Friday, 3 January 2020

The Most Delicious, Easiest To Make, Chocolate Trifle...

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  Life is getting back to normal again after the holidays and conversation at work has already moved on to where everyone is going for their summer break 😊 

Winter hasn't let go of us yet though but, hopefully, it won't be long till it does.  I love spring honeys, I adore it.  I love to watch the garden wake up from it's (too) long winter nap and burst into colour again with the roses and the lavender appearing. 

We didn't have much of a summer at all last year so I'm hoping against hope that we're luckier this year and have lots (or even a little) sunshine so that we can get some work done in the garden.  We still have plans for a little seating area near the back door, under the kitchen windows and I'd like to plant more lavender this year. 

The lavender was very popular last summer with visiting bees so I'm very much hoping the addition of some more lavender, as well as the bee hotels we have in the front and back gardens and their tiny drinking fountain will create a little safe oasis for our bee friends 🐝

During this week I decided to make a very rare treat for dessert.  Well, it was the holidays after all, so for New Year's Day I made a chocolate trifle...   

Easiest, yummiest chocolate trifle ever...

I have to admit I did forget to buy a chocolate Swiss roll and to be honest I was too tired to bake one so I cheated a little by substituting cookies instead but I'm actually glad I did because it was absolutely delicious πŸ˜‹

Let's take a look then shall we?  Why not go make a lovely cuppa honeys, and maybe grab a cookie or two, and I'll share how I created our yummy New Year's Day treat.  See you back here in a few minutes...

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Happy New Year And Counting Down To Spring...

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  I hope you've had the best time during the holiday season dear ones πŸ’–

We've been hit by another cold snap with a frost on the ground all day today.  Winter is still making her presence felt unfortunately.  Is it awful that I dislike winter so much?  It just pulls all of the life out of me.

Never mind honeys. It'll be spring in no time really.  I'm still counting down to the arrival of spring, as I do, much to the amusement of co-workers, every year...
   
Counting down to spring...

I've done it for so many years now that they smile and even ask me each week "how long now then?"  As of today dear ones, we have 79 days till 20th March and the arrival of spring.  If you prefer counting in weeks, it will be exactly 11 weeks from this coming Friday 😊 I can't wait!!

I even have a little badge I made to wear on my lanyard at work and it seems to make others smile, and me too actually 😊
Happy New Year Honeys, I'm looking forward to spring: Rosie's Spring badge

I've always thought that January can be such a harsh month, and not just because of the cold, damp weather either.  During the months leading to the new year celebrations, we have all of the fun and excitement of so many holidays honeys. 

There's Halloween in October of course, then Guy Fawkes Night here in the UK on November 5th, Thanksgiving for our cousins in the USA on the last Thursday of November, then Christmas and New Year itself.

Then we have January.  January is a long (it often has almost five weeks) cold, dull month that always feels truly endless.  It's like we've had all of these fun holidays and then we're forced to come back to the reality of work and a home that feels so depressing after all of the decorations have been taken down and put away.  Just ick!

Of course, if we take the time to look around us there's still beauty to be found...     

Counting down to spring... There's still beauty to be found while we wait for spring to arrive, like rain glistening on holly berries...

I love to watch the birds, and our little squirrel, visiting the feeders in our back garden, to hug our furbaby Jade on the sofa in our lovely, warm living room while watching favourite box sets on TV and, of course, by counting down to spring 🌼

Why not join in honeys?  Scroll back up the page a little, save that little spring-seeking badge graphic and then print it off onto card, laminate it if you'd like to, and join me in counting down to spring 🌼

There is a wonderful "count down" clock, which skips through the most beautiful floral images, that you can find here.  I visit it quite often, it's so calming to watch all of the stunning spring images. 

Whatever you're doing "at the bells" as we say in Scotland, I hope you have the best time honeys, till next time, smile lots and hug even more, lang may yer lum reek! hugs always and see you next year x   

Counting down to spring... There's still beauty to be found while we wait for spring to arrive, like rain glistening on holly berries... Happy new year honeys x

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House Will You Be Sorted Into...

