STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE & WHIPPED CREAM

Hi Guys!

You all know I have a sweet tooth and even though I'm well into My Healthy Kick (update coming soon), every now and again I like to treat myself (and the ones I love) to something sweet. I saw this recipe on Cook with April and decided to give this recipe a try- it has fruits in it so it can't be that bad right? Lol. Plus who doesn't love strawberries? Strawberry shortcake is really easy to make, not too sweet and is surprisingly light. You don't need too many ingredients so if you'd like to give it a try, here's what you'll need:

2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup white sugar (or more to taste)
2 1/4 cup white flour 
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 egg
2/3 cup milk

*I halved all the ingredients in this recipe

I got this pack from Shoprite supermarket in Palms Shopping Mall for N550!
Wash, de-stalk and cut your strawberries in half, then toss in sugar and store on the side
Combine all your dry ingredients together in a bowl
I used a fork to add the butter in (a little bit at a time) until the mixture resembled coarse crumbs as pictured above
Then add in the egg and milk and combine to make a dough
I decided to bake the mixture in a muffin tin but a normal pan would work fine - don't forget to grease it first! Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown at 220 degrees C (or 425 degrees F)
Here's the whipping cream I used - got it from Shoprite, Palms 
And just whip it in a bowl using an electric whisk until it stiffens up like pictured above
Here's a look of the whipped cream and strawberries once done
Then I just sliced the shortcake and half, popped a dollop of cream on stop and put some strawberries on top and voila!


What are your favourite desserts? And as always let me know if you try this recipe:)

20 Random Facts About Me (TAG)




Hey Guys!

Happy July guys! I've always wanted to do this tag. Think it's a fun way to give you some insight into who I am. Here we go!
  1. I am the first child in my family. I have a brother and a sister.
  2. My mother is my inspiration and role model. Even though I probably don't let her know that enough.
  3. I am extremely sensitive and trying to work on that.
  4. I am a chocoholic. If you read my New York City Dream post you'll know this already but seriously any sort of chocolate ANYTHING makes me happy - except chocolate ice cream.
  5. I used to be addicted to cereal. I pretty much lived off cereal in uni and I gave myself a self-induced milk allergy (bet you never heard of that before lol). 
  6. The only thing I ever order in a Chinese restaurant is sweet and sour pork and egg fried rice. I haven't ordered anything else in over 10 years.
  7. I am a hypochondriac. I love reading about diseases and doing fake diagnosis online. I forced by doctors to give me a CT scan a few years ago when I was convinced I had a brain tumour because I kept having reoccurring headaches.
  8. I have the worst sense of direction. I have to go somewhere about 4 or 5 times before I'll learn the way. 
  9. Keeping with my crap memory, I'm really bad with faces and names. I have to meet someone and speak to them for a while (sometimes more than once) to remember them when I meet them again.
  10. I love cooking, especially for other people.
  11. I am a Youtube addict. I'm really into vlogs at the moment. My favorites are ItsJudyLife, AprilandJustinTV, DearNaptural85 and BritpopLife.
  12. I practically live in my bedroom. 
  13. I listen to a lot of music. I am a HUGE neo-soul, R&B aka baby-making music fan and I listen to this 90% of the time. Right now I am obsessed with August Alsina
  14. I watch A LOT of reality TV - Come Dine With Me, all the Real Housewives, Love and Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, Anything Kardashian, actually anything on E!
  15. I sometimes think I have a difficult personality to understand because I don't even understand myself sometimes. I'm sociable but I like to be left alone. I'm an extrovert but at the same time I'm kind of shy - I'm just weird.
  16. Growing up I was always the tall girl that was bigger than everyone else in the class. It used to have some self esteem issues because of that but thankfully over time I've learned to love and accept myself (still learning to be honest).
  17. I am a hopeless romantic. 
  18. I am in love with Drake. I saw him in concert for my 23rd birthday and he sang to me. I nearly died.
  19. I hate cats. With a passion.
  20. I looooooove babies. My aunt calls me The Baby Whisperer because if there's a baby in the room I'll be holding it and they always love me. I can't wait to have babies but the thought of being pregnant and delivering a child freaks me out.

