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A Very Lucky Annie

A: Well it’s the day after Boxing Day, a day to relax, eat cheese and drink any left over wine for my boyfriend and I. Chloe and I have really had a lovely Christmas, and we hope you guys have too! I thought I’d take some time to have a look through some of the lovely gifts I received, and also thought I’d share them with you. Chloe posted about hers yesterday (click here), so here are a few of mine, and I’ve started with the homeware bits and pieces. I’ll post about everything else another day, I’ve been reallllllly spoilt and it was a little too much to put in one post. By the way, we are in no way bragging about how many presents we got, we love reading these on other blogs and always get really good present ideas from them so if you are interested or need some ideas of your own, carry on reading!

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My nanny bought me this lovely dinner set and egg store. I have a country style kitchen so these will fit in perfectly, and I’ve always wanted a chicken egg store so was super happy about this!

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I also got some beautiful vintage cocktail glasses which I am in love with, a set of 6 which have taken pride of place in my drinks cabinet. There’s also a vintage Bon Bon dish tucked away in one of the photos, if you didn’t already realise I am a big fan of vintage glass wear.
Some Laura Ashley measuring cups, which is something I really needed and they are pretty too so that’s a bonus! And the cutest miniature measuring cups and jugs in the world, for teaspoon and tablespoon measurements. These are from Rosie’s Pantry – and they are adorable. An owl mug, and a chocolate owl – a bit of a theme to Chloe and I’s Christmas presents this year! (I did eat some of the chocolate owl, it looked too yummy to resist).

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My boyfriend and I are a big fan of Le Creseut crockery and my aunt and uncle bought us this lovely set of two mini pie dishes. I will put these to good use over the next few weeks and include a recipe post for you readers too!
My nanny also bought us these steak knives and forks – a perfect gift for us (we are having steak tonight!).
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Burgers are one of our all time favourite foods, and Chloe and her boyfriend bought us this amazing burger recipe book. I’m so excited to use this, again I’m sure there will be some recipes popping up on the blog from us!
Lastly, a hilarious mug ‘PAWS’ from my boyfriend. I did lol a lot when I opened it.

What did you guys get for Christmas? #twolittleowls

P.s sorry some of the photos are a little dark – it’s really grey and miserable outside!!

Blogmas 2014 Day 22- What does the festive season mean to you?

What does the festive season mean to you?

A: To me, Christmas is all about family. I am really lucky because all of my family live within a 10 minute drive from one another. This means that I get to see every single one of them over the Christmas period, and eat loads of yummy food with them! We each go to each others house for Christmas every year, so my Mum’s side of the family come to ours for a day, we go to theirs for a day, and the same with my Dad’s family. This normally means we have to start the festivities a little early to fit everyone in – especially now we all have partners and their families to think about, but it also means they go on for longer ūüôā

C: Similarly to Annie the festive season is all about seeing family and friends. I love getting to see my family even more than usual whilst spending the day spoiling them with gifts and eating lots of yummy food. I also love Christmas time as it means that lots of friends come back who have moved away after uni etc to see their families and I get to see them too! My job also means that I often work over the Christmas period, but I am used to that now and making Christmas special for other people makes me very happy too!

What does this time of year mean to you? #twolittleowlsblog

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

Foodie Friday: OK Diner

C: my friend Kitty took me to OK Diner a few weeks ago, I had never been before and it was amazing! Apparently it is weird that I have never been, so I thought I had better share the American Diner experience with you lovely readers.

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As we were in an American style diner, we thought we had better go all out (for the sake of research) and get milkshakes. I got a cookies and cream shake, and it was possibly the best thing I have ever tasted. It was super thick and the metal cups are also full of milkshake so you basically get two glasses! It was so good I had basically finished it before my meal came (not that they were ages… I am just greedy) and I was full! Don’t worry, I still managed to fit in almost all of my burger though!

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I went for the 6oz Royale Burger, which is topped with BBQ pulled pork and Jack cheese. Obviously a winning combination. It also came with curly fries and a tomato relish.

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Kitty went for the OK Beanburger, topped with veggie chilli and cheese with a side of curly fries. It was super messy to eat so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are on a date and wish to look attractive in any way!

