Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Sweet Cinnamon Cookies! | Recipes

Is it too late to say Merry Christmas now guys? Aw I hope you had a Fab Christmas anyway! I'd love to hear how you guys spent your Christmas in the comments (We had the whole family round, opening pressies and the spent the rest of the evening chilling out and playing classic family board games) I think I had an extreme overdose of Quality Streets too! Now it's kind of got to that time in-between Christmas and the excitement of New Year, and I'm not really sure what to do with myself. Then, I spotted some cookie cutters and thought, why not do some baking? These Cinnamon Cookies are the perfect treat for this time- not too Christmassy, but perfect for a cold Winter evening! 

You will need:
- 150g of Self-raising Flour
- 150g of Plain Flour
- 125g of Plain Butter
- 2 Tsp of Ground Cinnamon (you guys know how much I love my cinnnamon!)
- 100g of Sugar
- 1 Egg
- Some Cookie Cutters

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C (Gas Mark 3)
2. Sift your Flour and Cinnamon into a bowl.
3. Cream together your butter and sugar in a separate bowl until smooth, then add an egg and mix well.
4. Stir the dry ingredients in to form a firm dough. Then roll on a lightly floured board to roughly 5mm thickness and cut little shapes out. (I chose to do little hearts!)
5. Place them on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 mins or until they're a golden brown. Let them cool and harden, then dust a little icing sugar on and enjoy!

Thanks for reading! Wow, I just realised the next time I talk to you guys it will be next year! That's crazy. This has been my first year with this blog and I am so happy that I will be going into the New Year with it; all your comments over this time have honestly meant so much to me and I hope 2016 makes my little space on the web grow even more. Thank you for making this year so special, and I'll see you on the other side!


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Mince Pies Recipe | Baking with Little Sister!

So over the weekend I did one of my favourite Christmas Traditions which was making Mince Pies! I love baking in general, but there's something special about making these Mince Pies that just gets me in the Festive mood. They're so simple to make, but taste so good, so I thought I'd share my Short Recipe with you guys today. My little sister also insisted on helping out with the baking this year- so if you spot any squished or odd shaped Mince Pies, it was probably down to that little munchkin! 

Anyone spot my Christmas tree in the corner of the pic hehe!

You Will Need: 

- Zest of Two Oranges
- 10g of Butter
- Plain Flour for dusting
- One 400g jar of Minced Meat (I have double since I made two batches)
- 1Tsp each of Cloves, Cinnamon and Nutmeg
- A roll of Pastry (Yes, I got lazy and used ready-made instead hehe!)
- A Baking Tray 

1. Dust a light amount of Flour on a board and lay the pastry out. Sprinkle your Ground Spices and Orange Zest over the pastry, then fold it over once and repeat on the other side. (I love adding the Orange and Spices to this because it just makes it taste so much more Christmassy!)
2. Re-roll your pastry until it is about the thickness of a Pound Coin, and start cutting out your circles to fit the tin. You'll need a larger cutter for the bottom and a slightly smaller one for the top of your Mince Pies.
3. Melt the Butter and use to brush the tin so The Mince Pies don't stick. Then, gently place your circles in the bottom of the tin before filling with roughly a Teaspoon of Mince Meat each. Pop the pastry lid of the Mince Pies and next and brush the tops with a little milk. (I let my little sister cut out some cute little stars and hearts to put on the top of ours too!)

4. Slide the tray in the oven at 170ยบc for up to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Take out,cool, and enjoy (I love having mine warm with a Christmassy drink like hot chocolate!)

The Spices give it such a Christmassy taste! Especially the Nutmeg which always reminds me of Christmas!

My sister was desperate to try them as soon as they came out of the oven! It literally took all her will-power to wait until they were cool, then I made us both a hot chocolate and we sat in front of the fireplace with a Mince Pie each. She did reminded me to save some for Santa too haha!
 Hope you enjoyed this post, I just realised I haven't ever made a baking post on this blog before so comment down below if you think I should do it more often. Thanks for reading lovelies, your comments really mean the world to me!


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Seaside Walks and Sweetie shops

Hey there! What have you been up to this Half-Term? Aside from having some well earned lie-ins this week- I spent a lovely couple of days by the seaside at the weekend! We own a gorgeous holiday home down the coast in the small seaside town of Broadstairs, and to me and my family it’s like the perfect weekend escape from Busy London every now and again! There’s just something I love about the small, town community and our beautiful view onto the sandy beach from my bedroom window. Broadstairs in kind of sandwiched between two larger towns called Ramsgate and Margate, so that weekend we decided to go ‘exploring’ on a walk into Margate...

We found a little booklet which told us about the best costal trails for our walk, and set off along the seaside town!

Margate used to be one of the most famous seaside holiday towns (even more than Brighton!) and was home to ‘Dreamland’,  an amazing amusement park that people would travel all over London to visit. Sadly though, over the years a lot of its tourism has kind of... dried up. It felt quite sad actually, looking at the peeling paint of shops, old clock towers and seeing the faded sign of Dreamland :(

Nevertheless, I saw some amazing things in the newer part of the town, and I heard they are currently doing construction to restore Margate to its ‘Former Glory’ 

While we walked along the pier, there was a motor bike show taking place on the beach! They had piled up the sand to make a track and ramps and we stood and watched the motor bikes whizz past, doing all sorts of tricks and stunts!

The thing I loved most though, were the little shops scattered about the town! They were cute family businesses that sold all sorts of stuff. The trinket shops were my favourite, with all the vintage seaside things that I love. I had to be dragged away from this shop!

This was a handmade candle shop we popped inside- and I think I smelt every one of the candles haha!

Through the giant binoculars! Comment below if you can spot the little red boat J

I was genuinely worried about getting popped on by a seagull during the walk! There was so many of them (including baby ones!) swooping over us- and so I’d count myself lucky the seagull didn’t drop me a little ‘present’ as I took this shot!

Another shop we passed was ‘The Olde Sweet Shoppe’ which we spent aaaaages in! The shop was filled with vintage style jars of old fashioned but delicious sweets and the door even had a little bell that rang when you walked into the shop. I came out of here with a large bag on raspberry bonbons!

The whole town was paved with cobbled streets, which I love because you hardly ever find them in London now!

Later, we stopped off at an art exhibition, since we heard my friend’s Aunt had her work displayed there. This was one of my favourite pieces she painted!

This sign just made me laugh!

And finally, after an amazing day, we drove back to Broadstairs and somehow ended up in Morrellis! It’s a famous gelato shop here in Broadstairs, and so we all treated ourselves to an ice cream sundae. They were so big though, I barely managed to eat half!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of my Half-Term! I’m very excited for Halloween, so expect a Spooky post soon hehe…

Much Love, 

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