Easter Fudge Brownies – DF & GF

This recipe makes quite a large brownie, comfortably filling a 23x33cm baking pan. But feel free to half all the ingredients for a smaller batch.

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Ingredients:

2 cups gluten-free self-raising flour
4 eggs
300g Nuttalex (if you don’t require DF, you can use butter)
1 cup cacao powder
¾ Lindt dessert 70% chocolate melted
¼ (remaining) Lindt dessert 70% chocolate roughly chopped
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup honey

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Prepare double boiler for melting chocolate. Break up Lindt dessert chocolate and melt until runny consistently is formed, continually mix and watch
3. Combine all dry ingredients, sifting flour and cacao if needed. Don’t add chopped chocolate yet
4. Melt Nuttelex and add into dry ingredients, mix thoroughly
5. Add remaining wet ingredients, mix melted chocolate through BEFORE adding eggs
6. Mix in chopped chocolate, leaving enough to sprinkle on top of brownie
7. Mix ingredients thoroughly together
8. Line baking tray with baking paper and pour in mixture
9. Sprinkle remaining chocolate over the top of brownie
10. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on the amount of ‘fudgyness’ you like. Allow to completely cool before cutting. Serve with whipped coconut cream.

Enjoy and I hope you have an amazing Easter.

Love, Jess xx

Having A Dairy Free Easter

I can’t believe that Easter is upon us in under a week, where is this year going? But if you’re vegan, don’t like dairy, lactose intolerant or like me and allergic to all dairy, Easter isn’t the most exciting time of year when it comes to the chocolate gifts. But I’ve got you covered this year! Thankfully over the past years, more and more companies have chocolate products that are vegan, dairy-free and refined sugar-free or reduced.I’ve gone around to multiple local health food shops and sourced some of the best Easter goodies for you to give as gifts or get yourself for this holiday.

I have narrowed my selection down to four main brands that proving these dairy free goods.

Loving Earth is an amazing that believe the world is a living organism. Their company’s central principles are about providing goods that are Healthy, Sustainable and Fair. And their range includes sweet and savoury products.

This chocolate is to die for. My personal favourite is Mint Dark Chocolate, but honestly, you are safe with any of their products, absolutely delectable. I have brought one of their gift packs as an Easter gift to share with my family this year, which includes their Mint Chocolate block as well as the plain Milk and Dark blocks. And if you’re not a fan of the general chocolate taste, they even have caramel chocolate. As well as providing chocolate block alternatives with their chocolate covered goji berries and nuts. And if you’re after a chocolatey hit for your Easter breakfast, they even have chocolate spreads with Hazelnut and Chocolate spreads. Along with drinking chocolate mix to warm up on the cool Easter morning her in Australia.

MooFree is another great brand for all things dairy-free and is a product that is angled towards kids, with their playful packaging. In stock this year, they have three different flavours, plain chocolate, ‘bunnycomb’ and orange.

This company is great as they angle these health foods towards a much younger market, making their treats appealing to young kids.Making kids with allergies or alternative diet choices to still feel included in the fun of Easter.

Alpha is a new brand to me, something I only spotted in a health food shop a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed with their range. I have not yet tried their products, but have read rave reviews online. They have a variety of mini chocolate eggs and large foiled hollow eggs, providing the oldies but the goodies for your Easter chocolate needs.

If your looking for an alternative chocolate treat this Easter, The Carob Kitchen is an Australian company that’s got your covered. If you’re not sure what the difference between cacao and carob is, here’s a quick breakdown. Carob is a chocolate substitute, and it comes from a carob pod which has a similar appearance to cacao. Carob is packed full of vitamins A and B, protein, potassium, calcium and iron; naturally dairy free.Carob has a sweeter taste to raw cacao, but it doesn’t contain that rich chocolate flavour cacao does. But carob is a great tasting treat, giving your taste buds a break from the chocolate overload.

This Easter, not only does The Carob Kitchen have their regular chocolate bars available, with different taste varieties, they have their foiled hollow eggs and mini eggs. Super yummy and a twist on classic Easter treats.

Let me know if you have any other dairy free chocolate brands you love to include in your Easter basket!

Love, Jess x

Chill Out Vibes

Hello Everybody,

My favourite type of fashion and home ‘feel’ is ‘chill’. Just really comfy and cool. So, I have put together some outfits and a home set to show you guys what I like and look for in the home and in my outfits. ‘Chill’ can be either everyday outfits or be a chill dressy outfit; meaning its cool colouring (etc). Head to my Polyvore to see where all the items below are from and check out older outfits http://www.missjessamy.polyvore.com

Enjoy!

Chilled Out Festival Feels:

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Cool Toned Dressy Dinner Date:

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Chill Out Lounge Room:

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Cozy and Chill Winter Time:

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Jess 🙂

Haircut Horror!

Hello Everybody,

For a long time now, I have had long hair and I have always sort of kept it the same style; minimal layers and to chin length pieces at the front, but recently I have been getting very bored with my hair. I feel it is just a extremely long brown mop. I love it for school because when I pull it back in a high ponytail, it is very long but other then that I feel it is kinda useless.

