Now, PDA fan I am not, but I do like love. Like The Format once sang, I love love, I love being in love. I love being in love with C, with family, with food, with our cats, with life. Love is a good feeling. I do not love overly crowded restaurants with half of the city’s population declaring their undying affection for one another on one specific day of the year. I do however, love cooking and setting the table nicely and having a proper sit down meal, facing each other, without distractions, and enjoying the pleasure of food and our company, and let’s be real, a large glass of wine.
Wayfair.co.uk is a great place to source items to spruce up your table for a nice meal in. From actual tables, down to the finer details like candleholders and vases (because we are all hoping we are going to get a bunch of flowers, am I right?!) – they have it covered. Since we moved off our floating home and into a real life (non-floating) house, I have used them a lot.
When Wayfair.co.uk asked if I would like to partner with them and style up my kitchen table for The Perfect Valentine’s Dinner, I knew exactly the look I wanted to create before I could even type Yes. I am a lover of earth textures and plants (oh hey all you Virgo Earth Element folk out there) and I wanted something that reflected this. I chose copper tones in the candle holders, both the flute and the tumbler glasses, and of course the gorgeous marble platter. They are such lovely pieces and I love having a slightly jazzier style of glass to use for special occasions.
Charlie says we should style up every dinner like this, but then it wouldn’t be as special would it? I am however, going to try and do it once a week, to make a little extra effort to the one I love.
Positivity and love to you my friends, speak soon.
Disclaimer – I was sent products from Wayfair.co.uk in return for a post. Words and thoughts are entirely my own. Thanks for helping me side hustle my way through this thing we call life.
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My review of the Harrods Christmas Hamper: The Harrogate
Over the years, I have managed to acquire some rather nice hampers. I love their wicker look and they make great storage options. But mostly, I like what the often contain – food! I did a little squeal when Harrods asked if I’d like to review one** of their Luxury Christmas Hampers. They have a vast selection on their website, and I would be reviewing ‘The Harrogate’ – a generous hamper with an enormous selection of indulgent treats, perfect for Christmas time and festive evenings.
Textures. Salty and sweet. Smooth and rough. Liquid and crunch. That’s what I like. Something with some bite. I love a hearty soup in Autumn and Winter, but sometimes miss the motion of chewing or crunching on some ‘substance’, this savoury turmeric granola was a whimsical idea that turned out rather fantastic. We have made it on repeat since then and pack it into a jar for easy accessibility at every meal time. Read more
When the lovely folk at A Little Bit got in touch about their delicious artisan dips made with fresh herbs, I was eager to hear more. I am a little bit dip obsessed. Give me hummus, guac and baba ghanoush, give me hot salsa with crunchy corn chips, give me white bean dips with all the garlic. I’d happily have a selection of dips for dinner every evening. I like having lots of little options to choose from. The selection feels like a pic’n’mix, and who can argue with that? Read more
In my parent’s garden, behind the house where I grew up, there are 4 or more apple trees lined up in a row. Every year they bear their fruits of the season; big, juicy apples ready to be baked or turned into chutney. We would have apple pie for weeks while my mum tried to use up the bucket loads of fruits that the trees had gifted us with. This vegan slow cooker Autumn apples recipe reminds me of all those times we would plead to have something different for pudding, but were secretly glad we got to have a comforting bowl of homemade pie.
I love making these vegan slow cooker Autumn apples on a cosy Sunday afternoon. Just 10 minutes prep, then 2-3 hours in the slow cooker makes for an oh-so-easy comforting pudding recipe fit for a king or queen. I used my Crock Pot and love the fact I can switch it on and forget about it for a few hours. More time for snuggles on the sofa in front of the fire.
Vegan Slow Cooker Autumn Apples
An oh-so-easy pudding to make in your Crock Pot
roughly chopped hazelnuts
seeds and nuts of your choice
dried cinnamon sticks
medium sized apples
soft brown sugar
traditional apple cider
tub dairy free yoghurt
Combine the walnuts, trail mix and 2½ tbsp of the coconut sugar in a small bowl and add ½ tsp of cinnamon.
Slice the base of the apples to create a level surface and then peel the top third of each apple and core.
Place the apples in the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker pot and spoon the walnut mixture into the cavity of each apple. Place a stick of cinnamon on top of each apple.
Combine the remaining cinnamon, 130g coconut sugar and apple cider in a small bowl. Pour over the apples and cover.
Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
Remove the apples with a slotted spoon. Spoon ¼ cup of the cooking liquid over each serving.
Serve with a scoop or 2 of yoghurt to balance the flavours.
Serves 4 Cooking time: 2-3 hours (low)
I made this recipe in my 5.7 litre Crock Pot slow cooker. It’s a perfect size for us to meal prep and cook in bulk. You can lift the lid and serve straight from the bowl, but when you just want to stir, the hinge means you don’t drip water on the counter. I haven’t used a slow cooker before, but I am loving the ease and simplicity of the Crock Pot. Winter cooking is a-go!
October is peak season for slow cooking, why not follow along on social media using #Crocktober! You’ll find loads of fantastic blogger recipes and inspiration to encourage you to get your Crock Pot out and get creating.
Disclosure: This CrockPot recipe for slow cooker Autumn apples is sponsored by Crock-Pot. Thank you for supporting the brands that make it possible for me to continue following my passion. All opinions are my own.
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