I'd like to tag the following bloggers (if you follow them let them know they've been tagged!):


Leave me a random fact about yourself below!


MY JUNE READ - THE FAULT IN OUR STARS






Hi Guys,

I kind of fell off the Reading for Pleasure train in the past few months. I just didn't feel like I had the time or any interesting books to read. But then I heard about The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and I knew I just had to read it. I'm such a hopeless romantic so this book was right up by street - I got through it in 5 days! If you haven't heard about this story yet (where have you been living??) it's about a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters who also has cancer. Now I know that may sound depressing and yes the book is incredibly sad but it's written in such an open and quirky way it really doesn't feel like a book about two dying teenagers. 

After I finished the book I wanted to see the movie and surprisingly it was a great adaptation. Most times I find movies never do the books they were based on justice but this time they totally did. The movie did a great job bringing the characters to life and made a lot of the scenes surrounding cancer seem more real to me - if that makes sense. It was a little more cringe-y than the book at times and the love scenes were kind of full on. But to be fair I had the pleasure of being in a cinema full of inconsiderate a-holes who decided to laugh, talk and make noise throughout the entire film. It’s kind of hard to enjoy any movie, much less a sad romantic one under those circumstances. All in all, I loved the banter and humour between Hazel and Augustus. The way they looked at life and death forced me to question why I took being healthy and just life in general for granted. It truly is an inspiring book and I'd recommend anyone to read it.

I'll be reading the New York Times bestseller, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak next. I think it'd be so nice if we could read the book together and get a little online book club going lol. If you've read The Fault in Our Stars or seen the movie let me know what you thought. And as always please leave book suggestions below- OK? *insider joke*


PS: My huge giveaway for 100,000 blog views ends on Monday. Enter here

AMIKA REPLENISHING OLIVE OIL MASK

Hi Guys,

Ever so often in life you come across a product that's just IT. It ticks all your boxes, its perfect- and this ladies and gentlemen is my Holy Grail deep conditioner. Let me start by telling you how I came across this gem because I deserve no credit for discovering this. My Aunty Amaka is the most beautiful and glamorous woman I know (besides my mother of course) But unlike my mother she shares by love for beauty products and makeup. She is a complete product junkie and we often spend hours swapping beauty tips and talking about our favorite products and luckily for me she is incredibly generous. The last time I saw her she gifted me with a few hair products including the Amika Replenishing Olive Oil Mask which she hadn't tried at the time but she had a spare so I took it. And if I'm honest, didn't think too much of it - I had soooo many products I was trying to get through so this foolishly went to the bottom of my hair products pile.


I finally decided to give this product a try about a month ago and this is just everything. It literally smells like perfume but not in an overpowering way at all. It's so thick and creamy and the slip is out of this world. Honestly, it has everything I look for in a deep conditioner and I love it. 


I just slather on my hair (the slip is great enough to detangle with) and sit under my steamer for 30 minutes and it's literally changed my life. Once I rinse it out my curls are completely defined and my hair never EVER feels this soft. Of course once I realize how perfect this product is sheer panic kicks in because NOTHING can be this awesome. I figure it had to be super expensive or hard to come across right? Wrong! This product is available on Amazon here for £9.95 for a huge 500ml tub- sigh. I'm a very happy girl right now.

NAZURI CURLS KINKY STRAIGHT


Hi Guys!!

Summer's here and I was ready for a new, easy breezy hair style. I've been rocking Nazuri Curls Kinky Straight hair extensions for two weeks now and honestly I'm in  LOVE! This hair type mimics blow-dried or straightened natural hair and it's perfect for girls looking for texture but not wanting to deal with the (let's be honest) high maintenance that curly/kinky hair requires. 

Hair Details: I'm wearing a custom wig with a free-style 14" closure, one bundle of 16" and one bundle of 18". The Kinky Straight hair type has no shrinkage and comes really long, and it's super dense. I took these pictures right after a brand new wash but after a few days it starts to bulk up so you honestly wouldn't need more than two bundles. (unless if you wanted to go longer than 18" or not use a closure)

Maintenance: I've been loving this hair, it's completely "shake and go" meaning I wake up in the morning shake it (ok I brush it lol) and I'm good. Half way through the day I'll brush it again to keep it under control with a paddle brush or a denman brush. Depending on how I'm feeling I might put some argan oil on it for shine. Oh and like I do with all my hair (including mine) I try to wash and deep condition weekly. I've tried curling and straightening this hair too and it's lovely and reverts easily once wet. I didn't seal my wefts but I also didn't cut my wefts when I was making my wig so I've found shedding to be minimal and virtually no tangling.

