"My Mug and I" with Louisa!

Friday, 29 May 2015

This week, we have the lovely Louisa from Intrepid Forays and Adventures. She is a blogger from New Zealand and has a weak spot for tea, like me! My favourite post of hers is Tea with Alice which is the unboxing of an amazing tea package that I am jealous of! She writes beautifully and is definitely worth checking out!

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
I'm Louisa, from Auckland, New Zealand. I'm a blogger over at Intrepid Forays and Adventures.

How long have you

had your favourite mug?
5 years.

Where did it come from?
I got this mug for my 21st, from the woman who babysat me when I was a small child. She's still a close family friend, and I think of her and her family every time I use this mug.

Why this one?
I treasure this mug for it's sentimental value; it has been with me through many tumultuous life events (including the Christchurch earthquake in 2011, moving cities in 2013, and starting my first full-time job in 2014). It holds quite a bit, and is my favourite vessel to drink tea out of.

Does it really make your drink taste better?
Probably not, but I like it more anyway.

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
Irish Breakfast loose leaf tea (from T2). That's my favourite, but any dark black tea will make me happy.

When do you have your first cuppa?
I try to have it in the morning before work (around 7am), but sometimes I run out of time and my first cuppa has to wait until 9 or so.

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
4-5 on most days.

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
I love holding this mug in my hands on a cold winter's day, letting the heat from the tea warm me up, and watching a TV show while blobbing on my couch. Ideally I'll be wearing a snuggly onsie, with warm slippers.

A big thank you to Louisa for taking part!

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Apple Pies - The Pretty Way!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Cooking with my mum! 

It never goes to plan. We either get side tracked and never remember to finish what we were doing, or we end up eating the ingredients! 

Well, this time, we just ate the end result and man! They were good!!

We got together to make these gorgeous Rose Apple Pies

You will need:
one apple
a tablespoon of butter
shop bought puff pastry (you can make your own if you prefer!)
jam (you choose your favourite!)

First steps! Finely chop an apple like below. Pop all the slices in a bowl and pop the table spoon of butter on top. Microwave for 1 minute - if the apple and butter have not combined, do it for another minute.

They should like like this!

Next, get your pastry. It should be at room temperature. Slice into six.

Like this:

Next, get your jam of choice! We used ginger and rhubarb. YUM! Cover the whole thing in a thin layer - like this

Layer the apples along each strip - like this.

Fold the pastry over the apple and roll it up!

Repeat for all six and pop them in a muffin tin. Your batch should look like this!

Bake for 30 minutes on high (gas mark 6, 200 degrees c or 400 degrees f). Keep an eye on them - you don't want them to burn!


The result! We ate them with ice cream :)

"My Mug and I" with Leah!

Friday, 22 May 2015

This week, we have the lovely Leah from Tea Reviews by Leah. Now I have a huge weak spot for her blog as she talks about tea - I love tea! You have to check out her post "10 Teas for 10 Moods" which is my favourite at the moment!

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
Hi! I'm Leah and I'm from America but I'm doing my masters degree in Wales

How long have you had your favourite mug?
Since Valentines Day!

Where did it come from?
My boyfriend got it for me for Valentines Day. It's a tea infusing mug for loose leaf tea! If I want just regular bagged tea I can take the infuser out and just use it as a regular mug

Why this one?
I love how it's very minimalistic and lightweight. I like the fact that it's transparent

Does it really make your drink taste better?
Of course! I feel like since I can see what I'm drinking through the mug it tastes better. Maybe I'm crazy :)

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
Vanilla black tea by Twinings. Mmmh

When do you have your first cuppa?
Right when I wake up!

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
Usually 3!

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
Relax and look at my blogging friends' posts of the day

Anything else?
If you like tea, come check out my blog - it is all about it!

A big thank you to Leah for taking part!

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Chilli Chai Tea

If you hadn't guessed it by now, I LOVE TEA!

My favourite tea has got to be chai - I love any kind of chai tea and I love making my own.