We both really enjoyed our burgers and the whole OK Diner experience – I was a bit too excitable. It was exactly as I expected, the food was good, the service was great and although the waiters were not on roller skates (disappointment) it was definitely the best girly date we have been on in ages – even if I did think I was going to be sick on the way home due to over indulgence.

Have any of you guys been to an OK Diner? If you want to check out their menu now we have made you super hungry then click here! #twolittleowls

Foodie Friday: Hello Fresh’s Mexican “Dirty Rice” with Chicken and Chorizo

C: We posted last week about our Hello Fresh boxes that we recently received (you can see the post here) and I have been testing out some of the amazing recipes they sent me!

Here’s the first recipe:

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And here is my attempt!

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As you can see I did a pretty good job! The recipe card was super easy to follow, meaning I got a professional looking meal that was easy and quick to make. It was super tasty, I’m not normally a big fan of rice so I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this.

The herbs and spices provided made this so yummy that the boyfriend ate 3 bowls full – a clear sign that tea was a success! I really enjoyed making (and eating) this, so the recipe card has been kept so I can do it again!

I loved my first Hello Fresh experience as it means you can try something you wouldn’t normally make, and although a little pricey you get to keep the recipes to do again! Perfect! Click here to head to the Hello Fresh website – they update their recipes weekly so there’s always something new to try!

What do you guys think of this? #twolittleowlsblog 

Come Dine with Me?

A: So this is too embarrassing/funny/horrendous/amazing not to tell you all about.

Last year, I did the most ridiculous thing of my life, and if you’ve read the title you should be able to guess what it was. I applied for Come Dine With Me because when all of my family and friends (I use the term loosely – someone should have stopped me from making a¬†complete¬†idiot out of myself, especially YOU Chloe)¬†saw they were looking for hosts in our local area, they all encouraged me to apply. I¬†never thought I’d get on but by some miraculous form of a miracle/worst thing to ever happen to me, I got through to appear on the show and host. It aired for the first time on Monday 10th October and I have only just been able to watch it for fear of total embarrassment. I was the first host too – so it was super scary.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Come Dine With Me (where have you been?!), it’s a television programme where 5 strangers hold dinner parties for each other over the course of a week and mark each night out of 10. Pretty mental that I’ve now been on tv.

If you want to see me looking like a total weirdo, I’ve included a link to the 4oD website where you can watch the episodes online – just click here.¬†Please be aware that I only had about 10 minutes to get ready every day so there is some serious splinge action going on.

Have fun!! #twolittleowls

Foodie Friday: Hello Fresh!

A & C: Welcome to another Foodie Friday! This week we’ve decided to share a new discovery with you; an amazing company called Hello Fresh.¬†We both received vouchers for Hello Fresh in our You Beauty Discovery¬†boxes last month and they were for a whopping ¬£25 – which is super generous! We hadn’t actually heard of the company before, and just in case you haven’t either here’s a bit of a back story.

Hello Fresh was set up by Patrick, who had a dream of changing the way the nation eats. He spends time prepping new recipes each week, sources the best ingredients and puts them together for his customers Рwho can hop onto the website, order a box of their choice and have it delivered straight to their door. No stressful shopping queues, no time wasted and easy recipes to follow with literally everything you need. There are three boxes to choose from; the Classic box, the Veggie box and the Family box. In each box, you get a choice of how many meals you need; 3 meals per week for 2 persons, 3 meals per week for 4 persons or 5 meals per week for 2 persons. The starting price for these boxes is £42, which works out to be £7 per person per meal. A bargain for such yummy food delivered direct to your door.

Because our vouchers were for ¬£25, this meant that we got all of this for just ¬£17 – ah-mazing! We’ve decided to break this down into a few posts, because there’s just too much info and photos for one, so in today’s post we will show you what we received in our boxes with a run down of each recipe, and over the next few weeks we will show you the delicious food¬†we made and let you know how successful the recipes were. We both cook every day, and love cooking – but it can become a chore so these boxes are such a treat for us – they really take the stress out of meal-times, planning your food, shopping for food, working out how to cook it, checking you have the ingredients etc. So here’s what we received!

