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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!!

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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 🙂

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