Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve! This month has gone incredibly fast and I can't believe it's Christmas tomorrow. I absolutely love Christmas Eve it's a time to cosy up watch all of those classic Christmas films, drink endless hot chocolates while wrapping presents. The night before Christmas means hot chocolates, films, face masks and burning all of those festive candles. I love having a mini pamper session in front of the heated fire and that's exactly what I have planned for tonight. I didn't have a post planned for today so I thought I would use this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to say Thank you for all the love towards my blog this year, I can't wait to see what next year brings. Be sure to leave me links to your blogs below I absolutely love reading Christmassy posts right now. I hope you all have a relaxing Christmas Eve and an amazing day tomorrow. Merry Christmas!
What are your plans for Christmas Eve?

Emma x
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Sugar Cookies


 One of my favourite Christmas time treats are Sugared Cookies, soft in the centre and crisp on the edges, these are perfect for a cold winters night with a cup of tea. Christmas is all about those festive bakes and I really enjoy making these every single year. I love baking around this time of the year, not only does it give that ultimate comfort feeling but it truly get's you in the Christmassy mood! 
  • Ingredients:
  • 375g Flour
  • 140g Icing Sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 250g Butter
  • Sugar Icing Pens
Firstly start by preheating the oven to 190C and lining two baking sheets with non stick baking paper. Next up is mixing the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl and stir together with a wooden spoon. Next add the flour and mix into a firm dough, wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for around 20-30mins. Lightly dust your surface with some flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Cut out your cookies with your chosen Christmas cutters and carefully place them on the baking paper. Pop the cookies into the over for around 10-12minutes until they're lightly golden. Once your cookies are out of the over carefully lift them on a cooling rack and leave to fully cool down before icing them up. I choose to use sugar icing pens as I find them a lot easier to work with and you can honestly purchase them in most supermarkets. I really hope you enjoyed this style post and it has left you wanted to go and make some of your own delicious sugared cookies!




What's your favourite treat to make at Christmas time?

Emma x
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    Saturday, 17 December 2016

    Festive Reindeer Chocolate Bark

    Chocolate bark is one of my all time favourite Christmas treats, it's super easy and fun to make for a girly night in or a fun little activity you can do with the family. Christmas is all about those yummy treats and this recipe is super easy and very fast to make, simply melt some chocolate and your good to go. I've seen a few people make these over on Instagram and really wanted to give them a go and share with you all how mine turned out. I really want to have a go at making Snowmen Chocolate Bark so I think that shall be a fun activity to do on Christmas Eve with all of the family. Be sure to let me know if you make these in the comments below, I'd love to see how your's turn out. Enjoy!!
     Ingredients: 
    Three bars of Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate (or any chocolate of your choice)
    - Two Candy Canes 
    - Pretzels 
    - Red M&M's 
    - Edible Icing Eyes

    Firstly place some grease proof paper on a flat tray and start to prepare your ingredients, cutting the pretzels does take some time so it's important to do so before melting the chocolate. The easiest way to break the pretzels in half is by slowly cutting them with a sharp knife directly down the middle. Next up is melting the chocolate, I simply boiled some water in a saucepan and placed a glass bowl on top, you can of course microwave the chocolate but I always seem to burn it that way. Once the chocolate is melted pour and spread it out onto the grease proof paper, I went for a rectangle shape but of course you can do any shape you wish to. It's important to work quickly in the next steps as the chocolate can harder quite quickly. I simply then placed two halves of the pretzels onto the melted chocolate and then added some eyes and a red M&M for the nose, lastly I sprinkled some crushed candy cane all over and placed it the fridge until set, once it's set you can break it into pieces and enjoy! This recipe is super easy and lot's of fun to make.
    What's your favourite Christmas treat to make?

    Emma x
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    Tuesday, 13 December 2016

    A Festive Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

    It's the season for hot chocolates and I absolutely love experimenting with new flavours, Gingerbread hot chocolate is amazing so if you're a lover of gingerbread men then you definitely need to try this out. There are so many festive drinks but here's my all time favourite one so I thought I would share the recipe with you all. Craving a hot chocolate on a cold winter's evening, then be sure to give this a go and let me know in the comments below your favourite festive drink to make. This recipe serves up to four hot chocolates.

    Ingredients:
    - 4 cups of milk
    - 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder
    - 1/4 cup brown sugar
    - 1/4 white sugar
    - 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    - 1/2 teaspoon allspice 
    - 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    - Whipped cream for topping 

    In a medium saucepan start to heat up the milk, then add in the cocoa powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and vanilla extract and whisk until hot. Once it's hot enough simply pour the hot chocolate into your favourite mug and top it off with some whipped cream and a little gingerbread man. I also like to sprinkle some cinnamon on top as I'm obsessed. This recipe is super easy and tastes absolutely amazing!! I really hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to let me know your favourite festive drinks to make, I'd love to give them a go.
     What is your favourite festive drink to make for Christmas?

    Emma x

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    Saturday, 3 December 2016

    Sudio Vasa BLÅ Wireless Earphones

    Listening to music is a daily routine of mine, writing blog posts or on the go I need music in my ears. I recently discovered Sudio over on Instagram and absolutely fell in love with their range of headphones. Sudio are a Swedish brand that represent elegant products with studio quality sound. I received two pairs of the Sudio Vasa BLÅ Wireless Earphones in White/Rose Gold and Black/Rose Gold. Sudio strive for perfection in their customer service and ensure that you will always have an amazing experience with their brand. The Vasa BLÅ sound signature is delivered by a carefully tuned driver and amplifier. The combination of driver and amplifier is able to separate the sound of every instrument in every song, thereby giving the listener a true studio experience. The Sudio Vasa BLÅ Wireless Earphones come with 4 pairs of extra sleeves, owners manual and quality assurance care, genuine leather carrying case, metal clip, charging cable and a battery. The Audio packaging is super chic and elegant along with the whole look of the Vasa BLÅ earphones, they're absolutely stunning and you can truly see the thought ad time that has gone into designing them.
    The Sudio Vasa BLÅ earphones scream fashion, they're absolutely beautiful and I'm a sucker for rose gold and white and I'm absolutely obsessed with these. Since I got the iPhone 7 I have been longing for a pair of bluetooth wireless earphones so these are absolutely perfect. The Vasa BLÅ earphones work with bluetooth, wireless earphones give you the ultimate wireless freedom and they're ideal for every day use around the house and of course on the go. Once your phone is connected to the Vasa BLÅ earphones you can also take calls with the built in microphone and control your phone with the remote which I absolutely love. Pairing the earphones is pretty straight forward all you simply have to do is is hold down the play button for 5 seconds then search for devices and connect. The quality of sound is outstanding and I was very impressed with how great the quality was, the sound is crisp clear and well balanced. They're extremely comfort to wear, very lightweight and they're overall the perfect size. A huge plus for me is that the earphones don't dangle down or get tangled, they fit perfectly around the neck. The charge on the Vasa BLÅ Wireless Earphones will last up to 8 hours which is pretty amazing. The design of these earphones is stunning, they're elegant and chic. The black and rose gold compliments each other perfectly, the little pouch they come with are so cute and very ideal. I generally can't say enough good things about the Sudio Vasa BLÅ Wireless Earphones, from the look and design to the quality of the sound everything is done to perfection. 

    You can shop the full Sudio range at www.sudiosweden.com You can also save 15% on any Sudio purchase by using my promo code EMMAL at the checkout!

    What are you thoughts on the Sudio Vasa BLÅ Wireless Earphones?

    Emma x
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