Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday Fitness Fix #4

After our trip to Krakow where I ate like a baby elephant, I've been on a bit of an exercise kick. I think I've made peace with the fact that I just cannot diet, it's physically impossible for me to look at cake and not eat it's entirety. So there's no point in even trying anymore. I will just gym more, EAT CAKE and be merry.

I've been getting some really encouraging responses from you guys on my 3 other Fitness Fix posts, so I'm hoping they're coming in handy to some of you and you might be trying out some of the workouts, even if it's just taking tit bits of exercise ideas. It's like having workout buddies across the internet!
So here was my week. William gave me a great start of week boost workout for Monday and it was so effective and simple to do, highly recommend!

MONDAY :: Gym Workout

Warm up 10 mins cross trainer with 30 sec sprint intervals every minute

30 secs Plyo box jumps
30 secs straight arm torso twists w/ 5kg plate
30 secs Bosu ball alternating one arm push ups
30 secs Kettlebell tricep extentions slowly!
Tough minute :: Mountain climbers
Repeat all 3 times.

TUESDAY :: Pilates Class :: Clapham Leisure Centre

WEDNESDAY :: TRX Strength & Conditioning Class :: CLC

3 sets of each all on TRX
x10 Pull ups
x10 Push ups
x10 each leg: Back lunge w/ knee lift

2 sets of each on TRX
20 secs mountain climbers
20 secs knee tucks
20 secs pike ups

THURSDAY :: Core Stability Class :: CLC

I really didn't feel up to going to this class this week as Wednesday had killed my arms, but it's my absolute favourite in the whole world and I'm so glad I did. It's a sort of mixture between Pilates, Body Conditioning & Ballet, everything is really slow and controlled in an intense sort of way. My body felt amazing after, still sore but it was good to get the blood pumping instead of being inactive and making my arms even stiffer!

SUNDAY :: Core Stability Class :: CLC (again :) I love it)

Happy working out everyone! If these workouts don't tickle your pickle, try and get out in the fresh air and go for a walk to get the blood pumping. Even if it is just to hunt Pokemon!

Betty x

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

*MUFFIN PORN* Banoffee Muffins

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We've just spent the loveliest weekend up visiting family in Stratford Upon Avon and I wanted to thank them for having us with some baked goodies! 

But alas, it all sort of went tits up...

Me and my tiny pea brain made these deeelicious banoffee muffins, piped and decorated with homemade caramel buttercream, caramel sauce, chocolate shavings, the lot! Before remembering I'd left my cake tin at a friend's after baking her an engagement cake. Sooo I had no mode of transport for the marvellous muffins.

So genius over here decided to stuff them in a tupperware box upside down, buttercream top to buttercream top...

Safe to say they looked much less appetising than this when I revealed them to my family!

But the main thing was that they tasted scrummy right?

Banoffee Muffins The Betty Stamp


This was my first ever muffin attempt and they turned out great taste wise, maybe not so great texture wise. When you're mixing this up, don't over mix it. I made the error of putting all the ingredients in a food processor and blending it for it's life! Mainly because the bananas were being stubborn. 

I learnt afterwards that less mixing should mean a less dense bake, so a more fluffy muffin than these!

Lesson learnt for next time and for you guys!

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What you'll need // 

3 ripe bananas
120ml milk
140g oats
150g self raising flour
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
245g natural yogurt
2 tbsp honey

For the caramel sauce
160g dark brown sugar
40ml cold water
100ml evaporated milk (Carnation)

For the caramel buttercream
110g icing sugar
50g room temperature butter
1 tbsp of caramel sauce mixture

Banoffee Muffins The Betty Stamp

What to do //

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C fan and put 12 cases into a muffin tray.

Mush up 2 and a half bananas with a fork, (leave half a 'nana for decoration).

Into a food processor pour all of your muffin ingredients and gently blitz but only for about 10 seconds!

Pour your mixture evenly into the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. Check muffins with a skewer and leave to cool.

For your caramel sauce, pour your cold water and dark brown sugar into a large saucepan. On a medium heat stir until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking without stirring until the mixture is a golden brown colour but be careful not to burn! 

Remove from heat and add evaporated milk. Stir mixture and gently simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat. 

For the buttercream, mix the butter, sifted icing sugar and a tbsp of the caramel sauce and spoon into a piping bag. 

Cut a small, deep hole in each muffin, pour a teaspoon of the caramel sauce into the hole and cover back up with the cut out piece, (if you haven't already eaten it!)

Pipe over your buttercream, drizzle more of the caramel sauce over the top, grate some choccie and cut a little piece of 'nana, because, well, you can't have enough decoration!

Banoffee Muffins The Betty Stamp

The muffins themselves are actually quite healthy... if you remove the caramel sauce and buttercream! There's no refined sugar or butter in the actual muffin recipe, so knock yourself out kids! 

If you follow my Instagram you would have seen me baking these babies and stuffing my chipmunk cheeks to my hearts content on Instastories. So don't miss my next bake along :)

Enjoy the rest of your weeks folks!

Betty x 


Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Wedding Weekend in Krakow

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What a weekend! 

Krakow is hands down one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. What a gem of a place. The sun was beaming and the main square was constantly buzzing with locals and visitors sprawled out onto the pavements in cafes and restaurants, supping cocktails and wiping plates clean of Polish stew.

Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp

We stayed in the stunning Antique Apartments and I highly recommend if you're ever visiting Krakow to stay there! Massive beams, HUGE cosy bed, a bath tub you could swim in, (which I actually forgot to use, mainly because I was too hot!) and views out onto the square below where you can watch the outdoor cinema from your balcony and be a part of the buzz. 

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We were in Krakow because William's brother was getting married in the Goetz Palace(!) and I have to say, I've never ever been to a wedding like it!

The food...where do I even begin. We were fed on the hour, every hour- and I'm talking main courses. We had a 4 course dinner, then an hour later fish, then duck, then beef stew, all the while with a full on buffet and dessert spread to gorge on nibble to say, I'm the size of a baby elephant now.

The ceremony was in both Polish and English in the most gorgeous chapel, lilac bridesmaids and bows decorated the rooms and we danced until 4am with vodka fuelling us until our feet were nearly falling off. 

Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp

It was just the most beautiful day with beautiful people and an absolute FEAST for our tummies. Ps, is that not the biggest sausage you've ever seen!?

We had three days after the wedding to explore Krakow further so we headed down to the salt mines which were incredible. 135 metres underground were gigantic statues and chapels built entirely out of the salt. William did a lot of wall licking...

You can actually get married in that chapel and it only costs 5000 zloty (£1000!)

I also got to do my favourite thing abroad....visit FOREIGN SUPERMARKETS! That's utter happiness right there...

I love that I rarely post photos of myself on here and the one time I do, I post one where I look like a massive creep!

Safe to say I've been drinking smoothies and juices since returning home to detox my insides! 

Krakow treated us SO well and we're planning to return in February when it's all snowy and we can cwtch in one of the hundreds of cosy cafes. 

Has anyone been in the Winter? Any recommendations?

Enjoy your weekends!

Betty x 

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