GingerBread Men


It wouldn't be Christmas without the smell of Gingerbread men baking in the oven. The tasty little treats are fun to make and perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit.



Ingredients:

350g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
125g butter
175g light soft brown sugar
1 free-range egg
4 tablespoons golden syrup




Method:

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Add the butter and mix until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Once combined stir in the sugar.

Beat together the egg and syrup until combined and then add to the bowl with the other ingredients and mix until all of the ingredients combine.

Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.



Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll the dough out 0.5cm thick on a floured surface. Cut out your gingerbread men with your cutters and place on the baking tray making sure you leave a gap between them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until light golden brown.

Leave to cool completely before decorating as you wish.


We hope your gingerbread men turn out as delicious as ours.

Love Chloe and Megan

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Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations


Christmas is nearly here and what better way to enjoy the countdown than to make some homemade decorations? The decorations are simple to make and look amazing hanging on a tree or a garland. You can be as creative as you like with your decorations, whether you wish to make gingerbread men, angels or even reindeer... 

To make your own you will need: 

Cookie cutters
Rolling pin
Letter stamps 
Air drying clay
Glitter (Optional)


We picked up the glitter and our alphabetical stamps from The Range

Making the decorations:

Roll out your air drying clay to 1cm thick or thinner (depending on the size of the cutter you are going to use).

Cut out all of your shapes using the cutters you have chosen and pierce a hole with the end of a pencil so you can hang the decorations once they are dry.

If you wish to print any words onto the decorations you would need to do it now before they are dry.

The decorations will take between 24 - 48 hours to dry out completely.

Once dry brush with glue and sprinkle with glitter, tie on your ribbon and hang somewhere pretty!




We chose to stamp our decorations with a variety of christmas words. But you could stamp them with any words you wish.. maybe even your family names?



We hope you enjoy making your own Christmas tree decorations. 

Love Chloe and Megan

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An evening In Manchester | Christmas Markets!

Location: Manchester, England


It doesn't feel like Christmas is coming until you are wearing a woolly hat at a chilly Christmas market with a mulled wine to warm you up. With twinkly lights everywhere you look and the everlasting smell of cinnamon and all things Christmas!






Manchester markets have to be one of the prettiest Christmas markets in the UK. With lots of stalls scattered around the city and a giant  Santa saying Merry Christmas Manchester - whats not to love? 

The markets are in various locations in the centre of Manchester with a trail to follow so you don't miss a thing!



We fell in love with these pretty star origami decorations

The markets had a pretty decoration wherever you turned, you'll be sure to have a rather festive house after visiting.




It is not a Christmas market without some chocolate... and this stall had everything you could dream of! 

We went for the white chocolate with strawberry pieces and the milk and white chocolate zebra.





You'll even find real Christmas trees...


You'll be able to find a Christmas tree any shape and size you could imagine ... lets just hope you live nearby! 



However if you want something fresh and festive but you have already got your tree this year then why not go for a real wreath to hang on your front door?

The wreaths are all pretty festive colours.




If you love festive food or any other food for that matter then you have come to the right place - you will be sure to find any food your craving! From sweet treats to a festive cheese for your cheese board... Whether you are buying it as a snack, a present or even for Christmas time your sure to find what you are looking for!





Whatever you are looking for - Christmas gifts, lights, decorations, food... you'll be sure to find at the markets! 



We would love to hear what markets you went to this year and where you would recommend. 

Love Chloe and Megan


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Terry's Chocolate Orange Cupcakes


What better way to get in the festive spirit than with a chocolate orange cupcake? The cupcakes are chocolaty with a hint of orange and then topped with the creamiest orange icing you could imagine. The perfect taste to cleanse the palette.


You will need:
12 cupcake cases
muffin tin
piping bag and nozzles

Cupcake ingredients:
150g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
120g self raising flour
30g cocoa powder
3 eggs
zest of 1 orange


Cupcake method:
Preheat the oven to 160c and line your muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases. In a bowl beat your butter and caster sugar together until fluffy.

Add the self raising flour, cocoa powder and eggs and beat slowly until all combined.

Fold in the orange zest and evenly divide you mixture between your 12 cupcake cases.
Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.


Buttercream ingredients:
175g unsalted butter
500g icing sugar
orange food colouring
2 tablespoons orange flavour extract
Terry's Chocolate Orange - for decoration


Buttercream method:

Beat the butter for 3 - 4 minutes until smooth and fluffy.

Add the icing sugar 100g at a time and continuously whisk until thick and creamy. Add the orange flavour extract and the orange food colouring (you can add as much or as little as you wish depending on your desired colour) and stir in well.

Pipe your icing onto each cake and place a chocolate orange segment on the top to decorate.


We hope you enjoy making your own Terry's Chocolate Orange Cupcakes.

Happy baking!

Love Chloe and Megan

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All Things Christmas


Christmas is our absolute favourite time of year! It is full of pretty decorations and lots of twinkly lights, what's not to love? To get in the christmas mood we wanted to share our festive decorations and homeware that we was able to pick up.





Christmas is all about lights and glitter so what better decoration to get than a light up glitter letter? You are able to get any letter from the alphabet which means you can smell out whatever you wish.

You can get your light up letter decorations: here.




This year our go to shop for Christmas tree decorations is John Lewis who have a large variety of pretty decorations in any colour, shape or size imaginable. With our colour scheme being pink, silver and white we was able to find lots of decorations to go on our tree.

You can get your own little glass soldier tree decoration: here. 



Christmas homeware with cute little penguins or snowflakes is a must have for the festive season. Why not have festive dining ware for your Christmas table?

You can purchase your own cute dining ware for your Christmas table: here



When it comes to baking at christmas time there are lots of places that you can pick up festive cutters and cupcake cases and sprinkles. Basically anything glittery and festive you can think of! 

The cutters we were able to pick up from Lakeland have to be the cutest yet though. Not only are they cutters but they also put an imprint into the cookie you are cutting. They are also double sided, perfect if you want some big cookies and some little. 

If you need some festive cutters for your christmas baking you can get your own: here.

You'll be sure to see our other festive cutters in posts to come!



We hope you are able to find as many pretty decorations as we have! 

You can also read our Simple Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe: here.

Love Chloe and Megan

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