DELICIOUS CHEWY FUDGY BROWNIES!

Hello everyone! Today I decided to make some homemade brownies and let me tell you: they were INSANELY delicious! I had some friends to come over and they loved them too! So if you are a brownie-lover just like me (because who is not? Haha!), you simply have to try out this recipe!

You will need:

  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 250 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g sugar (you can use brown sugar mixed with white sugar so the brownies would get a delicious caramel-ish taste to them)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (you can use nuts of your choice, but I used a mix of hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds) (optional)
  • 150 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbspns unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tspn baking powder
  • a pinch of salt (it helps to reveal the taste of dark chocolate)

Take a pot, fill it with water and let it boil. Place a big bowl on top of the pot. Add all of the chocolate into the bowl as well as 250 grams of butter. Let it melt. Take a bowl, mix 3 eggs with sugar just for a little. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. Using a whisk, mix the egg mixture and slowly pour in melted chocolate. Pour in the flour mixture and combine everything well.

If you decided to use nuts, you just have to roast them a little in a hot pan. Then you will be able to remove some of the peels that are bitter. Chop the nuts and add them into the batter.

Line your baking tin with parchment paper. Then, you can pour in the batter. Preheat the oven up to 175ºC (347ºF) and bake for about 25 minutes. When your brownie is baked (it should be soft and a bit wet) you should let it sit until it is completely cool.

Cut it into medium-sized pieces and serve it with fresh strawberries or ice cream. Enjoy!

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Not only strawberries add a nice red color to the serving, but they also reduce the sweetness of brownies!

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Just take a look at this plate full of brownies… It looks at least seductive, am I right? Haha!

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WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE WITH BLUEBERRIES

Hello guys! Today I am sharing this super quick white chocolate cheesecake recipe, which is absolutely delicious! You can try this on a special occasion or even on a lazy afternoon. This cheesecake takes only about 20 minutes to make and at least 4 hours to sit in the refrigerator.

For a 26 cm baking tin:

  • 340 g biscuits (you can use any cookies or biscuits of your choice)
  • 100 g butter
  • 670 g mascarpone
  • 400 g cottage cheese (you should mash it if it has any bigger chunks)
  • 270 g white chocolate
  • 1,5 tbspn sugar
  • 400 g blueberries (or any other berries, such as strawberries or raspberries)

First of all, you have to prepare the biscuit base for the cheesecake. Take a pot, put in 100 grams of butter and let it melt. Reduce the heat to medium and using a spatula to stir it, let the butter brown a little so it would get a delicious nutty taste to it. Be careful- do not burn it!

Then, add all of the biscuits into a food processor (or any other kitchen device that you have) and let it pulse them until a breadcrumb consistency. Pour in the melted butter and combine everything well. Take a 26 cm baking tin and line it with parchment paper so the crumbs would not stick to the tin. Pour the crumbs into the tin and put it into refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

You can now prepare the mascarpone filling. Take a big bowl, add in all of the mascarpone, cottage cheese and mix everything well. Take a pot filled with water and place a bowl on top of it. Put it onto the stove and wait until the water starts to boil. Put all of the white chocolate into it the bowl and let it melt. This technique helps to melt the chocolate without burning it. Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the mascarpone and cottage cheese mixture and combine everything well. You can now add rinsed blueberries and carefully mix them in, but do not crush them!

Take the baking tin from the refrigerator. Pour the filling on top of the biscuit base. Put your cheesecake into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or even overnight. Enjoy!

I decorated this cheesecake using some fresh strawberries cut into quarters, but you obviously can decorate it however you like!

I decorated this cheesecake using some fresh strawberries cut into quarters, but you can obviously decorate it however you like!

APRICOT AND BLUEBERRY PIE

For the crumbs:

  • 40 g cold butter
  • 80 g all-purpose flour
  • 40 g brown sugar
  • 1 tspn cinnamon

For the pie:

  • 400 g apricots
  • 200 g blueberries
  • 150 g vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbspns milk
  • 200 g room temperature butter
  • 230 g all-purpose flour
  • 180 g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1,5 tspn baking powder

First of all, prepare the crumbs. Just add all of the ingredients into a blender (or any other similar gadget that you have) and mix everything well. Pour the crumbs into a food container and put it into a freezer.

