Super easy Valentine’s Day cocktails

Everyone loves a cocktail… well it’s obvious that I definitely do after having at least two everyday last week. Gotta love a happy hour!

Well if you fancy having a go at making your own tipple for this Valentine’s Day – whether your having all the girls over for GALentine’s Day or having a romantic night in – this recipe really is no effort at all and tastes fab 👌


Ingredients

  • A bottle of Cava, sparkling rose or Prosecco – how fancy is this gold bottle I found in Aldi for just £4.90?! Tesco also currently have an offer on Rose and Brut Cava for £4.50
  • Frozen strawberries – 2 large ones per glass serving
  • Orange juice
  • Honey to sweeten to taste
  • Fresh strawberries, raspberries or sliced orange/grated peel to decorate

Recipe steps

  1. In a blender mix 16 frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup of orange juice and slowly pour in small amounts of wine after short blends
  2. Once the mixture is a smooth slushy consistency – taste for sweetness and add honey if desired
  3. Pour into champagne glasses and serve with a fruity decoration if you wish

1 bottle will make 8 glasses so you may want to get in a couple.

For more inspiration for a tasty romantic treat or addition to a Valentine’s Day meal – check out my recipe for homemade peanut butter cups – moulded into heart-shapes of course. And if you’re struggling on what to wear for Valentine’s Day – I’ve put together a guide on my top OOTD picks and Valentine’s nail art ideas.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe too. Cheers!

Love Leeanna xo

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How to make homemade peanut butter cups – the perfect dessert to your Valentine’s Day meal

If you haven’t already noticed, shops are now stocked full of cheesy Valentine’s cards, an unlimited supply of heart-shaped chocolates and pretty roses so if you aren’t already in the mood for the most romantic day of the year these DELICIOUS heart-shaped treat are sure to help.


If you’re anything like me… really really bad in the kitchen then these super easy to make desserts will put a great big smile on your face because believe me anyone can make them and everyone will love them (providing you’re not allergic to peanuts).

These delicious treats are perfect for a homemade gift to your loved one if your saving your pennies, great if you’re having the girls over for a Galentine’s night in and even better if you haven’t even got a Valentine but want to treat yourself to something heavenly while watching Magic Mike. 

What you will need

  • 1 large bar of milk chocolate
  • 1 large bar of dark chocolate
  • 1 large bar of white chocolate 
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • Pink sprinkles of choice
  • Heart-shaped cupcake cases


Steps

  1. Start off by melting the dark chocolate either in the microwave in short bursts of 10 seconds stirring to check or in a glass bowl over boiling water
  2. Spread the chocolate into the base of each cupcake case and leave to set it the fridge until hard (takes roughly 20 minutes)
  3. Meanwhile mix the peanut butter and icing sugar in a bowl – it will become less sticky to make it easier for spreading
  4. Once the dark chocolate has hardened, spread a thin layer of peanut butter mix
  5. Repeat the same process with milk chocolate and then peanut butter mix before topping with the melted white chocolate
  6. Add your desired sprinkles for the top – this could be pink or any colour sprinkles, mini love heart sweets, marshmallows, edible glitter or popping candy or a combination! 

You can have fun with the decorations and be as creative as you wish with your toppings. 


Luckily for me my boyfriend has volunteerd to cook for me on Valentine’s Day so these will be a treat for me and the girls this weekend. Thank goodness… otherwise he would have had them all! 

I hope you enjoy these as much as we have and they make your Valentine’s Day extra special and TASTY!

Love Leeanna xo


    How to make cheap homemade Christmas decorations 

    Tis the season to be creative… yes that even means if you have no arty skills whatsoever. You really don’t need to be no Picasso to have a go at making these simple decorations.


    The festive season is not only indulgent on the waistline but it can also mean diving a little too deep into your purse. December is just around the corner so if you’ve got decorations on your mind but don’t want to break the budget, i’ve put together a handy guide to making your home festive under £5.

    I will keep this page updated with my latest suggestions for you to try at home so keep checking back for more ideas.

    Homemade candles

    These are super easy to make and can easily be done with bits and bobs from around the house. Old jam and chutney jars are perfect to use after a good soaking but if no-one is a fan of the cranberry sauce and the jars aren’t going fast you can always pick up a choice of maison and preserve jars for £1 at stores like Wilko and Poundland.

