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Chloe’s Mums Healthy Fruit & Nut Muffins!

C: I stole this recipe from my mother as last time I went round she had baked these and they smelt SO SO good! I had to eat one immediately (which I blame on being pregnant, not on just being greedy of course) and they are super yummy. My mum gave me the recipe to try at home, and trust me… although I love to bake and have some skills? These are the easiest thing to make ever! And the plus side? They are freezable! Meaning you can make a batch (the recipe makes 12), freeze them and then take one out each day for your breakfast – so good for those of us who are in a rush but want a healthy option for their breakfast!

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Recipe:

Dry Ingredients: 225g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 200g raisins, 200g chopped walnuts

Wet Ingredients: 250ml milk, 1 egg, 175g light brown sugar, 80ml olive oil

Instructions:

Combine all the dry ingredients together in one bowl and then separately combine the wet ingredients together in another.

Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Divide between 12 muffin cases and bake at 180C for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Seriously… its that easy! I know these aren’t 100% healthy, but they are certainly a better option when compared to a cheeky Starbucks muffin every morning! If you aren’t keen on nuts you could also swap them for some cranberries or other dried fruit! Hope you enjoy the recipe, and let me know if you try them! #twolittleowls

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Chloe’s Second Christmas Haul Post

C: As I mentioned in my previous Christmas haul post (which you can see here) I was very lucky this year and received so many goodies I have split it into two posts! This post will be the beauty items I received this year. Now I am aware I got super spoilt so once again this is not a form of bragging, I just have a very large family and we all enjoy buying each other lots of presents so we all end up with lots of goodies!

Nail Stuff

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Soap & Glory Nail Call Gift Set – my little bro got me this badboy! I love S&G and I love painting my nails so it was a good bet! The gloves freak me out a bit, but I will give them a go and report back. I have also never used S&G nail polish before so I am excited to try those!

Studio London Nail Polishes – these were from my sister and were all individual packaged in mini crackers! What a great idea!

Models Own Nail Polishes – these were from L’s Auntie! They are Hyper Gel, gel effect polishes which I am guessing means they are super shiny and hopefully long lasting! Once I have had a chance to try them out I will post a review.

Skincare Gift Sets

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S &G: The Soapremes, All the Right Smoothes & Soap for the Best Sets – As you can see my family (and L) are aware of my love for S&G! I think I have enough bath stuff here to last me until next Christmas!

Lush Sets: Best Wishes & Secret Santa – Secret Santa contains a Father Christmas bath bomb which I have never tried before and Honey I Washed the Kids soap – which is one of my favourites! The Best Wishes box contains a Cinders and a So White bath bomb and a Hot Toddy shower gel. I got lots of Lush stuff as when we move into our new house (hopefully March!) I will finally have a bath! Don’t worry… I do wash, we just only have a shower in our apartment so it will be nice to have a nice relaxing bath again.

Beauticology Set – I have seen a lot from this brand but never tried anything from it myself. It contains some amazingly scented shower gels, body butters and a shower puff! Can’t wait to try them all!

Random (but fun) bath stuff

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Okay so the most exciting thing here (other than the Hello Kitty body spray obvs) is the Winter Spice Sugar Scrub which L’s mum made me! It looks/smells amazing and I can’t wait to try it. She will be writing you a nice post soon on how she made it so you can all have a go!

Make Up

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Clinique Party Lips & Nails Set – I love Clinique chubby sticks for a moisturising hint of colour so I was excited to receive this from my Aunties! It also contains to nail polishes – and I have never tried any Clinique ones before. I shall be posting a review of this soon!

Sleek Highlighting Palette – from Annie! She was so excited to give me this and I can see why! I have taken photos of this for a review, but just to warn you… Annie is such a good friend/liked this so much that she stuck her fingers in to try it before giving it to me! If it wasn’t funny I would tell her off.

MAC Rebel Lipstick & Woodwinked Eyeshadow – I gave out a little scream of excitement when I opened this! So so so so excited to own these! I feel like these are bblogger staples that I needed to own and I bloody love them. Reviews/swatches coming soon!

Fearne Made You Look – this contains 3 beautiful eyeshadows, a glitter pot and an eyeshadow base stick. It truly is beautiful and I would recommend getting your hands on it if it is still available from Boots (or even better is in the sale!) I shall be posting a look I made with this soon!

So there we have it… the longest Christmas haul ever! Let me know what you think, and please comment links to your Christmas hauls as I love reading them! #twolittleowlsblog

A Boxing Day Christmas Haul!