Then, prepare the fruit. Just rinse them nicely, cut all of the apricots into halves and pit them.

Preheat the oven up to 180ºC (356ºF).

In a bowl, beat all three eggs using an electric mixer until they are fluffy and foamy.

Take a blender again, pour in all of the flour, brown sugar, baking powder. Add in the butter, eggs and milk. Mix everything well. Line a 20×30 cm baking pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan, put it in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.

Remove the pie from the oven. Take the yogurt and spread it all over the pie. Place the apricot halves on top, then the blueberries. Carefully pour the crumbs on top (be careful because there might be bigger frozen crumbs that you just have to crumble). Bake the pie for another 20 minutes in the same temperature.

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Serve this pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or just drizzle some raw honey on top of it. Easy yet mouth-watering!

DIY HOME REMEDIES FOR BEAUTY- OUT OF LEFTOVER FOOD & DRINKS!

Hello everyone! This week I thought I would do a slightly different post and I really hope you’ll enjoy it!

So about a month ago me and my friend Ugne decided to do a collab and write to each other’s blogs. She writes a blog called Ugnes Beauty and just let me tell you- it is awesome by all the means! I would definitely suggest visiting it!

Also, if you want to check out my post which is about super everyday-foods check out Ugne’s blog here. So I probably should stop talking now- lets hop into the post!

Hi guys! I am Ugne from www.ugnesbeauty.com – a website that consists of beauty & lifestyle tips & tricks and tutorials on natural, DIY & homemade beauty products, and I am beyond excited about this blog post! We all love a little recycling, and I think  it’s important that we know what to reuse and repurpose, especially when we want to save up a little money and find some new, interesting ways of making DIY beauty products.

It’s quite obvious to all of us that when we cook or bake we tend to throw out all the stuff that we may think is not useful to us anymore. However, we can recycle at least half of the stuff that we toss into the trash bin – let me show you how to do it!

Coffee grounds. Everyone loves a good, steaming hot cup of coffee in the mornings. However, most of us throw out the grounds without even thinking twice – but wait! Did you know that coffee grounds can be used as an amazing body scrub? Coffee has healing and antioxidant properties, it helps with cellulite and baggy, dull-looking skin that needs to be revived. Here’s my favorite recipe of the homemade coffee body scrub!

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TONING COFFEE BODY SCRUB

You will need:

  1. Half a cup of coffee grounds (just use the leftovers from your morning coffee)
  2. 1/3 cup of honey (preferably raw)

How to make the scrub:

All you need to do is mix the two ingredients together and there you have it!

How to use it:

I would suggest using this scrub only on your body as the coffee grounds tend to be a little too harsh for facial skin – so hop in the shower, exfoliate really well, wash off and enjoy your soft, smooth and toned skin!

Apple peels. Say you’re baking an apple pie and you have a bunch of apple peel lying around – the first thing that would pop into your mind would be to throw them out, but let me tell you a little secret – apple peel is even more special than the apple itself! Apple peels are packed with loads of vitamins such as vitamin A & C, it also holds a lot of zinc, sodium and magnesium, and they’re also amazing antioxidants!

So grab your leftover apple peels and let’s get going!

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SOOTHING, HEALING FACE MASK

You will need:

  1. A handful of apple peels
  2. Two tablespoons of plain white yoghurt
  3. Two tablespoons of honey (again, preferably raw)

How to make:

Grab your blender and throw in the apple peels, the yoghurt and the honey. Blend it all really well so you’d be left with a smooth paste.

How to use:

Apply the mask all over your face and massage it in circular motions. Leave it on for about fifteen minutes and wash it off after that – your skin will instantly feel flawless and soft as a baby’s bottom!

Orange/tangerine peels.  When I think of oranges and tangerines, one word pops into my head almost instantly: winter. So when you have a ton of guests over on that snowy Christmas day, eating those tangerines and oranges so fast that you can barely catch a glimpse, don’t let them throw out the peels! Make sure you collect them in a bowl and reuse the goodies later – here’s how!

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CLEANSING, ANTI-DANDRUFF HAIR RINSE

You will need:

  1. A handful or orange/tangerine peels, fresh
  2. Half a cup of green tea
  3. Half a cup of mint tea

How to make:

Grab the citrus peels, put them in a cup (just use your regular tea or coffee mug) and put some boiling water over them as if you were making tea. Let the water get completely absorbed (for about 5-10 minutes) with the citrus juice. Place some mint & green tea bags into two other cups and boil as well. After that, let it all cool down and mix together.

