Saturday, 31 January 2015

SNIFFY WIFFY #onlyfoolsdontchecktheirballs



I'm going to be talking boobies and willies - big time. Males/females/transgender- we all have them, but a lot of us don't feel comfortable talking or asking about them, especially when it comes to self-checking.

I wanted to write a post which would help other people to open up and have the conversation about self checking. So if you only do one thing today then let it be reading this very important message!- the first big question:

HOW?!

I certainly didn't have the foggiest idea of how to check myself for lumps and bumps. Many of us are guilty of being too worried/scared/sure-that-we-are-fine-it-won't-happen-to-us, to face the prospect of self checking. Whenever I think about self checking I think of breasts/boobies/jubblies. However, it is equally as taboo a subject within the male population with testicles! Of course the reason we all are so petrified of self checking is because- what if we do find something…what then? The majority of us have seen first or second hand a family member or friend go through the destructive course that breast or testicular cancer can take - so of course we wouldn't want to ever think of ourselves being in that position. But the only way we can give ourselves the smallest chance of preventing this from happening is to start checking ourselves now. Today. Catching it in it's early stages - destroying it before it has a chance to happen to us.




I cannot express how much I was excited by this company I found on Twitter. They should be shouted about from the roof tops!! Well I'm shouting about them from The Betty Stamp(!) so I really hope this message reaches a lot of people - please spread the word.

So storming ahead in first place for my favourite company of the year SNIFFY WIFFY !

Sniffy Wiffy are a family run company on a 'big mission!' to spread the word and knowledge of how to perform a simple breast or testicular examination via their luxurious products. They found the easiest way of performing a self examination is when the skin is slippery and wet, so they've labelled their lotions and potions with a simple, instructive label on both male and female products.





I purchased a massive tub of their body lotion, body scrub and lotion for William also. Their range of scents are phenomenal! From blackcurrant & nettle to cedar wood & black pepper, aloe & cucumber to gingerbread! I went for a fig lotionlemongrass & lime scrub and cedar wood lotion for William…they smell like a dream and there's certainly plenty of it! At £6.50 a 300ml tub you are getting plenty for your money and from using these products for a couple of weeks I've found that the scrub makes your skin soft as butter and the lotion is nice and thick so you don't need too much meaning it will last a lengthy life. Perfect.




Find them on their twitter , facebook or directly via their website

The lady I emailed was an absolute dream to deal with and was so friendly & helpful. She's spreading such an important message and also donates a percentage from each product sale to charity.

Spread the word you lovely people!

#onlyfoolsdontchecktheirballs

Betty x



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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Rosemary Cheddar & Broccoli Scones


A lot of my earliest memories as a tot involve my mum taking me to cafes and letting me share her cheese scone :) It may sound silly but they're such comforting memories and even now when we galavant off for a girly shopping day, we'll head straight to John Lewis for a cheese scone and a cuppa before beginning any kind of retail therapy.

I've been feeling a little under the weather- January's chill has finally caught up with me, so I wanted to bake something homey, buttery and warm to cheer myself up. So with a little improvisation with the Broccoli, a lack of rolling pin and round cutter - I sort of improvised with dough squashing and heart shaped cutters! They tasted delicious regardless!

My scones came out a little flat - I had squashed them too much due to lack of rolling pin so I recommend rolling your dough out to 2cm thick!




What You'll Need //

220g Self Raising Flour
50g Butter
100g Strong Cheddar
20g Broccoli Heads
95ml Milk
1 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch Salt
2 tbsp Dried Rosemary
Pinch Cayenne Pepper

Preheat oven to 190 degrees C with baking tray inside




Step 1
Sift together the flour, cayenne pepper, baking powder & salt. Mix together well. Rub in the butter (cubed) with your fingers.




Step 2
Tip in the grated cheddar (leaving a little for topping) and broccoli heads finely chopped. Mix well.




Step 3
Gradually pour in the milk (leave a little for topping), stirring with a wooden spoon until a soft dough is made. 




Step 4
Flour a surface and roll out the dough to 2cm thick. Cut into shapes of your choice and place on the hot baking tray.




Step 5
Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle on cheddar and rosemary. Bake for 10-15 minutes.






These were my slightly thicker attempt! >>> much better!




Smother these in butter whilst still warm and devour immediately!

Have the loveliest weeks everyone. Hope you're all staying warm and cold-free! These will cheer you up on a rainy day :)

Betty x


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Monday, 19 January 2015

Baked Chorizo Scotch Eggs


Chorizo. Baked. Scotch. Eggs. I mean…as far as eggs go…these are pretty much the king of the eggs.

My mum is the queen of making homemade scotch eggs, always supplying a freshly baked batch when she has people over, along with her homemade sausage rolls (but that's an entirely different post - watch this space). They never fail to go down a storm, so I thought I'd give them a whirl and throw some chorizo into the equation because, well, I loooove chorizo.

Now these are slightly healthier than your average scotch egg as they are baked not fried and do not involve any extra oil. I enjoyed mine with a great big bowl of avocado salad and tzatziki for dipping :)

What You'll Need //

6 quality sausages!
6 eggs
Half a red onion
Chorizo (about the length of your thumb)
Mugful of breadcrumbs
Mugful flour
Salt & pepper
Sprinkling of rosemary


What to do//

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C

Tip: The Scotch egg fairy (my mum) advises to pre-make your sausage meat the day before to give it chance to cool in the fridge. I however forgot this step, cooled it in the fridge for 15 minutes, got bored of waiting and carried on making them. They still tasted scrummy, my mum's a wise owl though…so it's up to you really.

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and lower in 5 of your eggs. Boil for 5 minutes, remove and place in a bowl of cold water before peeling and leaving to one side.

