The Perfect Hot Chocolate.

Autumn, Food, Home, Life

Autumn is the time of year when the nights are getting darker and colder and that means more cosy nights, blankets and hot drinks.  I often stick to cold drinks as hot drinks make me too hot. However… the colder seasons are an excuse to finally fit them into my drinking habits.

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This is the calorific, tasty, perfect hot chocolate. (Just a small side note- I don’t drink these on the daily basis. They do contain A LOT of sugar!)


Ingredients:

(For one serving.)
-It’s hard to determine the measurements as everyone’s mugs are different sizes, if you feel you need to add more/less I’m sure it will taste just as good.
1 & 1/2 tbsp of Coco Powder.
Mug of Milk.
5 Squares of Dark Chocolate.
Icing Sugar (if needed.)
Whipped Cream.
Mini Marshmallows.


Method:

-In a saucepan heat up the milk and add the coco powder and 4 squares of dark chocolate. -Stir the mixture regularly until the chocolate has melted, the ingredients is combined and the mixture is hot.
-You may want to taste the mixture to see if it is sweet enough for you- if it isn’t add a little icing sugar. (But remember the marshmallows will sweeten it too.)
-Pour the mixture into your mug.
-Sprinkle a couple of marshmallows on the top, then add the whipped cream.
-Sprinkle some more marshmallows on the cream and grate your last square of chocolate on the top to finish.
-And enjoy!

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Carve a Heart.

Autumn, Home, Interiors, Life

So Halloween is next week and Halloween means pumpkins! This year I decided to carve my own ready for the festivities. Before I began carving it I saw a sticker saying ‘Carve a Heart in your Pumpkin’ I read the details on the sticker and it’s from World Vision– the world’s largest international children’s charity. Instead of carving a traditional face I thought I’d carve a heart in my pumpkin to make it a symbol of support for children living in fear and I texted HEART to 70060 to donate £3 to World Vision’s work to help turn a night of fear into a night of hope.

Here is how to carve a super easy pretty pumpkin. I carved my pumpkin by drawing the shapes however, there are lots of free printable stencils available on World Vision!

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Happy carving!

Pupcakes!

Favourites, Food, Home, Life

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Everyone’s guilty of feeding their dog a little human food now and again. I mean…common’ dog kibble looks sooo boring. Missie does have a range of different dog treats however, those puppy dog eyes always bribe us into giving her something with a little more flavour. I had a weird cooking splurge this weekend and ended up baking some sweet treats for my family. However, I felt guilty the little pup was left out so I decided to bake her batch of her very own!


Ingredients: (It’s all dog friendly)

1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup porridge oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 banana
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Frosting:
• 2 x Tubs cream cheese low fat
• Dog treats of your choice

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Method:

-Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius, line cupcake tins with paper cases (remember to take these off before giving to your dog if you have a bit of a greedy pup).

-Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and distribute evenly between the cupcake cases. Bake for 15 minutes and leave to cool before icing.

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(They actually smelt and looked quite tasty)

-Using a spoon to dollop cream cheese on the cakes or as I did, use a disposable piping bag  I used a large star icing nozzle and piped in a circular motion. -I then popped a little puppy treat on top and enjoy!

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As you can see, she loves them!

Toast.

Favourites, Food, Home, Life

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Today I thought I’d write a toast post.
I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like toast- well as far as I know I haven’t.

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Toast is such a simple tasty food that never disappoints. Personally, I love the classic- toast with butter.  However, it is nice to jazz it up a bit. I think my taste buds are a little like my imagination and crave flavour and stimulation, so it’s always good to have these super easy tasty toast ideas in mind…

Bananas & Honey.
Recipe- Make toast. Layer cut up banana on top and drizzle honey.

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Salmon & Cream Cheese.

Recipe- Make toast. Spread your cream cheese over your toast, layer your salmon on top and sprinkle some pepper.

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Avocado & Chilli.

Recipe- Make toast. Mash up an avocado, add dried chilli, salt, pepper and mix. Then spread it onto your toast.

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Pesto, Mozzarella & Tomatoes.

Recipe- Make toast. Spread pesto then layer cut up/grated mozzarella and tomato on top!

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Enjoy!