Bacon and cheese muffins

This recipe has become a firm favourite in the C&HT household, I found it on the Food.com website and to be honest, the only real changes I’ve made (if you could call it that) is to use a mini muffin size tin, add more chives and use wheat free flour. That’s why I didn’t change the set up of the recipe, but I wanted to share it anyway, more of a ‘this recipe is nommy’ than ‘look what I did!’ post. But yeah, as it says on the original post, the muffins are great with soups, salads and breakfasts. My favourite is eating them warm (nuke them in the microwave for 20 seconds), break them open and smother just a little more butter on them. Mini moments of decadence… A few at time, to be honest! Nom nom nommy!
Without further ado, le recipe! Make it immediately!

Cook 4 slices of bacon until crisp.
Cool and crumble.
Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350.

Prepare mini muffin tin by spraying with vegetable oil spray.

Melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat in a small skillet.
Finely chop fresh chives (between 1/4-1/2 cup, to taste)
Remove from heat and add chives.
Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl combine 2 large eggs and 1 cup of milk using a whisk.
Add butter/chive mixture, cheese and crumbled bacon.

In a small bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose, wheat free flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, healthy pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Stir to mix.
Add to egg mixture, stirring only until blended thoroughly.

Spoon mixture into prepared mini muffin cup tray, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake 15-20 minutes, or until muffin tops just begin to brown.
Remove from oven and remove muffins from tin.
Cool them on a wire rack.

Munch furiously and enjoy!

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Oh Dear, Doe Deere!

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I’m tired of people accusing me of Photoshop like there is a special circle of Hell for Photoshop users. First of all, obviously the campaigns I model for are going to be retouched – no company would ever release raws straight off the camera. But Instagram is the real deal. Sure, there are a few filters, but overall nobody has the time to photoshop their body, hair color (!), or face. My pictures look good because I do my makeup on-point, understand lighting (note how I’m usually in the floral bathroom, against a window) and know how to pose myself in a flattering way. Sometimes I’ll pop in a pair of colored contacts for effect ( Desio Color Contact Lenses green), but that’s it.

The whole point of cellphone-photography is that it’s honest & spontaneous. So don’t hate me because my selfies are beautiful.

You know what I’ve been playing with recently? A website called Foto Forensics, where you can upload pictures to see if they’ve been photoshopped. Of course, my main source of entertainment was the Unicorn Queen herself, Xenia Vorotova. Her ‘candid’ photos have been worked on, a lot of them quite extensively, and the funny thing is she genuinely believes she can convince the disbelieving masses otherwise just by throwing a strop. The latest is the screencap above, so I thought I’d test that theory.

By running the above photo through, I saw a great deal of retouching in it. Let’s have a look below. First off is Xenia’s ‘real deal’ photo, and to compare, a picture I took a few days ago, standing in front of my sister’s glass doors, on a fairly bright day, as per Xenia’s excuse. (Please note I wasn’t taking the picture for this purpose because I’m not a time traveller! It was just good luck :p)

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So, without even looking into the analysis page of the Foto Forensics site, it’s pretty obvious one of these is not like the other. For one, I’m under no impression that ‘my selfies are beautiful’. Truthful, perhaps. I’m happy with that. But more than that, my analysed photo isn’t nearly as bloody bright! I’m wearing a full face of make up, including drawing in my eyebrows (but is it on point I wonder?), I have reasonable bright hair, and I’m all mysteriously pale and shit. And yet, apart from the outlines on my person, the details are pretty subdued. Even Xenia’s floral wallpaper is massively brighter! Her eyes and eyebrows (or really, where her eyes/brows should be, ammarite?) are hella bright for what shows on the original pic, and those nude coloured (so saying as they look nude but can’t say either way if any product was used) lips are as lit and defined as my lips are with my beloved NON nude lipstick. And let’s not get started on her magical special secret recipe hair compared to my sadly lacking just dyed normal ginger hair.

Ok, ok – I get that you’re going on my word that my photo is not retouched. By the same token, however – Xenia is asking you to believe her is too. Who is telling the really real truth here? I’m not telling you to believe me without merit – quite the opposite. I’m asking you to consider the evidence, and maybe even look into that analysis page for further research (for my own sanity I’m not even gonna try to put it in my own words so you may as well go straight to source) and decide for yourself what is what.

Xenia has made her fortune by lying, scheming, backstabbing and manipulating her way to the middle. She espouses magical special snowflake preciousness for her customers, then berates and insults them in the same breath, all the while charging them high end prices for low end make up. I don’t like her. I don’t like how she treats people. I don’t like how she uses and discards decent people. And I’m not going to shut up about it either.