    Reindeer jars


    How cute are these! I made two and filled one with mini Christmas pudding shaped chocolate balls… because who doesn’t want more treats on top of the advent calendar?!

    • Tall jar
    • Bronze/gold/brown coloured paper
    • Red pom pom – I got a mixed bag from Poundland
    • Strong transparrent glue
    • Stick on eyeballs – I picked up mine from the 99p store
    • Scissors

    Glittery jars

    These are so simple and can easily be done with items you already have from around the house.

    • Any shape jar you have at home
    • Scissors
    • Strong transparent glue
    • Festive ribbon or string
    • Silver glittery snow fluff
    • Coloured glitter paper of choice

    They are lovely decorations for anytime of the year and can easily be turned Christmasy by filling with glitter snow and adding festive ribbon.

    Easy decorations to do in less than 15 mins


    • Pine cones – A pack of 5 from Wilko is just £1
    • Snow spray
    • Cava/wine corks
    • Strong transparent glue
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Red Pom Pom for Rudulph’s nose
    • Googly eyes
    • Coloured paper
    • Blue tac
    • Scissors

    DIY snow cones

    Wine cork reindeers

    I loved making these super easy decorations and believe me when I say ANYONE can make these at home. I mean, who doesn’t have cava corks lying around the house already? And if not… what a great excuse to pop a bottle of wine.

    Homemade snowman


    Who needs snow when you can make your own snowman on your doors at home?! I think it just looks adorable and the best thing is you can use everything you already have at home and it’s so so easy and quick to do!

    These DIY decs take so little time to make you’ll still have time to put your feet up, pour another glass and snuggle up watching your favourite Christmas movie. They’re so cute for around the house and your guests and little ones will love them too.

    Enjoy your creative night in and why not treat yourself to a mince pie and Buble playing in the background!

    Love Leeanna xo

    How to make Baileys and Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot choc

    It’s that time of year again… onesies, Christmas movies and your favourite mug of hot cocoa.


    Hot chocolate isn’t just for children though. Now you’re legal you can add as many shots of Baileys as you like to the nostalgic winter treat and what’s is more festive than the flavour of chocolate orange. Without fail, every year I find not one, not two, but THREE Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s in my stocking on Christmas morning.

    So if you’re like me and can’t wait until the 25th of December for the delicious sensation, why not have a go at this easy and tasty Hot Chocolate recipe. Perfect for a cosy winter night-in while you put your feet up in front of the fire.

    Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Bailey Hot Cocoa recipe

    Ingredients

    • Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Why not try the honeycomb or white edition for an even more christmasy feel!)
    • Milk
    • Baileys Irish Cream (Baileys chocolate and Baileys orange truffle would also make great additions to the drink!)
    • Marshmallows – mini, sparkly or giant – whatever your preference
    • Whipped Cream


    Steps

    1. Choose your favourite cocoa mugs – I am loving Maison Jars at the moment so thought I’d be all trendy and have a go with these.
    2. Melt 1/4 of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange
    3. Drizzle the chocolate as you wish around the inside of the mug – be as creative as you like!
    4. Heat up two mugs of milk
    5. Melt 6 segments of the chocolate
    6. Pour the milk and melted chocolate into a blender and add 2 shots of Baileys (or as little or as much as you like!)

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    7. Pour the mixture back into the mugs and re-heat

    8. Now it’s time to decorate!! Add all your favourite hot cocoa toppings to your heart’s content. I added MORE Terry’s chocolate by grating shards and adding pieces with marshmallows but squirty cream would also be a fab addition.

    I hope you enjoy these tasty Hot Chocs as much as we did on our cosy Sunday night. They go perfectly with mince pies too, to really get you in the Christmas spirit.

    Love Leeanna xo

     

    Have you ditched the New Year’s resolution yet?

    We’ve all been there… year after year we make a resolution that for one day we are so determined we will complete. Whether it’s giving up smoking, tackling a Dry January or changing your lifestyle in the aim of having a body like a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Bye bye 2015!

