SUPER-EASY MADEIRA CAKE RECIPE

Easy and cheap to make, but never does fail to impress.

INGREDIENTS

  • 220g butter/margarine
  • 220g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp of milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp lemon zest or lemon juice

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PREPARATION

  1. Pre-heat oven on 180 degrees.
  2. Beat butter/margarine with sugar.
  3. Add 4 eggs, flour, milk, baking powder, vanilla and beat the mix with the hand mixer.
  4. Add lemon zest or lemon juice. Mix it again.
  5. Lay baking paper in the baking dish, and add mix.
  6. Bake it for 45-50min.

Do not leave cake baking on a high heat as it will burn the top before cake has been baked.

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PASTA WITH CHEESE IN A HOME-MADE SAUCE

Easy, Effortless & Low-Cost 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 courgettes
  •  2 cans of tomatoes
  • 150g grated cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Boil water for pasta in kettle.
  2. Peel and chop onion, carrots and courgettes, and  fried it in the pan with olive oil for 10-15min on a low heat, add pepper and salt or any other seasoning.
  3. Add canned tomatoes and leave it to on a medium heat until it will boil.
  4. Drain pasta, add grated cheese and mix it with together until cheese has evenly melt.
  5. Once the vegetables and tomatoe sauce is hot and boiling, switch the heat off, and add sauce into pasta pot and mix it with the pasta.

I recommend to eat pasta with green and fresh vegetables or salad.

With Love, Gitana

Why We Women Should See ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Movie

mad-max-fury-road-8a Tomorrow I may feel a different way about this movie, but today I was inspired by characters’ bravery, the strong instinct of surviving and taking a lead in protecting innocents.

Truly, I thought this was a movie full of people with serious skin conditions which was hard for me to watch.

The movie was so intense that sometimes I felt my brains could barely keep up with the intensity of the speed in the story. Really, this is an action movie and maybe meant to be a movie for men but I felt the movie was a message to us, strong women, and our strong surviving instincts.

Film is based in desert, full of dirt, heat and endless sand.

While movie is named after main character ‘Mad Max’, I felt the true star of the movie was a Furiosa: strong leader, a female, so fearless in order to protect humanity and other women. Her right hand is artificial below her elbow. Nevertheless, this does not stop her to do really cool things.

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It is a movie of super-cool massive truck driven by Furiosa, secretly taking away five wives of leader Immortan Joe. These five females are very precious to him and the mothers to bear his children. She wants to take them to this ‘Green Land’ where she grew up and she says it is a hope for these girls to survive and discontinue disgusting destiny they had with Joe. And he chases her with his soldiers trying to get his wives back.

Furiosa is strong and she is not afraid to show it. She does not play by the 1_Maxrules if rules restricted her freedom. From a loyal soldier herself, she turned to revel against her leader.

Mad Max, prisoner himself, escapes during a battle in chasing Furiosa and actually helps her to escape from Immortan Joe.

I was left inspired.

With Love, Gitana

Celebrities Turned Businesswomen

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Being a businessperson is about finding a way to make money. Celebrities have an advantage when starting their businesses: they use their fame as a clever marketing tool. And some of them are doing this really well. I have listed five celebrities with an ambition to be a businesswomen.

draperjames 2REESE WITHERSPOON – In May 2015, Reese Witherspool has launched her own Southern lifestyle brand and online shop ‘DraperJames’. Her business idea was inspired by her Southern roots. Customers can purchase gifts, accessories, jewellery & clothes for $14-400. In my opinion, website is still lacking some quality finishes, items are highly overpriced, and quality of the items is not that great.

GWYNETH PALTROW – Back in 2008, Gwyneth launched her lifestyle gwyngoopblog ‘GOOP’ to share lifestyle tips with her fans. Slowly, ‘GOOP’ has moved into e-commerce, and now website visitors can shop online. Her website has drawn a lot of critisizm over health statements and lifestyle advices, as well as prices of items for sale: ‘GOOP’ is not for bargain hunters.

imagesJESSICA ALBA – in 2011, an actress together with Brain Lee has launched ‘The Honest Company’ that sells non-toxic household products. Jessica said that an idea came to her after she became mother and she struggled to find eco-friendly diapers and other items for her baby. The company has been a huge success and last year it was announced that company was valued over 1 billion dollars.

VICTORIA BECKHAM – in 2008, Victoria has launched fashion brVictoria-Beckham-e1339807137133and with simple design, fitted dresses. Since then, she has expanded her brand into handbags, sunglasses and shoes. Victoria claims to oversee all production and design aspects herself and has successfully transformed her fame into a high quality fashion brand.