This is the easy way to make brilliant tasting chilli chai tea :)

You'll need:
loose leaf tea
chilli flakes
cinnamon sticks
anise stars

First of all, pick a nice container for the tea to live in. Make sure it can be air tight - we don't want it to get ruined!

Next, you need your tea. Pick wisely! I decided to make a decaffinated batch - Greg doesn't drink caffeine and loves chai, so this was a treat for him!

I thought I would try Brew Tea - wow. I was not disappointed. The packaging was so lovely that I didn't want to unwrap it! I got a lovely freebie too!

First step - pour your tea (once you have unwrapped it from the gorgeous packaging!) into the jar.

Break the cinnamon sticks into the tea.

Add four tea spoons of cloves, and two spoonfuls of cardamon.

Add two anise stars and two teaspoons of chilli flakes

For a sweeter touch, I would normally add a vanilla pod too - but I haven't for this batch! 


Cheeky Sew and Sew

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Having a name like Rowan.. I never really found anything with my name on it when I was growing up.

The best thing about being a grown up is that I can have things made for me!

I had heard of the Cheeky Sew and Sew on Facebook and admired the bags from a distance. They are so, so beautiful. You know she is amazing because there is a waiting list - good things come to those who wait!

I pinched these pictures from the Facebook page - aren't they amazing?!

I was gifted an Etsy voucher from my previous work (thanks guys!) and I was itching to spend it on one of these gorgeous bags.

I sent a message to the page asking when the store would be open again and (bless her!) she opened especially for me to place my order!!! 

This is my end result!!

The card she included had Rowan berries on it - that is just the definition of LOVELY!!!

The Mrs Britton bag is for after I am married - I am going to take it with me on my wedding day :)

Thank you! I am so in love!!

Check out the lovely Emma here:

Disclosure: all opinions stated in this post are my own. I only post reviews about products that I am passionate about and think you should all know about! Thank you for reading :)

Blogger Networking!

Monday, 18 May 2015

We are super happy on how our blog hop is growing and how many bloggers linked up last week. We are so thankful for you guys being part of it.


This week we have two new cohosts:

If you're interested in cohosting with us please fill this form out here.

Rules of the Blog Hop

1. FOLLOW YOUR HOST(S) & COHOST(S) - via GFC or Bloglovin

Classy, Sassy & a Bit Smartassy

Why I Did Not Vote

Recently in the United Kingdom, we had an election. This was to decide our Prime Minister. We got to vote locally for who we want to run our local area and in tern, that decides on who will run our country.

Without going into all the ins and outs of it, I will cut right to the chase.

Greg and I decided to not participate in this vote. 

We had many reasons - NONE of which have been respected. There have been a few people that have been supportive and agree with our reasoning - but the vast majority of people that have heard have been vile towards us.

Why? I can tell you why, and I will. But first - something that I feel more important.

As a woman, I have the right to vote. A right that was fought for me by brave women who stopped at nothing to be heard. These women fought, were arrested, protested and died to get their point across - I appreciate this. I am grateful for my right to vote.

But it is just that. My right. It is equally my right to not vote.

Personally, I feel that a blind vote is worse than not voting - so I didn't bother. Each party had a manifesto of 80 or more pages - I didn't read one. I could have - but they would have all said the same. They are filled with promises that may or may not be kept, they all have my country at heart and they all want the best for that country. For me, that is enough. I thought, whoever was voted into power will hopefully do things that I agree with and I am sure they will do things that I do not agree with - but as long as they are looking after my country, I don't care!

I don't like the thought of anyone voting because they like the colour of the party or they are agreeing with their friends or family, but they do.

My reasons for not voting may be minor, but the main reason I did not vote is because I simply do not want to.

I have been told that I am vile, unappreciative, supporting unequal pay for women (which by the way, equal pay has been the law in this country since 1970), insulting the women that fought for my right, ungrateful, uneducated and lots more.

