Homemade Lemonade

Hey Guys!!

I’m so so so sorry I haven’t written a post in what seems forever, but I’ve just been so busy with holidays and catching up with people and time has ran away with me. However, after my amazing trip to California I discovered a love for homemade lemonade and just had to make it when I got home!

California was definitely a trip of a lifetime (I will do another post all about that though as this one is simply about the deliciousness that is this creation) so I hope you look forward to reading that one – Keep your eyes peeled.

So – lets get started:

Ingredients:

  • unwaxed lemons
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1L cold water

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Method: 

  1. Roughy chop all 3 lemons into small chunks ready to be blended.
  2. In a food processor or blender add all of the lemons and sugar and half of the cold water.
  3. Blitz, Blitz, Blitz
  4. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl in order to collect the pulp and leave you with the liquid in a bowl.
  5. Pour in the rest of the water and give it a stir with your spoon.
  6. Pour your fresh homemade lemonade into a tall glass, sit back and enjoy!
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So there we have it – a refreshing, zesty, moreish creation that is wonderful for a hot summer day!

Let me know in the comments if you make this and what you think, or if you have any other recipes you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them.

Keep Smiling Guys,

Crystal Clexr xxx

 

Smoothie Time

Hey Guys,

So since finishing my exams, even though it’s only been 2 days, I am struggling to find things to do, so today I experimented making smoothies. I have decided to share with you guys the recipe and pictures of my creation.

As an energy boost and the want for a sugar rush this is definitely what you want! I think it would make a good breakfast smoothie if you fancy something lite. Or as a snack throughout the day this is ideal.

So here is what you need to make a raspberry and banana smoothie!

Ingredients: 

  • 80g frozen raspberries (what a surprise)
  • 1 banana (another great surprise)
  • 62g fat free yoghurt (I used raspberry, but you could use any you think would work)
  • 90ml unsweetened orange juice
  • 90ml milk (I used 180ml as I didn’t have any orange juice and it worked well, but I think the orange juice may have made the smoothie sweeter)

 

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Method: 

I mean it’s fairly simple how to make a smoothie, but:

  1. Chop your banana and add it into a blender with the raspberries, yoghurt, milk and orange juice if you choose to use it.
  2. Blend your ingredients until smooth
  3. Pour into your glass and put the rest in the fridge to drink later on
  4. Finally, sit back with your favourite book or movie and sip away on this wonderful creation that is just filled with nutrition and beautiful flavours!
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Let me know if you have any recipes, or any ideas of what you’d like me to have a go at!

Keep Smiling Guys

Crystal Clexr xxx

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1 Year Anniversary

Hey Guys!

So today is my one year anniversary between me and my blog. And what better way to celebrate than with a cake? A lemon cake in fact!

So exams are proving very stressful, but as I have a slight break between them all, I decided to do some baking. Yesterday I made a banana cake, but that didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. However, the lemon drizzle cake I made today is to die for and I thought I would share the recipe with you. Seeing as I love photography, I couldn’t resist but take pictures of my stages of baking!

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 225g Unsalted Butter
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Lemon Zest
  • 225g Self Raising Flour

Ingredients for the topping: 

  • Juice of 1 and 1/2 Lemon
  • 85g Caster Sugar
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Method 

  1. Heat Oven to 180°C
  2. Line a loaf tin with grease proof paper and you’re ready to get started
  3. Beat the sugar and the eggs until they are creamy
  4. Add each egg, beating after adding each
  5. Sift in the flour bit by bit and fold in to the mixture
  6. Add lemon zest
  7. Pour mixture into the loaf tin and put in the oven for 40-45 minutes

Topping 

  1. Mix the juice of the lemon with the caster sugar
  2. Once the cake is cooked and had a chance to cool a little, but is still warm, prick the top and drizzle the topping over
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I really hope if you decide to make this you let me know how it goes! It is really tasty I can assure you 🙂

Keep Smiling Guys

Crystal Clexr xxx