Finely chop and lightly fry your red onion for 2-3 minutes. Leave in a mixing bowl to cool.

Preparing the saucissons! This is the fun bit :) Push the sausage meat out of each sausage skin and dispose of the skins…nobody wants to look at those! Either by hand or in a food processor, mix the sausage meat with your onion, chopped chorizo, salt & pepper and rosemary.

Lightly roll your eggs in some flour. Make 5 flat round discs of sausage meat and wrap securely around each egg.




Now you need 3 stations. First a bowl of flour to dip each scotch egg into. Secondly- beat your final egg in a separate bowl and dip your scotch eggs in. Thirdly, a bowl full of breadcrumbs to roll & cover your eggs in.




Place on a gridded baking tray (I'm not sure of the technical name but one like this) and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. I advise using one with a grid as a lot of oil comes out of the sausage meat, so this will avoid your scotch eggs sitting in their own oil (I made this mistake)

I hope yours turn out tasty! William was chief taster and was very impressed - his face resembled that of a Cheshire cat.

Happy baking!

Betty x



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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

BBQ Chicken Loaded Sweet Potatoes



A guilt free dinner crammed full of the tastiest flavours. A creamy avocado, crumbly feta, sweet BBQ chicken and wholesome sweet potato, what more could you ask for.

Me and William were having one of those lazy, hungover induced Sunday's, which I have to admit - happen once in a blue moon. The last thing I wanted to do was prise myself from the warmth of my duvet to make a Sunday roast….so I didn't.

Instead we walked the 10 steps to Sainsburys local to pick up ingredients - actually, I tell a lie - William did…I stayed indoors in my jammys…

These took about 45 mins to make (as I cheated and used the microwave). You're probably thinking I'm the worst girlfriend in the world, but in my defence William did then precede to sit and watch the football whilst I cooked so, I think I'm allowed to cut corners a little…non?

They were belly warming and delightful to say the least. I will be making these weekly me thinks.




What You'll Need //

For 2 People

2 Sweet Potatoes
2 Chicken Breasts
Big squidge of BBQ sauce
Red Onion
Salt & Pep
Avocado
Feta for crumbling


The proper way to do potatoes - stab your tattys with a sharp knife several times, rub the skin with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for an hour (ish depending on potato size)
Betty's cheat way to do potatoes - repeat the stabbing and rubbing of condiments, microwave for 10 minutes then finish off in the oven on 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.

Dice the chicken into small bits and finely chop your red onion. Pour a glug of olive oil into your saucepan and brown the onions for approximately 2 minutes on a medium heat before adding the chicken to cook through.

Squidge in the BBQ- as much as you want really, to cover the chicken and then a bit more so it's not too dry when it reduces. Stir and simmer for 5 mins.

Slice open your tattys and stuff in your BBQ chicken. Crumble some avocado & feta on top and away you go.




The only down side was I was super full so there was no room for desert :( … there was room for a few Quality Streets though…does that count as pudding?

For more scrummy comfort food check out my Roasted Butternut Squash & Goats Cheese Lasagne

What's you favourite guilt-free comfort food?

Betty x





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Thursday, 1 January 2015

5 Favourites // December Edition

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Festive round up time - 5 favourite things which have made me beam this frosty December. I hope they make you happy too! Scout says Happy New Year everyone, woof x

I found the majority of my girlfriends' gifts this year in Urban Outfitters. From selfie sticks to tortoise and elephant ring dishes, prosecco candles to funky jewellery. I was in my element in there! Must keep in mind for upcoming birthdays.

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Lily Flame Candles
Boy oh boy, they smell good enough to eat. I used to be really bad with candles in that, I'd buy them and then never burn them. Does anyone else do that? I just didn't want them to end. I've been burning a Lily Flame Grapefruit scented candle for a whole year now! Only for special occasions :) But in my stocking this year Santa had bought me a Fairy Dust scented one…I don't think I'm going to be able to resist it. It smells incredible!
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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 
Holy guacamole. I can hand on heart say that this is the only book I've ever read which has nearly brought me to tears. Even when Dumbledore died I didn't cry (heart of stone) (apologies if I gave away the ending…but I'm sure you've all read that by now!) Anyway, I digress. This is such a beautifully written book, you become so attached to both hero and heroine and so need for them to be together. I won't spoil anything because if you read it you will understand.

It is the story of a man named Will who, after a motorcycle accident is left a Quadriplegic, and the life of Lou who is hired to care for him- or so she thinks. Until she realises the real reason his mother has hired her to be there…

I wish I could say more as to why you should read this, but it is just simply the most heartbreaking, incredible story. Get the Kleenex at the ready!


                                                              Paperback Link - Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
Kindle Link - Me Before You, Jojo Moyes 




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Playing My Ukulele
I got given a ukulele by my lovely friends on my 20th birthday and it's taken my until now, (4 years later), for me to learn an entire song- living on a ship for a year with a lot of spare time helped! I've found it so satisfying teaching myself a new skill from scratch and I'd recommend it to everyone. If you're wanting to learn a new skill in the new years then a ukulele is quite simple to pick up. You can find them for pretty cheap if you want to road test one before trying the real deal




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Nothing beats making your home feel all cosy and festive especially when you've made the decs yourself. I'm a bit of an arts & crafts geek, yes- I need to get a life, but I really do find it quite therapeutic hand making things. Next year I want to make festive bunting :) Have a gander at my festive treats page to see what I made this year. 
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I hope you all had the merriest nights celebrating last night and enjoyed your mocktails and cocktails :)

If you get a mo, take a look at last month's 5 Favourites // November Edition

What's been your favourite things this December?

Betty x


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