcha think? Let's have a go....

1. Get Christmas content out on the blog! Every year I look back at my blog over the festive period and I literally have nothing to show, i'm not sure wether it's because I work full time and have no time to shoot or it's because every other blogger is churning it out and it can get a bit much? Who knows, however i'm going to stop looking at what everyone else is doing and bring you lots of food, lifestyle and festivities.....but mainly food, that sound okay? Let me know if you want to see anything in particular.

2. Spruce the home up! By this I mean make it look as Christmassy as possible, this could be our last Christmas in this house so I want to make it look as pretty as possible, i've been sorting through the cupboards that never get touched, throwing out rubbish, donating to charity and just generally having a massive clear out, in an attempt to make room for everything festive. Oooo and i'm addicted to cleaning videos, call me sad or old but i'm bloody hooked and my cleaning love is at an all time high, my goal is to keep on top of this throughout December.

3. Exercise more.... probably not going to happen over Christmas lets be honest, however....I have massively fallen off the fitness and healthy eating wagon since the weather has got colder, there's just something about winter that makes me want to eat everything, bar salad! why is this? I aim to walk for an hour each day (having dogs should make this easy) and getting back into my fitness videos, I CAN do it!

4. Get back into Youtube, again this is something i've totally fallen off the wagon with, I always feel guilty for not uploading to my channel as much as I used to but working flat out makes this super hard(!) I'm not going to let it ruin what I love doing though so stay tuned to my channel to see some new content coming your way in the next few months, if you're not already subscribed then please head over and click that button to stay updated.

5. Host a Christmas movie night. I've always wanted to create an at home cinema experience over Christmas by making the lounge all cosy with throws, candles, all the party food, fairy lights...you get the gist, along with all my favourite Christmas films, I still haven't managed to sit down and watch one yet so this weekend we will be having a movie marathon starting with The Grinch! What's your favourite festive film?

What are your goals for December?

K x

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DECEMBER GOALS

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I know, it's already the 7th December and I should of probably started my goals at the end of last month but hey, it's not Christmas unless you're totally unorganised and if you're anything like me you still haven't started shopping, yet alone planning food etc. I thought if I popped on the blog and wrote down everything I needed to achieve this month (rather than on a piece of scrap paper which would probably get binned in a mid month rage) then I would be more inclined to stick to what needs to be done(!) Whatcha think? Let's have a go....

1. Get Christmas content out on the blog! Every year I look back at my blog over the festive period and I literally have nothing to show, i'm not sure wether it's because I work full time and have no time to shoot or it's because every other blogger is churning it out and it can get a bit much? Who knows, however i'm going to stop looking at what everyone else is doing and bring you lots of food, lifestyle and festivities.....but mainly food, that sound okay? Let me know if you want to see anything in particular.

2. Spruce the home up! By this I mean make it look as Christmassy as possible, this could be our last Christmas in this house so I want to make it look as pretty as possible, i've been sorting through the cupboards that never get touched, throwing out rubbish, donating to charity and just generally having a massive clear out, in an attempt to make room for everything festive. Oooo and i'm addicted to cleaning videos, call me sad or old but i'm bloody hooked and my cleaning love is at an all time high, my goal is to keep on top of this throughout December.

3. Exercise more.... probably not going to happen over Christmas lets be honest, however....I have massively fallen off the fitness and healthy eating wagon since the weather has got colder, there's just something about winter that makes me want to eat everything, bar salad! why is this? I aim to walk for an hour each day (having dogs should make this easy) and getting back into my fitness videos, I CAN do it!

4. Get back into Youtube, again this is something i've totally fallen off the wagon with, I always feel guilty for not uploading to my channel as much as I used to but working flat out makes this super hard(!) I'm not going to let it ruin what I love doing though so stay tuned to my channel to see some new content coming your way in the next few months, if you're not already subscribed then please head over and click that button to stay updated.

5. Host a Christmas movie night. I've always wanted to create an at home cinema experience over Christmas by making the lounge all cosy with throws, candles, all the party food, fairy lights...you get the gist, along with all my favourite Christmas films, I still haven't managed to sit down and watch one yet so this weekend we will be having a movie marathon starting with The Grinch! What's your favourite festive film?

What are your goals for December?

K x

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It's no secret that Christmas is upon us and I for one am extremely excited to start getting festive. Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of the year, not just the day but more so the lead up, the preparation, the cooking and the entertaining. 
Nothing quite beats the smell of the kitchen in November and December, pastries, puddings, stews and canapés come in their hundreds as friends and family gather to share all the goodness that is, Christmas food. 
I've put together the simplest, quickest of canapé recipe that will keep your guests coming back for more.

:YOU WILL NEED:
400g Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
1 Egg (Whisked)
150g French Brie
6 TBSP Cranberry Sauce
Fresh Thyme Leaves

:HOW TO:
1.Unroll the pastry sheet and give it a light egg wash all over. Cut into small squares, once the squares have been cut double them and lie on top of one another.
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2.Place on a lined baking sheet and pop in the oven (160 Fan) for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
3.In the meantime cut small squares of French Brie. When the pastry is starting to turn golden place the Brie on top and pop back in the oven until the cheese has melted.
4.Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack, top with cranberry sauce and a few sprigs of thyme.
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Enjoy warm with a glass of mulled wine! 
I can guarantee your guests will love you for these, let me know if you make them and how many you get through in the first 5 minutes, I more or less polished them all off single handedly.

Much Love

K x

KATECOOKS: BRIE & CRANBERRY BITES

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It's no secret that Christmas is upon us and I for one am extremely excited to start getting festive. Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of the year, not just the day but more so the lead up, the preparation, the cooking and the entertaining. 
Nothing quite beats the smell of the kitchen in November and December, pastries, puddings, stews and canapés come in their hundreds as friends and family gather to share all the goodness that is, Christmas food. 
I've put together the simplest, quickest of canapé recipe that will keep your guests coming back for more.

:YOU WILL NEED:
400g Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
1 Egg (Whisked)
150g French Brie
6 TBSP Cranberry Sauce
Fresh Thyme Leaves

:HOW TO:
1.Unroll the pastry sheet and give it a light egg wash all over. Cut into small squares, once the squares have been cut double them and lie on top of one another.
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2.Place on a lined baking sheet and pop in the oven (160 Fan) for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
3.In the meantime cut small squares of French Brie. When the pastry is starting to turn golden place the Brie on top and pop back in the oven until the cheese has melted.
4.Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack, top with cranberry sauce and a few sprigs of thyme.
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Enjoy warm with a glass of mulled wine! 
I can guarantee your guests will love you for these, let me know if you make them and how many you get through in the first 5 minutes, I more or less polished them all off single handedly.

Much Love

K x

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