A few years ago, I baked my first cupcake and then I became obsessed. So obsessed that I started a cupcake business with a friend. It lasted 3 months and I gave up. Since then, I have only baked sweet treats on the rare occasion (note, when I'm really begged). So when I spied these chocolate moulds* on Dotcomgilftshop, I decided that maybe it was time for homemade baking again. And because who doesn't love a good chocolate? A flavoured chocolate in particular!
These chocolates are incredibly simple to make, so simple that I really shouldn't claim them as a recipe at all (and the fact that you can buy honeycombe and oreo chocolate in the shops anyway!), but the fact they're 'handmade' makes it that little more enjoyable - so we think anyway! To make these delicious bites, you will need:
Milk Chocolate (plain chocolate is best.. And we prefer Cadburys!)
White Chocolate
Honeycombe
Oreo's Or any other biscuit of choice
Dr Oetker's Eton Mess
Double Cream
Cocoa Powder (optional)
Firstly add boiling water to a pan, and place on the hob till it begins boiling. Whilst this is warming, break up your chocolate into pieces. For measurements, I used two squares per mould (sometimes this leaves with you a little more and sometimes with a little less). Add this to a bowl, and place on top of the pan. The best tip I was given, is to not continuously stir it! Wait until it's fairly melted before stirring it and taking it off the heat.
Once your chocolate is melted, in another pan heat up your cream. When the cream is heated add a splash to the chocolate and stir. In a bowl I crushed up the oreo biscuits till they were crumb like and then stirred them into the mixture. Divide into the moulds and pop into the freezer until set. And that, my friends, is it.The most simple (and probably not really a recipe-like) way of making chocolate.
I made four sets of chocolate, with the most favourite being white chocolate Eton Mess - these went down such a treat!
I cannot recommend the Dr Oekten new sprinkles enough - they have Lemon Meringue, Eton Mess and Banoffee Pie which are ultimate dreamy mixed in with chocolate! They make the perfect little gift for family, popped into a paper bag with ribbon and if you made enough like us, then there's plenty to keep for yourself too. We popped them into this adorable Glass Jar* and placed in the fridge to pick at every so often. Delicious!
So without Dotcomgift shop, we wouldn't have re-found our love for homemade goodies. The chocolate moulds* are the perfect size for bite-size chocolates and I am in love with the extremely cute Japanese dipping bowls* which make it so much easier for all the ingredients. I think it's fair to say that we'll be adding a bag of these to all our Christmas presents this year...!
xo
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Have you ever wondered what kind of bedding the queen probably sleeps on? No? Well, I have.. And I finally think I have found the answer. She sleeps on Egyptian Cotton sheets with enough room to hospital corner the edges. She likes a square pillow with enough cushion to rest her busy head and she also sleeps like an absolute baby. So I think anyway, because that's how I feel right now. All thanks to Christy Home.
If there's one thing that we're not lacking in our home.. it's bedding. My mama always comments on how much bedding we own (note, also buy every other month..) and are partial to a fresh new bed set (we do wash and re-use FYI, we're not THAT bad!). But since a fairly big box landed on my doorstep, our lives feel different. We sleep better and we know that no other pillow is ever going to compete with the ones Christy Home do. Ever.
You know when you're in a hotel, and you're half asleep, feeling really cosy, sleepy and so happy to be resting that head on the pillow, and then you move, making the bedsheets crumple and that crisp noise happens, making you sigh, like a comforting sigh of happiness? Well, this  Santiago Bed Set is that moment right there. But over and over again. Those freshly plumped pillows that never seem to crumple, have us wishing away the early evening for bedtime and the crispness of the duvet brushing past the linen bed sheet makes us never want to leave our bed in the morning. Completed with a a soothing scented reed diffuser by the side of the bed has only added to our calm and relaxing bedroom. And as for Christy Home in general? I think they have converted us to the life of the thread count..
xo
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This weekend we made a pretty tasty breakfast for Little B's family and us. It was also the perfect excuse to use my new milk jug that Little B finds pointless. Turns out that actually, it is so much better as decoration only. At least it looks nice on the shelf..

This weekend we had Little B's parents to stay which always makes me cheery because we're fans of having people over to stay. It also gives us the kick up the bum to make sure the house is completely spotless! And those towels are clean and smelling fresh.

