Lift me up…

Another recipe for you guys today and it’s an Italian classic that I love. I’ve just put my usual twist on it to make it how I like it.

So I’m making Tiramisu, which in Italian apparently means ‘pick me up’ or ‘lift me up’, so perfect for making if you need a little lift. With this weather I think we could all use it!

I made this one for James’ grandad’s 80th birthday party and it went down a treat. I was really impressed with how it turned out, so here’s the recipe for you guys…

  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml Disaronno
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water. I used my costa coffee and brewed it first in a cafetiere.
  • 175g pack sponge fingers
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

First I put the cream, mascarpone, sugar and liqueur in a big bowl and give it a whisk until it has the consistency of thick whipped cream-see picture on the left- You want it so you will be able to spread it over the sponge fingers later.

Get your serving dish ready, you don’t have to grease it or anything! Pour your brewed coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few seconds until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy. ¬†If they’re soggy you will end up with a mush when you try to serve ūüôā

Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. You can always use more chocolate if you have a real sweet tooth.

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Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.

Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

Here’s a few pictures from the bash ūüėČ

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you give this a go, post a picture in the comments or send it to me on Twitter. You can follow me there or on Blog Lovin’ I would love to hear from you…

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

The Leibster Award!

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Well, I had the BEST day yesterday. I had good news on the job front and I got nominated for a Liebster award- how bluddy amazing is that? Thank you so much to Liz who nominated me, you can check out her blog at http://makeup-fashion-lifestyle.blogspot.co.uk. Definitely check her out and you can find all of her social media bits there too.

This award is great because it’s for bloggers with 200 followers or less on Blog Lovin’ or Google+, so it helps us lovely lot find new exciting blogs to read and to get people interested in our own blogs. I know, amazing idea! Thank you again Liz for the nomination.

The Rules:

  • Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking your nominator’s blog.
  • Include the Liebster Award’s sticker in the post as well (you can copy it from above).
  • Nominate 10 other new bloggers that have 200 or less followers who you think are worthy of this award and include their links in your post. Also, make sure that you let them know¬†they’ve been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 10 questions asked to you by your nominator (these questions should be on their post). And make 10 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
  • Finally, copy these rules onto your post.

Liz’s Questions:

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I used to write a lot when I was in Uni and kind of got out of the habit when I started work. However, once I got made redundant 2 months ago, I thought why not start again. It’s really helped with my anxiety about being unemployed.

What is your favorite song and why?
My favourite song is UB40 Cherry Oh Baby. It reminds me of my other half, driving around in the summer all over Kent.

If you had to choose one place to live for the rest of your life and you didn’t have to worry about leaving your family/friends where would you live and why?
Oh that’s a good one. I think I would choose Cornwall, I love it there. It’s so beautiful and peaceful, I love the beaches and all the greenery. I could never live in a city for the rest of my life.

If you had to choose one of the following as your favorite: makeup, hair or fashion what would it be and why?
I think I would choose make-up. I am by no means a make-up artist but I do love finding new products and I’m a sucker for a new lippy.

Who is your favorite beauty/fashion vlogger?
My fave vlogger is Megs over at Wonderful U. I love her blog and videos, she’s a lovely girl with a wicked sense of humor and her outfits are always on point (sassy girl emoji here) I found Meg when I worked at my previous job and have followed her Blog and YouTube channel ever since, you can check her YouTube channel here.

Who is your favorite beauty/fashion blogger?
My favourite beauty blogger is Kate over at GhostParties¬†I love her reviews, tips, well everything really. I think it’s a really cool blog, the layout is to die for and I have taken some pretty good recommendations from it. You should defo check it out.

What is the first blog you started reading?
I really can’t remember but I do recall the one that I first started religiously reading is from a extremely funny Northern, fellow gin drinker called Charlie over at Gin Fuelled Bluestocking. Her posts are a mix of everything really, she’s just awesome so check her out!

If you had to live in one other country besides where you live now where would it be?
I would have to say Portugal, I had some of the best holidays of my life there was I was a kid. The old town in the Algarve is so beautiful.

If you had to give one piece of life changing advice to somebody what would it be?
Fight through your bad days to earn the best days of your life.

What is your favorite TV show and why?
Sex and the City, my blog name is actually taken from a quote from the show “I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it, and chair committees, and write thank you notes, and I can’t feel bad about that.” I love the show sooo much, I’m a proper addict. I think it does have some good messages in it about friends, relationships, being independent and love.

So that’s me guys, here are my lovely nominations:

Liz at Beauty Fashion and Lifestyle (who nominated me)
Anna S at Life of Anna S
Abbie at BeautyGardenx
Izzy at Izzy K
Teri at A Cup of T
Steph at Blossom and Bloom Sparkles
Bethany at Fashion Etc 
Kathryn at Chapters of Kat
Sophie at Shy Life Living
Alice at Alice Red

Questions for my nominees:

Who is your favourite small blogger?
What is your favourite thing to blog about? 
What item in your wardrobe or make up bag couldn’t you live without?
Why did you start your blog?
If you could have anyone at a dinner party who would it be and why? 
What advice would you give to other newbie bloggers?
If you could pick three things to take to a desert island what would they be?
If there there was a skill you could master in a day what would it be?
What is the one app you couldn’t live without?¬†
Where would you live if you had to choose to live there forever?

Off you go lovelys! Any comments you have, I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to give me a follow on Twitter, Blog Lovin’, Instagram and WordPress.

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)