C: happy Boxing Day guys! Hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and successfully slept off the wine/food from yesterday ready to start again today! We have been doing blogmas2k14, so have been posting every day but now that has finished we will be returning to our usual routine of posting every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and once over the weekends! So to start us off I am going to do my first Christmas haul post – I am splitting it into two as I got super spoilt so today I am going to be showing you the house/other bits I received and then my next post will be the beauty items I received. Please note, this is in no way a method of bragging – I just love reading these on other peoples blogs and wanted to share all the treats I got with you lovely readers. So lets get cracking!

House Stuff

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Russell Hobbs Kettle and Toaster – we are currently doing up a house and are hoping to move in in March (ish) time. I obvs have a kettle and toaster… but I really loved these and mine are super old now so asked for these. I love the cream colour, will look lovely in my farmhouse-style kitchen!

Salter weighing scales – I love baking so I also asked Santa for these (but my nan got them… magic) as my non-electric scales are very old and not very accurate now! Cant wait to bust this out!

Next Sharing Board Gift Set – apologies for the horrendous photo, its dark and foggy here so had to put all the lights on to be able to see anything in the photos! This is a wooden board with two little bowls for oil and balsamic vinegar to dip your bread in! We love doing this, especially when some Brie is involved so can’t wait to use this!

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Rosies Kitchen Fork Knives – seriously. I think these were my favourite present (which my mum wasn’t happy about considering how spoilt I was ha!) They are so cute! I can’t cope with them. They are from Boots, but unfortunately are sold out online but check your local store and try and nab some. They really are beautiful.

Cosmetic Organizer – from my sister! Literally can’t wait to move into my new house and organise my dressing table! Don’t worry, photos will be shared!

River Cottage Every day Veg Cookery Book – I always get a cookery book from L’s parents each year and I love this! Its full of amazing idea’s on how to make veg more interesting (which even the most healthy of us need sometimes!), let me know if you are interested in seeing some recipes!

Yankee Candle in Vanilla Cupcake & Winterwood Candle – I love candles, especially this time of year. It makes the house smell beautiful and look more homely! I got these from my parents/ L’s parents and I can’t wait to try them out!

Owl Related Presents (everyone thought it was funny to get Annie & I owl presents – obvs we agreed)

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Orla Kiely Owl Mug – from the mother in law! Isn’t this amazing!

Owl Mug and Owl Dashboard Toy – our friend Spen bought both of us these! I am waiting until I find the Owl dashboard thing less funny before I put it up else I’ll find it too distracting to drive. Love it.

Owl Candle Holder – you know you are getting a great present when Annie says “I have bought you the worst and yet the best present ever!” and she was right! She painted this for me at our local pottery place! It’s disgusting and I bloody love it. Pride of place on my coffee table!

Random Fun Stuff

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Burgundy Vans – I have ruined mine by wearing them whilst doing my new house up (seriously… they used to be white and are now black) so my lovely parents bought me a new pair!

Glittery Jumper – I am not sure where this is from, but I believe Annie got me it from the Clothes Show! I love it! Perfect for this time of year, and its such a lovely thin material – perfect for shopping etc when you get too hot and cba to remove layers!

Walking Dead Season 1 – fav present from L! So scared of Zombies but can’t wait to watch this!

Emma Bridgewater Diary – another present from L. Last year I asked him to pick me up a new diary as I needed one, so he brought home the most disgusting one he could find. It is pink velour or something, so he bought me a nice one this year to make up for it!

Alphabet Bags make up bag – my work bestie bought me this! Annie has wanted one for ages so she is super jealous! Can’t wait to use it!

So there we go… can you see why I am splitting it into two posts now?! Crazy eh? I have been so spoilt and I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone for the lovely (and funny) presents! What did you guys get this year? #twolittleowls

Blogmas 2014 Day 9 – Favourite Christmas Drinks!

Favourite Christmas Drinks.

A & C: We LOVE Christmas drinks, pretty much all of them. But we thought we would share our favourites with you, and how to make them amazing – both non-alcoholic and alcoholic.

Snowball

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The best of all of the Christmas drinks! This is super easy to make, first of all though you need a tall glass and LOADS of ice. Add ice to your glass, at least half way up the glass, then add a shot glass measure of Advocat (Aldi’s is just as good as the branded!), then add a drop of lime cordial and fill up with lemonade. Cocktail cherries are a must for this drink, and you need at least three (we love cocktail cherries…). Give it a good stir and enjoy!

p.s you can add a measure of Brandy to this too, if you’re feeling brave.

Hot Chocolate (with everything!)

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Our favourite hot chocolates to use for this are Galaxy’s Bubbly Chocolate, or one from Whittards if we are feeling particularly extravagent. Make it in the usual way, then add whipped cream, marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa powder. Perfect for a wintery evening sat by the fire.

