Saturday, 23 May 2015

50 ways to reinvent the Ice Cream Sandwich this weekend

First of all, Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! As I'm sure most of you are planning BBQs with friends this weekend, I thought this the most appropriate time to do a dessert feature I've been pondering for sometime. I feel as if I've had dozens of different types of Ice Cream Sandwiches this year and thought it high time that I share some of the amazing recipes I've come across along the way.

Long gone are the days when ice cream sandwiches were simply wrapped goodies we pulled from the freezer. Oh no. In 2015, ice cream sandwiches are as gourmet as they come. This is all about a mind blowing experience and it seems everyone's imagination is working overtime to think of the next best way to make an ice cream sandwich new and fun. 

I started an Ice Cream Sandwich recipe board on Pinterest with the idea that I'd save a few and be on my merry way. Well, 50 ideas later and I had a complete encyclopedia of Ice Cream Sandwich recipes ready to share for summer ahead. 

From donuts to cronuts, pies to chicken thighs (ok, that's not been invented yet, but only a matter of time), I've put together a rather comprehensive look at the ice cream sandwich recipes that are taking the world by storm. Have a look and let your culinary creativity run wild...

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Tech News Recap: Speed up Chrome, BIG changes ahead for WhatsApp and the KFC keyboard tray

ALL THE biggest technology news from the past week, including – Facebook has hinted that WhatsApp could soon become a tool for businesses to bombard you with messages, hackers publish the personal and sexual details of some four million social network users, KFC builds a grease-proof bluetooth keyboard into its trays, Twitter could be set to purge its website of porn and MUCH MORE.

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Sixty years of Eurovision: The history of the song contest

HOW will our entry, Electro Velvet, fare tonight? Mike Ward talks to the band and reflects on 60 unforgettable years of music.

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Eurovision Song Contest presenter Graham Norton: There’s a lot of national pride at stake

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Coronation Street's Kate Ford: A wounded Tracy Barlow is a dangerous proposition

IS CORONATION STREET murderess Tracy Barlow set to strike again? Actress Kate Ford reveals all.

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Cocktail hour: The best party dresses for the summer

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Nice Shoes? You need this doormat...

Oh, am I ever a sucker for a great doormat. Call me crazy, but I feel like I can always tell a lot from what people put on display as their welcome message.

Sometimes it's sweet, other times it's in terrible humor. I find airing on the side of complimentary is always best. Saying "welcome home" seems so old fashioned. Why not, instead, make people feel good about their fashion choices and say it like you see it. "Nice shoes..." Now this doormat tells me I'm in a place I could definitely call home. My soul sister lays behind the door that has this as a welcome message. 

For those of you looking, the Nice Shoes Doormat is available at Urban Outfitters for $29. Go forth and make people smile, from entrance hall to exit!

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Competition: Win a two night stay in London at The Apartments by Sloane Club

For those of you that follow me on social platforms, you will have seen that earlier this month I checked in for a few days at The Apartments by Sloane Club just off Sloane Square. When I say "just off" I mean I could quite literally toss a rock from my window and it would land dead in front of the station. I'm not sure if I could have ever been more Sloaney in my wildest dreams. This is living in the thick of it. Calling the Kings Road my high street and places like The Botanist my local were moments to treasure over my three day stint as a resident of the Chelsea bureau. Now, there's so much more to say but let's kick off with the heart of it - the competition!

The Apartments by Sloane Club have just reopened after a major refurbishment and they're keen to get some great people in for a night or two - on them! So, as they know FFG readers are quite the refined readers (oh, come on, you know you are), they are giving one lucky reader a chance to come and stay in the Sloane Club Apartments for two nights. You'll be given a classic two bedroom apartment (which I'll talk a bit more about below), a goody bag upon arrival and £100 to spend in Duke of York Square. If I were you I'd head straight to Liz Earle and spend that voucher on a dreamy facial. Just saying. 

So, first things first - what do you have to do to win a two night stay at the Sloane Club Apartments? Well, ladies and gents, I'm pleased to say this might just be the easiest competition you enter today. All you have to do is click here and share a few details - nothing major. The competition will run for one week and the winner will be contacted by The Sloane Club after the book closes at midnight on Saturday, May 30th. Seriously, that's it. No pressure.

Now, here's where I do press the point on how fabulous this prize is. When it comes to locations in London, this little part of the capital cannot be beat. You are truly in the thick of things. So whether you are a resident looking for a staycation or an out of towner looking for a couple days of adventure in the big city, this is truly a competition you won't want to forgo. 

Over the course of my four night stay with The Apartments by Sloane Club, I actually started to believe this was my home - quite a good sign of a place you can so easily acclimate to. Mom and Dad, I'd like to have a discussion as to why this part of the world was not my introduction to life. Some people get all the luck!

Anywho, here's a bit of a visual diary of the grandeur of The Apartments by Sloane Club. Let's just say it's a little something to entice you into entering the competition. You can never say I don't work hard to bring you guys some pretty cool opportunities.

Before we move onto pictures, I'd like to say a big thank you to The Apartments by Sloane Club for working together with me to offer such an incredible prize for one lucky FFG reader. Now, go forth, drool over pictures and enter in the competition, people! 

Ps. Even if you don't choose to enter or if you don't win - The Apartments are definitely worth checking out - even if just for a business trip. Editors - I'm thinking fashion week!

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Born to be wild: Springwatch returns on screen

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Comedian Lenny Henry on playing leading role in BBC hit drama series The Syndicate

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Where are they now…? Eurovision singer Clodagh Rodgers

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Here comes the sun: The best sunglasses and sun hats for the summer

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Big Brother host Emma Willis: I’m naturally very active, which comes from having kids

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Perfect skin: The 7 best luxurious body oils for summer

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Spread your wings: Sunday roast recipes with a twist

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Pioneering two-in-one heart op is a life-saver for Cherie

A GRATEFUL grandmother has become the first person in Britain to have her life saved by pioneering two?in-one heart surgery.

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Banging the drum about cancer: How missing the high notes saved rocker's life

ROCKER David Naylor is undergoing life-saving cancer treatment – after his bandmates complained he kept missing the high notes.

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