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Story Time With ShopaholicBlogs: Featuring Crappy 🎁 Gifts!

Hola Love Bunnies 🐰🎁💕!

Today on the blog its story time ! So get into your PJ’s , get comfy and hit that play button😘 because today we will talking all about the not so joyful experience of receiving totally terrible presents 🎁😖

As always your comments are always welcome so share your gift receiving stories with me right here 🎁! & don’t forget to share, follow and subscribe!

✨Shopaholic Bakes🍰🍴✨

  Hello lovelies!💖

Lately I have been craving desert after dinner and cookies🍪 and chocolate 🍫were just not doing it for me 😱. So I decided to roll up my sleeves and whip up something decadent and delicious and here is what I came up with ✨Custard Cheesecake!✨

I love cheesecake but i feel it’s too heavy sometimes so I thought about combining it with my other favorite custard 🍮and it turned out to be the best of both worlds 😋, it has the texture of soft, silky custard with a hint of creamy cheesecake yum!🔆

So here it is peeps 💖! Shopaholic’s Custard Cheesecake!💞

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🍰 4 medium eggs beaten till pale and frothy,

🍰 600 grams of cream cheese beaten till smooth,

🍰10 digestive biscuits crushed till fine crumbs or you can use any cookie or biscuit of your liking,

🍰3 tbsp butter melted ➕ 1 tbsp for coating the cake pan

🍰 1 tbsp all purpose flour for coating cake pan

🍰1/3 cup heavy cream

🍰1.5 cups icing sugar

🍰1 tsp vanilla essence

🍰cocoa powder for decoration optional

🍰All ingredients must be at room temperature🌡.

✨Beat the cream cheese with the icing sugar, cream and vanilla till well combined.image.jpeg

✨Beat eggs separately and add to the cream cheese mixture and mix well the battery should be smooth with no lumps.image.jpeg

✨Put the cookies in a zip lock bag and beat the crap out of them till they look like a pile of crumbs 😁.image.jpeg

✨Mix the cookie🍪crumbs with the melted butter and spread on the bottom of a greased springform pan ( just rub the 1 tbsp butter on the bottom and sides of the pan and sprinkle the all purpose flour to coat the bottom and sides voila❗️). Take aluminum foil and wrap it around the pan making sure to pinch the foil to seal the cake pan and prevent the batter from leaking.image.jpeg

✨Bake in a preheated 170 C oven for 5 mins. Set aside till cool then stick it in the fridge for 10 mins to cool even 🌬further.image.jpeg

✨ Pour your batter on top of the cookie base and place it a roasting pan. Then fill the roasting pan with hot 💦water half way up the sides of your cake pan. Cheesecakes need to be baked in a water 💧bath to prevent them from drying out and cracking on the top.image

✨Bake for 45 mins in a 170 C oven till cake appears firm, stick a toothpick or knife in the center to check it should come out clean. Cool ❄️cake in the pan completely, decorate it with whipped cream, fresh fruit or cocoa powder like I’ve done🍰. Stick it in the fridge till chilled and enjoy!😋

✨Hope you guys enjoyed that recipe 🍰! Do let me know if you tried it and share some of your favorites with me !

✨Get in touch 💟 For a collab, a guest post or just to say hi💗! shopaholicblogs@gmail.com

 

I confess I am a shopaholic

Shopaholic Blogs💋

As a teenager I was never really interested in shopping. I remember accompanying my mother on her many shopping excursions, book in hand, engrossed in my reading while she dragged me from shop to shop. Going over the floor to ceiling bulging shelves with a practiced eye, selecting , rejecting fabric, haggling over prices while constantly admonishing me to keep an eye on her countless carrier bags.

It wasn’t after I had been on my own for a while that I felt the dormant shopping genes within me rise to the surface with a vengeance. I began to enjoy what I once considered to be an arduous chore .