How to Order: Nazuri Curls is a company I co-founded with my friend Yasmin about a year ago. We were motivated to start our company because we're both natural and we wanted virgin human hait extensions that would blend with our natural hair. We offer 4 hair types - Afro Kinky Curly, Kinky Curly, Curly and Kinky Straight extensions and we sell closures and make custom wigs too. Please check us out on our website for information on prices and how to order. We also have a brand new Nigerian store too if you'd like to shop in Naira:)



Lipstick - MAC Film Noir


HUGE 100,000 PAGE VIEWS GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

Hi Guys!

(L-R) Elf Eyeshadow Collection in Neutral, Elf Eyeshadow Collection in Smoky, Coenzyme Q10 Facemasks (2), Collagen Face Mask (3), BB Face Mask (2), Black Gold Henna, Vaseline Blue Seal in Baby and Original, Dark & Lovely Color Intensity Hair Dye in Dazzling Brown, Dark & Lovely Moisture Plus Olive Oil Moisturiser, Dark & Lovely Anti-Breakage Healing Treatment, Sundown Naturals Hair Skin & Nails (2), Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion, Salex Metered Saline Spray, Doo Gro MegaThick Growth Oil, Love & Beauty Sheep Lip Gloss in Purple, Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Shimmer Lipstick , Estee Lauder Hot Kiss Shimmer Lipstick

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I hit 100,000 page views on by blog today! This is a huge deal for me because I set up my blog just under two years ago and I never ever thought I'd still be blogging now. Or that anyone would ever read it, but actually (to my amazement and surprise) more and more people read my blog every day. I really enjoy doing this so your support means so much to me. I'll be giving away all TWENTY items pictured above to a very lucky reader as my way of saying thank you. 

To win all you have to do is:

  1. Follow me @loveifeyinwa on Instagram and Twitter
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me what item you're most excited to win and why. (Make sure you include your Instagram and Twitter handles in your comment so I can check that you're following my accounts)
  3. To avoid spam only one comment per person will be accepted but for extra entries go follow @shopajali and @nazuri curls Instagram and Twitter accounts too
This giveaway is open internationally!!!

Giveaway winner be selected randomly in 2 weeks on June 30th 2014. Good luck:)


Update - Congratulations to oma_mizflawless !


CREAMY TOMATO PASTA WITH SAUSAGE

Hi Guys,


I haven't shared a recipe with you all in a while so I thought it was about time to show you what I've been cooking. I love pasta - it's the perfect comfort food and it's sooo easy to make. This was my first time ever making a creamy sort of pasta (as I usually prefer tomato-based sauces) but since I had a special request I thought I'd try something different. 

Here's what I used:


Half an egg - 6 diced tomatoes (skin peeled) - 1 diced red onion - About 2 cups of cream - 2 tablespoons of diced garlic and chilli - 1 medium red bell pepper - 8 sausages sliced - 2 teaspoons of chopped rosemary - 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter - About 3 tablespoons of olive oil - One pack of penne pasta prepared al dente  - Fresh parsley - Salt, pepper and chilli powder to taste

(Honestly didn't measure anything or follow a recipe so these are all estimates feel free to put your own spin on it)


Melt the butter in a non-stick pan and add extra virgin olive oil. Once heated, saute onions and garlic for a few minutes until soft. Then add in in the red peppers, followed with the tomatoes. Let this sit for a a few minutes until the tomato juice has reduced. Then add in the sausages.


Once the sausages are cooked (taste test required lol) add in your cream and let it simmer on low heat for a few minutes. At this point taste the sauce and add in salt, pepper and chilli powder to your taste.



Once you're happy with the sauce remove from the fire and mix in with your pasta, add the egg in to help bind the pasta sauce to the pasta. Allow to sit for a few minutes. Then I chopped up some fresh parsley and served it up with a salad.

 Voila!