{Giveaway!!!} Hudsons Coffee Barista Choice Blend

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The lovely people at Keep Left sent me a nice little package of Hudson’s Coffee Barista Choice Blend to give a try, and here’s my two bobs worth!

I love my coffee. The smell of coffee in the morning (or any time of the day!) is a wonderful thing to wake up to. As far as stimulating smells go I love coffee more than vanilla, lavender – even fresh baked bread.

Coffee works in mysterious ways, it makes you feel awake, energised, bold.

Hudson’s new blend screams bold. So I did something bold when I got the coffee in the mail. I dyed my hair the lightest I’ve ever been. There’s a photo of it over on my instagrams. Definitely a bold move. Which is refreshing, its nice to mix things up and do something completely out of the ordinary. Makes you realise that you need to enjoy life otherwise, what’s the point? I’ve had a few bold choices of late from my hair colour to my change of career. But you can always start of small – try a different coffee, try a new and exotic cuisine or go out and buy that sexy outfit you’ve been thinking of forever! Why wait? Go out and be bold! Be exciting!

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Smoked Almond Pesto and Jamon Penne

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Why hello, do take a seat. Stay a while, enjoy yourself.

I’d like to take the time to enjoy things more, I find that we all tend to rush and run about way too much. I’ll admit, there is always a huge amount of things to get done and so little time, so why not take the time on things you enjoy to really make it worth it?

Like spending time with the family or even catching up on your favourite TV show, whatever makes you happy you should try to do more of it. Quick and easy dinners make spending time on more important things easier, and I have quite a lovely one for you here!

The amount of time this dish takes to whip up is as long as the pasta takes to cook. The penne I had took 11-15mins.

The key here is fresh quality ingredients. Beautiful delicate 12 month cured Jamon Serrano from Spain is a perfect fit for this as the flavour explodes when cooked quickly with the vegetables and coated in the gorgeous easy pesto.

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Baker’s Delight Scones

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Have a delight with Baker’s Delight!
(The goods mentioned in this post were supplied by Baker’s Delight. The views and opinions are my own and are not based on free goods. If I like it I’ll say, if I don’t I’ll say.)
I was on edge all morning, waiting and waiting to hear that the scones had been delivered. At long last I received an email from Baker’s Delight confirming the delivery had been signed for at 10am.
It wasn’t my Axey that signed for them though, so I was franctically trying to get hold of him to make sure nobody ate them! I may have turned super saiyen if anything had happened to them.
To be honest it was actually the second delivery that they had sent me.
The first one went walk about at my office…just goes to show that everybody wants a piece of them!
Thankfully Baker’s Delight was nice enough to resend some to me. By this time I was practically drooling for them lol.
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Look at the glory, look at the beauty!
I wouldn’t say Baker’s Delight scones are like the traditional scones one would make at home. They have a different shape and density. Kind of a cross between a scone, bread and cake.
Despite that fact, they are moist (moist, doesn’t that word just weird you out? Or is that just me?) and packed full of flavour.
Crumbly buttery morsels, which I definitely did not top with more butter. Cause I definitely did not need the extra calories of the butter….Definitely.
 

whitechocThis one here is a white chocolate and berry scone, heaps of berries and white chocolate in it. None of that skimpiness that you see with other baked goods, you know, the raisen toast that has 3 raisens. It just ruins your good mood.

 

chocchocThe best of the lot, without a shred of doubt is the chocolate with choc chips scone. So rich and decadent, could not force myself to have this one before midday. This my friends, is what shall be known as a dessert scone. Cup of tea with it and your set.

 

datescone2Last but not least, date scone.

Ok time to get real, this one was a bit on the healthy side for me. I AM trying to be healthier and eat more non processed foods and less sugar. But it is really hard to compare a date scone to a double chocolate scone. Come on, there’s no competition!
Taking that into account, the date scones were actually pretty good. It wouldn’t be my first choice if I went to Baker’s Delight and bought a bunch of scones, its a tad on the boring side for me. I do know a lot of people that enjoy their dates though and would be happier with the date flavour over the chocolate. It all comes down to preference.
On a positive note, the dates were nicely distributed through the scones. You didn’t get a half way through and wonder what flavour it was. I like that.
Pet peeve – when you buy something and you can’t find a trace of what its supposed to be.
Not the case with Baker’s Delight scones!
All in all, I’d say if I didn’t feel like making scones at home picking up a bag of these from Baker’s Delight is a pretty good idea. Nice and quick and fuss free, what more could you want?
Plus I love my tea and these go really well with tea.

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Dark Chocolate and Ginger Cookies – The Sweet Swap

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So the lovely Sara from Belly Rumbles and Amanda from Chew Town hosted a new food blogger event this year called The Sweet Swap.

Basically a huge bunch of food bloggers sign up, then get paired with 3 food bloggers each.

We all whip up our best creations and post them off to the lovely people we were matched with, and in turn wait “patiently” for the 3 sweet treats that are headed your way.

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I had a few issues creating what I wanted. Of course the fact that I left it a bit late didn’t help when things went wrong.

Let’s just say I’ve come to terms and accepted the fact that fudge and I, shall never work together. No matter what I did, how I tried to make it, how many times I did it the fudge just would not set.

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Plan B: Cookies

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