Going into shops , sifting through piles, all the while keeping an eye out for bargains. Coupons being the holy grail of the entire experience.The surmounting anticipation of watching the $$$ amount go lower and lower as the scanner ran over…

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Shopaholic’s breakfast for dinner 😋

 

Hello peeps! 💞

So lately I’ve been craving breakfast foods for dinner and lunch 🍳.Part of my cravings could be attributed to PMS and the other part could be that lately I have being running out of ideas about what to make for dinner.

Half the time I like a recipe🍲 I end up not having the ingredients🌽🌶🍅 on hand. The other times it’s too bloody complicated 📜 and just thinking about the effort involved makes me feel hungry and irritable 😡. Sounds familiar ? 😉

In the end I usually accept defeat and reach for the carton of eggs that’s always there in the referigetor 😇

You know it’s a real emergency in our house when we run out of eggs🍳.

So to🔪 cut a long rant short,here are some breakfast for dinner recipes that I tried this week that came out pretty good. I promise they are quick, easy and will not require a trip to the ethinic,spice markets of Marrakech 🛩.

                                                           

                           Peri Peri omelet 😋

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🍳One egg

🍳Slice of cheese🧀

🍳Peri peri sauce (Wild herb🌶)1tsp – you can use any flavor you like .😘

🍳Chopped cilantro 1 tsp

🍳Mushrooms sliced 1 tbsp(optional)

🍳Onions fine dice 1 tsp (optional)

🍳Any other veggies of your choosing (finely diced 🍅tomatoes, bell peppers , hey if you like the extra work why not 😉).

✨Whisk the egg add in your veggies , peri peri sauce .There will be no need for any seasoning as the sauce has all the flavor you need.😍

✨Grease your pan, cook egg till done on one side, flip over add your cheese slice or shredded cheese if you want to go all fancy 🙃. Fold the omelet in half cook till cheese has melted and enjoy!

✨The peri peri sauce adds a tangy, spicy kick to the omelette a nice change from the same old … You’re welcome !😘

                  Nutella French toast 😋

Nutella-on-Spoon

🍳Bread slices 2 ( you can use any bread 🍞you like, fresh,two day old,moldy,whatever floats your boat.Hey it’s your kitchen !)

🍳1 large or 2 small eggs

🍳Fresh ground cinnamon (Its available in every supermarket guys ! Plus you can leave it out if you don’t have it no biggie).

🍳Ground nutmeg ( optional )

🍳1/3 cup milk or cream

🍳Nutella 😍

✨Whisk your eggs with the cinnamon, nutmeg and milk/cream till combined .

✨Spread Nutella on one side of each slice and put them together nutella sides facing on the inside.

✨Dip the sandwich into the egg mixture and fry in greased, heated pan or griddle till golden and puffed up on both sides.

✨Sprinkle with icing sugar if you plan to Instagram it 😉and dig in! 😋 Drizzle with maple syrup for a sugar high that will last till breakfast 🌞!

                         Egg n Cheese Mc Muffin 

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🍳One english muffin

🍳Shredded cheese🧀 (Mozerella, Parmesan whatever tickles your taste buds).

🍳One egg

🍳salt and pepper to taste

🍳1 tsp Sacla sundried tomato pesto (you can use 1 tsp of salsa if you can’t find this 🍅)

🍳chopped cilantro 1/2 tsp ( just chop a few leaves roughly or use a scissor to snip off a few leaves easy peasy)

🍳butter

🍳one round cookie cutter

✨Beat the egg with the salt, pepper, cilantro, cheese and pesto. Heat your pan and using a pastry brush or your finger if you dont have one. Grease the inside of the cookie cutter or you can use a mason jar lid just pop out the center.

✨Grease your pan and place the cookie cutter or lid in the pan.

✨Using a dish cloth press the lid/cookie cutter firmly onto the pan and pour in your egg mixture. Let the egg cook on medium to low heat.

✨Once you see its starting to set slide a spatula under the egg and flip in over on the other side. Once its cooked all the way through remove onto your serving plate and using a butter knife loosen the egg from the edges of the lid/cookie cutter.

✨Heat the muffin and butter it on both sides place your egg onto one half of the muffin and top with the other enjoy!

There you have it peeps✨ my favorite breakfast for dinner recipes🍴.