Mulled Wine

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A lovely Christmassy treat, and easy to make. You need the following…

Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf and the spices. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin if you are using it (makes it extra yummy if you do, but obviously alcoholic). Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

Amaretto Sours (Chloe’s specialty!)

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The perfect drink for all occasions, so we couldn’t possibly miss it out! All you need is a shot of amaretto poured over lots of ice and then a dash of sour lemon. Trust us, as soon as you try it you will be texting everyone with all the heart shaped emojis you can find.

Babycham (or Babyham as Annie’s Mum calls it)

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The easiest of all the drinks, serve chilled with ice. Umbrellas and cocktail cherries are optional, but way more fun!

What’re your favourite Christmas drinks? #twolittleowlsblog

p.s remember to drink responsibly, we always do!

Blogmas 2014 Day 8 – Favourite Christmas Food

Favourite Christmas Food

C: Now this is a tough decision. I like food, especially Christmas food! I know most people would say Christmas dinner, but for me it is tea time at Christmas that I most get excited about! We always have a little buffet in the evening, usually started off by my dad eating a tin of roses and my mum telling him off for snacking! We have cheese and biscuits, dips and bread sticks, crisps and pate on toast! I love it! It’s such a weird combo but it has turned into a tradition that we all look forward too. It’s making me hungry just writing about it!

A: Over the Christmas period, we have a lot of traditional Christmas dinners in my family. Normally at least 6, and I pretty much love all the Christmas food so this makes me super happy. All the extras, like the pigs in blankets, the bread sauce, the roast parsnips. But I think my absolute favourite has to be the stuffing. Yes, I do love a good stuffing. The more rustic the better, and it’s got to be home made. Brandy butter is also pretty high up on my list too, but with custard (I don’t like Christmas pudding…).

What’re your favourite Christmas foods? #twolittleowlsblog

Blogmas 2014 – Day 2!

A & C: Happy 2nd of December! We are so excited to be doing Blogmas this year, and it’s Day 2 already! (Click here to see the full schedule we have lined up for December).

Today, we will be sharing our favourite Christmas recipes with you.

A: Perfect Mince Pies ft. Jamie Oliver

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I was watching Jamie Oliver’s Christmas series last year, which is one of my most favourite things to do whilst wrapping presents and drinking snowballs, and when he made these I knew I would have to give them a go. They are SO SO easy, and look really effective too! (Soz about the quality of the photo though, it’s from my instagram and it’s the only one I had!). You basically make (totally buy) your pasty, both filo and puff – line cupcake trays with the filo and then fill the rolled puff pastry with mincemeat (home-made or shop bought, who’s got time to make mincemeat when there’s Christmas films to watch), roll it into a sausage shape, cut into inch wide pieces and pop them into the filo cases, then bake for 25 minutes. Once they are cool, dust them with icing sugar and glitter to make them look super festive. I served them at my Christmas Eve party and my family really loved them, plus you get to eat the filling and the case – amazing and zero washing up! I don’t actually like mincemeat so I made some with homemade cherry jam, a perfect substitute, which went down equally as well as the mincemeat ones. Plus you can freeze them!

Click here to head to the Jamie Oliver website for the full recipe, if you want to make them properly and not cheat like me!

C: Millionaire Shortbread

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Okay I’m gonna be honest, I will make Millionaire Shortbread for any excuse. It’s so so yummy, full of calories and is totally bad for you but if you can’t eat it at Christmas, when can you? I have actually written about it before on the blog, so just click here to see the full recipe – and trust me, you should go and check it out (Annie’s banned me from making it too much because it just tastes SO good).

What’re your favourite Christmas treats and recipes? We would love to know, and would love to have a go at making them ourselves! #twolittleowlsblog

Foodie Friday: Hello Fresh’s Undercover Ratatouille with Lemon Roasted Sea Bream

C: Hi guys! Happy Foodie Friday! Today I am going to share with you another Hello Fresh recipe which I really enjoyed making (and eating). If you have not heard of Hello Fresh then make sure you check out our previous posts here and here, where we explain what they do and introduce you all to some of the other recipes we received!

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So here is a picture of the recipe card/what the Sea Bream is meant to look like when finished and underneath is my attempt!

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I don’t think I did too badly really! All the ingredients were super fresh and lovely, and the cards make it simple to re-create a professional looking meal. I had to add in roasted new potatoes, as the boyfriend doesn’t seem to think a meal without carbs is an acceptable one. To be honest, I did think they were needed/maybe we both eat too much!

Overall the food was lovely and easy to do – it only took 30 minutes to create a healthy and different meal to what we would normally eat. Perfect for week days when you don’t have a lot of time to cook after finishing work.

Click here to head to the Hello Fresh website.

What do you guys think of Hello Fresh? Have you tried them before? #twolittleowls