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Raspberry & Choco Cup Cakes

January 3 - 2019

Chocolate is an essential in January and the raspberries count as one of your 5 a day.

Ingredients

8 tablespoons butter - at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 tsp raspberry extract

2 egg whites or egg replacer

1 3/4 cups self rising flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder

8 ounces dark chocolate (chopped)

1 tsp dried raspberries

1/2 cup soya cream


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Beat butter, sugar and raspberry extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beat well.

Add dried raspberries mix well.

Sift flour and cacao powder into a medium bowl. Fold into batter alternately with 3/4 cup water.

Pour into cup cake cases.


Bake 35-40 mins

For the ganache, place dark chocolate and soya cream in a small saucepan on low heat. Stir until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Chill, covered, stirring occasionally, for 30 mins, until spreadable. Spread over cooled cup cakes... 

Enjoy to your hearts content...


Himalayan Salt

January 3 - 2019

Pink Himalayan Salt

It's a pink salt that is soothing, calming and gentle and can be used in a cleansing warm bath for smooth, radiant and healthy looking skin.


Did you know - Pure A Grade Himalayan Salt is naturally rich in over 80 minerals which can help with aches and pains in the winter when you use them in a warm bath.


Daily Uses - Try dissolving 1 cup in a warm 37-39C bath with some drops of rose geranium for a very soothing bath.

Add 2-4 cups to a warm 37-39C bath for a deeper cleanse and purify.

Try dissolving 1/2-2 cups of salt in a 37C warm 5 litre foot bath with a couple of drops of lavender and then relax and soak feet for 20 minutes add some extra warm water if needed with a bowl of warmer water (never pour from a hot kettle)

Purchase You can purchase from the www.westLab.co.uk


SLEEP Zzzz

January 3 - 2019 by Katie Burke 

Write it down - anything on your mind

Keep a notepad and a pen by your bed and empty your head of to-dos lists before you relax for the night. This will prevent your mind trying to keep you awake  to stop you from forgetting your jobs for tomorrow. If you wake up in the middle of the night with your mind racing with thoughts it's worth jotting them down and then you can sort them out in the morning.

Meditation 

Try a soothing, calming bed-time meditation just before you go to sleep. Try www.louisehay.com she is good for evening and morning meditations.

Set Routine 

Try and have a set routine like you would with a baby just before you go to bed, dim any blue lights on your phone or laptop, run a warm bath with Epsom Salts or Himalayan Salts, drink a cup of chamomile or milky cocoa. Try using an Himalayan lamp in the bedroom as it's a softer warmer light and try and have black out blinds or curtains so your body can produce enough melatonin. 

Lavender Spray

Try a spritz of lavender on your pillows and bedroom just before you get into bed.

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

January 2 - 2019 by Katie Burke 

Lavender oil 

is one of my most favourite essential oils. It's aromatic, soothing, calming and gentle, it is so versatile and has so many uses. 

Lavender has been used since ancient times and originally only being  grown and found in the Mediterranean, lavender is now grown all over the world, English Lavender, French Lavender...


Did you know - Lavender is a member of the mint family.


Daily Uses - Try adding a few drops to your warm bath at night to calm and soothe you before going to sleep.

Try adding a few drops to your sea salt scrubs.

Try looking for some recipes online where you can add the lavender flowers to your home made biscuit recipes or bath soap recipes.


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