Alice Megan

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

After Eight Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Tis the season to make lots of Christmassy treats, now this recipe is one I made way back in the summer but the minty taste just reminded me of peppermint candy canes and Christmas so I thought it would be perfect to share now

After eight chocolate cupcake recipe

You will need:

Cupcakes
  • 170ml brewed coffee
  • 125g cocoa
  • 360g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 90g butter
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 130g granulated sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
Frosting
  • 170g butter
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • After eight chocolates 
  • 1/2 tbsp hot water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Whisk together brewed coffee and cocoa until dissolved
  3. In a seperate bowl mix the dry ingredients (flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt)
  4. In a 3rd bowl combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter until light and fluffy, add in the eggs one at a time and the vanilla extract
  5. Add the dry mixture and the coffee mixture to your butter mixture, alternating between the bowls adding a little bit at a time
  6. Mix until just incorporated 
  7. Divide the batter into cupcake liners in a muffin tin, filling half way
  8. Bake for 20 minutes
  9. Let cool entirely 
  10. While the cupcakes are cooling mix butter and powdered sugar together a little bit at a time until all combined and nice and creamy
  11. Add the hot water and mint extract and mix for a further 10 minutes until light and fluffy
  12. Place into icing bag and pipe whatever design you'd like on the cupcake
  13. Finish by placing an after eight chocolate into the frosting and slightly in the cupcake

What's your favourite Christmas recipe?

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Top 5 - Entertainment Christmas Gifts

Week 4! You can check out the past three gift guides of Experience gifts, Secret Santa gifts and homeware gifts but this week we're onto the entertainment gifts, to me this means TV/Film/Music memorabilia or character inspired items. Knowing someone's favourite movies and TV shows can lead to so many present ideas (For example if you know me well you'll know that anything Harry Potter and you're on to a winner) so here's my 5 top entertainment gifts


Entertainment Gifts



Friends Trivial Pursuit - £10 - Ryman*
I love friends. Could I BE any more excited about this present? I pride myself on my friends knowledge and it is consistently on my netflix continue watching list because there's always time for more friends episodes in my life. I'm going to absolutely smash this on Christmas day all my knowledge will finally come in handy 

Dumbo Ceramic Money Box - £16.99 - Argos
How cute is this money box? This made make the perfect gift for any new additions to the family but to be honest I'd be over the moon with it myself, the detailing is beautiful

The Nightmare Before Christmas Storybook - £24.99 - In The Book*
This book is absolutely beautiful, it comes presented in a timeless Disney box and personalised with a name of your choice. The classic Nightmare before Christmas story is re-imagined and presented with beautiful illustrations telling the story of Jack and his stumbling into Christmas Town. This is a perfect stocking filler and a timeless present that can come out every year

Snow White Bath and Body Pamper Tin - £15 - Superdrug
Who can so no to Disney? I love this Snow white bath pamper tin and I think it's adorable that it comes in an 'apple'. Perfect for any aspiring princess

Star Wars Classic Stormtrooper Towel - £34.99 - The Personalised Gift Shop*
So I have a huge star wars geek in the form of my other half, so something star wars related is always on the cards at every occasion. I love this Star Wars towel and it's a functional gift that can be used all year round. Personalisation is available and the towel comes with an edge to edge full colour stormtrooper print


What's your favourite memorobilia?
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Sunday, 25 November 2018

What to wear this winter

Have you guys been outside?
It's cold. And I mean absolutely freezing, I came back from an Orlando holiday and a drastic change from 25° degrees to -1° degrees has meant that while shivering away Black Friday was a great time for me to stock up on some winter attire and give my wardrobe a refresh

What to wear this winter


Now I love Fashion World* because it means I can split my purchases and pay monthly which was perfect because my winter wardrobe attire was looking seriously bad so here's my favourites winter outfit

