Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter

Dress - Virgos Lounge
Flowers - c/o Debenhams Flowers use DFBLOG25 for 25% off 

Easter is one of my favourite holidays. The excuse to eat my weight in chocolate never gets old and somehow chocolate tastes even better in egg form, I don't know why, but it just does. Although Easter is a religious celebration, for me its more about welcoming spring time after my least favourite season. Spring brings colours, warmth and hope for better times.  I struggle more with my health over the winter months, so this change is always a hopeful one. For me, Spring symbolises moving forward and feeling more human and alive. Something always worth celebrating.

Although this Easter is a quiet one for me, just my mum and I, it's been nice not having to pace for family celebrations, as much as I love them. Instead I've been relaxing and also helping my mum make our Easter cake, which we only just finished.

I hope you have a happy Easter whatever you are doing with your day.

Emma Xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Triple Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Oreos are one of my favourite biscuits, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on a Lindt Cookies and Cream Easter egg. The milk chocolate, golden wrapped egg comes with lots of delicious cookies and cream chocolates, which are perfect for an Easter weekend feast, or to bake my Oreo stuffed cupcakes!

This recipe is for a vanilla cupcake marbled with chocolate, stuffed with a whole Oreo at the bottom, topped with Oreo butter cream and finished with a Lindt Cookies & Cream chocolate and a few Lindt Easter friends to keep it seasonal. Enough cookies and cream to fix those Oreo cravings!

 Ingredients for 12 Cupcakes

200g Unsalted Butter
200g Unrefined Sugar
4 Large Eggs
200g Self raising Flour
1 tsp Vanila bean paste
2 tsp cocoa powder
12 Oreos

Pre heat the oven to 160 fan or gas mark 4

  • Start by creaming the butter and sugar, add the egg one at a time making sure its mixed well before adding the next. Add the flour and vanilla bean paste, mix until combined. 
  • Take out 12 teaspoons of the mix and put into a smaller bowl, add the cocoa and mix.
  • Add a small amount of the vanilla mix to cupcake cases and top with an Oreo.
  • Fill with a tablespoon of vanilla mix on top of each Oreo.
  • Add a teaspoon of the chocolate mix to each cupcake and carefully swirl to get a marble affect.
  • Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool in the tin.

Oreo Icing and Decoration Ingredients 

150g Butter
150g Icing sugar
10 Oreos
A little milk
12 Lindt Cookies & Cream from the Cookies & Cream Easter Egg/or Cookies & Cream Bar
Lint Gold Bunnies
Foil wrapped chocolate eggs

  • Cream the butter and sugar together
  • Crush the Oreos and mix into the buttercream 
  • Add a little milk if it's too thick
  • Apply the butter cream to the cupcakes. I used a knife to do this as the biscuits get stuck in a piping nozzel.
  • Decorate with Cookies & Cream chocolate and Easter treats

Enjoy with a glass of milk or cup of tea!

I hope you have a lovely Easter whatever you have planned.

Emma Xx

Cookies & Cream Easter egg c/o Lindt Uk

Sunday, 20 March 2016

DIY Easter treat bags

The start of Spring and Easter is only a week away, so I thought I would celebrate by getting creative to share a simple Easter DIY, one that doesn't take up too much time or energy. I've made Easter treat bags filled with delicious chocolate and finished with a hand made pastel Bunny pegs. I've made mine for friends, but they would be great for all ages. You're never too old for Easter!

To make 6 Easter treat bags you will need:

Card for a template
Pastel card for bunnies
6 Buttons for tails
6 pegs 
6 small cellophane bags
Glue gun
Assorted Easter chocolate 

  • First you need to draw out a bunny shape on card for a template. Start by marking both ends of a peg on the card and then draw three circles, one each for the bottom, body and head, make sure you slightly over lap the body onto the bottom. Add ears. When you're happy with the template cut it out.

  • Next use the template to draw bunnies onto the coloured card. Cut them out.

  • Using a hot glue gun stick the bunnies to the pegs and, when they have set, glue on the buttons. If you don't have buttons you could use mini pompoms or some white card. 

  • Fill your bags with Easter treats. I used Cadburys Oreo eggs, Diam eggs, Malteser bunnies, colourful eggs from Aldi, chocolate figures and coins also from Aldi.

  • Neatly roll down the bags and add the peg. 

This is the first DIY I have shared, so I would love to know what you think of it and whether you would like to see any more creative DIY posts?

Happy weekend!

Emma XX