This weekend we took a walk around Wicksteed park. It brought back childhood memories for us remembering where the old slides were and how much bigger everything looked. Whenever I visit there, I always love to come and see my little nan's old house.

This weekend Little B and his papa went to play golf, so his mama and I did a spot of shopping. Pink isn't my colour.. but it seems that this weekend, pink was my colour. And I've also become a bit fond of leopard print.. I blame my mama for this!

This weekend, instead of dinner out on Saturday night, we opted for a Mexican themed night in and the chance to completely catch up and giggle. We'd planned to watch a movie after, but with too much wine, we soon fell asleep! These kind of nights are the nicest.

This weekend was really lovely. Although we like to be busy, it's also nice to not make plans but still get lots done. We spent it walking around parks, eating brunch in coffee shops, drinking lots of wine, relaxing at Sunday lunch with both of our parents in the pub, pottering around the garden and enjoying the best company. Little R on the other hand.. He ate lots, caught many flies, and slept. I think we'll all sleep well tonight.
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Autumn comes with such full force compared to Summer. With Summer you are slowly eased in of the warmer months, taking layer upon layer off, one day at a time. Autumn however has been hiding round the corner, and suddenly those strappy tops and shorts are good no more, replaced by knitwear and boots. The evenings draw in quicker and the temperature drops knowing that fairly soon the Christmas countdown is on.
 Sugarhill Boutique Jumper* | Primark Skirt | Quiz Boots* | Fossil Watch* | Primark Socks
I like a good jumper me (she says, with only roughly three) and spent last Winter wearing my beloved Zoe Karssen Bat one to death, so when I spied this Midnight Sweater, I knew that it was going to be another clingy relationship. And so far, it totally has. It has won my heart (still love you ZK, but this one has more room for pies and things!) and with it's slouchy feel, those weekends are all that more better. I'm fairly certain that Little B has even been eyeing it up.. He'd have to fight me for it first!
Actually, saying that, Little B has also been eyeing up my new Fossil Watch too thinking it the perfect unisex watch, till he tried it on. And realised that it's far more feminine than he thought. I'm pleased, because I don't wish to share it with him.. Unless it means him carrying it around after my weak wrists cannot handle the weight of it anymore. Yep, that's right. Glamorous chunky watches make for sore wrists. Fashion, it really is a funny old thing.
H&M Shirt | River Island Jeans | Sarenza Trainers 
When Little B said he was going to put on his orange shirt, I remembered this awful checked thing, that was a little on the baggy side. Fast forward two years (WHAT, you mean, he kept it for that long? Yup!) and in fact, it's not quite so bad anymore. Maybe it is true, that sometimes you can also grow into your clothes (pretty sure, I'm going the other way... Too much good food around!) and I think Little B made the right decision keeping it. I guess you could say he was just getting ahead of the trend.. That's what he likes to think anway.
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Life