Until next time xoxo!💋

 

Know Thy Enemy : Everything you need to know about the Mother in law 😱

Disclaimer : This work is a piece of fiction meant to amuse and entertain. Any resemblance to any characters living or dead is purely a result of the reader’s over active imagination and should be disregarded immediately. Enjoy 😘

According to Wikipedia,💻
A Mother in law, is the mother of your spouse . 🙁 Apparently either the founder of Wikipedia is still single, married and forced to lie through his teeth under penalty of death or just plain naive.

Whatever the case ,this seemingly innocuous description utterly and miserably fails to encompass, the vast reality and entirety of this formidable, obnoxious , tyrannical , overbearing , cunning, self proclaimed expert matriarch😳.
Scared😰 yet? Hate to break it you but you will soon find yourself joining the ranks of the countless psychological and physically scarred victims of this narcissistic ,conniving foe.👀
Rest assured she will mark you as her opponent the moment you say the cherished “I do💞”.
But before you start adding unlimited sessions of psychotherapy to your trousseau wish list. Here are a few things that will prepare you for your unavoidable showdown once you set off on your journey of marital bliss 😒.
So put on your wifely armor, and prepare yourself for a lifelong battle🛡. In the words of Sun Tzu ” Know thy enemy”, even if these nuggets of information won’t help you win the war at least you will go down fighting ⚔ .


1- Get ready for a lifetime of being undermined and usurped ,

⚔From laundry, cooking , parenting heck even your clothes ( you dress like a tramp) and makeup ( you make Rupaul look like the girl next door💄).
⚔Be prepared to be criticized and belittled for every single one of your choices the exception being the prized catch that you happened to chance upon: “Her perfect one in a million offspring
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whose miraculous birth story you will be hearing till your ears bleed . And will never be able to upstage even if you give birth to quadruplets hanging upside down from a broken bridge suspended over snapping crocodiles 🐊. Slight exaggeration but you get the idea 💡.
⚔Of course you will be accused of not properly feeding, bathing, pampering the fully grown 6 foot 185 lb man child (What you thought we were discussing your offspring ?😒) she grudgingly (read hanging onto his pant legs yelling “don’t go! )handed over to you.
2-Anything you cook will be inspected , re seasoned, deemed unfit for human consumption, inevitably be thrown out and replaced by a flourish and to rousing applause 👏 by the two heterogametic specimens in the family. ( Read the docile father in law( who admitted defeat long ago and is probably just waiting for the angel of💀 death to put him out of his misery) and your doted upon naive ( read opportunistically passive /aggressive) spouse.
3– You will forever be playing runnerup 🎖 ( don’t count on Steve Harvey to come to the rescue here 👑).To :
A-The beacon of self proclaimed perfection 🏆in the one woman show of “me, myself and I” 😒. Aka Mother in law dearest.
B- To her female offsprings – namely your sister in laws ( the tyrannical lineage💀must continue )
C- To every single one of your spouse’s exes even if they happened to be ex convicts accused of manslaughter 🔪.
4-Get ready to have your personal space invaded in everyway possible,
From your kitchen cabinets , refrigerators, closet, to your lingerie drawer. (Read keep all things lacy and kinky under lock and key).🗝
⚔Nothing is off limits to this scourging hyena. In fact if in a skewed world, mother in laws would be computer savvy, she would have hacked into all your social media and bank accounts as well.

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5-Holding your tongue ,

will become second nature since you’ll be doing it everyday, 365 days a year for the rest of your life. This is especially true, if you happened to marry into a brown/Asian family.👩‍👩‍👦👨‍👨‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
📚Textbook strategies like spelling out your needs , setting out boundaries, voicing your opinions, working out conflicts like a mature adult, will result in bringing about a catastrophic disaster ( read Hindenburg).
And remember that charming, smooth talking hunk💪🏼 who conned you into a lifetime of marital torture. If you are counting on support from him forget it! 🚫When it comes to family drama this mama’s boy will simultaneously sprout the combined characteristics of the deaf, dumb and the mute.