How to use:

Wash and condition your hair as usual and, after that, just pour the hair rinse over your locks. I would recommend keeping it on for about three to five minutes (just wrap your hair up in a towel) and then rinse again with clean, preferably lukewarm water. The zesty acids in the citrus juice will instantly help reduce buildup and germs on your hair, providing it a smooth, clean and silky feel whilst disinfecting and healing your scalp, thus getting rid of dandruff.

P.S.: I would not recommend people with very sensitive, easily irritable scalp skin use this hair rinse as the citrus acids may be a little too harsh for you! If you must, you can avoid pouring the liquid on your scalp and just go lower than that – it’ll cleanse and make your hair silky without irritating the skin!

Egg yolk/egg white. We all know those recipes where they ask you to separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and only use one, don’t we? It’s rather annoying and I always end up with the thought: “What the hell am I supposed to do with the other half?”. But it’s fine, I got you! You don’t have to throw out neither the egg yolks nor the egg whites – I have two little beauty recipes that will be very handy when you’re dealing with this problem.

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MOISTURIZING EGG YOLK FACE MASK FOR DRY, LIFELESS SKIN

You will need:

  1. 1 egg yolk
  2. 1/3 of a banana
  3. ¼ of an avocado

How to make:

Just pop the banana & avocado into a blender and blend well, and mix the paste with the egg yolk afterwards. Easy, isn’t it? And so effective!

How to use:

Apply the face mask on clean skin, keep on for about fifteen minutes and rinse off after that. Your skin will instantly feel smoother and softer! It’s the perfect DIY deep moisturizer for your skin as the avocado, egg yolk and banana provide a lot of moisture & healing to soften and soothe your dry, itchy and flakey skin.

ANTI-ACNE & ACNE SCAR FADING FACE MASK

You will need:

  1. 1 egg white
  2. 1/3 juice of one lemon
  3. 2 tablespoons of honey (yet again – preferably raw!)

How to make:

The recipe is easy breezy – just mix all the ingredients together and that is all!

How to use:

Apply all over your face, leaving it on for about fifteen to twenty minutes and rinse off afterwards. Egg whites are known for their ability to shrink pores and help with very oily skin, whilst the lemon juice and the honey are packed with loads of vitamins to heal and protect your skin! This mask is absolutely amazing for those of you who struggle with severe acne – try it out and it’ll help you loads!

Alcoholic drinks. So you just had a party – it was great and extremely fun, you drank wine, whiskey and other alcoholic drinks and danced all night, but the only problem is the morning after. You have nearly empty bottles of wine and spirits lying around, and you’re about to pour the remains out into the sink, but hey! Stop for a moment! Most alcohol can be used in so many ways that you’ll be surprised. Here’s how to make a few DIY products out of all that alcohol to revive that dull and pale skin after all that partying.

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RED WINE HAIR MASK FOR SILKY HAIR:

I have a brilliant red wine hair mask on my website for you, so please go ahead and check it out – the recipe is there!

GREEN TEA & VODKA FACIAL TONIC

You will need:

  1. A cup of brewed green tea
  2. A teaspoon of vodka

How to make:

My goodness, these recipes are so simple and quick that the “how to make” section barely has any purpose, but hey – just in case anyone gets confused! Basically, you just mix the two ingredients together.

How to use:

Grab a cotton pad, soak it in the toner, apply it all over your face & wash it off after that. Green tea is the perfect antioxidant, preventing aging and skin irritation whilst the vodka acts as an antiseptic and also cleanses your skin from bacteria that cause break outs and many skin infections.

I hope that these little tips & tricks helped you out at least a bit – I know they saved my life many, many times now and made sure that I made the best out of the excess food/drinks I’d have left. Let me know how you like them and if you have any other tips or tricks that you want me to try, let me know in the comments down below!

Also, if you’d like some more simple and effective recipes such as these, please go ahead and visit my website at www.ugnesbeauty.com – I’ll be waiting, haha! I’m so glad I got the chance to collaborate with Guste on this post – it’s always really exciting and she’s absolutely lovely to work with!

Thanks for reading and good luck! X

Ugne