Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Spring; wherefore art thou?

cherry blossoms

Okay, I've had enough of this crummy weather now. I'm ready for Spring! I need some warmth and some sunshine. This weekend looked promising and we even went for a walk on Sunday and didn't freeze to death, but it's back to dreary today.

Reasons why I can't wait for Spring:

  • I can finally get my chicken coop finished, and move some chickens in!
  • Barbeques!
  • Camping trips to the seaside
  • Finish setting up my raised beds and gutter gardens
  • Picnics
  • Bike rides

    Hurry up Spring!
  • Wednesday, 6 February 2013

    Sweets for my Sweet: Peppermint Oreo Truffles

    oreo truffle recipe

    As it's coming up towards Valentines Day, I thought I'd share a couple of Valentines Day inspired recipes with you! If I'm honest, Adam and I have never really celebrated Valentines Day as a couple. Neither of us were really very interested in it. For some reason though, this year I'm looking forward to it. I think it's all the hearts and reds and pinks! I've actually planned a couple of things this year to celebrate. Nothing over the top, just a special meal at home and a couple of homemade bits and bobs but shh, don't tell him! ;)

    If you're looking for something simple but still special, why not make the person you love these peppermint oreo truffles? They're ridiculously simple and if you take out time needed for cooling and chilling, then they're really quick to make. No baking, and only three ingredients! This recipe makes just enough oreo pops for a special treat which is good because they're so more-ish you'd have to have some serious willpower not to eat the lot all at once!

    Peppermint Oreo Truffles


    oreo pops recipe

    1 packet oreo biscuits
    80g cream cheese
    200g white chocolate
    2 candy canes, or 4 or 5 peppermint sweets

    oreo truffles recipe


  • Line a baking tray or dinner plate with baking paper, and bring cream cheese to room temperature
  • Put oreos into food processor, and process until the biscuits resemble bread crumbs
  • Add cream cheese and process again until combined, the mixture should be starting to stick together
  • Roll into balls, and put on your lined tray/plate
  • Put into the fridge to firm up. I left mine for about an hour or so.
  • Put your candy canes/peppermint sweets into a sandwich bag and bash them with a rolling pin or similar until they break up into little bits
  • Melt white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, taking care not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the water
  • Dip your rolled oreo pops into the melted chocolate one at a time, and set back on the baking paper lined tray
  • Once you've dipped them all, sprinkle peppermint pieces over the top and leave to cool

    peppermint oreo pops

    oreo truffles recipe

    Once they've set, package them up in a pretty jar and give to someone you love!

    oreo pops recipe

    oreo truffles recipe

    oreo pops recipe

    And there you have it! Super easy, like I promised. I wondered if the oreo truffles would be pepperminty enough with just the bits on top, and wondered if I should have added some essence to the oreo/cream cheese mixture, but it turned out to be just the right amount of peppermint.

    Let me know if you try these! And also, do you have anything special planned for Valentines Day?

  • Thursday, 31 January 2013

    Roxy and Izzy

    I finally figured out how to record videos on my camera and couldn't resist making a silly little one of Roxy and Izzy. Love these two furry faces!

    Saturday, 5 January 2013

    A Christmas recap

    diy christmas tree

    Christmas actually ended up being lovely this year, suprisingly. We kept it quiet and low key and made sure we had a lot of things planned to keep us busy. We had Christmas dinner at my Mum's with my sisters.

    green living room

    We had my favourite ever tree this year too. When we first moved into our house three Christmases ago, we were poor from the move a month prior and too busy and stressed to think about it much so we ended up just buying a big tub of generic, matching baubles from B&Q. We used them again the following year as again we were too busy and stressed planning our wedding to think about it much then too.

    This year I said "no more awful B&Q baubles!" and refused to put them on our tree. We always get a real tree, but this year I wanted one in a pot which we could replant so we ended up with a cute little tree.

    We had acquired a few really nice baubles, and we bought a few more in December from various markets and from a last minute trip we took to Edinburgh for the weekend. My sisters and I also had a crafting day, where we made some decorations too which actually ended up being one of the highlights of Christmas.

    diy christmas

    diy christmas

    Present wrapping helpers

    boston terrier lhasa apso

    lhasa apso christmas

    My Aunt made me this chocolate house

    homemade christmas present

    Christmas sweetie stash

    christmas sweets

    Kisses under the Christmas tree

    christmas boston terrier

    Hope your Christmas was wonderful too!


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