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote this mug or the store it came from.  It's a gift from Hubby (thank you sweetheart x) and I was so excited I had to share x

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  Only a few days till Christmas and, as of today, exactly 13 weeks till spring 🌼  I can't wait! Winter pulls all of the life out of me dear ones.  I dread it all year long, feeling every minute of every cold, damp, awful day and constantly counting down till it's spring again and I can watch the garden begin to wake up and burst into life.

Hubby surprised me with a gift and I love it so much I wanted to share 😍  It's a sort of magic mug I suppose because when it's filled with your favourite cuppa, for me a lovely hot chocolate in this weather more often than not, it magically transforms itself!

In a transformation worthy of Hogwarts itself, the heat from your favourite beverage changes the outside of the mug... sorting you into one of the Hogwarts houses... 

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

So, here it is then honeys.  The Harry Potter heat changing mug from Primark.  I'm not sure if anywhere else has them but that's where Hubby got this one (I asked him.)

It's in a cardboard box with the newer grey and gold Wizarding World packaging seen almost everywhere now that's replaced the older blue packaging...

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

The side of the box shows the four Hogwarts House designs available...the design on the mug of course depends on which House the mug sorts the owner into...

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

On opening the box, the mug inside is safely wrapped in tissue paper...

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

I liked the tissue paper honeys, it made it feel more special and it is after all a gift from Hubby πŸ’–

When the mug is removed from the box, it has on one side in large letters "Which House will you be sorted into?" with the Hogwarts shield underneath..

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

The rest of the mug is plain black in colour with no pattern...

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

On the bottom of the mug is the Harry Potter logo and copyright information..

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

It's only when a hot drink is added (in the photos below it was a lovely warm cup of tea ☕) that the magic happens...

The background (at least on this magical mug 😊) transforms from a plain black pattern-less mug into...

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

A lovely, bright, green checked pattern.  It's Slytherin honeys!!! Ha! Take that Pottermore!!  I've tried so (too) many times to be sorted into Slytherin but Pottermore is quite determined and keeps sorting me into Gryffindor! 

The cheek!  The nerve!! I only went to see the first movie because I did, do and will forever adore Mr RickmanπŸ’–  I'm in Slytherin I tell you!! <stamps little foot!> hee hee πŸ˜„

Back to the magical mug then honeys ☕😊

On the reverse of the mug this happens..

Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

While in the middle, or is it on the side of the mug?  The bit that's directly opposite the handle?  The bit of the mug that's between the front and the back?  Well, whatever bit of the mug it is lol this happens...
 
Harry Potter Heat Change Mug - Which House will you be sorted into?

I know it's silly to be this excited about a little mug but it was such a lovely surprise and it did sort me into Slytherin finally.  Even the lovely little talking sorting hat key ring (a gift from a dear friend Sarah, thank you honey x) which is an actual sorting hat only tiny 😊 sorted me into... you guessed it Gryffindor!! Arrrgggg!!! It's a conspiracy!!

The tiny sorting hat did redeem itself  though by sorting our furbaby Jade into Ravenclaw.  I wasn't in the least surprised because our baby is very, very smart and she did look beyond adorable with the tiny hat perched on top of her head πŸ’–

I was really pleased honeys, right up to when Hubby told me it'd taken him a while to find a Slytherin one!  Cue wee Rosie deflating like a leaky balloon πŸ˜–  Apparently, according to Hubby if you hold the mug at the right angle, the light sort of bounces off it and you can see which House it is. 

<sighs> oh well.  It was lovely to be sorted into Slytherin while it lasted πŸ˜„

Over to you honeys, have you had any surprise gifts yet that have made you smile?  Whatever you're doing this week, I hope you have the best time ever. 

Till next time dear ones, smile lots and hug even more, hugs always xx

Hugs always, Rosie xx 

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Sunflower Lanyard Scheme For Hidden Disabilities...

Disclaimer:  I'm not being paid to highlight this wonderful scheme, I just recently discovered it and having health issues myself I just wanted to help raise awareness of this amazing resource. 