I’m just giving my opinion, and the facts as best as I can. I don’t mind if you disagree with me. Hate me for it but don’t think you will scare me in any way. This will NOT be deleted or hidden. I’m Scottish, and therefore scarier than you. The internet never forgets anyway.

Doe Deere Lies – what happened?

Ok, straight off – I’m not going to discuss everything in this post to respect the wishes of a valued member of our community, but I’m writing this to hopeful answer some questions until such time we can discuss it more openly.

To begin with, for this who have no idea what I’m talking about, let me sum up. Lime Crime is a make up brand headed by Xenia Vorotova, aka Doe Deere. Since it’s inception in 2008 (IIRC) it has been surrounded by controversy, and with each fresh scandal, people leave the sparkly pastel special snowflake world and return to the real world. When they do, they are dubbed ‘haters’ (oh how I loathe that word) regardless of the (99% of the time) very real and understandable reasons they choose not to support the brand anymore. These people are expected to remain silent over their concerns so as to not influence the opinions of potential or existing customers. Despite this, more and more people are becoming better informed and making choices that reflect that.

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During this, there has been DoeDeereLies. Started on tumblr by an old customer of Lime Crime (nicknamed DDL), it quickly became a sorting house of the various misdeeds of Xenia and shone a light on how she really ran her business. Following a start that was fairly bitchy (by DDL’s own admission), there was a deliberate choice by the blog owner to remain respectful and report the verifiable facts. The blog mostly ran on submissions from followers and very quickly gained traction as a reliable source of information. Even some people who remained customers of Lime Crime used the blog and interacted with us ‘haters’ in a friendly way. Recently, by numerous requests, DDL made a Pinterest profile and created a ‘dupe’ list of cheaper/vegan/unphotoshopped/better quality products for Lime Crime products. It was instantly popular. DDL has the respect of many people, on both sides of the Lime Crime battlefield, so to speak.

Last week, DDL disappeared. The tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress and Pinterest accounts associated with DDL were completely purged without warning. Emails to the gmail account for DDL were bounced back. People were worried. I was one of them. Searching for answers, we all had theories about what happened. In reality, we had no clue, and no way of knowing if, not when, we’d know what happened.

There’s a thread on Xenia on Get Off My Internets, and DDL made a reappearance there, asking people to contact her privately through GOMI if they wanted to ask her what happened. Of course, I did, and we’ve had a chat since about what she wants to happen right now. She doesn’t want to publicly talk about why the accounts are down, but will discuss it privately. So basically, until further notice – DDL is around but requests we keep the chat about this private. After everything she has worked so hard for, for our use, I hope we all can honour that request. DDL may choose to change her mind at any time, but until she does, I just wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page and are aware of her request.

I’ll update as and when I am able, but for now – please to be supporting DDL during this time. She deserves it.

I’m in Wales!

So a last minute family thing meant last Monday I woke up in Cardiff. Don’t worry, I meant to be there! I came down after I decided I needed to see my awesome sister, she was a few days post partum after giving a wonderful couple their longed for child and I just wanted to…. Well, I’ll be honest, I wanted to get drunk with her! So, large bottle of gin in hand (courtesy of the fabulous Maclean-Greavey’s!) I booked a sleeper coach down to Wales -a bargain at twice the price at £15 – I left on Sunday night and cosied in to my bunk and watched movies until I fell asleep.

Side note – Megabus have seriously upped their game with these new(ish) sleeper coaches. Warm, clean, free wifi and a socket for each customer, I would have paid more than £15 to travel down considering I usually pay much more to travel by train and that usually involves a 5 hour stop over in Crewe to save money! Will be using again 🙂

Monday morning was wonderful, I got to see the kids before they went to school and I caught up with Lyndsay, who I’ve not seen since my wedding 3 months ago. When she was still very pregnant. On the hottest day of the year. Oops. She wasn’t best pleased, obviously. The rest of the week has past in a blur of late night gin, playing with the kids, bursting with pride at hearing them read, kicking my sister and brother-in-law out for the whole day (then night ;p), and falling asleep listening to Rhi the hamster spin in her wheel.

I’m staying at my mums tonight, and tomorrow we’re driving back to Glasgow. I’m sad to leave, but home is calling me and I miss my husband. (Squee!) the time away has helped me recharge my batteries and I’m raring to go, hit the ground running etc etc. I need to find a new job, restart taking care of myself and stop letting things overwhelm me. I’ve let myself spiral back down without really noticing and pretty much every aspect of my life has suffered. Being in Wales this week has crystallised my mind and reaffirmed my commitment to myself and my mental health. It’s funny, I came here to be there for my sister and she ended up helping me more. As usual. Of course, I still fed her gin though!

So yeah. Home. And when I’m home – things are changing. For the better. And when I’m feeling down, I know now only £15 will find me back in gorgeous Wales, my second home, to regroup. It’s a lovely thought.

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