 

BLAKE LIVELY – famous actress has launched blog & e-shop PRESERVE in f64d4599-2937-466d-b706-b59a6e09bc36-620x3722014. Her website features people who produce handmade items which can also be purchased on the e-shop. Prices wavy from $50-1400. I must confess, I only found out about her business venture while doing my research for this blog post and I have to admire her idea to put spotlight for up-coming designers and artists that are creating handmade items.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. Please LIKE Facebook page. Many thanks!

With Love, Gitana

5 Writing Tips from Jackie Collins

jackie-collins-best-sellerHave you got an idea and want to write a great story or a book? Well, you should learn from the best.

Jackie Collins is what you call a commercially successful writer. She has written 30 highly-successful novels. So, from my research I have collected some of her best writing tips:

  1. Start writing – a lot of people talk about it but not many people actually do it so just get a pen and notebook or sit on your computer and just write. Jackie writes on her notepads and then gives notes to her assistant who then types all those notes on PC and gives it back to Jackie to read again and make any adjustments.
  2. Create great characters – create characters that people will love to read about. Or characters that you will love yourself. Jackie has written so many books about Lucky Santangelo – a strong, sexy and successful kick-ass woman that people can’t stop reading about.
  3. Write about what you know – don’t write about Hollywood if you have never been there.
  4. Inspirations – Jackie gets her ideas and inspirations from newspapers, TV, and real life celebrities which she meets at the parties etc.
  5. Passion for writing – Jackie says she wakes up everyday and thinks about what her characters will do next. She writes everyday. She says she has a passion and she is not planning to retire.

When you start writing, it may not look as a best-seller but don’t give up and continue writing. Embrace you talent and and YOU CAN ACHIEVE EVERYTHING WITH HARD WORK.

Have a good time writing your best-seller book!

With Love, Gitana

 

 

 

 

5 Steps To Start Climbing The Property Ladder

Owning a house in the UK is pretty big deal: while property market continues to  boom, and house prices are sky-high, here are few steps to take towards owning your own house:

1. Income – to be considered for a mortgage application, you will have to disclose your income. You need to earn money in order to keep up with your mortgage payments. Permanent Employment is an ideal employment status but other options are also considered.

2. Reduce Expenses – your income is important when applying for a mortgage but if your expenses are high, mortgage company won’t take you as a serious applicant. For example, if your monthly income are £1000 but you spend £900, that means that you only have £100 left every month. Also, reduced expenses mean you can save more money each month. 

TIP: Thoroughly check your bank statement: find ways to reduce expenses by cancelling unwanted subscriptions, memberships, shop only for what you really need etc.

3. Save – Deposit: you will need minimum 5% deposit to secure a mortgage. Saving is a DISCIPLINE so train it like a muscle: start with small amounts, learn to reject unnecessary shopping splurges. 

4. Take a good care of your Credit Scoreyour credit score is a Key that opens doors: your credit score is a radius to banks and lenders on how financially reliable you are.

TIP: I have recently ordered my credit score report from EXPERIAN for only £2. It was eye-opening as you can see what your house lender will see.

Settled accounts are kept on file for six years from the settlement date. The status history in respect of a settled account relates to the period of time prior to the date of settlement.

5. Follow the Property Market Newskeep yourself with up-to-date property market news: are prices going up or down?

Useful websites:

http://www.zoopla.co.uk – as well as searching fir the properties to buy, you can also check current value for the properties.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk – search to buy properties.

http://www.sharetobuy.com – search for shared ownership properties.

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk – all the latest updates in property market, as well as latest news on mortgages and lending.

Thanks for reading it. I hope you found it useful.

With Love, Gitana

5 Things You Need To Have To Run A Blog

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So, I made a fun lost of 5 things every blogger should have or own in order to run a blog:

1. PC or a tablet – you will need one of these to write and post your blog post. It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive – as long as your PC does the job, it is all good.

2. Internet Connection – your PC or tablet will need to be connected to a PC

3. Time – your blog cannot be run on its own. It will require your time to write blog posts, comment, follow and like other blogs; work on social media to attract traffic.

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4. Positive Attitude – whatever reason you had to start a blog, it must come for a good place: you may want to share useful things with others, or teach other people things you are good at, or just share your experiences with other bloggers. Your passion to become a blogger will have a positive aspect to it. And that is all we bloggers need.

5. Ambition – you probably started a blog wither to make your life better, to improve other people’s lives, or simply to make a world a better place. Your blog can also be an advertisement for your business.

I hope you have enjoyed reading it.

PLEASE FOLLOW ME AND I WILL FOLLOW BACK! Have a good day!

With Love, Gitana