I know how frightening it can be to try to navigate the world outside our front door when also trying to cope with a disability.  Wishing you more spoons than you can ever use today and everyday dear ones, hugs always x

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  All well I hope?  Our furbaby Jade & I are doing laundry today and, while waiting for the washing machine to finish it's first cycle of the day, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a little information about a wonderful new resource I recently discovered that I thought fellow spoonies (those who, like me, live with a chronic or long term illness) might like to know about too...

The sunflower lanyard scheme is a wonderful new resource to help those with hidden disabilities.

Before we get started honeys, this post might well be a good, maybe 10 minute read, I would go fetch a coffee, and maybe a cookie? and I'll meet you back here in a few minutes.... just click on the read more button below to read the rest of the post...

Saturday, 14 December 2019

What's Inside The Soap And Glory Wonder Woman Fab-U-Stash Gift Set...

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote or recommend any products or shops, just sharing my latest S&G smiles x

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  It's been all go here in the run up to the holidays and we've had a fabulous few days with my much loved brother in law who's been visiting.  I made some more of those yummy, healthy doughnuts and Hubby's manage to collect (almost) the last of this year's leaves from the back garden. 

Our little apple tree, and the blueberry shrub, both look so bare now honeys, but it won't be long till the garden is waking up again from it's (too) long winter nap.  I so miss my roses 🌹

Hubby was in town a few days ago and brought me home the sweetest gift (thank you sweetheart x) It's a Wonder Woman themed gift set, by Soap and Glory, and it's so perfect I wanted to share πŸ’– 

Soap And Glory Wonder Woman Fab-U-Stash Gift Set...

There are lots of photos in this post dear ones, so why not go grab a cuppa (and maybe a cookie) and I'll meet you back here in a few minutes. (just click on the read more link below x)

Monday, 2 December 2019

Christmas Crafting: Fun With Air Dry Clay And DIY Tree OrnamentsπŸŽ„

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any shops, nor gifted any products, just wanted to share my latest little crafting smiles x

Hi Honeys
Well, here we are in December.  I really can't believe how quickly this year has gone by.  I'm so sorry I haven't posted before now, the cold and damp weather are causing my arthritis to flare, so mostly I've been camping out on the sofa with our sweet furbaby.  Bless her, she never minds keeping her Mum company and sharing a fluffy throwπŸ’– 

While staying warm on the sofa with Jade and (to try) to battle the aches and stiffness in my hands, I decided to attempt to make some Christmas tree ornaments from air dry clay.  It was such a lot of fun and I'm so pleased at how they turned out...   

Fun with air dry clay and DIY tree ornaments...

Air dry clay, because there's no need to bake your creations, really is the perfect crafting medium for fun craft projects for little ones in the run up to Christmas πŸŽ…πŸŽ„

Why not go grab a warm cuppa honeys and meet me back here in a few minutes and I'll share some crafting smiles πŸ’–

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Latest Harry Potter Mini Haul

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any shops, nor gifted any products, just wanted to share my latest little Potter related stationery smiles x

Hi Honeys, 
How are you today?  Our furbaby Jade & I are sharing the sofa and a large sherpa throw today to battle the chill.  We reached -7C yesterday!  Today was (just a little bit) warmer thankfully, so I thought, while Jade is having a nap, I'd share my latest Potter smiles...

Latest Harry Potter mini haul: Does anyone else adore stationery as much as I do?

Does anyone else adore stationery as much as I do?  Go on, don't be bashful, dear ones.  It can't just be me who immediately finds the stationery section of every store she's in and collects note books like they're never going to be printed again 😍 πŸ’–

Now, I mention my being a complete (and unashamed) stationery addict because most of this latest mini haul is made up of lovely, fabulous, stationery items.  Apart from the first item that is, which is a very practical "pop into your bag till its needed" type item but it's also adorably cute 😊

I'll share all in a few minutes but since there are quite a few photos in this post (as always) why not go grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, and join me back here in a few minutes (just press the "read more" link below to read the full post...)