Tuesday, August 7

Am I Still A Fashion Blogger?

Jumpsuit: Primark (similar) | T-Shirt: Primark | Sandals: New Look (similar)
My favourite content publish has always been outfit posts, it's the main reason I started G is for Gingers over five and a half years ago, but over the past year that content has dropped off. It's tricky balancing the final year of university and blogging so unfortunately my outfit posts suffered. However, I still call myself a fashion blogger. 

Working on getting my mojo back at the moment plus my fashion content is some of the most popular so it makes sense. I've not added a lot of new things to my wardrobe recently - since I've not found a job yet I'm trying to keep my spending to an absolute minimum. 

I have discovered a love of styling items, which showed off a little more upper arm than I was comfortable with, over a simply white tee. This is an older jumpsuit from Primark but I've found a similar one from Yumi I've linked above. 

Currently looking for brands to get on board with G is for Gingers so I can keep sharing outfit posts with you as well as scouting out locations since moving in with my boyfriend. Wish me luck!

Want to see the last time I styled this jumpsuit? My Primark Jumpsuit and the Commonwealth Games Rugby 7s

Friday, August 3

5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week #3

I've had a pretty rubbish week. There is no real reason behind it, hormones maybe, and a bad trip to the doctor caused more tears. I don't want to be unhappy though because lots of good things have happened recently too. That's why I thought it was about time for another things that made me happy this week post. 

1. Spending the Day at Home with my Mum and Dad

Last Thursday I had the car during the day so I went to see my parents. We had lunch, sat outside, chatted and played with the dogs. Then in the afternoon mum and I went to the local garden centres to look for plants for my garden. It was the perfect, chilled day.

2. All the New Plants I've Put in the Garden

I bought loads of plants when I was out with mum so on Friday I put them all in the garden which is looking great now. I can't wait to see everything blooming - especially the sunflowers which are already about 50cm tall. 

4. Spending 24 hours in Another Scottish City

At the weekend my boyfriend and I went to Glasgow for the night. I'm so lucky to have someone who enjoyed these types of treats (and treats me too) - even though the weather wasn't the nicest we still had a great time (and a trip to Ikea).

3. Eating at Mother India in Glasgow 

I've been to the Mother India Cafe in Edinburgh so I've been excited to try their restaurant in Glasgow. As it was only a short walk from our hotel we booked for the Saturday night and had the most delicious meal. Funnily enough we both choose things my Dad has made for the family from their cook book. 

5. Getting Paid to Create Baking Posts

Recently Aldi got in touch about a baking collaboration (my favourite kind) and sponsored a baking post. I love baking so any excuse really but it is even better when you can earn money from something you love too. 

Wednesday, August 1

Mini Blackberry Bakewells with Aldi

If you've caught any of my baking posts you'll know that I bake regularly. This means I've got a god stock of the basics in my store cupboard ready to go but purchasing all these ingredients initially can be really expensive. 

That's where Aldi come in because with their 'The Pantry' range you can stock up at the fraction of the cost of regular supermarkets. All these ingredients for example cost me only £8.31 and I have plenty of the basics to try another recipe too. 

I love Aldi because of all their great Scottish produce (is there anything better than baking with berries from your own country?) but also because all their household and our health and beauty ranges are cruelty free certified by Cruelty Free International. If that's not a reason to shop there I don't know what is...

You will need: 

375g Ready Rolled Shortcrust Pastry              50g Caster Sugar
50g Unsalted Butter                                           1 tbsp Plain Flour
50g Ground Almonds                                                               1 Egg
125g Blackberries                                           10g Flaked Almonds

Roll the pastry onto a floured surface until it is about 2mm thick - you want it nice and thin for a recipe like this. Cut 12 circles out of the pastry around 7-8cm in diameters (a fluted edge cutter would be useful here but I don't have one). Then place these into a 12 hole bun tin.

Cut 12 squares of baking paper just bitter than the pastry to cover them and fill with baking beans (or rice like I did). Bake the pastry bases blind for 10 minutes then a further five after removing the baking beads. 

Next place the butter, sugar, egg, ground almonds and flour into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until the mix is fully combined.

Finally divide the cake mixture between the pastry cases placing the blackberries on the top as you go. Just before they do in the oven sprinkle the flaked almonds on top and bake for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees until the sponge is golden and cooked through.

Mine don't look perfect because I cut the circles by hand but they tasted really good! Aldi also have lots of other baking recipes on their website to get you inspired. I also picked up this wooden board in Aldi because I thought it would look good in my Instagram shots. How can you not get sucked in by the middle isles?

I was kindly gifted vouchers to buy my ingredients 
from Aldi but love of baking and 
saving money is all mine.