autumn kitchen | Cinnamon crispies with cream cheese dip

Monday, 1 October 2018

My auntie used to make these delicious little treats when I was younger and I always loved them so much. She learned the recipe from her sister and I have learned it from her. They are so simple to make but they give that perfect seasonal hit thanks to the cinnamon sprinkle covering them. Ideal for evenings in with a movie or even Sunday get-togethers they are sure to be a new Fall favourite for everyone! This recipe serves 8-10.

You'll need to get together
. 8 large white tortillas
. 1/2 cup sugar
. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
. 2 cups vegetable oil to fry
. Leaf cookie cutter

And, for the dip
.225g cream cheese
.280ml double cream
.1/2 cup icing sugar
.1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

To make the crispies
. Start by cutting out your leaves, cut as many as possible from your tortillas, I got around 7 from each one.
. In a large bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
. Heat the oil over a large pan on medium heat.
. When the oil is hot fry the tortillas on both sides until the edges tinge brown - they do cook quickly so only fry 2 or 3 at a time.
. Cool your crispies on a wire rack with some tissue underneath
. Pop your crispies in an air tight box, sprinkle over the sugar mix, put on the lid and gently toss the crispies in the mix until evenly coated. If not serving them right away then be sure to keep the lid on tightly.

To make the dip
. You can make this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge
. Sift the icing sugar into the whipping cream and then whip until stiff.
. Fold in the cream cheese until combined
. Add in the vanilla and gently fold in.

I serve my crispies on a wooden board, with the dip in this gorgeous pumpkin bowl.

Autumn Kitchen | Roasted Buttnernut squash soup

Sunday, 16 September 2018

I just love sitting down to a big bowl of warm soup on a cold Autumn day .. particularly when it comes with a side of fresh, crusty bread. Butternut squash is my favourite seasonal soup and it always tastes so much better when its made at home. So today, I'd like to share my recipe for comforting and warming Roasted Butternut squash soup. This recipe will serve 2.

Get together;
. 1lb peeled, deseeded butternut squash, cut into cubes (i buy mine pre-prepared from Aldi)
. 1 medium carrot - peeled and chopped
. 1 red pepper - deseeded and cut into strips
. 4 tbsp olive oil
. 2 tsp ground ginger
. 1 pint vegetable stock
. Salt and pepper to season

1. Start by pre-heating your oven to 200C (180 fan ovens)
2. Put your prepared vegetables into a roasting tin and drizzle them with half of the oil and season with some salt and pepper. Toss everything together to make sure it is evenly coated - be sure that your vegetables are on a single layer in your roasting tin so that everything cooks evenly and thoroughly.
3. Roast your vegetables in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until they are just about brown.
4.Put a large saucepan onto the hob over a medium heat, add the rest of your oil and allow it to warm through. Pour in your stock and bring to the boil, then, stir in your roasted vegetables, the ground ginger and season with a little more salt and pepper to taste.
5. Remove your saucepan from the heat and whiz everything together using a hand blender until the mix is smooth looking. I use my Blend-Active as I dont own a hand blender.
6. Once you are ready to eat, pop the soup back onto the hob to heat right through, then serve. I like to serve my soup with a few slices of freshly baked bread - the packet mixes from Aldi are also lovely!

These beautiful soup bowls are from Laura Ashley and they really look the part, dont they?!

2019 disneybounds

Friday, 23 March 2018

You might have seen some of my 2017 Disneybounding ideas and I'm pleased to say that we have recently booked our next family Disney trip! It's not until spring 2019, after our new baby is born, but I'm already thinking of all the bounds I can put together and wear, this time I wanted to do some couple bounds too and Dan has (reluctantly) agreed!


Disney are welcoming their 'Summer of Superheroes' this year, so we will miss out on that (boo!) but they are slowly starting to design and integrate more and more permanent Marvel attractions into the park so I really wanted to try a captain america bound.
It's inspired by the man himself as well as the vintage vibe from his backup chorus shown in the Captain America; the first Avenger movie.
I find wedges very comfortable and have worn them for a day about London a few times so I'm confident that these shoes will be a good - and sensible- choice, but if you're not keen on a heel you could try a white or red pump instead. I also have a navy cardigan handy for if the clouds decide to show up!
As much as I love to keep my bounds inexpensive, I have decided to add the iconic Besame Victory Red lipstick to this bound - it's a true replica of 1940's shade and I have wanted to own it for the longest time now, so this seemed like a perfectly good excuse!


