Monday, 24 December 2018

3 Festive Christmas Drink Recipes! // Ft. Mulled Wine and more



Hey lovelies, can you believe it's Christmas Eve already? As I type this I'm staying in a massive cottage in the countryside with my whole family (all 18 of us in one house for Christmas!) It's going to be hectic but so much fun. 
Anyway, I'm sure we've all had our fair share of Christmassy drinks over the season so far. Whether that's a gingerbread latte from Starbucks or you've tucked into some homemade mulled wine...and while everyone has their own favourite recipes I thought I'd show you 3 Festive Drinks Recipes I love. There's something for everyone in here, sweet and rich hot chocolates, creamy (and vegan!) chai lattes, and of course a simple mulled wine. All of these are so easy to make and so if you're in need of a festive drink this Christmas Eve and for 'the big day' tomorrow just scroll through to your favourite one...


SLOW-COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE


YOU WILL NEED:  (Serves 2)



  • 2 Cups of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Double Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk Chocolate (chopped)
  • Marshmallows
  • Whipped Cream
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon 

METHOD:


1. Pour the milk and double cream into a Slow Cooker. Add the dark chocolate and milk chocolate, then cover and cooker on a low heat for 2 hours. Remembering to stir it half-way through cooking!
2. After 2 hours, remove the lid and stir again. Ladle into mugs and top with whipped cream, cinnamon and marshmallows, My favourite thing to do too is to top with crumbled candy-cane!


VEGAN CHAI-LATTE 


YOU WILL NEED:  (Serves 2)

  • 2 Cups of Water 
  • 1 Tbsp of Chai Tea
  • 1Tbsp of  ground Chai spice blend 
  • 1 Cup of Dairy-free Milk
  • Sweetener of Choice
  • Coconut whipped cream (to top)
  • Cup of raw Cashews
  • 1Tsp of Sugar (soaked overnight)

METHOD:


1. Brew the Chai Tea by adding water, tea and spics to a saucepan and bringing to a boil. Then remove from the heat and add your milk of choice, sweetener and stir. For an even creamier consistency you can also blend the mix with soaked cashews.  
2. Warm again for 2-3 minutes then pour the drink into 2 Serving mugs using a strainer to filter out any bits. 
3. Top with Coconut whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra warmth and enjoy


SIMPLE MULLED WINE (Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic)


YOU WILL NEED:  (Serves 6)



  • 750ml Red Wine (or Cranberry Juice ect.)
  • 1 Sliced Clementine 
  • 1 Sliced Apple
  • Star Anise
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Dried Figs
  • Cloves

METHOD:


1. Pour the red wine (or Cranberry Juice) into a large saucepan. Add the clementine, apple, cinnamon, star anise, figs and cloves and heat very gently until simmering, then turn off the heat.
2. Fish out the large whole spices with a spoon and ladle into mugs or heatproof glasses (like I did) to serve. Garnish with a slice of clementine and enjoy.


Hope you enjoyed this post, and I guess it will be my last Christmas one of the year! So sad to say goodbye to making these festive posts (which you can read all of here) but wishing you guys the best day tomorrow however you celebrate Christmas. And a merry Christmas-Eve too!

Monday, 17 December 2018

What to buy a Fitness-Lover for Christmas? // Gift-Guide 2018


Hey lovelies! I'm back again with a Christmas gift guide, and although I've done a few of these in recent years this time I thought I'd share what I actually know best... What to buy a fitness lover for Christmas. 
I'm sure we all know at least one person in our life who's like this and if you're clueless about all things fitness and health it can make them so difficult to buy for.  In this post I'm going to share with you some of my favourite gift ideas you can't go wrong with, including new limited edition Christmas products for 2018, stocking fillers and innexpensive treats that will be sure to put a smile on any fitness-lover's face this Christmas. If you're not caught up with the rest of my festive posts this month be sure to click the link here, but otherwise I hope you enjoy. 

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sweet Gingersnap Cookies // Recipe


Hey lovelies! Christmas is my favourite time of year for Baking and since we're officially in December now it's time to kick-start the month with a cosy sweet treat to get you through the festive season. These ginger-snap cookies are a recipe that always reminds me of family and Christmas memories. They're packed with warming spices, cinnamon and nutmeg and are soft and chewy while still having that traditional 'snap' that I love. 
In terms of baking, these cookies are super easy just make sure to give them plenty of space on the baking sheet as these little guys spread out like crazy. I've made the mistake of putting them too close together before and they've all baked into each other oops! Hope you enjoy and let me know in the comments below what other recipes you'd like me to try this month? Got lot's planned...and make sure you've entered my Giveaway too for more gifts for the Christmas season. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The Secrets to Christmas on a Budget!


So unless you're a bit of a Grinch at heart, Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year. Filled with festive food, family traditions, time with loved ones, and treats it's a time we seem to wait all year for to come around...but it's also the most EXPENSIVE time of the year. 
As much as we know it's coming, it's hard to prepare for just how costly Christmas can be sometimes. It's become so commercial and especially for families the pressure at this time of year is immense. Even as a teenager, I find myself working a lot harder in the months leading up to December to earn money through sponsored opportunities or simply babysitting on my weekends ect. because OH BOY does buying presents get expensive. But there are so many little tips that can help with this while still having just as special a Christmas, so I hope this post helps you out this year.

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