6– So you thought failing as a housekeeper, wife and a human being was bad ?
Wait till you get slapped by the “incompetent mother ” tag. From giving birth to your bundle of joy( Only 12 hours?It took me a week to push your husband out sans epidural💉)!
⚔Everything from holding, feeding , putting the baby to sleep will be scrutinized , criticized and be accompanied by a never ending barrage of unsolicited advice. 🗣
Not to mention the fact that after 9 months and several hours of exhausting labor, the baby will be likened to everyone (from the preening matriarch herself to her second distant cousin twice removed) but you. 😳
7-A photographic memory is a must.

It will come in handy, at various social gatherings where you will be required to recall accurately , the names, glorified pasts, occupations and various ailments of the countless relatives you will be forced to meet and greet. (Don’t forget to ask Aunt S about her third husbands arthritis now😳).

8– Not a fan of daytime soaps ?
⚔Well it’s time to start binge watching now. Because pretty soon you will be encountering theatrics worthy of daytime Emmy nominations – no cable tv 📺required. From feigned heart attacks to sudden bouts of temporary amnesia , to melodramatic recounts of your many faults, to outright hissy fits and temper tantrums. The narcissistic matriarch will stop at nothing to gain her son’s attention and keep it.
9– Your parents vs his,

⚔what you thought only you had it bad? Rest assured your parents won’t be spared from this drama mama either. From why you won’t call his mother “mom” ( I have my own thank you very much, and the same question to him btw),to the no of times you visited your folks and vice versa, to the presents they gave ( nothing will ever be good enough👎🏼). To what you gave them ( A waste of her son’s hard earned money💸). Guess whose keeping score?🤔

10– Finally here’s something you don’t want to hear ,

⚔Every female posses the MIL gene. That’s right ladies we are all born with it. It’s right there innocent, benign just waiting for the moment that XY chromosome you birthed gets ready to be hitched. The next thing you know you will morph overnight into the cunning , controlling monster you once hated. 😖 Your best hope? Take an oath to be punched in the face the instant find yourself committing any of the ergeruious sins listed above.👊🏻

So there you have it loves, all you ever wanted to know about the age old formidable enemy. Hey it’s always good to be prepared even if you will be fighting a loosing battle 😉⚔. Wedding bells anyone?🔔
Until next time xoxo💋

 

Shopaholic Goes On Vacation🛩🐒🐯🦁 !

Hello lovely peeps! 💞
So I had the most fantastic time this past week in beautiful South Africa ✨which explains my absence from blogging . I was too busy chasing lions🦁 , elephants🐘 , rhinos trying to get a selfie without being eaten.


Now here’s the thing usually I don’t enjoy traveling because I hate living out of a suitcase. If I could somehow manage it I would bring my entire wardrobe 👢👡👠👗👚and toiletries along with me .
However since I’m strapped for cash 💸most of the time and would rather use my piggy bank💵 stash for shopping🛍instead of paying the outrageous luggage fees. It all comes down to packing smart to make the most out of your luggage allowance. So here are some tips I learned on my trip that I’m sharing with you hopefully you can utilize them on your next trip 🛩.
👙A multitasking wardrobe as I learned on this trip a few key pieces that you can mix and match to create different looks is the way to go. Here’s my summer vacation packing list:

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👙black maxi dress( old navy) a staple item that looks chic day or night , drapes beautifully and hides all the lumps and bumps ( read bloated belly post breakfast buffet 🍧🍮🍿🎂🍰🍰🍫🍩🍥🍕🍕🍳🍤🍖🍗🧀)🤐 .

👙A denim jacket( banana republic) in-case the air conditioning is turned up to rival the chill in Alaska ❄️🌬.

👙A cardigan (banana republic) in case the ac starts spitting hail stones and snow flakes and the jacket isn’t keeping me at 98 degrees 😒

👙A multi color scarf(banana republic) to change up the black dress for a second wearing ,

👙Cargo pants ( loft) for occasions where I don’t want my dress/skirt up to my head read zip lining 🌪at 130km 😳

👙Skirt (forever 21)and sleeveless top(loft) , just another floaty rotation for the week, the top can be worn with the cargo pants as well .

