What I Got For My Birthday!

21 is a big number isn’t it? Well its the last ‘big’ one people take notice of till you’re 30. I thought I would share what I got for my 21st birthday. I love reading posts and watching videos like this, so I thought I would give it a go.

I was very lucky this year and family and friends were extra generous with their gifts. I was given a few pieces of jewellery this year. I’ve only just got my ears pierced very recently, so I haven’t really changed my earrings very often. So I was so excited receive a pair of Green Quartz Earrings from Sarah Hickey from a friend. I probably wouldn’t have picked these out myself because I haven’t worn anything but my small silver stud Swarovski crystal earrings. Time for a change!

I also got a ‘J’ necklace made by a brand called Silver Origins based in Cornwall.

Two of my Aunties pooled together to get me a very special White Gold Diamond Cluster Necklace. I was so surprised when I was handed this. I really wasn’t expecting something so special.

Of course to fulfil my beauty junkie needs, I asked for a few bits on my birthday list. I was running very low of my favourite serum, the Kiehl’s Hydro-Pluming Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate so asked for a cheeky bottle. The other day I saw a post on Instagram that said that the Urban Decay Naked palette is being discontinued. This reminded me of the fact that I really don’t have any palettes where all the colours are totally wearable. Then I remembered I swatched the Naked 3 Palette and really liked it, so asked for one.

I also got the limited edition Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne. Normally it takes me a very long time to choose a fragrance I like. However this particular one is so up my street with it’s warm fruity scent.

My sister asked me what I wanted two days before my birthday and I was completely stumped with what to suggest. Then I mentioned that I’ve been getting back into baking recently baking lots of cakes and macarons and re-watching lots of old seasons of The Great British Bake Off, so then I realised I need more tools, so asked for a thermometer, piping bags and also baking mats.

I also wanted a small card holder and purse for when I can’t carry my great big purse around. I got the Floral Saffiano-effect wallet and matching purse from Mango.

Orange Cookies

After a long week at work, there is nothing more I enjoy than spending an afternoon baking. Here is how I make orange cookies.

Ingredients:

200g unsalted butter, softened
80g coconut sugar
250g plain flour
Grated zest of 1 orange

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 170°C, Gas mark 3

-Cream the butter until soft in a large bowl or a food mixer

-Add the sugar and mix until the mixture is light and fluffy

-Add the zest and flour to the mixture to form a dough

-With your hands, shape dough into small balls and place them on a lined baking tray

-Flatten the dough slightly and place in the oven for 14-20 minutes until golden brown

-Transfer onto a wire rack to cool

I like using coconut sugar as it’s a slightly healthier alternative to caster sugar and gives the cookies a lovely golden colour. You can add pretty much anything to the cookies, like chocolate chips, dried fruit, or lemon zest. Just swap out the orange zest and replace with an alternative.