Flynn; Shirt / Chinos / Satchel / Boots / Rapunzel; Lace dressShoes Belt / Ears / NecklacePascal Toy

The first of our couples bounds is Rapunzel & Flynn. Tangled is one of my favourite Disney pieces and I think the costumes lend themselves very eaily to being watered down for bounding.
Dan's bound is compiled of simple garments found in a mans wardrobe - with an essential satchel added of course (I need somewhere to keep my snacks after all!)
My bound will be put together of a mix of purples and textures. This lace dress will be super comfortable paired with flats (try to wear them in before your trip if you get blisters easily, and keep plasters to hand just in case!) and the lace up belt is a simple but effective nod to Rapunzels corset top seen in the movie. The pascal toy is not a must, of course, but will make a great prop for photos and the custom made ears featuring the sun design really pull every together beautifully.
Fantasyland will make a great backdrop for our Flynn and Rapunzel bound photos - I'm so excited to see how they turn out!


Probably a less recognisable bound, but this is actually the one I am most excited for! The Genie is one heck of a character and his vacation get up is so quirky and fun - and allows me to do some customising. I will add the geometric pattern to the shirt using either an orange fabric paint, or fabric cut-outs, I am undecided at the moment!
As we will be travelling in Springtime, I also knew that the matching shorts would be a no-go so I've settled on an early 90's staple instead - boyfriend jeans and tennis shoes!
The Goofy hat is a little hard to find here in the UK but it occasionally pops up on eBay, or can be shipped over from the US Parks - again, I'm keeping my bounds inexpensive, so there is room to splurge on the odd accessory if a bound calls for it!
There are some great photo spots for this bound around the Agrabah area in Adventureland so I'll be sure to snap lots of pictures of this bound there!


Since posting this bound to Instagram I have also been told it would work well for Mary Poppins - so keep it in mind if you're looking for a bound!
Main street USA is one of my favourite parts of Disney; it's iconic with its quirky, vintage shop fronts, it has a great soundtrack and it has the best bakeries! I knew I wanted to try a bound inspired by this whimsical place and luckily Dan is also a fan on dapper style, so I think he is on board for this one!
The ladies bound features this darling striped dress, matched with wedge heels (used for my Captain America bound), finger gloves and the cutest little straw boater hat! The lace umbrella will make for great photos and the red bow (also used in the Captain America bound) makes the dress super flattering. A white cardigan will work perfectly if the weather turns a little chilly on the spring evenings.
The gents bound is super trendy and I can't wait to snap some pics of Dan wearing it in the Dapper Dan's barber shop and along Main Street USA! The mock shirt jumper will be cosy as well as comfortable and the vintage style leather watch and sunglasses really pull on that vintage vibe.
You might notice that I source a lot of my bound accessories on eBay, and the like, and it is simply because I know that I wont be wearing them again (or often), so I like to keep them as cost effective as I can.

Lady; Red Dress / Patch / Shoes / Crystal Tights / Ears / Gent; Black jeans / Converse / PatchRed T-shirt / Watch / ChildRed t-shirt / Stretch Jeans / Converse / PatchHat /

Elias has really started to love The Incredibles movie, and with the second installment due to release this year I predict it will become very popular again so I thought a family Incredibles bound might be fun to do!
The boys will be comfortable and cool in jeans and t-shirt combos with the signature Incredibles logo stitched on and a couple of accessories, while I wanted to get a little more dressed up in this gorgeous red dress, finished with crystal tights and the Disney staple - mickey ears. These ears are quite plain too, which makes them versatile and usable for a few different bounds!
Mr and Mrs Incredible make periodic apperances in the Disney studios for meet and greets so I'm hoping we will be around for that, as it will make for great photos!

I am really looking forward to putting these bounds together, I'll be sure to update you with my progress - and of course, I cant wait to wear them on our trip!

For now, here are a few things Iv'e learned from Disneybounding before ...
.RE-USE ITEMS; Disneybounding is great but can take up a lot of suitcase space and when you're restricted to a luggage allowance you need to make the most of what you've got and use items for more than one bound. Plan ahead and be accessory smart!
.KEEP IT COMFORTABLE (& PRACTICAL); even though you want to get some great snaps of your bounds, remember that you do have a whole day of park adventures in front of you so it's important to wear things you will be happy to keep on and be comfortable in all day long - some days even for 12 hours!
.KEEP THE SEASONS IN MIND; Last time I learned this the hard way! I had put together some fun bounds but they just weren't weather appropriate so I ended up having to layer up and my bounds didn't have the overall effect I had hoped for. Remember when your trip is planned for and design your bounds with the weather in mind. If you're bounding between seasons (winter/spring) then be sure to plan layers which will compliment your outfit, not just cover it - and likewise, if you are bounding over summer then make sure to choose things that you wont over heat in, you'll be doing a lot of walking and don't want to end up feeling hot, sweaty and having an un-enjoyable time!