👙Shift dress , it doubles as a swim coverup and since it’s summer I try to avoid jeans- read legs feeling like boiled sausages in a glued on casing 🌭hot dogs anyone? 😳

👙Sun hat (ripcurl ) keeps the sun’s baking rays off my face and head and looks pretty cute too 😘 { p.s skirts and dresses take up very little room unless you happen to insist on packing a hoop skirt 🙄}.

👙Jeans – yes I know I said it I avoid them, except on flights, emirates airlines always have the air conditioning on super high and my legs get cold I know I’m weird ☹️what can I say . ( lucky lolita, flatters my awkwardly shaped booty like nothing else).💞

👙Shoes – Toms all the way ✨I have walked miles in my toms and they are the most comfortable shoe bar none! And since every shoe I have worn since birth feels like putting my feet in a pond of snapping pirañas 😱trust me these shoes are 💖love for your tootsies❣

👙Flip flops for the pool or beach and one pair of glitzy sandals incase I get an invitation to the red carpet ( like that’s happening 😒) . Shoes take up a lot of room so pack wisely.🤓

👙Toiletries – so on this trip i forgot to pack my shampoo and conditioner and body wash I couldn’t find any travel sizes in the mall and later it totally slipped my mind. Luckily the hotel I was staying at had all Molton Brown products! 😍

The Indian Cress Shampoo and conditioner are the best I have used 😍 Usually the stuff hotels provide is a spin-off of dish-washing liquid and leaves my hair looking and feeling like a bale of straw 😖.

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The pink peppercorn body wash smelled divine and left my skin soft instead of parched and itchy. 💞 I know their products are pricey💰 but do try these if you can you will 💖 them !

👙Try buying travel sized sets Sephora usually has a good selection and you can try brands without paying full price 💸yay!

👙Rechargeable shaver , because body hair will go into overdrive mode on a vacation even if you’ve spent ages plucking yourself like a turkey before leaving 🦃.

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👙Dry shampoo , personally I hate not being able to wash my hair but sometimes you just have to make do , living proof dry shampoo $22 lives up to the hype .

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image👙Makeup , looking gorgeous on a vacation is a must 😍 pack items that do double duty . I love 💖 the it cosmetics vitality flush stain stick that doubles as a lipstain and a blush.
My burts bees lip crayon goes with me everywhere to brighten up my pout in a snap 💋!

If I need extra coverage I carry the it cosmetics celebration foundation it’s small enough to fit in my cosmetics case and goes on without a ton of blending ( a must when you have to make it to the free breakfast buffet on time looking flawless 😁🍳)!
I don’t usually bother with eye makeup so a little liner goes a long way the it cosmetics naturally pretty palette has easy to blend colors that can be applied in a few brush strokes and I can be out the door ✨!

👙Sunblock is a must since I tan horribly, not the glowing golden tan of a goddess 🌟more like a blackened ,burnt toast that gets tossed out 🌚. I slather on Moogoo sunblock in spf 40 liberally before I head out .

image👙First aid kit, pain killers,( headaches from lack of sleep, menstrual cramps yes they will happen when you least expect it{sanitary napkins}😡)bandages, Neosporin ,gauze ( trust me I fell down the stairs leading to the pool and grazed both knees and elbows😳 ).

 

👙Wipes, baby and anti bacterial , you can’t wash your hands everywhere. The wipes can also be used to freshen up your face and underarms 😁. I’ve tried this and it’s a great way to freshen up sweaty underarms midday 🌞 when you can’t get to a shower.💧

👙A hanging toiletry kit ( mine is from Victoria’s Secret) if you can find it makes things way easier if you are stuck with a small bathroom read airplane toilets 😠.

There you have it peeps my travel tips for a casual summer getaway 🛩👙😘!
Share your travel tips with me right here!
Until next time xoxo💋

✨50 Follower Giveaway Update! 🎁

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Can’t wait to pick out the lucky winner🎁!

xoxo!💋