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    “New Year New You”

    January 1st is the day I feel most motivated to complete it and I really persuade myself and all my friends that I will. But I feel all of your pain when the struggle hits and you feel like you can’t go on any longer.

    This main struggle supposedly happens every year on January 17- National Failure Day. The day we stress and bought our first 2016 pack of cigarettes, ate the WHOLE of the Cadburys Milk Tray and chucked back shots after shots of tequila.

    Read more: Happy New Year! My highlights of 2015 and some 2016 ideas for you

    If that’s you, I hope you still gave it a good bash until the 17th. If not 2016, maybe next year? And for those of you still powering through to Feb… Well done you! I’m very proud to say I am one of the contenders this year.

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    How to keep your New Year’s Resolution?

    Make it fun! 

    It will be so much easier if it is something you know will enjoy doing or actually get some sense of reward out of i.e. learning a new skill or fulfilling something you’ve been wanting to do for ages.

    When you’re pressurising yourself to lose weight for example and getting angry when you are too tired for the gym, it will just make you want that chocolate biscuit you’ve been craving even more! When you go to the gym and try classes that suit you and your timetable it is more fun and easier to turn into a lifestyle change. Don’t bother with the 5 am run if it’s not for you!!

    Just ease into it. Don’t think about the end product of some celebrity’s body, because 1. it is probably impossible to achieve and 2. it will stress you out more.

    That is exactly what I have done this year, I’ve ditched the ‘Get fit’ and ‘Learn to cook‘ resolutions. I hate exercising excessively- I just can’t deal with the aches and pains, and I don’t particularly enjoy cooking! But I do believe I gave it my best bash in 2015! I just will always prefer to be the dinner party guest.

    Read more: Recipes for sweat treats, eating healthy and snacking lightly

    For me 2016 is a year for doing more and seeing more of London- the capital city I have now lived in for two years… yet barely even seen any of it!

    I’ve made myself a bucket list of things to do, yes the typical tourist hot spots but also things my work colleagues have been raving on about and things I’ve always wanted to do but never got a chance!

    So it’s time to actually appreciate my home city and tick off this checklist:

    • Cahoots bar √
    • Secret cinema
    • Secret bars
    • Climb O2
    • Sky Garden √
    • Sea Life
    • London DungeonsGo inside Buckingham Palace
    • China Town √
    • Hampton Court Palace
    • Beigel Bake
    • Kew Gardens
    • Hampstead Heath
    • Royal Ascot √

    So far this month I have drunk Vera Lynn cocktails in a 1940s bar, drunk prosecco on the rooftop of the Walkie Talkie building and munched on crispy duck pancakes in China Town.

    Things to do in London

    After living and visiting London all this time I am still so shocked I’ve never even seen China Town or walked through it. I obviously knew it existed somewhere central but I didn’t realise the whole streets were actually kitted out with special themed architecture! Love it! Bet it’s wicked there on Chinese New Year.

    If you haven’t been already Sky Garden is awesome. The 360 view of London from the top of the Walkie Talkie is absolutely amazing, giving you visual hot spots of The Shard, London Bridge, Canary Wharf and the London Eye. Plus you get to have a play around in the indoor jungle garden. Yes we acted like kids getting pictures in the bushes.

    One of the things I love about London is all of the quirky bars you hear people saying they’ve visited and the opportunity to get a delicious cocktail within probably just a 20 minute walk from wherever you are standing! Cahoots is one of the best bars I’ve been to. Hidden in Kingly Court just off Carnaby street, you follow the Underground sign to take you down into the secret hotspot, where you feel like you’ve gone back in time.

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    Not only are all the staff fully dressed in 1940s get ups but they are all in character too, putting on accents whenever they talk to you! The drinking den has reverted back to its roots as an air-raid shelter and everything in there- from the bathroom’s radio station to the stack sof sandbags- is reminiscent of post-war London. I definitely recommend having a visit.

    Woo and more good news! Tickets are finally booked for mine and Effie’s 2-year discussion of wanting to go to the Royal Ascot Ladies Day Races. Yes it would be cool to see the queen but really we are much more excited about the hats!!

    Read more: Why I loved London Fashion Weekend

    Let’s hope February is another fun month of experiencing more of London and ticking that checklist of!

    Love Leeanna xo