I really don't appreciate it - I won't want to vote and I probably never will. End of.

"My Mug and I" with Marina!

Friday, 15 May 2015

This week, we have the lovely Marina from Marina Says and Made in Moments. I love her post "Tips for Looking Fine After Crying All Night" - whilst I hope she and none of you ever cry all night, it is a really handy page to have on hand! She is such a pretty one - I love her Youtube channel too. Check her out!

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Marina, style blogger at MarinaSays.com and travel blogger at MadeinMoments.com. I don’t stay in one pace for too long, so believe it or not I get to have a new favorite mug every month.
Growing up I also moved around a lot, though mostly between California, USA and Slovakia, Europe.

How long have you had your favourite mug?
It’s been about three weeks now. Although last week my boyfriend claimed it as his favorite mug too… we’re currently in the “who grabs it first gets it” phase.

Where did it come from?
This big glass mug was here when I arrived. My boyfriend and I are renting this apartment for just one month, and luckily the owners left the place fully furnished - mugs included!

Why this one?
I love it because it’s big enough to hold a lot of liquid while still being lightweight. I also love that the clear glass allows me to see if I’ve thoroughly mixed my chai powder or hot cocoa, while letting light into the beverage for a truly simple drinking experience.

Does it really make your drink taste better?
Yes. I tried making the chai latte in the cheap IKEA porcelain cups and simply couldn't finish, it tasted that bad.

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
I love myself a nice Chai Latte with half milk, half water.

When do you have your first cuppa?
After having a breakfast smoothie in the morning my stomach starts to crave something warm before the day fully unfolds. Somewhere between breakfast and lunch is the perfect time to sit and sip at a hot treat from my favorite mug of the moment.

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
I drink typically 2-3 hot beverages per day, though if I’m home alone I usually forget to treat myself to anything luxurious in the evening hours.

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
Like I said, somewhere between breakfast and lunch is my favorite time to sip at a hot drink. That’s usually about the time when I start to put on my makeup or read from the Kindle. This is where the size of the mug really starts to make a difference! While reading a high-suspense book such as The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, one’s got to have somewhere to sip from.

A big thank you to Marina for taking part!

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Can I Freeze It?!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

I love saving money - who doesn't?! Sometimes, I go to the supermarket just to see what I can get on offer. 

Things that are reduced are always great - but I want to know how to make them last. There is no point in buying things that will go rotten the next day!

Here is what I have discovered you can freeze to make the most out of your money!

Meat in any form can be frozen. I bulk buy meat at Costco, separate it into bags and freeze it. That way, I only need to defrost what I need, and I can fit more into my tiny freezer!

Yes, cheese! I buy the biggest, cheapest block (although I say cheap - I still go for good quality) and I cut it up and freeze it. Grated cheese freezes well too.

Chilli Peppers
I bought these when they were reduced from £1 to 10p! I chop what I need off them when I am cooking and put the rest back in the freezer. I store them in a little tub.

 It is one of those things that I do not use a lot of - so I keep a little bit in the freezer for when I need it! It cuts and grates pretty easily when frozen too.

In any form - it can be frozen. We normally have a mixture of pittas, sliced bread and bread rolls in the freezer. These rolls are yummy brioche rolls from Costco - they were only £2.49 for about 20!

YES! Eggs! Crack them into an empty ice tray and freeze - defrost them as you need them. I have tried this twice and it has worked perfectly - they don't take too long to defrost either!

Normally, you can get bags of 10 or more onions for less than £1 - but when you only have two people living in your house - there is no way you will use them all before they go off! I chop them all up and freeze them. I normally have two different cuts - long and chopped - like this:

I always buy a large bottle of milk and decant it into smaller containers and freeze them. This doesn't save an awful lot of money, but it does mean that I always have milk! You can also freeze cream.

I make lollies out of yoghurt in the summer - they are lovely and can be filled with fruit!

There are more things you can freeze - and as I find them, I will write a new post! :) Enjoy!