“May” Bright Paper Packages

Bright Paper Packages has become one of my favourite subscription boxes, their boxes are so individual and all contain independent British companies! Each box contains around 4 to 5 beautifully wrapped treats!


This months theme was Afternoon tea party, all the products in this box are perfect additions to summer tea party in the garden!

  • Mini Party in a tin from Fox & Lark – Handmade decorations created by Linda Baldwin how works in a little studio in the heart of the English countryside. Linda has created a rang of fabrics and stationery.
  • lavender Shortbread mis from Blue Moose Kitchen – Luxury mix studded with real lavender flowers!
  • If In Doubt Make Tea Notecards, a custom Bright Paper Packages Design.
  •  Whole leaf pyramid tea bags from Jenier World Of Teas
  • Bath Tea Bag from Wild Olive – This bath treat is made with Dead Sea salts, natural essential oils and refreshing tea. Scent – Mango & Green Tea

This was another really good box from Bright paper packages, I cant wait to try all these products!

I really hope you enjoyed this post, remember to leave a comment if you liked it and let me know what subscription boxes you love!

Sophie Xx

My yummy chocolate marble bundt cake!

Chocolate Marble cake is on go my all time favourites to bake and eat! When I was little my grandma made chocolate marble cake all the time so this is my take on her classic!

I love my bundt cake tin, so I try and use it as much as I can, what I love about using it is that it doesn’t matter if you don’t have loads of time to decorate because bundt tins are known for having extravagant designs and pattens so they will always look like a show stopper!


You will need..

180g butter softened, plus extra for greasing
225g caster sugar
¾ tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
180g plain flour
3 large egg
2 tbsp milk
3 tbsp cocoa powder mixed with 3 tbsp hot water to make a paste
100g dark chocolate chip
30g icing sugar, to dust
1½ l (or bigger) bundt cake tin.

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Thoroughly brush a 1.5 litre bundt tin with melted butter. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Mix together the baking powder and flour. Beat in one egg at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour mixture in between. Repeat until all three eggs have been added, then fold in the remaining flour mixture and stir in the milk.
Spoon half of the cake batter into a separate bowl and mix in the cocoa paste. Add the chocolate chips to the other half of the mixture. Add spoonfuls of each of the batters alternately to the tin and drag the handle of a teaspoon through the mixture to create a marbled effect.
Bake for around 40 minutes and then test the cake to see if a skewer inserted into the deepest part comes out clean.

The cake will take 40 – 50 mins, depending on the proportions of your bundt tin.
Let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Once cooled, dust the cake with a little icing sugar.

If you are feeing in the mood to decorate melt some dark chocolate over a banmary, once cool drizzle over the the top of the cake.

Then grab a hot chocolate, put on your favourite christmas movie and relax!

Sophie Xx

 

“November ” favourites

I can’t believe we are already in the last month of 2015 and it will soon be Christmas. November for me is a long month as my excitment for Chrismtas starts at the end of October it feels like it takes forever!


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My first favouite of Novemver is my new christmas jumper! If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen my post. I brought it at H&M for £14.99. I first saw it in Glamour magazine and I just new I had to have it! #EflieSelfie

My next favourite are my new Dino slippers from Asos, they are again £14.99 and I love them!! They are so fun and really good guilty!

Subscription of the month – Bright paper packages out of all the boxes I have received BPP wins hands down from the way it was packaged to the contents, I loved this box!

Lastly its my new favouite drink, Last month I told you about the Nescafe Gingerbread latte well I have now started to love the Nescafe Mint Mocha its heavenly!

What were your November Favourites?

Sophie Xx

 

 

Christmas Cookies

For me cookies are a must for this time of year, they go perfect with a mug of hot chocolate on Christmas Eve. But I can’t wait that long to make and eat them so I make batches throughout the Christmas session. I have always wanted to make the perfect cookies and with this recipe they are perfect every time!

You can make these cookies a variety of ways, you could go simple by just adding chocolate buttons or for a festive touch you could add green and red smarties.


 

You will need…

125g butter, softened                                           100g light brown sugar

125g caster sugar                                                   1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract                                             225g self-raising flour

100g of Buttons or Smarties

You could even use Terry’s Chocolate Orange – cut into small chunks!


