27 October 2014

Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cookies

Autumn is here AKA the season of pumpkin spice so I thought what better way to celebrate than to do some baking. I've never actually baked with pumpkin before, canned pumpkin in not a thing you find here so I ended up making my own pumpkin puree and I had a lot of it so there will be more pumpkin recipes coming before Autumn is over.

Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger
(Makes 20-24)

 Preheat an oven to 180°c

♥ Mix all the ingredients apart from the candied ginger together to form a smooth batter.

 Once the batter is mixed and smooth fold in the candied ginger

♥ Line a baking tray with parchment paper

♥ Spoon equal tablespooned sized amounts of the batter onto the parchment paper so they they resemble cookies, as the mixture doesn't rise too much what you put in the oven will pretty much look the same once baked.

 Bake the cookies for around 20 minutes for a soft texture but if you want your cookies a bit harder then leave them in for a further 5 minutes.

♥ Once baked remove from the over and carefully using a spatular remove the cookies from the parchment paper and place on a wire rack to cool

 Ice and decorate with "Spooky Sprinkles" for that extra Halloween touch

♥ Serve with your autumn beverage of choice and enjoy!


Only a few days left to enter my Halloween giveaway so go check it out!
Good Luck
Cate
xoxo


23 October 2014

Rainbow Cakes & Kitty Cuddles @ Makura Cat Café

Makura Cat Café

I just had to visit a Cat Café whilst I was in Thailand, there seems to be an abundance of them now and as much as I wanted to visit every single one I only managed to visit this one, although one is better than none and it's made even more special when it's on your birthday.

Makura Cat Café

Makura Cat Café

Makura Cat Café is located right opposite The Train Market which is one of the kitschest, coolest night markets in Bangkok so I totally recommend a trip there at the weekend so you can enjoy some kitty cuddles and a wander around all the rad stalls.

Makura Cat Café

Makura Cat Café

Once you've washed your hands and taken off your shoes you're ready to go inside and play with the kitties and boy are there some cute kitties in there, I got so excited when I walked in that I almost completely forgot that this was in fact a café until one of the staff came and handed me a menu.

Makura Cat Café

As it was my birthday that day (August 22) we ordered some yummy looking rainbow cake, I have to admit I'm always a bit sceptical of pretty looking cakes in Thailand as they never really taste as good as they look but this cake was quite possibly one of the most delicious and prettiest cakes I've ever had the pleasure of eating, even if you're not a cat fan the cake alone is worth the trip!

Makura Cat Café

Makura Cat Café

Pets bring so much happiness to us and I love the idea of pet cafés because sometimes as much as we would love to adopt a furry companion it's just not possible so a pet café becomes the perfect place for those much needed cuddles, and furry cuddles was something I was very much in need of being so far away from my pooch on my birthday.

Makura Cat Café

Makura Cat Café

This guy was such a cutie, look at that chubby face I mean what's not to love? He certainly enjoyed getting his chin scratched by me and I would have happily stayed there all night and played with him, I must admit I do have a soft spot for the squishy faced cats. I had so much fun there playing with all the kitties that I'll definitely be making another trip there when I'm next in Thailand!

Makura Cat Café

Would you visit a pet cafe? Let me know in the comments & don't forget to enter my giveaway!
Love & Kitty Cuddles
Cate
xoxo

17 October 2014

Characters I'd Love To Dress Up As For Halloween


It's week 3 of "5 Fandom Friday" and we're talking Halloween. I love Halloween and it's the one time of year (apart from Comic Con) where everyone plays dress-up and has a good old time. There are so many characters I want to cosplay as but as it's Halloween I thought I would keep it horror themed and go down the traditional route of witches, but not any witches, my favourite bad ass witches from America Horror Story: Coven. These witches are stylish and I adore that each has their own distinct style so I put together some outfits inspired by some of my favourite looks from the show.











Who will you be dressing up as for Halloween? Don't forget to check out my giveaway!
Love & Witchcraft
Cate
xoxo

15 October 2014

Inspirational Quotes #55

"At school I got harassed so badly for being too tall, too thin, too pale - too everything that has gotten me where I am now, which is quite ironic."
- Karen Elson

10 October 2014

Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately


It's week 2 of  "5 Fandom Friday" and this week it's all about my fave subject geeky fashion. Now is a heck of a great time to be a geek because there is an abundance of geek themed clothing in stores and some great independent labels which specialise in geek clothing, in fact there's so much stuff now that I'd say my wardrobe is almost solely made up of geeky pieces! My wishlist is so huge it's kinda hard to pick my favourite 5 items (I want them all!) so I thought I'd put together an outfit featuring some of the awesome clothing I'm currently loving.


What are your favourite geeky clothing brands? 
Love & Super Hugs
Cate
xoxo
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