17.9.14

I'm not sure why I feel the need to write this post, I guess I don't, but it's almost following on from my previous Perfect V Reality. We have nothing to defend, yet I feel that it's time I put my personal opinion across based around the internet and that darn word, perfect.
When I started Little Winter, I was sure to point out in my first post that we aren't perfect, we're just normal people who do normal things. We argue about the washing pile, we pick our noses like kids and we certainly don't live a lavish lifestyle. I mean, it's incredibly lovely and humble that people think that we live in a beautiful world because 'our kitchen is perfect', but in reality, we are just like you and the rest of the world. It's so easy for us all to take things for granted and although we haven't lived a tough life compared to others, we too have suffered and lost only what we can deem the hardest we know. And with these heartaches and sadness, it has taught us to appreciate the simplest things. Those things that are standing right in front of us, so easily forgotten, yet things that really do make the world go round. I'd like to think that we don't always portray the perfect life on our blog, Twitter, Instagram and in fact, show the beauty of those simple things that we take for granted. I'd like to think that you can see we're just your average Joe's and don't go out every weekend with hoards of friends, we don't lay in swamps of money and we don't think we've got the best life ever. We just make our average life the best it can be.
I'm not a 'pretty' girl, I never have been nor will I ever. And I'm also not one of those hot girls, but I am a girl. I have my flaws and insecurities just like everyone else. The images that you see of me on my blog are few and far inbetween. You don't see my face all the time, because reality is that I don't look like that all the time. I do what you probably do, I scrape my hair up after work and I wear my lounge pants that could do with a wash. That rare face photo on Instagram? Yeah, I thought I was having a good day. That one good day out of many. Because I'm just your typical normal girl having the same kinda feelings and emotions as you.
Being told our house is perfect makes me happy. It truly does. But on the other hand it can also make me incredibly sad that people believe we live in this magical place. Of course, I am forever grateful that I have a mortgage to pay and a roof over my head at 25, but life isn't always what it seems. And I think it's so easy for all of us (us included!) to forget that, and believe that somebody with clean crisp photos doing things every single day is living the dream. Have you ever seen a picture of our kitchen sink? The garden? The answer is no, because there's dishes piling up alongside the sink, and there's overgrown weeds building up throughout the garden. 
The photos of Little B and I? Sweet huh? Have you thought about it, that this photo shows only few minutes from the rest of that day. We may look happy and 'oh so cute', and chances are that we were having a happy moment. But I can bet your bottom dollar that at some point in that day, we spent hours apart in different rooms. Doing what normal people do. Having alone time, because that's totally what we do (I do not understand why he does not like Catfish TV!) .
We're happy together, we are. And we have a nice time doing fun things, but like any relationship, we have our down times. Would it shock you if I told you that two years ago we nearly broke up? That as we packed up one house, we were ready to part? Or that I questioned marrying him last week because he brought me sundried tomato cous cous when he knows I really dislike cous cous? Or does it make you laugh? And relate-able? Cause that's exactly what we're like even if we don't second think about photographing ourselves mid argument over who's turn it is to hang the washing up (I hate that chore!)
I'll admit it, we don't have a hard life. We are truly lucky that we both have loving parents who are always there for us and a close group of friends but I'm not going to rule everything good that we have (apart from Little R - he deserves a heads up!) because we don't need to prove it to anyone. But regardless of everything you have, or do not have, it does not set each and everyone of us apart from another. Just like the rest of the world, we all find our feet, we all work hard for our future, and we all love, laugh and cry. We all have our issues and insecurities - hell, that time I sit there eating ice cream and raving about B&J? Chances are I'm feeling pretty rubbish about those thighs of mine. Little B always laughing it off that he wears his beanie everywhere? Man, he's secretly mortified that he's lost his hair so young.
We know that we will never be a 'Kooples couple' and we know that we will never be rich. But what we do know, is that we will just be us. We will live our life, like everybody else and we will continue to make the best out of everything that life throws at us. So we're sorry if we only photograph our good parts, but I think those snot stained lounge pants are really left best for just us two. Oh and visitors.
We live in a beautiful world, all of us and we need to try and remember that. Perfect is only a word, and only has the meaning of what you make it.
xo
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Flowers. They are my ultimate favourite (as you've probably guessed by now) and I remember so well the first time that I ever received a bouquet of flowers. They were from my mama.
As a child I just couldn't ever understand why grown up's enjoyed flowers..They seemed almost un-usable, boring, and not even edible. But on that day I remember, when we moved into our first flat, my mama popped out to the car and returned with the most beautiful bunch of flowers. And they were for me. For me and my place.
Ever since that day, I have become incredibly fascinated with the beautiful colours and textures of these sweet smelling things that don't just grow in the garden, but flowers that can instantly change and uplift a room in so many ways. They can light up a persons bad day, bring comfort to terrible news, make rooms feel fresh and clean and most importantly show us how incredible every living thing in life is (ooh deep.).
When Appleyard London contacted me to see if I was interested in their Luxury Flowers, it's almost like they knew me too well, and with a floristry course booked in for next month, I just couldn't say no. The moment I hit the go button on their site, I was instantly drawn in with the perfectly put together displays and after much debate, I decided upon the Blueberry Muffin bouquet (who doesn't love blueberries!). It's clear to see that Appleyard really do take extra care with detail right from arranging the flowers to the delivery at your door (and offer Next Day Flowers) Although my flowers were left with a neighbour over the weekend (oops to me!) and some strands had to be picked out, the bouquet certainly sits pride of place on our telephone table making the entrance into our house so much more welcoming.
Appleyard are currently offering my readers 33% off their bouquets with the code GIFT33 - so if you feel like putting a smile on someone's face, brightening up a room in the house or just because you totally deserve it (amen!) then it's definitely worth a stop by. Autumn flowers truly are a wonderful thing.
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