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What Time Is It? Hot Chocolate Time!

Now that we are coming into the colder months of the year, it now becomes the perfect time to be able to justify a hot chocolate (no matter what your diet says). I have learnt recently that you do not make a hot chocolate with boiling water (this is the lazy, less tasty version).How is a hot chocolate best served? In a big mug, with warm milk, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.

 

CAUTION

Make this hot chocolate for who ever is with you at the time, no matter what they say! I guarantee you they will end up wanting to try it and end up drinking it all on you!!

What you will need is very simple:

  • Microwave and/or a milk frother
  • Mug
  • Lindt Hot Chocolate
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cute marshmallows
  • Full Cream Milk
  • Cocoa Powder to dust

Easy right?  Of course it is, it’s just a hot chocolate!

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  1. Firstly i pour a third of my milk into a cup and microwave for 40 seconds or until warm, if you have a smaller cup reduce the time and vice versa.
  2. While the milk is warming in the microwave, if you have a milk frother you would pour the remaining amount of milk that you would need for your cup into the milk frother. The reason why I use one is because it makes your hot chocolate so much more fluffier and smooth.
  3. Once you milk is finished in the microwave put in 6 heaped teaspoons of Lindt Hot Chocolate flakes and stir so it melts. If your using a hot chocolate powder, I would personally go off the packet directions for how many teaspoons, so you don’t make your hot chocolate too overwhelming.
  4. If you do not have a frother this is when you would put in the remaining milk and put it in the microwave until it heats to your desire. I like my Hot Chocolates warm so I can drink them easily and so it doesn’t melt my whipped cream to quickly!
  5. If you do have a milk frother, pour remaining milk into the mug, if it is still not hot enough you could put it back in the microwave. This however can make the frothy goodness go away!
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Put your favourite topping such as your whipped cream, marshmallows and cocoa powder on top and indulge in the most amazing, quick hot chocolate ever!

At christmas I would top with cute christmas sprinkles and a candy cane to give it a minty kick and of course it would be in a christmas mug!

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I would defiantly recommend the Lindt Hot Chocolate, I don’t think i’ll ever go back to another brand, its very smooth and instead of it being a powder it’s flakes of chocolate. My boyfriend absolutely loves this and he never has hot drinks, so that is defiantly saying something. Also my cat Yoda will not stop starring at me when I bring one of these to bed.

ENJOY!

Sharnee xoxo

 

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Five Ideas For a Sunday

I often find myself on a Sunday sleeping in, scrolling through social media constantly or just being plain lazy. I don’t mean laying in bed watching Netflix lazy, I mean to the point where I am so lazy I literally do nothing and then complain when the weekend is over. It’s hard not to lay around when the weather gets cold, so i decided to do a little  list of things you could do next time you can’t be bothered thinking of what to do. This little list is everything I have done on this odd wintery day (the weather really can’t make up its mind today)

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1. Go Shopping for under $50.00

I woke up and decided i wanted to get out of the house, as we are saving for Europe and I’m going to Bali in June, I have being very frugal with my money. I went to Midland gate, bought a coffee and went and bought a few stationary items and a few bits and bobs to set myself up for the day. I find walking around a shopping centre and browsing very relaxing! I bought so much stuff for only $40.00, I was very impressed. I have expensive taste for certain things but others i absolutely love a bargain and can’t go past Kmart without having a looksy.

2. Bake Something

When outside is miserable, i love nothing more then to EAT! Instead of just eating though, maybe you could teach yourself something new, or stick with an old and trusty recipe. Today i decided to make some good old Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream icing. While i was in the shops i bought some cute patty cases for the cupcakes and a Mauve food colouring for the Icing. Baking is something I don’t do often as for myself i find it very time consuming but it is nice every one and a while, plus if your baking all the time it means you have to eat it and I don’t need anything else contributing to my already bad diet! I used my Thermomix for the cupcakes and just some electric beaters for the buttercream icing.

If you have never made buttercream icing i used the recipe Below:

*240g of softened butter

*400g icing sugar (sifted)

*2 tsp of Vanilla Essence

*4 Tbsp of Milk ( i actually forgot to add in the milk, still tasted great !)

Mix the Butter with your electric beaters for about 5 minutes until you get a smooth consistency, you will notice as you go that the butter will lighten in colour.

You then put roughly a 1/3 of the icing sugar and combine the ingredients and keep going until you have combined all of your icing sugar with the butter, then you can add your Vanilla essence and milk and cream until combined.Its then ready to pipe on to your COOLED cupcakes!

Cupcakes are always great to pack for a cheeky snack for your partner (or yourself) or to sit with a cup of tea as your relax throughout your Sunday afternoon.