After much deliberation I have decided on a new style. Why the deliberation you may ask? Well, I sort of have a fear of hairdressers. I have my fair share of hairdresser stories including the time a certain hairdresser cut my hair crooked and way to short; literally about 3 inches shorter then I asked (a big deal for me). Since this incident, my haircuts have been extremely far and few which for my hair anxiety it’s good, but for my poor long brown hair the split ends can tend to take over paired with the frizz :/

So, I’ve booked an appointment and I’m going. I’m going to get it trimmed so all the dead ends can be banished from my head and I am going to get a lot more layers put in and my hair thinned a bit because it is super thick at the moment. Meaning my hair will be a lot more voluminous and it will bring out my natural curl more (yay!).

I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts on my new do when I get it all done.

I’m sort of excited for such a change 🙂

Jess x

Moisturising Matters

Hello Everyone,

Hydrating and moisturising your whole body is so important. It makes your skin soft, look healthy and can help with the healing and fading of cuts and scars. It has also been discovered that people who use moisturiser are less likely to form wrinkles then those who don’t and let their skin be dry. Moisturiser can do all of the following and more, prime, plump, protect, repair, and help circulation.

So, I have gone through my daily moisturising routine and picked out my favourite moisturising products. You should try them too!

Hair:

Now the phrase of moisturising your hair sounds weird, but it is super important to give your hair something to help it grow healthily and make it look healthy. I absolutely swear by the ‘Silk Oil Of Morocco Hair and Skin Treatment’. I really only use this for my hair (not my skin), but it is a miracle serum (for both skin and hair btw). I put this on/in my hair whenever; when it’s dry or wet. It really helps with (it pretty much gets rid of) frizz and helps delay haircuts as it assists in sealing and preventing split ends.

TIP: Moroccan Oil can tend to be expensive but it is definitely worth investing in it because it will transform your hair.

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Lips:

‘Smith’s Rosebud Lip Salve’ and ‘Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E’ are my two holy grail lip products. They both pretty much immediately heal my dry lips and both smell amazing. If anyone ever asks me what the best lip balms are, I immediately suggest these. I highly recommend picking theses products up 🙂

TIP: Use a lip scrub (I use the Lush ones) before applying these in the morning and night for extra soft lips.

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Body:

‘Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days- Rich Repairing Cream’ I love this moisturiser. OMG. I am not going to say much about this cream I’ll just say, It is amazing. Overnight Hydration. Soft Skin. Super Cheap. Must Have. Does’t Leave You Feeling Greasy.

TIP: Apply this as much as possible but always apply after having a shower. This is because your pores open in the shower, so applying the cream straight after the shower means extra hydration and softer skin because the cream absorbs deeper.

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Hands:

I love this product and brand. ‘SKINN Dimitri James Hand Restore Cream’ smells amazing and softens my hands immediately. It is a heavily moisturising product and amazingly doesn’t leave your hands greasy. I highly recommend this product, it smells like roses and leaves your hands feeling amazing.

TIP: When applying hand cream, always rubs some cream into your elbows as well. This area gets super dry and when you get into the routine of rubbing cream into your elbows when you put on hand cream, your elbows with be really soft and not get cracked.

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Face:

‘Lush Tea Tree Water Toner Water’, ‘Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater’. Both of these are super calming and refreshing but hydrating none the less. Mario Badescu smells absolutely amazing (it smells really similar to the Rosebud Lip Salve lip balm). The Tea Tree spray also treats blemishes (YAY).

TIP: Spray these after having a shower so they can get into your pores and “treat” them. Also then continue to spray them whenever you want and/or need. Put them in the fridge for an extra refreshing feel.

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‘Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil’, I love any Rosehip Oil. It is super hydrating, helps reduce redness and blemishes and makes my skin glow. Rosehip Oil is a must have in any beauty routine. And, there is not much else to say. Buy some and you won’t regret it.

TIP: Never worry about how much of this oil you put on your skin; even if you have oily skin. If you have oily skin, this oil will give your skin the oil it needs and therefore reduce natural and annoying oil production.

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‘SKINN Dimitri James Wrinkle Balm (Replenishing Night Treatment)’ I love this stuff. I had a crazy rash on my face a few months back and needed a moisturiser ASAP and my mum had this unopened in her draw and she gave it to me. I am now on my second tub and it has amazing moisturising qualities and it is a highly recommended product from me.

TIP: Apply this to your skin after your shower and after spraying your face with the Tea Tree Water (Lush) because that’s when your pores will be open and the moisturiser with go deep into your pores and nourish your skin.

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There you go guys, hope you learnt some stuff about hydration and moisturising and maybe now you can go and get some of these products or similar products. Or, I hope this post has motivated you to be more committed to moisturising.

Jess xx

THIS IS NOT A SPONDERED BLOG POST. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. ALL PHOTOS ARE TAKEN BY MYSELF.