Winter Clothing Ideas
So first up, my outfit choices have a very distinct dark theme. I love wearing blacks and greys and have so many monochrome pieces, I know I need to start venturing out into more colours but we'll leave that till next year (I can feel a resolution I'll never stick to coming on!)
Anyway the first thing that struck me was this gorgeous Joe Browns Herringbone Coat, I normally have big fluffy parka style coats so I love how tailored this one looks, I'd team that up with this tunic jumper which has a lovely velvet tie back detail which I think really gives it character and of course a pair of knee highs because lets face it anything that keeps my legs warm is good with me, these quilted boots come in an extra curvy calf for those with bigger legs like me, or those who want to wear snuggly socks underneath (also me)

Winter Accessories
Woooo some colour! I actually found something colourful I like this Accesorize fluffy scarf is super cute and I'd wear it always. While thinking about knee highs and fluffy socks I thought why not go the whole hog and wear woolly tights? With fluffy socks because yano - It's freezing

After checking the weather report (rain, always and forever for the foreseeable future *sob*) I thought an umbrella would be a perfect addition to every outfit, and while the outfit is quite chic and adult, I couldn't possible resist the colour changing Harry Potter umbrella - because I will forever be a child at heart

What are you wearing this winter?
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Saturday, 17 November 2018

Top 5 - Experience Christmas Gifts

Week 3! And you're all starting to get right into this Christmas spirit aren't you?
This weeks gift guide focuses on those 'wow' presents that are experiences. It's a weird one, because experience gifts are usually a nice envelope and don't look much, but they contain the most amazing gifts that allow you to make wonderful memories and do experiences you would have never thought of

Experience Christmas Gifts

I've never been to a west end show and this sounds absolutely amazing, it gives a choice of show and also a delicious 3 course meal at Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse for 2 people - just under £50 each that's absolutely fantastic value

Did you know that national trust membership gives you access to over 500 national trust sites across the UK. It's such a wonderful present as it gives the gift of nature and exploration and really encourages you to get outside and explore our wonderful country

This is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to explore London, it incorporates 3 really big attractions from Sea Life to Madame Tussauds and lots of other choices in between it's excellent value for money for making lots of memories in the big smoke 

This is really a once in a lifetime gift that gives a couple a magical experience, drifting peacefully over our gorgeous country reaching 2000ft in the air all enjoyed with a chilled glass of Champagne. This is a gift I've always dreamt of, and would definitely adore for Christmas. There are lots of other gifts for couples available and I think giving that gift of memories is definitely the way to go

If you can't quite decide what kind of experience you'd like to give don't let you stop you, the activity superstore gives the choice of over 70 experiences which is perfect for the undecided 

What's the best experience gift you've ever received?




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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Top 5 - Secret Santa Christmas Gifts

Week 2 of my 'it's never too early to Christmas' Christmas gift guides, because lets face it, the more you buy in November the more alcohol you can afford in December at the Christmas parties!

This weeks focus is on those cumbersome secret Santa gifts for Sandra in accounts who you've only said hello to twice (Seriously? Who's idea is it to do company wide secret Santas). 

Secret Santa Christmas Gifts


I'm in a very lovely situation of a small team where I could probably buy for anyone and be confident  they'd like it but I know that company wide secret Santas are becoming the norm and finding a really nice present for under £10 can be tricky so here's my top 5 picks

I love this cute little water bottle! It's super small and has an adorable knitted cover and is perfect for that colleague who's always cold, you know the one they have their hand permanently on the radiators and jumpers in the summer. This will give them a little heat all year long

Every office has the 'beer o clock' people and this is the perfect gift for them! It's funny but functional and means they'll never be caught short without a bottle opener again

For the joker in the team, who doesn't love a little friendly competition? Added bonus that you get to look like a fabulous unicorn. This is one of those novelty gifts that actually should have lasting power 

For the baby of the group, every office has one and it doesn't always relate to age. Think the person who would ask how to make scrambled eggs or who just needs a little help escaping the student life and embracing their adulthood

Beer and Popcorn. Together - do I need to say anything else? This is a great gift for the movie buff or the foodie who likes something a little different

What's the best Secret Santa Gift you've received?


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