 

BAKING

Donut tea towels – Target $6.00

Cupcakes

 

3.Get Creative

If your feeling creative and feeling that you want to add something extra to a room in your house you could make your own succulent pot. I went to target and came across this really cute ceramic pot for $3.50! Which gave me an idea of adding some plants around the house.  So i made my way to Bunnings and picked myself up 2 succulents, a cacti, a small spade, gloves and some soil. Everything in total cost me $20.00! Its also a fun little idea you can do with your friends, family or partner just to do something different and see what little creations you can make. Next time I’ll be buying a Terrarium for something a bit more fancy looking. You don’t have to do this outside if you have somewhere that you can sit and vacuum the excess dirt after you have finished!

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4. Cook A Roast

One of the best things about Winter is all of the hot meal you can cook! Especially a roast. I feel that a lot of people feel that roasts are time consuming but as long as you prep all of your food all you have to do is put your food in the oven at the specific time and you can sit back and relax while it cooks for you and the best part is it warms the house and creates a beautiful smell! The roast vegetables are my favourite and I usually have seasoned Potatoes, Carrots glazed in maple syrup, sweet potato with Ashy Bines’s special seasoning and peas and corn! I know for a lot of people this would not be something you would want to do on a Sunday but i know my family loved to have roasts on a Sunday, so it brings back warm, fuzzy feelings for me!

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5. Bath and Movie Time

After a busy day of cooking and creating, there is nothing better then a warm bath with a lush bath bomb! Relax before a week back at work and unwind! After this put on your favourite movie or TV series and be drawn into the story! Try not to touch your phone, I find that these days I don’t enjoy movies or even my favourite tv shows as I am distracted by my phone. I love to sit and watch my favourite shows/movies with my candles lit and my  favourite drink, which is usually english breakfast tea or a hot chocolate (not every night).

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I know some of these sound slightly obvious but i have done the first 3 so far today and have noticed I have hardly touched my phone! I’ve taken a few pictures here and there but that is it and to be honest I’ve really enjoyed my own company. I feel that my day has been filled with more then just endless scrolling through Instagram and I’ve actually done something but still managed to relax.

I’m going to end this here as I now have to finish 4 and 5 of this list! I hope everyone has had a beautiful weekend.

P.S If you have not watched  The Night Before, then do it! It’s a christmas movie and it’s so funny!

Sharnee xoxo

 

 

 

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Cottage Tea Room Review

Well it’s been two months since I have wrote on my blog. I really did underestimate how hard these are to keep up with. I was finding the reason why i have not been posting often is because I was doing everything on my iPad which for me was quiet painful as i didn’t have a keyboard to type and everything took ten times longer ( I know first world problems). So after some thinking i decided to go and buy my first macbook, it was easier to make this decision once they brought the 12 inch macbook out in ROSE GOLD, my absolute favourite colour of all time! So here I am typing my first blog in a while and it’s ten times more enjoyable, listening to Drakes new album that I’m obsessing over!

Yesterday it was Mothers day as we all would know from everyones spiels on Facebook. As my mum lives in Geraldton i didn’t get to spend the day with her which is unfortunate but Justin and myself decided to take his Mum and Gran out for a high tea at the Cottage Tea Rooms in Swan Valley. Every time I drive past this little cottage my heart melts, the outside is just gorgeous, little tables with umbrellas and a vintage bike that create a beautiful theme before you even enter the inside of the cottage.

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We booked about three weeks in advance as I knew a place like this would be fully booked for Mothers day as it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon sipping English Breakfast tea with the special ladies in your life. We were lucky to get a seperate room, it wasn’t loud in the other rooms but it was nice to have your own privacy. The room was filled with handmade quilts, beautiful teddies and nicknacks to fill the house with and the high tea was served with beautiful China. There was a great selection of savoury and sweet and the SCONES WERE TO DIE FOR!! We had an hour and a half for our booking which was more then enough time for a good catch up.The girls who were looking after us were lovely and bubbly which made you feel as though it wasn’t just a great place to eat but the people whom worked there enjoyed there job.

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The only negative thing i could say about the day which wasn’t any fault of the staff at the cottage tea rooms, was that we were getting a couple of photos and this lady who also was dining at the Cottage Tea Rooms barged into the room without saying “excuse me” started looking at the stuff for sale in the room, pushing past our chairs, to be honest that was a bit awkward but unfortunately you will always get rude people where ever you go.

CTR CupBut lets end the blog on a positive note though shall we, I would highly recommend the Cottage Tea Rooms and would be a lovely surprise if your wanting to take your Mum, Daughter, Bestfriend or Girlfriend out for a lovely afternoon tea. Even for a small party, after all i feel that high tea is a more intimate gathering where you can catch up on all things light hearted and deep and meaningful.

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and I look forward to blogging more frequently!

http://cottagetearooms.com.au

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