A: 

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The boxes are absolutely jam packed with goodies. I couldn’t quite believe the amount of food that amount been delivered to be honest, and it even came with it’s own cooler bag which is super re-usable (my boyfriend has been taking his pack-up to work in it!). The cooler bag had the meat; chicken, beef and salmon in it, as well as other ingredients that needed to be kept cool. I even got little sachets of tomato ketchup and mustard, as well as a sachet of peppermint tea leaves – so cute!

C: I ordered my box a week after Annie, so I received different recipes to try.

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First up… look how full of food¬†the boxes are! I love anything in miniature (I have a problem) so I loved the little mini pots of herbs etc – the boyfriend isn’t so happy as I have kept them for when I will obviously need them again. Hope you enjoy having a look through the recipe cards I received:

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We are so excited to get started with these and can’t wait to show you our finished recipes! Keep following Foodie Friday’s to see how they turn out!

If you want to find out more about Hello Fresh, click here to head to their website.

Have you had a Hello Fresh box before? What’re your favourite recipes? #twolittleowls

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Foodie Friday: Macmillan Coffee Morning

A:¬†For this week’s Foodie Friday (check out last week’s here, especially if you like burgers!), I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite cake recipes. We held a Macmillan Coffee Morning where I work last week so I got my bake on and got some photos for you too, because everyone loves cake!

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I baked a selection of three cakes; a Lemon Drizzle, Mars Bar Cakes and Rocky Road Cupcakes.

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I won’t take you through everything for this because I actually wrote about it on the blog a few month’s ago – click here to see it!

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Mars Bar Cake

What you need:

  • 3 x large Mars Bars
  • 300 grams Rice Krispies
  • 300 grams of butter
  • 1 large tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 2 x 200 gram bars of milk chocolate
  • a greased baking dish – about 30cm x 25cm

(by the way, this can be expensive to make – especially if you double the batch, so I always get my ingredients from Aldi. Their ‘Titan’ bars are the same as Mars Bars and their milk chocolate is really good too – and it’s always so much cheaper!)

Firstly, you need to melt the butter, golden syrup and mars bars in a saucepan. The nougat in the mars bars doesn’t melt completely and just goes gloopy – this is when you remove the pan off the heat and add the Rice Krispies, a little at a time. Once the mixture is combined, spoon it into the greased baking dish and pat it down firmly with the back of a spoon. Leave to cool, and pop in the fridge once it’s lost most of it’s heat.

Next, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Once it’s all melted, pour over the Rice Krispie base and leave to cool.

When it’s cool, cut it into squares and eat it! It’s really moreish, so try not to eat it all…this is why I normally have to double the batch, so there’s some left for other people!

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Rocky Road Cupcakes

What you need:

  • 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup¬†cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup¬†caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 80 grams butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup¬†milk

Start by preheating the oven to 160¬įc¬†and adding your cake cases to a 12 hole mini muffin tray.

Sift all of your dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and make a small well in the middle of the bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients – the vanilla essence, the butter, the eggs and the milk.

Mix these together, either by hand or with an electric mixer until just combined. Then add the mixture to the cake cases. I always add two tablespoons to each case.

Place the tray into oven for 10 Р15 minutes (or until they start smelling really good). Once they are cooked through, let them cool before adding the topping.

I haven’t included ingredients for the topping because you can literally use whatever you want. I personally don’t like nuts or raisins, so when I make a rocky road I use cherries, marshmallows and crushed digestives, which is exactly what I used for this.

I melted 1 200 gram bar of milk chocolate in a bain-marie and the chopped the cherries and broke the biscuits up. I then took the chocolate off the heat and added the cherries, biscuits and marshmallows to it and spooned (heaped Рwe like a lot rocky road in my house), onto the top of the cooled cakes.  Set them aside to cool (if you can) and then enjoy!

 

We hope you liked these three super simple recipes. They are so easy and quick to do, but everyone always loves them. Please let us know if you have a go ant any Рwe would love to see your pictures! Have you got any more super yummy recipes for us to try? #twolittleowls