 

What you have to do..

Cream the sugars, butter and egg together. Then add the vanilla. Add the flour and Buttons/Smarties then mix.

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Split the dough into walnut sized pieces and place on a lined baking tray. Remember to leave space between the cookies, they will grow!

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Bake for around 8 minutes at 180c for the perfect American cookie!

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I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much my family do, I love eating them! What’s your favourite Thanksgiving or Christmas recipe? I would love to know!

Sophie Xx

(This recipe was created by me)

 

Chorizo Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are my favourite thing to bake, they are super quick and easy to make and take hardly any skill so anyone can make them. I love making these sausage rolls for long journeys, I remember the first time I visited Edinburgh, we travelled up by train and I made these and homemade quiches, they went down a treat! I make mine with chorizo style sausages but you could use Cumberland for a more classic roll.


What you will need…

  • Ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 400g good quality Chorizo sausages
  • Ground black pepper

Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350F) and line 2 large baking trays.

Take the sausages out of their skins and leave to one side. I tend to keep them in the sausage shape, this makes it easier when placing on your pastry.

Lay out your ready rolled pastry on to a lightly floured surface and cut in half lengthways. Then place your sausage meat in the middle of the pastry rectangles, leaving a small amount of free pastry at each end.

Lightly brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg and roll up. I love to crimp so I crimp the edges like you would with a cornish pasty, you don’t have to but I think it gives them a nicer finish. Then cut in to any size you like.

If you’re making long sausage rolls lightly cut 2 to 3 slits in the top of each roll.

Place on to your lined baking try and brush over the egg and bake for 25 ~ 30 minutes, until golden, crispy and puffed. Leave to cool for around 20 minute before moving in to a tin or before eating.

These are perfect as a quick snack on the go but they also taste amazing dipped into a sweet chilli mayo. All you need to make the mayo is a few tablespoons of good quality mayonnaise and a few drops of sweet chilli sauce, mix well and add more to taste.

I really hope you enjoy this recipe, I will be sharing my quiche recipe soon!

Sophie Xx

(This recipe was created by me)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I wanted to share with you one of my favourite cookie recipes, I have been making these cookies for years as they are so easy, you can make the within half an hour and they taste great.They are perfect with a glass of milk and a good book!

What you will need…

* 100g margarine
* 75g soft light brown sugar
* 175g self raising flour
* 100g chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate, for a richer flavour)
* 2 tbsp milk

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Beat the margarine and sugar till light and fluffy.
next stir in the flour, Chocolate chips and milk. Mix well.

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On a lined baking sheet spoon on the mix. I like my cookies a little bigger so i cook mine in batches.

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The mix makes around 18 cookies depending on size!
Cook for about 10 minutes at 180 C / Gas mark 4 untill golden.

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as my family and I do!

Sophie Xx

Homemade Quiche

This recipe is very close to my heart at it is my mums, when i was little i would watch my Mum in the kitchen making quiche, now i make it just the way she does. This recipe can be changed to fit what ever filling your family love. My mum loves cheese and tomato, thats the one that always makes me think of her everything time i eat a slice.

This is my version of my Mums Quiche.

You will need..

3 Beaten eggs 1

Whole Onion Chopped

Quarter pint of Milk

6 Bacon Reachers with fat removed and
chopped in to small pieces

Broccoli heads cut in half

Grated cheese

Pre heat the oven to 180 C (350F)

To Make the Pastry case place your short crust pastry in your pie dish. Don’t chop any excess pastry of as your case might shrink while cooking. Blind bake till golden.

While the base is cooking heat the oil in a frying pan and cook of the Onions and Beacon, also bring a pan of boiling water to the boil to cook the broccoli heads. Mix your beaten eggs and milk together in a jug.

Once everything is cooked place in a bowl and leave to one side.

Bring the case out of the oven and cover the bottom of your case with the onion and bacon mixture and place the broccoli head on top.

Slowly poor over the eggs and milk mix and add your grated cheese.

Cook for around 45 minutes or till the filling dosent wobble.

What recipes take you back to your childhood? Share your Comments and recipes below!!

#HappyCooking

Sophie