Saturday, 1 February 2014

Gemma's top tips on Valentines day!

Helloo, Well let me start by introducing myself, I am Gemma from :) I am super excited to get the chance to write for Hannah as part of her Valentine's Day range :) It is my absolute most favourite time of year - beats my birthday!
 I am going to be writing about Valentines Treats On A Budget. Well, girls and boys listen up - Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about the money you spend and where you go. Yes it is nice and if you could afford too it'd be nice to give your other half a little treat to celebrate the day of love :) Quite frankly, I would love a proposal or a weekend in Paris but it isn't happening any time soon. As recently just leaving work to be a 'stay at home mum' money is a bit tighter, I would like my other half to do something for me but I know there are slim chances of it as he is very forgetful. So I am going to do a candlelit dinner at home with his favourite cooked meal with home made heart shaped cake and chocolates. So I am going to talk you through this: Firstly, if you live with your parent's still, ask them if they will either go out or go upstairs for the evening. Even better, you can get your parent's to help with the cooking as they can do the washing up :P Cheeky but true! Secondly, if you do live on your own, make sure you do as much of the washing up before the other half comes home as it's not romantic to come home too! So I am not going to do recipes for meal ideas, will leave that one down to you! Some examples could be stir fry, lasagne, pasta erm roast? Frankly, no idea! If you can't cook a proper meal then get a take away, nothing wrong with that!
 I would start off by cooking a cake in the morning, here is how:

175g self-raising flour 175g butter, softened 175g caster sugar 3 eggs jam (flavour of your choice) pinch of salt These ingredients do not come to much, in Tesco could be around £5 roughly! 
Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 180. Grease 2 tins or silicone shaped things (like picture) with butter to avoid the cake from sticking.
 2. Whish the flour, butter, caster sugar and salt together.
 3. Beat 3 eggs together in a jug, then gradually add to cake mixture - contionously sturring. To form a light and creamy texture.
4. Divide the mixture between the cake tins and smooth the surfaces.
 5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Use a knife to check if cooked properly, stick in the middle of the cake - if no cake comes off then it is cooked to perfection
 6. Take out of cake tins and leave to cool on a wire rack
7. Placing cakes on a serving plate or tray, add the jam in between.
 8. Now decorate to your preference.
 Now for the icing, it depends on personal preference here are the ingredients to two variations I like:

Butter Icing 75g butter, softened 225g icing sugar 5ml vanilla essence 10-15ml milk (2-3 teaspoons!) Whisk until a light fluffy consistency and no lumps of butter etc then apply to cake using back of a spoon works well :)
Normal Icing 300g icing sugar 5ml water (1 teaspoon) Mix together with a spoon until right texture to your desire :)
If you would like to add a little extra to your cake, depends on how arty you are whether you have a proper icing tool kit or go get some of the decorative writing pens in Tesco, like a £1.50 and write a little something for your other half :) - makes it that little bit extra special. As you can see a cheap effective way to surprise the other half with a romantic gesture :) & who doesn't love cake? The diet can wait for one day! Here is the heart shaped silicone cake mould I was trying to explain above and a link. £10 from Tesco (just remember to get 2) and honestly, personally much better than metal ones as easier to get the cake out at the end, we have all been there when half the cake is still left in the tin haha.
Tesco Silicone Cake Mould £10
Here is my finished example from last year which I plan to recreate this year with better decorating skills this time round! :)
Those little yummy hearts, are chocolate yes you heard that right :) get another silicone heart shaped ice tray like picture below and melt some Diary Milk chocolate on the hob and then add and put in the fridge to harden. Makes it so deliciously yummy I can not even explain in words how gorgeous and great these are. A MUST! plus £2.99 - A bargain you can't refuse really?!
Tesco Heart Shaped Ice Tray
Take a look at some of the other goodies you can get a Tesco to make the table & room setting that extra cute with a girly touch :) Here are some examples:
Tesco Bits & Bobs
Hope this gives you some ideas & hope you have a magical day!!! :) Love, Gemma xo Twitter Heavy black heart Instagram Heavy black heart BlogLovin Heavy black heart Facebook
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